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I heard the song "Camp Grenada" by Allan Sherman (the one that goes "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah, here I am at Camp Grenada"..) long before I ever heard the classic music it's based on: "Dance of the Hours". When I finally saw "Fantasia" I wondered what Hippos and Crocodiles had to do with camping!
When I was young, my mom listened to the oldies station on the radio a lot. I grew up believing that all the old songs were very recent. It didn't even occur to me until later that there other styles of music, and that the songs I'd heard weren't necessarily the most popular ones at the time.
I used to think that the people who put music on the internet (Napster, Kazaa, etc) had recorded it from their radios. They would sit and listen to the radio all day to find the one song they wanted, then recorded it with Sound Recorder in Windows.
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.
I am a big fan of the band Lynyrd Skynyrd. When my son got a little older, we had hin convinced for the longest time that when "Freebird" was playing on the radio you had to remain standing the ENTIRE time it was on. He finally caught on to it one day and said "Mom that cannot be true that you actually have to remain standing when that song is on" !. (smart kid !)
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.
I used to believe that when I listened to my Walkman, the bands were actually playing a live show for me. So I would pause and fast forward all the time, thinking that I was making the band work hard.
When I was a child, I used to believe that every time I replayed a song, the artist/band was performing it for me personally..
when i was a kid i didn't understand the concept of "recordings", so when i used to play my albums i thought they were all singing it live in a studio somewhere and it was being somehow beamed to my bedroom. Arthur Lowe (British actor) narrated my Mr Men tapes, i was about 5 when he died, and i cried because i thought i couldn't listen to them anymore, thats when my mum explained about recordings!!!
i used to believe that in that song "radio killed the radio star" ment that radio was a person who killed another radio and that radios could come to life. Neadless to say, I was a little afraid of radios.
My sisters told me, and I still believe, that the 'Hokey Pokey' is the Devil's song.
We Will Rock You by Queen
You must understand that my parents banned rock music in our house. But late at night after they had gone to bed, my brother would turn on the radio. "We will rock you" would come on the radio and I would burst into tears and make him turn it off. I was under the impression they were singing about throwing rocks at people til they died like they told us about in Sunday School. I am somewhat more rational these days and I have learned to love the song.
Someone else here believed that they had written "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer". Similarly, I believed I had written "76 Trombones" from 'The Music Man'. This would be an easy error for a kid to make since that march tune is rather sequential and generic-sounding. However, I was 21 at the time.
One day, when I was about six, a Destiny's Child song called Jumpin Jumpin came on. Where it says, "Cause it's 11:30 and da club is Jumpin, Jumpin" I imagined people owning a secret club in a treehouse jumping up and down. When I asked my sister(who was 16 at the time) why they were singing about a treehouse, she just laughed.
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 used to think that in the song "beer for my horses" that toby keith and willie nelson actually drank whiskey and gave beer to their horses lol
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.
I used to think that the top 40 music charts were agreed on every week by a group of grown ups who decided which songs they liked best.
When I was youn I thought a 78 rpm record could only be played once and was then discarded. I was impressed by the largesse of my father's friend who played his John McCormack records for us.
Every (former)child in my family has a copy of the record "The Muppets Christmas With John Denver". Just a few Christmases ago we were all sitting around talking about it, and my sister and cousins were saying something about how much fun it must have been to record it. I casually observed how funny it was that it was an album supposedly made by singing puppets, and they all looked at me like I had just shoved Santa off the roof. Even though they were in their late 20's/early 30's, they still believed that the album had been recorded in some giant studio, with John Denver really surrounded by all the Muppets, who were really all being worked by the puppeteers so they were "singing along".