Some Songs Just Seem Creepy When You Break Down The Lyrics

Paramore recently announced that they’re no longer playing the song “Misery Business” because of the line, “Once a whore you’re nothing more, I’m sorry, that’ll never change”, and Slash recently admitted that some of the old GUNS N’ ROSES songs are “sort of sexist.”

 

There are a lot of other songs that haven’t survived the changing times.  Here are a few of them:

 

1.  I Saw Her Standing ThereThe Beatles.  “She was just 17 / You know what I mean.”

 

 

2.  Under My ThumbThe Rolling Stones.  It’s all about controlling a woman, down to what she wears and how she talks.  She’s even referred to as a “squirmin’ dog” and “the sweetest pet in the world.”  And the Stones STILL play this one.

 

 

 

3.  Young GirlGary Puckett & the Union Gap.  It’s all right there in the chorus:  “Young girl, Get out of my mind / My love for you is way out of line / Better run, girl, You’re much too young, girl.”  And now, I need a shower.

 

 

4.  In the SummertimeMungo Jerry.  This one seems pretty innocuous, except for this:  “Have a drink, have a drive / Go out and see what you can find.”  Sorry, Mr. Mungo . . . we’re not supposed to do that anymore.  Another line that feels more than a little offensive:  “If her daddy’s rich take her out for a meal / If her daddy’s poor just do what you feel.”

 

 

5.  He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)The Crystals.  A woman is happy that her man hit her after he found out she cheated, because that proves he loves her.  Carole King co-wrote this with her then-husband in 1962.  She regrets it now.

 

 

 

6.  Turning JapaneseThe Vapors.  They could have done without that riff that EVERYONE associates with Asians.

 

 

 

By the way, the Vapors have always denied that the song compares a person’s “O-face” to Asian people’s eyes . . . which is what a lot of people find offensive about the song.

The band says the song is about a man going crazy because he lost his girlfriend . . . and, quote, “Turning Japanese is all the clichés about angst and youth and turning into something you didn’t expect to.”

 

Are there song lyrics you find creepy?

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