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16 Well-Loved Classic Rock and Pop Lyrics Which Actually Sound Creepy and Sexually Depraved

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Everyone has had that moment when you realize the lyrics of a song you’ve heard a million times are actually quite dirty. “Afternoon Delight” is a prime example; it sounds like a cheesy soft rock ballad – until you pay attention to the lyrics and realize it’s a pretty graphic description of daytime sex.

Then there are those songs which are not only sexual in nature, but of a creepy and depraved variety. You may have danced to them, you may have performed a little air guitar to them, but did you notice the lyrics were more than a little disconcerting? Here are some examples of songs from the 1950s-1980s which, if you listen close, may cause your humming, dancing or air guitarring to come to an abrupt and awkward halt…


“Jungle Love” by The Time

The Lyrics:
Come on baby, where’s your guts?
You wanna make love or what?
I wanna take you to my cage
Lock you up and hide the key
You only get water, babe
‘Cause if you’re hungry, take a bite of me

I think they played this at my Senior Prom, but I doubt anyone on the dance floor or at the punch bowl picked up on the creepy “sex hostage” vibe.



“Close My Eyes Forever” by Lita Ford and Ozzy Osbourne

“Kiss Me Deadly” was the hit off Lita’s 1988 solo album; however, this Lita-Ozzy duet is the one that had me scratching my head and wondering ‘what the -?’

The Lyrics:
You’re like a dagger
And stick me in the heart
And taste the blood from my blade
And when we sleep, would you shelter me
In your warm and darkened grave?



“He Hit Me (and It Felt Like a Kiss)” by The Crystals

The Lyrics:
He hit me and it felt like a kiss
He hit me and I knew he loved me
If he didn’t care for me
I could have never made him mad
But he hit me and I was glad

Gerry Goffin and Carole King wrote this one when their babysitter (who was actually Little Eva) told them she was being regularly beaten by her boyfriend. The physical abuse = love message of the song is a tad unnerving to say the least.



“Love Bites” by Judas Priest

I understand heavy metal isn’t the best genre to go looking for gentle love songs; but this rapey little number is a bit much.

The Lyrics:
Into your room
Where in deep sleep
There you lie still
To you I creep
Now you are mine
In my control
One taste of your life
And I own your soul


“Obsession” by Animotion

The Lyrics:
My fantasy has turned to madness
All my goodness has turned to badness
My need to possess you has consumed my soul
My life is trembling, I have no control

The object of this man’s unholy lust needs to change her name and move to another country or this is going to end badly.


“Baby, Let’s Play House” by Elvis Presley

The Lyrics:
Now listen to me, baby
Try to understand.
I’d rather see you dead, little girl,
Than to be with another man.

John Lennon was apparently so impressed by these disturbing lines, he incorporated them into “Run for Your Life.”


“Private Eyes” by Hall And Oates

The Lyrics:
When it’s watching for lies
You can’t escape my
Private Eyes
They’re watching you
They see your every move

Who knew Daryl was such a possessive stalker? I have a feeling good ol’ Oates was a bit more laid back.


“Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town” by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition

The Lyrics:
If I could move, I’d get my gun and put her in the ground
Oh Ruby, don’t take your love to town

The song is about a Vietnam vet who’s lost the use of his genitals from “that crazy Asian war”. So, his wife sneaks into town and gets her lovin’ on the side. I definitely feel the poor guy’s pain, but the lyrics definitely take a walk on the dark side.


“Every Breath You Take” by The Police

The Lyrics:
Every move you make
Every vow you break
Every smile you fake
Every claim you stake
I’ll be watching you

It’s like a theme song for serial killers. Sting and Daryl Hall definitely should seek relationship counseling.


“Sometimes When We Touch” by Dan Hill

This was the slow dance at every homecoming and prom in 1977, and it’s been played incessantly on easy-listening radio ever since. But did you ever notice these troubling lines?

The Lyrics:
Sometimes I want to break you
And drag you to your knees.


“Bargain” by The Who

The Lyrics:
I’d pay any price just to get you
I’d work all my life and I will
To win you I’d stand naked, stoned and stabbed

Pete Townsend has since explained that the object of his love here isn’t a man or woman, but God. I’m not sure if that makes it any less worrisome.


“Hungry Like the Wolf” by Duran Duran

The Lyrics:
I’m on the hunt I’m after you.
Mouth is alive with juices like wine
And I’m hungry like the wolf

What’s with all the musicians with borderline psychotic levels of obsession?


“Undercover Angel” by Alan O’Day

The Lyrics:
Undercover angel, midnight fantasy
I’ve never had a dream that made sweet love to me

Last I checked, masturbation wasn’t a sexually depraved act. That being said, writing an ode to the object of your midnight wanking session definitely wanders into the grey zone.


“My Man” by Peggy Lee

The Lyrics:
He isn’t true,
He beats me, too.
What can I do?
Oh, my man, I love him so.

Well, on the bright side, at least she’s not dating Kenny Rogers or Elvis who would obviously murder her. Thankfully, she’s got a guy like Dan Hill or Little Eva’s beau, who settles for physical abuse.


“Billion Dollar Babies” by Alice Cooper

The Lyrics:
We go dancing nightly in the attic while the moon is rising in the sky
If I am too rough, tell me
I’m so scared your little head will come off in my hands!

I’m not even going to comment on this one. Best to just move along…


“The Invisible Man” by Queen

I’ll leave you with being mentally abused and sexually assaulted by Freddie Mercury. Cheers!

The Lyrics:
I’m in your room
I’m in your bed
I’m in your life
and I’m in your bed.

  • AB

    “Billion Dollar Babies” seems to actually be about a doll. Other phrases and lines from the song include “rubber little lady,” “rubber little monster,” and “I got you in the dimestore/No other little girl could ever hold you….” Alice has said that “the whole idea behind the Billion Dollar Babies album was exploiting the idea that people do have sick perversions.” So, I don’t think this is about a real person.

  • belaglik

    I don’t know how many times I heard “Don’t You Want Me” by the Human League before I realized that the male vocalist’s tone is somwhat threatening:

    It’s much to late to find
    When you think you’ve changed your mind.
    You’d better change it back or we will both be sorry.

    At first, the lyrics seemed simply to suggest that breaking up would lead to feelings of remorse for both of them, but after hearing for awhile, it started to sound kind of murder-suicide-y. Either way, the song is very mean-spirited as the first part is just a slam against the former cocktail waitress.

  • I have a friend who never paid attention to the words of Roxanne by The Police until her 6-year-old daughter was singing the lyrics. And speaking of The Police, I remember the first time I realized what Don’t Stand So Close was talking about.

  • Lily White

    Always thought “Every Breath You Take” was creepy and stalker-ish. Finally saw an interview with Sting years later where he said that’s exactly what he meant and couldn’t believe people thought it was a love song!

  • Don

    Willie Nelson’s “Red Headed Stranger” Plz let me say that I get that this is a poignant, beautifully crafted group of songs that depict, often with wide-eyed clarity, another place, another time in history. A time when men were men and women were men’s; and misogyny held the rule of law. “Red Headed Stranger” “(the yellow haired lady)…watched, as he saddled the stallion; She laughed as she grabbed at the bay (pony); He shot her so quickly, There was no time to warn her; She never heard anyone say” This line leads into the chorus which warns of The Stranger’s grief: not yet over his recent bereavement at the loss of his wife. The final verse: “The Yellow Haired Lady was buried at sunset: The Stranger went free, of course. ‘Cuz you can’t hang a man for killing a woman, Who’s tryin’ to steal his horse”