Archive for Mondegreens/Mishearings


In the English version of the song “Madeleine,” as performed in Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, there’s a couplet that I always thought went like this: Madeleine’s my Tisiphe; She’s America to me. I’ve been listening to the song, now and then, since the mid-’80s. I had a vague recollection […]

Take their tails

Listened to James Gordon’s song “Small Town Prairie Gigs” this afternoon. One of the verses is about meeting townsfolk; I was surprised at the line that went like this: Sometimes we'd take their tails back home with us… …but then I realized that of course he’d actually sung tales. I guess it still counts as […]