There’s no secret that some songs just have more to say than what you hear. They could have hidden meanings or are very personal to the songwriter, so the average listener can’t understand.
Sometimes, the songs are just so misunderstood that the lyrics are misconstrued by people throughout the years. With them, the original intention of the song gets lost. Whether it’s from misleading chords, urban legends, or misinterpretation at its most basic, the public often gets hold of a song and morphs it into something new.
Is that good or bad? Well, look at these commonly misunderstood songs to see what you think!
The One I Love by R.E.M.
Here’s a song that wasn’t supposed to be about love. The band almost didn’t record it at all because they felt it was really violent, brutal, and awful, according to Michael Stipe, the lead singer. Though the title is misleading, the lyrics aren’t!
Alive by Pearl Jam
While Pearl Jam’s hit from 1991 might sound like it’s about perseverance, there’s a deeper reading for it. The track is based on Vedder learning that his dad was his stepdad and his biological father was actually dead.