Some of the Most Misunderstood Songs of All Time (I think...)
Submitted by BuckGS71 on Wed, 06/20/2001 - 04:14
- - "Born in the USA" by Bruce Springsteen: Geez, even as a 12 year-old listening to this song for the first time, I could easily figure out this was no patriotic jingle. The character in this song was one truly pissed-off man who wanted nothing more than a "thank you" from the country he fought for.
- - "Baba O'Riley" by the Who: It helps to understand Pete Townshend wrote these songs found on the "Who's Next" LP as part of a failed project called Lifehouse (a project very well worth looking into, as it's quite relevant these days). And this song is the most misunderstood of them all; it's not about teens being wasted, it's about the wasteland society has created by being neglectful, and the fact that our future generations will have to suffer the consequences for our wastefulness.
- - "Every Breath You Take" by the Police: Written at a time when Sting was going through an ugly divorce, this is a mean, nasty little song about obsession.
- - "The One I Love" by R.E.M: Another song people think is a love song. In fact, it's far from it. The line "a simple prop to occupy my time" reflects what little Michael Stipe thinks about love and love songs.
- - "In The Air Tonight" by Phil Collins: No, for the last time, he did not see anyone drowning and not do anything about it. All those urban legends you heard about this song (he wants to kill his ex-wife, it was his brother who drowned, etc.) are false.
- - "Swallow, Baby" by Ruby: Dunno if everyone's heard this one, but if you have, please discuss. My wife swears it's about oral sex, but I think it's about being someone who's become a burden.
Just a small list of songs that are often misunderstood, because people didn't get their hidden meaning. There will be more added to this list.