Cryptic Song Title Meanings

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Can you name the title for each song from the explanation of its meaning/origin?

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Don McLean has resisted all explanations for the cryptic title of his signature song -- I guess future generations will think it's the theme of a 1999 teen sex comedy1971
Music scholar Sheila Whiteley thinks this Queen title comes from the individualism of the artists' world and the romantic ideals of art rock. Magnifico!1975
This song by the Chili Peppers gets its title from a place where Anthony Kiedis used to do drugs (he doesn't want to ever feel like he did that day)1991
'I get knocked down' would seemingly have been the more logical title, but instead Chumbawamba went for an obscure word meaning a bandwagonning politician1997
This intentionally nonsensical Beatles song gets its titular animal from a Lewis Carroll poem1967
Is this Don Henley song about uncleaned clothes? Nope: it's a scathing indictment of the news media1982
Perhaps known better as 'The Hey Song,' Gary Glitter's anthem actually goes by this seemingly serialized title1972
No, Radiohead's not bad at math: they took the title for this album opener from a famous equation in Orwell's 19842003
I read the lyrics of this hugely influential and enduring Beatles song, oh boy, but the Fab Four never mention the title 1967
Arguably Pearl Jam's most famous track, this song sounds like it's about water but it gets its title from a homeless man struggling to keep a coherent train of thought1992
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Rather than name the song for a desire to stand on a mountain, bathe in the sea, lay like this forever, etc, Savage Garden instead went for lots of adverbs1997
Led Zeppelin took the title of this reggae-influenced song from a corruption of 'Did you make her?' or 'Jamaica,' a reference to the punchline of an old joke1973
From a combination of the the song's two main philosophical influences, Meher Baba and Terry Riley, though still known to many as 'Teenage Wasteland'1971
It's not a call for safe sex or nuclear disarmament: this one-hit wonder by Men without Hats gets its title from the dangers of New Wave dancing1982
This Rolling Stones jam would not help you make cookies: it's about sex, interracial relationships, slavery, heroin, and a whole lot beyond sweeteners1971
Emerson Lake and Palmer's song (or extended recording, perhaps) about a futuristic carnival also takes its name from a corrupted spelling1973
This popular R. Kelly song is known as a remix despite the fact that it has almost nothing in common with its supposed predecessor2003
This Deep Purple jam, famous for its signature riff, has nothing to do with drugs: the title/song are about a fire in Montreux, Switzerland1973
There are no amphibians in this Doors song. Jim Morrison gave no explanation for its title other than the song came from his poetry1970
This song, arguably Enya's most popular, is commonly known as 'Sail Away' but is actually titled for a river in Venezuela1988

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