• continued question so it can be read - Duran Duran song Wild Boys came from a 1971 novel called The Wild Boys: A Book of the Dead by William S. Burroughs, which depicted a homosexual youth movement whose objective was the downfall of western civilization, set in an apocalyptic late twentieth century. The Police - Don't Stand So Close To Me, a song based on the novel Lolita, (which comes from Lola) which is a bout a mans obsession with a 12 year old girl, who he tries to bribe for sexual favours. (paedophiler).
  • "Strange Fruit". written and composed by Lewis Allan, from a poem by Abel Meeropol. Originally recorded by Billie Holiday but here is a version by a gutsy young man auditioning for American Idol.
    • Creamcrackered
      It's a haunting song, I remember first hearing it sung by Billy Holiday, it gave me chills. Same as Wade In the Water, that was a message to the other slaves to go into the water where there were no footprints, and to wash their clothes so the dogs would find it harder to find them if they escaped. Thanks for your pick.
  • The Go-Go's "Our Lips are Sealed" (1981) was written by Jane Wiedlin and Terry Hall, a British musician with whom Wiedlin had had an affair the year before. Hall's band Fun Boy Three also recorded the song in 1983 with members of the Go-Go's playing backup.
    • Creamcrackered
      That's interesting, I didn't know that.
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  • Hmmm...Most such songs are pretty obvious in the lyrics (such as "Strange Fruit", or one of my favorites, "Maxwell's Silver Hammer", which is a sort of happy-go-lucky song about a serial killer). I'd been told by someone that Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill" was about the Munich Massacre, but apparently that is not true. *** Surprisingly, the German hit known in English as "Mack the Knife" is a song about a serial mugger/murderer. In the original German, "Mackie Messer" kills a man and (after) a woman for their money, with a third victim (of a more ambiguous crime). As far as I know, it is NOT based on any actual person.
    • Creamcrackered
      Great response, I like Peter Gabriel's Solbury Hill, I'm glad it isn't about a massacre..
  • Bryan Adams' "Summer of '69" (1985) was not about his experience in the year 1969, but about ...uh... "69" the sexual act. Besides, Adams would not yet have reached his 10th birthday by that particular summer.
    • Creamcrackered
      Lol, brilliant, I didn't know this, be nice if everyday was 69 then!

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