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- "Wolf Moon" by Type O Negative isn't about werewolves. It uses werewolves as a metaphor. It's about the narrator going down on his girlfriend while she's on her period.
- The song "Blubberboy" by Regurgitator reached #1 in Australia. It has the line "Rub me on your cunt I'll come back again". Since that worked so well, they tried to be more blatant and also charted with the song titled "I sucked a lot of cock to get where I am".
- "Addicted" by Simple Plan- according to Pierre Bouvier, the point of the song was to be the first band to get the word "dick" on to Much Music. "I'm a addic-dic-dic-dic-dicted to you."
- He actually does say "dick" in the song. In the bridge, Pierre sings "I'm a dick. I'm addicted to you." Most people who aren't familiar with the song assume he said "I'm addict," even though that doesn't make grammatical sense, or that it was something of a hiccuped line: "I'm addic-, I'm addicted to you." That's why the song got past Much Music's censors.
- However, the song was edited for Karaoke Revolution.
- Who would have guessed that the upbeat, catchy song "Semi-Charmed Life" was a song about sexual addictions and crystal meth usage? Don't believe me? Google the lyrics.
- And to top it off, Disney used it in promos for The Tigger Movie. Yes, Tigger was bouncing around to a song about crystal meth.
- The Violent Femmes did this a lot. From "36-24-36", which spoke of a woman being the perfect measurements and them wanting to bang her, to "Gimme The Car", which was about getting a girl drunk, high and then banging her, to the "Country Death Song", which involved the voice of it pushing his youngest daughter into a bottomless pit and then hanging himself in shame... And, of, course, their best known song, "Blister in the Sun", is about A Date with Rosie Palms.
- The Smiths song "A Rush and a Push and the Land Is Ours" contains the line "you're still a young man/so phone me, phone me, phone me", but Morrissey enunciates it so that it sounds like "fuck me."
- Tori Amos' albums never have an Explicit Lyrics label on them, even though she sometimes curses in her songs. For example, "Professional Widow" from Boys For Pele has lines such as "slag shit", "starfucker just like my daddy", and "peace, love, and a hard cock". However, radio stations did refuse to play "Big Wheel", since she chants "I am a M-I-L-F" in it.
- While it's pretty bluntly sexual to begin with, Sublime's "Caress Me Down" has a couple of lines that would probably have to be edited out for radio were they not among the song's several bursts of gratuitous Spanish: "Pero la cosa que me gusta más es panochita", which translates to "but the thing I like the most is pussy", and "con un chingo de dinero" which translates to "with a fuckload of money".
- Also, in April 29, 1992 (Miami), while the singer is listing off places, he says the f-word. This is likely because it is mainly in the background of the song, and is easy to miss.
- The lyric sheet for Garbage's psycho breakup song "Vow" (possibly one of the most brutal, vengeance-soaked, unhinged breakup songs ever written) includes the phrase "I came to knock you up, I came to break you down" in the chorus. If you listen to the actual track, however, it doesn't quite sound like that, especially as the song makes a lot more sense with "fuck" in the first clause. (Though Shirley Manson (aka The Creepiest Woman in Rock)'s delivery ratchets the nastiness up to 11 all by itself...)
- Happens in the chorus of the second verse. That word in that particular spot is different in every chorus repetition, which makes it especially sneaky.
- The Bloodhound Gang just bowls right over the radar with almost blunt innuendos. Though most famously is ''Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo" which is laden with innuendo. though that was to sneak the true innuendo with the title as it just so happens to use military phoenetics and once you figure it out, well.
- The music video for "Is Anybody Out There?" by K'naan and Nelly Furtado features 3 different examples of this trope. At the beginning, when the emo looking girl is inside of the comic book store and the man asks her if she's gonna buy something, she yells "Shit! Leave me alone!" at him. Later on, some other girl sees her looking in the window of the restaurant she's eating in and she says "What a skank..." and then shortly after that, the emo girl writes STFU on the window of a restaurant and flips the bird at everyone inside. This video gets regular rotation on VH-1.
- The Killers' "Mr Brightside" makes the following lyrical dodge: "Now they're going to bed, and my stomach is sick, and it's all in my head, but she's touching his....chest now"
- Possibly 'Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover' by Sophie B. Hawkins, when she says 'I'd rock you till the daylights come' which sounds an awful lot like fuck in the first verse.
- Space's duet with Cerys Matthews, 'The Ballad Of Tom Jones', contains the line 'and I just want to cut off your nuts'. It made it past the censors, although Cerys didn't sing the word 'nuts' when she and the band peformed it on some TV shows.
- The Smashing Pumpkins' single "Zero" from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness includes the line "Bullshit Fakers", which has never been censored on American radio, to this day.
- Cage The Elephant's single "In One Ear" featured the line "The crowd will only like me if they're really fuckin' drunk". The radio edit did change this... to "the crowd will only like me if they're all smacked up". Thus, they got rid of an f-bomb, but also changed a reference to drinking to a reference to heroin use.
- Green Day's song "Longview" says the phrase "I smell like shit" more than once, but Billie Joe Armstrong, the band's singer, doesn't pronounce the "T" in the offending word. This goes completely unedited on radio.
- Green Day also got the word "shit" past Saturday Night Live during their first ever public performance of "Geek Stink Breath", the specific lyric being "wish in one hand, shit in the other, and see which one gets filled first". This slipped by because the studio version wasn't released yet and the vocals weren't all that intelligible in that particular performance.
- Matchbox Twenty's "She's So Mean": "She has a hard time coming when she can't hit back!"
- Also, "All her clothes are on the floor and all your records are scratched".
- Nirvana has both a scream at the end of "Stay Away" from Nevermind (GOD IS GAY!) and the infamous 92 MTV VMA's where Kurt played the first bars of "Rape Me" as Writer Revolt before changing to "Lithium".
- The B-52s look at first glance like one of the most innocuous bands there is, although they seem to delight in hidden meanings:
- "There's a Moon in the Sky (Called the Moon)" - When Fred sings the line "can't get no atmosphere tonight", the girls clearly sing 'can't get no fuckin term tonight' in the background. This line is not printed in the official lyrics.
- "Dirty Back Road" is about doing it 'doggy style'.
- "Legal Tender" is about counterfeiting money, and its upbeat music makes it seem like a good thing to do.
- "Cosmic Thing" is implied to be about male masturbation, especially during the line "shake it till the butter melts", although the more conventional interpretation (shaking your behind) is there too ("shake your honeybuns!") along with a Shout-Out to President Bill Clinton and his reputation ("don't let it rest on the President's desk!")
- "Deviant Ingredient" is about drunk sex.
- Fred Schneider's solo songs are also full of this:
- "Monster" - "There's a monster in my pants" - pretty obvious.
- "Cut the Concrete" - The word 'fuck' can be heard whispered as part of the background dialogue. Also, the first line is audibly "Fuck The Chicken". The first verse is not printed in the lyrics.
- "Wave" is about sex and the buildup towards an orgasm "Get as wet as we can get"
- "What I Want" - "You pulled me off, and it felt good".
- A double standard: radio stations that play Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side" ("But she never lost her head/Even while she was giving head") from Transformer uncut will censor the line "Would she go down on you in a theater?" from Alanis Morrisette's "You Oughta Know" from Jagged Little Pill.
- Voltaire's song, The Dirtiest Song That Ain't is about this trope, though whether it will ever actually get past the radar is doubtful considering how heavy the implications are.
- Blink182, despite having many sexual songs and songs with explicit tags somehow got away with the clean edit of their untitled/self-titled CD only having the f-words scratched out in the lyric book.
- Dionysos' entire album, Jack et la mécanique du cúur, is absolutely full of this. One song in particular, "Madamoiselle Cle", has a pun, which, when translated, mentioned a Raging Stiffie. This same song mentioned the female character, Miss Acacia, making 'something other than his nose' get longer, while another song, Flamme à lunettes (which itself is a pun on the French phrase 'femme à lunettes', which basically means 'promiscuous girl with glasses') mentions him taking off her clothes with his teeth. The kicker? Both of these songs were included in a film adaptation of a book, titled The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart, which itself was based on the album. The film was given the French equivalent of a PG-13 rating. Parents who get the puns might have been secretly praying their children were still innocent. Dionysos are masters of this trope.
- From the Fall Out Boy song "7 Minutes in Heaven":
I'm sleeping my way out of this one
With anyone who'll lie down
My body is an orphanage
- There's a pretty blatant reference to sex in "27":
We take everyone in
Oh, don't mind me I'm watching you two from the closet
- "Sugar, We're Going Down":
Wishin' to be the friction in your jeans
- BjŲrk's "Pagan Poetry" note video has scenes of fellatio, penetration, a topless Björk, and girls piercing their skin. It was banned on MTV though.
He slides insideHalf awake, half asleepWe faint backInto sleephoodWhen I wake upThe second time in his armsGorgeousness!He's still inside me
- In "Cocoon" (from the same album) we have Björk wearing a bodysuit that looks like as if she was naked. The lyrics are also very suggestive:
- According to vocalist John Hall, King Missile were a bit irritated at the fact that their album Happy Hour had a parental advisory label on the cover... So for their Self-Titled Album, they tried to avoid this by sneaking any cursing past their record company: "on the lyric sheet we submitted to Atlantic, we changed all the curse words to acceptable words, figuring nobody would listen to the record, and we [would] get away with not having a warning label. This actually worked!"
- When OneRepublic's "Good Life" was first released, it managed to get "bullshit" past some stations.
- On some stations, you can hear Haley Williams say "You're once a whore/you're nothing more" on the radio uncensored.
- "Running Up That Hill" by Kate Bush is either an erudite take on the Tyreseus myth, or a euphemism-filled song about how she really likes pegging.
- PJ Harvey's album Dry. The album title sounds innocent, but as P.J. explained herself in an interview with "Puncture" magazine:
(...) I called the album "Dry" because it's a simple, minimal word, and more powerful because of it. It's a word of needing something else, and a lot of songs are about that. And I think it's funny to sing about dry vaginas.
What I like about it is that she's laughing and ripping herself apart. Humour and horrificness.
- "Sheela-na-Gig", also from Dry refers to a Celtic stone carving, originally from Irish origin, of a female crouching down, holding her vagina open and laughing insanely. Most listeners and radio deejays probably had no clue what she was referring too. Harvey herself commented:
- The Heart Throbs. No, German Wiki, "Herzklopfen" is a legit translation but not what's meant.note More hidden smut occurs in the album titles "Cleopatra Grip" and "Vertical Smile".
- The song "You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morissette, as previously mentioned on this page, has a 'censored' VEVO version which leaves in a blatant reference to oral sex ("Would she go down on you in a theater?") and censors the line "Are you thinking of me when you fuck her?" by only censoring the second half of the profanity, leaving the word 'fu-' and obvious to someone even very young. Makes you wonder why they bothered.
- Woah boy. It's truly a wonder how the song 'Hey Mister' by Custom got radio play, especially considering it comes from Canada. Even if it's censored, it still has lines such as
Hey Mister how'd it get so badYou raised her so wellAnd now she's calling me dadIn the back seat naked of a new VolkswagenThe perfect little gift for high school graduation.
- The song "Kitchen Man" by Bessie Smith was loaded with sexual double entendre, and it was recorded in 1929. Sample lyrics: "When I eat his doughnut / All I leave is the hole / Any time he wants to / Why, he can use my sugar bowl"
- Early blues singers got away with a lot of really blatant innuendo. Smith, for example, recorded another tune called "I Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl"; lyrics include "I need a little hot dog 'tween my rolls" and "Hard papa, come on and drop something in my bowl"
- Butterbeans and Susie (Jodie and Susie Edwards) recorded I Want A Hot Dog For My Roll" in 1926.
- From the same time period, Dixieland-era songwriter "Jelly Roll" Morton was big on innuendo. Starting with his name.
- The song "Jet Airliner" by the Steve Miller Band features the line "funky shit going down in the city". Some stations use the radio edit, which replaces the word with "kicks". Other stations use the original...
- Indigenous had album art where the inside flap featured a man going on a vision quest. But he's holding his loincloth up. Yes, he's naked.
- Banana in your Fruit Basket by Bo Carter, released 1931, is so clearly about having sex.
- Brazilian singer/songwriter Chico Buarque's song "Apesar de você" snuck past the Brazilian military dictatorship's censors by using subtext to hide its true message ("we're really angry at you for being so evil and I'm going to be celebrate the inevitable day comes that the people destroy you") as the love song of a jilted man. The censors only picked up on it after the release, and ever after they paid extra-close attention to the guy's songs, rejecting perfectly innocent songs of his for imagined reasons.
- The song "Wolves" by Chasing Victory mentions a "girl in a short skirt showing off her assets". Pretty tame by normal standards, but this is a CHRISTIAN ROCK band.
- Jars of Clay's song "Heaven" may very well be the only song about sex to ever become a Christian radio single.
- P.O.D., a band known for overtaking Stryper as the Trope Codifier for Christian Rock bands attaining mainstream success in the late 90's/early 00's, is in general fairly brash lyrically in comparison to other Christian rock bands, albeit mild in comparison to secular bands sharing P.O.D.'s Nu Metal designation. The band controversially sidestepped the Christian rock radar entirely by including a Precision F-Strike in the song "I Am," appearing on the album Murdered Love (heavily edited in most versions of the album). Before expressly including a profanity in one song's lyrics, however, the band got several mild vulgarities past the radar, including "hell yeah" and "I don't give a damn" on "If It Wasn't for You" and "Kaliforn-Eye-A," respectively. More explicit (yet somehow more often overlooked) examples of vulgarity in P.O.D.'s lyrics include the line "we tore the roof off this mother" (presumably an abbreviation of "motherfucker") from "Lights Out" and the entirety of "On the Grind," an ominous excursion into Gangsta Rap territory in which a guest rapper brags of his ability to "break the hymen on ears" and explicit references to street violence and pimping appear elsewhere. Finally, the pre-major label P.O.D. song "Live and Die" samples the line "And here's the plot: takin' niggaz out with a flurry of buckshots" from N.W.A.'s "Gangsta Gangsta."
- "Weird Al" Yankovic is generally thought of as being family-friendly, but he occasionally slips one past the radar. Like this brilliant euphemism in "One More Minute", for instance:
I guess I might seem kinda bitter
You got me feeling down in the dumps
'Cause I'm stranded all alone in the gas station of love
And I have to use the self-service pumps
- An even better one? in "Don't Download this Song" If you listen closely, at the end he says cheap bastard. Wow.
- In "Hardware Store," he mentions automatic circumcisers among the other things in the store.
- In "eBay", Al literally gets "crap" past the radar with the lyrics, "My house/Is filled with/This crap/Shows up in/Bubble wrap..."
- "Stop Forwarding That Crap to me"
- From his video for "I Lost On Jeopardy": "This German Baroness could suck the chrome off a fender."
- "Amish Paradise" has a particularly excellent example in the music video. When the line "I've churned butter once or twice" is said, Al is, indeed, standing there churning butter with both hands. When an Amish lady walks by him, he turns his head to follow her as he goes and his hands move noticably faster and faster.
- "Jerry Springer" is by far and away the most risque song he's ever made, with references to drugs, bestiality, transvestites, gay sex, strippers, lap dances, porn stars, and a bleeped use of "bitch" (albeit in the literal sense)
- During the fade out at the end of "Phony Calls", Al sneaks in the line "But you're just a pain in the ass" at literally the last possible moment.
- "My Own Eyes" mentions a stripper kissing a duck, along with some more mild references to drugs and alcohol.
- In "Headline News", the narrator recounts the Lorena Bobbitt story, in which Bobbitt castrated her husband. The narrator even explicitly says that "she cut off his wiener".
- "Pretty Fly for a Rabbi" contains the line "the parents pay the mohel, and he gets to keep the tip." Which certainly seems innocuous enough... unless of course you know what a mohel actually does. Here's a hint:look at the entry for "Hardware Store."
- Comedic Italian group Elio e le Storie Tese" managed to do it in the title of their first record thanks to Bilingual Bonus: it's called "Elio Samaga Hukapan Kariyana Turu", which in Tamil means "let's happily fart and come with Elio". Unsurprisingly, they got even better at it by mixing silly music with Black Comedy.
- "The Art of the Ground Round" by P.D.Q. Bach has a movement which sounds innocuous when sung by one person, but when combined in a round becomes:
Singer 1: ...... Look ... her ..... face could launch...Singer 2: She's ..... up ... dress-ing, she'll...
- This type of song is known as a "diagonal catch", and has been popular since the Renaissance, at least.
- Several novelty songs of Lito Camo from the Philippines which he claims to have been derived from children's songs. This may be true but when they are taken out of context, sung by an all-girls sexy group and their steps re-choreographed...results are different.
Sasara ang bulaklak, bubuka ang bulaklak, dadaan ang reyna ang saya-saya! (The flower will close, the flower will open and the Queen will pass through, it's so fun!)
- Also from the Philippines — Aleck Bovick's song "Nota" has the singer complimenting her partner's songwriting skill, as the words "nota" and "titik" mean "note" and "letters" respectively in English. But "nota" is also Filipino slang for penis, and "titik," if you remove the last letter, means the same thing. Go figure.
- George Formby was very much known for this in The Thirties, in particular phallic references such as "With My Little Ukulele In My Hand". He didn't quite manage it with When I'm Cleaning Windows, probably his best known hit, which was banned by The BBC. Unsurprising given lyrics like those below...
The blushing bride, she looks divine,The bridegroom, he is doing fine,I'd rather have his job than mine,When I'm cleaning windows!
- Tom Lehrer has "I Got It From Agnes". "It" is never actually described, but it's certainly implied that it's an STD. It also sneaks a bisexual or homosexual orgy in at one point, as well as bestiality, doctor-patient rape and incest. However, it's worth noting that this did NOT get past the radar around the time of its release (although this is actually because Lehrer didn't want it released at the time). Still a pretty worthwhile attempt.
- Garth Brooks' "That Summer" has, without being at all explicit, is loaded with innuendo, as well as a very well-done chorus referencing the singer and his older partner having sex.
- The Charlie Daniels Band has gotten away with several "ass" and "son of a bitch" instances in the lyrics of their songs ("asses" along with "fags" in 1973's "Uneasy Rider," and "son of a bitch" in 1979's "The Devil Went Down to Georia").
- On Devil you can tell which version it is just before they say the line. The "clean" version has the line "I told you once you son-of-a-gun I'm the best that's ever been." The "Dirty" version uses "I done told you once you son-of-a-bitch I'm the best that's ever been." When they were on American Bandstand they did the so-called "dirty" version, amd Dick Clark, with a supposedly surprised look on his face, said after the performance, "Are we still on?"
- In "Big Bad John," the concluding lyric in the official release was "At the bottom of this mine lies one hell of a man ... Big John!" In 1961, even the mild profanity "hell," outside religious contexts, was considered a no-no by some conservative groups, so a second release was issued, containing the milder "At the bottom of this mine lies a big, big man ... Big John!" However, earlier in the song, there is the lyric "Through the dust and the smoke of this man-made hell ... ," which apparently did not raise any objections. As for the song, "Big Bad John" topped the Billboard Hot 100 (five weeks), Easy Listening Singles (nine weeks) and Hot C&W Sides charts (two weeks) at the end of 1961, marking one of the earliest No. 1 songs to contain (mild) profanity.
- Christians don't object to the use of the word "hell," per se; they object to people using it in vain (that is, in a context other than the eschatological one). Similarly, "bitch" is okay if the female being described is a female dog.
- A surprisingly subtle example in Taylor Swift's "Tim McGraw", in which she claims her boyfriend had "a tendency of getting stuck on backroads at night".
She's better known for the things that she does on the mattress, whoa-oh!
- In "Fifteen," Taylor remarks that her friend "gave everything she had to a boy who changed his mind."
- When Taylor ducks behind her book in the video for "The Story of Us", she can clearly be seen mouthing "Shit!" at the sight of her ex.
- "Sparks Fly" managed to get rather suggestive lines past the Moral Guardians (see the song's entry on Intercourse with You).
- The line in the chorus of "Better Than Revenge":
- John Mellencamp's "Lovin' Mutha Fo' Ya," where he never comes right out and says "motherfucker," but the way it's phrased makes it obvious. Ironically, a member of his band clearly says, "Hey, what the fuck?" on the intro.
- Sheryl Crow's song "A Change Would Do You Good" contains the line "Jack off, Jimmy, everybody wants more". No one else seems to have remarked about this one...
- An old Dixie Chicks song called "Goodbye Earl" (which is about a woman who murders her abusive husband and uses him for fertilizer) had a sly line at the end stating that the female protagonists of the song sell "Tennessee Ham and strawberry jam". If anybody's ever seen the video, at the Tennessee Ham part all three girls do a sort of hip thrust toward the camera and slap themselves on the ass, which is followed by a shot of one of the girls doing a rather suggestive taste test on the aforementioned strawberry jam. Turns out that selling Tennessee ham is a euphemism used in connection with prostitution...
- Sugarland's song "It Happens" sticks a "ssssh" before the title.
- Garth Brooks somehow got "It's Midnight Cinderella", complete with the line "By the way he's walking, I can guess where your slipper's at", into the top 5.
- The Kenny Chesney / George Strait duet "Shiftwork" draws out the I and almost completely elides the F.
- Toby Keith went the spoonerism route on "American Ride" by singing "The fit's gonna hit the shan".
- In 1992, Joe Diffie got "Ships That Don't Come In" to #1 despite having the lyric "we bitch about a dollar" in it. This is pretty much the only mainstream country song ever to have that word in it.
- In 2005, Blake Shelton somehow got a four-week #1 hit with a song titled "Some Beach". Say that out loud and see if you can figure out what he's really meaning to say.
- And a few months prior to him, Gretchen Wilson was able to get "I'm here for the beer and the ball-busting band" past censors on her song "Here for the Party".
- Clint Black's album track "Straight from the Factory" has the line "You're the only lock that's made to fit my key."
- K.T. Oslin's "Do. Ya" contains the line, contains the line "Do you still get a thrill when you see me coming up the hill?" which refers to when she performs fellatio on her partner.
- The 1977 Mel Tillis country hit "I Got The Hoss" is a sweet little ode to the joys of lovers going on a horseback ride together...oh, who are we kidding? The song doesn't even try to hide that it's really about Intercourse with You:
Well, I got the hoss and you got the saddle
We like to ride side by sideI got the hoss and she got the saddle
Together we're gonna ride, ride, ride
- The line 'walking in the moonlight' in the fade-out to ABBA's 'Summer Night City' sounds an awful lot like 'fucking in the moonlight'.
- The Village People, oeuvre.
- "It's Raining Men" features a sly bit of innuendo, as the female singers exclaim that they plan to enjoy the weather by going out and "get absolutely soaking wet".
- There is a techno track by DJ Aligator called The Whistle Song or Blow My Whistle Baby. It is a thinly veiled depiction of fellatio. Oddly, enough, there was absolutely no warnings on it. Blow My Whistle Baby
- The "unclean version" has the lyrics "blow my whistle bitch" in a considerably more misogynistic tone.
- And of course, with title edited to match the lyrics, it was in the E-rated DDR Max 2
- Leftfield's 1999 hit "Afrika Shox" was heavily playlisted on UK radio. The song featured guest vocals by Afrika Bambaataa, and repeated repetition of the word "funk." Which as readers might have guessed, often tends to sound a little like another rather more obscene word. Hence the song seems to contain Bambaataa repeatedly chanting 'I wanna FUCK! FUCK! FUCK! FUCK!' quite a lot. The song's highly suspect nature didn't seem to trouble the radio stations that played it at all hours of the day.
- Stroker Ace by Lovage: It gets weird. "It looks like you both can use a pet" "Stroking is a start, only for the wild at heart" and they cover it as if they're talking about cats, hahaha. (Not mention the whispering of 'Pussy' every other line.) "I'd like to watch if you don't mind..."
- Lords Of Acid, who pretty much ignores censors and just.. makes their songs. Among them "I must Increase my bust", a song about how a girl wants to have gigantic breasts to get men, or "I sit on Acid." which starts with the line
Darling come here, f*** me up the *Techno noise*
- Remember EMF's "Unbelievable"? The song used a distorted yet uncensored and heavily used sample of Andrew "Dice" Clay saying "What the f**k was that?!". Tell that to the radio and MTV, who play the song uncensored.
- The song "Helpless, helpless" by Camouflage has the line "Party leaders try to fog your senses" which can be very easily Misheard as "Party leaders try to FUCK your senses"
- Peaches' "Rub" video, in theory, should not be on YouTube, even with an age restriction. It has full-frontal nudity and a ton of bizarre sexual imagery. Some sort of artistic defense must have been made, because it stands with 500,000+ views as of December 19, 2015.
- Dillon Francis' "I.D.G.A.F.O.S." has the title (I Don't Give A Fuck Or Shit) and its drop has a subtle voice saying "fap, fap, fap, fap" to the beat.
- Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention were asked to mime for an early television appearance performing "Son Of Suzy Creamcheese" from Absolutely Free- instead of lip syncing the lyrics, Zappa spent the entire song mouthing "you're a motherfucker" over and over again.
- During the production of We're Only In It For The Money, the label asked that Frank Zappa remove one verse of "Mother People" due to offensive language. Zappa complied, but also added a short sound collage piece called "Hot Poop", which was just the offending verse from "Mother People" played backwards. This didn't fully slip past the radar though - "Hot Poop" made the initial release but was cut from a later pressing that also re-edited several other songs for censorship purposes.
- Negativland's Escape From Noise made it into record stores without a Parental Advisory sticker despite the presence of curse words, because it was issued on independent record labels (SST Records and the band's own Seeland Records) not affiliated with the RIAA.
- Simon & Garfunkel: "Cecilia" from Bridge Over Troubled Water:"Making love in the afternoon with Cecilia, up in my bedroom / I got up to wash my face, when I came back to bed someone had taken my place" Now, what kind of lovin' would cause a guy to go wash his face after making it with a girl, hmmm?
I'm a Communist because I'm left handed,
- Also, on "A Simple Desultory Phillippic":
That's the hand I use... well, never mind.
- "Afternoon Delight". "This is a song about afternoon lovemaking."
- This becomes a plot point in the eponymously-titled episode of Arrested Development.
- Woody Guthrie wrote a song titled "Hard, Ain't It Hard". The Double Entendre is especially obvious as the first verse ends and the chorus begins:
And he takes other women right down on his knee
And he tells them a little tale he won't tell me.It's a-hard and it's hard, ain't it hard
To love one who never did love you?
- English folk-rock veterans Steeleye Span are good at this. Refer to Drink down The Moon, which at first glance is about the birds and the bees. Well, the birds, anyway. Then ask yourself if the cuckoo has a nest anywhere and if so what form it would take...
- Gilbert O'Sullivan's Alone Again, Naturally opens with a guy telling how if he continues to feel bad (which later in the song is revealed to be because his fiancee dumped him at the altar), he's going to climb to the top of a tower and jump off.
- Cat Stevens stated in an interview that Mona Bone Jakon — the title of his third album, which saw him figuratively and literally Growing the Beard — was actually what he called his penis.
- The song "Real Mother For Ya" by Johnny "Guitar" Watson uses repetition. Over the course of the song, it's pronounced "Real Motha Fo' Ya", and at the end of the song, is repeated several times, but at the end he actually says "Real Motherfucker." Most radio stations cut out that last part in its entirety, although it sometimes slips by.
- Long-forgotten 80s funk-rock band Extreme had a minor UK hit with 'Get the Funk Out'. Nobody, but nobody, realises that is the title when they hear it on the radio. The chorus "If you don't like/ what you see here/ get the funk out (oh getthefunkout, getthefunkout) we won't try to/ force-feed you/ get the FUNK out" doesn't even make sense, other than as a means of getting Radio 2 to play it.
- Funk isn't about making sense, funk is about partying. And getting crap past the radar.
- Prince has invoked this trope more than once (to the point where it's more Refuge in Audacity than Getting Crap Past the Radar — especially in his 1980s songs).
- The album Dirty Mind.
- Controversy: "Jack U Off" - self-explanatory.
- 1999: "Little Red Corvette" is NOT, repeat, NOT about the actual car.
- Purple Rain: "Darling Nikki"'s raunchy content single-handedly led to the formation of the infamous PMRC.
- Gett Off wasn't even trying to be subtle. Especially the line "23 positions in a one night stand".
- Herbie Hancock's video for "Rockit" from Head Hunters is famous for featuring dozens of moving sculptures walking, kicking, and generally moving around a English apartment. One sculpture in particular is laying on the bed, under a comforter, but still rather obviously (and... kinda violently) masturbating.
- In the video for Junior Senior's Move your feet, there's a Visual Innuendo scene where totally plastered animated squirrel has an hallucination about a champagne bottle and a champagne glass... where the bottle "explodes" and its white contents fill the glass in a way that looks very suggestive... The band probably got away with it just because the video was made with pixel animation, but still.
- Jpop group Southern All Stars' 1985 track Brown Cherry. Not just the title slipped past the censors; most of the lyrics to the song contain nonsense English words that are homophonous with Japanese sexual terms and vice versa.
- The song "Paper Bag" By Goldfrapp starts with the words "No time to fuck". Despite this the album has no warning label.
- The name of an actually not-bad indie band - the Test Icicles. Again the BBC let this go without comment.
- The entirety of 'Meet your Master' by Nine Inch Nails seems to be about gay BDSM. They probably couldn't be much more blatant about it if they tried...
- "Closer" from The Downward Spiral. While the famous "fuck you like an animal" line is censored on both radio and MTV, the get away with equally explicit (although profanity-free) lines like "You let me penetrate you" and "It's your sex I can smell."
- Stupify by Disturbed prominently features the singer screaming FUCK at the top of his lungs in nearly every verse. Despite this, most radio stations and day-time TV running the video have decided that the shrill squaking of the words was just incomprehensible enough to go uncensored (ironically, "Shit out of LUCK" still managed to be blanked out of the radio-edit). The song even made it as a Rock Band dowloadable by passing the lyric off as Simlish, making Disturbed the only band in the game to manage full-on cussing (Green Day would be a close second for Longview's drawn-out "Shiiiii~", mentioned below).
- Faith No More's "Epic" contains the following lyrics "So you lay down on it and you do it some more" after Mike Patton was advised to remove the f-word from the song. In concert the line is explicitly "and you fuck it some more".
- Warrant's "Cherry Pie' is all this trope, from the very title to the immortal lyrics "Swingin' in there/Cause she wanted me to feed her/So I mixed up the batter/And she licked the beater"
- Ah, Cherry Pie, the song that removes all doubt about exactly what the singer is referring to Exactly seven lines into the first Verse. Swingin' to the Left/Swingin' to the right/Think about baseball/swing all night
- Metallica released a DVD entitled Cunning Stunts; much earlier, this was also the title of a Caravan album.
- The Primus song "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver." I mean just look at the title.
- Back in The '70s when homosexuals were very much Acceptable Targets and a favorite bogeyman of the Moral Guardians, Judas Priest released a song called "Raw Deal", whose lyrics (written by homosexual singer Rob Halford) contained (very thinly) veiled references to a gay bar and the struggle for gay rights. The themes were so blatant it's a wonder how, especially after Rob Halford's later adoption of Leatherman attire, how anyone could have been surprised when he came out in the late nineties.
- "Eat Me Alive", although it wasn't entirely successful.
- It just wasn't common to see gays in metal at the time, so it wasn't something one would expect, and he sold it so well that he was able to go onstage in bondage gear while making a lot of fisting motions, and nobody thought twice. He also was very publicly dating Penthouse Pet Cheryl Rixon around the time of British Steel, so yay, publicists.
- Iron Maiden has two: "Tailgunner", from No Prayer For The Dying, is about an aerial battle. Then using an airplane name as a replacement for a cuss word ("Nail that fokker, kill that son") fits well. And "El Dorado", from The Final Frontier, has a Stealth Pun on a British offense - "I'm a clever banker's face, with just a letter out of place".
- In Van Halen's "Everybody Wants Some," David Lee Roth ad-libs "Where'd you get that shit?" and "Look, I'll pay you for it, what the fuck...". These profanities are never censored whenever the song is played on the radio.
- Sabaton's Metal Machine has "Come touch my metal machine!" repeated several times. It sounds innocent until you get to the end where the singer shouts "Come hold my metal machine!" and then finishes off with "Come suck my metal machine!" Hmm, now what "metal machine" can you touch, hold and suck?
- The back cover of Sweet's Give Us a Wink depicts a wall with graffiti that would only make sense if "wink" were changed to "wank".
- There exists an almost universally rejected subgenre of metal named "National Socialist Black Metal," according to That Other Wiki. Most metal musicians (including black metallers) criticise and berate it for, among others, contradicting "[metal's] focus on individualism." Even some white supremacists with a conservative m.o. lashed at it for having a "black" or "negroid" influence.
- The Red Hot Chili Peppers song "Suck My Kiss", according to Anthony Kiedis, was about the act of fellatio.
- In fact, most of the group's songs are about drugs, sex, or both.
- Even considering that it was released by US Extreme Metal label Metal Blade Records (home of such delightful Death Metal stalwarts as Cannibal Corpse and Cattle Decapitation), Melodic Death Metal band Vehemence's album God Was Created is an obscene, transgressive and downright creepy concept album, focusing on a sexual predator who stalks a young Christian girl and gratuitously documenting rape, pedophilia, incest and necrophilia along the way. The album is so lyrically vile that the album cover art includes a Parental Advisory warning whereas other obviously explicit albums released by Metal Blade do not. It also seems to fly past the radar partly due to the growled vocals rendering the lyrics mostly indecipherable and the fact that the song titles suggest more vanilla anti-religious themes by death metal standards.
- The Police's hit song "Rehumanize Yourself" features the line "he's got his hand in the air with the other cunts" which never seems to be censored on classic rock radio, most likely because censoring would make more people notice it.
- "Oliver's Army" by Elvis Costello features the phrase "white nigger" which is never censored on the radio...
- Although "nigger" was bleeped out of the video when it aired on "The Midnight Special."
- On Stars In Their Eyes, comedian Frank Skinner sang "one more widow, one less white figure"
- The version where one gets the censors to focus on one thing in order to let another through was pulled off beautifully, though inadvertently, by The Kinks with "Lola." The BBC was so busy getting them to change the mention of Coca-Cola (something about not being allowed to advertise) to cherry cola that they completely missed the fact that the song was about a sexual tryst with a a transvestite.
- Their next single, "Apeman," about pollution and environmental issues, contains the line "this air pollution is fogging up my eyes". They knew it sounds like "fucking". We know it sounds like "fucking". And whoever produced the album knew it sounds like "fucking", since they very clumsily reduce that solitary word's volume so it's barely audible. Ironically, while everyone involved claims it's definitely "fogging", this makes it harder to decipher whether Ray Davies does actually sing "fogging" or "fucking".
- Frankie Goes to Hollywood has a lot of those songs that got that reputation, with "Relax" being their most infamous example. How that song ever got on the radio is a mystery. It's not even innuendo: there's not even the smallest attempt at hiding the fact that it's about sex.
- Especially with the music video...
- Dire Straits' Money for Nothing The played-on-radio single version is unedited, so the second verse is
That little faggot with the earring and the make-upYeah buddy, that's his own hairThat little faggot got his own jet airplaneThat little faggot, he's a millionaire
- 25 years after its release, Canadian authorities have finally gotten around to banning it from the airwaves! Your tax dollars at work.
- The entirety of She Bop by Cyndi Lauper.
- The French Song by Joan Jett. The chorus describes a threesome - in French.
- Huey Lewis and the News' "Power of Love" is a cheerful little pop ditty about the Power of Love, right? And certainly appropriate for the soundtrack of a PG-rated film like Back to the Future (although heaven knows that film has a pretty long entry of its own on the film sub-page of this trope), right? Except that one of the ways that the lyrics describe the Power of Love is as "Stronger and harder than a bad girl's dream...." So yeah, that's perfectly innocent.
- "Lajeninaja" by the Dutch band Doe Maar from their album Virus. The odd word is actually a corruption of "Laat Je Niet Naaien" ("Don't Let Them Screw You").
- The Three Shadows, Part II by Bauhaus contains the line, "To your faces, and Rex Complexes, riddle my breast, full of the oppressed pus." The song is an anti-capitalist protest song, and the Rex Complexes bit is a seemingly polite way of calling someone something much worse.
- The Dev song "In the Dark" practically had no radar:
On my waist, through my hair. Think about it when you touch me there. Dancing in the Dark. Open my body up and do some surgery. I wanna taste it, taste it, feel it, feel it, shove it in there, oh yeah."
- Not to mention that the video had a naked Dev, but her breasts were covered up by human hands.
- It's worth noting the song did not get past the radar in the UK, where most radio stations opted to play a version which muted the most direct sexual references, though "think about it when you touch me there" was somehow not muted.
- LMFAO flung its name past the radar. "Laugh my fucking ass off". Yes.
- Although legally, their name stands for "Laughing My Freaking Ass Off", and it has also been interpreted to mean "Loving My Friends and Others."
- And their songs are just doing whatever they could to have them fling it off- I'm in Miami Bitch, I am Just a Whore, Sexy and I Know It.
- Sexy and I Know It :"Wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle yeah...oh yeah wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle yeah, oh yeah." And also "Girl look at that bodies, girl look at the bodies. Girl look at the bodies, I work out. That's sexy and I know it, sexy and I know it, ooh sexy and I know it, sexy-sexy-sexy-sexy and I know it!"
- "Yes" has: "Foo, your royal penis is clean." It may not sound that bad, but his "royal" penis is huge, and it has to be clean after an ejaculation. Also, "Two naked models with suds on their boobies", and "Call your bitches, a big party".
- Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" is even confirmed by Word of God as being about the singer's bisexuality/mixed feelings in the bedroom with her boyfriend (hence the chorus), though this is easily passed up by listeners as the song is initially wrapped up in Double Entendre-laden Texas Hold 'Em metaphors. She also has a habit of singing Mondegreens that are a wee bit naughtier than the official lyrics and getting away with it. Lady Gaga also confirms that muffin meant exactly what you thought it meant.
- She also actually says "fuck her face" in the chorus instead of "poker face." It's confirmed. And yet, the song still manages to get played uncensored. While many radio stations have now fixed it, it's still uncensored on her Youtube Vevo channel.
- Also in Gaga's 'Bad Romance', part of the lyrics go "I want your psycho, your vertigo schtick— want you in my rear window, baby you're sick." This is kind of a subverted example because more people find it dirty before they realize it doubles as a Shout-Out to Alfred Hitchcock (Psycho, Vertigo, Rear Window)
- Lady Gaga's album Born This Way as a whole is good at this, not in the way of sexual content(there is plenty but not enough for a Tipper sticker), but for language sneaking. The mild swears "hell" and "damn" are sung clearly in some parts, but give it another listen and you will know that they aren't the worst words on the album, Scheiße is German for shit, but the song actually contains a couple uses of 'bullshit' in English, but somewhat twist so you can't hear it too clear. The opening to Bad Kids also has the word shit, but it sounds more like "SheOUWT". Then after the first line is "I'm a bitch", but 'bitch' is swirled around and you can hardly make it out at all. Heavy Metal Lover actually contains the F word, and you can actually kind of make it out, yet the album got away without a Tipper Sticker.
- Bowling for Soup's "My Wena"
- "Her skin is so soft, I can't keep my hands off ever since the day I found her"
- They also had a very odd case with Almost. There's one censored version out there where the words "drunk" and "14" get censored in the first line, but the word "slut" is left uncensored in the very next line. To make it worse, the second verse mentions that the narrator almost got arrested for beating up a guy who stole some drugs that the narrator was addicted to. This is left completly uncensored. Proof.
- Maroon5 pulled this off with "If I Never See Your Face Again" which is blatantly about a pair of sex buddies.
- It makes you burn to learn I'm with another man.I wonder if he's half the lover that I am.
- Maroon 5 tend to do this a lot; for instance in "Harder To Breathe":
Clutching your pillow and writhing in a naked sweat,Hoping somebody someday'll do you like I did!
- Made considerably worse by Howard Stern, who misheard the lyric as "writhing in a nigger's way".
- "This Love":
My pressure on your hipsSinking my fingertipsInto every inch of you...
- Or, from the same song:
I tried my best to feed her appetiteKeep her coming every nightSo hard to keep her satisfied
- Wake Up Call:
Wake up call, caught you in the morningWith another man in my bed.Don't you care about me anymore? I don't think so?Shot him dead, won't come around here anymore.
- They also pulled this trope off with "One More Night":
But baby there you go again, there you go again, making me love youAnd I stopped using my head, using my head, let it all goAnd you stuck on my body, on my body, like a tattooAnd now I'm feelin' stupid, feelin' stupid, coming back to you
- Maroon 5 videos are also extremely suggestive. Take, for instance, the video for "If I Never See Your Face Again". The video includes Rihanna suggestively grabbing Adam's guitar. What can be expected when the Ms. Fanservice Rihanna teams up with the overly sexed Maroon 5, though?
- "Yummy Yummy Yummy" written by Arthur Resnick and recorded by the Ohio Express. What sort of "love" can one have in one's "tummy," I wonder?
- Swedish drag act After Dark's entry in Melodifestivalen 2007 (the annual national song competition), (Åh) När Ni Tar Saken I Egna Händer, which is three minutes' worth of thinly-veiled masturbation jokes, disguised as verses about TV personalities doing domestic chores. Read the Wiki entry for details.
- For those that don't speak Swedish, "Åh, när ni tar saken i egna händer" roughly means "Oh, when you take matters into your own hands" but literally translates to "Oh, when you take the thing into your own hands". Also, the singers appear to be making a conscious effort to be pronouncing "Åh, när ni" as "Onani", which is the Swedish word for "masturbation".
- If we're only speaking of visual examples, there's Army of Lovers' entry "Rocking The Ride" in Melodifestivalen 2013. For those who are unable to watch the video, it contains people prancing around half-naked and crawling all over each other, Alexander Bard (the bearded singer) doing the sexual hand gesture, Camilla (the woman on the throne) having a cross over her crotch area, and two guys making out on stage. Even the Swedes, who are notorious for being non-religious and open-minded about different sexualities, were shocked that the broadcast channel allowed something like this, what with violating Christianity and it being a show for families. It got its response by being directly outvoted.
- The interval act of the final in Melodifestivalen 2015 had a Threesome Subtext one of the Norwegian Ylvis members with Swedish singers Lili & Susie; they kneel down out of picture as the lyrics roughly go "When the kids go to bed / We are alone / And She gives me a smile and plays with my balls". This particular clip caused outrage amongst the contenders and viewers, and even Lili & Susie themselves thought it was too excplicit for a family show and asked the editors to cut it down for fear of this happening, but they were declined that wish. note . For smaller examples, usage of the word "fuck" was there as well, but as this has happened before (2011), and Sweden being less sensitive about using profanity on air in contrast to places like the USA, this is not as outrageous. note
- Rihanna's "Shut Up and Drive" is just a big Double Entendre, but it made it onto TWO Disney movies.
- Britney Spears managed to release a single entitled "If U Seek Amy", where the chorus makes little sense as read ("All boys and all the girls are begging to, If You Seek Amy"). However, when heard, it's clear that the intended meaning is F-U-C-K me. Moral Guardians did figure it out. unfortunately, although that is due to the video mentioning a news story saying "Britney song spells out obscenity in disguise".
- Lampshaded in the music video.
- The Script pulled the same trick with their song "If You See Kay."
- Turbonegro did the exact same thing that The Script did, tacking on the letter "e" at the end of "Kaye." It doesn't have as much impact, mostly due to the frontman's thick Norwegian accent.
- There are three versions of Avril Lavigne's Girlfriend: The censored version (which blanks out the second half of "mother-fucking"), The edited version (It gets replaced with "One and only", and the uncensored version (which plays out the full word).
If I could say what I want to sayI'd say I wanna blow you......Away, be with you every nightAm I squeezing you too tightIf I could say what I want to seeI want to see you go downOn one knee, marry me todayGuess, Iím wishing my life awayWith these things Iíll never say
- Avril also did the "add more words" version of Last-Second Word Swap twice in the chorus of "Things I'll Never Say" in order to get highly sexual lines off:
- Kylie Minogue's song "Shocked" was a significant hit in the UK back in 1991. It's something of an urban myth that at least one point in the song sees Minogue replacing the word "Shocked" with a certain other, more "colourful" word (ie, "Fucked"). This wasn't picked up on by radio playlisters at all, seeing as any controversy at the time revolved around the song's more sexually suggestive video. Minogue's fans could read this shift into mild controversy as coming in tandem with her significant image-change from wholesome girl-next-door to scantily-clad sex siren - coupled with the fact she was dating famously decadent INXS frontman Michael Hutchence at the time.
- Nowadays known primarily as an actress and due to her starring role as Rose in Doctor Who, Billie Piper's previous job as a run-of the mill kiddie-pop singer saw her attempt an image change by releasing a sexually suggestive song called "Honey To The Bee." One notable line in the song sees her singing "C'mon and buzz me!" which sounded to many more-perverted listeners as being much closer to "C'mon and fuck me!" Which didn't stop it being regularly played on the radio. At all.
- Her final top-ten hit in the UK was called "Something Deep Inside." Piper herself has admitted in hindsight that this might not have been a particularly appropriate title to give a song, considering her music had previously been marketed at a very young demographic.
- "Rock DJ" by Robbie Williams features the lines "I've got the gift/Gonna stick it in the goal" and "Give no head/No backstage passes", and is quite frequently heard uncensored on radio.
- ...I told the Witch Doctor I was in love with you. I told the Witch Doctor I was in love with you. And then the Witch Doctor, he told me what to do, he told me Ooh Eeh Ooh Ah Ah Ting Tang Walla Walla Bing Bang...
- They sang that in a Rugrats movie!
- Alizee-Moi lolita. So laden with references in lyrics and videoclip,the singer confessed it was about the title subject, and its being played in supermarkets and the like. Shows how few people know the term lolita, or what a lolita complex is.
- "Put the you-know-what in the you-know-where, put the you-know-what in the you-know-where."
- Whether it's intentional or not, The Jonas Brothers have gotten away with this quite a few times, the most prominent being from their song Live To Party:
"I drove her home and then she whispered in my ear
The party doesn't have to end, we can dance here."
"Everybody gets the itch
- Another surprising example from Poison Ivy, where the narrator describes a poisonous relationship/girl:
Everybody hates that *guitar riff*"
- Katy Perry's "Hot n Cold" featured the lyric "You PMS like a bitch I would know". Radio edits of the song were produced to rectify thatóone replacing "bitch" with "chick" and "girl".
- The Madonna songs "4 Minutes", "Like a Prayer", "Dress You Up" and "Like a Virgin". "4 Minutes" is obviously about sex, and "Like a Prayer" is about going down on a man for the first time. The lyrics for "Dress You Up" are an extended metaphor for fashion and sex, comparing dressing up with passion. Thus, it ended up on Tipper Gore's list of the "Filthy Fifteen" songs... And, of course, we all know what 'Like a Virgin' is about.
- 4 Minutes: "If you want it, you already got it/If you thought it, it better be what you want/If you feel it, it must be real/Just say the word and I will give you what you want", "I want somebody to speed it up for me/Then take it down slow, there's enough room for both/Girl, I can handle that, you just gotta show me where it's at/Are you ready to go? Are you ready to go?", "Time is waiting, we only got 4 minutes to save the world/No hesitating, grab a boy, grab a girl/Time is waiting, we only got 4 minutes to save the world/No hesitating, we only got 4 minutes, 4 minutes", andLike a Prayer: "When you call my name it's like a little prayer/I'm down on my knees, I wanna take you there/In the midnight hour I can feel your power/Just like a prayer you know I'll take you there" and "I hear your voice, it's like an angel sighing/I have no choice, I hear your voice/Feels like flying/I close my eyes, Oh God I think I'm falling/Out of the sky, I close my eyes/Heaven help me".Dress You Up from Like a Virgin: "You've got style, that's what all the girls say/Satin sheets and luxuries so fine/All your suits are custom made in London/But I've got something that you'll really like/Gonna dress you up in my love/All over, all over/Gonna dress you up in my love/All over your body/Feel the silky touch of my caresses/They will keep you looking so brand new/Let me cover you with velvet kisses/I'll create a look that's made for you."Like a Virgin: "Gonna give you all my love, boy/My fear is fading fast/Been saving it all for you/'Cause only love can last/.../Feels so good inside".
- When Jonas Brothers covered Busted's song "What I Go To School For", they had to change a good 70% of the lyrics. The song is about a student who wants to sleep with the teacher.
"And I fought my way to front of class To get the best view of her ass I dropped a pencil on the floor She bends down and shows me more.""Everyone that you teach all day But you're looking at me in a different way I guess, that's why My marks are getting so high."
- Air Hostess has these lines: "The cabin pressure's rising. My coke has got no ice in there." "I messed my pants When we flew over France." "Will I see you soon In my hotel room?", And THIS is a band that was England's version of Jonas Brothers back in 2000.
- Kesha song 'C U Next Tuesday' uses the phrase perfectly innocently, but look at the capitalized letters in the title.
- Ludo has "Whipped Cream", all about the odd antics that a person taking advantage does. It's not so subtle with the music video though.
- "Faster" by Matt Nathanson gets fairly regular radio play (at least to my knowledge) despite its subject, which can be discerned by paying attention for less than one line.
- Jo Jo's second album "The High Road" was an exercise in this very trope.
- Steps were a very family-friendly pop group with many young fans, famous in Britain during the late 1990s-early 2000s. Their video for the song "Say You'll Be Mine" (a cheesy but clean love song) showed them re-enacting famous scenes from romantic movies, including the one from There's Something About Mary where Cameron Diaz spikes her hair up. We can only guess that young viewers weren't aware what she was using as hair gel in the original ...
- Every Protest Song during a dictatorship or totalitarian regime ever, if they want to get it past the censors.
- For instance in Brazil one song called "Gotham City" hides the social critique behind Batman references; and famous singer Chico Buarque hid himself with either a pseudonym or denials, with "Apesar de Você" - "Despite You" - passing due to him saying it was about an abusive relationship (while the "you" in case was the general/president).
- Spice Girl Emma Bunton's solo hit "What Took You So Long" sneaks in the line "I'll Suck You All Night" instead of the official "What Took You All Night", if you listen closely from around 2:00.
- In the late 90s, the album of a Swedish bubblegum pop group called Popsie was marketed toward tweens. What those tweens and their parents probably didn't realise was that one song, Love Technology, is about using a dildo.
- "Who Let the Dogs Out?" by Baha Men isn't about dogs - it's about predatory men going after women in the club, hench, dogs.
- B*Witched's "C'est La Vie" is full of sexual innuendos hidden in its supposedly clean lyrics. The group even admitted in 2013 that the song was about sex all along. The innuendos apparently weren't obvious enough, since the song was used in family films like Life-Size and Smart House.
I wanna know just what to do
Is it very big is there room for two?I got a house with windows and doors
I'll show you mine if you show me yoursGotta let me in, hey, hey, hey
Let the fun begin heyI'm the wolf today hey, hey, hey
I'll huff I'll puffI'll huff I'll puff and blow you away
- Psy's Gentleman has the line "mother father gentleman". Try saying that a few times really fast
- JLS' songs from their album Evolution, their last one before their best of, particularly Dessert, which compares women to desert, Give me Life and Hold Me down.
- Back when Miley Cyrus was still hanging on tight to her Contractual Purity, her song "Party in the USA" actually slipped in a mild euphemism that was subtle enough to go unnoticed by most people. The song, about Cyrus' move from Nashville to Hollywood, included the line "Who's that chick who's rockin' kicks? Gotta be from out of town," said from the POV of an onlooker who sees her at a nightclub. Though "kicks" can be a neutral slang term for "shoes", the following verse (and the music video) make it clear that she's referring to her cowboy boots—slangily known as "shitkickers".
- "We Can't Stop" got lyrics about drug use past the radar for months, as "Dancing with Molly" sounds like "Dancing with Miley". Since she confirmed the lyrics it's become censored.
- Not to mention the still-uncensored cocaine reference: "Trying to get a line in the bathroom".
- "We Can't Stop" got lyrics about drug use past the radar for months, as "Dancing with Molly" sounds like "Dancing with Miley". Since she confirmed the lyrics it's become censored.
- Girls Aloud snuck in a reference to cross-dressing in their song "Long Hot Summer". It's subtle enough to go unnoticed as "dressing gown" is a common synonym for bathrobe. One live version of song makes it explicit that the lover is a cross-dresser, by adding in the line, "my dresses and my makeup too" after the first two lines.
I know you like to wear my dressing-gown,When I'm not there.I guess you like it in my shoes.
- Pixie Lott's Kiss The Stars is blatantly about Intercourse with You. Here's part of the chorus:
Put the plug in the socket, give me all your powerWhen you turn it on I can go for hoursHit the switch, push the button, baby, then you'll seeWe can have it all, baby, you and me
- This song also contains the phrases "get in position" and "we're in love tonight".
- The group Free has a song called "All Right Now" where the singer says, "Let's move before they raise the parking rent." Spoken quickly, the 'p' sound can be mistaken for 'f'.
- DNCE's "Cake by the Ocean" has been confirmed to be about sex - not that the lyrics were very subtle about it ("See you licking frosting from your own hands/Want another taste, I'm begging, 'Yes, ma'am.'"). Despite this, with only the swear words replaced the song was played at both the Kids Choice Awards and the Radio Disney Music Awards.
- The Bruno Mars song 24K Magic contains multiple uses of "shit" (as well as "bitch" but that's easier to get away with) but neither the single or album named after it have a Parental Advisory warning.
- It seems like whenever Pink Floyd's "Money" from The Dark Side of the Moon is played on air, they never censor the line "Money, it's a hit/Don't give me that do-goody-good bullshit."
- The early Pink Floyd single "Candy And A Currant Bun" was originally written as "Let's Roll Another One"; The BBC objected to the obvious drug reference of the title (as well as lyrics like "I'm high, don't try to spoil my fun"). The recorded version changed these lyrics, but somehow also slipped in "Ooh don't talk with me / please just fuck with me". Syd Barrett did slur the offending word a bit, making it sound more like "fock", whereas in "Let's Roll Another One" he was more clearly singing "please just walk with me".
- Steely Dan has a lot of songs that push various amounts of crap past the radar, but two jump out:
- "The Fez" is not about a hat. Even the usually evasive Word of God says it's a condom.
- "Show Biz Kids" retained its Precision F-Strike as a single.
- Not to mention the fact that the band's name come from the name of a gigantic metallic dildo used to sodomise young teenage men engaging in autoerotic asphyxiation in William S. Burroughs Naked Lunch.
- Becker and Fagen Lampshaded this when they thanked Eminem at the Grammys, which they won for an album discussing psychological torture, adultery, incest, teenage prostitutes, really awesome drug addiction, professional dominas... hope I didn't forget anything.
- In Genesis's song Robbery, Assault and Battery, they use the line "The bastard's gone away".
They called me the Reverend when I entered the Church unstained;
- The "reverend" section of "The Battle of Epping Forest" has plenty of sly Double Entendre:
My employers have changed but the name has remained.It all began when I went on a tour,
Hoping to find some furniture.I followed a sign - it said "Beautiful Chest".
It led to a lady who showed me her best.She was taken by surprise when I quickly closed my eyes.
So she rang the bell, and quick as hellBob the Nob came out on his job
To see what the trouble was."Louise, is the Reverend hard to please?"
"You're telling me!""Perhaps, sir, if it's not too late.
We could interest you in our Staffordshire plate?""Oh no, not me, I'm a man of repute."
But the Devil caught hold of my soul and a voice called out "Shoot!"To save my steeple, I visited people;
For this I'd gone when I met Little John.His name came, I understood,
When the judge said "You're a robbing hood."He told me of his strange foundation,
Conceived on sight of the Woodstock nation;He'd had to hide his reputation.
When poor, 'twas salvation from door to door.But now, with a pin-up guru every week,
It's Love, Peace & Truth Incorporated for all who seek.He employed me as a karma mechanic, with overall charms.
His hands were then fit to receive, receive alms.
- The band's hit "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" is about a drug addict trying to score. It's not even particularly subtle about it. It was later used in an advert for Michelob beer (which was a big sponsor for one of the band's tours), which could be interpreted as sending the message that beer drinkers are drug addicts. They also have several pretty blatant Intercourse with You tracks, most notably "Mama", which is confirmed by Word of God as being about a creepy teenager's obsession with a much older prostitute. Other Intercourse with You songs performed by the band, such as "Counting Out Time" and "The Lamia" (both from The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway), weren't big hits in the same way, though that's likely more because they were simply too weird for the mainstream than because of their content.
- Electric Light Orchestra's "Oh No Not Susan" managed to get past BBC policies and had their song played on the air, with "fucking" uncensored.
- Procol Harum's "A Souvenir of London".
Want to keep it confidential, but the truth is leaking out,Got a souvenir in London. There's a lot of it about.
- Marillion: "Warm Wet Circles". Ostensibly about things like kisses, drink stains on bars, even bullet holes... but don't tell me the audience aren't reminded of something else.
- Jethro Tull's Wonderin' Aloud is, on the face of it, about a loving couple, where the man fixes breakfast for his lady love. Listen again...
We are our own saviours,
As we start both our hearts beating lifeInto each other;
Wond'ring aloud,Will the years treat us well?
As she floats in the kitchen,I'm tasting the smell;
Of toast, as the butter runs;Then she comes, spilling crumbs on the bed -
And I shake my head...
- It is entirely possible that a different sort of morning activity between a man and his lady might be being alluded to here....
- At first glance, the lyrics to "Sledgehammer" by Peter Gabriel don't make much sense. However, he later admitted that the lyrics are about sex; with this in mind, the phallic imagery throughout the song becomes much more apparent (although the music video did provide a couple of clues, like opening with a shot of swimming sperm). In spite of this, the song still plays on radio stations uncensored, since there's no profanity or anatomically-correct terminology.
- "Mellow Yellow" by Donovan. Twice. First, he spread the rumor that the song was about Bananadine, a fictional psychoactive substance supposedly extracted from banana peels. He admitted later that the song made reference to something more hands-on:
Is gonna be a sudden crazeElectrical bananaIs bound to be the very next phase.
- Death In Vegas's song "Dirt" uses a number of samples from Woodstock, including Joe Mac Donald's FISH cheer: "What's that spell?" to which one hundred thousand hippies chant "Fuck!" over and over again. Since the "Gimme an F! Gimme a U!..." part was left out, it's a bit hard to figure out just what the crowd is screaming unless you know the reference.
- The French song "Les Sucettes" even got past the radar of its own singer. It was written by Serge Gainsbourg for pop idol France Gall and is ostensibly about a girl who enjoys lollipops, but it was obvious to the public, once it was released, that it was actually about oral sex. Gall, just eighteen when the song was recorded (and this was 1966) had no idea until she saw the public's reaction. She felt hurt and betrayed by Gainsbourg and ended their professional relationship. "Sucette" is also a notorious porn cartoon about the sexual adventures of a young French girl.
- The Dead Kennedys song "Holiday in Cambodia" from Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables rarely gets its errant N-word censored on the rare occasion it's heard on the radio.
- "Fairytale of New York" by The Pogues: "You're a bum, you're a punk / You're an old slut on junk, lying there almost dead on a drip in that bed / You scumbag, you maggot / You cheap lousy faggot / Happy Christmas your ass / I thank God it's our last". Plays on the radio, uncensored, in the UK and Ireland every Christmas. Something of a Grandfather Clause, since when BBC Radio 1 did censor it, they were hit with major backlash and reversed it the same day.
- The movie PS I Love You lampshaded it. The song was played at the funeral under the pretense that it was the main character's husband's favorite song. At the "You're a faggot" line the pastor started singing along.
- The Clash, "Should I Stay or Should I Go?"
It's always tease, tease, teaseYou're happy when I'm on my knees...Come on and let me knowShould I cool it or should I blow?
- Music/Goldfinger's "Here In Your Bedroom" has the singer saying, "One, Two" quickly before the bridge. At the end of the song, he says "Fuck you!" in the same manner, quickly enough to be mistaken for a simple count, and was never edited on radio. Although the modern rock station that used to play the song in my area was never strict in its editing.
- Captain Sensible of The Damned recorded a cover version of "Happy Talk" from South Pacific in 1982 - but changed the lyric "Golly baby, I'm a lucky cause" to "Golly baby, I'm a lucky cunt". The vocal take on the single was recorded after a day spent down the pub and kept in as a joke. The word itself is drawn out enough to make it sound enough like <s>"cause"</s> "cuss" not to be censored or banned from airplay. The Captain confirmed which word he sang on the record in a 2005 book published to commemorate 1000 #1 singles in the UK charts - "Happy Talk" being one of them!
- The Ramones were forced to pull "Carbona Not Glue" off their 1977 album Leave Home due to a potential lawsuit - the makers of the cleaning solvent Carbona probably would not be thrilled with it being endorsed as an inhalant. The track would eventually be restored to reissues of the album, but well before then the band managed to slip in an unlisted live version on 1991's Loco Live.
- "53rd and 3rd" from Ramones is also about a gay prostitute.
- "Pretty Vacant" by Sex Pistols from Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols features a rather... unusual enunciation of the title lyric.
- The Yeah Yeah Yeahs' 'Bang' got played on the radio, despite the line 'as a fuck, son, you suck!'
- Pansy Division's "Alpine Skiing" is definitely not about a downhill slalom, but you'd be hard pressed to find anything specific in it that would prevent airplay. This is a staple trope of Queercore in general, when it isn't taking Refuge in Audacity.
- "Son of A Preacher Man" from Dusty Springfield, about a girl being deflowered by the local preacher's son. With the line "Looking to see how much we've grown?"
- Early R n' B is full of this trope: examples include Billy Ward & The Dominoes' 1951 hit Sixty Minute Man: 'There'll be fifteen minutes of kissing, then you'll holler 'please don't stop', fifteen minutes of teasing, fifteen minutes of squeezing, and fifteen minutes blowing my top'.
- Not to mention Dinah Washington's 'Big Long Slidin' Thing' from 1954 (it's a trombone). 'He said 'I blow through here, then I work my fingers and thumb''.
- And (bisexual) Ma Rainey releasing "Prove it on me blues" — "I went out last night with a crowd of my friends, it must've been women, 'cause I don't like no men".
- Martha and the Vandellas' song "Quicksand" places a lot of vocal emphasis on the phrase "deeper and deeper." Because it's about quicksand, you see...
- Little Richard's career is about this trope. While "Tutti Frutti" from Here's Little Richard was originally "Tutti frutti, good booty," much of the song was left intact. "She rocks to the east, she rocks to the west" was not about geography. And why was "Long Tall Sally" bald-headed? Maybe because she was really a transvestite? "She's got everything that Uncle John needs." Then there's "Lucille": "You won't do your sister's will." And "I woke up this morning, Lucille was not in sight/I asked my friends about her, but all they did was cry, "Lucille!" What were all his friends doing in his bedroom?
- Oh, for heaven's sake: his name is a euphemism for small man's bits.
- This was cleaned up just enough to meet broadcast regulations, but it didn't fool anybody, and they were mad.
- Speaking of "Brown Sugar", the D'Angelo song of that name is 'not talking about a woman.
- If you don't get that, see also: "Mary Jane" by Rick James.
- The Kingsmen's garbled, unintelligible version of "Louie Louie" ignited controversy in the McCarthy-era United States, to the point where an official federal coalition was formed to determine the exact lyrics of the song and whether or not they were obscene (The verses were rumored to contain references to getting busy in a drive-in movie). What said coalition seems to have missed was the point in the song (about 54 seconds in) when the band's drummer broke his stick and clearly yelled "FUCK" loud enough to register on the vocal mic.
- Labrinth and Emeli Sande's chart topper Beneath your Beautiful, in which the chorus is "Would you let me see beneath your Beautiful? Would you let me see beneath your perfect? Take it off now, cause I wanna see inside." However, Labrinth and Sande are rather wholesome artists, and the real lyrical meaning is reveled here, and is not overtly sexual (although The Guardian admitted people could easily think it was).
- It wasn't the radio edit, but Stevie Wonder got away with an n-word in the full album cut of "Living in the City" (off Innervisions), when a brief interlude in the middle of the song has a (probably black) man arriving in NYC, just to be wrongly accused and then convicted of drug trafficking or possession within an exceedingly short amount of time. The prison guard says, at the end of this sequence, quite gruffly, "c'mon, get in that cell, nigger." The song then starts back up, leading to one of Wonder's most angry, frustrated vocal performances.
- An example from NewBoyz: the supposed lyrics to "Back Seat" hide the fact that they drop the F-bomb twice. While many radio stations realize that they are actually saying "She just trying to fuck comfortably" instead of "She just trying to fit comfortably", they managed to hoodwink YouTube, as it is not censored. Again the line "you're function with the man girl" gets by in their music video, however it is actually "you're fuxing with the man girl", which makes a lot more sense grammatically (which should be an obvious clue but maybe YouTube censors are illiterate).
- Not as much gotten past the radar, but let right through with the Red Carpet treatment, Queen Latifah's "U.N.I.T.Y." often ran on radio stations with the lines "Bitch" and "Ho" uncensored. Most likely because the lyrics made it impossible to take the use of the words as offensive.
- Method Man's "All I Need" often got away with the oft-repeated line "I swear to God I hope we fuckin' die together" by stashing it in the instrument line and covering it with the more recognizable chorus.
- The Bomfunk M.C.s managed to slip a reference to a porn movie AND a F-word past the censors on "Freestyler" in the verse before the second chorus:
"We deliver anything from acappellas
To propellers, suckers get jealousBut their soft like marshmallows
You know they can't handle usLike Debbie Does Dallas
Yeah, we come scandalous,So who the fuck is Alice
Is she from Buckingham Palace?
- Which is particularly jarring for anybody who grew up with Christopher Robin...
- They go one further with Live Your Life, where the verse would have been 'so much shit that my nose is uplifted' but the 'shit' was replaced by a sniffing sound to sound like they are referring to cocaine. Not that this one got much airplay outside of Finland, which is a pity as the lyrics are about coping with fame and living life to the full, subject matter which is markedly more serious than B.O.W.'s usual lyrics about being the best rapper around.
- Which is particularly jarring for anybody who grew up with Christopher Robin...
- The radio edit of Missy Elliot's "Work It" alters the line "Let's get drunk, this gon' bring us closer!" But the word substituted for "drunk" is "crunk", a portmanteau for "crazy drunk"
- In the song Bottoms Up by Trey Songz and Nicki Minaj, Nicki clearly says
"If a bitch try to get cute
I'mma stomp herThrow a lotta money at her then yell
Fuck her, fuck her, fuck herThen yell fuck her "
** This goes completely uncensored on the radio, but references to a 380 pistol are promptly censored.
- The chorus of the song "Right Round" by Flo-Rida goes, "You spin my head right round, right round/When you go down, when you go down down." The song makes it pretty clear that he's with a stripper, but he's not talking about the head that you think.
- Yes, Fergie's "London Bridge" is about a spit roast or lazy H or whatever you want to call it. One guy doing a girl via rear entry, and the other getting a blowjob from the same girl.
- Flo Rida's song "Whistle" is not about whistles, despite what the lyrics, melody and artwork may tell you. The song is about fellatio. It's not about netball, The Other Wiki confirms that it is about oral sex.
Can you blow my whistle, baby, whistle, baby? / Let me know / Girl i'mma show you how to do it, let me start real slow / You just put your lips together and you come real close / Can you blow my whistle, baby, whistle, baby? / Here we go...
- Compared to most examples, this one is very, very blatant.
- Usher's "Scream" invokes this trope.
If you wanna scream "YEEAAAH" / Let me know and I'll take you there / Got you feeling like ooh, baby, baby / Ooh, baby, baby / A-ooh, baby, baby / Ooh, baby, baby
- Usher's classic dance track "Yeah!" is such an upbeat, catchy and (relatively) family-friendly song that it regularly gets played at Bar Mitzvahs, family weddings and middle school dances without raising any eyebrows. But then there's the recurring line "Take that and rewind it back, _____ got the _____ to make ya booty go...", followed my the singer clapping his hands together loudly. It seems pretty innocuous, until you realize that it's meant to be taken as "...make ya booty go CLAP!" It's a veiled reference to "booty clapping", an infamously risqué dance move that involves a scantily clad woman shaking her butt hard enough to make her butt cheeks slap together.
- "Parents Don't Understand" by Will Smith was considered a family friendly song. Near the middle of the song the sixteen year old protagonist sees a girl and almost gets into a sexual situation with her. It turns out she's twelve years old.
- Name another song in the Top 40 other than Feeling Myself that has a masterbation reference.
- "He be thinking about me when he whacks off. Whacks on? Wax off."
- Let's all remember that "rock 'n' roll" was, in its day, a euphemism for sex.
- Prior to the songs by Cee-Lo Green, Nicki Minaj and P!nk, several songs containing the word "bitch" in the title have made the top 5 of the Hot 100, most notably Elton John's "The Bitch is Back" in 1974, and Meredith Brooks' "Bitch" in 1998. One of the earliest songs that contained an uncensored "bitch" to reach No. 1 on the Hot 100 was Hall & Oates' "Rich Girl" ("You can rely on the old man honey/it's a bitch girl, ..."), while Jimmy Buffett's 1977 single "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes" contains the lyric "... Good times and riches and son of a bitches ... ."
- Eric Clapton's "Cocaine" (originally written and recorded by J.J Cale) is shamelessly about, well, cocaine and how fun it is. Clapton describes it as an anti-drug song. He has called the song "quite cleverly anti-cocaine". How in the world it is anti-cocaine with those lyrics, you tell me.
- Because of its controversial message, Clapton did not perform the song in many of his concerts; over the years, Clapton has added the lyrics 'that dirty cocaine' in live shows to "underline" the (supposed) anti-drug message of the song.
- While KISS's discography is made up of almost entirely songs about sex, they are never really obscene in them, preferring metaphors and hinting rather than just saying it. However, in "I Just Wanna", the official line is "I just wanna forget you", but, well, just listen. In the Alive III version, Paul even says fuck instead of look and then giggles a little.
- "Boys Light Up" by Australian Crawl is considered to be a classic Aussie rock song. But if you listen closely it's all about sex with air hostesses and also about a wife using sexual aids when her husbands away. It is really a really, really dirty song.
- The Blue ÷yster Cult's rendition of the Michael Moorcock-penned Black Blade fades out on the metallic voice of the sword boasting about how evil it is... singer Eric Bloom slips in a final line
- You poor fucking humans!
- Dominance and Submission is apparently about a ten year old boy invited on a New Year's Eve car drive by an older friend and her brother. Listen closely and join the dots as to what really appears to happen to him in the seamy underbelly of squeaky-clean 1964 America...
- Maybe a more subtle one, but in "Mysterious Ways" by Music/U2, Bono sings "If you want to kiss the sky, better learn how to kneel / On your knees, boy." Most likely an innuendo for cunnilingus.
- The Who's "Who Are You?" is almost never censored on radio stations that normally censor, despite Daltrey ad-libbing "aw, who the fuck are you?" in the chorus towards the end of the song. (At least, not in the UK. Most American stations edit it by splicing in "who the hell are you?" from elsewhere in the song.)
She goes in and out and in and out and in and out and in and out,
- Another Who song, "Squeeze Box" is about a wife tiring her husband out and keeping the neighbours up all night with her rampant accordion playing. What else could it mean?
And she's playing all night, and the music's all right,
Momma's got a squeeze box, Daddy never sleeps at night.
- It's obviously the part of "Weird Al" Yankovic's childhood we never heard about.
- The best example from the Who, in my opinion, is "Pictures of Lily" which is sung from the position of a kid whose dad gave him porn to masturbate to in order to help him fall asleep. This is one of their signature early hits. Another one from around the same time that got decent airplay was "Mary Anne With the Shaky Hands" from The Who Sell Out which features the line: "What she done to a man with those shaky hands" in the chorus. Quite a few other Who songs pulled this sort of thing off quite well, too!
- They slipped one past the BBC radio censors in 1966 hit single Substitute. Allegedly hacked off with Beatles-style fangirls coming to their concerts to scream hysterically and ignore the music, there is a point in the song where they play with words and clearly sing "Prostitute..."
- The T. Rex song "Twentieth Century Boy" has the refrain "twentieth century toy, I want to be your boy." A casual listener probably wouldn't notice that in the last two iterations, this becomes "twentieth century toy, I want to be your toy," the song ending with "twentieth century boy, I want to be your toy."
- "Knockin' at Your Back Door" by Deep Purple. Think about the possible meanings of the title... yeah, it's about anal. The band actually wrote the song with this in mind, seeing if they were even able to get away with it and get a song on the airwaves with such a dirty message. And it worked.
- AC/DC has made this an artform in and of itself. At least half their songs are sexual innuendo, more or less thinly veiled (more often less then more). "Girls Got Rhythm", "Giving the Dog a Bone", "Big Balls" (which is about high-end social events. Really.), "You Shook Me All Night Long", "Hard as a Rock"... The list goes on and on and on and...
- The list goes on all "Night of the Long Knives".
- And "Let Me Put My Love Into You", which isn't even an innuendo, and made the PMRC's "Filthy Fifteen" list.
- "Poison Ivy" by The Coasters seems to be about a promiscuous, psychotic woman who gives men a sexually transmitted disease. Ah, those innocent 50s! Although, thanks to the "Weird Al" Effect, most kids today will probably assume it's about the Batman character. The 1997 movie Batman & Robin did nothing to dispel this myth, since they outright used an instrumental version of the song when Uma Thurman is introduced.
- Sometime back in the early 1980's, the band April Wine released a single called "If You See Kay," which repeated the title in every chorus. Maybe nobody thought this out...
- So Britney Spears' "If U Seek Amy" wasn't original after all...
- It wasn't as though it was subtle, as the video had numerous instances of the band holding up signs with the phrase. The only throw-off is the Lyrical Dissonance, as the sweet, dreamy chorus makes the song sound like it's about a crush.
- Aerosmith may have inadvertently pulled off a very difficult version of this. The beginning of the fourth verse of "Sweet Emotion" is "Standin' in the front, just shakin' your ass". Yes, an innocent example, but WHERE this went is amazing ... when the Disney company licensed the music for Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, they just happened to pick this line ... uncensored... That's right, even though it's on an attraction not meant for kids, you can clearly hear this word on the ride. The best part? It's a RE-RECORDED VERSION.
- There's also "Mama Kin", which goes uncensored on the radio despite having "shit" in the lyrics (possibly because it's pronounced "she-it" so it rhymes with "see it").
- It also has that line in the chorus, that alternates between "sleeping late and smoking tea" and "sleeping late and sucking me". Either way, Aerosmith 1, radar 0.
- "Pandora's Box" still receives airplay, with its "city slicker/slitty licker" line.
- Amusingly, they lampshade it with the title track of the album, "Just Push Play", where the chorus says, "Just push play, *beep*ing A! Just push play, they're gonna beep it anyway." Except for the last chorus, when they actually change it to "Fucking A! Just push play, they're gonna *beep* it anyway."
- "Falling in Love is Hard on the Knees." What sort of "loving" would require strong knees?
- There's also "Mama Kin", which goes uncensored on the radio despite having "shit" in the lyrics (possibly because it's pronounced "she-it" so it rhymes with "see it").
- The Guns N' Roses song "Welcome to the Jungle" from Appetite for Destruction could be seen as a metaphor for sex. The singer talks to a "very sexy girl/ That's very hard to please" then he goes on to say "Feel my, my, my serpentine / I, I wanna hear you scream".
- It's also interesting that an old word for orgasm is die. So when the singer says "You're in the jungle baby /You're gonna die" he means ...
- Brings a whole new meaning to the song "(I Just) Died in Your Arms Tonight".
- That's exactly the meaning the singer/writer intended. The title came to him (geddit?) while having sex with his girlfriend.
- The Rolling Stones' Start Me Up from Tattoo You... after singing "you make a grown man cry" a couple of times, the last line of the song is "You make a dead man come". It feels as if, do to the rhyming, it would have been "You make a grown man cry/You make a grown man die/You make a dead man come". But hey, you can only get away with so much, right? Right?....Right?....
- "Brown Sugar" from Sticky Fingers is even worse. The song is reportedly about some guy having his way with one of his slave girls, yet, somehow, the song topped the U.S. charts.
- Cat. Scratch. Fever.
"make a pussy burn with a stroke of my hand"
- Also: Little Miss Danger-Ass (which is how he pronounces it every time, throughout the song).
- Fanny (whose name is not an example, at least intentionally, since they didn't know what that word means in the UK until after the fact) slip the whispered line "So fucking hard..." into "Rock Bottom Blues".
- Led Zeppelin is quite good at this. Several songs, such as "Trampled Underfoot" from Physical Graffiti get significant radio airplay despite consisting almost entirely of innuendo.
- Chicago: A blatant example? Gee, erm...Ladies and Germs, I bring you, "Stay The Night". It's rather smooth and nostalgic, given that awesome beat in the back that requires a trained ear to hear. Now, the song itself is getting crap past the radar, but the music video, in some ways, is even more blatant than the song. Here, look!:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LTWwkBNilI (Okay, she's pissed off when he reaches for her breast, and AFTER the fact that he ran his hand down her thigh during a steamy make-out session!) And, just in case you have trouble understanding Peter Cetera, here's the lyrics: http://songmeanings.com/songs/view/1835/ Hell, even one of the site members laughingly points it out as being about "Doin it, Petera Cetera style!" While also mentioning the humorous video.
- Queen's "Radio Ga Ga" is a literal example of Getting crap (caca) past the radar: Although written as a lament to TV taking over good ol' radio, it was conceived by writer Roger Taylor when he heard his toddler (French/English bilingual) son exclaim "Radio Caca" (presumably not intended as a serious statement on anything, really). If Taylor is to be believed, the band never changed the wording, and it remains "radio caca" in the recording, in spite of its title (no thanks to Media Watchdogs.
- The single and album versions of The Bobby Fuller Four's "I Fought The Law" were different takes of the song. On the single version, Bobby sings, "I miss my baby and HER GOOD FUN." On the album version, Bobby sings, "I miss my baby and A GOOD FUCK." Oldies radio seems to be blissfully unaware of the difference in lyrics, since it's almost always the album version that gets airplay in the modern era.
- According to Word of God from Bryan Adams, the 69 in the song "Summer of 69" doesn't refer to the year. Enforcing this is the fact that as the song fades out at the end, you can hear him sing "Me and my baby in 69". Strangely, Jim Vallance, who co-wrote the song with Bryan Adams, denied this, but Bryan basically confirmed it, so it just depends on who you believe. (By the way, Vallance was 17 at the summer of 1969, but Adams was only 9.)
- Elvis Presley of all singers gets one with his smash hit "Hound Dog". While it initially appears as nothing more than a song about a two timing lover it was actually based on a song of the same name by a woman named Big Mama Thorton. In that version she elaborates on just why the man is a hound dog in somewhat explicit detail. The fact that many people knew this and that Elvis preformed this song on the Ed Sullivan show with millions watching must've stepped on quite a few toes back in the day.
Crush it, kick itYou can never winI know baby you can't lick it (followed by sly chuckle indicating that Elvis knows you know what he really means)I'll make you give in
- Innuendo is one of the constant tropes of his career. Of particular note is 1969's "Power of My Love", a blatant ode to the singer's penis:
- "Tight A$" from John Lennon's Mind Games, which managed to get the phrase "tight ass" past the censors.
- The radio edit of "Get Your Hands Off My Woman" by The Darkness does at least censor the word "motherfucker", but lets the only slightly less offensive word "cunt" go. This may be due to Justin Hawkins' use of Melismatic Vocals, which make that word a little harder to understand (something like "you caaah-aaah-hunt!").
- 10cc. If you believe the legend. (That the band name is derived from the average male ejaculation volume. The Other Wiki says it's disputed, and Snopes claims the name came to the band's manager in a dream.)
- Bob Seger's first big chart hit, "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man". Before the last chorus, Seger sings the line "you can have your funky world, see ya round!"
- Filipino rap-metal band Slapshock's 1999 song "Hudas" includes the chorus "Hudas, baka madapa ka," which, in English, literally means "Judas, you might trip." But the band had subtly insulted the song's subject in three different languages Ė "Hudas" (Tagalog for "Judas"), "baka" (Japanese for "idiot"), and "madapaka" ("motherfucker" if pronounced in an exaggerated Filipino accent). Hence, "Hudas, baka madapa ka" may also mean "Judas, idiot motherfucker" if you come to think of it.
Rock en Español
- Andrés Calamaro's Mucho Mejor is about a man asking a "friend with benefits" to have sex. What makes it really bad is that at the end he confesses that he could end in jail because she is underage.
- Something similar happens in the song El profe by Argentinian group Miranda!, which is about a teacher fooling an underage student to have sex with him.
- Au Claire de la Lune, the French folk song, carries a clear double entendre (the dead candle, the need to light up the flame, the God of Love, etc.) that becomes clear with its conclusion.
- In Child ballad 95 (recorded by Led Zeppelin as Gallows Pole), the singer invites his sister to take the hangman into a shady bower and thereby "save me from the wrath of this man." One need not wonder precisely how the hangman will be induced to release the singer.
- From World War I, a soldiers' song to the tune of "John Brown's Body" with the chorus "They were only playing leapfrog, they were only playing leapfrog, they were only playing leapfrog, when one staff-officer jumped right over the other staff-officer's back".
- Special mention should be paid to Green Sleaves, a folk song from late 16th century England. Though now ubiquitously associated with the general festivities of the Christmas holidays, the original song was a ballad about a character referred to as Lady Green Sleaves. According to The Other Wiki (where Viewers Are Geniuses), the common interpretation is that her epithet "Green Sleaves" may have implied that she was a...certain kind of woman. At the time of the song's composition, "green" had erotic connotations, and "green gown" in particular referred to a woman whose dress sleaves would accumulate green grass stains. From lying on the grass. On her back. This would have given the song a very racy meaning, in a cultural context long since forgotten in everyday life. Even today, one could imagine the Moral Guardians blushing if they knew about this.
- Just about any Renaissance madrigal that mentions 'death' in a manner not explicitly related to funeral or religious imagery is all about Intercourse with You, based on the French term 'le petit mort' (the little death) for having an orgasm, a term which is also present in Italian and, to a lesser extent, Spanish. Therefore, a madrigal with a line like "if I were to die a thousand times, I would be content", is basically just somebody who's really horny.
- 19th century hymn:
O higher than the cherubim
More glorious than the seraphimLead their praises. Hallelujah!
Thou bearer of the eternal WordMost gracious, magnify the Lord
** Looks innocuous don't it? But this hymn was composed during the Catholic Revival http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxford_Movement when Bishops disapproved of hymns about the Blessed Virgin Mary.
- There's a lovely old Swedish folk song called "Uti vår hage" which most school kids get to learn by heart. It's a sweet song about a girl inviting a boy out to the meadow to pick a certain selection of berries and flowers. Put them together, and you have... an old home remedy intended to cause miscarriage.
- X Japan had a quite amusing variant that combined this with Refuge in Audacity. The original version of "Stab Me In The Back" is Intercourse with You + Stuffy Old Songs About the Buttocks. It is literally begging to be the receptive partner in male-male anal sex. So, when the band had to do this song on an album that wasn't released by their own label, 1991's Jealousy, it of course had to be rewritten. And Yoshiki did so, rewriting the song to be entirely about using drugs (which was, at the time, an even bigger taboo in Japan than gay sex). This rewrite is the one that is on Jealousy.
- Cole Porter's "Too Darn Hot" might fit with lyrics like "I'd like to beat with my baby tonight" and references to the Kinsey report. Although it certainly didn't get past the censors at the time, since radio stations refused to play it and the movie used an altered version.