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When you were a kid and listened to a song, what did you get totally wrong about it?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Steve Hoffman, Dec 31, 2013.

  1. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your host Your Host Thread Starter

    When I was a kid I thought that the lead vocal of SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE by Cream was all one person. I didn't get that Jack and Eric were trading lines.

    I remember not being able to tell the difference in lead vocalists in Beatle records. Of course, I didn't know their names yet but still, I wasn't sure who sang DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET. (It makes me feel better than no one else here in the USA did either).

    And of course I thought (thanks to the "ampless" Beatles first Ed Sullivan appearance) that electric guitars were plugged right into the wall socket.

    I loved the Rolling Stones IT'S ALL OVER NOW. I thought they were geniuses for writing that. Sigh.

    I thought (or hoped) that it was BITCHIN' PIECES by the Dave Clark Five instead of BITS AND PIECES.
  2. mrjinks

    mrjinks Optimistically Challenged

    Boise, ID.
    I remember listening to one of the Beatles' love songs, "Elaine", where the singer couldn't stop thinking about her:

    "And Elaine, is in my ears and in my eyes..."
  3. George Blair

    George Blair Forum Resident

    Portland, OR
    Thought it was a "Magical Mystery Door."
  4. bibijeebies

    bibijeebies Forum Resident

    Amstelveen (NL)
    Stevie Wonder's Part Time Lover. I heard Apartheid Lover.
  5. ponkine

    ponkine Forum Resident

    For ages I thought that !!
  6. gkella

    gkella Let there be songs to fill the air

    Toronto, Canada
    I am sixty years old and have been listening to Sunshine of Your Love since it came out and am
    Just finding out now that Jack and Eric were trading lines !!!
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  7. The Panda

    The Panda Forum Mutant

    Marple, PA, USA
    I remember a Monkees song called When Love Comes Knocking at your door and thinking it said "it's gonna be a magic copper mine".
  8. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your host Your Host Thread Starter

    Well, now you know!
  9. ponkine

    ponkine Forum Resident

    Too many to recall :wave:

    The most common, passing artists up (or whatever it called)
    for example, when I first listened to Peter Murphy 'Strange Kind Of Love' I thought it was Neil Diamond
    I thought Dave Maclean 'We Said Goodbye' was George harrison's
    Seals & Crofts 'Summer Breeze' was Cat Stevens'

    etc, etc

    And I never, NEVER thought it was actually a WOMAN singing this song

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  10. ledsox

    ledsox Forum Resident

    San Diego, CA
    A few...I thought the flute at the end of Hendrix' "If 6 was 9" was Jimi getting a crazy "flutey" guitar sound.

    Reading the liners to Breakfast in America I had no idea what an "acoustic" guitar was. Thought maybe it was what made the cool sound at the end of Goodbye Stranger (really a wah wah, of course).

    The Stones were the last of the BIG bands that I could not identify when hearing them on the radio. I don't know why.

    Also, I always thought the end of Layla was a Jackson Browne song.
  11. turniton1181

    turniton1181 Past the Audition

    New Jersey, USA
    I thought Michael Jackson was singing "I'm a man, a man, you know it."
  12. Victor/Victrola

    Victor/Victrola Makng shure its write

    I never comprehended any of Steely Dan's lyrics.

    Wait, I still don't! :angel:
  13. auburn278

    auburn278 Forum Resident

    Baltimore, MD, USA
    I thought that Cat's in the Cradle was sung by Cat Stevens.

    My Uncle Jerry had me convinced that Jamie's Cryin' was written about me (and then later I thought the song title was Janie's Crying).

    I thought Jamie's Got a Gun was Jaime's Got a Gun (again thanks to that uncle). I was a trusting child.
  14. bigmikerocks

    bigmikerocks Forum Resident

    i thought 'long cool woman in a black dress' was CCR
  15. auburn278

    auburn278 Forum Resident

    Baltimore, MD, USA
    This song lead me to believe that The Hollies were a southern rock band. I didn't learn otherwise until my teens.
  16. TonyR

    TonyR Forum Resident

    Atlanta GA
    I agree with some of the above. "Sunshine of Your Love" tricked me for many years, and I learned about "Venus" being sung by a woman on this forum, several years ago.

    One not mentioned is "Any Time at All" by the Beatles. I didn't know about Paul's singing of the second line until I read Lewisohn's "Recording Sessions", when I was already in my twenties. Even then, I had to go put on the record and check it out. I thought it was John, straining to hit those notes.

    All of these songs I knew since before I was a teenager, so I guess they count.
  17. alchemy

    alchemy Forum Resident

    Sterling, VA
    I always thought the opening line to Dear Prudence was April Mist, can you come out to play. As in so what that it is misting, come out and have some fun.

    Also from the liner notes of the first released Traveling Wilbury''s LP, I thought the line up would be very fluid, with other Wilbury''s (friends of the inital members) would be joining in for future LPs. I had hoped that perhaps Eric Clapton, Ringo members of The Band etc. would perhaps play on future LPs as Traveling Wilbury''s . Boy was I wrong.
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2013
  18. lastdamdown

    lastdamdown Forum Resident

    Hillsboro, OR
    I could swear my dad told me when I was young that John Fogerty died of a drug overdose. Of course he didn't record anything for years until "The Old Man Down The Road" came out. I remember being shocked when I discovered that he was still alive!
  19. drasil

    drasil Former Resident

    when I first started to read the credits on my dad's album sleeves, I mistook the names for the roles in guitar playing for the names of entirely different types of instruments--so, I thought there were 'lead guitars' and 'rhythm guitars' manufactured that were different from each other, etc. (pretty sure this came from comparing it to orchestral credits. I was probably about four at the time.)

    it got really weird when I tried to figure out the credits on Eno albums ('snake guitar'), at which point I asked my dad and he cleared things up for me.
  20. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your host Your Host Thread Starter

    I remember thinking that a rhythm guitar must have a bunch of extra pickups on it (like John Lennon's Rikki) and a lead guitar less pickups but bigger like George's Gretsch.

    That's a memory that has been lost until this moment. Wow.
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  21. Mathew

    Mathew Forum Resident

    Denver, Colorado
    When I was 5 or 6, I would play 'band' with my friends and we'd always sing The Tide Is High by Blondie. I didn't know the words, at all, and I'm not even sure what I was singing - just some nonsense. The only lyric I knew was 'I'm gonna be your number one'. :D
  22. supermd

    supermd Forum Resident

    San Jose, CA
    I actually just discovered this a few months ago haha. Now it sticks out like a sore thumb.

    I thought, in "Spill the Wine," instead of saying:

    Spill the wine, take that pearl

    they were saying:

    Do I dig that girl?

    I remember listening to this song late at night on the radio while going to sleep. It creeped me out. Sometimes, I would turn it off.
  23. Scott S.

    Scott S. lead singer for the best indie band on earth

    Walmartville PA
    The only thing I can think of on this is there was this Partridge Family song on the radio called I Woke Up In Love This Morning, for some reason I heard it as I Want Country Love This Morning. :)
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  24. overdrivethree

    overdrivethree Forum Resident

    I heard it as:
    "Once there was a way
    To get back home
    Sleep, Baby Donahue, do not cry
    And I will sing you a lullaby."

    Another one I just thought of...I was about 4 when Dire Straits "Money For Nothing" came out. I liked "Who's The Boss" a lot, and I was convinced that Tony Danza was singing "MFN." I was really disappointed when the video came on and saw that it wasn't him.
  25. ABull

    ABull Forum Resident

    After seeing that, I'm still not sure...
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