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When I first heard the early 80's song entitled "Every Time You Go Away You Take a Piece of Me with You" I took it literally. I was 3 and I really thought it was a guy singing about a person who took different body parts of his away with them every time they left. It confused me for a long time.
As a child, I was for a long time perplexed by the reference to "the land of the free and the home of the brave" in the last line of the U.S. national anthem (The Srar Spangled Banner). I thought it referred to two separate parts of the U.S. I tried for awhile drawing maps, coloring states two separate colors, trying to figure out correctly which states made up the land of the free and which ones made up the home of the brave.
The song "America The Beautiful" with its last line "From sea to shining sea" had me perplexed for quite some time. I puzzled arduously over which, of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, was shining and which was not.
As a school kid growing up in the U.S. I was always quite disturbed when we sang "My country 'tis of thee". The line "Land where my fathers died" really perplexed me because I and my classmates mostly had fathers who were still alive.
When I was little, my mom and I would always sing "The Paw Paw Song." It was a little song about picking up the paw paw fruit and putting it in a basket. Trouble was, I called my grandpa "Paw Paw." So for years, I always thought they were picking up grandpas and putting them in baskets.
I heard the song "Camp Grenada" by Allan Sherman (the one that goes "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah, here I am at Camp Grenada"..) long before I ever heard the classic music it's based on: "Dance of the Hours". When I finally saw "Fantasia" I wondered what Hippos and Crocodiles had to do with camping!
My name is Julia and I used to believe that the Beatles song "Julia" was about me! I was so happy when a heard it on a cassette tape... but then I found out that it was about a different Julia.
I guess I didn't think about how it was possible to write a song about me before I was even born.
I used to think that Beethoven's Eroica Symphony was actually called the Erotica Symphony. I now have a music degree....
I didn't know that song 'Skip to the Loo' was about skipping to the restroom. I thought it was about skipping to the beat of a song. For years I called music beats, loo.
I didn't realize 'K-I-S-S-I-N-G-' in 'Robby and Mary- et cetra- sitting in a tree' spelled Kissing until a year ago ^-^ I thought they just put a couple of letters together to make the song longer.
i used 2 believe the "air guitar" was a real instrument
When I used to ride in the car, i turned the radio up really loud and mouthed out the words, thinking that the surrounding cars would think i was an awesome singer!
I used to think that a conductor while conducting told the players what to play as opposed to their music.
When I was little I heard that one Christmas carroll with the phrase "Jack Frost nipping at your nose". I had the most horrible mental picture of an elf with jagged teeth ripping my nose off.
i used to believe the song, "you are my sunshine" was a song my mom had made up just for me. i'm 26 now and it was just a year or two ago that i heard the song sung by some one other than my mom and found out she didn't write it for me.
I used to believe that little guys played the music right in your headphones, and the player was their home.
I used to believe that all songs were exactly a half-hour long.
When I was young my parents used to "force" me to listen to the Beatles. One of my favorites was the one entitled, "Can't Buy Me Love" but it was my favorite because I thought they were saying "(why) can't bobby love?"
When I was younger, I used to watch music videos, which were typically just spliced together concert footage. Eventually I saw one with a story and they had a dramatic shot where the lyrics kept going but the singer stopped singing, and then for a while I was convinced that singers had to be ventriloquists and they only moved their mouths to help everyone else learn the words, too. Then I saw a video where there were a bunch of jump cuts where the singer had on different outfits (so the singer was in a new outfit every two seconds but you never saw them change). That one had me stumped for weeks.
One day while listening to the radio, a song came on and my mother exclaimed happily "Oh, it's my song!" I took it literally, and then went around telling people that my mother was the singer of that particular song for years after!