Ever thought you knew what a song was about until you actually read the lyrics? Or heard the singer give out the real meaning and felt, well, bummed? See if you know the hidden (and not so hidden) stories behind these songs.
Rock star Sting has often said he can't understand why this Police hit is so popular at weddings.
"Every Breath You Take"
"Every Little Thing She Does is Magic"
"Wrapped Around Your Finger"
Which of these songs was inspired by an item on a Chinese restaurant menu?
"Mother and Child Reunion"
What was the inspiration for the Beatles' 1967 song "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds"?
the heavy British tax system
a drawing John's son Julian did in nursery school
This U2 song has many interpretations, but not many people know it was really about a gay man trying to reach out to his disapproving father.
Who was Sheriff John Brown in Bob Marley's classic "I Shot the Sheriff"?
a policeman who had roughed up Marley
the doctor of Marley's girlfriend
Chris Blackwell, Marley's record producer
No one would believe this song is about impending fatherhood:
"Walk Like An Egyptian"
Who was the "you" in Stevie Wonder's 1974 No. 1 hit, "You haven't done nothin'"?
Rumor has it this song is about a man who could have saved another man from drowning but chose not to.
"In the Air Tonight"
"Sea of Love"
What is Maroon 5's song "Harder to Breathe" really about?
a suffocating relationship
a greedy record company
This song sounds romantic, but the official title of Green Day's "Time of Your Life" gives you a clue that it's not.