When I first saw an accordion, I thought it was an engine from a car or truck. I thought they would take it out of the vehicle and stretch it back and forth so they can get dirt and dust out of it. I also wondered why it made a lot of noise and why someone would keep it in their house. I later learned it was only a musical instrument when my grandparents showed one to me. I felt so embarrassed and dumbfounded when they told me what it really was...
I used to think that all music was made by this one big guy, (who in my mind looked something like Danny Devito) who wore a blue and orange vertical-striped polo shirt. He sang every song, and did the instruments for every song. I have no idea where that thought originally came from.
When I was little, when the band "Linkin Park" emerged, I thought that the radio said that they were playing a song from 'years and years ago'. Being a kid who only liked new songs, I would switch over whenever they'd play. When I heard 'It is love' on the radio regularly though, I was surprised because I thought it was an old song.
I used to believe that yodeling was illegal in certain countries.
I used to hate that song about the Weeping Willow "crying on his pillow" because I thought it was an actual guy as opposed to a tree, and thought it was too sad. Then, I learnt that Willow was a girl's name and thought that maybe the man was actually named William.
I used to think bands or singers could be sued for plagiarism if they coincidentally had a song that was too similar to one by another artist, but not as a cover!
I thought the song "Pop Goes the Weasel" was about a weasel exploding soda
Are used to think the song white lines was about salt
My mom was a prude who thought everything was "dirty"or bad.She thought "Killing me softly with his song " was about a murder.First the murderer strummed the victim s face with his fingers not strummed his fate.She was messed up.
There's a song which has lyrics that are basically just a bunch of actions followed by "Rawhide" and then it starts again.
Up until I was *seventeen*, I had only heard of rawhide as that stuff you give dogs to chew on, so I thought that it was akin to have a song where you shout, "Dog food!" at random intervals, so the song made no sense to me.
I used to listen to this song at school, and the lyrics were things like "Welcome back" and "We're proud of you". I thought it was about a girl (no idea why I specifically thought she was a girl) graduating a boarding high school, and it was sung by her parents.
Later, I learned that it was about welcoming soldiers back after a war, but I thought my version was better.
When I was a child, I used to believe the singer or the music group lived in my CD's and they allowed to sing (and live) only when I wanted.
My cousin used to think that a group of nine singers was called a "niner".
"Achy Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus was popular when I was a kid. However, I misunderstood the line "He might blow up and kill this man." I thought "this man" was referring to some other specific man - in short, that his heart would explode so violently as to cause collateral damage.
When I heard the song "Oh Susanna" as a very little kid I was very confused about the verse about coming from Alabama with "a banjo on my knee".I literally thought it meant the guy had limped a long distance with a banjo tied or strapped to his knee, which must have made his knee really sore and raw! My belief in this idiotic idea was further confirmed by my grandmother who for some reason didn't think it was very Ladylike to play a banjo.When she heard me singing the song ( we learned it it school) she commented sharply that she hoped she would never see me with a banjo on my knee.I quickly agreed with her.Who wanted to do anything as stupid and painful as to strap a banjo on my knee and go hiking to another state until my skin rubbed off? It was several years before I figured out the actual meaning of the song and the snobby attitude behind Grandmother's comment.
When I was young I did not asscociate the Danny Boy song with Scotland, and with the words "... the pipes the pipes are ca-alling"; the image I had was of vague industrial water pipes - and wondered why someone was being called by them, but song lyrics were often pretty strange, so I just left it at that.
I thought my parents had written "Don't Worry, Be Happy".
In one part of the sound of music where the captain plays the guitar and sings edelweiss, i thought he was saying anal wipes
When I was a little kid, I liked listening to a song called "The Yodeler" while riding in the car. One lyric was "When he met with an avalanche interrupting his cry". I thought that an avalanche was a type of animal, like a bear or squirrel. I also thought that the part "Once an Austrian went yodeling" was "Once an ostrich went yodeling" and I would picture an ostrich walking across a nature trail to the mountains.
When I was 5 I liked listening to my kid songs CD in the car, and one of the songs I liked was called "Skip to My Lou", which I would sing as "Sing to My Jew". My mom would laugh whenever I sung it, and I never understood why since I had no idea what a "Jew" was yet. It was funny though