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

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“Blackbird,” The Beatles

Misunderstood Hit Songs

United Artists

Sme of these misunderstood songs could have been figured out by eagle-eyed superfans with a penchant for conspiracy theories, but the inspiration behind “Blackbird” really came out of left field. Written by Paul McCartney, the song is about racial desegregation in Little Rock, Arkansas during the Civil Rights Movement. Although The Beatles were British stars, Paul explained in no uncertain terms to Mojo in 2008 that the band was fascinated with the Civil Rights Movement and wanted to write a song about the black struggle using the bird as a symbol for an African-American person.

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