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

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“Closing Time,” Semisonic

Misunderstood Hit Songs

MCA Records

“Closing Time” is pretty clearly about the last call at a bar. It literally references someone finishing their alcohol and finding someone to take home with them, but as it turns out, Dan Wilson wrote the song as a metaphor for becoming a dad. Yeah, we were confused, too. He explained to NPR that all of the lyrics about having to finally go out into the world are about a baby being birthed in a hospital and that there’s one last call for alcohol because the umbilical cord is being cut. Even Dan admitted it was “a bit of a stretch,” and he wrote the dang thing.

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