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Thread #32340   Message #4076975
Posted By: Sandra in Sydney
26-Oct-20 - 11:22 PM
Thread Name: any new mondegreens?
Subject: RE: any new mondegreens?
Slim Dusty was one Australia's greatest country singers.

One of his biggest hits was G'day, G'day lyrics with cords written by Ron Fairburn,but often said to be written by Slim. video of Ron Fairburn's original words to G'day G'day

The line "in the land of the cockatoo, cork hats and the didgeridoo" has become "in the land of the cockatoo, polecats and the didgeridoo" on many sites - pole cats in & on least 25 other lyrics sites. ps, We don't have polecats in Australia!

Cork hats are hats with corks hanging off the brim to discourage flies. Alleged to have been worn in fly-infested areas back in the olden days, & now only seen in souvenir shops & on tourist heads.