Famous Songs with commonly misunderstood, ignored or changed lyrics

A lot of people did misunderstand these songs when they were released or still do. Other songs have meanings you may not notice at first or are hard to recognice because of changed lyrics. However, all of these songs turn out to be extremely well-known hits.
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Last updated: December 1, 2013
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Initially a song about the musical talent of a “colored boy”, then changed to “country boy”
Chuck Berry – Johnny B. Goode
Song about a downfall of a rich young lady, commented very viciously by the singer
Bob Dylan – Like a Rolling Stone
Initially a tribute to Mrs Eleanor Roosevelt
Simon & Garfunkel – Mrs Robinson
Misunderstood because of the different meaning the word “No” can have in Jamaican English
Bob Marley & The Wailers – No Woman, No Cry
Song about a stalker
The Police – Every Breath you take
Criticises the negative impact of the Vietnam war on the US-society
Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA
Initially meant as parody about party culture, especially for the behaviour of male adolescents
Beastie Boys – (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)
One interpretation: Song about thinking of other girls while having sex with a male ex-lover.
Lady Gaga – Poker Face
Song about a planned rampage in school
Foster the People – Pumped up Kicks
Parody about an in-crowd district in Seoul
Psy – Gangnam Style
Level 78
Dec 2, 2013
Great quiz. I'm ashamed I only got Gangnam Style, should've remembered Every Breath You Take.
Level 27
Dec 2, 2013
Thank you. I wonder, how did you find the quiz?
Level 78
Dec 3, 2013
Well, on the front page there's a headline "Browse Quizzes" with a link to "Recent User Quizzes".
Level 27
Dec 5, 2013
Yeah I forgot ^^ I wish we'd have a tagging system here.
Level 78
Dec 8, 2013
I even think there's something like tagging here but I agree it's extremely difficult to find a quiz sometimes. I comment on a quiz, forget the name and may never find it again.
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Jun 2, 2016
Cool quiz! You should do more!
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