Teenage sex, satan, and the subversive nature of popular music in our halcyonic days of hay

Led Zeppelin Stairway to heaven

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Forward Lyrics:

If there’s a bustle in your hedgrow, don’t be alarmed now,
it’s just a spring clean for the may queen.
Yes there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
there’s still time to change the road you’re on.

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Backward Lyrics:

Oh here’s to my sweet satan.
The one whose little path would make me sad, whose power is satan
He’ll give those with him 666
There was a little toolshed where he made us suffer, sad satan.

The Eagles Hotel California

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Forward Lyrics:

Wake you up in the middle of the night,
just to hear them say…

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Backward Lyrics:

Satan, he hears me.
He had me believe…

Queen Another one bites the dust

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Forward Lyrics:

Another one bites the dust
Another one bites the dust
Another one bites the dust
Another one bites the dust

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Backward Lyrics:

It’s fun to smoke marijuana
It’s fun to smoke marijuana
It’s fun to smoke marijuana
It’s fun to smoke marijuana

Britney Spears Baby one more time

Forward Lyrics:

With you I lose my mind, Give me a sign

Play Forward:


Backward Lyrics:

Sleep with me, I’m not too young

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Postscript Notes
Like many of you, I felt that the music had been doctored in some way. I could hear the reversed sounding vocals clearly enough, but figured that the author of the page had done it to be funny. I moved on.

Further along in my search, I came to a site with the Britney Spears reversed vocal. I laughed. Really. I thought that was pretty funny. I never thought for a second that Britney Spears records would really have that kind of reverse message in it. I didn’t take it seriously, rather, I thought it was ironic, and therefore really funny.

Since I was looking for a preset for my reverb plugin to make sounds just like this, or similar, I wrote to the author and asked how he did it. He replied, “I simply reversed the audio recording and there it was.”

I am skeptical. Naturally. So i took the original CD, grabbed the section in question, reversed it myself, and there it was. It was true. All of the samples here are the original versions, and then a reversed version of the exact same file.

It doesn’t matter to me if you believe this or not, I posted it here because I thought it was funny. If it’s an issue for you, I challenge you to get your own copy of these songs, grab the sections I’ve pointed out here, and reverse them. You can reverse audio using any number of freeware and sharewware audio editors. Do it yourself, it takes about a minute of your time once you’ve found the section you want to reverse. Try it and see.

Don’t take my word for it, and don’t take any one else’s either. Do it yourself, see for yourself, and enjoy your life! Have fun.


  1. Laura W:

    So that’s hpw I became a follower of Satan. It’s all clear now! hahahaha

  2. I thought I’d spare you the diatribe bere and let the ever degrading hidden messages speak for themselves:

  3. Laura W:

    Loud & clear!!!!! Does this mean that I don’t have to take responsibility for my past actions? well in court at least…*giggle escapes*

  4. Like Gene Simmons (of KISS) and his timeless appearance on Regis Filben’s ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’

    Gene candidly admitted that he was all powerful, and that the prince of darkness would provide him with any and all of the answers he may require. Thus, Gene was positive he would swiftly acquire the million dollars. Regis’ reply to this was bug eyed and typically enthusiastic. The questions began, and Gene didn’t make it past the $1,000 question (3 in.) Sad is the man who relys upon the ego to drive him through a car wash when he doesn’t own a car.

    I would hang on to that responsibility for your actions thing a little while longer…

  5. Laura W:

    Gene Simmons was on a game show!?! My life is not complete without seeing that but I’ll keep to the road of responsibility.

    : )

  6. erich bowman:

    this is great!
    lets find the secret meanings of EVERY song.
    me oh my…

  7. Paul:

    hahahahaha Thanks for posting this I had heard about some of these but never listened to them
    But what is the message if you play do it now backwards?

  8. Well, I hate to admit this, but i just llistened to the vocal dub of ‘Do it now’ backwards about four times and sadly there are no hidden messages in there.

    I think the secret message is in the forward vocal…

    can you find it?

  9. gabe:

    THat led zep track is the first thing i ever put into soundedit and played backwards… kudos on the britney track.. i never would have guessed

  10. Erich Bowman:

    sunshine, im pretty sure that isnt a secret message, even if most people dont hear it..
    its loud and clear for those who have ears to hear.

  11. ku:

    Perhaps this explains my toolshed nightmares

    the Britney Spears one is friggin scary
    a bit too clear for comfort

    I wonder what Nothing Is Impossible might conceal…

  12. Robert Plant disclaims any knowledge of reverse messages. He is recalcitrant and quickly irritated by the subject. Yet, the odds of reversed lyrics sounding out identifiable phrases are deeply unlikley.

    I have listened to several of my songs in reverse since posting this, and found no messages, no ideantifiable lyrics of any kind. I was actually sort of disappointed.

    So it leads me to believe that these are intentional, planned, and skillfully crafted messages.

    Try it yourself… see what you come up with.

  13. I too wonder how planned these messages were-they are not popping up like they used to. Other than the Brittney Spears track, the rest of the backmasking is from long ago.

    I’m gonna see if “We Used To Dance” backwards reveals a “it’s last call/time to go” message :)

  14. radha:

    “So it leads me to believe that these are intentional, planned, and skillfully crafted messages.”

    just like dark side of the moon and the wizard of oz. ;)

  15. Yes, I’m left with exactly the same impression. Seems to me that it takes a lot of work to make that kind of message come across as clearly as they do in these examples.

    I don’t believe for one second that they’re purely accidental.