"He should be locked up or put in prison for being some kind of perv. Brubeck said it's a good idea to shake things up a bit, and that's exactly what he did with the song "Take Five." What is that all about? But if we learned nothing else from the experience, it was to never take a song at face value. 16 22 Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. As the urban legend goes, Collins wrote this song after watching a man let someone drown without trying to save him. Rumor has it that "Wonderful Tonight" was written when Boyd and Clapton were getting ready to attend a party hosted by friends Paul and Linda McCartney, a celebration of Buddy Holly's birthday. Live smarter, look better,​ and live your life to the absolute fullest. "Mother and Child Reunion" by Paul Simon. There's a bigger story happening in this tune than just a bunch of balloons taking flight. For some, topping charts in one field just isn't enough. Diamond revealed in a Rolling Stone interview that the song was inspired by a Native American tribe in Canada which had more men than women. It was inspired by something lead singer Gabriele Kerner witnessed at a Rolling Stones concert in West Berlin during their, She had apparently been flipping through an old issue of, , and happened upon a picture of "this dude signing baseballs," Lorde explained to VH1. "He was a baseball player and his shirt said Royals. We don't know about you, but this is going to take some time for us to digest. C'mon, it's a song about balloons… Ninety-nine balloons! It's a cry for help. Well, if you think that, you might want to listen to it again. '", 30 That still doesn't explain why he thought he heard us laughing, and then thought he heard us sing. "Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton, Clapton has never been so syrupy sweet as in this love ballad to his future wife Pattie Boyd, also known as ex-Mrs. George Harrison and the woman who once had Clapton "on his knees" in "Layla.". ", 12 "Margaritaville" by Jimmy Buffett, It's a song that conjures images of lazy summer days and drinking too many margaritas. The rich girl in the Hall & Oates song, It was the first big hit for Paul Simon as a solo artist, and the title came, as he admitted in a, interview, from a menu. So it's really a song about that, it's not to a person… It's actually an ode to pot. 5 I'll pick a word and I'll pin an idea to that." Is he aimless and depressed because of a failed relationship? And that's where a song like [that] comes in. The most depressing verse tells of a brother who went to fight the Viet Cong. It'd be like finding out that the Prince song "Darling Nikki" is really about a guy named Nicholas. 26 "You Can Call Me Al" by Paul Simon. "I Will Always Love You" by Dolly Parton, It's hard to listen to this Parton classic—made famous by Whitney Houston in the early 90s—and not think it's about a romantic relationship coming to an end. Wow, that is sad! "This is really a song about race relationships and a white girl being with a black guy, and that's what the song's about," Mellencamp said he explained to his record company in 1982. It sure seems like it, and as the song unfolds, he goes from insisting "it's nobody's fault," to "hell, it could be my fault," to finally "it's my own damn fault. That was the idea of the song. He goes on to explain that the girl in the song "thinks that she's wanted and in demand and clever and beautiful, but people are talking about her behind her back. magazine to explain the song, he said it was much, much, balloons! But Roth revealed that the song's origins are actually much darker than anyone could have guessed. We never get the full picture of why and how his relationship is so miserable, but there are hints with lines like "separate's always better" and the part about being in denial because "we know we're not happy here." ", 8 ", 23 What if I die here?" Dr. Fauci warns the public ahead of the holiday. "They were all picked up by the wind and carried in the direction of East Berlin—over the Berlin Wall. To be fair, we always thought the song was about a girl who, um… looked pretty in pink? You would think that a song with a title like "Losing My Religion" would at least be tangentially about religion. "Whoa my nights are so long," Simon sings. According to Mellencamp, Jack wasn't meant to be a white guy. Ecuador and he wasn't exactly happy about it. The Suzanne that Taylor sings about is Suzanne Schnerr, a childhood friend of Taylor who committed suicide while he was recording his first album. But it may be one of the most deeply philosophical songs ever written and performed by kids. Exploring the meanings of songs since 2003. "He was a baseball player and his shirt said Royals. ", 2 Not so, says Furs singer and lyricist Richard Butler, who explained that the song was "a metaphor for being naked." The song's narrator isn't on vacation, but "wasting away" in a beach resort community, getting tattoos he doesn't remember, looking for lost salt shakers, and drinking endless cocktails to "help me hang on." But R.E.M. Sometimes breakup songs take a tearful look at a relationship that fell apart, and sometimes they're not about breakups at all but really about vampires. Was Taylor referring to a woman named Suzanne, mentioned earlier in the song for the plans made that "put an end to (her)"? ", © 2020 Galvanized Media. ", Sometimes breakup songs take a tearful look at a relationship that fell apart, and sometimes they're not about breakups at all but really about vampires. She and guitarist-lyricist Carlo Karges imagined what might happen if the balloons were mistaken for UFOs, which led to various countries shooting missiles at each other and, inevitably, a full-on nuclear war. "There was a dish called 'Mother and Child Reunion.' "I thought, 'What if trees acted like people?'" Jim Steinman, the guy who penned "Total Eclipse of the Heart" for Bonnie Tyler, says, There've been some wild claims about what troubled genius Kurt Cobain was trying to say with this song's bizarre lyrics. As it turns out, we were duped. Now with a library of over 300,000 user-submitted interpretations, if you want a song interpreted, Lyric Interpretations is the place to be. The flesh and blood subject of "Rich Girl" was a guy named Victor Walker, an ex-boyfriend of a friend of Hall and Oates, whose dad owned fifteen KFC franchises. "At the time, macho had been banned from the English language by the feminist movement," Hodo says. The lyrics support that claim, with lines like "It's a cool place and they say it gets colder/You're bundled up now wait 'til you get older" and "The water's getting warm so you might as well swim/My world's on fire. But when the New Zealand pop singer explained the song's origins, the message was a bit more… literal. I was like, I really like that word, because I'm a big word fetishist. Non-lyrical content copyright 1999-2020 SongMeanings, Javascript must be enabled for the correct page display.