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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
I used to think that the Cupid Shuffle was actually the Cuban Shuffle.
I used to think that Seven Nation Army was Semination Army.
That Chopin was actually pronounced "chopping", and that Beethoven was pronounced "beet-hoven"
I used to think the name "Lucy" was pronounced "Lussy"(with a short u sound) and that "Linus" was pronounced "Linnus"(with a short i sound). That confused my mom when i asked her for the "Linnus and Lussy" song
Me and my cousin used to believe that the composer Beethoven was a dog. When we found out he was deaf, we thought it was so amazing how a dog that was DEAF could compose a such a beautiful song, until he told his mom that and he was a bit disappointed and surprised, but it was still amazing.
I used to believe that the video clip are realized in one time and the singers are singing with to the music
When I was a child, I used to believe I was really really good at singing. One day, a friend of mine said "You're tone-deaf!". Hard times!
As a child I really liked the song "Tik Tok" by Ke$ha and one of the lyrics was "Boys trying to touch my junk". I asked my cousin Isaac what "junk" meant and he told me it meant breasts. I believed this for years.
I thought "round yon virgin" was "roundjun urgent" in Silent Night and had no clue what that even meant... Also in Joy to the World when it said "righteousness" in one of the later verses I thought it was just some really weird long word.
I used to believe that the classical music was made in the sky by the angels, because when i was 5, my mom listened classical music, she always said that "oh my god this songs are the sky" and i imagined the angels with different musical instruments
When I was young I used to believe the Y.M.C.A. was some kind of weird hotel because they sang "It's fun to stay at the Y.M.C.A.You can get yourself clean, you can have a good meal,
You can do whatever you feel..."
Why would you "stay" at a gym? You "go" to the gym and "stay" at a hotel.
And I didn't know the Y serves meals???
In the song "Jingle Bells" I thought the lyric "one horse open sleigh" was "one horse soapin sleigh." For years I wondered what the heck a "soapin sleigh" was. I figured that maybe they added soap to the bottom of the sleigh to help it move along? I don't think I figured it out until I was in my late 20s.
When I was a child, I used to believe that every time I replayed a song, the artist/band was performing it for me personally..
I used to be scared of the song "Man-eater" because I thought it was literally about a woman who hunts down men and eats them.