35 Songs That Have Counterintuitive Meanings

A lot is made about the lyrical content of songs. So much so that, naturally, we wind up with more than a few different interpretations that are usually presented with fact.

Well, all of them are bullshit and you knew the day would come when we debunk those myths. Our readers researched the origins of these popular songs, and we gave $200 to the winner ...

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ER M.I.A'S Grammy- nominated Paper Planes is usually thought to be A about a drug dealer. It's actually a satire of immigrant stereotypes. The topic i

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THE BEATLES stereo disc ICOMDACT PARLOPHONE DIGITAL AUDID HELP! According to John Lennon, the Beatles' 1965 song Ticket to Ride isn't about trains.

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Entry by Creatris

88 63 John Hughes developed the plot and wrote the popular 80's teen flick, Pretty In Pink, based on the lyrics of the title song. (It's too bad that

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Contrary to what Tony Stark might believe. Black Sabbath's Iron Man has nothing, to do with his suit of armor. cOzzy came up with the title 'Iron Ma

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Entry by Chan Teik Onn

MAR5 harder to breathe was a rant by Adam Levine about his record label. The band was frustrated because their company asked for more songs on their d

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Entry by FunkPumpkin

CRACKEDo COM This song isn't about James a girlfriend dying in a plane crash. Taylor The song's three verses are about three phases in his life. Fire

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Entry by Adogg1991

NIGHT RANGER CRACKED.COM Sister Christiand TOPHIT USA Night Ranger's Sister Christian is not about a nun being tempted by camnal desires. Maxi-Singl

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Entry by TheoSchmeeo

CRACKEDCON BEAJLES THE ballad Blackbird sabout something more foul thanfowl. It's about an African American girl (a black bird. get it?) dealing wit

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Entry by 404notfound

YO's THESE ALTERNATIVE ALL REFER g SonGs dolls slide Ol TO SITUATIONS na inVOLVinG ABORTiON. the freshmen BEN FOLDS FIVE Br.ck the verve pipe CRACKE

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Entry by Marconi Rebus

1999'S INTERNATIONAL SMASH HIT 'CLOSING TIME' BY SEMISONIC IS NOT ABOUT HAVING TO LEAVE A BAR AT THE END OF A NIGHT OUT. OPEN ALL THE DOORS AND LET Y

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Entry by Edvamp

sutctoe solution Is not about committing Suicide But rather about dying from alcohol abuse CRACKED COM

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Entry by ZenofNow

U2's song One is not a love song. The band have been told by many fans that they played the song at their weddings, prompting Bono to respond, Are

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Entry by deadgardens

The Village People's songs were meant to be serious. David Hodo (the construction worker) said the group's French songwriters originally intended no j

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Entry by MinorShan

I DONT GIVE A DAMN ABOUT MY BAD REPU TA TION! J707 JOAN JETT the Anthemforallt BAD FreaksGeeksand S. REPUTATION outcasts! social other Not so fast. Ac

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EAtO STeRo SSN A0T EIGHT MILES HIGH BYS this THE PSYCHEDELIC CLASSIC was the SMALL FACES ... NEVER REALLY AFRAID OF LOSING THEIR ABOUT DRUGS GROUND

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Entry by mkad

CRACKEDOON When. Paul McCartney was. singing 'Martha My Dear with The Beatles, this is the Martha he was singing to.

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Entry by Marconi Rebus

CRACKED.CON GANGNAMSTYLE THE VAST MAJORITY OF US DON'T HAVE A CLUE WHAT THE HELL ITS ABOUT SINCE ITS IN KOREAN. BUT THE CATCHY- DANCEHOOK. THE FUNNY V

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Entry by kpx985

$ RICH GIRL DARYL JOHN HALL OATES RICH GIRL ISN'T A GIRL IT'S A GUY. IT was WRITTEN ABOUT AN EX OF DARYL'S THEN GRIPRIEND. THE GENDER WAS CHANGED SINC

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In 1970, the Grateful Dead released Casey Jones, which features the lyric Driving that train, high on cocaine We didn't mean for people to go start

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Entry by SeltzerMoth

PAUL SIMON's BEAUTIFUL & AMBIGUOUS FIRST SOLO SINGLE WAS CONCEIVED WHILE PAUL WAS BROWSING A CHINESE FOOD MENU IN NYC. AN EGG-AND-CHICKEN DISH CALLED

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Entry by tigonhawk

THE ONE I LOVE THOUGH OFTEN DEDICATED TO LOVED ONES THIS SONG IS ACTULLY ABOUT USING SOMEONE AND HAS BEEN DESCRIBED BY MICHAEL STIPE AS BEING INCREDI

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Entry by MinorShan

A CRACKEDcO AAAHH FREAK NEW OUT! YEAR'S LE EVE. FREAK. 1977: C'EST CHIC! & BERNARD DISCO EDWARDS HIT LEGENDS NILE AWAY OF RODGERS FROM THE CROUP STU

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Entry by FunkPumpkin

Cracklin' neil CRACKED.COM Rosie piamonD Many think this song is about spending the night with a prostitute, due to lyrics like: But it's not. Oh, I

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Entry by Adogg1991

I Don't Like Mondays by the Boomtown Rats is not a song about the It's the response 16-year- disappointment of going old Brenda Ann Spencer back to

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Entry by Chan Teik Onn

Like my father's come to pass fast. 20 years have gohe sO WAKE ME UP WHEN SEPTEMBER ENDS by GREENDAY has nothing to do with anti-war messages. This

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BTO'S You Ain't 616702 BACHMANN Seen Nothin' Yet, UYYCX TURNER with it's unique You Ain't Seen stuttering vocals, Nothin'Yet was recorded as a Fre

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LOVE IS HERE TO STAY Words by IRA GERSHWIN Music by GEORGE GERSHWIN G. Mi Teehnicolor mueical * 60 An American m Parus GEORGE GERSHWIN GENE KELLY Song

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Entry by Adogg1991

S ( IJI ASYHIH Due to the fact that their It's really a music video song about featured depression. pictures of The video's missing director came chil

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Entry by Red_Black

Total Eclipse of the Heart sounds like it's about having a lifelong relationship or getting mamied. It keeps talking about being together forever! The

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Entry by SomerOf84

It wasn't just Lorde's life-long fascination with aristocracy that She also credits led her the this 1976 National to pen hit Royals... Geographic p

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Entry by lazyheretic

Let's Go All the Way by Sly Fox has to be about sex, right? Not so, says author Gary Mudbone Cooper (right) Not about getting laid, unless that It

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Entry by 404notfound

HEARE Litaoeen oeea The Barracuda song was written by Ann Wilson scathing as a response to insinuations and publicity stunts instigated by their for

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Entry by bullamakanka

Phil Collins' T'ake Me Hoine is nat about Homesickness. ArCal RISA NEA It's apout a patient in a mental hospital, inspired by one Flew Over the Cyc

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Entry by Arrr0wmanc3r

Many people believe the Rush song The Trees is a complex metaphor for social equality and the division between social classes. (It's really just dru

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Entry by Edvamp

Smells Like Confusion Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit has a history of confused meanings, even to the songwriter himself. Kathleen Hanna of Bikini

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