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When I was young I used to believe the Y.M.C.A. was some kind of weird hotel because they sang "It's fun to stay at the Y.M.C.A.You can get yourself clean, you can have a good meal,
You can do whatever you feel..."
Why would you "stay" at a gym? You "go" to the gym and "stay" at a hotel.
And I didn't know the Y serves meals???

Anon
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I thought the orchestra and singers were little tiny people who could fit in the groves of a 78rpm recording. T'was a long, long time ago I admit.

Anon
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When I was little, I had this superstition that if I said the word "die", I would die. So whenever I heard a song on the radio with 'The Word' in it, I would substitute a word that sounded the same (like cry or try)....my parents thought I was very odd...

Anon
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When I was little we used to go to a diner after church every Sunday to have breakfast. Each table had a jukebox where you would put a quarter in and hear a few tunes. I was about 4 or 5 at the time, and used to wonder how the band knew to start playing the song I wanted after I put the quarter in. I figured the quarter must have traveled down a long tube into a back room in the restaurant where a monkey would catch the quarter and bring it to the band, and they would say "Thanks!" and start playing. The only thing I couldn't figure out was how the monkey was able to tell them to play "American Pie" by Don McLean and not one of the other hundred songs in the jukebox. Hmmmmmmmmm.....

Todd
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As a school kid growing up in the U.S. I was always quite disturbed when we sang "My country 'tis of thee". The line "Land where my fathers died" really perplexed me because I and my classmates mostly had fathers who were still alive.

Marilyn
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When I was little, my dad and I would watch Sesame Street together, and my dad would sing along to the songs. One day I asked him how come he knew the song, and he said he knew all of them - meaning he knew all the Sesame Street songs since we watched it so often. I, however, took that to mean that my dad knew every song ever made in the world. So I would ask him for lyrics to a song when I didn't know them, and my dad would go look them up if he didn't know them... So I decided that meant that he had a really big memory but it was too big to carry all of it around in his brain, so he would open his head and change the memory part of his brain.

Nemo
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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.

justine
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In the song "Jingle Bells" I thought the lyric "one horse open sleigh" was "one horse soapin sleigh." For years I wondered what the heck a "soapin sleigh" was. I figured that maybe they added soap to the bottom of the sleigh to help it move along? I don't think I figured it out until I was in my late 20s.

Dave
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The song "America The Beautiful" with its last line "From sea to shining sea" had me perplexed for quite some time. I puzzled arduously over which, of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, was shining and which was not.

Marilyn
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i used to think air guitar was the same as electric guitar, i just thought air guitar was ran by air.

Anon
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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.

ninja
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Each Christmas we listened to 'Carols by Candlelight'. My father always expressed amazement at how great a composer 'Candlelight' was. For years I believed that every Christmas carol was written by the same person - it did eventually dawn on me that candlelight referred to the candles everyone held while singing.

Debbie, Australia
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my dad played the guitar and although some of the songs were his own, i thought any song he played and sang that i hadn't heard before was his. sometimes it wasn't until years later when i'd hear a song on the radio and recognize it that i'd realize my dad hadn't made up that one, too.

minmin
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Im 13 and I believed up until a few days ago that the USA's National Athem was a Christmas Carol! I found out because we were talking about what Christmas Carols we thought were kinda strange and random, and I started singing it and my friend burst into hysterics and told me that it was the USA's national athem!

Charlotte
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I was about 10 when I heard the song "Squeezebox" by The Who. I asked my older brother what the lyrics meant, "Momma's got a squeeze box she wears on her chest and when Daddy come home he never get no rest, 'cause she's playing all night, and the music's all right - Mama's got a squeeze box, Daddy never sleeps at night," etc. He told me it was about an accordion. I believed him until I was in college.

Joy
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i used to think all songs were exactly one minute long, and it wasn't until i was nine that i realized that wasn't true.

Brigid Foley
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This isn't a misheard lyric. I heard the right words, but I didn't know what they meant. The Christmas song "Silent Night" contains the lyrics "All is calm, all is bright / 'Round yon virgin mother and child". Everything is calm and bright 'round (around) them.

I heard "'round yon virgin" and imagined that she was round because she was pregnant.

Brenda
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I used to believe that I was the only person in the entire world who knew about my favorite ratio station.

Gillian
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My Dad told my sister and I that he made up the jingle for Pepsodent toothpaste....."You'll wonder where the yellow went when you brush your teeth with Pepsodent." We believed it for years and so did all our friends.

Vicki
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When I was a kid I was a big fan of the Rolling Stones. I thought the song Mother's Little Helper was about a kid that helped his Mom. I always told my Mom I was her little helper, and of course they didn't tell me the true meaning of the song. It wasn't until I was in High School that I figured it out.

Sean
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