A misheard song lyric or occasionally other utterance. The funnier the better. Originated when the seventeenth century ballad "The Bonnie Earl of Moray" was misheard; "they have slain the Earl of Moray/ and laid him on the green", became "They have slain the Earl of Moray/ And Lady Mondegreen".
Examples of mondegreens:
The ants are my friends, they're blowing in the wind. (After Bob Dylan
They've all come to look for a miracle. (from "America", by Paul Simon
Jumbled shack flash is a gas, gas, gas. (Rolling Stones
Lock the cash box, lock the cash box. (The Clash
, "Rock the Casbah"
Olive, the other reindeer. ("Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer
There's a bathroom on the right. (Originally "there's a bad moon on the rise", from "Bad Moon Rising" by Credence Clearwater Revival
The girl with colitis
goes by. (The Beatles
Jose, can you see? ("The Star-Spangled Banner
Blessed art thou, a monk swimming. (Catholic prayer "Hail Mary
noun. A misheard lyric in a song. The term comes from an old song which contains the lyric "They slew the Earl of Moray and laid him on the green." It was commonly misheard as "They slew the Earl of Moray and Lady Mondegreen."
"There's a bathroom on the right" is a mondegreen of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "There's a bad moon on the rise."
"Louie, Louie" is full of mondegreens.
A mondegreen (also sometimes spelled "mondagreen") is the accidental mishearing of a phrase in a poem, or song in such a way that it acquires a new, and usually humourous meaning.
In "The Death of Lady Mondegreen" from Harper's Magazine November 1954, the American writer Sylvia Wright coined it:
Ye Highlands and ye Lowlands,
Oh, where hae ye been?
They have slain the Earl of Murray,
And Lady Mondegreen.
actually, the line should have been:
And laid him on the green.