It's happened to me many times - I just can't recall them right now. And when I listened to American and English music in my early teens, I probably didn't get much of the text at all - I just invented.
Growing up in the 1950s, we only had a limited radio choice, and our pocket money went on little books full of words to the popular tunes we heard. We usually got to read the words long before we were able to understand the lyrics from listening to the music. As a result, I've never actually tried to follow lyrics.
Originally posted by Bosse de Nage Sometimes songs are marred when mishearings are corrected. For instance, 'Yellow Rose of Justice' lost its importance for me on being corrected to 'Yellow Rose of Texas'. (I was about 8.)
Sorry to change tack slightly but one of the funniest things I did see was someone interpreting the lyrics to Squeeze's Up the Junction (great song).
Anyway the line is:
We spent the time just kissing
The Railway Arms we're missing
Now the poster (who lived outside the UK) clearly had not seen the capital letters and posted a long analysis saying that she loved the imagery of railway arms, representing that the couple may be embracing, but their arms are unyielding like railway lines, underscoring that their relationship is not all it seems on the surface.
She got a bit of a shock when someone pointed out the Railway Arms was a pub and the speaker was a person with a drink problem.
My niece (who's the one who gave me my GreatBigStees name) sang , what she thought were the lyrics to Paul Young's cover of "Every Time You Go Away" as , "Every time you go away, you take a piece of meat with you." I couldn't remember the name of the song so I googled the first five words and there it was. The first one that came up is listed below and to my surprise when he first sings the words it sounds like he's saying "meat". Who knew eh?
My niece is now 27 yrs old.