Let’s be honest, we’ve all had those moments where we’re jamming to a song and paying no mind to the lyrics. Usually, the beat is great, the artist is entertaining, or the song is just catchy. Regardless of the reason, the song’s original message often goes over our heads. Here are some tunes in which a close reading of the lyrics might change how you feel about the song.
“My Little Secret” — Xscape
Xscape was one of the top R&B girl groups of the ’90s. The song above is one of their most known singles. Did anyone even notice that this was a song about being a side chick?
“I like being in the same room with you and your girlfriend
The fact that she don’t know
That really turns me on
She’ll never guess in a million years
That we’ve got this thing going on”
“Cause I Love You” — Lenny Williams
Although it pains me that such a classic would make this list, I have to be honest. This song is somewhat creepy. I understand that he’s so madly in love, but when is it ok to show up at someone’s house when your phone calls are being ignored??
“It seems that I call her on the phone and I, I just can’t get her to answer
And then I went to her house and I saw a car parked in the driveway
I knocked on the door, but still my knocks went unanswered
And then I went home and I, I watched television until television went off“
“Country Grammar” — Nelly
This is the song that put Nelly and the city of St. Louis on the map. The chorus resembled an old-school rhyming game we played as kids, but this song is not suited for children. The chorus states that Nelly and his friends are on their way to do a drive-by.
“I’m going down, down baby, your street in a Range Rover
Street sweeper baby, cocked ready to let it go
Shimmy shimmy cocoa what
Listen to it pound
Light it up and take a puff, pass it to me now”
“Oops (Oh My)” — Tweet
Everyone knows that any song Missy Elliot is a part of is going to be a unique hit. Tweet’s “Oops” is no exception. This song about self-love was overlooked because of its catchy beat.
“I tried and I tried to avoid
But this thing was happening
Swallow my pride, let it ride
And parted, but this body felt just like mine
I got worried
I looked over to the left
A reflection of myself
That’s why I couldn’t catch my breath”