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In a home video of me when I was three, I sang the "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" lyrics as "Good tidings we bring, to you and your kid." Until my mom corrected me, I never even knew the word "kin" existed.
The verse from a popular Easter hymn reads, "Up from the grave, He arose!". As a child I thought it was, "Up from the gravy...A rose!"
In Australia there is a snack food called Cheezels (I don't know if they exist elsewhere in the world). As a three-year-old, I used to sing the Christmas carol 'Away in a manger' thus:
'Away in a-a manger, no crib for a bed, the little lord Cheezels lay down his sweet head.' Later in the song: 'I love thee, Lord Cheezels, look down from the sky, and stay by my bedside til morning is nigh.' I really did love that lord Cheezels!
Until I was about 3 or 4, I thought the line was, "Jesus loves me, *the sino*, for the bible..."
I kept wondering what a "sino" was.
I have a cousin named Reece and I used to have a step sister before my dad and her mom got divorced. My step sister went to Bible School and learned a new song that she started to sing around the house. It was called Resist the Devil (and he will flee from you). Her song caught my attention as she was singing "Reece is the devil and he will flee from you'!
I grew up in Louisiana...my family watched the NO Saints on TV all the time...and they would play segments of "When the Saints go marching in" when the team took the field.
and then on Sundays we'd sing the same song in church...I could never figure out why they sang about the NO Saints in church.
(now I know it couldn't have hurt...they needed all the help they could get!)
I used to believe that the song "Amazing Grace" was about an old, blind bag lady who begged for money on the streets. One day, she had enough money for eye surgery.
Thus - she was once blind, but now could see.
Someone told me that was the meaning of the song.
My father was a minister so I went to church regularly and even as a small child knew the words to almost all the hymns. When we visited my grandmother where my youngest aunt was still living at home she and I used to sit in the porch swing and take turns choosing hymns to sing. One of her favorites was "At the Cross" but one day when she chose it I informed her that my Mom didn't allow me to sing about worms. Remember the original version; "...for such a worm as I?" Now we sing "...for sinners such as I."
Up until I was nearly a teenager I believed that the Christmas carol "Silent Night" ended in "sleep in heavenly peas" and could not figure out why in the world ANYONE would want to lay in a bed of peas. I actually imagined a lady and a baby laying in a huge waterbed type piece of furniture filled with peas.
Also when I was younger I believed the song "Secret Agent Man" was really "Secret Asian Man" That one was pretty confusing too. But my dad thought it was pretty funny.
Whenever we sang the song "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow us", I thought we where singing about Shirley Goodness, and I thought she would be a lot like Shirley Temple.
When I was six, I used to think the song "Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly" went "Deck the Halls with Boston Charlie." I still sorta sing it that way to myself, 30 years later!
I used to think the song"jesus, oh what a wonderful child so holy, meek and mild" was "so holy, Mickey Mouse"
There is a hymn with the line "I love those dear hearts and gentle people". My mother was horrified when my sister, who was 3 or 4, sang for the Prayer Meeting group "I love those dear hearts and DAMNED OLD PEOPLE"....
MY BROTHER LIKED THE SONG "HOW GREAT THOU ART." WHEN THEY SANG IT IN CHURCH. HE ACTUALLY THOUGHT THEY WERE SINGING "I'LL BREAK THOU ARM."
One of my favorite Christmas carols was "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen". There's the line in there that says "and save us all from Satan's powers." I thought it was "and save us all from saltine crackers." I never questioned why saltines were so evil.
Around Easter, I would always become suspicious of gravy boats and what was in th bottom of them. We would sing "Low in the grave he lay. Jesus our savior".
I thought it was "Low in the gravy lay.....".
I used to think iI had a "piece of plastic, piece of plastic, down in my heart to stay"
The real words are "peace that passes understanding"
(still looking for a "round young virgin")
When I was a child growing up in the Baptist church we sang a song call "Bringing in the Sheeves", I thought it was "Bringing in the Sheets", and all I could think of was my mother bringing the clothes in off the line and it certainly didn't make her rejoice to bring the sheets.
as a child my aunt thought that the hymn "Gladly the cross I'd bear" was about a bear called Gladly who had - yep - crossed eyes. . .
aAt school we had to learn all the hymns by ear and in "All things bright and beautiful" I used to sing "How great is God or Mitty"!!!!