Columbia Sometimes, a song just sounds innocent on the outside, but when you dig deeper, it’s shady AF.
“Only the Good Die Young” by Billy Joel: is about trying to convince a catholic virgin to have sex (aptly named “Virginia”)
Capitol “My Sharona” is the greatest song ever written by a grown man about his teenage girlfriend.
Never gonna stop, give it up, such a dirty mind // Always get it up from the touch of the younger kind // My-my-my-my-my Sharona.
The Macarena: It’s about cheating on your boyfriend with two dudes at once. Pretty sure Macarena is the girl’s name.
Macarena [Chorus:] Give happiness to your body Macarena ’cause your body is for giving happiness and nice things to Give happiness to your body Macarena Heeey,… Macarena! Aaay! (repeat once)
Macarena has a boyfriened who’s called… who’s called the last name Vitorino, and while he was taking his oath as a conscript she was giving it to two friends …Aaay! (repeat once)
Decca Last time this kind of question popped up, reddit taught me, the “you are my sunshine” song is actually sad.
“The other night dear, as I lay sleeping, I dreamed I held you in my arms. But when I woke, dear, I was mistaken. And I hung my head and cried.”
Infinity Records Surprised I haven’t seen “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” by Rupert Holmes. Catchy tune, but it’s about a couple who are cheating on each other, put an ad in a newspaper to find a one night stand, and then end up choosing each other’s ads.
Epic The original German version 99 Luftballoons is about releasing a whole bunch of balloons into the sky for fun which show up as an unidentifiable mass on military radar. Both sides of the Cold war fight mistake the radar reading as enemy aircraft and launch missiles at each other to retaliate. The point of the song is to show how much tension there was in Europe at the time and that something as innocent as a bunch of balloons could trigger nuclear apocalypse.
Mindspaceapocalypse Ring around the Rosey. Has to do with the black death and all of us dying
Columbia It’s pretty open to interpretation, but I know a lot of people who don’t really pay close attention to the words of Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen.
“Remember when you let me know/ What’s really going on below/ But now you never show it to me, do ya?
And remember when I turned in you/ And the holy dove was turning, too/ And every breath we took was Hallelujah.”
Basically: “Remember when we had sex?”
Hey Ya! By Outkast is basically an indictment of being in a relationship, it’s about a guy who is in a relationship with a woman he no longer loves and doesn’t care for and vice versa.
Youtube I can’t feel my face when I’m with you….
There’s a reference in the song “Reminder” to Can’t Feel My Face being nominated for favourite song at the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards:
I just won a new award for a kid’s show/ Talking ’bout a face numbing off a bag of blow/ I’m like, “God damn, bitch, I am not a teen choice”
Elektra Semi Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind. It’s so upbeat but it’s about meth addiction.
Pie, Uni ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’ by The Foundations – what you thought was a bright and sunny toe-tapper of a tune that’s on countless 60’s greatest hits compilations is actually about someone who, despite their best efforts and intentions, is continually mistreated and manipulated by their significant other.
Youtube Ed Sheeran’s Class A Team is about a crack whore. So much respect for him for slipping that past everyone.
Columbia Mother and child reunion by Paul Simon is allegedly about a dish he saw in a Chinese restaurant which involved eggs and chicken.
IMDB The police – every breath you take is about stalking an ex
Youtube Pink’s “Just Give Me a Reason” is totally a Gaslighting Song. The woman is concerned about problems in their relationship and the guy is like “It’s all in your mind” and “Your thoughts are running wild” and he blames it on “bad dreams”. Classic manipulation. The female even hints at the sinister undertones to their relationship calling herself a “willing victim” and calling him a “thief”.
MGM Somewhere over the rainbow is pegged as a hopeful song but no one must ever have looked at the lyrics. The narrator is depressed pretty much to the point of being suicidal. They want to be anywhere else but where they are. I hate that song
Columbia I mean, Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People is about the Columbine shooting.
I tell people all the time that it’s about kids shooting up a school. My buddy is like “no man it’s about overcoming adversity and standing up to bullying” I say no bro…”better run better run, faster than my bullets” that can’t be misinterpreted.
Rolling Stones Records Brown Sugar by the Rolling Stone is about Slavery and Pedophilia.
“Gold Coast slave ship bound for cotton fields/ Sold in the market down in New Orleans/ Scarred old slaver knows he’s doin’ all right/ Hear him whip the women just around midnight/ Brown Sugar, how come you taste so good?/ Brown Sugar, just like a young girl should”
Youtube Fastball’s The Way is about the disappearance of an elderly married couple with dementia that went for a drive and were found dead two weeks later hundreds of miles off their intended route.