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    Default 10 Hit songs you thought were about women (but aren't)

    1. "Cracklin' Rosie," by Neil Diamond
    She's not a girl -- she's a bottle of wine. Neil Diamond told Rolling Stone that he got the idea from an Indian tribe in Canada with a much higher male than female population. When the guys with girlfriends all went out on dates, the bachelor guys got together and drank homemade hooch.
    And actually, Cracklin' Rosie is pretty decent wordplay when you realize the song's boozy origins: "Crackling" is used in the wine world to describe a wine that's lightly sparkling. You can actually buy a crackling rosé.

    2. "Elenore," by The Turtles
    If you've ever listened to this song and thought the line "you're my pride and joy etcetera" felt like a pretty poor attempt at lyrics, well, you're right. "Elenore" wasn't a girl, but an anti-love letter to the Turtles' record label.
    The label was demanding a hit just like "Happy Together," which had come out the previous year, so the band slapped together a song they felt was insanely clichéd, happy-go-lucky and generally crappy. To everyone's surprise, it was a big hit.

    3. "Jane," by Barenaked Ladies
    Jane St. Clair isn't a real girl, but an intersection in Toronto that piqued then-lead singer Steve Page's imagination: Jane Street and St. Clair Avenue.

    4. "Sexy Sadie," by The Beatles
    Sexy Sadie was really Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The song was about how they were disillusioned with him after he hit on Mia Farrow and some of the other girls studying with him. Mia Farrow and most of the group later felt bad for making these accusations, feeling they had probably misinterpreted his actions.

    5. "Ana's Song (Open Fire)," Silverchair
    At first glance, the lyrics pleading with Ana to die might seem shocking, but in reality, lead singer Daniel Johns suffered from anorexia nervosa and was writing about his experience with it.

    6. "Delilah," by Queen
    Delilah was one of Freddie Mercury's beloved cats.

    7. "Martha My Dear," by The Beatles
    The lyrics to this one may have been inspired by Paul McCartney's girlfriend, Jane Asher -- he says they "probably" were -- but the name comes from his Old English Sheepdog.

    8. "Shannon," by Henry Gross
    Speaking of dogs, ex-Sha Na Na singer Henry Gross wrote this song about the tragic death of Beach Boy Brian Wilson's Irish Setter, Shannon.

    9. "Helen Wheels," by Paul McCartney and Wings
    Helen Wheels was McCartney's punny name for the Land Rover he and Linda McCartney owned.

    10. "Mony, Mony," by Tommy James and the Shondells
    The band had the song, but needed a two-syllable girl name to stick in the lyrics. That's when Tommy James happened upon a Mutual of New York Insurance Company sign that had a dollar sign in the middle of the "O" and noticed that its acronym was MONY.
    He and his songwriting partner had a laugh about what a great name MONY was for such a company, and ended up calling their fictional girl "Mony."
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    3. "Jane," by Barenaked Ladies
    Jane St. Clair isn't a real girl, but an intersection in Toronto that piqued then-lead singer Steve Page's imagination: Jane Street and St. Clair Avenue.
    Not quite.
    "Steven Page recalls that co-writer Stephen Duffy saw the intersection on a map and remarked that it sounded like the most beautiful intersection in the world; "I didn't wanna break his heart to tell him it was"
    As Canadian as possible under the circumstances


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    Pretty cool! Reminds me of Gimme hope Joanna where Joanna is not a girl, it's South Africa. Pretty easy to guess from the lyrics. That was a huge hit here.


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    "Lola" by the Kinks is another one.

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