The Five Most Difficult Song Lyrics to Understand

Fear Before the March of Flames, "Girl's Got a Face Like Murder"
Again, I really could have picked out any song off of Fear Before's debut album, Odd How People Shake, and for one very good reason: nothing in the accompanying lyric sheet is accurate to what's being screamed or sung on the album itself.

Oh, sure, some lines match up. Others partially match. But take any song on the album and compare what you're hearing to the printed lyrics. They don't fit. At times there are more words in the booklet than could possibly even fit in their songs' short running times. Cool for poetic purposes, bad for knowing what the hell they're actually saying in the songs.

The Kingsmen, "Louie Louie"
And, of course, the classic hit with perhaps the most incomprehensible lyrics up to that time. No one could figure out what the Kingsmen were saying. It was so baffling that it inspired an FBI investigation on the grounds that the lyrics could possibly be obscene.

When later bands covered the song, they even made up obscene lyrics to go along with it, partially because it was punk to do so, and partially because they couldn't understand the real lyrics anyway. Of course, it turns out the song was harmless, but it was so difficult to understand that it really freaked people out at the time.

Not to mention, it inspired the great scene in Animal House where Delta Tau Chi sing along in gibberish to it.


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"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
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Somone remind me to check this out....

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