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My dad has always been a clever and imaginative guy. When my brother and I were around 7 or 8 years old, we were riding in the back seat of the car. My dad in the driver's seat started singing, "Wellllll, who put the bop in the bop-she-bop-she-bop, who put the ram in the ram-a-lam-a-ding-dong...." My brother and I just thought that Daddy was the weirdest human being ever for inventing such a silly song as that. And no matter what he or my mother in the front seat of the car said, they could not convince us any differently. It wasn't until at least a couple of years later (maybe more?) that I finally heard the song on the radio and it dawned on me. I stood there for a full two minutes, dumbfounded that it's actually a REAL song!
I always thought when I was little that in the song Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer when kids add the other lyrics, i.e. Rudolph the red nosed reindeer reindder had a very shiny nose like a lightbulb, I thought I was the one who thought up Like George Washington at the end.
I was about 10 when I heard the song "Squeezebox" by The Who. I asked my older brother what the lyrics meant, "Momma's got a squeeze box she wears on her chest and when Daddy come home he never get no rest, 'cause she's playing all night, and the music's all right - Mama's got a squeeze box, Daddy never sleeps at night," etc. He told me it was about an accordion. I believed him until I was in college.
In the song "Walking in a Winter Wonderland" they pretend that the snowman is Parson Brown. I didn't know what a Parson was, so I assumed parson described a shade of brown. I couldn't figure why anyone would pretend a snowman was brown. I was even more confused as to why a brown snowman would care if a person was married. I thought it was the most senseless Christmas song in the universe.
My mom used to like to sing along to the song "Honky-Tonk Women," but she didn't want to sing songs with anything vaguely resembling sexual overtones around her small children, so she changed the lyrics to say "Those Honky-Tonk Babies, Give me the honky-tonk blues." I wondered what a honky-tonk was, why there were so many babies there, and why they gave the singer the blues for the longest time before I heard the song without my mother singing along with the radio.
i uesd to believe that when "if your happy and you know it clap your hands" song was the way for a teacher to see who was happy and who was cranky that day.
In elementary school, for the variety show, soemone I know said that they're group was doing the song Soul man, but I thought she said This old man, like the nursery rhymes, so I was very surprised during the performance.
When I was in fourth grade, I used to think that "One Headlight" by the Wallflowers was called "Watermelon Money".
When I was a kid, my parents would only listen to folk or classical music, but never jazz. The only place I could hear jazz was in the local supermarket, as a background music. So when we'd accidentaly hear any jazz music on the radio, my brother and me would go: "hey, listen, that's the music from the supermarket!".
I used to believe that singers and musicians performed their studio recordings completely "live": they'd step into the studio, play and sing (while the next band was already in the waiting room), and got out 40 minutes later. I used to think this had to be stressful. Further more, I was wondering how that was possible when you sometimes hear the singer starting a new melody while he's still finishing the previous line.
My dad once explained to me that you could actually read the lyrics and melody direct from the microgrooves of an LP or single. And he proved that to me by singing a few words, holding a record in front of his eyes.
At the age of three I asked my grandmother who loved opera why the conductor guy on the tape thinger had bad hair. She said it was because he waved around his arm so much that it made wind that blew his hair around. I still believed this up until last week when I was told that otherwise!
I used to believe Radiohead sang "Kiss from a Rose" before I knew what the song was called. I have no idea why I thought this.
My family and I go to this pizza place. At the pizza place there are mini juke boxes at each table. When i was little I always wanted to play Achey Braky Heart by the Chipmunks. My parents told me if I played that song i would arrested! Let me tell you, I steared clear of that song for a while!
I used to think the Aaron Carter song "I want Candy" was about sex, lol.
I used to believe that songs didnt have lyrics, and singers were making just pointless meaningless melodic sounds.
My littler girl (when she was 7) was listening to her big sister (who was 16)'s Eminem CD, when she called me over and said "look mommy the guy is making beeping noises!"
I used to think that the song "Cocaine" was "Cocoa." I would go around the house singing "she don't like... cocoa."
ok this is really sad but until i read here i thought conductors of orchesters did tell the musicians what notes to play? what do they really do?
At about four years old, (in the '50s), I heard a song on the radio, wherein a woman was singing, "Since I lost my baby, I almost lost my mind..." This seemed to me completely tragic. I had a little brother, and could imagine how upset Mom would be if she lost him.