Monday, January 19, 2009

Wrong Song, Mr DJ

Many of us use music as an outlet for our deepest feelings. There is always a song for any mood! Happily in love, badly hurt in break-up, grieving, releasing tension etc. However how many songs were dedicated just based on the title or a sample of the song? Be warned, better start learning the whole songs instead of being ended up red faced as the songs could be misinterpreted.

Here are some classic samples :

1. “Born in the U.S.A.” Bruce Springsteen
Thought the Boss was very patriotic. I would shout along with him “I was born in the U.S.A.” (Seriously - I was born in KL!) and did not bother to checkout the rest of the lyrics. Surprise, it is not a patriotic proclamation. It is about veterans returning from the Vietnam War and facing the harsh realities of how they are treated post-war.

2. “Losing My Religion” R.E.M.
Literally, thought Stipe was renouncing his faith. To “lose one’s religion” is a Southern phrase that means to run out of patience or frustrated by a person or situation. This song is about having a crush on somebody and constantly looking for assurances that the love is not unrequited.

3. “Every Breath You Take” The Police
A classic that took our breath away. Is it a love song? “Every game you play, every night you stay, I’ll be watching you,” creepy huh! It is a definite stalker anthem that Sting the romance out!

4. “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” The Beatles
Made in Liverpool. Many assume that this song refers to drug use. However, John Lennon stated that he liked these words that were depicted on his son drawing. (Son was drawing a friend named Lucy!) The title is not meant to refer to an LSD trip.

5. “The One I Love” R.E.M.
Another Stipe’s rapid eyes movement! “This one goes out to the one I love.” So far so good until the line about the one he loves being “a simple prop to occupy my time.” Ouch! A Romeo or a jerk?

6. “Crash into Me” Dave Matthews Band
A beautiful love song or a peeping tom anthem? Listen to these lines “Oh I watch you there through the window and I stare at you. You wear nothing but you wear it so well.”

Posting was inspired by an article by Vicki Santillano. In fact the song facts were by her!

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