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Vesica (Vesica)
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Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 3:39 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A mondegreen is a mishearing that leads to a new meaning, most commonly in song lyrics. This one dates from when I was but a wee Ves but it’s a favorite family story to embarrass me.

I loved the song, but it never seemed like the game would be much fun for the melons.
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 3:54 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Game: a sport? Something commonly played by kids?
Melons: the fruit?
Song: rock? Rap? Classical? Hymn? Salsa? Screamo? Metal? Pop? Jazz?
Vesica (Vesica)
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Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 4:26 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Balin
Game: a sport? Yes
Something commonly played by kids? Yes
Melons: the fruit? Yes

Song: rock? Rap? Classical? Hymn? Salsa? Screamo? Metal? Pop? Jazz? None of these.
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 5:07 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the song a children's song? folk song? a lullaby?
Ixoye724 (Ixoye724)
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Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 5:13 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

So you thought a portion of the lyrics referred to melons being used in a game? Or melons participating in a game, as if they were people? Or melons being abused or treated harshly in a game?
Melons being used as bowling balls? Melons being smashed? Dropped? Kicked? Hit? Thrown?
Vesica (Vesica)
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Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 5:16 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Doriana
Is the song a children's song? A little of this...
folk song? And a little of this. It would be most commonly referred to as another, yet to be determined, category.

a lullaby? No

Ixoye724
So you thought a portion of the lyrics referred to melons being used in a game? Yes, in my interpretation of the song.
Or melons participating in a game, as if they were people? Yes, this is what I thought the song literally said.
Or melons being abused or treated harshly in a game? In my imaginings, yes.

Melons being used as bowling balls? No
Melons being smashed? No
Dropped? No
Kicked? Yes, I imagined.
Hit? No
Thrown? No
Noel (Noel)
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Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 5:27 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is a specific type of melons relevant? If so, cantaloupe? honeydew? watermelon?

Since you said yes to "kicked," is the game soccer? kickball?
Vesica (Vesica)
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Is a specific type of melons relevant? Yes!
If so, cantaloupe? YES!
honeydew? No
watermelon? No

Since you said yes to "kicked," is the game soccer? Yes, soccer or football (in the non-US usage).
kickball? No
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 6:24 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

So playing soccer with cantaloupes...

Did the mondegreen include the word "soccer"? "Football"? "Kick" (or a variant)? "Cantaloupe"?

Is the song widely known? Is it sung at holidays? At a special occasion?
Vesica (Vesica)
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Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 7:33 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

So playing soccer with cantaloupes...Quite the visual, right? Probably why it's such a family favorite story...

Did the mondegreen include the word "soccer"? No
"Football"? No
"Kick" (or a variant)? No
"Cantaloupe"? Yes

Is the song widely known? Yes
Is it sung at holidays? No
At a special occasion? No
Noel (Noel)
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Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 8:37 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did the mondegreen include some sort of slang word for soccer?
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 8:42 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the song from a TV series? commercial? movie? musical?
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 8:43 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Shot in the dark: Did you hear "Polly put the kettle on" as "Polly punt the cantaloupe"?
Vesica (Vesica)
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Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 8:57 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Noel
Did the mondegreen include some sort of slang word for soccer? No. See clarification.

Doriana
Is the song from a TV series? No
commercial? It may have been used in a commerical...
movie? Ditto for a movie...
musical? Not that I know of.

It's a VERY common song dating from well before the 1950s, which may explain why some of these questions are tough. I am sure artists have recorded it and it's been used in various media.

Balin
Shot in the dark: Did you hear "Polly put the kettle on" as "Polly punt the cantaloupe"? Great shot, but missed by a mile. Nope.

CLARIFICATION:
There are two issues here - the mondegreen itself and what I imagined the song was talking about based on the mondegreen.

The cantaloupes relate to the mondegreen.

The reference to soccer relates to what I imagined based on my mishearing.

Hope that helps a bit. This is a silly little puzzle, but hopefully fun. Hooray Cantaloupes!
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 11:22 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Oh, is it a jingle? Does the song mention a brand name?
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Is any other game/sport relevant? Songs sung at sporting events?
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Did the "cant" in "cantaloupe" come from "can't"? "Can't elope" ?
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Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 1:29 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

is the song a nursery rhyme? a hymn? a Christmas Carol?

not "Home on the range, where the deer and the canteloupe play"?
Vesica (Vesica)
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Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 2:28 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Balin
Oh, is it a jingle? No
Does the song mention a brand name? No

Whirligig
Is any other game/sport relevant? No
Songs sung at sporting events? No

Galfisk
Did the "cant" in "cantaloupe" come from "can't"? No
"Can't elope" ? No

Shez
is the song a nursery rhyme? No
a hymn? No
a Christmas Carol? No

not "Home on the range, where the deer and the canteloupe play"? It IS! Clever Shez!

****** SPOILER ******

Before I started attending school, my grandparents watched me during the day and my grandmother would sing to me at nap time. She knew oodles of old hymns, state songs, and sort of western songs (like “Home on the Range” and “Don’t Fence Me In”). Sometimes she’d let me make requests and one day I asked for “The Cantaloupe Song”.

She was a bit baffled but after some questions she determined I meant the one that says “Where the deer and the cantaloupe play”. After all, I was three. I had no idea what an antelope was, but I knew about canteloupes –we ate them all the time.

That being said, the song had never made sense to me because in my mind I saw the deer playing soccer with the cantaloupe, which didn’t seem like it would be much fun for the melons. I guess I couldn’t think of many other ways that deer and cantaloupe could play together.


Congrats to Shez for the solve and thanks to all who played!!
Ixoye724 (Ixoye724)
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Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 3:47 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Great puzzle - the mind's eye is a funny thing!
Shez (Shez)
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Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 5:42 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

excellent! it came to me at work and I couldn't stop laughing all afternoon!
Peter365 (Peter365)
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Posted on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 12:04 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Late to the party here, but just wanted to say that this really made me laugh out loud. As funny a mondegreen as I've heard in ages.

Nice of you to share this.

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