Urban Legends have haunted civilization since the dawn of time. Some involve monsters, ghosts, ghouls, and even songs. Perhaps the most famous is “Ring Around The Rosie” being about the Black Plague in Europe. It is not true. It is false. For a more modern perspective, here are five big-time musical hits that churned out some Musical Urban Legends You Probably Believe:
Blue (Da Ba Dee)
The Eiffel 65 single has the lyrics “I’m blue da be dee da ba di,” however, some have speculated that they are actually saying “If I was green I would die.” This had led to urban legends who claim that it means everything from a coded cry for help, a suicide pact, and some even claims to hear the word “Aberdeen,” a Scottish town where the band was suppose to die in a blaze of glory. The band has denied this, insisting it is no different than saying, “La la la,” in a song.
In The Air Tonight
Phil Collins wrote this song after a tough personal circumstance and the dark nature, especially the part where he says, “Well if you told me you were drowning, I would not lend a hand.” Urban Legends suggested everything from Phil Collins seeing a man drown someone and later exposed him at a concert, to him allowing an attempted murderer to drown in his pool. Collins has dismissed these claims, saying he just wrote it in a moment of weakness.
A Day In The Life
This Beatles tune helped fuel the conspiracy theory that member Paul McCartney had died and been replaced by a doppelganger. There is a portion of the song that, some claim, when enhanced they hear John Lennon sing, ““Paul is dead, miss him, miss him.” Lennon rejected that notion and also, Paul is quite alive.
In the Heartbreakers rock song, you can hear the lyrics “cars roll by out on 441,” leading to speculation that the song is about a suicide that tragically happened in Gainesville, Florida. However, frontman Tom Petty shut down those rumors and insists the song was about living in California.
Funk band Ohio Players released the single in 1975. Listeners hear can the scream of a young woman on the track, leading some to believe that a young woman was being killed or, in some versions, severely burned during the studio recording. However, the scream actually comes from bandmember Billy Beck, but the band allowed the rumor to circulate for more exposure.
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