I love a good mondegreen.
For those who are not familiar with the term, it was invented by US writer Sylvia Wright, who had misheard a 17th century ballad. The final two lines of a verse were:
They hae slain the Earl Amurray,
And laid him on the green.
Sylvia thought it was
They hae slain the Earl Amurray,
And Lady Mondegreen.
My first mondegreen:
Tis the season to be Charley [jolly].
You can blame my Disney Christmas tape for that.
My most recent mondegreen:
Lips parted like a fraggle unfurled [a flag all unfurled]
From The Decemberists' Summersong.
My favourite mondegreens:
Our land abounds in nature strips [nature's gifts]
-Australian National Anthem
Hold me closer Tony Danza [tiny dancer]
-Tiny Dancer, Elton John
You'd think that I could rustle up a little soft-shoe Dennis Quaid [gentle sway]
-I Don't Feel Like Dancing, Scissorsisters
What are yours?