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Author Topic: Songs that are creepy/disturbing but are overlooked because they are catchy, etc  (Read 15323 times)

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Trigger warning: This thread will talk about rape, murder, suicide and other various subjects that some individuals may find upsetting. If you are sensitive to such subjects then proceed with caution or leave the thread. You have been warned.




This thread is inspired by a thread on reddit that my SO was reading off to me last night and I figured it would be worth discussing on here too.

Which songs are creepy/disturbing in nature but overlooked because they are cheerful, catchy or because people just don't look into the meaning or pay attention to the lyrics?

I'll start off by pointing out a recent big hit:



Catchy and cheerful in nature but the lyrics are far far sinister in nature:

Spoiler: Click to Show/Hide
All the girls on the block knocking at my door
Wanna know what it is make the boys want more

Is your lover playing on your side?
Said he loves you
But he ain't got time
Here's the answer
Come and get it
At a knocked down price

Hey

Full of honey
Just to make him sweet
Crystal balling
Just to help him see
What he's been missing
So come and get it
While you've still got time

Hey

Get your boy on his knees
And repeat after me, say

Take a sip of my secret potion
I'll make you fall in love
For a spell that can't be broken
One drop should be enough
Boy, you belong to me
I got the recipe
And it's called black magic
(And it's called black magic)

Take a sip of my secret potion
One taste and you'll be mine
It's a spell that can't be broken
It'll keep you up all night
Boy, you belong to me
I got the recipe
And it's called black magic
(And it's called black magic)

If you're lookin' for Mister Right
Need that magic
To change him over night
Here's the answer
Come and get it
While you've still got time

Get your boy on his knees
And repeat after me, say

Take a sip of my secret potion
I'll make you fall in love
For a spell that can't be broken
One drop should be enough
Boy, you belong to me
I got the recipe
And it's called black magic
(And it's called black magic)

Take a sip of my secret potion
One taste and you'll be mine
It's a spell that can't be broken
It'll keep you up all night
Boy, you belong to me
I got the recipe
And it's called black magic
(And it's called black magic)

All the girls on the block knockin' at my door
(I got the recipe)
Wanna know what it is make the boys want more
(Now you belong to me)

All the girls on the block knockin' at my door
(I got the recipe)
Wanna know what it is make the boys want more
(Now you belong to me)

Take a sip from my secret potion
I'll make you fall in love
For a spell that can't be broken
One drop should be enough
Boy, you belong to me (hey)
I got the recipe
And it's called, and it's called, and it's called black magic

Take a sip of my secret potion
One taste and you'll be mine
It's a spell that can't be broken
It'll keep you up all night
Boy, you belong to me
I got the recipe
And it's called black magic
(And it's called black magic)

Falling in love (hey)
Falling in love (hey)
Falling in love (hey)
Falling in love (hey)
Falling in love (hey)
Falling in love (hey)
Falling in love (hey)
Falling in love (hey)

Magic


While the band members claim it is about gaining confidence to go after that guy you like (which could be true...) it is pretty much clear that is about date rape.

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Well, the obvious one is "Every Breath You Take", which even Sting has said is about a stalker obsessed with someone who wants nothing to do with him, yet ends up getting played at every single damn wedding reception.

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I noticed that as well. I remember him also saying he wrote it when he and his wife were going through a divorce.

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I find a lot of Adele's songs passive-aggressive and creepy. "Hello" comes to mind.

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I would say Taylor Swift is a worse offender than her but I see where you are coming from.

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There was controversy recently over the song "Pumped Up Kicks" by a group called Foster the People.  Light, catchy, upbeat music, paired with words like these:

Lyrics
Robert's got a quick hand.
He'll look around the room,
he wont tell you his plan.
He's got a rolled cigarette
hanging out his mouth.
He's a cowboy kid.

Yeah! He found a six-shooter gun
in his dad's closet, with the box of fun things.
I don't even know what,
but he's coming for you. Yeah, He's coming for you!

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, outrun my gun.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, faster than my bullet.

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, outrun my gun.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, faster than my bullet.

Daddy works a long day.
He be coming home late, and he's coming home late.
And he's bringing me a surprise.
'cause dinner's in the kitchen and it's packed in ice

I've waited for a long time.
Yeah the sleight of my hand is now a quick-pull trigger.
I reason with my cigarette,
Then say, "Your hair's on fire, you must have lost your wits, yeah?"

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, outrun my gun.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, faster than my bullet.


The song caused an uproar because of the way it glamorizes school shootings, though a quick search didn't turn up any statement from the group beyond the songwriter saying that he wrote it because he was concerned over school shootings and was trying to get into the head of a fictional perpetrator.

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There are a few I can think of that are a bit creepy, but I can't remember their names. This one is more overtly creepy (but an odd mix of romantic and creepy):


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Owl City basically runs on this. Upbeat music to creepy lyrics. XD

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This is a favourite. I even use this song as inspiration for a character of mine.


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Do they have to be popular, or would you count happy, bouncy songs about death by a prolific, big-stage songwriter?  I give you Glen Burtnik, the man responsible for 'Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough'.

Glen joined the Styx lineup and did lead vocals and guitar for this song.  This is his solo version because it sounded better than the concert footage.[trigger warning, suicide]



He often plays with a group of artists in Jersey - sort of a 'pickup band'.    Sound quality on this one isn't the greatest (club recording) but it was the only version I could find on the Tubes of You.



The 'bridge'
Some say it was the booze
Some say it was the drugs
Some say it was a pimp to blame
Some say that it was love

I say sometimes the devil
Cannot be stopped
And although the girl was beautiful
The end was not

He's also done a number of solo albums. These two are from his solo 'Palookaville'


(This one got some traction with Randy Travis - while not as dark as the others, the implications of the last verse are a little suggestive)


(Not sure of the method, but Johnny's homecoming isn't all that you'd expect.)

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Semi-Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind.  Infectiously peppy, but about the descent into addiction to meth.

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"Down Down" by Status Quo was a massive hit for them and one of their signature songs, but the lyrics seem to be about a vengeful bastard slamming his faithless or independent-minded girlfriend and promising to take her down, in body and in spirit: "I can see you're laughing, and you're laughing at me/ I can take it all from you (---) again again again again again again again /Deeper and down, get down, deeper and down..."- I think the band were quite aware of the rough lyrics, they work quite fine as an ironic put-down of the brutal role character and some other of their songs are remarakably nuanced about macho attitudes, about growing up. But I doubt most of their fans noticed how nasty the guy in the song is.




"Bad Bad Boy" with Scots hard rockers Nazareth would be from around the same time, and it tells of a really mean guy, but the song is so cheeky about the rambling adventures of this playboy that you can't help smiling. Brilliant vocal delivery by Dan McCafferty with lines like:

Well I made my first kill
With the old town girl
She was the apple of her daddy's eye
Well that woman looked up at me
And I said honey we'll be
Together 'till the day I die -
BUT I LIED!
I'm a bad, bad, boy
and I'm gonna steal your love...

and a funky series of rises in key towards the end of the track as he sirens out "I'm a bad, bad.bad... (12 times!) boy" again and again. Outstanding bass hook too. The lyrics are super naughty but not that serious - the opposite of "Down Down". :D






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Sorry I didn't clarify:

It doesn't matter if the song is popular or not. If the song exists then feel free to post it up.

Loving these submissions so far.

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Leonard Cohen's First We Take Manhattan would belong here, except no one can say it's got an upbeat atmosphere. Broody, troubling, enigmatic lyrics and a droning tune - I love both Cohen's own take and that of Jennifer Warnes (she actually did it first, having been gifted the song by Cohen).

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This is one that I've only recently realized how creepy it is [trigger - attempted suicide?]:



At first it sounds like a slightly nostalgic ballad, until you realize how 'Sandra's' troubles are kind of hand-waved and rationalized, and you wonder if it was really 'quite by mistake.'

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The Day Before You Came was the last song ABBA recorded before they parted ways in 1982, and their next-to-last single. Agnetha is going through a detailed list of recollections of what she did, or what she thinks she must have done, most of it everyday stuff, on the random day "before you came". What happened the next day is never stated: did the girl in the song meet the love of her life or was something disastrous about to happen? The song comes out both wistful and dark, perhaps mournful, adding to the mystery.


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Leonard Cohen's First We Take Manhattan would belong here, except no one can say it's got an upbeat atmosphere. Broody, troubling, enigmatic lyrics and a droning tune - I love both Cohen's own take and that of Jennifer Warnes (she actually did it first, having been gifted the song by Cohen).

What do you think this song is about, Louise? It has puzzled me for years...

Back here, the biggest offender is I Don't Like Mondays by The Boomtown Rats. It's a song that it's quite often cited by people who don't feel happy about going to work on Mondays - meanwhile, it's actually a song about a Sand Diego school shooting. The explanation is that many people here just don't bother to look up the lyrics and focus on the title.  ::)

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Warning: French language ;=)

The one that immediately came to mind is about the singer's friend who just died.


That one about a real boat lost at sea


Many songs from Mylène Farmer are really creepy but catchy. This one about the Holocaust...



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This one is basically about two countries mistaking red balloons as bombs and them almost starting a war over it.

« Last Edit: August 26, 2016, 02:59:38 PM by Starcry »

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This one is basically about two countries mistaking red balloons as bombs and them basically almost starting a war over it.



Almost?

Neunundneunzig Jahre Kreig
Liessen keinen Platz für Zieger
Kriegsministers gibt's nicht mehr
Und auch keine Dusenflieger

Heute zieht ich meine Runden
Seh' die Welt in Trümmern liegen
Hab 'nen Luftballoon gefunden
Denk' an dich und lass' ihn fliegen.

Translation:
Ninety nine years of war
Leaves no room for victors
War ministers are no more
And also no jet fighters

Today I look at my surroundings
See the world lying in ruins
I have found a balloon
Think about you, and let it fly.
« Last Edit: August 26, 2016, 03:26:03 PM by Oniya »

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Whoops. It has been a while since I looked up the lyrics and I wasn't sure if they did or didn't. >.< (That and my SO corrected me as I was about to post it! -strangles him-)

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Whoops. It has been a while since I looked up the lyrics and I wasn't sure if they did or didn't. >.< (That and my SO corrected me as I was about to post it! -strangles him-)

It's okay - This one is sort of emblazoned in my brain after my German teacher in college had us translate it to see how different it was from the English version.  Literally typed that from memory.  (Actually kind of embarrassed that I didn't think of posting it myself.  XD)

And since I'm on an 80's kick apparently, this song about drug addiction https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvdLovAaYzM (linked because of children in video)
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Catchy but disturbing song about a fragile girl who has hooked up with a dangerous (and some years older?) psychopath and taken to the road with him. I remember hearing this on the radio in the mid-90s, a great song and cool, effective production. The singer Louise Reny is doing a great job of conveying the danger and self-destructiveness of the bond between them.


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Lordy - I'm on a roll.  Trigger warning - child abuse.  Linked for kids.

Suzanne Vega - Luka

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What do you think this song is about, Louise? It has puzzled me for years...

There are a few different stories going on side by side in Cohen's song, I think. Stories of vengeance and breaking free, of social breakdown and apocalypse (like in Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower", which borrows some imagery from the prophets of the Old Testament) and perhaps about existing on borrowed time. Some of the lines in that song really seem to relate, presciently, to the breakdown of communist rule in eastern Europe ("You know the way to stop me, but you don't have the discipline" - imagine soldiers facing off with a demonstration by unarmed citizens and no longer feeling able to punch them down) and Cohen released his version just a year before the fall of the Berlin wall, but it was written a few years earlier. Jennifer Warnes' take is from 1986 I think.

Leonard Cohen has a way of being deliberately enigmatic and incomplete in his songs. But the guy is a class act, both as a singer and a lyric poet.
« Last Edit: August 26, 2016, 04:33:47 PM by gaggedLouise »

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Very catchy rather creepy








That one is actually a translation of a Gainsbourg song... so it has to be disturbing

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Marvin Gaye offering a cool uptempo spoof of 50 Shades of Grey , well at least of cliché ideas of D/s. I really like this one for its quirky sense of fun and his way of playing off the tired images of sadistic verbiage (and with a British accent, kind of!) but he would most likely never have released the song in his lifetime, it would have seemed too sensitive. It appeared a year or two after his tragic death.

(Trigger warnings: some language and lots of female moaning)


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I swear I do listen to non-creepy stuff...

Martina McBride - Independence Day  Warning - domestic abuse.

and her other DA song, A Broken Wing.

Dammit, this woman... Concrete Angel Warning - child abuse
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One of the best songs ever relating to domestic abuse (mental or physical) would be Woman in Chains by Tears for Fears with Oleta Adams (and Phil Collins sitting in on drums). Magic, human and dignified.


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One of the best songs ever relating to domestic abuse (mental or physical) would be Woman in Chains by Tears for Fears with Oleta Adams (and Phil Collins sitting in on drums). Magic, human and dignified.


Not sure why your VEVO link isn't available to me, but between the two of these, one should be available in most countries.
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Neverland - Darren Hayes

A song about a child witnessing his mother being abused by his father and him plotting how to murder him so they can live happily without him.

I find it amazing how much energy he puts into these lyrics:

Take a loaded gun
Take a shot of rum
Take a poison rat
There's a lesson in that

No more closing fist
No more face to hit
No more bloody nose
Or apologetic roses


Full lyrics here: http://songmeanings.com/songs/view/3530822107858681885/
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I'll just leave this here. >.>


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Wow... I was dancing to that... >.<

I Don't Like Mondays - The Boomtown Rats.

It is about the Cleveland Elementary School shooting. When she was asked why she did it she simply stated. "I don't like Mondays."

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Sarah McLachlan - Angel is about a suicide by drug overdose



Plumb - Damaged



It's not obvious from that trance remix it's about a girl dealing with being abused, but with the original version it's a little more obvious.

The Stranglers - Golden Brown is both a girl and heroin.
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Ooh, cool topic. I love songs that you listen to and think "oh that's lovely/how nice" and then finally properly hear it ... and you're like ... whut.

Here's some I can think of:


Close your eyes
And think of someone you physically admire
And let me kiss you.


'Run for Your Life' by the Beatles. Incredibly upbeat, incredibly bloody creepy:
Let this be a sermon
I mean everything I've said
Baby, I'm determined
And I'd rather see you dead.



I read it was about date rape. He certainly does keep pressuring her to get in the damn car...

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Speaking of the Beatles...



(Sorry - wanted one that the lyrics actually com through on.  Starts at 7:20)

Happiest song about a serial killer ever!
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Happy and prolific! (And damn good at concealing that thing, given he smuggled it into the courtroom, too... >.> )

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Speaking of the Beatles...



(Sorry - wanted one that the lyrics actually com through on.  Starts at 7:20)

Happiest song about a serial killer ever!

Hehe, I remember some pop star singling that one out as "one of about five songs the Beatles wrote and released that don't really work, as far as songwriting goes". Maxwell sounds like a very "funny guy".  :P

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The entire Rumours album by Fleetwood Mac is pretty messed up once you know the backstory of drug use and broken relationships in the band while they were recording it, but the two stand out tracks are :
You Make Loving Fun; written by Christine McVie and wasn't about her band mate and then husband John McVie but the sound engineer she was having an affair with.
Go Your Own Way; written by Lindsay Buckingham as a 'fuck you' to Stevie Nicks after their 8 year relationship ended. The track was a big hit and the band played it at virtually every concert, Stevie Nicks said every night they performed it she wanted to walk across the stage and punch Lindsay.

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Song is about a guy  who has been harming himself and keeps trying to kill himself but it not working.


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I swear I had a normal childhood.  Really.





For we who grew up tall and proud
In the shadow of the Mushroom Cloud
Convinced our voices can't be heard
We just wanna scream it louder and louder and louder

What the hell are we fighting for?
Just surrender and it won't hurt at all
You just got time to say your prayers
While you're waiting for the hammer to—hammer to fall.

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I loved Queen when I was growing up... ;~;

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I loved Queen when I was growing up... ;~;

It's not the Queen song in particular - just the fact that I've got like 7 posts in here already.  XD

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I listen to a lot of music that turns out to be messed up. >_>;;


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Anyone mention 'Don't Stand So Close To Me' (Sting) yet? How about 'Every Step You Take'? Bwahg, Sting and the Police wrote some deeply creepy, hugely catchy things.

Also, Jessie's Girl (Rick Springfield). Brr!

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Anyone mentioned that "Blurred Lines?" You know that song was insanely popular, then there was the Marvin Gaye controversy and then people actually started listening to it, and you might still here it on the pop stations once a day? XD

Or is that too easy a low hanging fruit?

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Anyone mention 'Don't Stand So Close To Me' (Sting) yet? How about 'Every Step You Take'? Bwahg, Sting and the Police wrote some deeply creepy, hugely catchy things.

Also, Jessie's Girl (Rick Springfield). Brr!

Speaking of Rick...

What would the children think?

And on the same lines as Jessie's Girl...
My Best Friend's Girl - The Cars
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Obsession turned cannibalism. (The band has been asked, and it's not a metaphor.)


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There is a really odd song being used in a soft drink commercial. I'm not sure if anyone has mentioned it but it's "Suit" by Boom! Bap! Pow!

One of the actual lines is "You're so cute I wanna wear you like a suit, cause you'd look pretty good on me."

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There is a really odd song being used in a soft drink commercial. I'm not sure if anyone has mentioned it but it's "Suit" by Boom! Bap! Pow!

One of the actual lines is "You're so cute I wanna wear you like a suit, cause you'd look pretty good on me."

I had been thinking that was a bit "Silence of the Lambs", yeah.

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"Vehicle" by the Ides of March.

Marching band staple about a creeper in a black sedan.

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"Vehicle" by the Ides of March.

Marching band staple about a creeper in a black sedan.

'I'm a wonderful man
And I'll take you to the nearest star...'

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'I'm a wonderful man
And I'll take you to the nearest star...'

The Bogus Man by Roxy Music is one  of the most striking songs ever about a psycho stalker:

The bogus man is on his way
As fast as he can run
He's tired but he'll get to you
And shoot you with his gun

Focused his mind
On something he cared about
But it came out a shout
Just like before

The bogus man is at your heels
Now clutching at your coat
You must be quick now hurry up
He's scratching at your throat...

- set to a deceptively sly and shady funk/pop groove.

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I was a senior in high school when this came out.  Like most other kids my age, we thought the song was so poignantly sweet, but I realized not too much later how he's saying...I can't live with you--and I can't live without you.  Bam.  Dysfunctional relationship.  Having gone through such a relationship..well...

You give yourself away...and you give yourself away...and you give...and you give...

My hands are tied
My body bruised, she's got me with
Nothing to win and
Nothing left to lose


That plaintive, wailing voice Bono uses is just...crushing.  I could barely listen to this song after high school, it made me long so much for a relationship I didn't have at the time.  Now I can barely listen to it because it brings up emotions from my marriage I'd much rather forget.  Much like Every Breath You Take, really, really twisted relationship stuff.

Annnnnd...while I was typing this, Every Breath You Take was the next song YouTube went to :/



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The one is really catchy but it is about the struggle with quitting drinking


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It's me again.



The lyrics talk about living in a violent neighborhood and being unable to afford food.

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The one is really catchy but it is about the struggle with quitting drinking



It being Billie Joe, it may be more than just drinking.

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Young Girl - Gary Puckett & The Union Gap




Disarm - The Smashing Pumpkins

Billy Corgan said he didn't have the guts to kill his parents, so he wrote this song instead.




I'm kinda surprised no one has mentioned Hungry Like the Wolf yet (or I'm completely blind).

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To be honest, I'm a little surprised no one has mentioned 'Don't Fear the Reaper.'


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To be honest, I'm a little surprised no one has mentioned 'Don't Fear the Reaper.'
I was coming here to say just that.

Frucking creepy song.

The sun and the rain don't die! They don't have to contemplate their mortality because they're not people.

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Ha! I had that song vaguely stuck in my head for the past couple of weeks and didn't even think about it.

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My SO just told me about one of "The Killers" songs. "Miss Atomic Bomb"



It a continuation of "Mr Brightside" which basically confirms that she did cheat on him and stuff. It has the same upbeatness to it but it really is sad. :(

For those who aren't familiar with "Mr Brightside"



Basically, he suspects his girlfriend is cheating on him but he keeps putting it down to being jealous and such. In the end, their relationship breaks down over it but it is never confirmed if she did cheat or not. 

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There was controversy recently over the song "Pumped Up Kicks" by a group called Foster the People.  Light, catchy, upbeat music, paired with words like these:

Lyrics
Robert's got a quick hand.
He'll look around the room,
he wont tell you his plan.
He's got a rolled cigarette
hanging out his mouth.
He's a cowboy kid.

Yeah! He found a six-shooter gun
in his dad's closet, with the box of fun things.
I don't even know what,
but he's coming for you. Yeah, He's coming for you!

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, outrun my gun.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, faster than my bullet.

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, outrun my gun.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, faster than my bullet.

Daddy works a long day.
He be coming home late, and he's coming home late.
And he's bringing me a surprise.
'cause dinner's in the kitchen and it's packed in ice

I've waited for a long time.
Yeah the sleight of my hand is now a quick-pull trigger.
I reason with my cigarette,
Then say, "Your hair's on fire, you must have lost your wits, yeah?"

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, outrun my gun.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, faster than my bullet.


The song caused an uproar because of the way it glamorizes school shootings, though a quick search didn't turn up any statement from the group beyond the songwriter saying that he wrote it because he was concerned over school shootings and was trying to get into the head of a fictional perpetrator.

Thank you! I pointed this out to someone the first time I listened to it..I was like...wait running for bullets...what? And my friend said I was reading too much into it. I was like...I..really don't think i am..

But yeah this song...it is literally a song about a stalker who kills his stalkees boyfriend..




Just reading the lyrics..I think its pretty clear these guys need a bit of therapy

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/goodcharlotte/mybloodyvalentine.html

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"Baby It's Cold Outside" -- so creepy. Though I've decided that it would be awesomely creep as the headlining song for the musical version of Stephen King's Misery. Seriously. Think about it.

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"Baby It's Cold Outside" -- so creepy. Though I've decided that it would be awesomely creep as the headlining song for the musical version of Stephen King's Misery. Seriously. Think about it.

'Say, what's in this drink?'

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"Baby It's Cold Outside" -- so creepy. Though I've decided that it would be awesomely creep as the headlining song for the musical version of Stephen King's Misery. Seriously. Think about it.
To quote Key (of Key and Peele fame):

"Sounds kinda rape-y..."

I will say after having to listen to it in the store for over a season it's impossible to un-hear it.

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To quote Key (of Key and Peele fame):

"Sounds kinda rape-y..."

I will say after having to listen to it in the store for over a season it's impossible to un-hear it.

Dub-con at the very least.  :D

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Very upbeat song but when I actually listened to words I was like. "Holy shit, that really is depressing..."



Basically, a guy has been dumped and his friends are trying to get him to move on. They are literally telling him "She is just another girl." It really is sad. :(

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Translations in link



A French version of doctor Jekyll and mister Hyde's story... translation sometimes iffy on slang LOL. Cockroaches should be blues, cannons and crates is beauties and uglies



Serge Gainsbourg of course... I wasn't allowed to listen to that one LOL.
Melody Nelson (borderline pedophilia)


Bonnie and Clyde


Sorry angel  (pushed her to suicide at best - the translation hurts lol)


Boomerang (post break up madness)


and of course Lemon Incest is pretty deranged

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Artist rendition of The Beatles "Eleanor Rigby"

Bonus- An awesome cover of the song


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I have to say that's the strangest interpretation of Eleanor Rigby I've ever seen in the spoiler.  I'd always interpreted the face 'in a jar by the door' as meaning the 'everything's alright' expression that people who are desperately unhappy will use in public. 

Even so, the song is kind of disturbing - she's picking up the rice after a wedding, and the only person whom she seems to have any contact with (albeit posthumously) is the churchman who buries her.

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Not sure about other cultures, but it is bad juju, superstition, whatever you want to call it, to pick up rice after a wedding. Something about it is cursed, the rise is supposed to draw all the bad stuff from the newly married.

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Not sure about other cultures, but it is bad juju, superstition, whatever you want to call it, to pick up rice after a wedding. Something about it is cursed, the rise is supposed to draw all the bad stuff from the newly married.

Oddly enough, the reason I've heard for the rice-throwing is that it is a wish for prosperity (corn and other grains were used in ancient times).  And someone has to clean up after weddings, so the rice is going to be picked up by that someone.  A few Beatles fan-sites suggested that Eleanor was picking up the rice because it was as close as she ever expected to get to being married.  (Also kind of depressing.)

Funny story - the first time I ever played ER on the piano (Courtesy of 'Great Songs of the Sixties, Vol. 1'), I played it at somewhere around 3/4 speed.  Not quite half speed, but much slower than the original.  If you thought it was haunting before...

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Yes, very poignant song. I saw a great cover of it on tv at the end of a superb show with blues/soul revue Tedeschi Trucks Band, they're doing it in a much faster, rousing style and with live brass - owes something to Aretha's version of it from the early seventies. Very soulful, there's urgency in it allright but it's not as bleak as the original. TTB also changed the lyrics of the first verse to first-person, "I'm Eleanor Rigby...", giving it a feeling that Eleanor is still fighting her isolation.

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I always assumed Eleanor Rigby was severely depressed, possibly in love with the groom, and committed suicide in the church after the wedding party was gone.  Tell me I wasn't a morbid little 10 year old (first time I heard the song).

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The song that comes to mind for me with this topic is "Pumped up Kicks" by Foster the People.  For a long time they played this song as the song of the summer with a care free attitude and nobody really listening to the lyrics.  Yet the song is about someone about to do a school shooting. 

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Maroon 5's ''Animals'' played around themes of sexual predation and stalking and music video featuring quite gory scences. Caught some media attention when it was released, with RAINN and other organization like them came out against it.


The Rolling Stone's ''Paint it Black'' deals with depression and death, using colour as a metaphor, hidden behind a jaunty and whimsical tune.

A song which still sends chill down my spine is ''Cats in the Cradle'', the lyrics walking through the relationship of a father and his son and them never quite able to connect or be part of each other's life. First song I learnt to play on the guitar, so it holds a quite special place for me.

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The Rolling Stone's ''Paint it Black'' deals with depression and death, using colour as a metaphor, hidden behind a jaunty and whimsical tune.

Y'know, I don't think I've mentioned 'Mother's Little Helper', which was about this stuff

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If I were a zombie.

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Harold the Barrel - Genesis really impacted me the first time I heard it...

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Here's the lyrics:  (Sorry I could not find a video with them on)

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"Harold The Barrel"

[News:]
A well-known Bognor restaurant-owner disappeared
early this morning.
Last seen in a mouse-brown overcoat,
suitably camouflaged,
they saw him catch a train.

[Man-in-the-street:]
"Father of three its disgusting"
"Such a horrible thing to do"
Harold the Barrel cut off his toes and he served them all
for tea
"Can't go far", "He can't go far".
"Hasn't got a leg to stand on"
"He can't go far".

[Man-on-the-spot:]
I'm standing in a doorway on the main square
tension is mounting
There's a restless crowd of angry people

[Man-on-the-council:]
"More than we've ever seen.
- had to tighten up security"

Over to the scene at the town hall
The Lord Mayor's ready to speak

[Lord Mayor:]
"Man of suspicion, you can't last long, the British Public
is on our side"

[British Public:]
"Can't last long", "You can't last long".
"Said you couldn't trust him, his brother was just the same"
"You can't last long".

[Harold:]
If I was many miles from here,
I'd be sailing in an open boat on the sea
Instead I'm on this window ledge,
With the whole world below
Up at the window
Look at the window...

[Mr.Plod:]
"We can help you"

[Plod's Chorus:]
"We can help you"

[Mr. Plod:]
"We're all your friends, if you come on down
and talk to us son"

[Harold:]
You must be joking
Take a running jump

The crowd was getting stronger and our Harold
getting weaker;
Forwards, backwards, swaying side to side
Fearing the very worst
They called his mother to the sight
Upon the ledge beside him
His mother made a last request.

[67-yr-old Mrs Barrel:]
"Come off the ledge if your father were alive he'd be very,
very, very upset.
"Just can't jump, you just can't jump"
"Your shirt's all dirty, there's a man here from
the B.B.C."
"You just can't jump"

[Mr. Plod:]
"We can help you"

[Plod's Chorus:]
"We can help you"

[Mr. Plod:]
"We're all your friends, if you come on down
and talk to us Harry"

[Harold:]
You must be joking.
Take a running jump......


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On the same lines as that one:



This one is more disturbing if you watch the movie Quadrophenia (based on the album).  It's the final song on the soundtrack, played as 'Jimmy' rides a stolen scooter along the top edge of the Cliffs of Dover
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and as Roger hits the final 'rock scream', the background music stops, the scooter goes over the cliff, and we see it smash to the rocks below.

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The Rolling Stone's ''Paint it Black'' deals with depression and death, using colour as a metaphor, hidden behind a jaunty and whimsical tune.

I always found the lyrics to Under My Thumb really quite awful! Yeah sure, the subject may not have been a very nice person but it's still pretty harsh.

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A Day in the Life - The Beatles



I read the news today, oh boy
About a lucky man who made the grade
And though the news was rather sad
Well I just had to laugh
I saw the photograph.

He blew his mind out in a car
He didn't notice that the red lights had changed
A crowd of people stood and stared
They'd seen his face before
Nobody was really sure
If he was from the House of Lords.


I saw a film today, oh boy
The English army had just won the war
A crowd of people turned away
But I just had to look
Having read the book
I'd love to turn you on.

Woke up, fell out of bed,
Dragged a comb across my head
Found my way downstairs and drank a cup,
And looking up I noticed I was late.

Found my coat and grabbed my hat
Made the bus in seconds flat
Found my way upstairs and had a smoke,
Somebody spoke and I went into a dream.

I read the news today oh boy
Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire
And though the holes were rather small
They had to count them all
Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall.
I'd love to turn you on.
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Very catchy song and the Icelandic accent is sexy as hell. I remember the band being interviewed and the song is about an old woman who talks to her dead husband.

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Harold the Barrel - Genesis really impacted me the first time I heard it...

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Mmm. With Peter Gabriel, Genesis did many songs that tell strange or creepy stories - strange tales about madness, weird accidents and stuff, and Peter indulged in some of those outside of the actual songs too (the story of a woman in the subway on the rear cover of Genesis Live). On the same album as "Harold, the Barrel",  The Musical Box is a riveting song, but the story half-buried underneath it is a dark tale of deceit, premature aging and rabid desire between two siblings. The dramatic impact of the music and Gabriel's vocal just pulls you in as a listener though, even before you'd realize what the guy in the lyrics has actually been through (though the story was "spoilered" in a note above the lyrics on the original album).

There are so many details I cherish about the song - the violent, crunching guitar solo (proto-speed metal?), the gentle trio of drums, twelve-string guitar and flute where Collins is playing with mallets and brushes instead of sticks and avoids striking at the points where most drummers would hit the beat, instead creating a dreamlike, flowing spell in the music...the nuances of Peter Gabriel's voice, from wistful pleading to an angry roar...

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This is going to date myself, but I haven't been able to listen to this song since it was released at the same time my brother committed suicide and it is about it.... Kix don't close your eyes is the hardest song for me to listen to even to this day and it's been 15 years


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The Rolling Stone's ''Paint it Black'' deals with depression and death, using colour as a metaphor, hidden behind a jaunty and whimsical tune.

A song which still sends chill down my spine is ''Cats in the Cradle'', the lyrics walking through the relationship of a father and his son and them never quite able to connect or be part of each other's life. First song I learnt to play on the guitar, so it holds a quite special place for me.

Cats in the Cradle never fails to make me sob - and I'm pretty sure it was heavily influential on how my father approached raising his children.

I don't know if it's overlooked, but the Rolling Stones also did "Under my Thumb" which is...a little bit nonconsenty?

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It's okay - This one is sort of emblazoned in my brain after my German teacher in college had us translate it to see how different it was from the English version.  Literally typed that from memory.

You too eh?

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Some of these songs...

I don't think I can listen to them the same.

Usually, I just have the music on as background noise but after taking a look at the actual lyrics on some of these...I think I should pay a bit more attention to what I'm listening to.


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I don't know about anyone else but "Baby Got Back" always creeped me out. Yes, I know I know, he loves butts we get it, but damn!

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A song which still sends chill down my spine is ''Cats in the Cradle'', the lyrics walking through the relationship of a father and his son and them never quite able to connect or be part of each other's life. First song I learnt to play on the guitar, so it holds a quite special place for me.
This is me and mine; my father, and, unfortunately, my son.

Dad got to be around a lot more with my brothers and sister, they are all much younger, and my son's with him 'cause my job doesn't send me to the most kid friendly locales.But damn....

Oh, and NIN's We're in This Together.


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I've become impossible  holding on to when
When everything seemed to matter more
The two of us
All used and beaten up
Watching fate as it flow down the path we
Have chose

You and me
We're in this together now
None of them can stop us now
We will make it through somehow
You and me
If the world should break in two
Until the very end of me
Until the very end of you

Awake to the sound as they peel apart the skin
They pick and they pull
Trying to get their fingers in
Well they've got to kill what we've found
Well they've got to hate what we fear
Well they've got to make it go away
Well they've got to make it disappear

The farther I fall I'm beside you
As lost as I get I will find you
The deeper the wound I'm inside you
For ever and ever I'm a part of

You and me
We're in this together now
None of them can stop us now
We will make it through somehow
You and me
If the world should break in two
Until the very end of me
Until the very end of you
All that we were is gone we have to hold on
All that we were is gone we have to hold on
When all our hope is gone we have to hold on
All that we were is gone but we can hold on

You and me
We're in this together now
None of them can stop us now
We will make it through somehow
You and me
Even after everything
You're the queen and I'm the king
Nothing else means anything
Written by Trent Reznor • Copyright © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

Or maybe No Doubt's "Don't Speak," a biography of a band's breakup.
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Fisher Z with Marliese

Which is basically told from the perspective of a creeper stalker.



I told them I take photos for this magazine.
They let me in to see you comb your hair.
I watched for signs as I came throught that door.
The anxious eyes that I've been waiting for.
It's no use hoping I'm a dream.
[Chorus:]
Oh Marliese.
The waiting almost brought me to my knees.
Oh Marliese.
You didn't really think I'd leave you in peace.
It's no use crying out ''cause they can't help you now.
You're forced to hear the words I have to say.
I saw your face when I was taken down.
You seemed so pleased, you're not so happy now.
It's your turn to be afraid.
[Chorus]
So where's the smooth composure of the movie star.
You must have played this many times before.
Do I see tears? Well surely that's not true.
Don't kid yourself, it's not worth hurting you.
Bur remember when you try to sleep.
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Apologies if these have already been posted.

Janie's got a gun by Aerosmith. 



Lyrics
Dum, dum, dum, honey what have you done?
Dum, dum, dum it's the sound of my gun.
Dum, dum, dum, honey what have you done?
Dum, dum, dum it's the sound

Janie's got a gun
Janie's got a gun
Her whole world's come undone
From lookin' straight at the sun
What did her daddy do?
What did he put you through?
They said when Janie was arrested
they found him underneath a train
But man, he had it comin' Now that Janie's got a gun
she ain't never gonna be the same.

Janie's got a gun
Janie's got a gun
Her dog day's just begun
Now everybody is on the run
Tell me now it's untrue.
What did her daddy do?
He jacked a little bitty baby
The man has got to be insane
They say the spell that he was under the lightning and the
thunder knew that someone had to stop the rain

Run away, run away from the pain yeah, yeah yeah yeah
Run away run away from the pain yeah yeah
yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
Run away, run away, run, run away

Janie's got a gun
Janie's got a gun
Her dog day's just begun
Now everybody is on the run
What did her daddy do?
It's Janie's last I.O.U.
She had to take him down easy and put a bullet in his brain
She said 'cause nobody believes me. The man was such a sleeze.
He ain't never gonna be the same.

Run away, run away from the pain yeah, yeah
yeah yeah yeah
Run away run away from the pain yeah yeah
yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
Run away, run away, run, run away

Janie's got a gun
Janie's got a gun
Janie's got a gun
Everybody is on the run

Janie's got a gun
Her dog day's just begun
Now everybody is on the run
Because Janie's got a gun
Janie's got a gun
Her dog day's just begun
Now everybody is on the run
Janie's got a gun



Jeremy by Pearl Jam



Lyrics
At home
Drawing pictures
Of mountain tops
With him on top
Lemon yellow sun
Arms raised in a V

Dead lay in pools of maroon below
Daddy didn't give attention
To the fact that mommy didn't care
King Jeremy the wicked
Ruled his world

Jeremy spoke in class today
Jeremy spoke in class today
Clearly I remember
Pickin' on the boy

Seemed a harmless little fuck
But we unleashed a lion
Gnashed his teeth

And bit the recess lady's breast
How could I forget
He hit me with a surprise left
My jaw left hurting

Dropped wide open
Just like the day
Like the day I heard
Daddy didn't give affection

And the boy was something mommy wouldn't wear
King Jeremy the wicked
Ruled his world
Jeremy spoke in class today
Jeremy spoke in class today

Try to forget this,
Try to erase this,
From the blackboard.
« Last Edit: January 12, 2017, 10:18:59 AM by Mithlomwen »

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Facts about those two:

Steve Tyler has a charity called Janie's Fund for the support of child abuse victims.

'Jeremy' was actually based on a real incident.  Eddie Vedder read the article about the suicide, and felt 'the need to take that small article and make something of it—to give that action, to give it reaction, to give it more importance.'  He also said in 1991:  'it's just been recently that I've been talking about the true meaning behind it and I hope no one's offended and believe me, I think of Jeremy when I sing it.' (Source)

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"Delilah" Tom Jones.

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I saw the light on the night that I passed by her window
I saw the flickering shadow of love on her blind
She was my woman
As she deceived me I watched and went out of my mind
My my my Delilah
Why why why Delilah
I could see, that girl was no good for me
But I was lost like a slave that no man could free
At break of day when that man drove away I was waiting
I crossed the street to her house and she opened the door
She stood there laughing
I felt the knife in my hand and she laughed no more
My my my Delilah
Why why why Delilah
So before they come to break down the door
Forgive me Delilah I just couldn't take any more
She stood there laughing
I felt the knife in my hand and she laughed no more
My my my Delilah
Why why why Delilah
So before they come to break down the door
Forgive me Delilah I just couldn't take any more
Forgive me Delilah I just couldn't take any more

"Hey Joe" Jimi Hendrix
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Hey Joe, where you goin' with that gun of yours?
Hey Joe, I said where you goin' with that gun in your hand, oh
I'm goin' down to shoot my old lady
You know I caught her messin' 'round with another man
I'm goin' down to shoot my old lady
You know I caught her messin' 'round with another man
And that ain't too cool
Huh, hey Joe, I heard you shot your mamma down
You shot her down now
Hey Joe, I heard you shot your lady down
You shot her down in the ground, yeah
Yeah
Yes, I did, I shot her
You know I caught her messin' round, messin' round town
Yes I did, I shot her
You know I caught my old lady messin' 'round town
And I gave her the gun
And I shot her
Alright
Shoot her one more time again, baby
Yeah
Oh, dig it
Oh, alright
Hey Joe
Where you gonna run to now, where you gonna go?
Hey Joe, I said
Where you gonna run to now, where you gonna go?
I'm goin' way down south
Way down to Mexico way
Alright
I'm goin' way down South
Way down where I can be free
Ain't no one gonna find me
Ain't no hang-man gonna
He ain't gonna put a rope around me
You better believe it right now
I gotta go now
Hey, Joe
You better run on down
Goodbye everybody

"Shot in the dark" Ozzy Osbourne

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Out on the street, I'm stalking the night,
I can hear my heavy breathing.
Paid for the kill but it doesn't seem right;
something there I can believe in .

Voices are calling from inside my head.
I can hear them, I can hear them,
vanishing memories of things that were said,
they can't try to hurt me now.

But a shot in the dark, one step away from you.
A shot in the dark, always creeping up on you

Taught by the powers that preach over me
I can hear their empty reason
I wouldn't listen I learnt how to fight
I opened up my mind to treason

But just like the wounded and when it's too late
They'll remember they'll surrender
Never a care for the people who hate
Underestimate me now

But a shot in the dark one step away from you
A shot in the dark not a thing that you can do
A shot in the dark always creeping up on you

But just like the wounded and when it's too late
They'll remember they'll surrender
Never a care for the people who hate
Underestimate me now

But a shot in the dark one step away from you
A shot in the dark not a thing that you can do
A shot in the dark always creeping up on you

"The Butcher and Fast Eddy" Rose Tattoo

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It happened in the suburbs north of the river
Where the smokestacks scrape the air
And gangs of short haired boys roam the streets
Get out of there way, 'cause there out to get there share
Now Butcher, he was the leader
Had a reputation for being tough but fair
He knew life was just a gamble
So he lived from day to day without a care
Stick around and I'll tell ya
About Butcher and Fast Eddy
Across the river lived Fast Eddy
He was known to be treacherous, very mean
Even Eddy's sweet young sister out on the streets
Just a girl, barely fifteen
Now Fast Eddy, he led the rival gang
And he claimed he was better...than most
One day I'm gonna fix that Butcher
Always seemed to be this cocky braggart's boast
There's only the quick and the dead
I want to know who's layin' down
Now, I'm gonna win this fight said Eddy
Yeah 'cause I'm gonna take a knife, and I'm gonna take a gun
But Butcher, he told his mates as they gathered 'round
I got two good fists, and you know I never
Never ever ever been afraid of anyone
And it came the night, at last for their meeting
I can't lose said Eddy, 'cause I'm the best
But the cold light of morning found Eddy
His own switchblade knife buried deep in his chest!
Yeah that's it all Oh wow Butcher, and Fast Eddy
Yeah that's it all
And the law never did touch Butcher
And I'm so glad, 'cause I know so well
He was a born with a wild free spirit, and he never
He never was the kind to live locked up in some dirty stinkin' cell
And the kids, they still talk about it
In the back streets and alleyways around town
They still talk about that cold, windy Saturday night
That old Butcher ya know, he put Fast Eddy down

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Obvious one I missed or maybe just passed over.

Blurred lines. Incredibly catchy but hideously date rapey

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Not sure if it has been overlooked per se, but I love it, regardless.


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So, that led me to the fact that there's a genre of music called 'murder ballads'.


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So, that led me to the fact that there's a genre of music called 'murder ballads'.

Somebody's collected a playlist of 85 of 'em.

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The so-called Southern Gothic style flourishes everywhere. I was grateful that Mirel Wagner's album When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day is only 31 minutes long.

No one ever accused Otep of being catchy or cheerful, either, but 'Voyeur' and 'Apex Predator' are... something, even for their standards.

Eddy Grant, on the other hand...


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How could I forget this..


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Stumbled across this one:



Steely Dan, Gaslighting Abbie

lyrics


One plush summer you come to me ripe and ready
And bad through and through
With that deep mystical soul synergy pumping steady
Between me and you

Lovin' all the beautiful work we've done cara mia
And it's barely July
If we keep on boppin' until Labor Day
Li'l miz Abbie, bye bye

What will it be some soothing herb tea?
That might be just the thing
Let's say we spike it with Deludin
Or else maybe tonight a hand of solitaire

Flame is the game
The game we call gaslighting Abbie
It's a luscious invention for three
One summer by the sea

With the long weekend that's comin' up fast, let's get busy
There's just too much to do
That black mini looks just like the one she's been missin'
Feels good on you

There's a few items we need in town, allez-vous girl
There's no time to waste
Such as fresh cable and fifteen watt bulbs
Couple dozen, it's a big old place

Let's keep it light, we'll do a Fright night
With blood and everything
Some punky laughter from the kitchen
And then a nice relaxing hand of solitaire

Flame is the game
The game we call gaslighting Abbie
It's a luscious invention for three
One summer by the sea

You can choose the music
I'll set up my gear
Later on we'll chill and watch the fireworks from here

How can you knock this mighty spite lock
Check out the work itself
A mix of elegance and function
That 's right, a tweak or two and then she's out of here

Flame is the game
The game we call gaslighting Abbie
It's a luscious invention for three
One summer by the sea

Flame is the game
The game we call gaslighting Abbie
It's a luscious invention for three
One summer by the sea

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French
abusive man/husband (cheating, isolation, all that jazz)
 

anything Noir Désir (those about social situation in France are quite dark and violent, the main singer killed his girlfriend in 2003 which makes it extra creepy)



violent break up (mention of murder, suicide, terror attack...)



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The music is pure goth pop bubblegum... and then you listen for the lyrics and you think you've walked into an Asian horror movie.

The Birthday Massacre - Calling

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I think this song is creepy but I really like it.

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Baby It's Cold Outside. Besides the obvious, I like pretending it is part of Stephen King's Misery the musical.

James Caan: I really can't stay
Kathy Bates: But baby, it's cold outside
James Caan: I've got to go away
Kathy Bates: But baby, it's cold outside


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Turn It On by Genesis.  Infectiously positive-sounding, but the lyrics are incredibly depressing, especially in today's world of more social media and less in-person social interaction.



It's basically the story of a lonely person who obsesses over a television star on his favorite show, but Phil Collins adds so much more with his voice.

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Ajoura - The SCP Foundation Main Theme


This especially strikes a cord with me since the music has a unnatural vibe around it, making one feel uneasy.

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Does this one count?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t039p6xqutU
Christmas at Ground Zero by Weird AL.

Sidenote: How do you link videos so they don't just become a text link?

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If you don't put the 'url' tag around it, the forum's software will automatically embed it.    (Just as a note - although I'm pretty sure it doesn't apply in this case - videos that include children should be linked instead of embedded.)

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Maybe this one fits? It is kinda catchy and is played a lot on an alternative station here. The narrator is expressing the desire to commit suicide.


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Oh goodness. If you listen to Octane on SiriusXM at all, then you've found the holy grail for songs that fit that description.

One of the first that comes to mind is a catchy little diddy that I didn't even think about, until I read the lyrics.

Red Sun Rising - Emotionless   -- Song is clearly about someone murdering a girl and then keeping her body until it's past the point of decay.

I'm Glad You're Dead - Bobaflex  -- It's about a son (I think.) that's at his father's funeral and is ever so glad he's dead, as he was abusive.




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I Don't know if those were posted





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FRench
(murder, violence, sex, rampant slurs anti women and gay and foreigners)
(wanna mafioso, corruption, violence)
(juvenile delinquency)

 (violence, drugs, suicide, underage, a song entitled, nicely "my own slut", all this, really, and more)

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Oh goodness. If you listen to Octane on SiriusXM at all, then you've found the holy grail for songs that fit that description.

One of the first that comes to mind is a catchy little diddy that I didn't even think about, until I read the lyrics.

Red Sun Rising - Emotionless   -- Song is clearly about someone murdering a girl and then keeping her body until it's past the point of decay.

Holy shit, I didn't catch this. Probably because I mishear the chorus, now that I'm looking at the lyrics. >.>

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Holy shit, I didn't catch this. Probably because I mishear the chorus, now that I'm looking at the lyrics. >.>

I still love it regardless, but wooooah. Pretty friggen creepy!!

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Going for a whole album, Marillion's 1994 prog rock masterpiece "Brave".



The band were in the early stages of jamming around tracks that would form the album. Their singer Steve Hogarth was trying to write lyrics when the news had a police call out for information to identify a woman who'd been found on the Severn Bridge. She was naked and had amnesia and had clearly been assaulted.

Being a kinda prog-rock band, it was a concept album that was created. The individual songs are awesome but you listen to them in order and the story emerges.

To be complete bastards about it though, they released a special b-side double groove album. The album builds to its crisis point, both grooves on side b are identical until you got to the last song. One groove ended with "Made Again". A redemptive piece, very much 'winter-into-spring, things get better, rebirth, etc.' stuff. The other groove ended with "Falling From The Moon" which is the anonymous characters jump from the bridge, followed by seven minutes of the sound of lapping water. Until you got to the end of the album, you didn't know which track would be last.

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To be complete bastards about it though, they released a special b-side double groove album. The album builds to its crisis point, both grooves on side b are identical until you got to the last song. One groove ended with "Made Again". A redemptive piece, very much 'winter-into-spring, things get better, rebirth, etc.' stuff. The other groove ended with "Falling From The Moon" which is the anonymous characters jump from the bridge, followed by seven minutes of the sound of lapping water. Until you got to the end of the album, you didn't know which track would be last.

This is the sort of trickery that you can only do on vinyl.  Gotta admit, that's pretty damn inventive.

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everyone thinks country is all about trucks and cowboys and stuff.
You wanta  creepy fun song...-- Dixie Chicks-

Goodbye Earl


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everyone thinks country is all about trucks and cowboys and stuff.
You wanta  creepy fun song...-- Dixie Chicks-

Goodbye Earl

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goodbye_Earl

Single by Dixie Chicks
from the album Fly
B-side    "Stand by Your Man"
Released    February 29, 2000

I laughed.

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There's a Fear Itself episode with a strangely similar plot

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Slipknot is known for having fairly disturbing songs if you actually listen, but this one is catchy... And then you realize what they're talking about.


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Slipknot doesn't disappoint. ;D

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Slipknot doesn't disappoint. ;D
Amen to that!

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I am surprised this thread is still alive. :o

That a side~

Not sure if this has been posted but:



Basically about the struggle of addiction when you are trying to stay clean.

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Here's another new song about suicide that popped up on a radio station here (makes the locale look like a swell place, huh? LOL). Fair warning: the lyrics do detail suicide attempts.


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Surprised Peter Gabriel hasn't got onto here yet!

Brilliant artist, catchy tunes, some very dark/creepy song themes. Just briefly, you have:

1) Family Snapshot - Based on a Arthur Bremer's real life attempt at assassination https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFDgBSk1ghM

2) Mercy Street - Based on Anne Sexton's writing and death https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zs35CBGOxbc

3) No Self Control - Has a stalker's angst ever been so catchy? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yEcTB2va5E

4) Don't Give Up (with Kate Bush) - A man loses everything, and intends to commit suicide! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjEq-r2agqc

And last but not least:

5) Games Without Frontiers - The catchiest comparison between international self destruction and childish pique ever written (and scarily still relevant) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xZmlUV8muY

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Johnny Cash-- Classic country artist and yet he did

Delia's Gone!




Which female artist has the most Grammies?

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Allison Krauss =27


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Such shenanigans are expected from PJ Harvey. She wouldn't hang out with Nick Cave otherwise.



Here be proof (watch, don't just listen; this is pretty amazing for a one-take shoot):



Full-blown Southern Gothic style:


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Um, guilty pleasure songs. >.> Especially nice to have on hand for those violent characters.




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Um, guilty pleasure songs. >.> Especially nice to have on hand for those violent characters.


I have an entire playlist devoted to one character, all of this... ilk. ;) I love it!

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So, for those of you don't who play the video game Warframe, new content was announced today with a really good video.



It's great working music, until you realise the lyrics basically boil down to "We're lucky to work our life-debts down to the point where we can hand them on to our children to continue working off in slave-like conditions."

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I have an entire playlist devoted to one character, all of this... ilk. ;) I love it!

That's fun! :D So you're probably sitting on a gold mine for this thread.

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That's fun! :D So you're probably sitting on a gold mine for this thread.
You know it. ;)



I think the title is pretty self explanitory. Crossfade is great for their dark songs.

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Drunkard planning to toil like a slave on a boat to escape to a paradise island where he hopes pretty local girls will welcome him.. hum… This is a recipe for a #manwhowouldbeking situation non?


of course

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I have an entire playlist devoted to one character, all of this... ilk. ;) I love it!

Nothing better than music to be able to get into the mind of a character! I do this a lot too, for various characters and stories!

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Oh yes! I have to have a playlist for every character. Their creation doesn't feel complete without one. XD

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Nothing better than music to be able to get into the mind of a character! I do this a lot too, for various characters and stories!

Oh yes! I have to have a playlist for every character. Their creation doesn't feel complete without one. XD

I have found my people! :D

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lyrics
Sunshine came softly through my a-window today
Could've tripped out easy a-but I've a-changed my ways
It'll take time, I know it but in a while
You're gonna be mine, I know it, we'll do it in style
'Cause I made my mind up you're going to be mine
I'll tell you right now

Any trick in the book now, baby, all that I can find
Everybody's hustlin' just to have a little scene
When I say we'll be cool I think that you know what I mean
We stood on a beach at sunset, do you remember when?
I know a beach where, baby, a-it never ends
When you've made your mind up forever to be mine
Hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm

I'll pick up your hand and slowly blow your little mind
'Cause I made my mind up you're going to be mine
I'll tell you right now

Any trick in the book now, baby, all that I can find
Superman or Green Lantern ain't got a-nothin' on me
I can make like a turtle and dive for your pearls in the sea, yeah
A you-you-you can just sit there a-thinking on your velvet throne
'Bout all the rainbows a-you can a-have for your own
When you've made your mind up forever to be mine
I'll pick up your hand and slowly blow your little mind
When you've made your mind up forever to be mine
I'll pick up your hand
I'll pick up your hand

The girl in the pictures (Sue Lyon) dated Donovan for a while, until one night in 1967 when Donovan slipped some LSD into her drink.  She didn't speak to him again until 1975.

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Oh yes black hole sun, the video is disturbing too









and frankly Tori Amos is her own warning



Garbage too

and that video though



French

about the singer's friend who died

about death

about a lost ship


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I thought 'la petite mort' was a slang term for an orgasm?  Like, Victorian era slang?

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Having a hard time embedding videos today, so I'll just leave behind names and artists for later.

Deathwish - Red Sun Rising. (I really love these guys, to be honest!) Apocalyptic.

Bloodfeather - Highly Suspect (again, love this band.) A bloodfeather is someone who will hurt you/is hurting you, but you still refuse to hate.
Lydia - Highly Suspect - Drugs, murder, and whatnot.

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I thought 'la petite mort' was a slang term for an orgasm?  Like, Victorian era slang?

It is. The song is definitely a play on word for that though the topic is creepy.

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starts sounding like a kid left home alone misbehaving, turn out it's about a dumped gf who destroys her ex's home, this cover is better than the original imho and also darker (incl self harm and gun stuff) 




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Somehow, the idea that Traci Lords had an album is kind of disturbing in itself...

Offline RedRose

Yes! I discovered her 'other' interests (?) googling for more songs… I first thought it was someone else with the same name.





so many songs have disturbing lyrics or stories

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3hjpNuvap



very nsfw. What's with the lust/hate, the gore, the poor kid, the "I sleep with the guy who tried to force me and then I like him". I also think the clip and the lyric don't really match

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Love this one.


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spoiling one's life for a guy who gave her a compliment one day (period appropriate classism)
obsession, masochism, as "beautiful" (she throws her life away but it's not Worth much)

parent basically tells his child life is shite and he can't escape it




Offline Mr Quixotic

Based on the true-life story of sixteen year old Brenda Ann Spencer, who on being asked 'why?' after shooting dead two adults and injuring six children at a local school from the window of her house, replied with;

"I don't like Mondays. This livens up the day."

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Just remembered those songs from movie Pretty things


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Sooo Chester Bennington wrote and sang this song exactly 8 years before he committed suicide.




and this one a few months beforehand...



Those who are fans of Linkin Park will know that Chester had been battling depression on and off for most of his life. Therefore it is believed that he was apologising for his own death in both songs. With this in mind, it makes the songs more haunting when you listen to the lyrics. It is clear that he had thought about it long enough that he left behind the songs like this.

Rest in peace Chester. You will be remembered for your profound lyrics and powerful voice that touched people who suffered like you. Thank you.



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A friend set up a play list that really qualifies






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Some more than others (number 7 is about Star wars and really cool, 3 5 9 16 are really gloomy, 14 is VERY disturbing). Basically about life in the poor areas in Marseille. Violence, prostitution, forced veiling, islamization, drug, dowries, everything.
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Trees of Eternity, Hour of the Nightingale

There's nothing inherently disturbing about this album; it is, in fact, heartbreakingly beautiful gothic/doom metal of the fine Finnish school, perfect for building atmosphere this time of year. Everyone will probably have a favourite track (mine is 'Eye Of Night'). What just cranks up the eerie factor is knowing that the singer, who is primarily responsible for the atmosphere, had died several months before the album's release - had likely been, knowingly or not, desperately ill during its creation. A textbook haunting experience.
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Maxwell's Silver Hammer- The Beatles. It's rather catchy and upbeat for a song about a serial killer