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5 old song titles that have a totally different meaning today in 2014

In this day and age, it seems like more and more folks are becoming ever more efficient in twisting perfectly innocent phrases into double entendres.  Case in point.. musical lyrics and song titles.  These tend to be big targets for jokers, but also inadvertently manifest double meanings with younger people.

The song titles I've listed below are ones that I've personally seen take on a whole new meaning since their inception way back in the day.  I've seen people joke about them, and young people unfamiliar with the songs, being shocked upon hearing them.  Enjoy..

"Rocky Mountain High" by John Denver
Since the legalization of marijuana, Colorado is fast becoming the butt for all kinds of jokes nationwide.  This song title doesn't help.

"Messin' With the Kid" by The Blues Brothers
A younger co-worker of mine couldn't believe his ears when another Blues Brothers fan and I shared that 'Messin' with the kid' was one of our favorite songs.  As his mouth sat agape, we explained it was a Blues Brothers cover of the 1960 Junior Wells song, with "The Kid" being a nickname for Wells.

"Kissin' Cousins" by Elvis
I've heard many a person respond in disgust to the title of this song.  Calm down folks.. the term "Kissing Cousins" is an old saying that refers to friends or relatives that one is close enough with, to greet with a kiss.

“Hand in My Pocket” by Alanis Morissette 
I've heard guys and girls sing the title of this song in various bawdy ways.  I always interpreted the lyric about on hand in her pocket to symbolizing stability while the other hand, or.. the things around her happen to be hectic and crazy.

"Puff the Magic Dragon"
Shortly after this songs release, many tried to say that this song was veiled to symbolize marijuana use.  I never thought of this song in that way, even after the urban legend was told to me by friends.  I was one of the few kids that refused to believe the story, largely in part to my fourth grade music teacher.  While teaching this song to my music class, our teacher explained to us that the song was based on a poem from the 50s about a pet dragon.  Group members Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey, and Mary Travers have all adamantly denied the unsubstantiated claims even to this day.

I could go on and on with this list, but I'm afraid the only other songs that come to mind at the moment, are ones that I've heard countless people twist into some pretty raunchy double meanings.  If I can think of some less risque' entendres, I'll make sure to create another list like this one in the near future.


  1. As for the weed jokes directed at Colorado, I wouldn't be too concerned. I'm sure they're well meant, and many of us have great admiration for Colorado's good sense. I expect we'll be next to legalize here in Vermont. Our legislature is studying the matter now, though they could drone on for quite some time.

    Ahhh, Puff the Magic Dragon. It's much more than people think. It's a song about childhood and death and abandonment, about how every child eventually goes away, how every child becomes a new being, a different being, an adult. It's about the loss we feel when we lose a child to that process and about the feelings we have when we ourselves go through the process. It's about how Puff is left behind when little Jackie Paper grows up and never returns again. "A dragon lives forever, but not so little boys . . . Without his life-long friend, Puff could not be brave, so Puff that mighty dragon sadly slipped into his cave." I don't think there's ever been a more poignant song written about childhood than Puff.

    1. Thanks for taking the time to leave your great comment. I'll tell you.. every time I hear Puff the Magic dragon, I appreciate it a little bit differently every time. It is a pretty deep song when you study the lyrics closer!

  2. I like these songs, DV.

    Another song to censor when singing in public is Surf City by the Beach Boys. In the song, the words are: 'I'm going to the beach + I'm grabbing my woody".
    In 1960s slang- 'grabbing my woody' means 'grabbing my surfboard'. Some dirty boys + dirty girls might not understand the innocent words of this song. Hee hee! :)

  3. Oops! Scratch that. I guess it was the band, Jan + Dean, that sang the song, 'Surf City'.
    The lyrics are something like:

    "I got a '30 Ford wagon, and we call it a woody."

    It's called a woody, since it has wood panels on its/the wagon's sides. Still, walking down the street + singing about woodies could be kinda socially risky. Heh, heh!

    1. Ha. I know some cats that could/would make that naughty right away!

  4. Another one is:

    The 1969(?) song by "Three dog Night", called: "Easy to Be So Hard".
    In that title, hard means to be: hard-hearted, or mean. I just heard that song randomly today.

    1. Gosh! That WOULD get these young whipper snappers giggling!

  5. Hmmmm, when Puff first came out, I hated it. It was boring. Now I want to listen to it with ears that have gained wisdom through the years...

  6. I always thought that Puff the Magic Dragon was actually inspired by the Reluctant Dragon book which Disney made into a cartoon.

  7. I used to drive a woody convertible - too bad you can't use some of these words anymore without people thinking of other things. And then there are the songs that parents misunderstand - like anything "Rock n Roll" or in my case, I wasn't aloud to listen to "Come Together." by the Beatles. Parents with dirty minds...

    Interesting about Puff - we were sitting there in Hanalei thinking it did mean marijuana - lol! Thanks for the clarification.

    1. Heh Heh. How many songs through the years were deemed as "naughty" by the powers that be!?!
      "Louie Louie" was one of those waaaay back in the day. http://www.snopes.com/music/songs/louie.asp


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