Songs, like any other artistic endeavor, are subject to interpretation. And people have come up with some rather unusual interpretations of various popular songs . . .





Amazing Grace
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Having survived a horrific storm, a slave trader promptly gave up his livelihood, became a Christian, and penned the hymn “Amazing Grace” in thanksgiving.*


American Girl
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The Tom Petty song “American Girl” was based upon a student’s suicide at the University of Florida.


B.B. Class Road
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A song appearing on the final Byrds album was sung by a roadie.


Because
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The Beatles’ song “Because” is Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” played backwards.


Blowin’ in the Wind
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Bob Dylan stole the song “Blowin’ in the Wind” from a New Jersey high school student.


Dead Man’s Curve
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Jan Berry of Jan & Dean had a near-fatal automobile accident on the very same road the duo had sung about in their hit “Dead Man’s Curve.”


Diary
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The Alicia Keys song “Diary” has prompted a deluge of calls to her old phone number.


Fire and Rain
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James Taylor’s song “Fire and Rain” is about the death of his girlfriend in a plane crash.


Fortunate Son
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The Creedence Clearwater Revival song “Fortunate Son” was inspired by Al Gore, Jr.


Gloomy Sunday
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The song “Gloomy Sunday” was once banned because of its connection to many suicides.


Happy Birthday
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The song “Happy Birthday” is still protected by copyright.


Hotel California
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The Eagles’ “Hotel California” is about devil worship.


I Don’t Like Mondays
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The Boomtown Rats song “I Don’t Like Mondays” was inspired by a deadly school shooting.


In the Air Tonight
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Phil Collins wrote “In the Air Tonight” after witnessing a drowning.


It Is No Secret
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Billy Graham and John Wayne had a hand in the creation of the song
It Is No Secret.”*


Jenny (867-5309)
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The Tommy Tutone song “Jenny (867-5309)” drove the phone companies nuts.


Louie Louie
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The lyrics to “Louie Louie” are really dirty.


Mother and Child Reunion
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Paul Simon took the title of his song “Mother and Child Reunion” from the name of a chicken-and-egg dish he spotted on a Chinese restaurant’s menu.


Page 43
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The title of the David Crosby song “Page 43” is a reference to the New Testament.


Precious Lord
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In response to the death of his wife and child, famous big band leader Tommy Dorsey wrote the song Precious Lord.”


Puff the Magic Dragon
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Puff, the Magic Dragon” is a song about marijuana.


Takin’ Care of Business
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A pizza delivery man played the piano part on the Bachman-Turner Overdrive hit “Takin’ Care of Business.”


Taps
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Fighting on opposite sides, father and son meet one last time on a Civil War battlefield. Found in the dying boy’s pocket is the melody now known as “Taps.”


Tears in Heaven
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Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven” is a tribute to his preschooler son, who died in an accident.


You Oughta Know
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Alanis Morissette wrote “You Oughta Know” about Dave Coulier.

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