Longtime readers of this blog may recall that I love wordplay in general and mondegreens in particular. (Click here for a quick refresher on what mondegreens are.) I blogged about all this back in February of last year. I also love the holidays. Yep, my tree is up, I have presents underneath it, I’ve got holiday music queued up on my phone and iPod, and I even have my Fireplace DVD set to go in the DVD player (hey, don’t laugh—it’s a decent substitute for those of us who lack the real thing).
So what’s better than either mondegreens or the holidays? The two of them combined! That’s right—today’s post is all about holiday mondegreens. Here are just a handful of my favorites:
• Deck the halls with Buddy Holly / Fa la la la la, / la la la la (mishearing of the lyric “Deck the halls with boughs of holly / Fa la la la la, / la la la la.”)
• The first Noel, / the angels did say, / was to frighten poor shepherds / in fields as they lay (mishearing of the lyric “The first Noel, / the angels did say, / was to certain poor shepherds / in fields as they lay.”)
• Joy to the world / the Lord has gum! (mishearing of the lyric “Joy to the world / the Lord has come!”)
• Outside the snow is falling / and friends are calling, “You fool!” (mishearing of the lyric “Outside the snow is falling / and friends are calling, “ ‘You hoo!’ ”)
• Police have my dad (mishearing of the lyric “Feliz Navidad.” You’re going to be singing this one all day now, aren’t you?)
Do any of you have any favorite mondegreens? Seriously, people, I love these things. So if you know of any (holiday or not), please feel free to post them in the comments section. Happy Holidays, everyone!