At this very moment, thereâs a couple out there realizing that âtheirâ song, the 2005 hit ballad âYouâre Beautiful,â has nothing to do with a loving, body-positive relationship and everything to do with a stalker whoâs stoned out of his mind.
Easy topics to confuse, we know.
But UK artist James Blunt has set the record straight.
ââYouâre Beautifulâ is not this soft romantic (expletive) song,â Blunt told The Huffington Post in March. âItâs about a guy whoâs high as a (expletive) kite on drugs in the subway stalking someone elseâs girlfriend when that guy is there in front of him, and he should be locked up or put in prison for being some kind of perv.â
People who say, âAh, heâs so romantic. I want âYouâre Beautifulâ as my wedding songâ â¦ These people are (expletive) up,â Blunt continued.
Perhaps we shouldnât be so quick to judge Bluntâs fans. Some of the most famous songs in American pop culture, including ones that appear in CNNâs new series âSoundtracks: Songs that Defined History,â are often misunderstood. Here are 10 of them:
âBorn in the USAâ
People usually think this song is about: Being uber patriotic.
But itâs really about: Casting a critical and mournful eye on America and its involvement in war.
Listen to the opening chords of this Springsteen rock classic and you canât help but have visions of patriotic fist-bumping on the Fourth of July.
Despite its driving drumbeat and seemingly pro-American title, the lyrics of this â80s hit donât blindly celebrate the country. Far from it, âBorn in the U.S.A.â takes a harsh look at the U.S. as a âmilitary-industrial-complex â¦ and the way in which we treat those who have risked their lives in battle,â as The Daily Beast pointed out in 2014 while noting how often politicians often miss this message.
People usually think this is about: A gentle musing on peace and global unity.
But itâs really about: Radical, revolutionary ideas on how to achieve that peace.
âImagineâsâ melody may be sweet, but its message is not. Lennon, who released…