Created By: Dcoetzee on August 6, 2010

Misleading Song Title

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The musical equivalent of Superdickery, this is when the obvious interpretation of the title of a song turns out to be... not at all what the song is actually about. It may be a metaphor, or in context it might be inverted.

Does not apply to songs where the title simply doesn't have an obvious interpretation.


  • Michael Bolton was fond of this one, with singles like "Can I Touch You... There?" (where the "there" is of course "in your heart") and "Said I Love You... But I Lied" (followed up by "this is more than love.")
  • Madonna's "Love Song", the chorus of which declares "This is not a love song."

Need some help with more examples.
Community Feedback Replies: 9
  • August 6, 2010
    Actually, "Love Song" ends with "This is not a love song... that I want to sing". So, it's really the chorus that's misleading.

  • April 28, 2011
    "Love Makes The World Go" from the Richard Rodgers musical No Strings. The word following the title is "square."
  • April 28, 2011
    Breakfast In America is definately not about eating breakfast In America! (What it's actually about is a bit harder to pin down) Similarly, The Logical Song is more cynical than logical.
  • April 28, 2011
    Title sounds easy to confuse with Refrain From Assuming.
  • April 28, 2011
    "American Pie"?
  • May 7, 2011
    ^^ what? "misleading title" with incorrectly guessed title?
  • May 8, 2011
    How about that other "Love Song" by Sara Bareilles, the one about how the singer's not going to write one?
  • May 8, 2011
    Doesn't this overlap (up to a point) with NonIndicative Name?
  • May 8, 2011
    Jack the ripper by Nick Cave is (unlike a huge amount of his songs) not a murder ballad. It actually has nothing to do with the historical serial killer.