Songs You Sang as a Kid That Were Inappropriate and Didn't Realize It Until You Grew Up
By Polarity Staff
Music is one of the most influential ways to connect with others. Whether it be hip hop, R&B, rock, etc., there always seems to be something to talk about when it comes to music. At Polarity, we’ve discovered quite a few inappropriate songs we sang as kids without knowing the actually meaning of them. Years later, we listened to the same songs again and were pretty surprised at what we found. Check them out for yourself:
Milkshake by Kelis- “My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard” had us thinking we were making real milkshakes that boys lined up to taste, except that the milkshake Kelis wasn’t actually being made in a blender.
Pony by Ginuwine- “My saddle’s waiting/come and jump on it.” This probably wasn’t the most appropriate song to sing while pretending to be cowboys on the playgrounds.
Candy Shop by 50 Cent- “I'll take you to the candy shop/I'll let you lick the lollipop/Go 'head girl don't you stop/Keep goin till you hit the spot” sounded like we got to choose any candy we found at the candy shop and “hitting the spot” meant finding the perfect candy section...yeah, right.
Too Close by Next - “I wonder if she can tell I’m hard right now, hmm” didn’t make sense to us a kids, who thought the boys of Next were excited about dancing with girls in the same we were excited to get ice cream after school.
Confessions Part 2 by Usher - “My chick on the side say she got one on the way/these are my confessions.” This song probably isn’t the dirtiest one on our list, but there are some of us on the Polarity staff (*cough cough* Thao) who innocently thought that Usher was really going to church and confession instead of knocking a girl up.
Whistle by Flo Rida - “Can you blow my whistle baby, whistle baby” had ‘00s kids thinking about lifeguards and referees, but they’re probably old enough now to know Flo Rida was playing a different sort of field.
Rock the boat by Aaliyah - “I want you to rock the boat/Rock the boat/Work the middle/Change positions, new positions” had us thinking that we were on the boat ride at Six Flags, not rocking a different boat in the dark.
Dip It Low by Christina Milian - “Dip it low/pick it up slow/roll it all around/poke it out like yo back broke” sounded us youngins thinking we were getting lessons on how to show our dance moves on the dance floor, but Christina was obviously talking about breaking our backs differently.
Rock You Like A Hurricane by The Scorpions - “The bitch is hungry, she needs to tell/So give her inches and feed her well.” Most of us thought this was just a song about being ready for extreme weather, how were we supposed to know it was about making the bed shake for other reasons?
Genie in a Bottle by Christina Aguilera - “If you wanna be with me/Baby, there’s a price to pay/ I’m a genie in a bottle/You gotta rub me the right way.” Raise your hand if you also thought this was just a lost track from Disney’s Aladdin.
No Diggity by Blackstreet - “Shorty get down, good Lord/Baby got 'em open all over town/Strictly biz, you don't play around/Cover much ground, got game by the pound.” These were fun lyrics to sing especially cause the chick sounded badass, till you learn that she’s a prostitute.
Ignition by R. Kelly - “Once I get you out them clothes/privacy is on the door/but they can still hear you screamin’ more.” This song probably seemed like good clean fun about a Lexus coup while we growing up with all of the toot tootin’ and beep beepin’ that R. Kelly was singing about.
Work It by Missy Elliott - “Is it worth it, let me work it/I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it.” Missy had us thinking we were going to be showing off our gymnastics skills, until we realized what “thing” she was going to be putting down.
It Wasn’t Me by Shaggy - “Picture this we were both butt-naked/Banging on the bathroom floor.” We definitely should not have been singing “It Wasn’t Me” every time our parents accused us of doing something our siblings actually did.
Lady Marmalade by Christina Aguilera feat. Mya, Pink, Lil Kim, Missy Elliot - “Touch of her skin feeling silky smooth/color of cafe au lait alright/Made the savage beast inside roar until he cried.” We thought we were just singing something cool in French, but these badass ladies were actually getting us to sing about making money off that “coucher” talk.
Gasolina by Daddy Yankee - “A ella le gusta la gasolina (dame mas gasolina)/Como le encanta la gasolina (dame mas gasolina)”. This was a fun one to sing, especially if you didn’t understand Spanish because all you knew how to say was “gasolina,” and Yankee was definitely not talking about the traditional gas pumping for a vehicle.
Slow Motion by Juvenile - “Uh I like it like that/she working that back/I don't know how to act/Slow motion for me”. Probably sounds like she’s working out her back, right? Well, you probably know this by now, but she definitely isn’t working no back in no gym.