Legends about the meaning and content of popular songs.

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
Multi-colored bullet 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
Red bullet The Tom Petty song "American Girl" was based upon a student's suicide at the University of Florida.

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

Multi-colored bullet The Beatles' song "Because" is Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" played backwards.

Blowin' in the Wind
Red bullet Bob Dylan stole the song "Blowin' in the Wind" from a New Jersey high school student.

Dead Man's Curve
Red bullet 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."

Green bullet The Alicia Keys song "Diary" has prompted a deluge of calls to her old phone number.

Fire and Rain
Red bullet James Taylor's song "Fire and Rain" is about the death of his girlfriend in a plane crash.

Fortunate Son
Red bullet The Creedence Clearwater Revival song "Fortunate Son" was inspired by Al Gore, Jr.

Gloomy Sunday
Yellow bullet The song "Gloomy Sunday" was once banned because of its connection to many suicides.

Happy Birthday
Green bullet The song "Happy Birthday" is still protected by copyright.

Hotel California
Red bullet The Eagles' "Hotel California" is about devil worship.

I Don't Like Mondays
Green bullet The Boomtown Rats song "I Don't Like Mondays" was inspired by a deadly school shooting.

In the Air Tonight
Red bullet Phil Collins wrote "In the Air Tonight" after witnessing a drowning.

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

Jenny (867-5309)
Green bullet The Tommy Tutone song "Jenny (867-5309)" drove the phone companies nuts.

Louie Louie
Red bullet The lyrics to "Louie Louie" are really dirty.

Mother and Child Reunion
Green bullet 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
Red bullet The title of the David Crosby song "Page 43" is a reference to the New Testament.

Precious Lord
Multi-colored bullet 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
Red bullet "Puff, the Magic Dragon" is a song about marijuana.

Takin' Care of Business
Red bullet A pizza delivery man played the piano part on the Bachman-Turner Overdrive hit "Takin' Care of Business."

Red bullet 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
Green bullet Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven" is a tribute to his preschooler son, who died in an accident.

You Oughta Know
Yellow bullet Alanis Morissette wrote "You Oughta Know" about Dave Coulier.

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