9 Songs With Meanings You Probably Lied To Your Parents About
Bonding with your parents can be fun. But it typically takes a lot of adolescent angst and awkward encounters to get to the point where you and your parents are truly, solidified adult BFFs. For instance, some of my fondest childhood memories are in the car with my mom and dad, singing along to Top 40 radio together, as part of their adorable effort to try and better connect with me and my sister. But, you know, that always posed the threat of potentially risqué songs being sung. And, subsequently, there are a lot of songs with meanings I had to lie to my parents, to save myself from mortification.
Going for rides together is still one of my favorite things to do with the ‘rents, but, now, we aren’t limited to the radio. There are aux cords for your own special iTunes playlist mix, there’s XM Radio, there’s Spotify, and all of these things open up a world of possibility. Possibility, for even racier, more inappropriate tunes for mom and dad to balk at and for you to try and explain your way out of. The generation gap may feel as if it gets smaller as we get older, but it never fully closes. And, thus, we hold the keys to the knowledge of young, dirty lingo. And we aren’t unlocking anything.
Here are nine songs, new and old, with meanings that you definitely lied to your parents about.
1. O-Town, "Liquid Dreams"
Parent: What the hell is a "liquid dream?"You: Well, you see, it's all about the fluidity in which one dream passes on to another.Parent: Ha! And, I thought it was about *whispers* semen.
2. Nicki Minaj Feat. Drake & Lil Wayne, "Truffle Butter"
Parent: Oh, this has got a great beat!You: *Changes station*
3. Ciara Feat. Petey Pablo, "Goodies"
Parent: What's this all about?You: She's very selfish. Doesn't want to share any of her candy. It's a real shame, TBH.Parent: It really is.
4. Britney Spears, "If U Seek Amy"
Parent: Amy? What sense does that make? Her name is Britney.You: Uh, I don't know, Ma. There are lots of women named Amy in the world, and so it's about the representation of the female gender and... Hey, what's that over there?
5. 50 Cent Feat. Olivia, "Candy Shop"
Parent: ...?You: He's got a... real sweet tooth...?
6. Beyonce Feat. Jay-Z, "Drunk In Love"
Parent: Drinking watermelon? How do you drink a watermelon? You: YOU PUT IT IN A BLENDER, OK? WHAT'S WITH THE INTERROGATION?
7. P!nk, "You Make Me Sick"
Parent: Wait, what is she saying about "the tip?!" The tip of what?You: ...Her patience! Am I right? What a loser that guy is...
8. Christina Aguilera, "Genie In A Bottle"
Parent: *stares at you during chorus* You: What a wonderful Aladdin reference.
9. Rihanna Feat. Chris Brown, "Birthday Cake"
Parent: She isn't talking about an actual cake, is she?You: Wouldn't know. Not much of a dessert person...
They key to every good parent-child relationship: Deceit. Crisis averted.