In the early 1960s, Peter, Paul & Mary's recording of "Puff the Magic Dragon" was played on the radio a lot. Yes, I am old enough to remember hearing it on the radio in my parents' car. There is a line in which Little Jackie Paper would bring to Puff : ". . . strings and sealing wax and other fancy stuff". I did not know what sealing wax was; I only knew what a ceiling was. I knew plenty of people waxed their kitchen floors. But I didn't know anyone who waxed their ceiling. I still haven't met anyone who waxes their ceiling, or seen ceiling wax in any store.
Kasabian In the song
“you’re in love with a psycho”
I thought it said
“Jibber jabber at the bargain booze”
I thought the song Skip To My Lou was about skipping to the toilet.
I used to believe that the ABBA song Waterloo was about the train line in London, before realising, due to the lyrics, that I was actually about the historical battle!
Misheard lyric in Sam Cooke's "Twisting The Night Away": it's actually supposed to be "dancing with the chicken slats". Chicken slats are the boards that make up the framework of a chicken coop. This would have been familiar to Cooke who was from rural Mississippi. Also it's crucial to the song: as in "Another Saturday Night" the protagonist didn't have a girl, thus he was dancing with "Chicken slats ".
I thought the song Smooth Operator by Sade sounded like Rudolph the Reindeer. Also thought Betty Davis Eyes by Kim Carne sounded like 'Better days to decide'.
I thought that "toony" was a slang term for a part of your body of which you had two, as in the song "Ballin' the Jack" (First you put your toonies close up tight). (OUCH!)
I used to believe part of the lyrics to Fall Out Boy's "Centuries" went:
"You look so pretty, but your gun's so soon."
When, really, it's
"You look so pretty, but YOU'RE GONE so soon."
I thought the lyrics to "Single Ladies" were "If you liked it, then you should've put your name on it."
I used to believe that the lyrics to Mull of Kintyre were bollocking time
Up until I was like 7 or 8, I thought the lyrics to the song "Last Christmas" were, "Last Christmas, I gave you my harp..."
I thought Total Eclipse of the Heart went "nothing I can see, total eclipse of the sun".
I thought the "physically fit" lines in the song "I Like to Move It" were "fizzy coloured feet".
I used to think that the lyric "boiled or stewed, whole or chewed" in Cookie Monster's healthy food song was "almond stew, polo chew".
I always thought the lyrics in I'm Blue were "I could beat up a guy"
When I was 5-7 I thought "let the bodies hit the floor" was "let the parties at the flow" I knew about that song because I watched youtube back then (this was like 2008-2010) so there was many videos with that song in the background. I didn't know much english but knew a few words. After I found out the name of the band was "drowning pool" I thought they lived in an inflatable empty swimming pool that was stranded at the middle of the ocean.
I used to believe the line, "take it back now y'all", in the Cha Cha Slide was "take it back daddy y'all".
Up until five minutes ago, I thought the lyric in Maybe Tomorrow by the Jackson 5 was "I only know my head when it's here on Earth, this time you'll look into my eye" when it turns out it's really "I only know my heaven is here on Earth, each time you look into my eyes". It's strange because my version still made sense to me.
i thought "two pence a bag" from feed the birds from mary poppins was "toppins of ag"
The song called heart of glass mixed me up as a kid. I heard "Heart and ass".