These Chart Topping Hit Songs Have Wildly Misinterpreted Lyrics

“Total Eclipse Of The Heart” Relates To…Vampires?

Bonnie Tyler performs 2013
JOHN MACDOUGALL / AFP / Getty Images
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Most people who listen to Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” assume that the song represents staying in a relationship that is ultimately destructive. In reality, the song is about vampires. You read that right–vampires.

Writer Jim Steinman originally wrote the song while working on a Nosferatu musical, and titled it “Vampires in Love.” “If anyone listens to the lyrics, they’re really like vampire lines,” Steinman stated in an interview. “It’s all about the darkness, the power of darkness and love’s place in the dark.”