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Thread #2229 Message #2110988
Posted By: GUEST,Uncle Fred
25-Jul-07 - 12:08 PM
Thread Name: Mistakes I Have Made When Listening To Songs
Subject: RE: Mistakes I Have Made When Listening To Songs
The great musicians of the world also creatd mondegreens.
When A.P. Carter heard the Wabash Cannonball he didn't have his pencil, unusual for him. What he heard was, "The boes' acommodations on the Wabash Cannonball" In other words, the hobos means of transportation. He interpreted it as "Modern Combination..." and that's what people remember. But there is a wonderfully composed version that was recorded by the great ethnomusicologist John Greenway. Imagine a boxcar with the name "Wabash Line" painted on the side. The train itself could not go to all the places in the song, but the single boxcar could go anywhere there were tracks; just like a luxurious private car that the rich traveled in.
"Hear her engine whistle and the lonesome hobos call
As they ride the rods and brakebeams on the Wabash Cannonball".