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As well as the popular "I am the lord of the Dance SETEE". We had another hymn "Who build the Ark? Noah! Noah!", but I thought the lyrics were "Who build the Ark? No-one No-one" I couldn't understand why we were singing a song about an ark that no-one had bothered to make
I was probably about sixteen until I realised there wasn't a magical kingdom of Orientar (as in 'We free Kings of Orientar').
Not me, but my best mate used to be in the school choir, who every Easter used to do a concert which included Handel's Messiah. Instead of "the Lord God omnipotent reigneth", my mate thought for years that it was "the Lord God on impotence reigneth".
a friend's aunt was quite unsure why during the holy mass she had to sing a song about a cross-eyed bear called gladly. years later she found out that she was supposed to be ready to support jesus by confirming "gladly, the cross i'd bear"
When she was a kid, my mother hated the carol "Good King Wenceslas" because she thought the line "Thou and I shall see him dine" was really "Thou and I shall see him dying".
My mother told me once that it was a mortal sin to sing Christmas carols if it wasn't Christmas. (I think she was just tired of listening to them.) Even though I loved Christmas carols I was deathly afraid to sing any before November 1 or after Christmas, or else I would go to hell when I died.
Instead of harvesting, I thought the people in the hymn were herding sheep. "Bringing in the Sheep..."
At Christmas time all the churches near my house would build a manger scene and populate it with sheep, goats, etc. So when I heard "Joy To The World" I thought the line was "And havin' a nature scene..." instead of "And Heaven and Nature sing..."
I thought the hymn "Toiling On" had something to do with having a really difficult bowel movement.
I also used to mishear the words to 'Lord Of The Dance'. We had an old Dansette record player, & I thought the words were 'I am the lord of the Dansette' (pronounced Dan-Set-ee)
I used to belive the song "Lord of the Dance" contained the following lyrics
:Dance, dance wherever you may be, I am the Lord of the Dance settee.
The Xmas song's line actually is "And good will toward man"... I thought it was "Anger will Demand". Mom and I still laugh about it!
At the end of Sunday School in church they used to take a collection (donation of money ) from each one of us.
I believed ( aged 4/5) that every week the teacher left Sunday School and went up to heaven to give the money to God!!!
When my grandma was little, she thought the words to "Jesus loves me" were "Jesus slaws me." She couldn't figure out what that meant, or why Jesus would want to "slaw" anyone!
When he was a kid, my husband thought the hymn "bringing in the sheaves" was "bringing in the cheese."
I used to believe that the old church hymn about bringing in the sheaves was actually talking about some farmer bringing in the sheep. I guess I thought that sheaves was the plural form of sheep.
When we were little kids in Alabama, my sisters and I loved to sing our two favorite hymns in church. Eventually we (like so many others) learned that what we called "The Gladly Song" actually wasn't about an unfortunate bear who needed an operation to get his eyes fixed (which was exactly what we could look forward to ourselves, because if we kept crossing our eyes like that, they'd get stuck).
One Sunday morning much later, my mother was totally mystified when we asked whether we'd get to sing our other favorite hymn - the Plastic Thunder song. We had to sing it for her before she understood which song we meant: "I've got a piece of Plastic Thunder standing, down in my heart, down in my heart to stay." She laughed so hard, she cried... the real lyrics? "I've got a peace that passeth understanding down in my heart"...
She'd heard us sing about Plastic Thunder countless times, but never listened closely enough to realize. Of course, to this day we still prefer our version!
I was 3 when my mother taught me the song "Silent Night". When I sang "Sleep in Heavenly Peace", I thought when you died and went to heaven, you slept on a bed on peas and if you got hungry, you'd scoop a fistful and shove it into your mouth. Yes, peas were my favorite vegetables and heaven sounded really good to me.
There's a park in Buffalo, NY, called Humboldt Park, so it didn't seem
odd to my little friend that there was a hymn that began, "Jesus Is
Sneaking Through Humboldt Park." He was surprised to learn it's
"Jesus the Seeker of Humble Hearts."
I was watching an old Christmas video from 1985 with my younger sister and I singing Christmas tunes and for the lyrics of the popular hymn "Silent Night", I was screaming "Holy infant so tender and WILD" instead of "Holy infant so tender and mild". I must have thought Baby Jesus was a wild kid!