People Share The Wildly Inappropriate Song Lyrics They Misunderstood As A Kid (And A Few As Adults)

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Vote up the funniest moments of misunderstood lyrics.

Over on Reddit, music fans are sharing the misunderstood songs they sang loud and proud as kids. From not understanding Prince's "Little Red Corvette" to thinking "Cake by the Ocean" was about a "beach wedding," these are the songs that confused little kids (and a few adults). Vote up the funniest times kids (and a few grown-ups) misunderstood song lyrics. 

  • From Redditor u/Decabet:

    Fun story: When I was in elementary school in the early '80s our music class had one day a month that we could bring in our own records from home and play one song for the class. In the interest of music appreciation we would then discuss the song we played, like a kind of show and tell.

    Since this was the early '80s, Grease was huge. Huge in that way that things just arent anymore. Everyone had that soundtrack. Families went to see it together or watched it on cable. Every house that had a piano had the sheet music and the soundtrack was at every house you went to, friend and family. Grease was universal. Everyone had seen it and everyone loved it. Grease was, in fact, the word.

    So it wasnt at all weird to us when my friend Chris brought in the soundtrack and for his song played "Greased Lightnin'." Just a cool song about a really cool car and how cool the cool car was. Cool!

    We're like 6-years-old and all bobbing our heads and a couple of us are doing John Travolta moves from the movie, 'cuz again, this was a movie not only everyone had seen but had often seen multiple times, with their family no less. We had it memorized.

    So were like a third of the way in and the teacher freaks out and record scraaaatch. She grabs Chris and they are off to the office and the rest of us are in stunned silence.

    Later we find out Chris is sent home for bringing in a dirty song.

    But it's not a dirty song, it's "Greased Lightnin'"! It's about a cool car that is cool. It's not it?

    So naturally, kids being inquisitive and all that, we form a committee to explore the validity of her accusation. We're getting together after school and listening closely and starting and stopping the song, but what really helped was getting older brothers involved. That changed everything.

    "Gettin lots of t*t?" Like...boob? Oh man.

    "Chicks'll cream?" I thought it was "scream." Well, what the hell does "creaming" mean?

    Long story short (but still long) if Mrs. Olsen could have chilled out for another minute and a half, over 30 children would have gone on not knowing nor being curious about the fluid dynamics of female ejaculate and that would have been that. "Greased Lightnin'" would have just kept on being about a really cool cool car.

    Great work, Mrs. O!

    8,028 votes
  • From a Redditor:

    "Pour Some Sugar on Me."

    I could sing the whole thing word-for-word when I was like four years old.

    I thought it was about adding sugar to your Rice Krispies.

    From Redditor u/ubeor:

    "You got the peaches, I got the cream..."

    3,470 votes
  • From Redditor u/ranprieur:

    "Afternoon Delight."

    From Redditor u/oak05:

    Definitely not a song a family should karaoke together...

    From Redditor u/Panic_inthelitterbox:

    My friend’s wife chose that as their first dance song [at their wedding] because “it’s just about having a fun time in the afternoon!”

    2,742 votes
  • From Redditor u/t00ncin8r:

    I was very young when Fleetwood Mac's "Second Hand News" was huge on the radio, and I loved that song.

    Asked my mom what the lyrics meant, and without the slightest pause told me it was about a cat going to the bathroom with her version of the chorus, "Won’t you lay me down in the tall grass, and let me do my stuff" followed by "meow meow meow meow..."

    For years I thought that song was about a cat. It’s not.

    From Redditor u/yepitsdad:

    Holy cow! I will never not sing "meow meow meow meow muh-muh meow..."

    1,965 votes
  • From Redditor u/Crunkindatrunk:

    "Push It" by Salt-N-Pepa. We used to skate at the rink and sing that with no clue.

    From Redditor u/thatsusrightnow:

    My babysitter told me it was about riding a bike. Like you're pushing the pedals.

    2,083 votes
  • From Redditor u/editorreilly:

    Olivia Newton-John's "Physical." I just thought it was a song about working out at the gym.

    From Redditor u/checkmyhead:

    Yep. My dad had this on vinyl and there she was on the cover, leotard and sweatbands and all. I literally thought this was about fitness until I was a teen and it was playing overhead at a convenience store.

    I was like: "Oh. Right."

    2,327 votes