Any songs you heard a thousand times before you finally actually listened to the lyrics?
This was mine, today. I had never listened to what it was really about, “The Way It Is” by Bruce Hornsby and the Range:
Hold on! This bloody popular hit is a blunt lefty song about how social progress can be achieved, after all, even in the face of stiff opposition. About how “that’s just the way it is” is a weak argument for maintaining an unjust system. And 25 years later, we’re still having to make that point.
It’s a bit of a bonus, really, because I’d still have liked the tune, even if the lyrics had been written by Ayn Rand. But I’d have felt dirty about it.
Come on, I can’t be the only person taking a quarter century to finally register what a song is actually about. Make your embarrassing admissions in the comments.