7 Famous Songs That Don’t Mean What You Actually Think

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We  all have our favorite songs. We have some specific songs for some specific occasions saved in different playlists. We have songs for romantic occasions, songs to help us study, songs that calm our anger, songs that act as a support during our sadness, etc.

It is said that “When you‘re happy, you enjoy the music. When you‘re sad, you understand the lyrics.” But sometimes, no matter what occasion it is, we miss out understanding the meaning of the song. We completely miss out these details because we either don’t listen to lyrics properly or we just take the song at face value, ignoring any origins or intent of the artist. This may even result in you choosing the totally inappropriate song for a wonderful and romantic occasion.

So to help you make the right choices, I have put together a post with some completely misunderstood songs. Take a look:

1) Every Breath You Take – The Police

It is shocking when people choose this song for their first wedding dance. I, too, first thought that this is a very romantic love song. But the true meaning of this song left me in shock. This is one of the most misinterpreted songs ever. Apparently it’s sung from the viewpoint of an obsessive stalker man to the woman he is stalking. Sting wrote the song during the collapse of his marriage, amidst feelings of jealousy and obsession over his lost lover.

Well, next time, be careful while picking this song for a romantic occasion.

2) Careless Whisper – George Michael

Most of the people out there know the real meaning of this song. But there are some who still thinks this is a romantic piece. Firstly, to understand the song better, you need to watch the official music video as the real meaning of this song is clearly depicted there. This song is about betrayal and repentance. A “careless whisper” could be gossip, or could be a betrayed confidence, or even a metaphor for a bigger kind of betrayal.

Still wanna choose this for your wedding anniversary? Think again.

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3) You’re beautiful – James Blunt

You’re beautiful it’s true! When a person hears these words, they immediately assume that this is a love song. Some feel that this song is about seeing some pretty fine person on a subway and not having the nerve to talk to them. But the fact is that this song highlights suicide. It is assumed that the music video for “You’re Beautiful” refers to suicide. In the video, James removes the upper portion of his clothing and places all of his personal belongings on the ground. At the end of the video, he jumps off a cliff and lands in the water while he sings the lyrics: “But it’s time to face the truth, I will never be with you”. However, it was never confirmed whether the media speculation was accurate or not.

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4) I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston

This is another song which is highly misunderstood. Majority of the people out there, including you, thinks that this is a love song. Recently, I attended a wedding where the couple chose this song for their first dance. The truth is, this song is about break up. The original song writer Dolly Parton wrote this song in 1973 when she said farewell to her mentor, producer, and longtime duet partner, Porter Wagoner. But this was purely professional. Whitney’s version clearly is even sadder in the sense that the singer will always love the person she is singing to, yet she knows they are not right for each other and must let him go. Good Luck choosing this for your next romantic moment.

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5) Hotel California – Eagles

Back in college, there were many rumors stating that if you play this song backwards, you may wake up the evil forces. The gloomy and abstract nature of Hotel California’s lyrics has made many people misinterpret this song as about devil worship. But let me get the cat out of the bag. You can hear this song multiple times frontwards or backwards and you won’t awaken any kind of force. This song is in no way related to satanic worship or anything. The singers have stated that the song is really metaphorically describing about the dark underbelly of the American dream and the Los Angeles high life that the band experienced.

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6) Summer of 69 – Bryan Adams

Youngsters love this song. Everytime this song plays; people join in and sing it out loud. Basically, people feel that this song is about how the singer spent his summer vacations. According to Adams, the lyrics detailing a fondly remembered musical summer were mostly filler, because the song was actually about “making love in the summertime.” Things aren’t the same anymore.

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7) Macarena

Aye Macarena! That’s the only thing we understand. Yet we love dancing to this song, especially children. Why won’t we! This song is so infectious with some iconic dance moves. But once you get to know the meaning of the song, I am sure; you’ll keep your child as far away from this song as possible. Spanish pop duo Los del Río released the hit song in 1994. The song is about a girl named Macarena who cheats on her boyfriend with two friends while he’s being drafted into the army. Huffington post, translated the lyrics of this song and it is quite disturbing.

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