We tend to fall in love with songs without paying much attention to the lyrics – which can be highly deceiving. We sing along, not knowing what the true intentions of the artists are. We don't know where they are coming from or what part of the story they are presenting to us.
What may seem like a love ballad may actually be about a stalker. And don’t be fooled, what may seem like a fun song to dance to might be a reminder of death. Sometimes, bands even get so annoyed by their fans’ misinterpretations that they stop playing the song altogether.
Of course, we naturally connect our favorite lyrics to the situations in our own life. One of the beauties about music is that it is open to interpretation.
However, whether we realize it or not, so many popular songs have a deep and sometimes disturbing meaning.
11. The Boomtown Rats - I Don't Like Mondays
A lot of people have hard feelings towards Mondays, so it isn’t inconceivable that a band would make an anthem for the most dreaded day of the week. However, I Don’t Like Mondays has a much darker origin.
Lead singer Bob Geldof wrote the lyrics after hearing about a shooting. In 1979, 16-year-old Brenda Spencer shot at children in a playground at the Grover Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego. Geldof was fascinated by the fact that Spencer showed absolutely no remorse, coldly stating, “I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day.”
The song was received with some controversy but was a hit in the United Kingdom.