Top 10 Misinterpreted Songs

Lyrics by Lennon, the Boss and others make the list
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2010 12:15 PM CDT
Top 10 Misinterpreted Songs
A file photo of John Lennon.   (PRNewsFoto/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex)

"'Scuse me while I kiss this guy" and other misheard song lyrics, it turns out, are just the tip of the iceberg. List Universe runs down what it calls 10 of the most misinterpreted songs in music. Some highlights to see if you agree:

  • "Hotel California": Listeners think devil worship because of the "kill the beast" line, but the Eagles themselves say that's nonsense. It's a reflection of the rock-and-roll lifestyle they were living in Los Angeles at the time.

  • "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds": John Lennon swore that it was inspired by a drawing by his son and that he never realized the LSD connotations.
  • "Born in the USA": Politicians who borrow it might think it sounds patriotic, but it's actually an indictment of the Vietnam War's effect on Americans.
  • "In the Air Tonight": Legend has it that Phil Collins saw someone drown from afar while another person refused to help. Collins says it's about his divorce.
See the full list here.
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