Buzz·Posted on 6 Mar 201516 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They MeanWarning: This may or may not ruin some songs for you.by Tahlia PritchardBuzzFeed Staff, AustraliaLinkFacebookPinterestTwitterMail 1. "Semi-Charmed Life" – Third Eye Blind youtube.com The upbeat nature of the song and the heavily edited radio cut has made many people miss out on the sneaky hidden message in the song – namely all the hidden drug references that hint towards crystal meth addiction. Telltale lyrics:"The sky was gold, it was roseI was taking sips of it through my noseAnd I wish I could get back there, someplace back thereSmiling in the pictures you would takeDoing crystal meth, will lift you up until you break." 2. "Every Breath You Take" – The Police youtube.com Think this is a classic love song? Think again – essentially the song is about a possessive and controlling stalker. Even Sting himself has called the song "very sinister" and "ugly". Telltale lyrics: "Every breath you takeEvery move you makeEvery bond you breakEvery step you takeI'll be watching you." 3. "Slide" – Goo Goo Dolls youtube.com Once again, this sounds like a love song – but actually isn't. According to frontman John Rzeznik "Slide" is about a teenage girl, raised in a Catholic environment, who has become pregnant. The girl and her boyfriend are debating about having an abortion or getting married. Telltale lyric: "Don't you love the life you killed?The priest is on the phoneYour father hit the wallYour ma disowned you." 4. "Closing Time" – Semisonic youtube.com It's blared out of many pubs and clubs to signify – you got it – that they're closing, but the song is really about singer Dan Wilson's impending fatherhood. Wilson disguised the real meaning as he knew his bandmates would get sick of playing a song about his children. Telltale lyric:"Closing timeTime for you to go out to the places you will be fromClosing timeThis room won't be open till your brothers or your sisters come." 5. "Total Eclipse of the Heart" – Bonnie Tyler Youtube: BonnieTylerVevo At face value, "Total Eclipse of the Heart" is a love song – but songwriter Jim Steinman has admitted it was a vampire love song, originally titled "Vampires in Love". If only Twilight had been around then. Telltale lyrics:"Every now and thenI know there's no one in the universeAs magical and wondrous as you." 6. "Wake Me Up When September Ends" – Green Day youtube.com The video for this song made many people believe it had hidden connotations about the war. Actually, however, the song was written in memory of lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong's father, who died when he was a child. Telltale lyrics:"Like my father's come to passTwenty years has gone so fastWake me up when September ends." 7. "Like a Virgin" – Madonna pinterest.com Forget the song title – "Like a Virgin" is not about losing your virginity. In fact, the song, written by Billy Steinberg, was about how he was left "emotionally battered" after a failed relationship but then ended up in a new relationship that made him feel all shiny and new. Telltale lyric:"Oh, your love thawed outYeah, your love thawed outWhat was scared and cold." 8. "Harder to Breathe" – Maroon 5 Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF wifflegif.com It sounds like another song about "Jane" (Adam Levine's ex, who was the muse for Maroon 5's first album), but "Harder to Breathe" was actually penned after the record label put pressure on the band to write more songs. The song is a frustrated retaliation – but hey, it all worked out for the best in the end. Telltale lyric:"How dare you say that my behaviour is unacceptableSo condescending, unnecessarily critical." 9. "Waterfalls" – TLC youtube.com The song is definitely not about chasing waterfalls, for anyone that thought it was. While the chorus is supremely catchy, the song's lyrics (particularly the verses) tackle issues such as promiscuity, HIV/AIDS, and the illegal drug trade.Telltale lyrics: "One day he goes and takes a glimpse in the mirrorBut he doesn't recognise his own faceHis health is fading and he doesn't know whyThree letters took him to his final resting place." 10. "I Don't Like Mondays" – The Boomtown Rats youtube.com If you take the song based on the title most of us would agree – Mondays are the worst. However, the song is actually about a teenager named Brenda Ann Spencer, who went on a shooting spree at an elementary school in San Diego in 1979. Her unapologetic reasoning? "I don't like Mondays. This livens up the day." Telltale lyric: "I don't like Mondays.I want to shootThe whole day down." 11. "Pumped Up Kicks" – Foster the People youtube.com The jaunty tune of "Pumped Up Kicks" can actually be quite misleading. However, if you do listen to the lyrics closely enough, you can tell it's another song written about a school shooting. Lyricist Mark Foster explained that the song came about after he read some shocking statistics regarding the growing trend in teenage mental illness. In writing the song he wanted to get inside the head of a "isolated, psychotic kid" and raise awareness about the issue of gun violence amongst young people. Telltale lyrics: "All the other kids with the pumped up kicks you better run, better run, outrun my gunAll the other kids with the pumped up kicks you better run, better run faster than my bullet." 12. "Poker Face" – Lady Gaga youtube.com Lady Gaga's songs aren't exactly black and white at the best of times. After numerous different accounts of what the song really meant, Gaga herself has admitted that "Poker Face" was written about her personal experience with bisexuality – where she was with a man, but fantasising about being with a woman, hence the poker face. Telltale lyrics:"No he can't read my poker face(she's got me like nobody)." 13. "Summer of '69" – Bryan Adams youtube.com Most people originally believed the song was reminiscent about the year 1969. However, Adams himself has admitted it's really about sex. Not a huge plot twist if you take into account Adams would have only been 10 years old during the summer of '69, hence they were probably not the "best days of his life" just yet. Telltale lyrics:"Standin' on your mama's porchYou told me that you'd wait foreverOh, and when you held my handI knew that it was now or neverThose were the best days of my life." 14. "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" – The Beatles wikipedia.org / Creative Commons Although this song is commonly referred to as being about LSD (or at least written while on LSD), John Lennon actually said the song was about a painting his son Julian made in art class, featuring his friend Lucy...in the sky with diamonds. Telltale lyric:"Lucy in the sky with diamonds." (Pretty self-explanatory now you know the backstory.) 15. "Hotel Calfornia" – Eagles youtube.com The lyrics may spin a fictitious tale of tired travellers checking into a luxury hotel. However the song is really about self-destruction and greed in the music industry. Lead singer Don Henley described it as a song about the dark underbelly of the American dream. Telltale lyrics: "You can check out any time you like,But you can never leave." 16. "Turning Japanese" – The Vapors youtube.com There's been rumours surrounding this song for years that it's a reference to masturbation. However, songwriter David Fenton did say the song was about angst and "turning into something you didn't expect".Telltale lyrics:"You've got me turning up And turning down And turning in and turning 'round."