Sometimes you suddenly clue into the meaning of a song after hearing it hundreds of times. For some reason — maybe you were preoccupied or too young — you never realized what the song was about when you first heard it. And then, when you finally clue in, it's too late. Regardless of what the song is about, it's already a part of you.
Sometimes the hidden meaning of a song was right in front of you all along. We've assembled our Canadian musical epiphanies in the gallery above. These may forever change the way you look at Bryan Adams, the Band, Joni Mitchell, Rush and more.
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