It's about immigration!
M.I.A. has said of the song, "People don’t really feel like immigrants or refugees contribute to culture in any way. That they’re just leeches that suck from whatever."
Starting a new relationship!
First of all, "Like a Virgin" was written by two men, and one of those men is Billy Steinberg, who has said of the song, "I wasn't just trying to get that racy word virgin in a lyric. I was saying ... I've been battered romantically and emotionally like many people — but I'm starting a new relationship and it just feels so good."
This song is a parody of party songs!
"There were tons of guys singing along to 'Fight for Your Right' who were oblivious to the fact it was a total goof on them," Mike D has said.
It's based on a painting by John Lennon's son!
As a young boy, Julian Lennon showed his father a painting he'd made of his classmate, Lucy. And the rest is music history!
It's about Maroon 5's record label!
Under pressure to add more songs to their debut album, Maroon 5 penned "Harder to Breathe" about the pressure from their label, A&M/Octone Records.
It's about the IRA!
The song is about Ireland's fight for independence from Britain.
It's still a mystery!
Dave Coulier has always been the rumored man, and he's previously stated that he was the man, but has since retracted that statement. And Alanis has commented, "I've never talked about who my songs were about and I won't, because when I write them they're written for the sake of personal expression. So with all due respect to whoever may see themselves in my songs, and it happens all the time, I never really comment on it because I write these songs for myself, not other people."
It's about sex!
That's right, when Bryan Adams sings, "We needed to unwind," he's singing about boning, folks.
It's about birth control pills!
In the documentary film, "Bob Marley: The Making of a Legend," Marley's ex-girlfriend, Esther Anderson, revealed that Marley felt birth control was sacrilege. So, the Sheriff was the doctor who prescribed the pills! Hence the lyrics, "Sheriff John Brown always hated me, For what, I don't know: Every time I plant a seed, He said kill it before it grow."
It's about the tabloid media!
Michael and Janet have been cited as writing the song in response to the media's portrayal of the Jacksons in 1993 during the child sexual abuse accusations.
It's about a young fan Dolly met!
Dolly has said that at a concert, she was approached by a very young girl named Jolene for an autograph. "She had this red hair, green eyes, and fair skin," Parton said. She also loved the name "Jolene" and told the girl, "I'm going to write a song about you, and if you ever hear it, you'll know it's about you."
All of the above!
Do You Know What These Famous Songs Are Actually About?
You've got a ways to go in terms of earning your place at the song wizard's table, but you're damn well on your way there.
It's not just that you're good at finding the hidden meanings in songs, it's that you're really fucking good.
You see that hidden meaning and you OWN IT. No one can stop you, and they definitely shouldn't try. (They'd be quite disappointed.)