In 2018, Harmonize revealed that the meaning of the lyrics behind his massive song “Kwangwaru” were very explicit. While many would have guessed as much, one would be hard-pressed to explain word for word what the singer was saying.
That brought up the question? Which other popular songs do people enjoy but have very different meanings from what we think they mean?
Some of those songs are below:
Like A Virgin – Madonna
The song shocked many when it was released. Unlike what many may think, the song is not about virginity but about a bad relationship.
Billy Steinberg, the writer of the song was left “emotionally battered” after a failed relationship. The like a virgin reference was him getting into a new one and feeling anew for it.
TLC – Waterfalls
The song may have a very catchy chorus but the subject matter that it relates to is very deep. The song’s lyrics (particularly the verses) tackle issues such as promiscuity, HIV/AIDS, and the illegal drug trade.
John Lennon – Imagine
One part of the Beatles released this song to near global acclaim. The song which had idealistic lyrics about a better world had an esoteric meaning behind it.
The song itself is an ode to communism. Lennon himself said about the song:
Because it’s sugarcoated it’s accepted. Now I understand what you have to do—put your message across with a little honey.
The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face
While most may think this song is about the love of a woman, the deeper meaning behind it will show you the The Weeknd’s great song-writing skills.
This song itself is about the singer talking about cocaine. The subject of the song is the artist’s love for the drug.
Lady Gaga – Poker Face
Lady Gaga has had many songs that have been long been debated about. Poker Face was definitely one of them. The singer herself clarified the meaning behind the song in an interview.
She admitted that “Poker Face” was written about her personal experience with bisexuality – where she was with a man, but fantasizing about being with a woman, hence the poker face.
There She Goes – Sixpence
For those of you who like soft rock and this song in particular, the meaning behind it is not about a man chasing a woman but something more sinister.
What could it be? Heroin. If you look closely at the lyrics, the “she” in question is actually heroin and the song tells of the rush of using the drug and how fleeting the high is.
What do you think of the list?