Michael Jackson's "Liberian Girl" opens with the South African female singer Letta Mbulu saying the Swahili phrase "Naku penda piya-naku taka piya-mpenziwe." There was some geographic liberty here, as Swahili is not spoken in the West African nation of Liberia.
On Metallica's "The Unforgiven," James Hetfield modeled his vocals on Chris Isaak
Elton John and his lyricist Bernie Taupin got the name "Levon" from Levon Helm, who was the drummer in The Band.
Many people believe "Hotel California" is about a mental institution called the Camarillo, but the Eagles say it's about materialism and excess.
Gwen Stefani wrote "Just a Girl" as a message to her overprotective father.
David Bowie's "Space Oddity" tells the story of an astronaut who cuts off communication and floats into space. The BBC used it extensively in their coverage of the 1969 moon landing - an odd choice considering the lyrics.
"How much does it cost? I'll buy it?" Another songwriter told Jonathan to change these lyrics. Good thing he ignored this advice.
The Def Leppard frontman talks about their "lamentable" hit he never thought of as a single, and why he's juiced by his Mott The Hoople cover band.
Not everyone can be a superhero, but that hasn't stopped generations of musicians from trying to be Superman.
What are the biggest US hits with French, Spanish (not "Rico Suave"), Italian, Scottish, Greek, and Japanese titles?
As a 5-year-old, Brandi was writing lyrics to instrumental versions lullabies. She still puts her heart into her songs, including the one Elton John sings on.
Their frontman (Chris Cornell) started out as their drummer, so Soundgarden takes a linear approach when it comes to songwriting. Kim explains how they do it.
[Interview quote:] Oliva, who was once jailed for trying to strangle his mother, wrote: 'I never loved anyone like I did JonBenét and yet I let her slip and her head bashed in half and I watched her die. It was an accident. Please believe me. She was not like the other kids.'
[and the lyric quote:] "I never wanted it to end this way my love, my darling; Believe me when I say to you in love I think I'm falling here
Also "it's just a hand in the bush" is short for "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush", possibly meaning it's just ONE of many other murders to come (or murders past). And then the line that reads "Your mamma told you that you're not supposed to talk to strangers" makes far more sense.
If my theory is correct, there's a sick darkness to these lyrics that tribute this particular murder between lines.
For those who didn’t see the comment, word for word-ish: I am only 16 years old and yet I’d rather listen to Ozzy Osbourne instead of rap and hip hop. His music is like sooo amazing. Couldn’t make this up if I wanted to. Also doesn’t make much of a difference but no hate just wanted to point it out
"The man in the dark plans another attack"
But i guess Jack the Ripper/Springheel Jack works too.
but i guess a serial killer is good too