Mondegreen The song begins: "A screen door slams, Mary's dress ... and, what is Mary's dress doing: swaying or waving. The Boss's co-producer Jon Landau told The New Yorker that the correct word is "sways."

The Debate Over Wording In Bruce Springsteen's 'Thunder Road' Is Settled

The Debate Over Wording In Bruce Springsteen's 'Thunder Road' Is Settled

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The song begins: "A screen door slams, Mary's dress ... and, what is Mary's dress doing: swaying or waving. The Boss's co-producer Jon Landau told The New Yorker that the correct word is "sways."

A MARTINEZ, HOST:

Good morning. I'm A Martinez. Listen to the beginning of this Bruce Springsteen song.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THUNDER ROAD")

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: (Singing) The screen door slams. Mary's dress sways.

MARTINEZ: What is Mary's dress doing? Is it swaying or waving? The debate over this classic mondegreen in "Thunder Road" may finally be settled. The Boss's co-producer Jon Landau told The New Yorker the word is sways. That's what Bruce's original notebooks say, and that's how he sang the song. It's MORNING EDITION.

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