6 of the most misunderstood rock lyrics of all time


Keith Blanchard penned a pretty remarkable column on “Decoy Ditties” for the Wall Street Journal recently. In it, he lays out six songs “that aren’t about what you think they are.” Here are my three faves:

1. “Closing Time” by Semisonic is actually about childbirth.

“You’re not being kicked out of a bar – this song is about Semisonic lead vocalist Dan Wilson’s imminent offspring; the gag is that the womb is closing and it’s time for the fetus to hit the road,” Blanchard writes.

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2. “Every breath You Take” by The Police is actually about stalking.

“No, not a love song: it’s the demented thoughts of an obsessed ex-lover. Sting said: ‘I think the song is very, very sinister and ugly.'”

3. “Got to Get You Into My Life” by The Beatles is actually about marijuana.

In ‘Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now,’ Mr. McCartney calls this song his ‘ode to pot.'”

Here are three more classic songs that are almost all universally misunderstood:

1. “Summer of ’69” by Byran Adams is actually about sex.

It sounds like an ode to those bygone days when you were a teen learning how to play guitar. In fact, Adams says the song’s more of an ode to having “69” with a girl during the summer (via Mental Floss).

2. “Comfortably Numb” by Pink Floyd is actually about being sick.

Roger Waters says he was writing “about what he felt like as a child when he was sick with a fever,” via SongFacts. “As an adult, he got that feeling again sometimes, entering a state of delirium, where he felt detached from reality.”

3. “Born in the USA” by Bruce Springsteen is actually a protest song.

That doesn’t stop politicians from cranking the volume to 10 and playing it at their rallies.

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