17 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Popular Song Lyrics
Some songs were meant to be confusing. Others were just written by Max Martin.
"...Baby One More Time" is supposed to be a totally different phrase, but was mistranslated.
The same songwriter is the reason "I Want It That Way" makes no sense.
Similarly, Swedes were responsible for DNCE's confusing but delightful "Cake by the Ocean."
Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff" may actually be about birth control.
"Smells Like Teen Spirit" was inspired by a friend of Kurt Cobain's writing on the singer's wall, "Kurt smells like Teen Spirit."
The Beatles' "I Am the Walrus" was written purposely to confuse people.
Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" was inspired by a line in Young Frankenstein.
The iconic whistling in Otis Redding's "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay" may have been a total mistake.
Sarah McLachlan wrote "Possession" in response to the letters of obsessed fans, one of whom subsequently brought a lawsuit against her.
That sexy French voiceover in Beyoncé's "Partition"? It's weirdly similar to (translated) lines from The Big Lebowski.
The Clash's "London Calling" was inspired by Joe Strummer's fear of drowning in the River Thames.
Phil Collins "Sussudio" is named that only because he couldn't think of a better word.
Hanson's "Mmmbop" was originally a ballad.
Billy Joel's "Tomorrow Is Today" was inspired by a suicide attempt.
The riff for the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction" came to Keith Richards in a dream, and he woke up just long enough to record it.
Sheryl Crow's "All I Wanna Do" initially had totally different lyrics, but then her band found a little-known poem in a used book and adopted (almost all of) its words as the song's lyrics.
The Kingsmen's version of "Louie Louie" was subject to a two-year FBI obscenity investigation, which was found to be inconclusive... but maybe shouldn't have been.
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