- "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...
- "The Assumption Song" by the Arrogant Worms does this without breaks, using rhymes:
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.