Posts Tagged ‘Misunderstood Rock Songs’

I’m not talking about misunderstood lyrics. I mean songs that, for whatever reason, people have misinterpreted. In no particular order, here’s my Top 5 . . .

“The One I Love” – REM

I was at a wedding once where the bride actually had this played and dedicated it to the groom. Did she listen to the lyrics?

This one goes out to the one I love,
This one goes out to the one I left behind,
A simple prop, to occupy my time,
This one goes out to the one I love. 

Now that’s a love song of I ever heard one. Good grief.

“Born in the USA” – Bruce Springsteen

This song is STILL played at political functions, and was first used by none other than Ronald Reagan. Apparently people just don’t listen, because this is not a flag-waving anthem proclaiming Bruce’s love of the USA. It’s the story of an disillusioned Vietnam vet who was “sent off to fight the yellow man” and returned one hell of mess, only to be forgotten by the country that sent him off to fight and die. Bruce is saying, “Hey, I was born in the USA, this is not supposed to be happening!”

“Yummy Yummy Yummy” – Ohio Express

OK, you realize what this was about, right? Right?

Yummy, Yummy, Yummy.
I got love in my tummy,
And I feel like a-lovin you:
Love, you’re such a sweet thing,
Good enough to eat thing
And that’s just a-what I’m gonna do.

Any doubts now?

“Every Breath You Take” – The Police

Not a love song, folks. For the love of all that is holy, do NOT play this at your wedding. The song is about a stalker, and it’s creepy as hell.

Every breath you take
And every move you make
Every bond you break, every step you take
I’ll be watching you

Every single day
And every word you say
Every game you play, every night you stay
I’ll be watching you.


“I Want Candy” – The Strangeloves (1965) and Bow Wow Wow (1982)

The thing that makes this one interesting is the fact that it’s been featured in several children’s TV commercials. But hey, guess what? It’s a song about sex!

Candy on the beach, there’s nothing better
But I like candy when it’s wrapped in a sweater
Some day soon I’ll make you mine,
Then I’ll have candy all the time.

That ain’t a reference to Junior Mints, kids.

So take my advice before playing that song at your wedding, kid’s birthday party, bar mitzvah or political rally – listen to the lyrics.

Originally published on January 13th, 2013.