God Dressed Ye, Mare
a Christmas carol
as misheard 1968/12/25 (age 15) by Chris Wayan
When I was little I misheard song lyrics a lot. I figured it was just me--until I discovered Walt Kelly's Pogo, a comic strip set in Okeefenokee Swamp. All the swamp critters sing this carol each Christmas:
Dig the holes with trowels, by golly--Walla Walla Wash, and Kalamazoo!
Nora's freezing on the trolley--Swaller dollar cauliflower, allez-garou!
Don't we know archaic barrel--Lullaby, Lulu Boy, Louisville Lou!
Trolley Molly don't love Harold--Boola Boola Pensacoola Hullabaloo...
(Well, that was from memory, I didn't look it up. But I think it's close.)
Anyway, after that I didn't worry about my little inaccuracies. But it was years later, long after such creative mis-hearings had been dubbed mondegreens by columnist Jon Carroll, that it occurred to me to draw how I sang God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen.
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