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

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“Dancing With Our Hands Tied,” Taylor Swift

Misunderstood Hit Songs


When we first heard “Dancing With Our Hands Tied,” we assumed Taylor Swift was telling another story about the end of a relationship. Time Magazine saw it differently, interpreting lyrics like “I’d kiss you as the lights went out/ Swaying as the room burned down/ I’d hold you as the water rushes in” as speaking towards the beginning of a relationship Taylor always knew was doomed, rather than depicting a struggle against the inevitable end of a long-standing relationship. Tay herself confirmed that the former interpretation was true in a Reputation Stadium Tour speech before playing an acoustic version of the song.

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