Quiz: Do you have that pop song wrong?
by Staff
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?

  • "The Bird"
  • "Uptown Funk"
  • "Mother and Child Reunion"

What was the inspiration for the Beatles' 1967 song "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds"?

  • LSD, obviously
  • 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.

  • "Mysterious Ways"
  • "One"
  • "Walk On"

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:

  • "Closing Time"
  • "Raspberry Beret"
  • "Walk Like An Egyptian"

Who was the "you" in Stevie Wonder's 1974 No. 1 hit, "You haven't done nothin'"?

  • Jesse Jackson
  • Richard Nixon
  • Gerald Ford

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"
  • "Hold On"
  • "Sea of Love"

What is Maroon 5's song "Harder to Breathe" really about?

  • a suffocating relationship
  • a greedy record company
  • overbearing bandmates

This song sounds romantic, but the official title of Green Day's "Time of Your Life" gives you a clue that it's not.

  • "Good Riddance"
  • "Get Lost"
  • "Goodbye"