History DownerEnding / Music

25th May '17 11:05:24 PM wolftickets1969
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* Think's "Once You Understand" is interspersed with dialogue of children arguing with their parents. The song ends with a police officer telling a father that his son died of an overdose.

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* Think's "Once You Understand" is interspersed with dialogue of children arguing with their parents. The song ends with a police officer telling a father that his teenage son [[DrugsAreBad died of an overdose.overdose]], and [[TearJerker the father breaks down sobbing]].



* "Once You Understand", a 1971 [[DrugsAreBad anti-drug]] {{novelty song}} by Bobby Susser's studio group Think, ends with the police telling the rebellious teenager's father that "he died of an overdose", and the father breaking down sobbing.
25th May '17 11:03:24 PM wolftickets1969
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* "Once You Understand", a 1971 [[DrugsAreBad anti-drug]] {{novelty song}} by Bobby Susser's studio group Think, ends with the police telling the rebellious teenager's father that "he died of an overdose", and the father breaking down sobbing.
9th May '17 3:21:56 PM Golondrina
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* Creator/ElvisPresley's "In The Ghetto" starts with a baby being born, before going through his short life, ending when he dies after having bought a gun and stolen a car, because he didn't receive a helping hand when he was younger, followed by another baby being born, [[{{bookends}} implied to be doomed to the same fate.]]

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* Creator/ElvisPresley's Music/ElvisPresley's "In The Ghetto" starts with a baby being born, before going through his short life, ending when he dies after having bought a gun and stolen a car, because he didn't receive a helping hand when he was younger, followed by another baby being born, [[{{bookends}} implied to be doomed to the same fate.]]
7th Apr '17 9:25:39 PM RighteousFury
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* The children's song "Little Bunny Foo-Foo" ends with the titular rabbit ignoring the Good Fairy's warning not to "pick up field mice and bop them on the head" three times and subsequently being turned into a goon.
24th Jan '17 7:34:10 AM TropeTheLight
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* Music/TheBeatles's "A Day in the Life" was the closing song on the album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". The song is usually interpreted as the story of a desensitized man reading through the news, passively reading stories about death. The song is one of the darkest songs on the album.
15th Jan '17 10:02:02 AM LtFedora
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* ''99 Luftballons'' / ''99 Red Balloons'' by Nena has the protagonists launching 99 balloons and this triggers nuclear war.

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* ''99 Luftballons'' / ''99 Red Balloons'' by Nena Music/{{Nena}} has the protagonists launching 99 balloons and this triggers nuclear war.
14th Oct '16 1:11:13 PM robertpercy
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** "Memento Mori", the last song of Architects' possibly final album ''All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us'', is a song about coming to terms with death. Tom Searle's actual death happened just months after the album was released.

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** * "Memento Mori", the last song of Architects' possibly final album ''All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us'', is a song about coming to terms with death. Tom Searle's actual death happened just months after the album was released.
14th Oct '16 1:10:52 PM robertpercy
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** "Memento Mori", the last song of Architects' possibly final album ''All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us'', is a song about coming to terms with death. Tom Searle's actual death happened just months after the album was released.
6th Oct '16 3:00:32 PM KidDynamite
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*** The band ultimately did get a HappyEnding with their reunion at Live 8 in 2005.
23rd Aug '16 7:28:28 PM TimeLordVictorious
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* "The End" by Music/TheDoors doesn't exactly have one, but the way the final lyrics are sung makes it feel like one. Bonus points for "The End" actually being the final song in the album.
** "Riders on the Storm" was the last song on the album ''Music/LAWoman'', and it was the last song that Jim Morrison recorded which was released in his lifetime. It's melancholy sound and haunting lyrics make it a downer ending of sorts.
** The band themselves too, with the deaths of Jim Morrison in 1971 and Ray Manzarek in 2013.
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