Over on Reddit, music fans are sharing the misunderstood songs they sang loud and proud as kids. From not understanding 50 Cent's "Candy Shop" to the most innocent interpretation of "It Wasn't Me," these are the songs that confused little kids (and a few adults). Vote up the funniest times kids (and a few grown-ups) misunderstood song lyrics.
From Redditor u/pushead2:
"Born in the USA."
There are so many people that misinterpret what Bruce is singing about and don’t get it until they’re older.
From Redditor u/NAUGHTYBOI801:
I had no idea. I haven’t heard the song since I was a kid and just assumed it was about being a proud American.
From Redditor u/AMarmaladeSandwich:
The full song is bleaker than that sounds. You follow a guy born in a deprived industry town, probably in an abusive household ("Born down in a dead man's town [...] You end up like a dog that's been beat too much"), getting in trouble with the law and getting sent to Vietnam ("Got in a little hometown jam, So they put a rifle in my hand"), seeing his friends die for nothing ("Had a brother at Khe Sahn, Fighting off the Viet Cong, They're still there, he's all gone"), coming home only to be turned away by the VA and blue collar jobs he tries to get ("I go down to see the V.A. man, He said, 'Son, don't you understand?'"). He ends up likely homeless, and hopeless. ("I've got nowhere to run and nowhere to go").
Go USA! Woo!
- 2100 VOTES
From Redditor u/Longshot_Louie:
"Every Breath You Take." I blame Puff Daddy for making it seem like it's some kinda sentimental song.
From Redditor u/ExpectedBehaviour:
Sting wrote "Every Breath You Take" during his divorce from his first wife.
"Every move you make, every vow you break, every smile you fake, every claim you stake, I'll be watching you" has a very different connotation once you know that.
From Redditor u/moosebeast:
This was at one point a popular choice of song to walk down the aisle to, I guess by people who didn't really listen to the lyrics.
- 346 VOTES
From Redditor u/purpleheadedmonster:
"Too Close" by Next. I had absolutely no idea I was singing along with a dude who was getting an [erection] from dancing.
From Redditor u/MartyMcBlart:
There’s no way… surely I would have noticed!
“I wonder if she knows I’m hard right now”
Oh… I guess you’re right.
- 444 VOTES
'The Bad Touch' By The Bloodhound Gang
From Redditor u/crumbsforget:
I know this sounds dumb but "The Bad Touch" by The Bloodhound Gang. It was catchy and they were in monkey suits. I was 6.
From Redditor u/petrolfarben:
My mum (we're Austrian and she doesn't speak English at all, more or less) always turned the radio up when they played it. I always thought it was called "Discovery Channel" because that's the only thing I understood. Had a good laugh when I finally got the lyrics many years later.
- 545 VOTES
From Redditor u/andelicious57:
“Roxanne.” When I was a child I thought he was singing “Rocks, sand” and that was that. I realized it was called “Roxanne” when I was a teenager, but just really listened to the lyrics last year and realized the whole time it was about a prostitute.
From Redditor u/JayKay11:
I was driving with my daughter in the car one day. She was about 11 or 12 at the time. "Roxanne" was playing on the radio and about halfway thru the song I her shout out from the backseat: "Oh my gosh!"
I said: "What's wrong, are you OK?"
And she says: "No, I'm fine but Roxanne is a hooker!"
I had to pull the car over from laughing so hard.
- 643 VOTES
From Redditor u/lilacpeaches:
My aunt used to play this for me because I loved Barbie as a child. I completely forgot about how strange some of the lyrics were… it all makes sense now.
From Redditor u/--TreeTreeTree--:
Ken sounding like a 40-year-old rich man made it a lot worse too.
From Redditor u/ZanyDelaney:
At the time critic Larry Flick from Billboard noted "[singer Lene] effectively rants about the inherent misogyny of Barbie with a subversive hand".
The song was not a children's song but a novelty dance track that was played in nightclubs. At that time there were many popular songs in this style like Vengaboys' "We like to Party!" I guess it was a continuation of bubblegum pop, with Eurodance stylings. Other groups with this sound were Snap!, Twenty 4 Seven, Haddaway.
By the 1990s Barbie had long been controversial due to unrealistic proportions that promote an unhealthy body image - the proliferation of career Barbies came later.
To me the song and clip openly satirized the actual Barbie doll that is marketed directly to children but which promotes an unrealistic body image, has a sexualized look with the extra high heels and big pointy breasts, and emphasizes a vapid consumer lifestyle of fashionable clothes, sports cars, backyard pools.
A footnote on the back of the Aquarium CD case precisely stated that "The song 'Barbie Girl' is a social comment and was not created or approved by the makers of the doll."