5 Popular Songs That Aren’t Nearly As Romantic As You Think They Are

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Ah, that feeling when you’re in love and carefree and the perfect song comes on the radio and suddenly all of the lyrics seem to be about your life. There’s nothing better!

Well…..you might want to crank down the volume on these 5 tunes, because even though most people think they’re romantic, the truth is that they’re just…not.

#5. “Here Comes Your Man” by The Pixies

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This isn’t a cutesy romance song, like the twanging and purrs would suggest – it’s actually “about winos and hobos traveling on the trains, who die in the California Earthquake,” explained frontman Black Francis back in 1989.


#4. “More Than Words” by Extreme

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It sounds like a song about telling someone you love them, but singer-songwriter Nuno Bettencourt is quick to point out that it’s actually about how words can’t fix everything, and that “I love you” so often isn’t enough.

“People use it so easily and so lightly that they think you can say that and fix everything, or you can say that and everything’s OK.”

#3. “Got to Get You Into My Life” by The Beatles

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You might not believe it, coming from the wholesome Beatles, but Paul McCartney said that fooling “square” parents was the point.

Because the song? Sir Paul said “it’s actually an ode to pot.”

#2. “Leaving on a Jet Plane” by John Denver

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Setting aside the fact that Denver, you know…died on a jet plane, the song was never meant to be a love song. Instead, Denver penned a heartfelt farewell from an unfaithful lover.

And who wants that person to come back, really?

#1. “Always” by Bon Jovi

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It starts out all mushy, talking about how the singer will “love you, always” but takes a quick turn into the tragic with lyrics about the bleeding, abandoned heart of a man left behind when his lover moved on with someone else.

There are plenty of real love songs out there, so I’m sure it won’t take you long to find some great replacements!