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What Was That Again? Hilarious Misheard Christmas Lyrics
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You may not be aware, but misunderstood lyrics have their own special name: mondegreens. The story goes that author Sylvia Wright coined the term in an article for Harper’s Bazaar in 1954, in honor of a lyric from a Scottish ballad she misheard as a child. She heard the lyric as:

They ha’e slain the Earl of Murray
And the Lady Mondegreen.


And the actual lyric was:

They ha’e slain the Earl of Murray
And they laid him on the Green.


Christmas carols are fairly susceptible to the phenomenon as well, especially when sung by children, whose ears may not be accustomed to the antiquated language in many traditional holiday songs. Whatever the reason, we hope you’ll get a laugh from some of these Christmas mondegreens. Be sure to comment below with any others you may have heard (or sung!)

Dashing through the snow, on a one horse soap and hay

Round John Virgin, mother and child…

Later on, we’ll perspire, as we drink by the fire…

Gloria…in a Chelsea stable

O tiny bomb, O tiny bomb

See the grazing mule before us, fa la la la la la la la la…

Good King Wences’ car backed out, on the feet of Steven…

Olive, the other reindeer, used to laugh and call him names…

Noel, Noel…Barney’s the king of Israel…

Joy to the world! The Lord has gum

He’s makin’ a list, of chicken and rice

We three kings, of porridge and tar

In the meadow we can build a snowman, then pretend that he is sparse and brown

O come, froggy faithful, joyful and triumphant…

Yet in thy dark streets China

Rudolph, the red-nosed stranger

Joy to the world, and let’s have fun, let earth receive her keys

Get dressed, ye married gentlemen…


We hope these gave you a giggle or two! Leave a comment below letting us know of any other funny ones you've heard, or lyrics you may have misunderstood yourself...and we hope you'll have a Sappy Moo Deer! (or something like that)