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Are there any songs you love, yet hate the message behind?

Asked by tekn0lust (1861points) June 8th, 2009

There are several songs which I just love the groove of or sound of. But the underlying lyrics I just don’t agree with. Have you come across this? How do you handle it? Do you choose not to listen to the song or support the artist even though you like the music?

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Blondesjon's avatar

A Spoonful Of Sugar.

You lying bitch. No it doesn’t.

archer's avatar

i play it in 5/4 on the guitar and try to block the lyrics out of my mind as i do

shrubbery's avatar

I like the song My Number by Tegan and Sara, but I disagree with the line (no matter how much I love her voice when she sings it) “it’s a silly time to learn to swim when you start to drown”. It’s not really… better to learn to swim then than to keep drowning, right? It’s not like you would go “Oh I never learned to swim before now and I find myself drowning so I don’t deserve to fight for my life and try to swim now”... haha I dunno. I guess I’m taking it too literally but even if you apply it to other things… you might as well learn or whatever at the last minute if it’s still going to help you than not at all, right?

filmfann's avatar

Sugartown by Nancy Sinatra and There She Goes by the La’s are great tunes, but they are about drugs.
I love them, but they disappoint me.

archer's avatar

virtually all of rap
wish it were all in french
love french rap

Aethelwine's avatar

Eazy-E Boys In Tha Hood

As much as I don’t agree with the “hoe” lifestyle, I ain’t gonna slap her!

noelasun's avatar

Whenever teen spirit by nirvana comes on the radio, I invariably end up rolling down my windows and turn up the music. I Always end up singing along…
and I start to feel stupid.

wait. Maybe I am agreeing with the lyrics.

MacBean's avatar

@shrubbery I don’t think the line is trying to say not to try to swim if you’re drowning. It’s saying you ought to have learned to swim before, just in case you got into a situation where you’re drowning. Be prepared. And, yeah, it’s metaphorical, but it’s easier to talk about it like it’s literal. XD Also, I love that song, too. She’s got a fantastic voice.

shrubbery's avatar

@MacBean, yeah I guess that’s a better explanation for it, thanks :) I’m gonna think of it like that now cause it’s such a great song and it annoyed me that I got annoyed about one of the lines :P

mcbealer's avatar

OMG the entire Naughty by Nature album, especially the song O.P.P.

Likeradar's avatar

@MacBean and @shrubbery lurve for T&S. And I agree with MacBean’s version of the meaning. :)

Mine is Stinkfist by Tool. When I first heard it I had this idea in my head that it was about this crazy obsessive relationship. Then I talked to a friend about it. It’s about whaaaaat?!?!

archer's avatar

hip hop is so damn frustrating. an art form at war with itself. a circus of contradictions.
i.q. lowering lyrics juxtaposed with irresistibly compelling beats and grooves.
what a conundrum

shadling21's avatar

Even songs that contain lyrics that I disagree with represent a perspective that is worthy of observing and experiencing.

Jack79's avatar

“Sweet Home Alabama” – great song by a bunch of nazi rednecks who don’t have a clue what they’re talking about. “Watergate does not bother me”...seriously? It doesn’t? Sure as hell bothers me. Glad they didn’t go on to write a fourth verse saying things like “let’s bring back slavery in the cotton fields”. Lovely music though.

I sing the song anyway.

I also have a problem with “Cocaine” as I’m against drugs, and have refused to perform it in public. And I never sing “Tears In Heaven” but that’s mainly out of respect to the child it was written for.

archer's avatar

“nazi rednecks”?! dang, dude, what you base that charge on?

archer's avatar

…btw, i can’t stand that band

Jack79's avatar

there’s a story behind the song that goes something like this:
Neil Young wrote “Alabama” accusing the southerners of being racists. So Lynyrd Skynyrd reply with “Sweet Home Alabama” saying something like “we’re proud to be white, we love our home and all you Northern gits can go screw yourselves. Whites Rule! Yeah!” which is really the message behind the song, regardless of the actual words. It’s not a coincidence that it’s been used as an unofficial anthem for militant white supremacy groups in the US.

archer's avatar

oh. so despite the actual lyrics you have used your remarkable clairvoyance to discern the “actual” thinking behind them. amazing talent. kudos.

Jack79's avatar

People have been analysing this song for the past 35 years, I don’t need to do it here. I know what it means, Skrewdriver and Ian Donaldson knows what it means, George Wallace knows what it means. But I guess it’s gonna be one of those threads again. Sure, have it your way. “Sweet Home Alabama” is about the natural beauties of Redneckland. Whatever.

Blondesjon's avatar

@Jack79…—The Neil Young song was Southern Man.

Poser's avatar

Pretty much anything by Rage, Rusted Root, and System of a Down.

dpworkin's avatar

Deutschland Über Alles

beancrisp's avatar

One song I like the music but disagree with the message is another lynyrd skynyrd song, saturday night special.
p.s. I will give one million dollars to anyone that can find anything racist about about the song sweet home Alabama.

Blondesjon's avatar

@beancrisp . . . you’re pro-gun then?

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