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When i was younger, at christmas time, people would sing this christmas carol:
"Deck the halls with boughts of holly, falalalalaaaa lalalala."
I was horrified as i thought they sang:
"Deck the halls with thousand bodies,
I used to think that Orientar was a place, as in "We three kings from Orientar"
i am pleased to see I wasn't the only one who thought it was 'I am the Lord of the dance settee'!
Remember the line in "Jesus Loves Me" that goes "little ones to him belong"? I still remember singing (at the top of my lungs) "little monsters him be long" and envisioning the Sesame Street muppets.
Once I was in church when I was 6 and there was this song we sung and I thought we were singing "Alchohol in the Lord". What the heck was that supposed to mean???
at church i heard "Lord I Lift Your Name on High" and thought for the longest time that the lyrics where "From the earth to the cross, my damp toupee." instead of "my dept to pay" ...
When I was little we used to sing a song in church called father Abraham " Father Abraham had many sons and many sons had father Abraham I am one of them and so are you so lets all praise the lord" I thought they were talking about Abraham Lincoln and I always wondered why he was the father of everyone!!!
when i was little, i went to a jewish day camp. we would sing a song everyday that went like this: "let the heavens be glad / let the heavens be glad / let the earth rejoice / let the sea roar / let people unite!" I thought the last line was "let's go to sea world tonight" my mom still teases me about that, 10 years after i would sing that...
The song "dance, dance whereever you may be. I am the lord of the dance said he" I always thought was "i am the lord of the dancing team and I need you all whereever you may be and I need you all on the dancing team" God was a groover!
When I was little I used to go to Sunday School. We sang hymns and when we sang 'I am the Lord of the Dance, said he' I thought for years we were singing about Michael Flatly.
Even I thought it was strange singing about Michael Flatly at church but everything at church was strange so i believed that for ages!
#Dance then, wherever you may be
#I am the Lord of the Dance, said he
I thought it was "Lord of the Dance Settee," and for a very long time I sincerely thought a giant sofa was a focus for early Christian worship...
MUM: What shall we sing now?
ME, AGED 4: Sing the one about the sofa
ME: You know..."I am the Lord of the Dance Settee"
MUM: (smothered giggles) OH! You mean "I am the Lord of the Dance, said he"...(outright laughter)
I used to think the words of Silent Night were (instead of "...'round yon Virgin, mother and Child"), "Brown young virgin bothering child."
The writers of the hymns that mentioned the word "breast" were perverts.
During the singing time portion of the childrens class at my chuch we would sing a song with the lyrics "I am a child of God, and so my needs are great." I believed the worlds were "and so my knees are gray." I was sad when I relized that my knees wre not gray, and therefore I wasn't a child of God.
When my brother was young, he used to think that the church chorus, "We Bring the Sacrifice of Praise" was actually "We Bring Sacks of Rice on Trays."
When I was about four I thought that the song "Go tell it on the mountain" was "Go telly on the mountain." I thought that the song was about a television sitting on top of a mountain broadcasting a news program about Jesus' birth. Even today, when I hear the song, I imagine a television sitting there all alone in the snow with a nativity scene on the screen.
A few years ago, I heard my dad sing the song "We Three Kings". He made up his own version, it went like this:
We three kings of Butternut Square,
Trying to sell some cheap underwear,
So fantastic; No elastic,
Ninety nine cents a pair ...
I beleived that the song went like that for a long, long time. I always wondered how a song with a tune that solemn could have such funny lyrics.
In fact, there was a time about a year ago when I had a momentary brain fart and had to ask about a Christmas carol ("We Three Kings"). I said to a friend, "Oh yah, that's the one about the underwear, right?" Needless to say I got a very strage look.
When I was a child, the song "The First Noel" had me thinking that the word "certain" could be a verb. The line "The first Noel the angels did say was to certain poor shepherds in fields where they lay" meant to me that the poor shepherds were uncertain about something, so the angels came to "certain" them, that is, to make them certain.
i don't know if any of u know kid's songs but there's this one that goes "who built the ark? noah! noah!" like the story in the bible and i always thot it was "who build the ark? no one! no one!"
there was this other song about the golden rule that went "do to others, do to others, as u would have them do to u" and i thot they were singing "u have 2 mothers, u have 2 mothers etc" i always had a picture in my head of 2 women *both looking like my mom* pushing me in a stroller together