Mondegreen

Anyone who reads Language Log regularly probably has noted that Mark Liberman repeatedly references the song ‘Oxford Comma’ by Vampire Weekend. A few days ago I found out that another famous indie band (which I like), Yeasayer, have a song called ‘Mondegreen.’ A mondegreen is a misheard lyric: an example being something like “You can’t take this guy from me” instead of “You can’t take the sky from me” (In the Firefly theme). Somewhat fittingly, no site that I can find has a full list of the lyrics that doesn’t include at least a few ‘?????’. See what you can make of it.

The singer was never the best at enunciating. I sadly couldn’t identify any specific mondegreens while I was listening – if I had, they probably wouldn’t have been proper mondegreens anyway.

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