5 Misunderstood “Love Songs” You Hear On Mad Rock
February 14, 2022 4:28AM CST
Some of your favorite love songs aren’t love songs at all. You just don’t understand the lyrics or you’ve never bothered to analyze them. Here are 5 misunderstood “love songs” you hear on Mad Rock:
- “The One I Love”, R.E.M. The line, “A simple prop to occupy my time” should tip you off that this isn’t exactly a functional relationship. But Michael Stipe once said, quote, “It’s probably better that they think it’s a love song at this point.”
- “Every Breath You Take”, The Police. Sting says it’s about, quote, “jealousy and surveillance and ownership.” A couple once told him it was their wedding song, and he replied, “Well, good luck.”
- “Just What I Needed”, The Cars. The narrator doesn’t mind that his girl is wasting all his time, because she gives him what he needs, which is, “someone to feed,” and “someone to bleed.”
- “All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You”, Heart. A woman picks a guy up on the side of the road, uses him to get pregnant, then tells him to kick rocks. Ann Wilson calls it, quote, “kind of an empty, weird, sort of hateful story.”
- “One”, U2. The song is about people overcoming their differences and learning to live with each other. And Bono has said it’s more specifically about a boy coming out to his super religious dad.