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15 Love Songs You Never Realized Are Super Dark And Creepy

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Ever sing along to a love song? Of course you have – they all seem so super sweet or achingly sad in a way that is totally beautiful and relatable. Well, you may want to rethink your feelings about some of those tunes after you see this list of love songs you never realized are creepy. Hits by artists like Adele, the Beatles, and more seem innocent on the surface, but when you really listen to the lyrics, you realize these are actually love songs with dark messages. Who knew so many songs about love were actually about stalking an ex or being attracted to people who are underage?

That's not to say these songs aren't great; many of them are classics for a reason. But there are lots of fun pop songs with dark meanings, when you think about it These secretly creepy love songs don't mean what you think they do. Take a listen, but you've been warned – this list might just ruin slow dances for you forever.

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    This hit song about a woman named Sharona definitely sounds dirty, but you may not have been able to put your finger on why. That's likely because it's hard to understand most of the words being sung. Good thing, too – the lyrics say things like, "Never gonna stop, give it up, such a dirty mind, I always get it up for the touch of the younger kind."

    Sharona was a real 17-year-old, too. Lead singer Doug Fieger met her when he was 25, and said he wrote the song "from the perspective of a 14-year-old boy."

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    In general, if someone says they want to possess you (or even just a part of you), it's probably not a good sign – even if they're the floppy haired nice guys of Death Cab for Cutie. The lyrics to "I Will Possess Your Heart" contain skin crawling lines like, "There are days when outside your window, I see my reflection as I slowly pass."

    In other words, it's probably time to look into getting a restraining order.

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    In the James Blunt song "You're Beautiful," the narrator spends a lot of time sweetly complimenting a woman's beauty. But you may have missed the sinister line in the first verse, when he croons, "She smiled at me on the subway, she was with another man, but I won't lose no sleep on that, 'cause I've got a plan." And then it gets weirder in the second verse, where he sings, "She could see from my face that I was f*ckin' high."

    Basically, it's a song about a guy doing drugs and following a woman and her boyfriend onto a subway. Not exactly the wedding song you may have previously thought.

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    In the chorus of "Girlfriend," Matthew Sweet sings, "Don't you need to be back in the arms of a good friend? Oh, 'cause, honey, believe me, I'd sure love to call you my girlfriend." That seems innocent enough on its own.

    But then it all flips at the very end of the song, when he says, "And I'm never gonna set you free, No, I'm never gonna set you free." Definitely a major red flag.

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