History LyricalDissonance / Rock

3rd Mar '17 6:30:25 AM DeepRed
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** "Highway To Hell" is about someone whose life is on the wrong track, living a lifestyle that solicits sex, drugs and alcohol... It's also one of '''the''' most iconic classic rock songs ever, fitting the recipe perfectly. Major Key? Check. Up-beat tempo? Check. Positive, cheerful lyrics? Eh, not so much...

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** "Highway To Hell" is about someone whose life is on the wrong track, living a lifestyle that solicits sex, drugs and alcohol... It's also one of '''the''' most iconic classic rock songs ever, [[SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll fitting the recipe perfectly.perfectly]]. Major Key? Check. Up-beat tempo? Check. Positive, cheerful lyrics? Eh, not so much...much. Just several months after the song's release, the band's original singer Bon Scott drank himself to death.
22nd Feb '17 7:25:25 PM gewunomox
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* Upbeat songs with dark lyrics is one of the hallmarks of SteelyDan's music:

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* Upbeat songs with dark lyrics is one of the hallmarks of SteelyDan's Music/SteelyDan's music:
13th Feb '17 11:37:24 PM GrafVonTirol
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** And then there's "Allentown", a rather peppy little number in which the narrator talks about how the place is full of crushed dreams and dying factories. Depending on your interpretation of the lyrics, the last verse possibly ends with the narrator either dying or killing himself.

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** And then there's "Allentown", a rather peppy little number in which the narrator talks about how the place region (and especially nearby Bethlehem) is full of crushed dreams and dying factories. Depending on your interpretation of the lyrics, the last verse possibly ends with the narrator either dying or killing himself.
6th Feb '17 7:56:39 PM FossilsDaDaDa
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* "Pumped Up Kicks" by Music/FosterThePeople ''sounds'' upbeat and is very danceable, but the lyrics are about a teenage loner, seemingly neglected/ignored by his father; the chorus of the song describes a Columbine-style school shooting from the point of view of said loner. In a case of RealLifeWritesThePlot, bassist Cubbie Fink's cousin survived Columbine.

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* "Pumped Up Kicks" by Music/FosterThePeople is one of the most famous examples of this trope, often showing up on "Songs that you didn't know were actually dark and tragic"-type lists. It ''sounds'' upbeat and is very catchy and danceable, but the lyrics are about a teenage loner, seemingly neglected/ignored by his father; the chorus of the song describes a Columbine-style school shooting from the point of view of said loner. In a case of RealLifeWritesThePlot, bassist Cubbie Fink's cousin survived Columbine.
20th Dec '16 1:44:52 AM Sinister_Sandwich
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* Just about everything by ''Music/Voltaire.'' Such delights as 'Headless Waltz,' a song about decapitation, 'When You're Evil,' 'Death, Death, Evil, Evil Songs,' and 'Brains,' a song about a brain-eating alien. All sung to a cheerful polka tune!
20th Dec '16 1:40:42 AM Sinister_Sandwich
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* Music/{{REM}}'s first U.S hit, "Losing My Religion" from ''Out of Time'' fits this trope. The smog is bouncy and cheery, played with a mandolin and acoustic guitar. Then you listen to the lyrics...

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* Music/{{REM}}'s first U.S hit, "Losing My Religion" from ''Out of Time'' fits this trope. The smog song is bouncy and cheery, played with a mandolin and acoustic guitar. Then you listen to the lyrics...
20th Dec '16 1:39:57 AM Sinister_Sandwich
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* Music/{{REM}}'s first U.S hit, "Losing My Religion" from ''Music/AutomaticForThePeople'' fits this trope. The smog is bouncy and cheery, played with a mandolin and acoustic guitar. Then you listen to the lyrics...

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* Music/{{REM}}'s first U.S hit, "Losing My Religion" from ''Music/AutomaticForThePeople'' ''Out of Time'' fits this trope. The smog is bouncy and cheery, played with a mandolin and acoustic guitar. Then you listen to the lyrics...
16th Dec '16 7:23:42 PM KingClark
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** Music/BornInTheUSA" sounds like it should be about how great being a U.S. citizen is... but it's about a man who's been beat down all his life, gets sent off to Vietnam, loses his brother (whose death also crushes a Vietnamese woman he was seeing), and ends up unemployable when he gets back. Some people who should have known better (George Will and Ronald Reagan among them) apparently didn't bother to listen to the rest of the song before talking about it.

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** Music/BornInTheUSA" "Born In The USA" sounds like it should be about how great being a U.S. citizen is... but it's about a man who's been beat down all his life, gets sent off to Vietnam, loses his brother (whose death also crushes a Vietnamese woman he was seeing), and ends up unemployable when he gets back. Some people who should have known better (George Will and Ronald Reagan among them) apparently didn't bother to listen to the rest of the song before talking about it.
13th Nov '16 5:20:44 AM a3poify
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* "New York Mining Disaster 1941" by Music/TheBeeGees is an upbeat sounding song about two miners being trapped after a cave-in waiting for help that will never come.
2nd Nov '16 11:04:07 AM Nani
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* "Slide" by Music/TheGooGooDolls is a sweet-sounding, gentle tune about a girl that gets an abortion after the singer gets her pregnant, [[GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion and the guilt that she and the singer feel from doing so.]]
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