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I used to believe that Christina Aguilera's song "Genie in a Bottle" was about an actual genie. It wasn't until I was about 12 that I listened again and got what the song was really about…
When I was little, I thought cassette tapes had sheet music written on them and little creatures would play and sing as they tape spun inside the tape player.
I used to believe that 'heavy metal' meant the musical instruments were literally heavier than usual because they were made of steel or something.
In the last verse of Billy Joel's We Didn't Start the Fire, he says "homeless vets". Up until recently, I thought Billy Joel was saying "homo sex".
My older sisters loved Gloria Estefan when I was little. One of their favorite songs to play was "Rhythm is Gonna Get You." I was terrified, because I didn't know what rhythm was, and I didn't want it to get me when I turn out all the lights!
On the song "I'm too Sexy" by Right Said Fred I thought the line "I'm a model, you know what I mean" was "I'm a martyr, you know what I mean" I figured some people might think it was sexy if you were willing to suffer for your beliefs.
I used to believe that the song "Kiss From a Rose" by Seal was originally sung by Chuck E. Cheese and his band because I saw it in their animatronic show. It was not until I was like 12 did I hear that song in the car and I asked my mom, "Why is a Chuck E. Cheese song playing on the radio?"
I used to believe that records housed little people inside the grooves. Music was made when the needle hit them on the head and they made whatever noise was assigned to them.
That a childhood song was made up of these nonsensical words: Mareseedoughs and doughseedoughs and little lambsy divies.
When I was a kid I thought the song "Planet Claire" by The-B52s was about my mom specifically (her name is Claire) and thought it was really cool they made a song about her (to this day I am not sure who it is really named after if anyone)
Part of the reason I'm so rebellious in ways you can't imagine could be from this Sesame Street song called "It's Hip To Be A Square" that would play a lot back when I watched it. I took it to mean a square was considered a cool person.
I used to think that the line "just look over your shoulder" from Tarzan was "just a bottle of soda". I guess I was a little obsessed with caffeine...
When I was little, I always listened to a Sesame Street tape in the car. When I asked my mom something about one of the songs that was playing, she said she couldn't hear it because it was only playing in the back of the car (we drove a van with two different speakers). So I used to think that the characters from Sesame Street were in the trunk and singing, so I would always look back there!
I believed for a very long time that the Beatles were one of those bands that wrote for children. I loved "Octopuses Garden in the Shade." It took until four weeks ago, when I listened to all of Abbey Road.
Until about age 9, I thought there was a country called "Operaland" where everyone sang instead of talking.
When I was little, whenever I would listen to a radio, I thought that the band was playing the song live, from inside the radio.
Up until I was about seven years old, I believed that guitars were called "dox-a-dangs." My parents never corrected me. I had to learn the real name on my own.
This is weird, but as a little kid I would go to sleep with the radio on. I used to honestly believe that Phil Collins's "In The Air Tonight" would summon Bigfoot from the woods behind my house, and the only way to protect myself was to hide under the covers and stay motionless.
I used to believe the the Elton John song, "Crocodile Rock" was about a Crocodile, named Rock.
When I was little I thought when you played a CD somewhere the band would have to play the song and then i got confused that if while i was playing the song someone else would and the band wouldn't be able to do it