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8 Song Lyrics That Got Their Facts Wrong

 

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NME.com just put out a list of “25 Song Lyrics That Get Their Facts Abysmally Wrong”. It includes Alanis Morissette’s obvious botching of “Ironic”, U2 making the list twice, and a classic Fleetwood Mac song:

Here are just 8 of the 25:

  1. They had to include the legendary example of questionable lyrics found in Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic” (not sure she quite understands the definition of ironic).
  2. In U2′s song “Pride”, Bono sings, quote, “Early morning, April 4, shot rings out in the Memphis sky.” It’s a tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., but he wasn’t shot in the morning (more like early evening).
  3. U2 makes the list again with their song, “Vertigo”. I always wondered why Bono says, quote, “Uno, dos, tres, catorce,” which is Spanish for, “One, two, three, FOURTEEN.” The Spanish word for “four” would be “cuatro”.
  4. Pitbull’s song “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)” gets the “Uno, dos, tres, cuatro” thing right…but it botches Alfred Hitchcock’s name. The lyric is, quote, “Watch him make a movie like ALBERT Hitchcock.” (well done Pitbull)
  5. Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” includes the lyric, quote, “Thunder only happens when it’s raining.” Obviously, that’s not the way it works.
  6. Jay-Z’s “It’s Hot” includes the lyric, quote, “.38 revolve like the sun ’round the Earth.” Obviously, that’s not the way it works.
  7. Primal Scream’s “Star Sister” has the line, quote, “Sister Rosa, Malcolm X, and Dr. King, their bodies may be gone but their spirits live on.” But the song came out in 1997…at the time, Rosa Parks was still alive (she died in 2005).
  8. LMFAO’s “Love Lockdown” remix has the lyric, quote, “You done broke my heart into a million pieces, I should’ve seen it coming, wish I had telekinesis.” What else would you expect from LMFAO, right?…For the record, telekinesis might help you move things with your mind but pretty sure it has nothing to do with seeing the future.

Check out the full list in a slideshow at NME.com.

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