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Thread #32340   Message #1911779
Posted By: Howard Kaplan
17-Dec-06 - 10:58 AM
Thread Name: any new mondegreens?
Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
In most versions of "Lady Franklin's Lament", the following lines appear:

   Only the Eskimo in his skin canoe
   Is the only one that ever got through

I once heard someone sing a very interesting but sensible mishearing of the first line, but I'm not sure exactly how the second line was altered to go with it, so I'm making a plausible guess about that second line:

   Only the Eskimo and his kin can know
   The only one who could ever get through