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Tangerines and elephants [Mar. 11th, 2010|05:00 pm]
Marissa Lingen
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This morning I woke up with my grandpa's voice singing a medley of Credence Clearwater Revival songs in my head. He sang "Looking Out My Back Door" and "Up Around the Bend" and, just as I was waking up, "Bad Moon Rising."

Of course he didn't sing the right words to "Bad Moon Rising." He never did. He loved mistaken lyrics.

I think in some families this would be a disturbing experience, but I found it very comforting. Settling.
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[User Picture]From: akirlu
2010-03-11 11:27 pm (UTC)
I'm fond of the occasional Mondegreen myself. Just spotted on KissThisGuy.com: "Oh, Canada" - "We stand on cars, and freeze."
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2010-03-12 04:23 am (UTC)
I love that.
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[User Picture]From: angeyja
2010-03-12 12:56 am (UTC)
Not related but I've been researching great grandma Rose and Grandma Julia for my final paper for 20th Cent Hist Comparative*, and spending a lot of time looking at things like Késmárk, Hungary in 1910, and Ellis Island,Ohio at that time, and thinking how I wish I had a better memory because I know that I knew her when I was small but I can't really remember her. In spite of saying that, it is a settling experience in an odd way.

Késmárk is pretty small, isolated, and has a bit of history itself. I think at one point this week I was (might have been) looking at church my great grandparents got married in.

* We have to write about the experiences of our family from 1900 to now and I am doing this from the angle of four women: great grandma Rose, her daughter Julia, Julia's daughter Sharon, and then myself(not my choice to write about me but part of requirement of the paper.)
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2010-03-12 04:23 am (UTC)
Also not related, happy birthday.
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[User Picture]From: themagdalen
2010-03-12 03:31 am (UTC)
There's a bathroom on the right?
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2010-03-12 04:23 am (UTC)
There sure is.
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[User Picture]From: retrobabble
2010-03-12 04:06 am (UTC)
That sounds very settling. :)
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