Urban Legends have haunted civilization since the dawn of time. Previously, I highlighted some musical conspiracy theories that are fun to speculate about and discuss over dinner, but ultimately are untrue. Here is the second batch of five big-time musical hits that developed some interesting Musical Urban Legends You Probably Believe:
Strawberry Fields Forever
This Beatles song is linked to the “Paul is dead” conspiracy theory that still seems to have a bizarre following. Supposedly, you can hear John Lennon sing “I buried Paul,” but before he passed, John insists he said, “cranberry sauce.” Also, I’m pretty sure Paul McCartney is still making albums.
In the Lou Reed song from his Berlin album, you can hear children crying. Rumors swirled that the song’s producer told his kids that their mother had died to get them to cry. Reed debunked this theory when he told fans it was his kids crying on the album after he told them they had to go to bed.
Puff The Magic Dragon
Peter, Paul, and Mary tell this charming story of a young boy who meets a dragon. However, conspiracies persist that the song is actually about the Mary Jane. However, the band has consistently has pushed back on it.
The Wonder Years guest-starring… Marilyn Mason?
Marilyn Manson is a creepy death metal singer who has made a career out of shock value. However, some have speculated that he played a recurring character named Paul Pfeiffer on the hit sitcom The Wonder Years. However, that was not the case. Paul was portrayed by Josh Saviano, who has did not have a connection to Manson at the time. Manson would go on to play an imprisoned white supremacist on the FX show Sons Of Anarchy.
Don McLean wrote the song that defined the sixties. It uses metaphor to describe the Age of Aquarius, the Kennedys, the Summer of Love, and Bob Dylan. However, it was speculated that the song is named after the plane that crashed with Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens, tragically killing them. While the song does reference them, Don McLean has said it was a reference to “Miss American Pie.”
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This article has been updated from a previous version.