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A&E Biography - Ricky Nelson album at
Ricky Nelson's, "Travelin' Man"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Oh, my sweet frog lyin'
Down in Birmingham
The Real Lyrics:
Oh my sweet fräulein
Down in Berlin town
The Story: I first heard this as a child then unfamiliar with any German words or places, so naturally I was hard-put to understand it. I made out the best hearing of it I could. I never heard the song again or consciously remembered it that I know of until well after I was grown up. Incidentally, in the meantime, when I first learned that there was a German language, I do remember having a vague notion at first that I might be spoken somewhere like Alabama or thereabouts. I always wondered where that notion came from, but didn't have a clue until I started doing karaoke and learned this song again, it being vaguely familiar from of old. I realized then the confusion between Berlin town and Birmingham just might have been the origin of my confusion about German being spoken in Alabama. - Submitted by: Robert Jones
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