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Mondegreen* Challenge

By Beverly Stock.

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*A mondegreen /ˈmɒndɪɡriːn/ is a mishearing or misinterpretation

of a phrase in a way that gives it a new meaning.

As a listener, unable to hear a lyric correctly, we substitute words that sound familiar and make sense. So, in my list below, tell me how many songs you recognize.

Give yourself BONUS POINTS if you can name the title and artist. Go to BeverlyStockPoetry.com and place your answers. 1. “I remove umbilicals…”

2. “Hold me closer, Tony Danza…”

3. “Kicking your cat all over the place…Kicking your can all over the place…"

4. “We built this city on sausage rolls…”

5. “The ants are my friends…"

6. “Dr. Laura, you pickled man-thief…”

7. “The girl with colitis goes by…”

8. There’s a bathroom on the right…”

9. “You’re the cheese to my pizza mine…”

10. “Let’s pee in the corner; let’s pee in the spotlight.” “What is said and what is heard can be easily misunderstood.”



Beverly Stock is an American poet who delights in creating poetry that asks big questions about small moments, and inspires readers to revisit the little memories we so often overlook. Her work has been published by The Society of Classical Poets, The Chained Muse, Persimmon Tree, and LightenUp-Online, in the UK. Visit BeverlyStockPoetry.com and BeverlyStockPoetry on Facebook.

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