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The true meaning behind Who Let The Dogs Out has left people questioning the last 22 years

Dominic Smithers

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The true meaning behind Who Let The Dogs Out has left people questioning the last 22 years

Cast your minds back 22 years. Summers were endless, David Beckham was wearing a durag and the pound was actually worth something.

And it was also the year the classic party anthem 'Who Let The Dogs Out' came blasting out of the speakers and into our lives.

Though we may not hear it quite as often as we once did, the Baha Men's tune remains a classic.

But do you really know what it's about? Who are the dogs? How many of them are there? And why has someone let them all out?

Who Let The Dogs Out is probably not what you thought it was about. Credit: UMG
Who Let The Dogs Out is probably not what you thought it was about. Credit: UMG

Well, the writer of the song has cleared that all up. And it's probably not what you thought.

Anslem Douglas is the man behind the song. Originally written in 1998, and titled 'Doggie', the song was covered a couple of years later by the Baha Men.

Speaking about the meaning of the song, Douglas said he was hitting out at misogynists.

He said: "It’s a man-bashing song. I’ll tell you why. When I said the word 'party' I was being metaphorical. It really means things were going great.

"The men started the name-calling and then the girls respond to the call. And then a woman shouts out, 'Who let the dogs out?' And we start calling men dogs. It was really a man-bashing song."

If you're still not convinced, have a look at the lyrics for yourself:

Well, the party was nice, the party was pumpin'

Yippie yi yo

And everybody havin' a ball

Yippie yi yo

I tell the fellas start the name callin'

Yippie yi yo

And the girls respond to the call

I heard a woman shout out

Who let the dogs out?

Who, who, who, who, who?

Who let the dogs out?

Who, who, who, who, who?

But 'Doggie' isn't the only song that has had people confused in the past.

Recently, the meaning behind the lyrics to Queen's classic tune 'Don't Stop Me Now' had some a little concerned.

Like many of the band's big hits, the catchy tune is one recognised and remember fondly by many, however, not everyone has fully realised the dark inspiration behind the song's lyrics.

Lyrics include lines such as, 'floating around in ecstasy', 'I am a satellite I'm out of control', and 'I am a sex machine ready to reload like an atom bomb'.

Other Queen fans have since realised the darker nature of the lyrics to 'Don't Stop Me Now'.

One said: "Its so weird knowing don't stop me now is a song about sex and i hadn't realised for so long until actually focusing on the lyrics. i guess im just used to songs now being very obvious about it. [sic]"

Featured Image Credit: UMG

Topics: Music, Viral

Dominic Smithers
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