Mondegreens and the Unforgiving Dork

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A mondegreen is a lyric or line from a song that has been misunderstood or misheard. The term was coined by Sylvia Wright in 1954 while writing about what she thought were the lyrics of a poem growing up, having mistook the line “They hae slain the Earl o’ Moray for And laid him on the green” for “They hae slain the Earl o’ Moray and Lady Mondegreen.” She found herself wondering who this strange Lady Mondegreen was and why she only showed up for the one line of the poem.

People create mondegreens all the time. A particularly common one is in Jimi Hendrix’ Purple Haze, with people hearing “‘Scuse me while I kiss this guy” instead of “kiss the sky”. But hey, Jimi Hendrix was a genius and could kiss who or whatever he liked. It’s not my place to judge.

Back in February, trance producer Estiva worked with Adara to create a lovely track called Spark. It’s a beautiful song, it really is. But… there’s one little catch. Every time Adara sings the word “dark” it sounds to me like she’s singing the word “dork”. I don’t think it’s an accent thing, I mean Adara is from Colorado. That said, a song about the “unforgiving dork” is actually quite intriguing. Who is this mysterious geek? Anyway, if you haven’t heard it, give this song a listen. And if you figure out who the unforgiving dork in the song is, let me know. I’m hoping it’s not me. I mean, I’m kind of a dork, but I don’t even know Adara…