Singing and listening to music has been one of our favorite pastime activities. Has this ever happened to you that you suddenly realized that the song might be about something completely different than what you previously thought of? Well then, don’t worry, you are not alone on this ship, we’ve all been there.
There are a handful of songs that were superhits and have more meaning to what we thought. For instance, it would be weird to be dancing at the song by Foster “Pumped Up Kicks” and then realizing it is all about mental illness. There are many more songs like this in which we’ve all certainly missed the central idea of the song. We’ve somewhat ignored the idea of the song and tried to make our own version of it. We have got a list of 5 of them, let’s find out.
Who let the dogs out – Baha Men
This song is not about our four-legged friend, but this Caribbean classic is instead about men who disrespect women. This is when the girls respond to them by calling the men ‘dogs’. Hence the lyrics: “Well the party was nice, the party was pumpin’/And everybody havin’ a ball/Until the fellas started name callin’/And the girls responded to the call/I heard a woman shout out/’ Who let the dogs out?’” indicate about the men who call the women names, misbehave, and be disrespectful. This is when the girls respond by calling the men ‘dogs.’
Blackbird – The Beatles
In terms of symbolizing, “Blackbird” is one of the best metaphors by The Beatles. It is, in fact, true that it doesn’t have any aviary connection. As a matter of fact, they wrote this song “Blackbird” after hearing about Little Rock Nine, a group of African-American students who fought to desegregate the school system in Little Rock, Arkansas. Paul McCartney told the story of the song “Blackbird” many, many times at his concerts. He says that in England, slang for a woman or girl is “bird,” which is what is in the song.
Semi-Charmed Life – Third Eye Blind
This song from San Francisco rockers was a hit during the 90s. Despite the upbeat sound and music, the lyrics have a much darker undertone to the song. In an interview during 1997 with Billboard frontman, he calls Semi-Charmed life “a filthy, dirty song which was all about drugs, sex and rock n’ roll.
Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler
This ballad is about the breakup but is not at all like a typical boy meets girl scenario. The lyricist Jim Steinman wrote this song for Bonnie Tyler and said that the basis of this song is about the fantasy of vampires. The song was initially named “Vampires in Love,” which also explains all those offensive lines it has.
Waterfalls – TLC
Even though this song was one of the carpool-karaoke staples, this song was all about a different context. We all loved singing this song back in the 90s, and it was a significant hit by TLC, but it overlooked the song’s serious subject matter. What we forgot to notice about the song is that it is about the AIDS epidemic. We even saw the reference in these lines “His health is fading, and he doesn’t know why/Three letters took him to his final resting place.”
The above-listed songs have been great hits, but because of their misunderstood lyrics, most people didn’t try to get to the exact meaning of the songs.