- "Squeeze Box" with The Who. Pete Townshend says it's just a song about a woman playing an accordion, deliberately written to invoke this effect.
- Bobby Bare's song "Marie Laveau" (by Shel Silverstein and Baxter Taylor) says the Voodoo Lady lives "with a one-eyed snake and a three-legged dog."
- The Bowling for Soup song "My Wena" is one long innuendo. They even make it obvious in the original version of the video with a woman in a penis costume. In the end, it's revealed that the entire song is about a Dachshund named Wena.
- The AC/DC song "Big Balls" is one unbroken double entendre — as evidenced by the song's name.
- Let's face it: the band's famous for thinly veiled, squick-ily obvious sexual references, in line with their overriding themes of rebellion and sin.
- The album notes for "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" refers to Big Balls as "Not subtle enough to be a double entendre. It's more like a single entendre."
- That said, performing most of the song in a hoity-toity accent adds to the fake subtlety, making the song even more hilarious for those who get it.
- "The Jack", (at least in its original album form) is ostensibly about a poker game, but with lines like 'How was I to know that she'd been shuffled before... said she'd never had a royal flush' and 'She was holding a pair, but I had to try...' and 'She'd have the cards to bring me down, if she played them right' its clearly about something else.
- It's not about that, it's about this, live versions don't even bother with subtlety:
"...She was number nine ninety-nine on the clinical list."
- By Big & Rich, the entire song of "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)". You read that right- the song is actually named Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy).
- The lyrics (and these are ACTUAL lyrics) "I'm a thoroughbred, that's what she said, in the back of my truck bed".
- The Black Crowes recorded an unreleased album they titled "Tall." A pretty innocuous name, all things considered. Sure, it happens to be old jazz slang for getting high, but that's probably a coincidence, right? What's that? The Black Crowes were on the cover of High Times Magazine? So, when they said "Tall," they probably meant...
- Bull Moose Jackson's "Big Ten Inch Record" (famously covered by Aerosmith) uses verse breaks to create double entendres:
But I really get her going
When I whip out my big 10 inch
record of a band that plays the blues...
There was an old farmer
Who lived on a rock
He sat in the meadow
Just shaking his
Fist at some boys
Who were down by the crick
Their feet in the water
Their hands on their
- Aerosmith's song "Love in an Elevator".
- Look closely at the name of the album "Night in the Ruts".
- Mike Mareen's "Don't Talk to the Snake". You probably know what "snake" means, and the lyrics may be interpreted as a warning against AIDS. This was in 1988, when the epidemic started to go public.
- "Things I'll Never Say" by Avril Lavigne kinda plays on this too:
If I could say what I want to say
I'd say I want to blow you—away
If I could say what I want to see
I want to see you go down—on one knee
- "She said he so sweet she wanna lick the wrapper, so I let her lick the rapper"
- The Queen song "Don't Stop Me Now" is just one big Double Entendre from start to finish.
I'm a shooting star leaping through the sky
Like a tiger, defying the laws of gravity
I'm a racing car passing by like Lady Godiva
I'm gonna go, go, go, there's no stopping me!
Tonight I'm gonna have myself a real good time...
I'm gonna make a supersonic man out of you
I'm a sex machine ready to reload like an atom bomb, I'm 'bout to oh oh oh oh EXPLODE
- Similar to the Dewey Cox example, Bob and Tom have a song that goes "blow me... a kiss as you're leaving".
So why don't you blow me...
A kiss before she goes
- "Wanna B Ur Lovr" by "Weird Al" Yankovic is made entirely of these, with a few just out there compliments thrown in (Yugoslavian hands?), though to be fair, Al is of Yugoslavian descent....
- Just look at the lyrics to "Today's Lesson" by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.
- Songwriter Cole Porter was a master of the Double Entendre (as alluded to in one example above). His songs "Love For Sale" and "But In The Morning, No" were once banned from radio because of their heavy use of Double Entendre.
- Rihanna's "Shut Up and Drive." From the lyrics, she's either singing about cars or...something else.
- The entire song "Polka Dot Undies" by Bowser and Blue.
And you probably already think I am full of
Vague innuendos and double-meanin' rhymes.
But I'll tell you that obscenity is all in your
- It might be intentional in the Isley Brother's song "Between the Sheet" besides the "I like the way you receive me" and "I love the way you relieve me" lines which you can only take that one way, several times he says
I'm coming... coming on strong
In between the sheets
- Those of us with more esoteric taste in music will know that many, many '20s and '30s blues songs contain double entendres, such as Blind Boy Fuller's "Let Me Squeeze Your Lemon", The Memphis Jug Band's "Memphis Yo Yo Blues", Blind Lemon Jefferson's "Black Snake Moan", and my personal favorite, Bessie Smith's "I Need a Little Sugar In My Bowl".
- Judy Henske sings a song about a man who is a 'deep sea diver whose stroke can't go wrong.' Not only that, but 'he can touch the bottom, and his wind holds out so long'
- Jimmy Buffett has admitted that he specifically wrote his song "Why Don't We Get Drunk And Screw", which is about, well, getting drunk and screwing, because he was sick and tired of hearing double entendres in other people's songs.
- Spinal Tap's "Big Bottom".
Big bottom, big bottom
Talk about a bum case, my girl's got 'em
Big bottom, drives me out of my mind
How can I leave this behind?
- Tim Cavanagh's novelty country ballad, "I Wanna Kiss Her".
I wanna kiss her but... she won't let me
I wanna whisper sweet nothings in herrrrr... ear
I wanna hold her behind... closed doors and more
- "Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo" by the Bloodhound Gang is made up of double entendres, and ends with the line "put the you know what in the you know where". The video for the song is also ripe with Visual Innuendo. One of the images shown is Bam Margera driving a giant banana-shaped car into a tunnel. Nearly all of their songs contain double entendres, seeing as nearly all of them are about sex. Other prominent examples are "Fire Water Burn" and "Uhn Tiss Uhn Tiss Uhn Tiss".
- The song and music video "Gay Bar" by Electric Six is rife with both this and Visual Innuendo.
- Half their songs are either blatantly about sex ("I wanna make it last forever" said twelve times, getting higher and higher, before ending with "Ooh baby"), or more subtle innuendo. Broken Machine includes the lyrics:
It doesn't do anything, it just sits there, and looks at me.
- A certain song by Lords Of Acid leaves it entirely up to the listener to decide whether they're singing about a cat or the female anatomy.
- Jason Mraz's "Geek in the Pink" has more than a few, the most prominent being:
I can save you from
Who wouldn't care if you come... plete them or not!
- Would you believe, Justin Timberlake's already explicit "Dick in a Box"? Aaaaaand... THERE. You just got it.
- Alice Cooper, among other songs, had I'm Your Gun. Even though you probably know what's coming, a brief example:
You be the target on the bed
I'll be shootin' hot lead
- Richard & Linda Thompson's song "Hokey Pokey" is ostensibly about ice cream, but features enough references to 'putting it your mouth' to make its meaning clear.
- Melanie's "Brand New Key".
- '40s novelty singer Benny Bell, in addition to his famous subverted-rhyme hit "Shaving Cream", composed ditties with such piquant titles as "My Grandpa Had a Long One", "Everybody Wants My Fanny", and "I'm Gonna Give My Girl a Goose for Thanksgiving".
- The Beatles had several: "Please Please Me", "Drive My Car", "Norwegian Wood", "Happiness Is a Warm Gun".
- The original title was "Happiness is a Warm Gun in your Hand".
- "My Ding-A-Ling" by Chuck Berry.
- Also, its Tagalog version "Ting-a-Ling", by Filipino rock band Kerplunk, which was a cult favorite in the band's late-'90s heyday. The original version is not available on YouTube, but an updated, popped-up version (with an outright reference to masturbation, which wasn't present in the original) is available on the lead singer's YouTube page.
- 2pac's "Me & My Girlfriend".
- The sexual level is actually the most basic one in this case, the song on the surface appearing to be about a relationship. Pac's "girlfriend" is actually his gun.
- Jay-Z didn't understand that however, and made his own version ("03' Bonnie and Clyde"), with Beyoncé all about an actual relationship
- Poe's "Angry Johnny". Could be about homicide. Could be about something else:
I can do it on water, I can do it on dry land
I can do it with instruments, I can do it with my own two hands
But either way, either way you'll know where it stands
I'm gonna kill you, I'm gonna blow you... away
- The last line of Tenacious D's "Wonderboy" goes "There, that crevasse; fill it with your mighty juice." Hmm, wonder what that might be...
- Knorkators "Song of the horse" might be a completely innocent song about the deep friendship between the vocalist and his horse. But since there is no actual reference to a horse in the lyrics, it might also be entirely about sex.
- 50s song "Laundromat Blues" by 5 Royales:
Throw in all your dirty clothes, all your dirty duds
Don't worry about no soap, her machine is full of suds
She's got the best machine
The best washing machine in town (ooh-wee what a machine!)
Just relax and take it easy
As the machine goes round and round
- Lady Gaga has several, but probably the most obvious one is Love Game:
Let's have some fun, this beat is sick
I wanna take a ride on your disco stick
- Britney Spears has a song called "If You Seek Amy", which, if annunciated, gives a very interesting suggestion
- Long before that song was ever out, April Wine had "If You See Kay"
- And long before that James Joyce quoted, in Ulysses (1922), suggesting that this was well-known in the streets of Dublin and may well be Older Than Radio:
If you see Kay
Tell her she may
See you in tea
Tell her from me
- "Ego" by Kanye West and Beyoncé. Three guesses what his ego is.
I got a big ego, (hahaha)
I?m such a big ego, (hahaha)
I got a big, (hahaha), Ego,
She love my big, (hahaha), Ego,
So stroke my big, (hahaha), Ego
- Because it's Kanye West, it's perfectly possible that he's just talking about his actual ego.
- XTC's "Pink Thing". According to its writer, Andy Partridge, it was written to express his love and pride for his newborn son. But the lyrics could just as easily be interpreted as a man's ode to his penis.
- Paul and Storm's "The Captain's Wife's Lament", about the complaints of a sea captain's wife after he lets his entire crew stay in their home.
She said there's
Seamen all around the bed
And seamen on the floor
Seamen in the bathroom
And behind the closet door
- Steven Curtis Chapman's song "Remembering You", written about Narnia but could also be about Jesus.
- As could Narnia itself, natch.
- The Kinks' "Lola" from Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One. Is the title character an unusually mannish woman, or a male transvestite?
Well I'm not the world's most masculine man
But I know what I am and I'm glad I'm a man
And so is Lola
- "Walt Whitman's Niece", written by Woody Guthrie and recorded by Billy Bragg with Wilco, has several of these in its lyrics.
And as she read I laid my head
And I can´t tell which head
Down in her lap, and I can mention which lap
- The song "If I Can't Sell It" by Ruth Brown is chock full of them. Ostensibly about a furniture store owner lambasting a cheap customer for refusing to pay the marked price for a chair, the song is full of goodies like this:
How'd you like to find this waiting at home for you every night?
Only been used once or twice, but it's still nice and tight!
- The funk group Here Come The Mummies have an album entitles 'Single Entendre', referencing their frequently overtly sexual lyrics.
- After Dark, a Swedish band has the song "Åh när ni"("Oh, when you"), and just to get you a tip of what kind of what type of double entendres we're in for, the song title is very similar in pronunciation to onani (masturbation). The entire song consists of famous tv-show host doing stuff they do in their shows... but with a clear second meaning. Examples include a female chef poking about on the button on her hot air oven, and a car show host "oiling his lever". Here it is.
- Les Sucettes, written by Serge Gainsbourg for France Gall, like many of Gainsbourg's songs, is full of this. It's special however, as the singer, who was 17(!) at the time, took a year to have a Swiss Moment to associate lollipops with oral sex. She was pissed.
- In a rare, non-sexual version, the cover for Rush's Moving Pictures is a triple entendre. There are people moving pictures, people finding the pictures moving emotionally, and somebody making a moving picture of the scene.
- Cheer Up, Charlie Daniels does this a lot.
- Rodney Carrington's song "Fred" features a cowboy, his horse, and his lady love, all named Fred. The chorus is "Fred's a-ridin', Fred's a-ridin' Fred, Fred's ridin' Fred, Fred's ridin' Fred. Fred's ridin' Fred" and admits of any interpretation from the completely innocent to the unspeakably kinky.
- "The Stroke" by Billy Squier - thought to be about masturbation.
- An alternate interpretation suggests it's an indictment of the music industry.
- Kip Addotta's "Wet Dream" is a double entendre by title alone and is full of undersea puns and double entendres:
"I pulled into a Shell station...they said I'd blown a seal. I said, 'Fix the damn thing and leave my private life out of it, okay, pal?'"
- "Nobody Makes A Pass At Me":
Nobody comes knocking at my front door.
What do they think my knocker's for?
- The Hungarian rapper Sub Bass Monster's song 4 ütem (4 phases) has lyrics that are equally suitable at describing the workings of an internal combustion engine and being a needlessly over-complicated description of smoking, to hilarious effect.
- Katy Perry's "Peacock" song, although it barely hides the meaning. Hint: if you don't get it right away, split the word into two words. Now what?......and, no, it's not about an exotic bird.
- "California Gurls" also has a phallic entendre: "Sun-kissed skin, so hot, we'll melt your popsicle".
- Lots of traditional British folk songs. The "Bonny Black Hare" starts off with the singer aiming his "gun" at a "black hare" that's hidden under a woman's skirt. During the second verse, it abandons this metaphor and is just them having sex. "The Cuckoo's Nest" (recorded by Steeleye Span as "Drink Down The Moon") is just as bad ("I'll give any lass a shilling and a bottle of the best/Just to rumple up the feathers of her cuckoo's nest"). For more of this sort of thing, see Bawdy Song.
- Billy Joel's song "Christie Lee" is about a saxophone player who meets a woman at his gig, who is impressed by his skill and comes home with him so he can "perform" for her. In case it wasn't clear, we get this lyric: "He couldn't see that Christie Lee was a woman/who didn't need another lover; all she wanted was the sax!" However the lyrics make it perfectly clear that Christie Lee isn't sexually attracted to him.
- Queen's "I'm In Love With My Car" from A Night at the Opera is either a sex euphemism (this is Queen after all) or it's a Car Song that even Richard 'Oliver!' Hammond would find a bit worrying: 'Such a clean machine, With the pistons a pumpin' And the hub caps all gleam'.
- Get this: it was originally meant to be played straight. The song was written by Roger Taylor in honour of a roadie whose Triumph TR-4 was the centre of his life. Whether it's also a poke at guys who let their hobbies take over their lives is another question entirely, but given that the song was written by Roger Taylor it's probably not a terribly deep euphemism. The best part about the song is that Taylor locked himself into a cupboard until the rest of the band agreed to make the song the B-side to the "Bohemian Rhapsody" single. He did that because although singles were sold based on the A-side content, the writers of the A-side song and the B-side song shared the royalties earned on the single.
- "If a guy messes with me I shoot him with my load / All over his chest and face and down his throat..."
- Similar to "Christie Lee" is "Bodhráns on the Brain" by Black 47.
- The Bryan Adams song "Summer of 69" is not about the year 1969.
- One of the infamous deal-breakers that caused Heart to leave their first label, Mushroom Records, was an deliberately controversial ad for Dreamboat Annie they published without consulting the Wilson sisters, with double entendres insinuating they were lesbian sister lovers. The headline read "It Was Our First Time". This embarrassment, and the heckling they endured not long after by chauvinistic male executives at a label showcase, were the inspiration being one of their toughest rockers, "Barracuda" (referring to the "barracuda" tour jackets the hecklers wore).
- Every single one of Blood On The Dance Floor's songs have these kinds of jokes. Every goddamn one of them. No exceptions. And none of them are at all subtle.
- Are You Experienced from The Jimi Hendrix Experience is one where two meanings are sexual; "experienced" could be either a adjective or a verb. Serves as a Triple Entendre, as it also can be interpreted as an Unusual Euphemism for dropping LSD (hence the final line, "Not necessarily stoned...")
- Brian Hyland's Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini sounds like it's about a bashful teenage girl in said outfit. It was actually about Brian's 2-year-old (at the time) daughter.
- "Fish" by Craig Campbell has a bunch, including "I had everything we needed in the bed of my truck / Turns out my baby loves to... / Fish, she wants to do it all the time", "And I love how she looks with that rod in her hand", "With her hooks and her sinkers and her pretty pink bobbers", etc.
- Warrant's "Cherry Pie" has several of these:
Swingin' in there 'cause
She wanted me to feed her
So I mixed up the batter
And she licked the beater!
- Judge Dread, the white British reggae and ska artist, was particularly known for his double-entendre-laden lyrics. For example, one of his big hits is "Up With the Cock." His lyrics are so indirectly dirty that he holds the world record for most banned songs by an artist, eleven, in spite of not using any obscenities.
- Frankie Goes to Hollywood Relax anyone?
- A word has to be put in for The Wurzels Combine Harvester which starts with the immortal words 'I drove my tractor through your haystack last night'' ... And just gets worse from there.
- Panic! At the Disco's song, "New Perspective" is about oral sex, rather than gaining a new leash on life.
Stop there and let me correct it
I wanna live a life from a new perspective
You come along because I love your face
and I'll admire your expensive taste
- Roy Zimmerman's "Ted Haggard is Completely Heterosexual" has a few of these, with not-all-that-veiled jokes about Haggard's sexuality.
- Hüsker Dü's album title Land Speed Record is a rare non-sexual example, referring both to the ferocious speed of the material and the band's fondness at the time for amphetamines.
- "Downtown" by Lady Antebellum is about a woman's desire to have oral sex performed on her by her partner:
I don't know why you don't take me down town like you got anywhere better to be
Talk it up and give me the go round, round like a good time tease
I'm only counting on your cancellation
When I should be counting on you at my door
Don't forget about how we went around
I don't know why you don't take me downtown anymore
- The entirety of Semisonic's "Get A Grip" is about using the title as a masturbation reference. If that's not blatant enough for you, the video is an order of magnitude worse, mostly boiling down to people doing exercise in a way that looks like masturbation, giving/receiving blowjobs, et cetera.
- Using its own title in a similar fashion is Korn's "Beat It Upright" ("I'm gonna beat it upright!", essentially giving oneself an erection manually). However, this being Korn, the rest of the lyrics make no effort to veil the subject matter even slightly.
- Judas Priest's Eat Me Alive. If you thought Korn's song had no veil over the subject matter...
Bound to deliver as you give and I collect!
Squealing, impassioned, as the rod of steel injects!
Lunge to the maximum, spread-eagled to the wall!
You're well-equipped to take it all! SO EAT! ME ALIVE!
- Sir Reginald's Marvellous Organ. He's singing about the musical instrument, but you wouldn't guess from the lyrics alone.
- Little Big Town's "Pontoon" contains all kinds of sexual double entendres. They include "Reach your hand down into the cooler" and in the video, lead singer Karen Fairchild smirks at the camera when she's singing that line. Other double entendres include "Can't beat the heat so let's take a ride" and "Party in slow motion, out here in the open. Mmmmmm, motorboatin'".
- "Pearl Necklace", "Tube Snake Boogie", "Tush", "Sleeping Bag", "Velcro Fly", "I Got The Six" ("I got the six, gimme your nine") — ZZ Top loves this trope almost as much as AC/DC.
- Van Halen: "Hot for Teacher" is full of these. "I brought my pencil! Give me something to write on!"
- Ruth Wallis' risqué songs were full of these - most famously "Davy's Dinghy."
- "Hey Bobby" by KT Oslin is more like a single entendre, beginning with the line "Hey Bobby, would you like to go for a ride in the country with me?". The fact that she's doing pelvic thrusts all throughout this live version makes it clear as to what the main protagonist has in mind.
- "I Got the Hoss" by Mel Tillis.
- Florida Georgia Line in "Sun Daze" has this gem of a line "I sit you up on the kitchen sink / Stick the pink umbrella in your drink". (And in case you're still in doubt, one of the first lines of the songs says "If I'm lucky, yeah, I might get laid"note ).
- "Coming Down Again" by The Rolling Stones Goats Head Soup:
Slipped my tongue in someone else's pie
Tasting better ev'ry time
She turned green and tried to make me cry
Being hungry it ain't no crime
- "Snake" by PJ Harvey from Rid of Me.
- The German music video created by Jamster called "Pussycat Tiger" which features a white female CGI cat character of the same name. The song mainly focuses on said character trying to charm and get a kiss from a male cat. While the idea sounds sweet, it can also be given a different meaning seeingnher behavior throughout the music video including making suggestive moans,purrs,meows and body movements. This also appears to be the only music video featuring the character as of 2011.
- The Philippines had so many examples of this in the early 2000s that double-entendre novelty music could have been called a genre of its own. While in the '90s, rapper Andrew E's sexually-charged lyrics left little to the imagination, writers of these 2000s novelty songs (mostly troubadour of the masses Lito Camo) would hide sexual references or references to the male or female sexual organs in clever (or not-so-clever) puns. Acts known for these songs (who were mostly female) included Sexbomb, Mae Rivera, Selina Sevilla, Aleck Bovick, and the Viva Hot Babes.
- The obscure Inkubus Sukkubus track Intercourse With A Vampire is full of these. Every single reference to the supernatural could easily be about something else.
Come and kneel, boy, before me, Kiss my sacred altar.
Come to me like a ram to the slaughter.
Feel my poisoned sting.
Tonight I'll spread my wings!
- In addition to the album title If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You, Caravan have lyrical examples, including these from "The Dog, The Dog, He's At It Again":
Never look back on the things that you lack when you're in
My mother said that I should stay out of bed but I know that I like it in there
- The subject of Roxette's "The Look" is "tasty like a raindrop", "banging on the head drum", and "shaking like a mad bull". And "heaven's got a number" when she's "spinning [Per] around". Not blatantly sexual, but not blatantly NON-sexual either.