Posted by: Jack Henry | December 31, 2014

Editor’s Corner: The Twelfth Day of English

To finish off the Editor’s Corner seasonal Twelve Days of English, I have another set of holiday music mondegreens from Deck the Halls with Buddy Holly, and Other Misheard Song Lyrics, by Gavin Edwards.

If you are interested in winning this lightly used book, send me an email with the words BUDDY HOLLY in the subject line by January 6. I’ll announce the winner and send you the book shortly thereafter!

Happy New Year!

Song Title Mondegreen Actual Lyrics
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Olive, the other reindeer All of the other reindeer
Deck the Halls Deck the halls with buns of Holland

Deck the halls with bows of folly

Deck the halls with Buddy Holly

Deck the halls with boughs of holly
Silent Night Sleep in heavenly peas Sleep in heavenly peace
We Three Kings We three kings of porridge and tar We three kings of Orient are
The Twelve Days of Christmas On the first day of Christmas,

My tulip gave to me

On the first day of Christmas,

My true love gave to me

Winter Wonderland In the meadow we can build a snowman,

Then pretend that he is sparse and brown

In the meadow we can build a snowman,

And pretend that he is Parson Brown

Silent Night Radiate meat from your holy place Radiant beams from thy holy face
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town He’s making a list,

Chicken and rice

He’s making a list,

Checking it twice

O Holy Night Long-legged worm Long lay the world
White Christmas May your days be merry in brine May your days be merry and bright
The Twelve Days of Christmas Ten lawyers leaving Ten lords a-leaping
Do You Hear What I Hear? He will bring us windows and limes He will bring us goodness and light

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