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Shaggy reveals true meaning of "It Wasn't Me" after fans have misunderstood it for decades

Saturday, 18/05/2024, 13:51 (GMT+7)

Many fans of Shaggy have totally misunderstood his iconic song "It Wasn't Me" for decades. So he's now clarifying it in an interview.

Shaggy, the Jamaican artist, has recently disclosed the genuine meaning behind his popular song, "It Wasn't Me," leaving fans surprised. 

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Shaggy recently revealed the true meaning behind his popular song "It Wasn't Me." Image Credit: Getty

Although many of us may have memorized the lyrics and sung along to the song countless times, we didn't truly understand what it was about.

It turns out that it's not as easy as we thought.

While Shaggy has released other timeless classics like "Boombastic" and "Angel," there's no denying that one of his most iconic and recognized songs is the 2000 hit, "It Wasn't Me." 

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His 2000 hit "It Wasn't Me" stands out as an iconic and recognized song. Image Credit: Shutterstock

Some of the lyrics go: "Honey came in and she caught me red-handed/ Creeping with the girl next door/ Picture this, we were both butt-naked/ Banging on the bathroom floor."

Due to the lyrics, a lot of people thought Shaggy was cheating in the song and making excuses, but that's not true.

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Contrary to assumptions, the lyrics of "It Wasn't Me" didn't depict Shaggy cheating. Image Credit: YouTube

Shaggy, who is currently married to Rebecca Packer, with whom he tied the knot in 2014 and shares three daughters, addressed the misconceptions surrounding the song in an interview with People. 

Shaggy reveals the true meaning of "It Wasn't Me" after fans have misunderstood it for decades

He clarified that "It Wasn't Me" is not a cheating song but rather an anti-cheating song.

Shaggy mentioned that the reason for the misunderstanding was that people didn't listen to the entire song. 

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Shaggy clarified that "It Wasn't Me" is not a song about cheating but an anti-cheating song. Image Credit: YouTube

So, what is it that we're overlooking towards the end of the song?

Shaggy clarified that towards the end of the song, there is a section where two people are having a conversation.

In this part, Shaggy's character is giving misguided advice, saying something like, "Hey, man, if you got caught, just deny it and say, 'It wasn't me'."

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Shaggy is clarifying the true meaning of his iconic song "It Wasn't Me" in a recent interview. Image Credit: Getty

And then at the end, the guy says, 'I'm going to tell her that I'm sorry for the pain that I've caused. I've been listening to your reasoning, it makes no sense at all. Going to tell her that I'm sorry for the pain that I've caused. You might think that you're a player, but you're completely lost.'"

According to Shaggy, nobody really pays attention to that part, which is the essence of the song.