The word Modegreen comes from, (a straight copy from Wikipedia)
American writer Sylvia Wright coined the term in her essay "The Death of Lady Mondegreen", published in Harper's Magazine in November 1954.
In the essay, Wright described how, as a young girl, she misheard the last line of the first stanza from the 17th-century ballad "The Bonnie Earl o' Moray". She wrote:
When I was a child, my mother used to read aloud to me from Percy's Reliques, and one of my favorite poems began, as I remember:
The actual fourth line is "And laid him on the green.
- Ye Highlands and ye Lowlands,
- Oh, where hae ye been?
- They hae slain the Earl o' Moray,
- And Lady Mondegreen.
While I do know better, I simply cannot correct in my head the lyrics to this song. Chook is Australian slang for chicken.
You tell me Macy Gray does not sing 'Goodbye my chook'. Actually, it does not sound so much like it when you watch the video, so don't watch, just listen.