The average Nigerian is religious. We believe in angels, spirits and hell. We also know that there is power in the tongue, especially when “an angel is passing” so we try not to say anything bad so that it won’t come to pass. It’s particularly worse when we’re singing. Lyrics are filled with so many, sometimes meaningless string of words. Sometimes, they’re not that meaningless if you pay attention. You might be singing your favourite song when you realise that you’re actually swearing for you and your family.
Here’s a list of songs with “interesting” lyrics for you to watch out for.
Xo Tour Life – Lil Uzi Vert
“All my friends are dead, push me to the edge.” Why would you want all your friends to die. No matter how drunk or gone you are, when you start singing this song, you’ll keep quiet at this point because you don’t want to get a call that your friend Michael has passed away and start cursing Lil Uzi Vert for making you kill your friend
Demons by Imagine Dragons
Imagine Dragons went hard on Demons and it’s such a great song. While you’re rocking to it, remember that when it says “When you feel my heat, look into my eyes, it’s where my demons hide” you must not sing along because it’s not good to invite demons into your own life. But if you actually want demons you can sing it.
If I Die by Da Grin
It doesn’t help the case that Da Grin passed away shortly after singing this song. Everyone now sings this song with so much caution: “If I die, If I die, make you no cry for me.” (But I will not die in Jesus name.)
Everybody Dies In Their Nightmare – Xxxtentacion
From the title of the song, you already know you don’t want you or your loved ones to listen to it because it sounds like you’re summoning demons to come and kill you in your sleep with nightmares.
I See Fire by Ed Sheeran
“If this is to end in fire, then we should all burn together.” Immediately you sing that line, go and check if the gas cooker is on. And if all electrical appliances are functioning properly. Because, honestly, that’s how fires start. You’ll now proceed to sing, “I see fire hollowing souls.” Nice try, Ed Sheeran.