What Some of Your Favorite Songs Really Mean

)  The Vapors wrote “Turning Japanese” was about teenage angst, apparently.

Most people associate love with music, and that’s not too far off, but even songs that are being played over mainstream radio, in the present or back in the good old days, actually had some deeper meanings to them.  Sure, the tunes were catchy, and you probably jammed along to them, but you just might be surprised that the lyrical content talked about something far greater than you would’ve comprehended the first time you heard those faves of yours.  Below are just a few songs which blew our minds when we really found out what the composers and lyricists were talking about.

)  Third Eye Blind had a lot of drug references in their debut track “Semi-Charmed Life” but the radio edit cut all those parts out, making people miss out on what they were really talking about.



)  No, “Hotel California” isn’t about Satanism, but rather about living a hedonistic lifestyle of greed and self-destruction.


)  “Lucy In The Sky with Diamonds” isn’t about LSD, but rather a painting that John’s son, Julian, made.


) The Boomtown Rats wrote “I Don’t Like Mondays” based on a teenager who went on a shooting spree at her elementary school back in 1979.


)  Maroon 5 nearly had a breakdown with so much pressure from their label to write more songs, thus resulting in “Harder to Breathe.”