Cover Songs by People Who Don't Understand the Original

radtz

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I don't have a specific video reference, but how about the endless use of "Born in the USA" by Springsteen?

He wrote it as an anti-war protest song and movies and sellers have used it repeatedly as a pro–America song because of the chorus. Did they even look at the lyrics sheet?
If they're anything like me, they didn't listen pass the first half of the first phrase "sung".
 

Jim622

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100% this.

See also: Keep on Rocking in the Free World. I mean, get a load of this...

There's colors on the street
Red, white and blue
People shufflin' their feet
People sleepin' in their shoes

But there's a warnin' sign on the road ahead
There's a lot of people sayin' we'd be better off dead
Don't feel like Satan, but I am to them
So I try to forget it any way I can

… Keep on rockin' in the free world
Keep on rockin' in the free world
Keep on rockin' in the free world
Keep on rockin' in the free world

… I see a woman in the night
With a baby in her hand
There's an old street light (near a garbage can)
Near a garbage can (near a garbage can)
And now she put the kid away and she's gone to get a hit
She hates her life and what she's done to it
There's one more kid that'll never go to school
Never get to fall in love, never get to be cool

… Keep on rockin' in the free world
Keep on rockin' in the free world
Keep on rockin' in the free world
Keep on rockin' in the free world

… We got a thousand points of light
For the homeless man
We got a kinder, gentler machine gun hand
We got department stores and toilet paper
Got Styrofoam boxes for the ozone layer
Got a man of the people, says keep hope alive
Got fuel to burn, got roads to drive

… Keep on rockin' in the free world
Keep on rockin' in the free world
Keep on rockin' in the free world
Keep on rockin' in the free world
Yeah, but he isn’t going back to the great white north. He’s always been hipocritcal.
 

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I used to cringe whenever I heard Joan Jett's cover of "Roadrunner." I think--but could be wrong--that Jonathan Richman wrote it from the perspective of the wimpy lonely high school outcast who found solace looking at paintings in the Boston MFA or listening to AM radio alone in his car when all the popular kids were rebelling, partying, and listening to FM. ("I don't feel so bad now in the car/Don't feel so alone, I got the radio on.").

Joan Jett's version, on the other other hand, sounded more like a sing-along anthem for the tough cool kids. And yeah, she changes the lyric from "AM" to "FM."



 
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