Today I learned about Gladys Bentley, a lesbian blues singer who wore men's clothing and added dirty lyrics to songs smithsonianmag.com/smiths…
The lyrics to Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" were inspired by the CPR doll Resusci Anne, a dummy used to teach people how to properly perform CPR. Trainees are taught to ask "Annie, are you OK?" while performing CPR on the dummy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res…
In 2018 the Cornish Language Board said that singer Gwenno's album Le Kov, which features entirely Cornish lyrics, had led to a 15% increase in the number of people taking Cornish language exams en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwe…
The lead singer of the Offspring came up with the lyrics to "Come Out and Play" (Gotta Keep'em Separated) while trying to cool liquids in his grad school lab en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
The Star Trek theme tune is not just an instrumental but has lyrics (which were never intended to be recorded) in order to give the writer more money in royalties entertainment.howstuffwor…
Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam was smoking so much pot that he installed a fireman's pole in his home so he can get to his studio faster so he doesn't forget ideas for songs/lyrics he's creating. theguardian.com/music/200…
Mark Riedl developed software to create parody lyrics to existing songs and dubbed his creation 'Weird A.I. Yankovic'. vice.com/en/article/m7jpp…
There is a musical genre called Bardcore, which contains medieval-inspired covers of pop/rock songs. Some covers are instrumental, while others contain altered versions of original lyrics to make them sound "more authentically medieval". Enjoy! youtube.com/watch?v=Ch1aV…
The song '(She's a) Brick House' was written after the band (The Commodores) couldn't come up with lyrics to the funky riff. The wife of the record's producer wrote the lyrics one night and the band loved it. She never got official credit but the band has publicly acknowledged her as the writer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
Canada has a French and English National Anthem, both to the same tune, with lyrics meaning completely different things. britannica.com/topic/O-Ca…
The lyrics in Le Freak by CHIC originally contained the words β€œfuck off” rather then β€œfreak out”. They got the idea after being denied entry to a club and the bouncer told them to β€œfuck off”. The lyrics were changed since they couldn’t say fuck on the radio. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_…
Peter Gabriel released German language versions of his third and fourth self-titled albums, recording new instrumentation and singing the translated lyrics himself in German youtu.be/3t-JWRLSF28
The Parental Advisory label was created in part because a mom caught her 11 year old daughter singing the sexually explicit lyrics to β€œDarling Nikki" by Prince. The Recording Industry Association of America responded by introducing a content warning label. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
In 1990 Rob Halford of Judas Priest testified in a lawsuit brought against him and the band regarding subliminal lyrics and backwards masking being causative in the gruesome suicides of two young fans. Rob testified that the sounds were actually him breathing during the recording. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Paul McCartney wrote the melody to the song "Yesterday" before the lyrics. He used placeholder lyrics for the song, titled "Scrambled Eggs" instead: "Scrambled eggs/Oh my baby how I love your legs/Not as much as I love scrambled eggs". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yes…
Florida’s current state song is an old blackface era minstrel song with modified lyrics. The song’s composer never visited the state. wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Fo…
All the lyrics of the song Popular by Nada Surf, except for the chorus, were taken directly from the 1964 teen advice book Penny's Guide to Teen-Age Charm and Popularity, written by television actress Gloria Winters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
When John Lennon performed "Woman Is the N****r of the World" on the Dick Cavett Show, Cavett was told to apologise for the song's content before the performance. The show received about 600 letters of complaint - but all criticized Cavett's apology, not the song's lyrics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wom…
Eric Clapton wrote the song 'Layla' because, in 1969, Clapton fell in love with Pattie Boyd, the wife of one of his best friends, Beatles' George Harrison. He hoped the lyrics would convince Boyd to leave her husband for him. Boyd married Clapton in 1979. azer.com/aiweb/categories…
Michael Jackson's iconic song 'Thriller' was originally titled 'Starlight' and had completely different lyrics, with the chorus lyric: "Give me some starlight / starlight sun". There is even a demo tape of Jackson singing the original version. youtube.com/watch?v=IzbZU…
Despite censoring "dirty" language in songs, Kidz Bop has been criticized due to changing ONLY individual lyrics and not the overall meaning and themes of songs. A University of Colorado professor called Kidz Bop "an abomination" due to it only censoring lyrics and not the overall content. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kid…
The "Bridal Chorus" (better known as "Here Comes The Bride") has lyrics (in German), as it's from Wagner's opera "Lohengrin". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
The Byrds’ β€œTurn, Turn, Turn” has the distinction in the US of being the #1 hit with the oldest lyrics, as 99% of it was written by King Solomon in the 10th century BCE, then rearranged by Pete Seeger in the late 1950s. wikipedia.org/wiki/Turn!_…
In 1995 Hayao Miyazaki directed a cyberpunk shortfilm for a rock song after having writer's block. He purposely misinterpreted the lyrics to make the video cryptic to evoke creative interpretations among viewers. SciFi writers and magazines called it "the most perfect short science fantasy film" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_…
The Spanish anthem has no official lyrics thelocal.es/20180223/no-w…
A Filipino singer made a song with Chinese-sounding gibberish. Some of the Chinese community at the Filipino province of Cebu wanted it removed from jukeboxes. According to the singer, a plan to bring it to court failed because no one could find a single Chinese lyric in the song. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/But…
Today I learned about Songline: used by the Aborigines of Australia to navigate the land by songs, with lyrics highlighting landmarks when sung in proper sequence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son…
The anti-religious song Megalomania by Muse features Matt Ballamy playing the organ at St. Mary's Church in Bathwick, England. The church insisted on seeing the lyrics before allowing him to use the organ. Bellamy quickly wrote some different "positive" lyrics out and the church accepted. musewiki.org/Megalomania_…
The lyrics for Sheryl Crow's "All I Wanna Do" were adapted from a poem from a poetry book her producer found in a used bookstore. The book only had an initial print run of 500 copies, but the song paved the way for multiple reprints and earned its author Wyn Cooper substantial royalties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
, the full lyrics to the song 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game" is about a woman who wants to see a baseball game rather than go on a date to see a show. Historians believe the lyrics were inspired by Jack Norworth's feminist girlfriend Trixie Friganza smithsonianmag.com/histor…
In 1969, a musician named Jim Sullivan recorded an album called β€œU.F.O.β€œ, which featured strange lyrics about leaving his family and being abducted by aliens. Sullivan disappeared 6 years later without a trace, the only piece of evidence being his abandoned car found on a desert road. ultimateclassicrock.com/m…
The song β€œRich Girl” by Hall & Oates was originally written about Victor Walker, a spoilt heir to a fast food chain who was an ex-boyfriend of Hall’s girlfriend. They changed the lyric to rich girl as it sounded better en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
Whitesnake's 1987 no. 1 hit song, Here I Go Again, was actually a re recording of their 1982 version that never charted. There is only a one word difference in the lyrics. They changed "hobo" to "drifter" to ensure it was no longer mistakenly heard as homo. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
Disney had to change the lyrics of Aladdin's 'Arabian Nights' after backlash, replacing, "Where they cut off your ear if they don't like your face," with the current lyrics. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Joey Ramone of the punk band The Ramones recorded an ode to financial journalist Maria Bartiromo, who, at the time, reported from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on CNBC. Sample lyric: "I watch her every day / I watch her every night / She's really out of sight / Maria Bartiromo." theguardian.com/business/…
Before Maya Angelou gained fame as an author and a poet, she sang, danced, and composed lyrics as "Miss Calypso", recording a self-titled album in 1957, and sang and starred in Columbia Picture’s β€œCalypso Heat Wave" that year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May…
Enya is a recluse who lives in a mansion with her cats and makes music with an elderly couple, the lyrics to which she sometimes sings in Sindarin and Quenya - elven languages JRR Tolkien invented for Lord of the Rings. pagesix.com/2016/04/26/in…
Tina Turner's hit song, "Private Dancer" was written by Mark Knopfler and intended for the Dire Straits. However, Mark felt the lyrics he wrote were unsuitable for him. When Tina recorded it, she had Jeff Beck do the solo to which Mark said, "it's the world's second ugliest guitar solo." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
"sussudio" was just a word that came out of Phil Collins' mouth when he was playing around with a drum machine. He wanted to replace it with another word in the actual song, but couldn't find the right one, so he just left it in the final lyrics and named the song "Sussudio". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sus…
Co-writer of "Take Me Home, Country Roads," Bill Danoff, had never been to West Virginia and actually considered using Massachusetts in the lyrics instead. He also later went on to write and record the 1976 #1 hit "Afternoon Delight." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
Queen’s β€œAnother One Bites the Dust” originally featured light-hearted lyrics about cowboys, but it was changed when they developed a heavier back-track for the song. ultimateclassicrock.com/q…
Eminem's mom sued him for $10 million for defamation over lyrics in the song "My Name Is". The case was settled out of court for $25,000, with her lawyers taking nearly $24,000 of that. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The Byrds' 1965 recording of "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)" holds the distinction in the U.S. of being the # 1 hit with the oldest lyrics. Nearly all the lyrics are taken from the book of Ecclesiastes, traditionally ascribed to King Solomon in the 10th century BC en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
Richie Valens, famous for singing the hit song "La Bamba" could barely speak Spanish and had to learn the lyrics phonetically. 500songs.com/e/episode-73…
The popular form of Leonard Cohen's song Hallelujah is thanks to John Cale. He'd asked Cohen to fax the lyrics to him, and faced with fifteen pages worth, couldn't imagine himself singing so many religious references. He cut many verses and kept 'the cheeky ones'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal…
Lady Gaga admited that Kiss FM was the only radio station to correctly censor the song during the chorus when she replaces "poker face" with "fuck her face". Although not in the official lyrics, the switch can be heard every second repetition of the phrase during the chorus. ladygaga.fandom.com/wiki/…
Today I learned about HMS Minden, aboard which Francis scott key wrote the poem "Defense of Fort M'Henry", which became the lyrics for "The Star-Spangled Banner", was built in Bombay by Wadia Group, the oldest currently existing company in India. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
The Tetris Theme "A-Type" (The one everyone knows) was not actually composed for Tetris. It's actually a 19th-century folk song called "Korobeiniki" and has lyrics, often sung by a choir. tetris.com/article/9/the-…
In 1969, a musician named Jim Sullivan recorded an album titled U.F.U. the lyrics were about him leaving his family and being abducted by aliens, six years later his car was found abandoned at the ranch somewhere in New Mexico desert, he disappeared and never to be seen again. hellozukeen.com/journal/2…
The lyrics of the song "Now We Are Free", featured in the movie "Gladiator" (2000) is written in a language made up by Lisa Gerrard. funtrivia.com/askft/Quest…

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