These Chart Topping Hit Songs Have Wildly Misinterpreted Lyrics

Lauren Kirkbride | April 24, 2019 8:07 pm

“Pretty In Pink” Is More Like “Pretty With Nothing On”

The Psychedelic Furs in the music video Pretty in Pink
Youtube / Psychedelic Furs
Youtube / Psychedelic Furs

The Psychedelic Furs classic “Pretty in Pink” may be most well known for inspiring John Hughes’ movie of the same name. Beyond the movie, people have invented whimsical explanations for the song, from transgenderism to a woman who died. The real reason is simple–Caroline sleeps around. That’s the song.

“The idea of the song was, ‘Pretty in Pink’ as a metaphor for being naked,” explained singer/songwriter Richard Butler in an interview. “The song, to me, was actually about a girl who sleeps around a lot…And John Hughes, bless his late heart, took it completely literally and completely overrode the metaphor altogether!”