I misheard the "church on time" lyric in David Bowie's "Modern Love" as "ching chong chang" and wondered how such a racist song was allowed to be played on the radio!
When I first heard American Pie, I misheard the chorus as "buy, buy me some 'Merican pie". I didn't know why Don McLean couldn't just buy the pie himself.
I used to believe "I Want Candy" was actually "I'm A Kidney", especially since they played it in PE/health class at my school.
When I was in Grammer school we sang a Polish folk song about how the "Vistula" ( a river in Poland) was flowing. I misunderstood and thought it was "fistula" for years.. Then someone told me a fistula was a boil you get on your rear end. Talk about embarrassed...
I always thought that Beyonce's 'All The Single Ladies' was about drawing circles around the toys you liked in the catalogue. It didn't help that my parents called the action of drawing a circle around an image in a catalogue 'ringing'.
"If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it"
In 'Call Me Maybe', I misheard 'Ripped jeans skin' as 'Rich cheese skin'.
In Kesha's Tik Tok, I thought she was saying "The party don't start 'till our work ends'.
I used to think the song Wind the Bobbin Up was Wind the Bobbinut and wondered what a bobbinut was meant to be.
For some reason I thought the song Admiral which sounds like Atomic Kittens I Want Your Love had lyrics that went 'at first we sail our karumba, and then set sail into the sea'. I guess I just made it up without realising because I have looked it up and never found those exact lyrics.
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..."