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15 Song Lyrics And Meanings People Did Not Actually Understand Until Waaaay Later

I was today years old when I learned "Cotton-Eye Joe" is about an STI.

You know that feeling when you ~really~ listen to a song for the first time and realize something about is has completely gone over your head the whole time?

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Well, I think we should talk about it! I asked the BuzzFeed Community to share the song lyrics and meanings that they didn't actually catch on to until waaaay later. Here are 15 of the very best ones:

1. “Love Is an Open Door” from Frozen

"Once it’s revealed that Hans is the villain, you realize that he was singing about the opportunity for a power grab, not for a happy romance to end his loneliness."

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2. "Cotton Eye Joe" by Rednex

"Cotton Eye Joe is about an STI. Now that I know that, the song makes perfect sense."

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3. "Homecoming" by Kanye West

"Like eight years after it came out, I figured out it was about Chicago and not about a girl."

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4. “We fought with him.” / “Me? I died for him.” / “Me? I loved him.” from "Alexander Hamilton" in Hamilton the musical

"It took me several months after initially watching Hamilton to recognize the double meanings here. Hercules Mulligan and Lafayette fought beside Hamilton, and Madison and Jefferson — the same actors in Act 2 — fought against him. Laurens died for a cause Hamilton supported and Philip died defending his honor. Eliza and Angelica were in love with him, Peggy loved him as a brother, and Maria was in love with him."

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5. “If U Seek Amy” by Britney Spears

"My best friend and I were too young to understand it. They thought she was looking for Amy because they hate each other and she wanted to fight her. I thought Amy was her sexy alter ego that she wanted someone to bring out. I listened to the song again as a teenager and just laughed and laughed once I understood what she was very obviously spelling."

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6. “Real G's move in silence like lasagna” from "6 foot 7 foot" by Lil Wayne

"It took me a while to get what he was saying, but then I realized the the 'g' in lasagna is silent, hence the lyric."

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7. “Abigail gave everything she had to a boy who changed his mind" from "Fifteen (Taylor’s Version)" by Taylor Swift

"I never knew this was about Abigail losing her virginity to a boy who didn’t care until a couple years ago. When I first realized it, I cried even harder to the song than I already did."

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8. "These girls I'm kissin' chase the blues away like Gargamel" from "Break (All of the Lights)" by Childish Gambino

pigbaby

Gargamel is an evil wizard and enemy of the smurfs.

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9. “Who Knew” by Pink

"The song is about her friend dying of a drug overdose, but all this time I thought it was about a failing relationship and breaking up. Boy was I wrong. Lyrics like 'If someone said three years from now, you’d be long gone' feel different now."

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10. "Call me Thor 'cause she want my fucking hammer, Loki" from "Broke Bitch" by Tiny Meat Gang

"I missed it the first time I heard it but now it’s the line I shout out when I hear it."

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11. “I am running this bitch, you are just a dog walker” from "Freaks and Geeks" by Childish Gambino

desi_dukes

He's running the ~female dog~ while the other person is just walking.

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12. "Slide" by the Goo Goo Dolls

"It's actually about a teenage girl in a strict Catholic environment who is pregnant. She and her boyfriend are debating abortion or marriage."

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13. “She’s a silver lining climbing on my desire” from "R U Mine?" by Arctic Monkeys

"I didn't realize it was about sex until like the third time I listened to it. 😭"

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14. The song break in "Unchained" by Van Halen

"'Hey man, that suit is you! / Woo-whee! You'll get some leg tonight for sure! / Tell us how you do! Hoo hoo hoo! / (Come on Dave, gimme a break)'...and then the song's break comes on. Got me so good when I realized it!"

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15. And finally, “Love Myself” by Hailee Steinfeld

"All of the lyrics went completely over my head. Only just realized it’s about masturbation."

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Now it's your turn! What song lyrics or meanings completely went over your head the first time? Tell us about them and the songs they're from in the comments below!

Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.