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I used to be scared of the song "Man-eater" because I thought it was literally about a woman who hunts down men and eats them.
I used to listen to this song at school, and the lyrics were things like "Welcome back" and "We're proud of you". I thought it was about a girl (no idea why I specifically thought she was a girl) graduating a boarding high school, and it was sung by her parents.
Later, I learned that it was about welcoming soldiers back after a war, but I thought my version was better.
When I saw a conductor leading an orchestra, I thought that every time they moved their hand, it represented a different note. I wanted to join the school orchestra, but I was worried that I wouldn't be able to remember which hand gesture stood for which note. Now I play the violin, and I am satisfied to know that I don't have to memorize hand gestures. :)
When I listened to the radio I thought the bands were at the station playing live. If I changed the station and heard the same band, I couldn't understand how they got to the other station so fast.
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.
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.
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 5 I liked listening to my kid songs CD in the car, and one of the songs I liked was called "Skip to My Lou", which I would sing as "Sing to My Jew". My mom would laugh whenever I sung it, and I never understood why since I had no idea what a "Jew" was yet. It was funny though
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.
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.
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.