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Misheard lyrics (also called mondegreens) occur when people misunderstand the lyrics in a song. These are NOT intentional rephrasing of lyrics, which is called parody. This page contains all the misheard lyrics for The Death of Emmett Till that have been submitted to this site and the old collection from inthe80s started in 1996. For more information about the misheard lyrics available on this site, please read our FAQ.

Bob Dylan's, "The Death of Emmett Till"
Misheard Lyrics:
While Emmett's body floats the foam
Of a gentle southern sea.
Original Lyrics:
While Emmett's body floats the foam
Of a Jim Crow southern sea.
Jim Crow is not a term in wide usage now adj. 1. Upholding or practicing discrimination against and segregation of Black people: Jim Crow laws; a Jim Crow town. 2. Reserved or set aside for a racial or ethnic group that is to be discriminated against: "I told them I wouldn't take a Jim Crow job”-Ralph Bunche.

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