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Mondegreens

A quick thought for today:

I’ve been listening to a CD of Foo Fighters songs I made from itunes, and I misheard part of Times Like These, resulting in the following mondegreen:

…I’m a streetlight shaman…

The actual line is:

…I’m a streetlight shinin’…

A mondegreen is, of course, a misheard or misinterpreted song lyric (or line in a poem).  I like my version of that Foo Fighters line better.  It doesn’t make much sense, but I like it better.  I also like the following line:

…plowman dig my herb…

better than the original:

…plowman dig my earth…

That’s from Bob Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower, also covered by Jimi Hendrix.  The Hendrix version is a little less intelligible, hence what I heard.

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