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9th Aug '16 3:09:42 AM PaulA
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* In ''ComicBook/{{Prez}}'', CorruptCorporateExecutive Smiley delivers a motivational speech to his employees backed by the refrain of Music/NeilYoung's "Rockin' in the Free World". Afterward he turns to an aide and points out how inappropriate the music choice is. "Has anyone ''listened'' to that song?"

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Prez}}'', CorruptCorporateExecutive Smiley delivers a motivational speech to his employees backed by the refrain rounded off with a burst of Music/NeilYoung's "Rockin' in the Free World". Afterward he turns to an aide and points out how inappropriate the music choice is. "Has anyone ''listened'' is.
-->'''Smiley:''' What's with the exit music? You ever listen
to that song?"song? It's all about death and crack-babies.
8th Aug '16 9:58:03 PM PaulA
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* In ''ComicBook/{{Prez}}'', CorruptCorporateExecutive Smiley delivers a motivational speech to his employees backed by the refrain of Music/NeilYoung's "Rockin' in the Free World". Afterward he turns to an aide and points out how inappropriate the music choice is. "Has anyone ''listened'' to that song?"
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8th Aug '16 9:54:11 PM PaulA
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!!!In-universe

[[folder:Film]]
* Parodied in ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy''. When Ron tries to explain how his feelings for Veronica Corningstone go beyond the desire for sex, he decides to explain the feeling of love, by singing "Afternoon Delight", a song about two people whose relationship is mostly sexual.
* ''Film/ConAir'': Quoth Garland Greene (Steve Buscemi) when the convicts escape from the desert strip in their plane and celebrate: "Define 'irony'; a bunch of idiots dancing on a plane to a song made famous by a band that died in a plane crash." Incidentally, the song in question is "Sweet Home Alabama" by Music/LynyrdSkynyrd, making it a repeat offender on this very page.
* Deliberate example in the rich tradition of "badly chosen wedding songs" in ''45 Years''. Kate and Geoff want their first dance played again for their 45th anniversary, and it's obvious that the lyrics aren't foremost in their minds -- they refer to it as "our first dance" and "the Platters song", and Kate absent mindedly hums the tune at one point. The film ends with Smoke Gets In Your Eyes playing at the party, and Kate seemingly hearing it properly for the first time -- it's about love blinding you to the flaws in a relationship, and it ends in heartbreak.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Parodied in ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' when Michael and Maeby (uncle and niece) perform a duet of 'Afternoon Delight' and slowly come to realise what the song is actually about as they sing it. This happens ''twice'' in the same episode: Lindsay and George Michael (aunt and nephew) were away when Michael and Maeby figured out the nature of the lyrics, and decided to sing the ''same exact song'', coming to a similar, horrified revelation.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' {{lampshade|Hanging}}d this in "Unknown Subject", in which the [=UnSub=] likes to play songs from TheEighties when raping his victims. When one of his victims tells him she has recognized that the song he played at the bar was the same he played when he was raping her, he explains that he played it because he was the music that he chose when he asked for his wife's hand. The victim doesn't buy it... because the song was "Total Eclipse of the Heart".
* Lampshaded in ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' when Lorelai is going through Sookie's selections for her wedding to Jackson:
-->'''Lorelai:''' You cannot walk down the aisle to that. It's depressing, it's morbid...\\
'''Sookie:''' It's Music/{{Ella|Fitzgerald}}! It's a classic song.\\
'''Lorelai:''' A classic song with lyrics about a woman who can't make her relationship work, whose life is filled with emptiness and regret and pain.\\
'''Sookie:''' Oh, who listens to the lyrics?\\
'''Lorelai:''' ''[looks at the alternatives]'' Let's see... Hey Jude? Seasons in the Sun? Cat's in the Cradle? Don't Cry Out Loud? Sookie, do you even ''like'' Jackson?
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'':
** John Mellencamp's "Pink Houses" ("Ain't that America") is not a bold, daring song about interior design. [[CampGay But then, it's generally not taken that way.]] The example is actually played 'straight' as Kurt is trying to sing a manly song to contrast his reputation of being camp gay.
** Parodied in the episode "Sexy" with Emma wanting to use [[IntercourseWithYou "Afternoon Delight"]] to promote the Celibacy Club, under the mistaken belief that it was about having dessert in the middle of the day.
** Idina Menzel in a special mentions how during her appearance in the first season (specifically "Theatricality"), the touching reunion song with her daughter being "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga seemed odd, to say the least. Special attention was given to the bridge's lyrics.
** The season 3 episode "I Kissed a Girl" has the girls performing the homonymous song during Santana's coming out, immediately after attacking a boy for not taking lesbianism seriously. While the song is actually about bicuriosity, all of the lines that explicitly refer to that aspect (like the ones mentioning a boyfriend) are given to Rachel, who is straight.
** Having Finn sing "Losing My Religion" in "Grilled Cheesus" while having a crisis of faith, even though that song isn't about religion (as Michael Stipe noted, it's Southern slang for losing one's patience).
** Having Puck and Finn sing "Glory Days" during graduation in the season 3 finale, when that song is about mocking people who are fixated on high school.
** Having Mercedes sing "Spotlight" in "Asian F" about her desire for the spotlight, when it's about a woman in an abusive relationship.
** Having them perform ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' ([[RecursiveAdaptation as in the film, not the original play]]) under the belief itís about [[BeYourself being oneself]]. One might start wondering whether or not this is [[Music/TheGadfly played intentionally]] as a RunningGag...
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': If you listen to more than just the refrain, "You Are My Sunshine" by Jimmie Davis is about how the love of the singer's life has left him, and how miserable he is, and how she'll never be happy without him. The Doctor likes to sing this to Seven of Nine (or have her sing it to him) as a love song. Played hauntingly straight in one episode where the Doctor had his [[MoralityChip ethical subroutines]] removed. At that point, he was experimenting with her borg implants, forcing her to vocally sing along with him. He seemed to be well aware of the song's meaning.
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'': Jenna and her mom use a karoake performance of "Do That To Me One More Time" to celebrate their reconciliation.
-->'''Liz''': How are you not ''moved'' by this?!\\
'''Jack''': Because I'm listening to the words.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[{{Eagleland}} Sam the Eagle]] from ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' sings The Guess Who's "American Woman", but he doesn't even make it past the first two lines before realizing his mistake.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Parodied when "At Seventeen" is sung (unironically) during a Miss Teen USA-style beauty pageant.
** In "Saturdays of Thunder", Homer discovers he's being a neglectful father to Bart and calls the National Fatherhood Institute for help; their hold music is "Cat's in the Cradle".
** In the third season episode "Homer Alone", Homer loses Maggie and calls the police to speak to their "missing baby department". Their hold music is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hn-enjcgV1o "Baby Come Back"]]
** In the Treehouse of Horror episode where an evil Krusty doll tries to kill Homer, Marge calls the customer service number. The hold music is "Everybody Loves A Clown" ("Everybody loves a clown, so why can't you?[=/=]A clown has feelings too").
** This trope was used a lot during Season Three. In "Stark Raving Dad", the hold music for the mental institution that Homer is committed to is "Crazy" by Patsy Cline.
** In the episode "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge", Otto proposes to Becky by playing "Every Rose Has its Thorn" by Music/{{Poison}}, which is actually a breakup song.
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!!!In real life



** [[Series/{{Glee}} It's also not a bold, daring song about interior design.]] [[CampGay But then, it's generally not taken that way.]]
*** The ''Glee'' example is actually played 'straight' as Kurt is trying to sing a manly song to contrast his reputation of being camp gay.



* Parodied in ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy''. When Ron tries to explain how his feelings for Veronica Corningstone go beyond the desire for sex, he decides to explain the feeling of love, by singing "Afternoon Delight", a song about two people whose relationship is mostly sexual.



* ''Film/ConAir'': Quoth Garland Greene (Steve Buscemi) when the convicts escape from the desert strip in their plane and celebrate: "Define 'irony'; a bunch of idiots dancing on a plane to a song made famous by a band that died in a plane crash." Incidentally, the song in question is "Sweet Home Alabama" by LynyrdSkynyrd, making it a repeat offender on this very page.



* Deliberate example in the rich tradition of "badly chosen wedding songs" in ''45 Years''. Kate and Geoff want their first dance played again for their 45th anniversary, and it's obvious that the lyrics aren't foremost in their minds -- they refer to it as "our first dance" and "The Platters' song", and Kate absent mindedly hums the tune at one point. The film ends with Smoke Gets In Your Eyes playing at the party, and Kate seemingly hearing it properly for the first time -- it's about love blinding you to the flaws in a relationship, and it ends in heartbreak.



* Parodied in ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' when Michael and Maeby (uncle and niece) perform a duet of 'Afternoon Delight' and slowly come to realise what the song is actually about as they sing it.
** This happens ''twice'' in the same episode: Lindsay and George Michael (aunt and nephew) were away when Michael and Maeby figured out the nature of the lyrics, and idiotically decided to sing the ''same exact song'', coming to a similar, horrified revelation.



* In-universe example in ''Series/ThirtyRock'': Jenna and her mom use a karoake performance of "Do That To Me One More Time" to celebrate their reconciliation. This provides the page quote.



* ''Series/{{Glee}}''
** Parodied in the episode "Sexy" with Emma wanting to use [[IntercourseWithYou "Afternoon Delight"]] to promote the Celibacy Club, under the mistaken belief that it was about having dessert in the middle of the day.
** Idina Menzel in a special mentions how during her appearance in the first season (specifically "Theatricality"), the touching reunion song with her daughter being "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga seemed odd, to say the least. Special attention was given to the bridge's lyrics.
** The season 3 episode "I Kissed a Girl" has the girls performing the homonymous song during Santana's coming out, immediately after attacking a boy for not taking lesbianism seriously. While the song is actually about bicuriosity, all of the lines that explicitly refer to that aspect (like the ones mentioning a boyfriend) are given to Rachel, who is straight.
** Having Finn sing "Losing My Religion" in "Grilled Cheesus" while having a crisis of faith, even though that song isn't about religion (as Michael Stipe noted, it's Southern slang for losing one's patience).
** Having Puck and Finn sing "Glory Days" during graduation in the season 3 finale, when that song is about mocking people who are fixated on high school.
** Having Mercedes sing "Spotlight" in "Asian F" about her desire for the spotlight, when it's about a woman in an abusive relationship.
** Having them perform ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' ([[RecursiveAdaptation as in the film, not the original play]]) under the belief itís about [[BeYourself being oneself]]. One might start wondering whether or not this is [[Music/TheGadfly played intentionally]] as a RunningGag...



* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' {{lampshade|Hanging}}d this in "Unknown Subject", in which the [=UnSub=] likes to play songs from TheEighties when raping his victims. When one of his victims [[spoiler: (who has managed to kidnap him)]] tells him she has recognized that the song he played at the bar was the same he played when he was raping her, he explains that he played it because he was the music that he chose when he asked for his wife's hand. The victim doesn't buy it... because the song was "Total Eclipse of the Heart".



* Lampshaded in ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' when Lorelai is going through Sookie's selections for her wedding to Jackson:
-->'''Lorelai:''': You cannot walk down the aisle to that. It's depressing, it's morbid...\\
'''Sookie''': Itís Music/{{Ella|Fitzgerald}}! Itís a classic song.\\
'''Lorelai:''': A classic song with lyrics about a woman who canít make her relationship work, whose life is filled with emptiness and regret and pain.\\
'''Sookie''': Oh, who listens to the lyrics?\\
'''Lorelai:''': ''[looks at the alternatives]'' Letís see... Hey Jude? Seasons in the Sun? Catís in the Cradle? Donít Cry Out Loud? Sookie, do you even ''like'' Jackson?



** Ironically, The Doctor likes to sing this to [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Seven of Nine]] (or have her sing it to him) as a love song. Talk about missing the point...
*** Played hauntingly straight in one episode where the Doctor had his [[MoralityChip ethical subroutines]] removed. At that point, he was experimenting with her borg implants, forcing her to vocally sing along with him. He seemed to be well aware of the song's meaning.



* [[{{Eagleland}} Sam the Eagle]] from ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' sings The Guess Who's "American Woman", but he doesn't even make it past the first two lines before realizing his mistake.



* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' when "At Seventeen" is sung (unironically) during a Miss Teen USA-style beauty pageant.
** And done again in the episode "Saturdays of Thunder". Homer discovers he's being a neglectful father to Bart and calls the National Fatherhood Institute for help; their hold music is "Cat's in the Cradle".
** In the third season episode "Homer Alone" Homer loses Maggie and calls the police to speak to their "missing baby department". Their hold music is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hn-enjcgV1o "Baby Come Back"]]
** In the Treehouse of Horror episode where an evil Krusty doll tries to kill Homer, Marge calls the customer service number. The hold music is "Everybody Loves A Clown" (''"Everybody loves a clown, so why can't you?[=/=]A clown has feelings too"'').
** This trope was used a lot during Season Three. In "Stark Raving Dad", the hold music for the mental institution that Homer is committed to is "Crazy" by Patsy Cline.
** In the episode "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge", Otto proposes to Becky by playing "Every Rose Has its Thorn" by Music/{{Poison}}, which is actually a breakup song.
** A straight example occurs in one Treehouse of Terror episode where Bart and Lisa get sent to an elementary school in Hell. A montage of their school life is shown with Music/PatBenatar's "Hell Is For Children" playing over it. Yes, a song about child abuse playing over shots of children in Hell.

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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' when "At Seventeen" is sung (unironically) during a Miss Teen USA-style beauty pageant.
** And done again in the episode "Saturdays of Thunder". Homer discovers he's being a neglectful father to Bart and calls the National Fatherhood Institute for help; their hold music is "Cat's in the Cradle".
** In the third season episode "Homer Alone" Homer loses Maggie and calls the police to speak to their "missing baby department". Their hold music is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hn-enjcgV1o "Baby Come Back"]]
** In the Treehouse of Horror episode where an evil Krusty doll tries to kill Homer, Marge calls the customer service number. The hold music is "Everybody Loves A Clown" (''"Everybody loves a clown, so why can't you?[=/=]A clown has feelings too"'').
** This trope was used a lot during Season Three. In "Stark Raving Dad", the hold music for the mental institution that Homer is committed to is "Crazy" by Patsy Cline.
** In the episode "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge", Otto proposes to Becky by playing "Every Rose Has its Thorn" by Music/{{Poison}}, which is actually a breakup song.
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''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': A straight example occurs in one Treehouse of Terror episode where Bart and Lisa get sent to an elementary school in Hell. A montage of their school life is shown with Music/PatBenatar's "Hell Is For Children" playing over it. Yes, a song about child abuse playing over shots of children in Hell.
8th Aug '16 10:10:40 AM Morgenthaler
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** In ''EarthTheBook'', the ''[[Series/TheDailyShow Daily Show]]'' writers call this "the precise moment when culture and commercialism stopped fighting and started making sweet, sweet love."

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** In ''EarthTheBook'', ''Literature/EarthTheBook'', the ''[[Series/TheDailyShow Daily Show]]'' writers call this "the precise moment when culture and commercialism stopped fighting and started making sweet, sweet love."
4th Aug '16 8:48:08 AM johnnye
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* Lampshaded in ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' when Lorelai is going through Sookie's selections for her wedding to Jackson:
-->'''Lorelai:''': You cannot walk down the aisle to that. It's depressing, it's morbid...\\
'''Sookie''': Itís Music/{{Ella|Fitzgerald}}! Itís a classic song.\\
'''Lorelai:''': A classic song with lyrics about a woman who canít make her relationship work, whose life is filled with emptiness and regret and pain.\\
'''Sookie''': Oh, who listens to the lyrics?\\
'''Lorelai:''': ''[looks at the alternatives]'' Letís see... Hey Jude? Seasons in the Sun? Catís in the Cradle? Donít Cry Out Loud? Sookie, do you even ''like'' Jackson?
1st Aug '16 5:24:54 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* Also from Disney, [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Frollo]]'s showstopping VillainSong "Hellfire", which is about Frollo [[NeverMyFault denying that his lust for Esmeralda is his fault]] is backed by the OminousLatinChanting of... ''the Act of Contrition?''
29th Jul '16 10:18:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* For a few seasons, the long-running BBC technology series ''Tomorrow's World'' used an instrumental portion of TheDivineComedy's "In Pursuit of Happiness" as its theme tune. Anybody who heard the lyrics would realise the song is quite the opposite of the show's upbeat outlook on progress - the edit used on the show looped back to the start just in time to avoid the vocal coming in with "Hey, don't be surprised if millions die in plague and murder".

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* For a few seasons, the long-running BBC technology series ''Tomorrow's World'' used an instrumental portion of TheDivineComedy's Literature/TheDivineComedy's "In Pursuit of Happiness" as its theme tune. Anybody who heard the lyrics would realise the song is quite the opposite of the show's upbeat outlook on progress - the edit used on the show looped back to the start just in time to avoid the vocal coming in with "Hey, don't be surprised if millions die in plague and murder".
28th Jul '16 11:03:16 AM FromtheWordsofBR
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* As described in DistantDuet, the song "Somewhere Out There" from ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'' is about two characters separated by thousand of miles that wish to reunite some day. The movie version? Was sung by two siblings. [[BrotherSisterIncest Oddly, this does not deter people from using it as a love song.]]
* It would be difficult to describe [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Awy4biqD_dA "White Wedding"]] by Music/BillyIdol as having LyricalDissonance, given the dark melody is very fitting for a song about a man resenting his younger sister's fiancé, while the bride starts having second thoughts but is forced to accept her fate. Yes, it has been played at many many weddings since its 1982 release.

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* As described in DistantDuet, the song "Somewhere Out There" from ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'' is about two characters separated by thousand of miles that wish to reunite some day. The Except the movie version? Was version was sung by two siblings. [[BrotherSisterIncest Oddly, this does not deter people from using it as a love song.]]
* It would be difficult to describe [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Awy4biqD_dA "White Wedding"]] by Music/BillyIdol as having LyricalDissonance, given the dark melody is very fitting for a song about a man resenting his younger sister's fiancé, while the bride starts having second thoughts but is forced to accept her fate. Yes, And yet, it has been played at many many weddings since its 1982 release.



* "Cold Water Music" by AIM is known to be a very happy, calming, chill instrumental song.
** ... even though at about 3 minutes and 15 seconds in, you can hear sounds of gunfire and people screaming in the background.

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* "Cold Water Music" by AIM is known to be a very happy, calming, chill instrumental song.
** ...
song... even though at about 3 minutes and 15 seconds in, you can hear sounds of gunfire and people screaming in the background.



* Astronaut Chris Hadfield released a video of himself performing ''Music/SpaceOddity''' in the International Space Station. As mentioned above, the song... does not have a happy ending. The DownerEnding verses were changed/removed, but still, it's sort of tempting fate to sing that song when you're actually in space.

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* Astronaut Chris Hadfield released a video of himself performing ''Music/SpaceOddity''' in the International Space Station. As mentioned above, the song... does not have a happy ending. The DownerEnding verses were changed/removed, but still, it's sort of tempting fate TemptingFate to sing that song when you're actually in space.
18th Jul '16 3:01:35 PM Premonition45
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* During the 2016 presidential primaries, Donald Trump angered both Music/NeilYoung and Music/{{REM}} for using their respective songs, "Keep On Rockin' In The Free World" and "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" during campaign events. Both Young and R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe ended up endorsing Bernie Sanders' campaign, the former personally allowing him to use his song.
30th Jun '16 7:55:52 PM nombretomado
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** "Move Along" also turned up in one of {{Lego}}'s ''{{Bionicle}}'' ads, when Lego had a deal with the band. At least ''there'' it was SLIGHTLY less out of place...but only just: on the one hand, the heroes of the story are trying to prevent a death. On the other, the song's still being used with kid's toys.

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** "Move Along" also turned up in one of {{Lego}}'s ''{{Bionicle}}'' ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' ads, when Lego had a deal with the band. At least ''there'' it was SLIGHTLY less out of place...but only just: on the one hand, the heroes of the story are trying to prevent a death. On the other, the song's still being used with kid's toys.
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