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Five of the most misunderstood lyrics, and what they really mean

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Five of the most misunderstood lyrics, and what they really mean

3 months ago
By Delmar Terblanche

James Blunt’s ‘You’re Beautiful’ is not romantic, at all. If you thought it was about love and roses, the famous singer confirmed recently that the song was actually about stalking another man’s girlfriend.

Well, here are some other famous songs whose more… interesting meanings slipped right past us.

5. Every Breath You Take by The Police

“Every vow you break
Every smile you fake…
I’ll be watching you”

The lyrics of this frightening stalker anthem speak for themselves, however, Sting’s crooning may persuade us otherwise.

4. Closing Time by Semisonic

“One last call for alcohol so finish your whiskey or beer.
Closing time
You don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here.”

Closing Time is superficially about a bar shutting its doors. But it’s also a metaphor for the passage of time. And it’s also about songwriter Dan Wilson becoming a father. And about leaving the womb.

What isn’t this song about?

3. I Don’t Like Mondays by The Boomtown Rats

Hey! Do you like the weekend? Do you hate Mondays? Do wish there was a song about it?
Well too bad, because this one’s actually about a school shooting in Cleveland.

2. Summer of 69 by Bryan Adams

Ah, a classic rock song reminiscing on the 60’s summers of love and positivity and –

Oh. Apparently, 69 doesn’t refer to a year, but rather the sex position. Presumably during the summer.

“Me and my baby in 69”

Stay classy Bryan Adams.

1. Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler.

“Once upon a time there was light in my life but now there is only love in the dark”

The perfect 80s love song – melodramatic vocals; a huge drum break; lyrics about vampires screwing –

What? What do you mean you didn’t know the song was about that? Wasn’t it obvious? Well, consider yourself educated.