The Five Most Difficult Song Lyrics to Understand

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Most bands want their vocals to sound crisp and clear for maximum singalong purposes. How the hell are you going to lead a stadium of people to sing your lyrics at you if they don't know what you're saying?

But there are exceptions, and it probably shouldn't come as a surprise that for whatever reasons bands have recorded songs, intentionally or not, that continue to befuddle karaoke singers around the world. Some have even sparked controversy, because if you can't understand what they're saying, they could be saying anything! Even something dirty! Here's five of the most ridiculously hard-to-understand songs.


Pearl Jam, "Yellow Ledbetter"
Given how dramatically popular this B-side eventually became, its placement on this list was an absolute must. I really don't think front man Eddie Vedder intended for his warbling to be completely and utterly incomprehensible, but come on, it was a B-side! Who puts forth their best singing efforts on a B-side?

Of course, the mixing here doesn't help him any. His voice is fuzzy and buried, because, again, who's going to waste the effort to properly mix a B-side? Whatever the hell Vedder is saying, it's still really damned enjoyable.


Deafheaven, "Dream House"
I could have picked any song from Deafheaven's huge album last year, Sunbather, but let's just go with this one. Even if front man George Clarke weren't screaming, it would be absolutely impossible to understand him as his voice was apparently mixed underwater and through a telephone, one million miles from the other members of the band.

I get that that's a holdover from the band's black-metal influences, but it sounds absolutely ridiculous, and it sort of ruined the record for me. I read an interview Clarke did with Pitchfork where he was asked about the beautiful poetry he apparently wrote for Sunbather's lyrics. I wish I could actually understand any of it.


Waking the Cadaver, "Chased Through the Woods by a Rapist"
With the absolute most ridiculous death-metal vocals of all time, Waking the Cadaver spawned tons of viral videos of people trying to figure out what the hell they were saying with comedic interpretations. The actual lyrics are pretty damn disgusting, though fairly typical for this kind of death metal.


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jpcogan
jpcogan

"I really don't think front man Eddie Vedder intended for his warbling to be completely and utterly incomprehensible..."


Actually, the lyrics are mostly gibberish. Eddie made them up on the spot as he sang them in the studio. He's not the first rocker to do this, actually; listen to the closing theme song to 70s sitcom "WKRP in Cincinnati": the singer who recorded it sang nonsense syllables as a guide when they cut the instrumental tracks, and that wound up being the finished product that aired every show.

Staci Marks
Staci Marks

Somone remind me to check this out....

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