History Music / Voltaire

26th May '16 8:19:50 PM NWolfman
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* {{Goth}}: And a dedicated one at that. According to his friend and colleague Frank Greshim, the two once took a skiing trip together, and Voltaire wore full goth garb, complete with guyliner and black hair dye, under his snowsuit.
21st May '16 11:32:06 PM bt8257
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Aurelio Voltaire Hernandez is a musician, animator, and comic book artist popular in the {{Goth}} scene and among {{Anime}} and SciFi fans. Lately he's been crossing over into SteamPunk. His most popular songs include: "Brains" [[note]] Remember that episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' with the brain-eating alien? Yeah, that was him. [[/note]] and "When You're Evil." Most of his songs poke fun at the UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity goth scene, and anything else he either loves (''Franchise/StarTrek'' and ''Franchise/StarWars'') or hates (UsefulNotes/NewJersey).

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Aurelio Voltaire Hernandez is a musician, animator, and comic book artist popular in the {{Goth}} scene and among {{Anime}} and SciFi fans. Lately he's been crossing over into SteamPunk. His most popular songs include: "Brains" "BRAINS!" [[note]] Remember that episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' with the brain-eating alien? Yeah, that was him. [[/note]] and "When You're Evil." Most of his songs poke fun at the UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity goth scene, and anything else he either loves (''Franchise/StarTrek'' and ''Franchise/StarWars'') or hates (UsefulNotes/NewJersey).
2nd May '16 12:45:36 AM bt8257
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* {{Unicorn}}: Voltaire's unicorn from the cover of "Riding a Black Unicorn Down the Side of an Erupting Volcano While Drinking from a Chalice Filled with the Laughter of Small Children" is big, black, and [[CoolHorse badass.]]

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* {{Unicorn}}: Voltaire's unicorn from the cover of "Riding ''Riding a Black Unicorn Down the Side of an Erupting Volcano While Drinking from a Chalice Filled with the Laughter of Small Children" Children'' is big, black, and [[CoolHorse badass.]]
4th Mar '16 8:36:04 PM BlackSunNocturne
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* "[[LongTitle Riding a Black Unicorn Down the Side of an Erupting Volcano While Drinking from a Chalice Filled with the Laughter of Small Children]]" (2011)

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* "[[LongTitle ''[[LongTitle Riding a Black Unicorn Down the Side of an Erupting Volcano While Drinking from a Chalice Filled with the Laughter of Small Children]]" Children]]'' (2011)
19th Feb '16 10:33:58 PM aye_amber
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* BaitAndSwitch: ''Blue-Eyed Matador.'' [[spoiler: The matador thinks he's fighting [[{{Satan}} The Devil]] in the shape of a monstrous bull for his soul. Turns out The Devil is the beautiful woman in the stands, distracting him from the bull instead.]]

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* BaitAndSwitch: ''Blue-Eyed "Blue-Eyed Matador.'' " [[spoiler: The matador thinks he's fighting [[{{Satan}} The Devil]] in the shape of a monstrous bull for his soul. Turns out The Devil is the beautiful woman in the stands, distracting him from the bull instead.]]



* TheBigEasy: The setting of ''Don't Go by the River.''

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* TheBigEasy: The setting of ''Don't "Don't Go by the River.''"



* DisproportionateRetribution: The MC of ''The Straightrazor Cabaret" attacks and mutilates members of the audience he [[HappinessIsMandatory thinks aren't enjoying the show enough.]]

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* DisproportionateRetribution: The MC of ''The "The Straightrazor Cabaret" attacks and mutilates members of the audience he [[HappinessIsMandatory thinks aren't enjoying the show enough.]]



** ''Underground.'' Being dead and buried doesn't make getting dumped by the most wonderful woman in the world any less painful. Ultimately defied as the POV character ends the song having decided that the best revenge is not to kill himself, but instead to live long enough to dance on her grave.
** The opening lines of ''Feathery Wings'' imply that this is the sort of thing the angel is trying to prevent. "Trying" being the operative word.

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** ''Underground.'' "Underground." Being dead and buried doesn't make getting dumped by the most wonderful woman in the world any less painful. Ultimately defied as the POV character ends the song having decided that the best revenge is not to kill himself, but instead to live long enough to dance on her grave.
** The opening lines of ''Feathery Wings'' "Feathery Wings" imply that this is the sort of thing the angel is trying to prevent. "Trying" being the operative word.



* FelonyMisdemeanor: In ''Bomb New Jersey'' one of the first reasons he lists why that state sucks is: "They all wear jeans that are Acid Wash, and yet they think I'm insane!"

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* FelonyMisdemeanor: In ''Bomb "Bomb New Jersey'' Jersey" one of the first reasons he lists why that state sucks is: "They all wear jeans that are Acid Wash, and yet they think I'm insane!"



* ShoutOut: In the song ''To the Bottom of the Sea,'' right after the stanza: "Down at the bottom were treasures galore / But guarding so greedily / Was an angry horde of skeletons with swords / Down at the bottom of the sea! / You can hear someone shout "[[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft For the Horde!]]"

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* ShoutOut: In the song ''To "To the Bottom of the Sea,'' Sea," right after the stanza: "Down at the bottom were treasures galore / But guarding so greedily / Was an angry horde of skeletons with swords / Down at the bottom of the sea! / You can hear someone shout "[[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft For the Horde!]]"
19th Feb '16 10:24:55 PM aye_amber
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** "Riding on a Black Unicorn Down the Side of an Erupting Volcano While Drinking from a Chalice Filled with the Laughter of Small Children." He doesn't even fit it all on the album cover.

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** "Riding ''Riding on a Black Unicorn Down the Side of an Erupting Volcano While Drinking from a Chalice Filled with the Laughter of Small Children." '' He doesn't even fit it all on the album cover.



** There's also this bit from "[[VampireDance The Vampire Club]]:" "Dressed in black from toe to head / Singing, [[Music/{{Bauhaus}} "Bela Lugosi's still undead!"]]" Both songs are each basically a long ShoutOut and AffectionateParody of the New York City goth scene from start to finish, with tongue in cheek references to real people. And are thus SugarWiki/FunnyMoments for those familiar with the scene.

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** There's also this bit from "[[VampireDance The Vampire Club]]:" "Dressed in black from toe to head / Singing, Singing: [[Music/{{Bauhaus}} "Bela Lugosi's still undead!"]]" Both songs are each basically a long ShoutOut and AffectionateParody of the New York City goth scene from start to finish, with tongue in cheek references to real people. And are thus SugarWiki/FunnyMoments for those familiar with the scene.
19th Feb '16 10:18:31 PM aye_amber
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* OutOfGenreExperience:
** ''Ooky Spooky'' had swing music on it similar in style to Music/CabCalloway (though this seems to have been permanently added to his repertoire now, and appeared earlier in "Brains"). Then came ''Hate Lives in a Small Town'' ...A ''country'' album.
** He divulged in an interview a short lived idea for a Star Wars themed HipHop album named "Republic Enemy."
** He debuted his "country" songs on his summer 2010 tour and they don't sound too different from the stripped down arrangements of his normal songs, other than the lyrics not being about Goth culture and Star Trek...



* UnexpectedGenreChange:
** ''Ooky Spooky'' had swing music on it similar in style to Music/CabCalloway (though this seems to have been permanently added to his repertoire now, and appeared earlier in "Brains"). Then came ''Hate Lives in a Small Town'' ...A ''country'' album.
** He divulged in an interview a short lived idea for a Star Wars themed HipHop album named "Republic Enemy."
** He debuted his "country" songs on his summer 2010 tour and they don't sound too different from the stripped down arrangements of his normal songs, other than the lyrics not being about Goth culture and Star Trek...
19th Feb '16 10:14:56 PM aye_amber
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* RaisedByWolves: "Raised By Bats."

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* RaisedByWolves: "Raised By by Bats."



* {{Robosexual}}: The king in his new song "The Mechanical Girl". King's wife leaves him and runs off with his steed, king demands inventor's robotic replacement-for-a-dead-daughter as his new wife, king tries to sleep with said robot, she attacks him with rocket launchers and flamethrowers, kills him and lays his kingdom to waste, returns home to dad. Lesson: Never steal a man's daughter from him. Especially if she has rocket launchers and flamethrowers. He was going to pitch a show based on this...
** "The Sexy Data Tango", obviously.
* RobotGirl: "The Mechanical Girl".
* SatanIsGood: A concept explored in "Almost Human".
* ScoobyDooHoax: [[spoiler: The so-called "Beast" in ''The Beast of Pirate's Bay'' is actually just a beached whale that had tried to escape from whalers. The narrator tried to help it get out to sea when he was a boy, but the only thing he could do was keep people away by writing a sign and making up stories to scare people off.]]

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* {{Robosexual}}: The king in his new song "The Mechanical Girl". Girl." King's wife leaves him and runs off with his steed, king demands inventor's robotic replacement-for-a-dead-daughter replacement for a dead daughter as his new wife, king tries to sleep with said robot, she attacks him with rocket launchers and flamethrowers, kills him and lays his kingdom to waste, returns home to dad. Lesson: Never steal a man's daughter from him. Especially if she has rocket launchers and flamethrowers. He was going to pitch a show based on this...
** "The Sexy Data Tango", Tango," obviously.
* RobotGirl: "The Mechanical Girl".
Girl."
* SatanIsGood: A concept explored in "Almost Human".
Human."
* ScoobyDooHoax: [[spoiler: The so-called "Beast" in ''The "The Beast of Pirate's Bay'' Bay" is actually just a beached whale that had tried to escape from whalers. The narrator tried to help it get out to sea when he was a boy, but the only thing he could do was keep people away by writing a sign and making up stories to scare people off.]] ]]



* ShoutOut: In the song ''To the Bottom of the Sea'', right after the stanza "Down at the bottom were treasures galore/But guarding so greedily/Was an angry horde of skeletons with swords/Down at the bottom of the sea!", you can hear someone shout "[[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft For the Horde!]]"
** He gives one to ''himself'' in "Alchemy Mondays", when he says, "Hold everything, they're playing my song..." The music stops, and we're treated to a line from "When You're Evil".
** There's also this bit from [[VampireDance "The Vampire Club"]]: "Dressed in black from toe to head/Singing, [[Music/{{Bauhaus}} 'Bela Lugosi's still undead!']]" Both songs are each basically a long ShoutOut and AffectionateParody of the New York City goth scene from start to finish, with tongue-in-cheek references to real people. And are thus [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Crowning Moments Of Funny]] for those familiar with the scene.
** There are also plenty of allusions to or paraphrasings of lines from [[Music/{{Queen}} "Bohemian Rhapsody"]] in "Hell in a Handbasket".
** "Graveyard Picnic" is basically a long love letter to EdgarAllanPoe.
** "Don't Go By The River" has a ShoutOut to Lestat from ''Literature/TheVampireChronicles''.
** ''Bitrektual'', aside from the obvious Star Trek and Star Wars, also has lines referring to or quoting ''Franchise/BattlestarGalactica'', ''Series/DoctorWho'', ''Series/BabylonFive'', ''Series/StargateSG1'', ''Film/GalaxyQuest''...
* SouthOfTheBorder - "Day of the Dead"
* SpaceWhaleAesop: The aesop of "The Mechanical Girl".
--> Never take a child away from a loving parent. Especially not ones who make children who shoot rockets from their eyes.
* StealthPun: An easily missed one from "When You're Evil". It's rather brilliant, seeing as the meaning completely changes depending on how you're hearing it.
--> To the gentlemen, I'm Misfortune; to the ladies, I'm Surprise
--> (To the gentlemen, I'm Miss Fortune; to the ladies, I'm Sir Prize)
* StockNessMonster: "Beast of Pirate's Bay". May also constitute as a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming. Also mentioned in "To the Bottom of the Sea".
* StraightGay: Han Solo, apparently, in Cantina.

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* ShoutOut: In the song ''To the Bottom of the Sea'', Sea,'' right after the stanza stanza: "Down at the bottom were treasures galore/But galore / But guarding so greedily/Was greedily / Was an angry horde of skeletons with swords/Down swords / Down at the bottom of the sea!", you sea! / You can hear someone shout "[[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft For the Horde!]]"
** He gives one to ''himself'' in "Alchemy Mondays", Mondays," when he says, says: "Hold everything, they're playing my song..." The music stops, and we're treated to a line from "When You're Evil".
Evil."
** There's also this bit from [[VampireDance "The "[[VampireDance The Vampire Club"]]: Club]]:" "Dressed in black from toe to head/Singing, head / Singing, [[Music/{{Bauhaus}} 'Bela "Bela Lugosi's still undead!']]" undead!"]]" Both songs are each basically a long ShoutOut and AffectionateParody of the New York City goth scene from start to finish, with tongue-in-cheek tongue in cheek references to real people. And are thus [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Crowning Moments Of Funny]] SugarWiki/FunnyMoments for those familiar with the scene.
** There are also plenty of allusions to or paraphrasings of lines from [[Music/{{Queen}} "Bohemian Rhapsody"]] "[[Music/{{Queen}} Bohemian Rhapsody]]" in "Hell in a Handbasket".
Handbasket."
** "Graveyard Picnic" is basically a long love letter to EdgarAllanPoe.
Creator/EdgarAllanPoe.
** "Don't Go By The by the River" has a ShoutOut to Lestat from ''Literature/TheVampireChronicles''.
''Literature/TheVampireChronicles.''
** ''Bitrektual'', ''Bitrektual,'' aside from the obvious Star Trek and Star Wars, also has lines referring to or quoting ''Franchise/BattlestarGalactica'', ''Series/DoctorWho'', ''Series/BabylonFive'', ''Series/StargateSG1'', ''Film/GalaxyQuest''...
quoting: ''Franchise/BattlestarGalactica,'' ''Series/DoctorWho,'' ''Series/BabylonFive,'' ''Series/StargateSG1,'' ''Film/GalaxyQuest,'' among others.
* SouthOfTheBorder - SouthOfTheBorder: "Day of the Dead"
Dead."
* SpaceWhaleAesop: The aesop of "The Mechanical Girl".
--> Never
Girl:"
-->Never
take a child away from a loving parent. Especially not ones who make children who shoot rockets from their eyes.
* StealthPun: An easily missed one from "When You're Evil". Evil." It's rather brilliant, seeing as the meaning completely changes depending on how you're hearing it.
--> To
it:
-->To
the gentlemen, I'm Misfortune; to the ladies, I'm Surprise
--> (To -->(To the gentlemen, I'm Miss Fortune; to the ladies, I'm Sir Prize)
* StockNessMonster: "Beast of Pirate's Bay". Bay." May also constitute as a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming. SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}. Also mentioned in "To the Bottom of the Sea".
Sea."
* StraightGay: Han Solo, apparently, in Cantina."Cantina:"



** He divulged in an interview a short lived idea for a Star Wars themed Hip-Hop album named "Republic Enemy."

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** He divulged in an interview a short lived idea for a Star Wars themed Hip-Hop HipHop album named "Republic Enemy."
19th Feb '16 8:59:03 PM aye_amber
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** His album, "Hate Lives in a Small Town" adds {{Country|Music}} to this mash-up, and has been simply called "GothicCountry" by some of his fans.

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** His album, "Hate Lives in a Small Town" adds {{Country|Music}} to this mash-up, and has been simply called "GothicCountry" "Gothic Country" by some of his fans.
19th Feb '16 8:57:38 PM aye_amber
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* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: ''Almost Human'' depicts The Devil as this. [[TheDevilIsALoser He's such a loser you feel sorry for him.]]

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* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: ''Almost Human'' "Almost Human" depicts The Devil as this. [[TheDevilIsALoser He's such a loser you feel sorry for him.]]



* LeastRhymableWord: a hilarious example from "Straight Razor Cabaret." On his YouTube page, he said that "[[GlasgowGrin face raper]]" was the only thing he could think of that rhymed with "straight razor." When it was pointed out to him that the two phrases don't actually rhyme, he decided he didn't care.
* ListSong: "God Thinks" is a list of various claims of people claiming it "God's message", with a few of his own thrown in.
* LongTitle: "Death Death (Devil, Devil, Devil, Devil, Evil, Evil, Evil, Evil Song)" Which is why he and the fans usually shorten it to "Death Death etc."
** "Riding on A Black Unicorn Down The Side of An Erupting Volcano While Drinking From A Chalice Filled With The Laughter of Small Children". He doesn't even fit it all on the album cover.

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* LeastRhymableWord: a A hilarious example from "Straight Razor Cabaret." On his YouTube Website/YouTube page, he said that "[[GlasgowGrin face raper]]" was the only thing he could think of that rhymed with "straight razor." When it was pointed out to him that the two phrases don't actually rhyme, he decided he didn't care.
* ListSong: "God Thinks" is a list of various claims of people claiming it "God's message", message," with a few of his own thrown in.
* LongTitle: "Death Death (Devil, Devil, Devil, Devil, Evil, Evil, Evil, Evil Song)" Which is why he and the fans usually shorten it to "Death Death etc.Etc."
** "Riding on A a Black Unicorn Down The the Side of An an Erupting Volcano While Drinking From A from a Chalice Filled With The with the Laughter of Small Children". Children." He doesn't even fit it all on the album cover.



* TheMasochismTango: "Stuck With You" is about a couple arguing and listing off all the horrible things they've done to each other... with an ending that's fifty percent [[BittersweetEnding Bittersweet]] and fifty percent {{squick}}.

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* TheMasochismTango: "Stuck With You" is about a couple arguing and listing off all the horrible things they've done to each other... with With an ending that's fifty percent [[BittersweetEnding Bittersweet]] and fifty percent {{squick}}.{{Squick}}.



* MoodWhiplash: "Beast of Pirate's Bay". "Well, Blackbeard the Pirate, you know for what he's feared. [...] His beard turned white and all agree, He looks like Santa Claus." A just a tiny bit later: [[spoiler:"This mighty whale was in such pain, we both began to cry."]]
* MrFanservice: TallDarkAndHandsome is he not?
* MurderBallad: "Ex-Lover's Lover".
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: He describes himself on his MySpace profile as a "Neo-Victorian gypsy pirate vaudeville band."
** His album, "Hate Lives in a Small Town" adds Country to this mash-up, and has been simply called "Gothic Country" by some of his fans.

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* MoodWhiplash: "Beast of Pirate's Bay". Bay:" "Well, Blackbeard the Pirate, you know for what he's feared. [...] His beard turned white and all agree, He looks like Santa Claus." A just a tiny bit later: [[spoiler:"This [[spoiler: "This mighty whale was in such pain, we both began to cry."]]
* MrFanservice: TallDarkAndHandsome TallDarkAndHandsome, is he not?
* MurderBallad: "Ex-Lover's Lover".
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: He describes himself on his MySpace profile as a "Neo-Victorian gypsy pirate vaudeville band.
Lover."
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: He describes himself on his Website/MySpace profile as a "Neo-Victorian Gypsy Pirate Vaudeville Band."
** His album, "Hate Lives in a Small Town" adds Country {{Country|Music}} to this mash-up, and has been simply called "Gothic Country" "GothicCountry" by some of his fans.



* OffWithHisHead: in the song "The Headless Waltz."

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* OffWithHisHead: in In the song "The Headless Waltz."



* {{Otaku}}: Voltaire loves Lolita and also Japanese things it seems, though he also mocks it, especially in his comic Deady Big in Japan, which poked fun at every Japanese cliche he could fit.

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* {{Otaku}}: Voltaire loves Lolita ElegantGothicLolita and also Japanese things it seems, though he also mocks it, especially in his comic Deady ''Deady Big in Japan, Japan,'' which poked fun at every Japanese cliche he could fit.



* PepTalkSong[=/=]SelfEmpowermentAnthem: "Innocent," to everyone who is dealing with bullying.
* PerkyGoth: Despite the goth look and generally dark songs, he can be a funny guy.
* PerspectiveFlip: Aside from ''Bachelor(ette)'', there's ''Day of the Dead''. In English is about a tourist getting freaked out when undead start showing up to party for Day of the Dead. The Spanish version? One of the Mexican natives laughing at the tourist in the English version.

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* PepTalkSong[=/=]SelfEmpowermentAnthem: PepTalkSong / SelfEmpowermentAnthem: "Innocent," to everyone who is dealing with bullying.
* PerkyGoth: Despite the goth look and generally dark songs, he can be a funny guy.
guy.
* PerspectiveFlip: Aside from ''Bachelor(ette)'', "Bachelor(ette)," there's ''Day "Day of the Dead''. Dead." In English is about a tourist getting freaked out when undead start showing up to party for Day of the Dead. The Spanish version? One of the Mexican natives laughing at the tourist in the English version.



* RaisedByWolves: 'Raised By Bats'
* RavenHairIvorySkin: In "Ravens Land":

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* RaisedByWolves: 'Raised "Raised By Bats'
Bats."
* RavenHairIvorySkin: In "Ravens Land":Land:"



* RedShirt: His song, "Expendable" from ''[=BiTrektual=]'', is all about this trope.
* ReligionRantSong: Several, most notably "God Thinks", "Hell in a Handbasket" and "Oh Lord (Wake the Dead)".

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* RedShirt: His song, "Expendable" from ''[=BiTrektual=]'', ''[=BiTrektual=],'' is all about this trope.
* ReligionRantSong: Several, most notably "God Thinks", Thinks," "Hell in a Handbasket" Handbasket," and "Oh Lord (Wake the Dead)".Dead)."
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