A new mondegreen
I’ve always enjoyed mondegreens, that is, creative mishearings of song lyrics, and I came across a good new one the other day. It was in a piece of life writing from a student which I was marking, and it quoted the Lightning Seeds/David Baddiel football song about England’s European Championship bid: “jewels remain still gleaming”.
Of course that should be “Jules Rimet still gleaming”, referring to the 9-inch high solid gold World Cup trophy. But unlike most mondegreens, “jewels remain still gleaming” does actually still make good sense in the context of the song, if we interpret jewels metaphorically, to mean “precious memories” or something of the sort.
P.S. May I bring to your attention my comic fantasy YA novel The Infinite Powers of Adam Gowers – here is the link: https://unbound.com/books/adam-gowers . Go there and you will see a neat little 2-minute video of me explaining why the time for this novel has come! And if you support it you will get your name in the back and an invitation to the launch party.