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i used to believe that the song "we 3 kings" went like this:
we 3 kings of orient are
1 in a taxi 1 in a car
1 on a scooter blowing his hooter
smoking a big cigar
the dance settee seems to be very popular... I'm another one who thought of Jesus dancing on a sofa....
When I was a very small person, my fatehr used to teach me little songs. One of these songs was to the tune of "Onward Christian Soldiers" and I believed that the words my father taught me were the real words. The first time I was able to stand up and sing hymns in church, I jumped onto my seat and proudly belted out, "Lloyd George knew my father, father knew Lloyd George!! Lloyd George knew my father, father knew Lloyd George!!" over and over until the hymn was finished. My mother was horrifed but my father had to excuse himself becuase he was laughing so much.
When I was little my sister used to play the guitar and sing what I thought was 'God is twirling in my heart' ('God is dwelling in my heart' is the correct lyric).... I would imagine God in a long robe twirling around in my chest.
I remember when I was about 8 I was singing "Deck the Halls" quite loudly at my grandmother's house. I replaced the lyrics "See the blazing yule before us," with "See the grazing mule before us." My family laughed and corrected me, but I assured them that they were wrong. After all, hadn't Mary ridden on a mule to Bethlehem, and, after such a long trip, wouldn't it be hungry?
Dammit i thought it was 'dance seetee' too. used to picture jesus jumping on my old grey sofa.
glad to no im not alone
Regarding the belief about the misheard lyric of the sung "Amen" in an Easter Mass, it reminded me of something more appropriate. I'm a BIG fan of the Mass of Creation (by Marty Haugen) setting, people. If the organ (I mean a BIG, ritzy pipe organ) blasts out that section of this Mass setting that follows after "Christ has died, Christ is risen..." part, you might be thinking (if you're scared of it):
O-OR-GAN, O-OR-GAN, O-O-O-ORGAN!
(I drew out the vowel to emphasize how the "Amen" part of the Mass of Creation goes.)
I used to believe that the words (in the christmas carol, "It came upon a midnight clear")
"With angels bending near the earth to touch their harps of gold"
"With angels spending near the earth to touch their hearts of gold."
Curiously I never wondered why angels should have golden hearts, but I always wondered what the angels were spending their money on.
When I attended church we always sang the song...
"I've got the bible enthusiam all over me".
BUt when I sang it as a child,
I sang it this way ,
"I've got the bible school and susie has them all over her.
My folks laughed so hard when they heard me at home singing this song.
I've been to a lot of Catholic parishes and when I sang this traditional hymn, Forty Days and Forty Nights, I long ago thought the first line went "Forty plays and forty fights..." As a Catholic, I wouldn't do that in church!
A few years ago, I attended Catholic mass with my brother and father. My brother and I hadn't been brought up Catholic, so the rituals and hymns were all very new to us. When the congregation began to sing "Hosana in the highest", my brother whispered to me, "Are they saying 'Throw Osama in the fire'?"
As a preschooler, I though the final line of "Away in a Manger", "And take us to heaven to live with thee there", was "And take us to heaven to live with the BEAR". I pictured Jesus at his throne accompanied by a huge shadowy black bear. Which was, of course, terrifying.
in some hymns, they say, let the seas roar! i thought the seas would literally roar like tigers and would swallow you up at the seaside!
do you know the swahili song that goes Siahumba kukan yenhe kwen kos (sorry i don't speak any swahili and this spelling is probably completely wrong!), or the english translation, We Are Marching In the Light of God. When I was young and when everyone sang that song in church, I always used to think on the kwen kos bit they were singing about cous cous!
i used to think that when we sang ' sing hosana sing hosana' in assemblies at school that we was singing about my friends mum who was called rosanna!!! and i used to be so jealous that her mum was so special to be in a song!!!
we sang a song at church 'i will make you fishers of men if you follow me' i used to get confused cos i thought it said 'i will make you vicious old men' I always wondered why being vicious was good....
When I was five, we often used to sing a hymn at school called "Lord of the Dance". However, whenever we came to the chorus I had this peculiar image of God and Jesus jumping up and down like deranged maniacs on a large couch. The problem, as I discovered years later, was that where the words were actually "I am the lord of the dance said he", I was hearing "I am the lord of the dance settee"!
when I was 5 years old, I used to believe that Kingdom of God was on the clouds, so one day, I took the plane. When I saw the plane hadn't stopped on the kingdom, I screamed and one of the passengers was so emotionnal and told me the truth about the God [the kingdom is in the space and actually no plane could go so high}and until my 12 birthday, I was looking forward to waiting for this ultra-fast sonic plane.
...that when people sang The Battle Hymn Of The Republic they were singing about a lady named Glory who "had a looyah". I didn't know what a looyah was, but I figured it must be important that Glory had one.
In our church, there was a hymn called "Onward Christian Soldiers." The next line of the song was "Marching As to War."
My mom loves to tell the story that when I was little I would sing "Onward Christian Soldiers, Marching through the Door." She claims I must have been a pacifist from an early age.