The Most Misunderstood Songs in Rock History

How it feels to find out that your favorite karaoke song is really about oral sex or emotional abuse

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Most erudite and music-savvy readers are no doubt familiar with the concept of a mondegreen—it's a song lyric that's frequently misunderstood, often with hilarious results (like the all time classic, "Excuse me while I kiss this guy," from Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze"). But what about entire songs that are misunderstood?

These can be even more amusing and/or squirm-inducing, so we thought we'd round up a few classics of the genre. If you've ever had the mildly embarrassing feeling of having to explain a joke to someone who just doesn't quite get it, then imagine how the songwriters feel.

This post also appears on Flavorpill, an Atlantic partner site.

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Tom Hawking is an editor at Flavorpill.

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