Do you listen to song lyrics? No, of course you don't, you big poser. You're happy just banging your head to the banging beats, completely unaware that the song is about, say, banging.

Then again, what a song is saying isn't always clear, no matter how much attention you pay. So we put together a team of musicryptologists (that's totally a thing), who deciphered several chronically misunderstood lyrics for you:

Entry by Red_Black

TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART is clearly about love. Once upon a time there was light in my life But now there's only love in the dark Love between vampires. Jim Steinman wrote the song for a musical based on Nosferatu. The word forever is meant to be taken literally.

Entry by Edvamp

CRACKED.COM What does SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT mean, exactly? Not even Kurt Cobain was too clear on that. Nirvana's frontman took the song's title from a joke by singer Kathleen Hanna, unaware that Teen Spirit was a deodorant. He thought the phrase was some revolutionary slogan.

Entry by SeltzerMoth

MOTHER AND CHILD REUNION was Paul Simon's first solo hit. And it's based on a Chinese food menu. Simon was browsing a menu for a Chinese restaurant when he first came across the song's title- it was the name for an egg-and-chicken dish.

Entry by tusk1113

CRACKED CO Pink Floyd's WISH YOU WERE HERE is thought of as a tribute to founder Syd Barret. Did you exphange A walk on part in the war For a lead role in a cage? It's Roger Waters' pep talk to himself. All my songs are about encouraging me, Rogers said.

Entry by mkad

CRACKEDCON Lady Gaga's POKER FACE isn't about seduction (or playing poker). It's about hiding her bisexuality. No. he can't readmny poker face She has decribed it as pokerfacing with your sexuality -hiding that she was fantasizing about women while having sex with men.

Entry by MinorShan

CRACKEDGO You have heard Chic's LE FREAK with its clean lyrics. Aaann freak out! ee ireak, c'est Chic Originally, it went fxck off! In New Year's Eve of 1977, Chic's Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards were rudely turned away from Studio 54. They were so pissed off that they wrote

Entry by whoiswillo

Theard that were talking shit you And yo didn't think that would hear it Gwen Stefani's HOLLABACK GIRL is a response to Courtney Love. Love had dismissed Stefani as a cheerleader in an interview. Stefani replied, You want me to be a cheerleader? Well, I'll be one then. And

Entry by SomerOf84 The title of Lorde's ROYALS comes from baseball. No, the song is not secretly about sports- Lorde just saw the word on an old photo of baseball legend Royala George Brett and liked it enough to use it.

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