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When I was a child I honestly used to think when we were driving in the car and we had the radio on and we returned to the car after an hour or so, the same song would be playing?!?!
When I was a kid and we'd sing:
"My country t'is of the
sweet land of libery
of thee I sing"
I thought we were singing,
"My country Tisabee,
sweet land of liver-ty,
of the IC."
I had no clue where Tisabee was, where they ate liver and belonged to a club called the I.C.
I used to believe that you can sing whatever you wanna say that doesn't mean anything in a song. When I knew you can't,I was like shocked to know how they memorized songs so fast..
When I was little my family had a record player and I just did not understand how music came from it, so I thought there were many versions of singers like Elton John, Oliva Newton John and other people in the record singing for the big ones in real life.
I used to think that Steve Miller Band song "Joker" went "I'm a joker, I'm a smoker, I'm a midnight talker" - like he stayed up talking through the night like adults do. I didn't learn until college that it was "toker" and not "talker." My husband thinks it's totally hilarious and still makes fun of me.
I was never priviledge to know the real version of Twinkle Twinkle little star until recent. What 27 years later. The version that I know is, "Twinkle, Twinkle, little start who the hell you think you are, Up above you think you're it, won't you sit in a pile of shit... Twinkle, Twinkle little star how i wonder where you are....
When I was little, I loved Amy Grant. She had a song that said "he had the biggest King James you've ever seen." All along, I thought that meant he had the biggest penis you'd ever seen. I had no idea it was referring to the King James version of the Bible.
The first time I heard the word "pedestal" was in Anne Murray's song, "You Needed Me", in which she sings "You put me high upon a pedestal". For a long time I thought a pedestal was some kind of drug, and the line meant that somebody slipped her one and got her "high" on it.
When I heard the phrase "melting in my arms" in a song, I thought it was literal. I remember thinking it was such a sad song.
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.