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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

And Lady Mondegreen

Here's a Willie Nelson song I know from the Joan Baez version which my brother had on LP.

I always liked the lyrics, with the very Zen idea of living in the eternal now. But digging out this clip I find that my favourite line was actually a mishearing. Willie Nelson wrote (and Joan Baez sang - I checked) "Yesterday's dead, and tomorrow is blind" but what I heard was "Yesterday's deaf, and tomorrow is blind". Which I modestly suggest may actually be an improvement, not just because of the deaf/blind thing but for the image of people trying to call back an unresponsive yesterday. i can't take any creative credit for that: I genuinely thought it was what Willie Nelson wrote. So maybe in a sense he did.

Anyway: great song.