16 Hit Songs We *Totally* Misunderstood When We First Heard Them

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“Waterfalls,” TLC


Confusion surrounding “Waterfalls” is just a case of people not actually listening to the song’s lyrics. Not only is the song definitely about the HIV and AIDS crisis, but the song clearly references its protagonist having unsafe sex and dying from the virus. What exactly did y’all think “three letters took him to his final resting place” meant? Mic explains that fans would tell TLC members how glad they were that the band would talk about AIDS and the importance of contraception during their shows, so TLC wrote “Waterfalls” in homage to those same fans.

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