A writer named Sylvia Wright, who wrote for Harper's Magazine wrote this in 1954:
"When I was a child, my mother used to read aloud to me from Percy's Reliques. One of my favorite poems began, as I remember:
Ye Highlands and ye Lowlands,
Oh, where hae ye been?
They hae slain the Earl Amurray,
And Lady Mondegreen."
Ye Highlands and Ye Lowlands,
O where hae ye been?
They hae slain the Earl of Moray,
And hae laid him on the green
Every time I read this, I just roll all over the place because it is so hysterical and I would so have done this myself. I keep seeing poor Lady Mondegreen, slain beside her earl.
A few more wrong lyrics have popped into my head since I wrote that post, so here are a few more. Sadly, in some of these cases, I used to know the correct words and someone told me how they misunderstood and now I can't remember which is the correct phrase when I actually hear the song! Please add your own in the comments.
"I should get kisses"should be "passionate kisses"
"I haven't seen you in a dress" should be "I haven't see you in ages."
"Wasn't very long, up in Everett, man took me in off the street" should be "Wasn't very long, a benevolent man took me in off the street"
"She'd never heard of Mr. Crowe" should be "she'd never heard a rooster crow" although k-ster thinks it's "east of crow" which he says is like the middle of nowhere. He's wrong, but he insists "east of crow" is a real term. Maybe in Hazzard County.