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i always wondered why people sent plums to the queen, in the anthem "send her victorias"

anon uk
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When I heard the line about "figgy pudding" in the "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" song. it grossed me out. For some reason I assumed that figgy pudding was made of ground-up pigs, simply because figgy rhymes with piggy.

Rick
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My uncle had an song book with "Home on the Range" in it. I'd never come across the word "seldom" before, so when it came to the line "where seldom is heard a discouraging word" I thought this meant that there was this rural idyll "where the deer and the antelope play" but someone kept coming along and spoiling it by saying "seldom", which was "a discouraging word" (perhaps because no one knew what it meant.

Victoria
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When songs came on the radio, adults would say, 'Oh, that's by so-and-so.' I was amazed they knew so much, and scared that knowing who sang what songs was something you were forced to memorize in school.

Ben L.
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I used to believe that conductors batons had a slit cut down them and if you waved them about hard enough music would come out. Yes, I did try. No, it didn't work.

norma
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I once was terrified of the Christmas song "Deck the Halls" because I was certain that the line, "troll the ancient yuletide carol" referred to a big mean troll tending to a fireplace.

Annie
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My house was near the high school, and on Friday nights, the band would play marching songs very loud.

My older brother told me that was the German Army marching toward the house. Even today, "25 or 6 to 4" by Chicago gives me the willies.

Anon
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Part of the reason I'm so rebellious in ways you can't imagine could be from this Sesame Street song called "It's Hip To Be A Square" that would play a lot back when I watched it. I took it to mean a square was considered a cool person.

GazBevMOO
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In the last verse of Billy Joel's We Didn't Start the Fire, he says "homeless vets". Up until recently, I thought Billy Joel was saying "homo sex".

Madeline
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Around 1955, at the age of 10, I figured out how phonograph records worked. You dropped that needle, and the star in Hollywood jumped up to the microphone and started singing. As much as I loved Gene Autry, I used to torment him by jumping around on "Here Comes Santa Claus". Sorry, Gene.

plumbbob
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i used to believe the song "band on the run" was "band on the rug"

someone
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whilst listening to a paul Simon CD, my son asked if that song about 'loads of ways to dump your girlfriend' (50 ways to leave your lover)was on it, I nearly crashed the car laughing!

Tracey
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I used to think that singers would go to a big building fild with cd's that had backround music on it and then they would pick one. Then put the tape on whenever they sang.

Kelsey
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my mom and dad used to tell me if i listened to any music promoting violence or harsh language, that whatever they're talking about in the song i'm listening to, that same thing would happen to me!

Jen
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I always used to listen to Journey when i was a kid and i had their greatest hits tape. and you kno how songs like fade out when your listenin to the tapes.. well i was like 6 and i was like "mom! mom! i know how they do that! the keep playin quieter and quieter until you cant hear them anymore!" and she's just like "thats right honey", i didnt realize what actually happened until i was about 14

BANANA
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i used to believe the song, "you are my sunshine" was a song my mom had made up just for me. i'm 26 now and it was just a year or two ago that i heard the song sung by some one other than my mom and found out she didn't write it for me.

Anon
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Back when no one knew what an mp3 even was, i had alot of cd's, and you know how when you buy a new cd, you tend to listen to it alot? well that's what i'd do, but then i'd feel guilty, because i was neglecting my other cd's, so i'd listen to them next, one by one. i felt like they were sad i "replaced" them, and i had to make sure they were all happy, and not jealous of my new cd.

katie
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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.

Jessica
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When I was a child, I used to believe I was really really good at singing. One day, a friend of mine said "You're tone-deaf!". Hard times!

Anon
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I remember waiting to leave the house for playschool and the sun was streaming in through the window. The radio was on playing some really syrupy easy-listening music (probably BBC radio 2) and my dad had a really good hi-fi. It sounded amazing, and I believed that it was the rays of sunlight that was making the sound of violins...... I can still remember it vividly.

Ian
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