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In order to make a rhyme work, sometimes a singer will mis-pronunce a word intentionatly.

Lyrics Pronunciation, Traditional

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Traditional's, "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen"
The Lyrics:
The shepherds at those tidings rejoiced much in mind,
And left their flocks a-feeding in tempest, storm, and wind.
And went to Bethlehem straightway, the Son of God to find.
"Wind", at the end of the second line cited refers to the weather phenomenon and should rhyme with "friend" in its normal pronunciation. That would make it not rhyme with "mind" or "find" in the preceeding and following lines. But to make it rhyme, it is sometimes pronounced to rhyme with those other two words. Than makes "wind" SOUND like an entirely different word, a word for what a crooked river does, or once upon a time a word for what one did with one's watch to keep it running, a meaning likely lost on today's youth who grew up in the world of first self-winding watches and then battery operated and mostly didgital watches. In any event, the actual word in the song is the still common word "wind", the weather phenomenon, but to make it rhyme it is often pronounced like its homograph, the becoming-less-common word "wind" possibly more remembered today as the root of "rewind".
Submitted by: Marcia Zarwetten-Grassi
Traditional's, "The First Noel"
The Lyrics:
They looked up and saw a star
Shining in the east beyond them far
LOOKED is always pronounced as "look-ed" in this traditional Christmas hymn.
Submitted by: Camille Guaty with plant food in her hair

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