Last week, on Music Moves Me, I erred and blogged on the wrong theme. This week's theme is music about vehicles such as cars, trucks, and (OK, I made this one up) motorcycles. I blogged about them last week, so I was told it was OK to blog about anything I wanted. So, how about mondegreens (with a song or two about cars and motorcycles thrown in?)
Did you know that misheard lyrics have an interesting name. Mondegreens: "a misunderstood or misinterpreted word or phrase resulting from a mishearing of the lyrics of a song." The origin of this expression apparently was coined by a woman, Sylvia Wright , who misheard a lyric of an old (possibly 17th century) Scottish ballard as a child: "The Bonnie Earl of Moray". (I've seen it spelled various ways online, by the way).
Here are some of the lyrics (and if this history of the term does not interest you, feel free to skip down to the rock songs):
Ye Hielan's an' ye Lowlan's
O, where have ye been?
They hae slain the Earl of Moray
And lain him on the green...
(the full lyrics can be found here).
The poor bonnie Earl o' Moray, laid on the green, somehow had morphed into Lady Mondegreen.
A number of websites exist for the purpose of discussing song lyrics and allowing people to discuss lyrics that other people have misheard.
The king of mondegreen songs may be "Blinded by the Light", written by Bruce Springsteen. How I love the cover done by Manfred Mann's Dirt Band, but I can barely understand any of its lyrics. This video includes the lyrics.
One of the lines, in particular, gives many people problems: "Revved up like a deuce/another runner in the night".(I won't entertain you with what people think they are hearing - use your imagination.) This interview explains more of the lyrics.
So there, a car song. A "deuce", I have read, refers to a 1932 Ford Coupe, a car that was a favorite of hot rodders. The "deuce" is the two in the year of manufacture.
Speaking of Bruce Springsteen, how about Born to Run, and its several mentions of motorcycles and cars?
Here are some other songs containing mondegreens.
Queen isn't singing "Kicking your cat all over the place" in We Will Rock You, but, for years, I thought they were.
I end today with one of the most hilarious sendups of songs that can't be understood (sorry, Nirvana fans) in history: Weird Al's Smells Like Nirvana.
Do you have any favorite mondegreens?
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