E.g. simple statement like "if (string == "hello")" in C++ could mean that == is overloaded and if it accepts an object string, "hello" invokes the copy constructor for string object and passes it to the string object's == operator, which might do a char by char comparison, and then the unnamed object "hello" is destructed.
You generally don't care about this for business logic or if your website is getting one hit every few seconds, but if you are getting a million hits per second, you need to start optimizing the way you do things, you'd need to know which of L1/L2/L3 caches you'll miss, what'll be the real impact of your code. C, without the fluff, gives you lesser things to worry about.
C will be relevant because no other new language is trying to replace it.