Music Reversals

Backward messages in reverse music (commonly known as Backward Masking) have been a controversy ever since the late 60s, when messages were found backwards on some Beatles’ albums that hinted Paul McCartney had died. The controversy raged extensively in the late 70s and early 80s when religious fundamentalists claimed that Satan possessed the minds of singers, causing them to insert messages backwards into albums. As we now know, many of these backward messages were in fact examples of Reverse Speech in music. Speech reversals occur naturally in all forms of speech, sung or spoken. This site lists some examples of Reverse Speech in music. For examples of deliberately engineered messages (backward masking) go to this site here – Backward Masking

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The Beatle’s song “Help” contains an interesting reverse music backward message. This song was recorded at around the time the Beatles began to experiment with drugs. The reversal says. “Now he uses marijuana.” There is no superimposed soundtrack and the chorus also sings marijuana in the background – Download mp3 file

Reverse music sample in John Lennon – How do you sleep – Hey, poor Lindy. So mean, gets him nowhereDownload mp3 file

Here is a reversal on Credence Clearwater Revival found by RS hobbyist, Tony Feo. It says, “I believe in my cool woman.”Download mp3 file

Another Credence reversal, “Hear woman, hear woman, I will keep on the path.”Download mp3 file

Reverse music sample in Ringo Starr – Honey Dont – My God is so stubborn – Download mp3 file

Reverse music sample in Santana: And I’ll remind you to say yesDownload mp3 file

Reverse music sample in George Harrison: While my guitar gently weeps – Pass the gun now. It kills the love, the love is coldDownload mp3

Reverse music sample in Paul McCartney: Band On The Run – Marijuana, marijuana. The law, law will banish us (Ironically Paul McCartney was banished from entering Japan again after an ounce of marijuana was found in his luggage in the late 70s – several years after this song was recorded) – Download mp3 file

Reverse music sample in Michael Jackson – Beat It – Superman is a dick.Download mp3 file

Reverse music sample in Roy Orbison – Get out, get out, get out peopleDownload mp3 file

Reverse music sample in Mariah Cary – Yes I am a woman now

Reverse music sample in Spice Girls – Was I easy, have fun

Reverse music sample in Celine Dion – We are lovers but we close tomorrow

Reverse music sample in Marilyn Monroe
He’ll come out, full of magic
Ooo, all around me there

Reverse music sample in Elvis Presley
I love you mother
They know I’m sick
Wanna serve that, the messenger

Reverse music sample in Judy Garland
After all you’re a woman
Be remembered forever good
Oooo, you allowed someone

Reverse music sample in Eric Clapton – Cocaine – I’m so wickedDownload mp3 file

Reverse music sample in Sting – He scared me hidden. Hear me please Download mp3 file

Reverse music sample in Santana – I Love Satan withinDownload mp3 file

Reverse music sample in Cheap Trick – “Gonna Raise Hell” – Satan holds the keys to the lockDownload mp3 file

Reverse music sample in Deep Purple – Black Knight – Oh demon thats leading from hell, we believeDownload mp3 file

This is an interesting little jingle put out by the BBC in the early 20s when radio was first introduced. Some people thought back then that radio was satanic and you could get possessed by listening to it. Sound familiar? The speech reversal says, “This is not a noose. No, its really not.” Or, radio won’t hurt you.” Download mp3

Reverse music sample in The Carpenters: “That’s not the way and video sends them the message”Download mp3 file

Reverse music sample in Frank Zappa: Nanook Rubs It. The reversal says: There’s no-one except the sheik that remembered we had the mumpsDownload mp3 file

Reverse music sample in George Harrison – Here comes the sun – He needs this mystery gal Download mp3 file

The following example comes from the rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar. The reversal says, “He’s the saviour, loves me, he’s the one.” – Download mp3 file

Christian Band Jonas Brothers – From the album Jonas Brothers – Kids of the Future bonus track – I speak for Satan, Satan, Satan,… my sweet forsaken Satan, Satan.” – Download mp3 file

Reverse music sample in Christian Group Hillsong Music – From the Hillsong Church Australia – Song: Glory to the King – High evil, evil.” – Download mp3 file

Reverse music sample in Melissa Etheridge – Its the end for me. Can’t leave meDownload mp3 file

Reverse music sample in Shades of Chaos – Warthorn – And I give my soul for you and this is our resultDownload mp3 file

Several years ago, the rock group, Judas Priest, were sued because their records supposedly contained backward messages. Here is one of the reversals. The forward, played first, says “Beyond the Realms Of Death”. The speech reversal is clearer than the forwards and it says: I took my life.Download mp3 file

Another One Bites The Dust by Queen. This song is well known in Backmasking circles. It contains two naturally occurring speech reversals that say, “Decide to smoke marijuana,” and “Give some acid.” However, some people say the reversal says, “Its fun to smoke marijuana.” What do you think? – Download mp3 file

Britney Spears – From her first song, “One more time” – Ah, see me. I’m not too young – some people hear this reversal as “Sleep with me, I’m not too young” – Download mp3 file (A recent analysis of this song by the 2004 Adelaide RS training class concluded that the phrase actually says “Slee me” with no “p” and as such should not be documented, only “I’m not too young”)

Reverse music sample in Rolling Stones – I love you, said the devilDownload mp3 file

Reverse music sample in AC/DC – Night Prowler – Oo, Listen to me, I’m from hellDownload mp3 fileNeed Lucifer white army yesterday.Download mp3 file

Reverse music sample in Iron Maiden – “Still life” – The man of evil is thereDownload mp3 file

Reverse music sample in Captain and Tenile – Oh, I need some man to fuck backDownload mp3 file (Found by RS Investigator, Jerry Hirsch)

Reverse music sample in The Ballad of the Reuben James – Click here to download whole song – reversal one – Torpedoed their shipDownload mp3 file – reversal two – They’re heroes god dammitDownload mp3 file (Found by RS Investigator, Jerry Hirsch) – reversal three – yeah, they’re all there to winDownload mp3 file

(Jerrys Comments on these reversals: For those not familiar with the story of the “Rueben James”, this is the official Naval account of the ship. In March 1941, REUBEN JAMES joined the convoy escort force established to promote the safe arrival of war material to Britain. This escort force guarded convoys as far as Iceland, where they became responsibility of British escorts. Based at Hvalfjordur, Iceland, she sailed from Argentina, Newfoundland, 23 October 1941, with four other destroyers to escort eastbound convoy HX-156. The ship had postured herself between an ammunition ship in the convoy and the known position of a German U-Boat Wolfpack. While escorting that convoy at about 0525, 31 October 1941, REUBEN JAMES was torpedoed by German submarine U-562. Her magazine exploded and the ship sank quickly. REUBEN JAMES was the first U.S. Navy ship sunk by hostile action in World War II. Only 44 men of the 144 man crew survived.)

Reverse music sample in Mary Poppins soundtrack – Drinking all night longDownload mp3 file

Reverse music sample in Popeye Theme Song – Give me a fuck. Give me a fuck nowDownload mp3 file

Reverse music sample in The Eagles – Hotel California – A well known example – Yeah Satan (gibb) organised his own religionDownload mp3 file

Reverse music sample in Larry Norman – Wolf in white vanDownload mp3 file

Found by RS Student Tim Cham Music “Only a shooting star” Woman give partyDownload mp3 file

Here is one from Styx that was allegedly said to say backwards, “Satan, move in our voice.” This piece was used extensively by the fundamentalist Christians in their argument that back masking was the work of the devil – Download mp3 file

Reverse music sample in Alanis Morisset – High in LADownload mp3 file

Reverse music sample in Jeff Buckley – “Witches Rave” – Oh hear me well, this I fearDownload mp3

Reverse music sample in Toni Braxton, Man Enough – Your man’s a geniusDownload mp3 file

From RS Student, Joan Allen – Abba: Bring me one. Give me oneDownload mp3 file

Found by RS student, Jeff Taft on the song “Thinking of you” by Lenny Kravitz – Still missing mom. We’ll be missing youDownload mp3 file

Sent in by Brian Jones From “We will rock you” by Queen – Bring us here to put on ashDownload mp3 file

Cool Reversal! Found by RS hobbyist Matt Miller. From the song Chevy Van by Sammy Johns – “High school was more than I really….needed”Download mp3 file

Stairway to Heaven

If there was a top 40 of backmasked songs, then “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin would be at the top. This song contains many backward messages. Here is one of them that occurs right at the very end of the song.. It says: “Play backwards. Hear words sung.” – Download mp3 file

However, by far the most controversial backward messages on the song can be found in the following soundtrack. They say backwards: “Its my sweet Satan. The one whose little path would make me sad whose power is fake (indeterminate gibberish – some people claim this says, He gives you 666) There was a little toolshed where he made us suffer, sad Satan.” – Download mp3 file

A complete analysis of the reversals in this song and their meanings can be found in this extract: Stairway to Where? from the book, “Reverse Speech: Voices From The Unconscious.” This book contains an extensive and historical analysis of many other reversals and backward messages in music. To purchase a copy of this book go to the Products Section of this website.


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