16 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do Bands/Musicians
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16 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

Here's a list of songs whose meanings we completely miss because we either don't listen to lyrics properly or we just take the song at face value, ignoring any origins or intent of the artist. Or we just don't even realize what the lyrics really are. Then, one day, your world breaks down. The real meanings of these popular songs will shock you.

Everything you knew and loved about these songs is about to turn out to be a lie because that songs you thought were innocent and sweet are often actually about the opposite. Think "Born in the USA" is a patriotic anthem? Think again.

Hopefully, learning the truth about these popular songs doesn't shatter your world too much, though it will certainly make you think twice at the next karaoke night.

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    The Ice Cream Truck Song

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    That utterly American ice cream truck song you thought meant "hey kids, come enjoy a cold treat on this fine sunny day!" actually has some of the most racist lyrics in the history of music. Recorded for Columbia records 1916, the melody is from a song called "N**** Loves a Watermelon Ha Ha Ha" by a terrible man named Harry C Brown. Here's a sampling of the lyrics:

    You N***** quit throwing them bones and come down and get your ice cream
    Ice cream?
    Yes, colored man's ice cream: watermelon!
    N***** loves a watermelon ha ha ha
    N***** loves a watermelon ha ha ha
    For here they're made with a half a pound of cool
    there's nothing like a watermelon for a hungry coon.

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