songs Songs You Didn't Realize Were Wildly Inappropriate As A Kid  

Ann Casano
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Most of us just sing songs and pay no mind to the meaning or even really think about the lyrics. Songs you didn't realize were inappropriate as a kid include everything from rap tunes to upbeat, cheery pop singles – or even these 11 songs you shouldn't have been singing in childhood.

It may seem really obvious now that "December, '63 (Oh, What a Night)" is about a dude having a one night stand and popping his cherry, but, as a kid, maybe it's not. We hear the upbeat, funky song at a party or a wedding and dance around to it without really paying attention. What exactly does Neil Diamond mean when he sings, “reaching out, touching you, touching me?” Did anyone ever stop and ask, “What is the English translation to the Macarena?”

And those are just a few of the secretly scandalous songs that may ruin the innocence of your childhood. Read on to discover more, and vote up your favorite songs that you also didn't know were wildly inappropriate as a kid.


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Kelis's 2003 single, "Milkshake," rose to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was written and produced by Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, AKA The Neptunes.

Kelis has changed her mind on what the exact meaning of "milkshake" is in her song. At one point, she claimed the meaning was up to interpretation. However, she later said, "A milkshake is the thing that makes women special. It's what gives us our confidence and what makes us exciting."

Of course, the urban dictionary (and many other people) believe that "milkshake" is a metaphor for oral sex.

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Believe it or not, Lady Gaga's international hit single, "Poker Face," has absolutely nothing to do with playing cards. Gaga does a good job of throwing in her fair share of innuendos, however, she has admitted that the song is totally about sex. She explained that the idea for "Poker Face" came about when she was dating a guy, but every time she made love to him, she would think about girls.

Rolling Stone asked Lady Gaga what she meant exactly by the "Poker Face" lyric, "bluffin' with my muffin." She replied: 

"Obviously, it's my p*ssy's poker face! I took that line from another song I wrote but never released, called 'Blueberry Kisses.' It was about a girl singing to her boyfriend about how she wants him to go down on her, and I used the lyric. [Sings'] "Blueberry kisses, the muffin man misses them kisses."

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Canadian rocker Bryan Adams topped the charts in 1985 with his smash hit "Summer of 69." At face value, the protagonist in the song seems to be reminiscing about this incredible summer during his youth: "those were the best days of my life."

If we do a little math, however, we find Adams was only ten years old in 1969. That's ok, maybe he's telling someone else's story; musicians often do that. But as it turns out, that is actually not the case.

Adams came right out and admitted, during an interview in 2009, that the song has nothing to do with the year 1969. "A lot of people think it's about the year," Adams said, "but actually, it's more about making love in the summertime. It's using '69 as a sexual reference."

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"Little Red Corvette" from Prince's album 1999 was finally the hit that the Purple One needed to breakout and become a bonafide Rock God. It was his first song to reach the Top 10 in the United States, and it also has nothing to do with cars.

Prince had no issue with writing songs that were clearly about sex; "Head," "Dirty Mind," and "Soft and Wet" being obvious examples. Much more cloaked in mystery, however, is "Little Red Corvette." If we examine the lyrics, it becomes clear that it is a song about a one night stand: "Gimme the keys (Gimme the keys) / I'm gonna try to tame your little red love machine."


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