"Squeeze Box" with The Who. Pete Townshend says it's just a song about a woman playing an accordion, deliberately written to invoke this effect.
Bobby Bare's song "Marie Laveau" (by Shel Silverstein and Baxter Taylor) says the Voodoo Lady lives "with a one-eyed snake and a three-legged dog."
The Bowling for Soup song "My Wena" is one long innuendo. They even make it obvious in the original version of the video with a woman in a penis costume. In the end, it's revealed that the entire song is about a Dachshund named Wena.
The AC/DC song "Big Balls" is one unbroken double entendre — as evidenced by the song's name.
Let's face it: the band's famous for thinly veiled, squick-ily obvious sexual references, in line with their overriding themes of rebellion and sin.
The album notes for "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" refers to Big Balls as "Not subtle enough to be a double entendre. It's more like a single entendre."
That said, performing most of the song in a hoity-toity accent adds to the fake subtlety, making the song even more hilarious for those who get it.
"The Jack", (at least in its original album form) is ostensibly about a poker game, but with lines like 'How was I to know that she'd been shuffled before... said she'd never had a royal flush' and 'She was holding a pair, but I had to try...' and 'She'd have the cards to bring me down, if she played them right' its clearly about something else.
By Big & Rich, the entire song of "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)". You read that right- the song is actually named Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy).
The lyrics (and these are ACTUAL lyrics) "I'm a thoroughbred, that's what she said, in the back of my truck bed".
The Black Crowes recorded an unreleased album they titled "Tall." A pretty innocuous name, all things considered. Sure, it happens to be old jazz slang for getting high, but that's probably a coincidence, right? What's that? The Black Crowes were on the cover of High Times Magazine? So, when they said "Tall," they probably meant...
South African singer Bok van Blerk performs a comedy number Appel, Lemoene in which two zef delivery drivers behave obnoxiously to a greengrocer called Sally, who loses patience, picks up a very big rifle and gets emphatic with them. The song is one long double entendre; the video illustrates this visually for those who do not speak Afrikaans. The chorus translates well into English:
And we shout!
Show us your lovely oranges!
Your great big farmer's melons!
Bull Moose Jackson's "Big Ten Inch Record" (famously covered by Aerosmith) uses verse breaks to create double entendres:
But I really get her going When I whip out my big 10 inch ... record of a band that plays the blues...
Songwriter Cole Porter was a master of the Double Entendre (as alluded to in one example above). His songs "Love For Sale" and "But In The Morning, No" were once banned from radio because of their heavy use of Double Entendre.
Rihanna's "Shut Up and Drive." From the lyrics, she's either singing about cars or...something else.
The entire song "Polka Dot Undies" by Bowser and Blue.
And you probably already think I am full of Vague innuendos and double-meanin' rhymes. But I'll tell you that obscenity is all in your Polka-dot undies!
It might be intentional in the Isley Brother's song "Between the Sheet" besides the "I like the way you receive me" and "I love the way you relieve me" lines which you can only take that one way, several times he says
I'm coming... coming on strong In between the sheets
Those of us with more esoteric taste in music will know that many, many '20s and '30s blues songs contain double entendres, such as Blind Boy Fuller's "Let Me Squeeze Your Lemon", The Memphis Jug Band's "Memphis Yo Yo Blues", Blind Lemon Jefferson's "Black Snake Moan", and my personal favorite, Bessie Smith's "I Need a Little Sugar In My Bowl".
Judy Henske sings a song about a man who is a 'deep sea diver whose stroke can't go wrong.' Not only that, but 'he can touch the bottom, and his wind holds out so long'
Big bottom, big bottom Talk about a bum case, my girl's got 'em Big bottom, drives me out of my mind How can I leave this behind?
Tim Cavanagh's novelty country ballad, "I Wanna Kiss Her".
I wanna kiss her but... she won't let me I wanna whisper sweet nothings in herrrrr... ear I wanna hold her behind... closed doors and more
"Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo" by the Bloodhound Gang is made up of double entendres, and ends with the line "put the you know what in the you know where". The video for the song is also ripe with Visual Innuendo. One of the images shown is Bam Margera driving a giant banana-shaped car into a tunnel. Nearly all of their songs contain double entendres, seeing as nearly all of them are about sex. Other prominent examples are "Fire Water Burn" and "Uhn Tiss Uhn Tiss Uhn Tiss".
The song and music video "Gay Bar" by Electric Six is rife with both this and Visual Innuendo.
Half their songs are either blatantly about sex ("I wanna make it last forever" said twelve times, getting higher and higher, before ending with "Ooh baby"), or more subtle innuendo. Broken Machine includes the lyrics:
It doesn't do anything, it just sits there, and looks at me.
Alice Cooper, among other songs, had I'm Your Gun. Even though you probably know what's coming, a brief example:
You be the target on the bed I'll be shootin' hot lead
Richard & Linda Thompson's song "Hokey Pokey" is ostensibly about ice cream, but features enough references to 'putting it your mouth' to make its meaning clear.
Live versions of Richard's solo track Why Must I Plead also have one that manages to make office work sound downright seductive:
You've been licking his stamps And taking his dictation
Melanie's "Brand New Key".
'40s novelty singer Benny Bell, in addition to his famous subverted-rhyme hit "Shaving Cream", composed ditties with such piquant titles as "My Grandpa Had a Long One", "Everybody Wants My Fanny", and "I'm Gonna Give My Girl a Goose for Thanksgiving".
The Beatles had several: "Please Please Me", "Drive My Car", "Norwegian Wood", "Happiness Is a Warm Gun".
The original title was "Happiness is a Warm Gun in your Hand".
"My Ding-A-Ling" by Chuck Berry. With the refrain "I want to play with my ding-a-ling!" it borders on being a single entendre.
Also, its Tagalog version "Ting-a-Ling", by Filipino rock band Kerplunk, which was a cult favorite in the band's late-'90s heyday. The original version is not available on YouTube, but an updated, popped-up version (with an outright reference to masturbation, which wasn't present in the original) is available on the lead singer's YouTube page.
2pac's "Me & My Girlfriend".
The sexual level is actually the most basic one in this case, the song on the surface appearing to be about a relationship. Pac's "girlfriend" is actually his gun.
Poe's "Angry Johnny". Could be about homicide. Could be about something else:
I can do it on water, I can do it on dry land I can do it with instruments, I can do it with my own two hands But either way, either way you'll know where it stands I'm gonna kill you, I'm gonna blow you... away
The last line of Tenacious D's "Wonderboy" goes "There, that crevasse; fill it with your mighty juice." Hmm, wonder what that might be...
Knorkators "Song of the horse" might be a completely innocent song about the deep friendship between the vocalist and his horse. But since there is no actual reference to a horse in the lyrics, it might also be entirely about sex.
50s song "Laundromat Blues" by 5 Royales:
Throw in all your dirty clothes, all your dirty duds Don't worry about no soap, her machine is full of suds She's got the best machine The best washing machine in town (ooh-wee what a machine!) Just relax and take it easy As the machine goes round and round
I got a big ego, (hahaha) I'm such a big ego, (hahaha) I got a big, (hahaha), Ego, She love my big, (hahaha), Ego, So stroke my big, (hahaha), Ego
Because it's Kanye West, it's perfectly possible that he's just talking about his actual ego.
XTC's "Pink Thing". According to its writer, Andy Partridge, it was written to express his love and pride for his newborn son. But the lyrics could just as easily be interpreted as a man's ode to his penis.
Paul and Storm's "The Captain's Wife's Lament", about the complaints of a sea captain's wife after he lets his entire crew stay in their home.
She said there's Seamen all around the bed And seamen on the floor Seamen in the bathroom And behind the closet door
Steven Curtis Chapman's song "Remembering You", written about Narnia but could also be about Jesus.
And as she read I laid my head And I can´t tell which head Down in her lap, and I can mention which lap
The song "If I Can't Sell It" by Ruth Brown is chock full of them. Ostensibly about a furniture store owner lambasting a cheap customer for refusing to pay the marked price for a chair, the song is full of goodies like this:
How'd you like to find this waiting at home for you every night? Only been used once or twice, but it's still nice and tight!
The funk group Here Come The Mummies have an album entitles 'Single Entendre', referencing their frequently overtly sexual lyrics.
After Dark, a Swedish band has the song "Åh när ni"("Oh, when you"), and just to get you a tip of what kind of what type of double entendres we're in for, the song title is very similar in pronunciation to onani (masturbation). The entire song consists of famous tv-show host doing stuff they do in their shows... but with a clear second meaning. Examples include a female chef poking about on the button on her hot air oven, and a car show host "oiling his lever". Here it is.
Les Sucettes, written by Serge Gainsbourg for France Gall, like many of Gainsbourg's songs, is full of this. It's special however, as the singer, who was 17(!) at the time, took a year to have a Swiss Moment to associate lollipops with oral sex. She was pissed.
In a rare, non-sexual version, the cover for Rush's Moving Pictures is a triple entendre. There are people moving pictures, people finding the pictures moving emotionally, and somebody making a moving picture of the scene.
Rodney Carrington's song "Fred" features a cowboy, his horse, and his lady love, all named Fred. The chorus is "Fred's a-ridin', Fred's a-ridin' Fred, Fred's ridin' Fred, Fred's ridin' Fred. Fred's ridin' Fred" and admits of any interpretation from the completely innocent to the unspeakably kinky.
"The Stroke" by Billy Squier - thought to be about masturbation.
An alternate interpretation suggests it's an indictment of the music industry.
Kip Addotta's "Wet Dream" is a double entendre by title alone and is full of undersea puns and double entendres:
"I pulled into a Shell station...they said I'd blown a seal. I said, 'Fix the damn thing and leave my private life out of it, okay, pal?'"
Nobody comes knocking at my front door. What do they think my knocker's for?
The Hungarian rapper Sub Bass Monster's song 4 ütem (4 phases) has lyrics that are equally suitable at describing the workings of an internal combustion engine and being a needlessly over-complicated description of smoking, to hilarious effect.
"Peacock", although it barely hides the meaning. Hint: if you don't get it right away, split the word into two words. Now what?......and, no, it's not about an exotic bird.
"California Gurls" has a phallic entendre: "Sun-kissed skin, so hot, we'll melt your popsicle".
Lots of traditional British folk songs. The "Bonny Black Hare" starts off with the singer aiming his "gun" at a "black hare" that's hidden under a woman's skirt. During the second verse, it abandons this metaphor and is just them having sex. "The Cuckoo's Nest" (recorded by Steeleye Span as "Drink Down The Moon") is just as bad ("I'll give any lass a shilling and a bottle of the best/Just to rumple up the feathers of her cuckoo's nest"). For more of this sort of thing, see Bawdy Song.
Billy Joel's song "Christie Lee" is about a saxophone player who meets a woman at his gig, who is impressed by his skill and comes home with him so he can "perform" for her. In case it wasn't clear, we get this lyric: "He couldn't see that Christie Lee was a woman/who didn't need another lover; all she wanted was the sax!" However the lyrics make it perfectly clear that Christie Lee isn't sexually attracted to him.
Get this: it was originally meant to be played straight. The song was written by Roger Taylor in honour of a roadie whose Triumph TR-4 was the centre of his life. Whether it's also a poke at guys who let their hobbies take over their lives is another question entirely, but given that the song was written by Roger Taylor it's probably not a terribly deep euphemism. The best part about the song is that Taylor locked himself into a cupboard until the rest of the band agreed to make the song the B-side to the "Bohemian Rhapsody" single. He did that because although singles were sold based on the A-side content, the writers of the A-side song and the B-side song shared the royalties earned on the single.
Similar to "Christie Lee" is "Bodhráns on the Brain" by Black 47.
"I told her to skin a goat/And take it back to my place ... we hammered away relentlessly until the dawn" indeed.
Jim Vallance says the 69 in "Summer of 69" refers to the year 1969, particularly all the amazing music that came out then. Bryan Adams says is about the sex act. Which is true? Quite likely both.
One of the infamous deal-breakers that caused Heart to leave their first label, Mushroom Records, was an deliberately controversial ad for Dreamboat Annie they published without consulting the Wilson sisters, with double entendres insinuating they were lesbian sister lovers. The headline read "It Was Our First Time". This embarrassment, and the heckling they endured not long after by chauvinistic male executives at a label showcase, were the inspiration being one of their toughest rockers, "Barracuda" (referring to the "barracuda" tour jackets the hecklers wore).
Every single one of Blood On The Dance Floor's songs have these kinds of jokes. Every goddamn one of them. No exceptions. And none of them are at all subtle.
Are You Experienced from The Jimi Hendrix Experience is one where two meanings are sexual; "experienced" could be either a adjective or a verb. Serves as a Triple Entendre, as it also can be interpreted as an Unusual Euphemism for dropping LSD (hence the final line, "Not necessarily stoned...")
Brian Hyland's Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini sounds like it's about a bashful teenage girl in said outfit. It was actually about Brian's 2-year-old (at the time) daughter.
"Fish" by Craig Campbell has a bunch, including "I had everything we needed in the bed of my truck / Turns out my baby loves to... / Fish, she wants to do it all the time", "And I love how she looks with that rod in her hand", "With her hooks and her sinkers and her pretty pink bobbers", etc.
Swingin' in there 'cause She wanted me to feed her So I mixed up the batter And she licked the beater!
Judge Dread, the white British reggae and ska artist, was particularly known for his double-entendre-laden lyrics. For example, one of his big hits is "Up With the Cock." His lyrics are so indirectly dirty that he holds the world record for most banned songs by an artist, eleven, in spite of not using any obscenities.
A word has to be put in for The WurzelsCombine Harvester which starts with the immortal words 'I drove my tractor through your haystack last night'' ... And just gets worse from there.
Panic! At the Disco's song, "New Perspective" is about oral sex, rather than gaining a new leash on life.
Stop there and let me correct it I wanna live a life from a new perspective You come along because I love your face and I'll admire your expensive taste
Roy Zimmerman's "Ted Haggard is Completely Heterosexual" has a few of these, with not-all-that-veiled jokes about Haggard's sexuality.
Hüsker Dü's album title Land Speed Record is a rare non-sexual example, referring both to the ferocious speed of the material and the band's fondness at the time for amphetamines.
The Chico Buarque song "Cálice" is also a non-sexual example, as the "Challice" on the lyrics can also be read as "shut your mouth", inspired by the censorship that was happening in music at the time.
"Downtown" by Lady Antebellum is about a woman's desire to have oral sex performed on her by her partner:
I don't know why you don't take me down town like you got anywhere better to be Talk it up and give me the go round, round like a good time tease I'm only counting on your cancellation When I should be counting on you at my door Don't forget about how we went around I don't know why you don't take me downtown anymore
The entirety of Semisonic's "Get A Grip" is about using the title as a masturbation reference. If that's not blatant enough for you, the video is an order of magnitude worse, mostly boiling down to people doing exercise in a way that looks like masturbation, giving/receiving blowjobs, et cetera.
Using its own title in a similar fashion is Korn's "Beat It Upright" ("I'm gonna beat it upright!", essentially giving oneself an erection manually). However, this being Korn, the rest of the lyrics make no effort to veil the subject matter even slightly.
Judas Priest's Eat Me Alive. If you thought Korn's song had no veil over the subject matter...
Bound to deliver as you give and I collect! Squealing, impassioned, as the rod of steel injects! Lunge to the maximum, spread-eagled to the wall! You're well-equipped to take it all! SO EAT! ME ALIVE!
Florida Georgia Line in "Sun Daze" has this gem of a line "I sit you up on the kitchen sink / Stick the pink umbrella in your drink". (And in case you're still in doubt, one of the first lines of the songs says "If I'm lucky, yeah, I might get laid"note Bowdlerised to "paid" on the radio edit).
The German music video created by Jamster (of Crazy Frog and Schnuffel fame) called "Pussycat Tiger" which features a white female CGI cat character of the same name. The song mainly focuses on said character trying to charm and get a kiss from a male cat. While the idea sounds sweet, it can also be given a different meaning seeing her behavior throughout the music video including making suggestive moans, purrs, meows and body movements. This also appears to be the only music video featuring the character as of 2011.
The Philippines had so many examples of this in the early 2000s that double-entendre novelty music could have been called a genre of its own. While in the '90s, rapper Andrew E's sexually-charged lyrics left little to the imagination, writers of these 2000s novelty songs (mostly troubadour of the masses Lito Camo) would hide sexual references or references to the male or female sexual organs in clever (or not-so-clever) puns. Acts known for these songs (who were mostly female) included Sexbomb, Mae Rivera, Selina Sevilla, Aleck Bovick, and the Viva Hot Babes.
The obscure Inkubus Sukkubus track Intercourse With A Vampire is full of these. Every single reference to the supernatural could easily be about something else.
Come and kneel, boy, before me, Kiss my sacred altar.
Come to me like a ram to the slaughter.
Feel my poisoned sting.
Tonight I'll spread my wings!
In addition to the album title If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You, Caravan have lyrical examples, including these from "The Dog, The Dog, He's At It Again":
Never look back on the things that you lack when you're in
My mother said that I should stay out of bed but I know that I like it in there
The subject of Roxette's "The Look" is "tasty like a raindrop", "banging on the head drum", and "shaking like a mad bull". And "heaven's got a number" when she's "spinning [Per] around". Not blatantly sexual, but not blatantly NON-sexual either.
"Milkshake" by Kelis could obviously mean serving yummy milkshakes to the boys, but could mean something else. (Acording to Kellis, milkshake refers to "the thing that makes women special".)
Jellyfish's "He's My Best Friend" starts out seeming like an ode to a friendship that's lasted since childhood, but subsequent verses make it obvious that the singer's "best friend" is his penis, and that the song is one long innuendo about masturbation. One of the more blatant passages is:
I'd never ask another on a date to the ball
He doesn't need a rubber sweater or alcohol
Cause he gets tipsy from exchanging looks
And a little misty reading sticky blue dirty books
I once hid my lust for stardom like a filthy magazine
I stroke the shaft of my guitar and watched you on the screen
Ozzy Osbourne "Now You See It (Now You Don't)": Can be easily taken as this trope; the jury on Songfacts is divided.
Julia Lee, like many blues and jazz singers in her day, laces several songs with plausibly deniable innuendo. On the surface, "The Spinach Song" is about trying the titular greens for the first time and learning to like them. "Somehow, it's always hittin' the spot / especially when they bring it in hot". Likewise "All This Beef and Big Ripe Tomatoes". Male singer: "I like to travel and I like to roam" Julia: "what I've got will bring you right back home". And finally, "Come and see me, Baby / but please don't come too soon".
American country music duo The Bellamy Brothers have a song called If I Said You Have a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me, that's an obvious double entendre.
A ditty of unknown origin goes as follows:
I saw her snatch...the suitcase from the corner, I held her but(t)...a moment in my arms. I kissed her as(s)...she was leaving for the station To see her brother Jack off on the bus.
Back in the 1930s, George Formby was very fond of this, his most blatant examples being "With My Little Ukulele In My Hand" and "With My Little Stick Of Blackpool Rock". The latter was actually banned by the BBC in 1937 for its suggestive lyrics...
With my little stick of Blackpool Rock, Along the promenade I stroll. It may be sticky but I never complain, It's nice to have a nibble at it now and again!
"Afternoon Delight" by Starland Vocal Band has lyrics that are quite obviously about sex to adults but that kids are completely oblivious to. This was a very popular and catchy hit, which resulted in kids everywhere singing the song not understanding why all the adults found that hilarious.
Thinkin' of you's workin' up my appetite Looking forward to a little afternoon delight Rubbin' sticks and stones together makes the sparks ingite And the thought of lovin' you is getting so exciting Sky rockets in flight Afternoon delight
"The Pussy Cat Song", originally performed by Connie Vannett, is on one level, just about a cat that gets into various misadventures... However, the cat is frequently referred to as a "pussy", and the cumulative chorus keeps adding suggestive adjectives to describe the cat that are set up by the verses (over the course of the song, the poor feline becomes "sore", "wet", "hot", "bald", etc):
My pussy cat was scratching out on my back door
Scratched so long, poor pussy got sore
Just a friendly little cat
"Miserable" by Lit does this in the first verse by dragging out the title drop.
You make come...
You make me complete...
You make conpletely miserable.
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, Wikipedia 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...
Eminem has become infamous for cramming these into his lyrics starting mostly from The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Probably his best song that is an entire double entendre is 2020's "Darkness", which is simultaneously about the Las Vegas Spree Killer Steven Paddock, and a White-Dwarf Starlet Eminem relapsing on drugs in his hotel room before a show.