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I used to think that the Police song, Roxanne, was about traffic lights.
I was about 14 when I figured it out.
As a child, I heard the song "Bristol Stomp" by the Dovells. I assumed then that the title dance was named for the only Bristol I then had heard of, the one along the Tennessee / Virginia border. After growing up, I learned that the original (and probably most famous) Bristol is in England. I decided I surely must have been mistaken, and that Bristol, England was surely the dance's place of origin. Eventually I learned that I'd been wrong both times. The actual place referred to in the song is Bristol, Pennsylvania.
By the time I was nine, I firmly believed I already knew every Christmas song in existence. I was completely blown away when I found out that there were even more out there that I'd never heard of.
I've always been a huge Beatles fan. When I was younger, I remember listening to "Ticket to Ride" - "I think I'm gonna be sad, I think it's today...the girl that's driving me mad is going away." Couldn't figure out for the life of my why someone would be sad if the person who was making them mad was going away - shouldn't they be happy? Of course, I figured it out!
i used to think the air guitar was a real instument
When I was about 6, I thought that when a song fades out, the effect is created by the band performing on the back of a truck, which then drives away from the microphone.
I was also highly confused by songs which had the same person's vocals played over the top of each other, wondering how the hell it was possible to sing two things at the same time. When my mum told me that it was done by a mixer, I imagined a mixer to resemble a big washing machine.
You know that song 'Heven is a Halfpipe' that goes:
'If I die before I wake
At least in heaven, I can skate,
'Cos right now on earth, I can't do jack,
Without the man upon my back.'
I was only little when I first heard it, and my friend and I had started to learn to skateboard. We were very confused by the last couple of lyrics in the chorus, but in the end, we decided that 'Jack' was a trick that we hadn't heard of, and this guy was really crap at it, and had to have the inventor of the trick on his back, telling him what to do all the time, and in heaven, he'd be able to do 'Jack' perfectly.
I'm forteen now, and I only realised the other day!
Until my late teens, i believed the air guitar was a kind of electric guitar powered by air. But I was ashamed to ask my friends, they'd think I was not "in" if I didn't know this cool instrument.
When I was younger my sister told me she was allergic to country music so she wouldn't have to listen to me play it and I completely believed her. I actually thought you could be allergic to a certain kind of music! Later that day I went through a bunch of records to see if I was allergic to any kind of music.
For the longest time (at age 10 in 1972) and for many years after, I swore that the song "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress," actually performed by the Hollies, had been performed by the Rolling Stones! I could've SWORN this!! (Still, wouldn't it be cool to have the Stones cover this song?! Phish did, in their earliest years and just before they broke up!)
I remember walking to school singing The Doors song "Light my Fire." I thought it was about a guy who went camping, forgot matches, and was singing to a female camper who was walking by....you know, "Come on baby light my fire..."
I could see him on his knees next to his camp fire, pleading for matches "Try to set the night on fire...!"
When I first heard "she bangs, she bangs" from William Hung, I didn't understand what it meant until I sang it to the princepal of my middle school in 7th grade, I learned in detention.
in the movie "grease" when they sing the song "look at me i'm sandra dee," there's a line that goes "won't go to bed 'til i'm legally wed." well, being an innocent young child, i used to think this line meant that sandra dee was really determined to get married, and that she would not rest until she was. oh, youth.
I used to believe that conductors batons had a slit cut down them and if you waved them about hard enough music would come out. Yes, I did try. No, it didn't work.
I believed that all songs just existed. I never imagined anyone could write one even though I knew about writing poetry. "New" songs (hits) were just songs someone had found and decided to sing and make popular.
When I was about 6 years old, I asked a "friend" what the verse "you'll go down in history" in "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" meant. He told me that "history" was a place where they cut the heads off of reindeer!
From then on, I was sad every time I heard that song.
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.