“I can show you the world
Shining, shimmering, splendid
Tell me princess now ended
You was let your heart decide”
You might be singing along with the song, “A Whole New World”, while watching Aladdin and Jasmine fly on the magic carpet. Oops…have you noticed some lyric mistakes. It’s a bit funny when you sing like no tomorrow, in front of your friends, then at the end of the day you will find out that you heard the lyrics wrong. I sing my heart out along with Lion King’s Hakunamatata song despite of not knowing the meaning of the entire lyrics. (Okay, I’m guilty some of my lyrics are wrong, but hey!, who doesn’t love that song, and Timon is the cutest!) I bet most of us can relate to that. There are some Disney song lyrics that are commonly misinterpreted thus resulting to mondegreens.
“Have you ever heard the wolf cry to the lukewarm moon?” (Pocahontas)
“With all the force of the great Thai food” (Mulan)
“It’s our problem freeze, philosophy” (Lion King)
Sounds familiar? (Chuckles) Yes, they are all mondegreens. Mondegreens are not only for Disney Songs. Remember Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space”?
“Lonely Starbucks lovers” (wrong lyrics)
“Long list of ex-lovers” (who get this right from hearing it for the first time?)
Mondegreens is when you misheard song lyrics and replace them with different words. Will a computer produce more mondegreens from an audio transcription than a human translator? Look at this infographic I come across. Even robot’s get some lyric mistake.