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Does your doowop group know what it's singing about?

Dodgy Lyrics: Answers

Wow. Who knew these popular songs were about such strange (and sometimes embarrassing) subjects? Getting things past the Thought Police must be a pop specialty.

What are these songs really about? Here are the songs and their subjects, at least, according to their composers.

  1. Paper Planes
  2. Like a Virgin
  3. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
  4. Zombie
  5. Summer of '69
  6. I Shot the Sheriff
  7. Jolene
  8. MacArthur Park
  9. Mellow Yellow
  10. Four Green Fields
  • Immigration
  • New relationships
  • A child's painting
  • The IRA
  • Sex
  • Birth control
  • A little girl with red hair
  • A lost love
  • Vibrators
  • A territorial dispute

There is always the chance that the composers were having us on. But that was the story, and they seem to be sticking to it.

The four members of the band The Small Faces.
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