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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!!!

alby
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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.

Anon
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My sisters told me, and I still believe, that the 'Hokey Pokey' is the Devil's song.

You shake it all about...
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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.

Kat
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My mom was a prude who thought everything was "dirty"or bad.She thought "Killing me softly with his song " was about a murder.First the murderer strummed the victim s face with his fingers not strummed his fate.She was messed up.

Anonnymouse
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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.

Dawn
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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.

Reverend Flash
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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.

Katelyyn
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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.

Erin
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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

kyle
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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.

What does it sound like when dove's laugh?
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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.

Nate
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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.

Katie
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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.

Ray O'Brien
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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".

propchick
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Songs (or music videos) that scared me when I was little:

1) The video for "Opportunities," by the Pet Shop Boys. (I think there are two videos for this song) It was the one where the singer with the glasses and Amish hat is stuck in the floor in front of a limousine. I kept my parents up all night once because I thought that singer was going to come get me.

2) "Justify my Love," by Madonna. I thought the whispering lady was some scary person that was going to come get me and the whispers were warnings that she was coming. I later found out when I grew up that it was pornographic.

3) "Dream Weaver," by Gary Wright. Simply the beginning freaked me out. The scary "eeeeeeee" opening notes and the weird bird like sounds. I still don't listen to that song to this day.

4) "I'm Not In Love," by 10cc. That was just WAY too psychological for me to hear at age 10. I don't want to hear some guy's creepy mother whispering "Be quiet, big boys don't cry" in the past during the musical interlude. Don't listen to that one either.

On a positive note, I started getting moved by pretty love songs at age 4. Would cry and say "That's SOOOO pretty!"

Michelle
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I used to think that the song "Cocaine" was "Cocoa." I would go around the house singing "she don't like... cocoa."

Jenn
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Until I was like 7 I believed that a song was a long as a TV show...30 minutes. So when I asked my mom something like how long it was going to take to drive somewhere and she would say "3 songs", I thought it was like and hour and a half.

Anon
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i had seen many old musicals when i was a kid and i thought that people randomly made up a song at any time.
i had heard stuff about the 'good old days' and i thought that over time people were getting less creative so they cant judt make up songs like that anymore.

Flicky
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When I was about eight years old I heard about copyright laws. I thought that to sing the song in that you had to write to the person singing it and ask permission.

Hunter
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