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I wasn't even a small child anymore (around 12-13?) when I used to believe that there was a woman with a very annoying high-pitched comic voice in The Smiths, because of the background singing in 'Bigmouth Strikes Again.'
(I later found out it's actually Morrissey's own altered voice.)
That one song, with the 'Shaka khan, shaka kahn' chorus? I used to think that when I was alone in the room, the song would extend the chorus longer just to somehow 'get me'. I'd have to flee the room.
When I was 8, I loved (and still love to this day), the song "Lady Marmalade" by Pink, Missy elliott, christina agulera, maya, and lil kim. well, i never knew waht it was about. Well, one day I was interviewing my family at a reunion with a tape recorder, and as I walked around the house looking for someone to interview, I started singing it. So on the tape, you can hear me singing a little of it. oops!
My sister used to think the Al Green song Love & Happiness said Love will make you mess! She might have been on to something!
I saw my first band concert at age 8, and I thought the musicians were playing notes based on the motions of the conductor. I didn't realize they had sheet music! I was so fascinated with this arcane ability that I signed up for band the next year and learned to play the clarinet.
As a child, I didn't understand wat was being said by the first two lines of "We Three Kings". Now I understand how the awkward way the sentence "We three kings of Orient are bearing gifts." has the compound verb form "are bearing" broken up between two lines is the reason for the misunderstanding. The pause at the end of the first line made that line seem like a complete phrase. Consequently I envisioned that "Orient Are" was the name of some mystic and romantic land somewhere. The contemplation of that romantic land of "Orient Are" may just have embodied the most romantic enchanted vision associated with Christmas in my formative years, more romantic than the birth of Jesus, more romantic than Santa Claus, more romantic than any greenery of Christmas trees or holly or any colorful lights or decorations. I still have to remind myself of what the lines really say, or my mind surely still wanders to that mystic land of "Orient Are" in my annual revisiting of the most supreme enchantments that I long associated with Christmas.
My son's version of Jingle Bells: Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, jingle all the way! Oh thats one, it is to ride in a one horse open slave, hey!
... and We Wish You a Merry Christmas: We wish you was Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year
(he just turned 6!)
I used to think that the lyrics to the song were 'Hark, the HAROLD angels sing', not 'herald angels'. I wondered why the heck all of those angels were called 'Harold'.
When I was small, I used to listen to my mum’s old Beatles vinyls a lot, and I thought she was so lucky to have obtained a copy of each record because I thought when recording them, the Beatles were playing their songs in a huge hall next to hundreds of record players turning and recording, so there’d be a lot of records but I figured that eventually those would be sold out anyway and you could not reproduce them.
I usd to take turns of phrase and song lyrics very literally when I was a kid. In the song When Doves Cry by Prince, when the lyrics say "This is what it sounds like when the doves cry", there's a part in the song where he makes this really strange squealing noise right after that line. When i was a kid, I thought he was literally impersonating what a dove would sound like if it cried. Until I was about 8, I thought that doves cried, and when they did, it sounded like Prince's high pitched squealing.
When I first heard the Last Post played I thought it was for a horse race.
Growing up, my mom was a massive fan of Wham! and George Michael. I vividly remember her playing "Wake me up before you go go" while I was helping her to pack for our summer holidays. I thought this was some strange ritual to make sure my dad wouldn't get up early and go on holiday before she woke up.
It isn't surprising to know that I woke up VERY early the next morning so they wouldn't go without me.
Before I learned about the alcoholic drink, I thought the song "Brass Monkey" was about those kitschy toy monkeys that bang the cymbals together. Due to that, I really really liked the song and would go around singing it and pantomiming that I was banging cymbals together.
People probably thought I was retarded.
When I was younger, my dad used to sing me the song "Norwegian Wood" by the Beatles, so naturally i thought the song was about a father and his daughter after she had grown up. It wasn't until a few weeks ago that I heard the song again that I fully understood the more *ahem* adult theme.
For a long time I thought that Elton John was a former member of the band, The Rolling Stones. That belief came from his song "Philadelphia Freedom", whose first line is "I used to be a rolling stone."
i used to beleive that the song "put me in coach"
was about someone in an airplane wanting to ride in coach. =D
I used to think a woman sang Billy Joel's "Piano Man". Do this day I still think it sounds like a woman with a deep voice.
Thanks to the Beatles, I beleived that yellow was standard submarine color until I was was 9 and saw a WWII movie. I was kind of disappointed that all the submarines in it were drab green or grey. I still think yellow is a much nicer, happier color.
When I was little, I used to believe that every song that ever existed was done by a different person, meaning no person did more than one song. That belief died when I started getting tapes of my very own.
I used to think that when people said 'That's music to my ears' that they couldn't hear what I was saying because they had switched a little radio on in their ears and were actually listening to music! I used to think that when you grew up you would have this special power to switch music on or off in your head by just thinking 'I want to listen to some music now'.