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Songs That Get Their Facts Wrong
Can you pick the songs that may be factually incorrect according to the lyrics?
Updated Oct 28, 2014
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Contrary to Gordon Lightfoot's lyrics, the ship was heading for Zug Island in Michigan, not for Cleveland.
Among the many inaccuracies in this song is the suggestion that the title figure was hanged when he was, in fact, shot and killed by Pat Garrett.
This song repeats the phrase 'Tin Soldiers and Nixon coming' even though the soldiers in question were National Guardsmen under the direction of Governor Jim Rhodes.
This Pitbull song contains the line, 'Now watch him make a movie like Albert Hitchcock.'
Bono called this song's lyrics 'daft' because they place the assassination of MLK Jr. in the early morning instead of early evening.
This Gershwin tune claims that Columbus was mocked for stating the world was round, but that had been known for centuries.
Kanye said he keeps it 300, 'Like the Romans' in this song. Apparently, he never saw 'Spartacus.'
'There's three of us, like the Beatles', say the lyrics of this Run-D.M.C. song. They called them 'The Fab FOUR' for a reason.
Heliocentrism dies in this JayZ song that contains the line, '.38 revolve like the Sun around the Earth.'
When Primal Scream released this song in 1997 it contained the line, 'Sister Rosa, Malcolm X and Dr. King.. Their bodies may be gone.' But Rosa Parks was still alive at the time.
Band Aid thought that there wouldn't 'be snow in Africa' in December. But, in fact, there's always snow in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.
Journey wants us to believe that they were 'born and raised in South Detroit' in this song, but the only 'South Detroit' that exists is the Detroit River.
Our Sun will expand and then leave behind a white dwarf. It will not do what the title of this song suggests it will.
The Tokens had the most famous version of this song that puts the wrong big cat in the jungle, it's tigers that rest there.
Vanessa Williams thinks the sun revolves around the moon. At least she does if it gets her a rhyme with 'June.'
This Sade song contains the lyric 'Coast to Coast, L.A. to Chicago'. Someone should really buy her an atlas.
This Fleetwood Mac song says that 'Thunder only happens when it's raining.' But thunder happens any time there's lightning- rain or not.
John Denver was from New Mexico, so perhaps he could be forgiven for putting the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah River in the wrong state in this song.
This Ed Rush song says that the title object, 'glows in the dark, 'cause it's iridescent.' But iridescent objects don't glow in the dark, that's luminescence.
Andrew Lloyd Webber ignores the fact that Los Angeles was founded in 1771, long before the gold rush, in this Broadway title tune.
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