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Mondegreen

One of the things I find the most interesting about being married is how we can both be looking at or hearing the same thing and have totally different opinions about it. I, being the English major, focus on the words and try to figure out what they are really saying. Wilbert, being the music major, listens to the music, the bass line, the brass involved and all of the other musical components. So, it always drives me nuts when he messes up the words on a song that he is singing while we are doing dishes.

But sometimes the lyric mistakes are made because we miss hear the lyrics - what is known as a mondegreen. This came up just the other day. I was doing a word search and one of the words was "Toledo." Now whenever we are on I-80 heading to Michigan and we see the sign for Toledo, Wilbert always breaks out into a little song that goes, "Toledo. Oh, oh, oh. One more time oughta get it." And that is about all he knew so he would sing it several times. Well, when I came across this word, I of course broke out into song and Wilbert decided he need to find a recording of the real song to play for me. So after quite a bit of searching on the internet, we discovered the song was actually called the "Lido Shuffle" and the chorus said, "Lido. Oh...." So, it is not a song about a city in Ohio, but about a person named Lido.

So, I have once again been taught the lesson not to go to my husband for lyrics. He also thought "Pour some Sugar on me" was "Awesome sheet of hunger" for a while. So, really I shouldn't be surprised at all.

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