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Posted By: JWB
23-Dec-03 - 02:38 PM
Thread Name: any new mondegreens?
Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
I came across a Renaissance troup singing chanteys at the Cleveland, Ohio, tall ships festival. Their chorus to "Paddy Lay Back" went:

Paddy, lay back, take in your slack.
Take a turn around the capstan, heave and haul.
Around ship's station, boys, be handy,
We're bound for better horizons 'round the Horn.

The version most folks sing is:

Paddy, lay back...
Take a turn around the capstan, heave a pawl.
'Bout ship stations, boys, be handy,
We're bound for Val-a-pariso 'round the Horn.

Does this count as a variant?

Jerry