What are songs whose meaning everybody got wrong?
Written by Cedric Lucas on 24 August 2022
Some funny ones here no doubt!
- Bryan Adams – Summer of ‘69. Definitely a nostalgia song but not necessarily for what you think. In an interview with CBS News, Adams claimed it was about the sexual position ‘69’. It was more about making love in the summertime! Yes, there were references to actual occurrences, but it’s basically about doing the wild thing.
- John Lennon – Imagine. Wow, one of solo Lennon’s best songs and one that people still hold dear today! John’s song really covers a socialist lifestyle of no possessions and no privatization! He called it, ‘The Communist Manifesto sugarcoated.” Unreal!
- Blackbird – The Beatles. In an interview, Sir Paul told a college radio station that the song was steeped in symbolism. He said that both John and himself were very concerned about the Civil Rights Movement going on in America, and Blackbird was a simple metaphor for the black person’s struggle.
- Hey Ya – OutKast. Andre 3000 said everybody got this wrong. It’s about a failing relationship going thru its death throes.
- Pumped-up Kicks – Foster the People. Marc Foster says the song is actually about getting into the mind of a screwed-up deranged killer. “You better run, run, run. Outrun my gun.”
- Born in the U.S.A. – Bruce Springsteen told Rolling Stone that so many people still think it’s a patriotic song because of the strong chorus. It’s really a ‘criticism and sceptical look at America and its policies, including the military-industrial complex.’