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This one belongs to my wife. When she was growing up her church sang a song that went,"Everyday I'm camping, in the land of Canaan. I'm camping, I'm camping, in Canaan's happy land." She thought it went,"Everyday I'm cramping in the land of Canaan. I'm cramping, I'm cramping, in Canaan's happy land." Which begs the questions: Why were they cramping and how could they be happy?
Like many others here, I too used to wonder what the deal was with the cross-eyes bear named Gladly. Boy am I relieved to see I'm not the only one who was miguided!
I thought that the lyrics to Silent Night were "Sleep in heavenly peas" instead of "Sleep in heavenly peace". Poor Jesus, asleep in the peas...
When I was younger our class was practising "we wish you a merry christmas" for the holidays. And instead of singing "oh bring us some figgy pudding", I believed the words were "Oh bring us some friggen pudding." Well, how many 5 year old's know what figgy's are??
I used to believe "certain" (used as a verb) was an uber-secret religious ritual performed on reluctant shepherds. I knew this because it said so in the song. "The First Noel the Angels did say, was to certain poor shepherds in field where they lay."
in "deck the halls", where you say "don we now our gay apparel" (as in "now we put on our brightly colored clothes") i thought it was "dawn we now our day of Harold". My family wasnt very religious, and i figured that another name for christmas was St. Harold's Day.
I went to church every Sunday my whole life because my dad was a preacher but still it did not occur to me until I was in 5th grade that there was no hymn called "Standing on the Last" - that was just what our music leader would say when he introduced each hymn so everyone would rise on the last verse.
We used to sing a hymn at Easter with the line, "up from the grave he arose." When I was little, I thought they were singing, "Up from the gravy he rose."
I used to believe that in the carol we three kings, that they were from places called Orry and tar.
"we three kings from orry and tar"
While in church, I would constently hear the words "glory, glory to god in the highest." Thought I would hear it as "glory, glory to god in the high lands." since then I still get the metal image of god in "high land" or what I thought was yodaling on a mountain.
My little sister misunderstood the word of kid's hymn "Joshua and the Battle of Jericho" in Sunday School class. She sang "Joshua took the cherry from the Cherry Coke".
When I was little, there was a song called "Lord, Teach Us To Pray". I couldn't read and always thought the words were "with our pots and pans all busy in our private little homes". Years later when I could read, I realized the words were "with our hearts and hands all heavy in our private little wars".
When I was about 6, I never really understood the song 'who built the ark'. It wasn't till I got older that I realised the words weren't "who built the ark, no one, no one, who built the ark, mother hubard built the ark" Don't ask me where she came from?!! Oh and I thought the words to 'My Girl' was actually 'Maggots'?!!!
I still remember singing "Oh, Santa" -- instead of "Hosanna". Was I embarassed when my Grandmother corrected me!
I could read at an early age and during Christmas we were singing "It came upon the Midnight Clear". For the longest time I thought the line went "the world in SOLOMON stillness lays" and for some reason Kins Solomon had something to do with the Nativity. My mom realized what I was singing and stifling a giggle informed me the "n" was silent!
Back when I was about two or three years old (old enough to know a word but not know what it means), I attended Sunday School. Anyway, one of the highlights of the year was giving a little concert for our parents when we sang the Bible songs we learned. On one occasion, a song in the class's repertoire was about David and Goliath (For those who are unfamiliar with the story, it's about a shepherd boy who kills a giant with a slingshot.) The last line goes "And the giant came tumbling down," but I heard it wrong. Imagine the shock on my teacher's face when at rehearsal, she heard me sing "And vaginas came tumbling down." I almost got kicked out of Sunday school! Luckily, I learned the lyrics right.
I used to believe that in the song "Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly", "deck" was short for "decorate". It didn't confuse the meaning of that line too much. I'd say back then I was doing well to come that close to getting the meaning of the first line, considering how then I would have been totally clueless about the meaning of other lines, like "Don we now our gay apparrel". And I did wonder what the heck a troll was doing in a Christmas song, the only kind of troll I knew of at the time being a scary creature that lived under a bridge. Although the first line seemed clear, I must have had a somewhat confused time later learning the general meaning of "deck", though.
In our religion, our music is played from a CD, but when I was little I never knew this. I thought there was an old lady in the roof with a piano.
We sang without hymnbooks at our school and this was in the 70s when conflict in the Middle East was in the news a lot - we had a hymn with a line which I was sure went "and set the damned Jordan free" - when I finally saw a hymnbook and found out it was "and set the downtrodden free" I was disappointed
When I was a Girl Guide, we would start every meeting by singing a song that included the line 'God is nigh'. For about two years, I was sure I was singing 'God is nice' until one of the leaders kindly corrected me. And then laughed.