Nine Unintentionally Funny Lyrics in Well-Known Songs
Bonnie Tyler, "Total Eclipse of the Heart". "We're living in a powder keg and giving off sparks." From one of the most over-the-top songs of all time comes one of the most over-the-top and indecipherable lyrics of all-time. The Beatles living in a yellow submarine (they didn't, by the way) makes more sense than the notion of living in a powder keg. Any explosion that might occur in that scenario, however, would pale to what would happen if Ms. Tyler's hair got anywhere near an open flame.
Snow, "Informer". "A licky boom boom down." No explanation required. The only explanation needed is how we, as a nation, permitted the second-worst Canadian music import behind Celene Dion to spend seven consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with whatever this "song" was.
The Cars, "Drive". "Who's going to plug their ears when you scream?" Hold this piece of music trivia in your back pocket: This melancholy drone-fest with the most boring video ever made is the top-charting song in the U.S. of the Cars' solid-if-unspectacular career. Yes, this song peaked higher than "Let's Go," "Let the Good Times Roll," "Magic," "My Best Friend's Girl" and "Just What I Needed." Believed to be a plea to help a loved one fighting a drug or alcohol addiction, Benjamin Orr wonders who will "tell you when it's too late," "pick you up when you fall" and "drive you home" -- presumably offering to be that person. But don't get too loud -- he's having none of that.
Michael Jackson, "Beat It". "Show me how funky and strong is your fight." Call it a hunch, but I doubt the late King of Pop was particularly knowledgeable about the pugilistic arts (although it is possible that his singular glove was a bedazzled nod to boxing). Regardless, in no form of hand-to-hand combat is "funkiness" a useful skill, at least not since WWF superstar the Junkyard Dog (R.I.P.) passed away.