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#1 PaulWarning

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 10:39 AM

I was listening to 5 live last night and they were on about misunderstood songs, they were talking about politicians using songs without actually understanding the lyrics, Ronald Regan used Springsteen's born in the USA without realising it's an anti American song.
Another one I know is Rocking in the Free World, it was used a lot when the Berlin Wall came down but it's actually an anti western culture song.
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 10:43 AM

"Please don't let me be misunderstood" by The Animals. I never understood that one. :D

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 10:50 AM

Every Breath You Take by The Police

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 10:56 AM

View PostDaz39, on 13 September 2017 - 10:50 AM, said:

Every Breath You Take by The Police

Not sure how true, but I heard it was all related to the break up of his first marriage, and nothing to do with stalking, as some have implied.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 10:57 AM

View PostDaz39, on 13 September 2017 - 10:50 AM, said:

Every Breath You Take by The Police

Sting said once he wrote that about all the bad things he did that caused the end of his first marriage. I've seen him give a different story since.
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 10:59 AM

The Birdie Song is actually a lot more deep than most people give it credit for.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 11:09 AM

band of gold - especially when played at a wedding
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 11:11 AM

View PostJean-Luc Pickguard, on 13 September 2017 - 11:09 AM, said:

band of gold - especially when played at a wedding
yeah I've always understood that one, I heard it played at a wedding too, sat there with a smug grin on my face

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 11:14 AM

I think the BBC misunderstood Squeeze - Cool for Cats. After some of the stuff they banned I'm pretty sure they didn't get the connotations of the lyrics 'I'm invited in for coffee and I give the dog a bone'.
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 11:26 AM

'3 Times a Lady'.A popular '1st waltz' request at weddings.Surely its a break-up song? "But now that we've come to the end of our rainbow" and "Thanks for the times that you gave to me,the memories are all in my mind"
Likewise ""Best of my Love" by the Eagles.Strange choices.Just goes to show,people dont listen to song lyrics often enough.They just hear one line and think 'Ah that'll do for my wedding'
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 11:36 AM

View Postsquire5, on 13 September 2017 - 11:26 AM, said:

'3 Times a Lady'.A popular '1st waltz' request at weddings.Surely its a break-up song? "But now that we've come to the end of our rainbow" and "Thanks for the times that you gave to me,the memories are all in my mind"
Likewise ""Best of my Love" by the Eagles.Strange choices.Just goes to show,people dont listen to song lyrics often enough.They just hear one line and think 'Ah that'll do for my wedding'

'Three Times A Lady', explained by Lionel Richie.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 12:34 PM

I've recently had to explain what Turning Japanese by The Vapours (I think) is really about. Entirely worth it just to see the shocked look on their face :-)
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 02:02 PM

Sex Type Thing - Stone Temple Pilots

It was anti macho man's view of women. Scott even had to explain it at a live gig to all those men he was singing about

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 02:43 PM

View PostAshweb, on 13 September 2017 - 12:34 PM, said:

I've recently had to explain what Turning Japanese by The Vapours (I think) is really about. Entirely worth it just to see the shocked look on their face :-)

Top notch. Almost forgot that one. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 02:46 PM

View PostPaulWarning, on 13 September 2017 - 11:11 AM, said:

yeah I've always understood that one, I heard it played at a wedding too, sat there with a smug grin on my face

You would think people would grasp it after the line "Since you've been gone, all that's left is a band of gold". But I realised quite early on how few people listen to the words of songs they claim to love.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 02:55 PM

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 02:58 PM

there's a few songs about w***ing that people don't get, Teenage Kicks is another

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 03:05 PM

View PostPaulWarning, on 13 September 2017 - 02:58 PM, said:

there's a few songs about w***ing that people don't get, Teenage Kicks is another

Yep, and Gelatinous Ropes Of Curious Yogurt Splashing On My Stomach is another one. I've never understood why people so commonly use that for their first dance.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 03:13 PM

View PostStylon Pilson, on 13 September 2017 - 03:05 PM, said:

Yep, and Gelatinous Ropes Of Curious Yogurt Splashing On My Stomach is another one. I've never understood why people so commonly use that for their first dance.

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oh yeah, Dancing with Myself is another

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 03:23 PM

View PostPaulWarning, on 13 September 2017 - 02:58 PM, said:

there's a few songs about w***ing that people don't get, Teenage Kicks is another
As a contrast, Whip It is popularly believed to be about masturbation, but is in fact not. There's a handful of other Devo tracks which definitely are, though.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 03:39 PM

Robert Wyatt's gorgeous, romantic and beautiful 'Muddy Mouth' is all about masturbation... by his own admission.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 04:05 PM

When i used to do a neil diamond tribute many moons ago i was always surprised how many couples would get up and do a slow dance together when i sang love on the rocks!

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 05:05 PM

You're Gorgeous - Babybird. Not the best wedding song
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 05:16 PM

View PostPaulWarning, on 13 September 2017 - 02:58 PM, said:

there's a few songs about w***ing that people don't get, Teenage Kicks is another

The first was 'Pictures of Lily' by the Who.
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 05:56 PM

talking of the Who, Squeezebox, how the hell did/do they get with that one, did the BBC actually think it was about a musical instrument? they were probably the only ones that misunderstood those lyrics

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:20 PM

View PostPaulWarning, on 13 September 2017 - 05:56 PM, said:

talking of the Who, Squeezebox, how the hell did/do they get with that one, did the BBC actually think it was about a musical instrument? they were probably the only ones that misunderstood those lyrics

Ahh, you have to love the Beeb, unless you called the song "I love a good w**k" it would go straight over there heads. Oo er missus.

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 07:37 AM

Sunday Bloody Sunday possibly in this category. I'm sure a few folk think it's an anthem as proposed to a critique
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Posted 14 September 2017 - 08:17 AM

View PostPaulWarning, on 13 September 2017 - 02:58 PM, said:

there's a few songs about w***ing that people don't get, Teenage Kicks is another
And I'm A W*nker by Ivor Biggun. Very misunderstood but rarely played on the Beeb
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Posted 14 September 2017 - 09:41 AM

View PostZilchWoolham, on 13 September 2017 - 03:23 PM, said:

As a contrast, Whip It is popularly believed to be about masturbation, but is in fact not. There's a handful of other Devo tracks which definitely are, though.

Hahahahahahahaha! Well done.

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