History WhamLine / Music

21st Jan '17 4:19:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* HarryChapin's ''The Mayor of Candor Lied''. A farm boy falls in love with the Mayor's daughter, who seems to be hell-bent on preventing them from getting together. The boy then stumbles upon the Mayor in the middle of an affair with the boy's own mother. He then attempts to use this as extortion against the Mayor, threatening his re-election campaign. The Mayor then proceeds to out maneuver the boy by sending his daughter to an out-of-country university, saying it's her own choice. The boy flies into a rage at this, but the Mayor simply points out that blackmail doesn't give him a moral high ground to proceed from and dares him to make good on his threat.

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* HarryChapin's Music/HarryChapin's ''The Mayor of Candor Lied''. A farm boy falls in love with the Mayor's daughter, who seems to be hell-bent on preventing them from getting together. The boy then stumbles upon the Mayor in the middle of an affair with the boy's own mother. He then attempts to use this as extortion against the Mayor, threatening his re-election campaign. The Mayor then proceeds to out maneuver the boy by sending his daughter to an out-of-country university, saying it's her own choice. The boy flies into a rage at this, but the Mayor simply points out that blackmail doesn't give him a moral high ground to proceed from and dares him to make good on his threat.
14th Jan '17 12:30:26 PM TimeLordVictorious
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* [[Music/PinkFloyd "Oh, He hung up! That's your residence, right? I wonder why he hung up? Is there supposed to be someone else there besides your wife there to answer?"]]
** [[Music/TheWall "See he keeps hanging up, and it's a man answering."]]
7th Dec '16 11:34:56 AM AgentJX7
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* If you don't know the title, MichaelBuble's "Haven't Met You Yet" has a more upbeat one in the titular line. The first verse of the song sounds like Michael's lamenting a girl who he feels he should have done more to stay with, until it's revealed he's speaking in hypotheticals about his one true love. Examples:
--> I tried so very hard not to lose it
--> I came up with a million excuses
--> And I thought I'd thought of every possibility
--> And I know some day that itíll all turn out
--> You'll make me work so we can work to work it out
--> And I promise you kid that I'll give so much more than I get
--> I just haven't met you yet
20th Nov '16 2:13:08 PM Orbiting
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[[spoiler:Your circuit's dead. There's something wrong.]]

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[[spoiler:Your Your circuit's dead. There's something wrong.]]



* Kate Miller-Heidke's ''Caught in the Crowd" [[spoiler:"I turned my back...and just walked away."]]

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* Kate Miller-Heidke's ''Caught in the Crowd" [[spoiler:"I "I turned my back...and just walked away."]]"



--> You came to avenge your brother's death. [[spoiler:But here he stands, in the shadow of the man you've come to destroy]].

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--> You came to avenge your brother's death. [[spoiler:But But here he stands, in the shadow of the man you've come to destroy]].destroy.



'''Megaman''': [[spoiler:[[ScrewThisImOuttaHere You are]] [[KillEmAll the dead]]]].

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'''Megaman''': [[spoiler:[[ScrewThisImOuttaHere [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere You are]] [[KillEmAll the dead]]]].dead]].



Cause you [[spoiler:[[{{Tearjerker}} passed away, dad]].]]

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Cause you [[spoiler:[[{{Tearjerker}} [[{{Tearjerker}} passed away, dad]].]]



-->[[spoiler:Forever of the Stars: Emotions. I remember.]]

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-->[[spoiler:Forever -->Forever of the Stars: Emotions. I remember.]]



** "All the world seems in tune on a spring afternoon when we're [[spoiler:poisoning pigeons in the park.]]"
** "But still I keep your hand [[spoiler:as a precious souvenir.]]"
*** Before that, the opening line: "[[TitleDrop I hold your hand in mine,]] dear, I press it to my lips/[[spoiler: [[ImAHumanitarian I take a healthy bite from your dainty fingertips.]]]]"
** "In one word he told me the secret of success in mathematics: [[spoiler:plagiarize.]]"

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** "All the world seems in tune on a spring afternoon when we're [[spoiler:poisoning poisoning pigeons in the park."
** "But still I keep your hand as a precious souvenir."
*** Before that, the opening line: "[[TitleDrop I hold your hand in mine,]] dear, I press it to my lips/[[ImAHumanitarian I take a healthy bite from your dainty fingertips.
]]"
** "But still I keep your hand [[spoiler:as a precious souvenir.]]"
*** Before that, the opening line: "[[TitleDrop I hold your hand in mine,]] dear, I press it to my lips/[[spoiler: [[ImAHumanitarian I take a healthy bite from your dainty fingertips.]]]]"
** "In one word he told me the secret of success in mathematics: [[spoiler:plagiarize.]]"plagiarize."



--> [[spoiler:that's when you stabbed me with a pen]]]]

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--> [[spoiler:that's that's when you stabbed me with a pen]]]]pen



-->Now [[NoFourthWall pause the movie because]] [[LemonyNarrator what I'm about to say to yall is so damn twisted!]] Not only is there a man in his cabinet, [[LittlePeopleAreSurreal but the man...is a midget!]] [[spoiler:Midget! Midget!]]

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-->Now [[NoFourthWall pause the movie because]] [[LemonyNarrator what I'm about to say to yall is so damn twisted!]] Not only is there a man in his cabinet, [[LittlePeopleAreSurreal but the man...is a midget!]] [[spoiler:Midget! Midget!]]Midget! Midget!



-->[[spoiler:She begs me not to hit her]]

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-->[[spoiler:She -->She begs me not to hit her]]her



** Another Vocaloid song by Gumi, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePlhVtDLSbg ''My Crush Was A Monster Boy'']], is about a girl who follows her crush home on the last day of school. [[spoiler:Turns out he's [[FluffyTamer raising a monster on an abandoned hill.]]]] Even so, she promises to keep his secret, and grows close to him over the summer. Then, on the last day of summer, we get this gem:

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** Another Vocaloid song by Gumi, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePlhVtDLSbg ''My "My Crush Was A Monster Boy'']], Boy"]], is about a girl who follows her crush home on the last day of school. [[spoiler:Turns out he's [[FluffyTamer raising a monster on an abandoned hill.]]]] Even so, she promises to keep his secret, and grows close to him over the summer. Then, on the last day of summer, we get this gem:



[[spoiler:The boy I had a crush on... was eaten by his monster!]]

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[[spoiler:The The boy I had a crush on... was eaten by his monster!]]monster!



-->No one knows what it's like to feel these feelings/Like I do/[[spoiler:And I blame you!]]

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-->No one knows what it's like to feel these feelings/Like I do/[[spoiler:And do/And I blame you!]]you!



--> [[spoiler:But I forgot my pen...]]

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--> [[spoiler:But But I forgot my pen...]]



--> "Inside the old man's ragged coat, they found a faded letter. It said [[spoiler:"You have a daughter, and her eyes are Wilson green".]]"

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--> "Inside the old man's ragged coat, they found a faded letter. It said [[spoiler:"You "You have a daughter, and her eyes are Wilson green".]]""



* "All Your Life", by Music/TheBandPerry: It's a sweet love song to a boyfriend, [[spoiler: right up until "You could be the centerpiece of my obsession/If you would notice me at all".]]

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* "All Your Life", by Music/TheBandPerry: It's a sweet love song to a boyfriend, [[spoiler: right up until "You could be the centerpiece of my obsession/If you would notice me at all".]]



[[spoiler:[[AmnesiacDissonance I'm the one who killed them all\\
I survived after the fall]]]]

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[[spoiler:[[AmnesiacDissonance [[AmnesiacDissonance I'm the one who killed them all\\
I survived after the fall]]]]fall]]



** Then there's The One You Really Love which sounds like a regular love song about a love triangle, with one party thinking about someone else... until the end of the song where we find out that 'the one you really love' is [[spoiler: 'the corpse you really love']]

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** Then there's The One You Really Love which sounds like a regular love song about a love triangle, with one party thinking about someone else... until the end of the song where we find out that 'the one you really love' is [[spoiler: 'the corpse you really love']]love'.



* Scroobius Pip's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3HCXh9WQSo "The Struggle"]] has an excellent example. [[spoiler: 'My name is Johnny Depp, and I kill people.']]

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* Scroobius Pip's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3HCXh9WQSo "The Struggle"]] has an excellent example. [[spoiler: 'My name is Johnny Depp, and I kill people.']]'



--> Well tough luck [[spoiler: that boy's mine now]]

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--> Well tough luck [[spoiler: that boy's mine now]]now



--> [[spoiler: even though you're only three.]]

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--> [[spoiler: even though you're only three.]]



-->[[spoiler: Attention all Planets of the Solar Federation. We have assumed control.]]

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-->[[spoiler: Attention -->Attention all Planets of the Solar Federation. We have assumed control.]]



-->[[spoiler: [[FeelingOppressedByTheirExistence By hatchet, axe, and saw]]]]
* This one on Music/DevinTownsend's Deconstrution, considering how much her went through just to get it.
-->[[spoiler: [[ItMakesSenseInContext But I don't eat no cheeseburgers guys! I'm a vegetarian!]]]]

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-->[[spoiler: [[FeelingOppressedByTheirExistence -->[[FeelingOppressedByTheirExistence By hatchet, axe, and saw]]]]
saw]]
* This one on Music/DevinTownsend's Deconstrution, considering how much her she went through just to get it.
-->[[spoiler: [[ItMakesSenseInContext -->[[ItMakesSenseInContext But I don't eat no cheeseburgers guys! I'm a vegetarian!]]]]vegetarian!]]



-->"Richard Cory went home last night [[spoiler: [[StepfordSmiler and put a bullet through his head.]]]]

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-->"Richard Cory went home last night [[spoiler: [[StepfordSmiler and put a bullet through his head.]]]]]]



* In Music/MirandaLambert's song "Over You", the chorus "You went away/How dare you/I miss you/They say I'll be okay/But I'm not going to/Ever get over you" implies a typical break-up song, and most of the lyrics fit with that. Then comes the the last stanza: [[spoiler: "It really sinks in, you know/When I see it written in stone."]] It's followed by the chorus one last time, but now we know that it's about [[spoiler: mourning a boyfriend who died.]]

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* In Music/MirandaLambert's song "Over You", the chorus "You went away/How dare you/I miss you/They say I'll be okay/But I'm not going to/Ever get over you" implies a typical break-up song, and most of the lyrics fit with that. Then comes the the last stanza: [[spoiler: "It really sinks in, you know/When I see it written in stone."]] " It's followed by the chorus one last time, but now we know that it's about [[spoiler: mourning a boyfriend who died.]]



-->[[spoiler:''How did that car get in your way?...'']]

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-->[[spoiler:''How -->''How did that car get in your way?...'']]''



* Sophie B. Hawkins "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover" is a love song, but it's not the line [[spoiler: And I lay by the ocean making love to her with visions clear.]] that you realize who she's singing to.

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* Sophie B. Hawkins "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover" is a love song, but it's not the line [[spoiler: And "And I lay by the ocean making love to her with visions clear.]] clear" that you realize who she's singing to.



-->[[spoiler:''But it never really bothers me.'']]

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-->[[spoiler:''But -->''But it never really bothers me.'']]''



** "Alibi": [[spoiler:"Your boyfriend's outta town until Tuesday/And nobody saw me come in, nobody saw me come in!"]] Until then, it wasn't quite clear why he needed an alibi...
** "Store": [[spoiler:"I saw you touch down/You were no longer dead."]] It happens somewhat early in the song, but it's still jarring to realize the narrator [[spoiler:is actually hallucinating the return of a dead person.]]
** "Pale Green Things": The last song on "The Sunset Tree", an album about[[CallingTheOldManOut John's relationship with his abusive step-father]], "Pale Green Things" arguably has two Wham Lines, and the song as a whole might be considered a Wham Song in the context of the album. The first Wham Line is [[spoiler:"Sometimes I'll meet you out there/Lonely and frightened"; up until this point, we had only known his step-dad to be an abusive drunk, and this is the first time in the album where he's painted as a vulnerable human being]]. Then the second Wham Line: [[spoiler:"My sister called at 3 AM/Just last December/She told me how you'd died at last, at last/And that morning at the race track was one thing that I remembered".]]
* Music/SufjanStevens' twenty-five minute song "Impossible Soul" is an upbeat and optomistic song from the point of view of a girl in a relationship using lines like "Boy, we can do much more together" and "It's not so impossible!" to explain the great potential of their relationship. That is, until the last three minutes, when it shifts to the guy's point of view, which starts with [[spoiler:"I never meant to cause you pain..." After this he goes on to lament how much he has led the girl on. Ouch.]]

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** "Alibi": [[spoiler:"Your "Your boyfriend's outta town until Tuesday/And nobody saw me come in, nobody saw me come in!"]] in!" Until then, it wasn't quite clear why he needed an alibi...
** "Store": [[spoiler:"I "I saw you touch down/You were no longer dead."]] " It happens somewhat early in the song, but it's still jarring to realize the narrator [[spoiler:is actually hallucinating the return of a dead person.]]
** "Pale Green Things": The last song on "The Sunset Tree", an album about[[CallingTheOldManOut John's relationship with his abusive step-father]], "Pale Green Things" arguably has two Wham Lines, and the song as a whole might be considered a Wham Song in the context of the album. The first Wham Line is [[spoiler:"Sometimes "Sometimes I'll meet you out there/Lonely and frightened"; up until this point, we had only known his step-dad to be an abusive drunk, and this is the first time in the album where he's painted as a vulnerable human being]]. being. Then the second Wham Line: [[spoiler:"My "My sister called at 3 AM/Just last December/She told me how you'd died at last, at last/And that morning at the race track was one thing that I remembered".]]
remembered".
* Music/SufjanStevens' twenty-five minute song "Impossible Soul" is an upbeat and optomistic song from the point of view of a girl in a relationship using lines like "Boy, we can do much more together" and "It's not so impossible!" to explain the great potential of their relationship. That is, until the last three minutes, when it shifts to the guy's point of view, which starts with [[spoiler:"I "I never meant to cause you pain..." After this he goes on to lament how much he has led the girl on. Ouch.]]



* J-Live's "She Said What?" begins as a story of a guy in a bar flirting with a beautiful woman. Just when it seems like he's about to close the deal and get her to leave with him, Wham Line #1 happens: [[spoiler: [[DaydreamSurprise "She hadn't said to me, anything at all/I was playing the role of a fly on the wall/Or better yet the lush at the bar/Staring at her beauty from afar"]]]]. So he works up the courage to [[spoiler: talk to her for real this time]], and then comes Wham Line #2:

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* J-Live's "She Said What?" begins as a story of a guy in a bar flirting with a beautiful woman. Just when it seems like he's about to close the deal and get her to leave with him, Wham Line #1 happens: [[spoiler: [[DaydreamSurprise "She hadn't said to me, anything at all/I was playing the role of a fly on the wall/Or better yet the lush at the bar/Staring at her beauty from afar"]]]].afar"]]. So he works up the courage to [[spoiler: talk to her for real this time]], and then comes Wham Line #2:



Then she whispered in my ear, so soft so sweet so clear, [[spoiler:"''no habla ingles''"...]]

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Then she whispered in my ear, so soft so sweet so clear, [[spoiler:"''no ''"no habla ingles''"...]]ingles"''...



In your plans, put it like this, [[spoiler:she used to be a dude...]]"

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In your plans, put it like this, [[spoiler:she she used to be a dude...]]""



[[spoiler:WE HAVE YOUR DICK!']]

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[[spoiler:WE WE HAVE YOUR DICK!']]DICK!'



And lots of tension, [[spoiler:because I'm late [[PresidentEvil for my inauguration]].\\
("Right this way, [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush Governor Bush...")]]]]
* In The Handsome Family's "Lizard", some young girls in a small town are bitten by a lizard, and the town calls for the aid of Granny Green, a woman who they suspect of being a witch. She gives the girls a tonic, which causes the girls to be unable to stop dancing, then this spreads to the whole town. The wham line is [[spoiler: "'[[PlaceboEffect there's just water', she said, 'in my tonic'"]]]]. Interestingly, this line occurs three quarters into the song, and the villagers disbelieve the revelation and just go further into hysteria.

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And lots of tension, [[spoiler:because because I'm late [[PresidentEvil for my inauguration]].\\
("Right this way, [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush Governor Bush...")]]]]
Bush]]...")
* In The Handsome Family's "Lizard", some young girls in a small town are bitten by a lizard, and the town calls for the aid of Granny Green, a woman who they suspect of being a witch. She gives the girls a tonic, which causes the girls to be unable to stop dancing, then this spreads to the whole town. The wham line is [[spoiler: "'[[PlaceboEffect there's just water', she said, 'in my tonic'"]]]].tonic'"]]. Interestingly, this line occurs three quarters into the song, and the villagers disbelieve the revelation and just go further into hysteria.



--> well, they hung my brother [[spoiler: before I could say the tracks he saw while on his way to Andy's house and back that night were mine and his cheatin' wife had never left town and that's one body that'll never be found, you see little sister don't miss when she aims her gun]]

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--> well, they hung my brother [[spoiler: before I could say the tracks he saw while on his way to Andy's house and back that night were mine and his cheatin' wife had never left town and that's one body that'll never be found, you see little sister don't miss when she aims her gun]]gun



[[spoiler: [[AfterTheEnd She didn't suffer when the fallout sprayed]] ]]

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[[spoiler: [[AfterTheEnd She didn't suffer when the fallout sprayed]] ]]sprayed]]



[[spoiler: But you see him in church Sunday morning, he's your pastor...]]

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[[spoiler: But you see him in church Sunday morning, he's your pastor...]]



[[spoiler: Wait til you find out that she's a minor...]]

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[[spoiler: Wait til you find out that she's a minor...]]



--> The day Dock Ellis of the Pittsburgh Pirates [[spoiler: [[DrunkenMaster threw a no-hitter on LSD]] ]] [[note]] To put this in perspective, there have only been 294 no-hitters since 1876, and this is a sport with 2,430 games per season![[/note]]

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--> The day Dock Ellis of the Pittsburgh Pirates [[spoiler: [[DrunkenMaster threw a no-hitter on LSD]] ]] [[note]] To put this in perspective, there have only been 294 no-hitters since 1876, and this is a sport with 2,430 games per season![[/note]]



-->[[spoiler: ''What about my mama?!'']]" [[note]] To put it into perspective, Tech N9ne had a strong connection to his mother, who passed away before he recorded the song. [[/note]]

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-->[[spoiler: ''What -->''What about my mama?!'']]" mama?!''" [[note]] To put it into perspective, Tech N9ne had a strong connection to his mother, who passed away before he recorded the song. [[/note]]



-->''You're finally safe from Shia [=LaBouef=]. ({{Beat}}) [[spoiler:Wait, he isn't dead! SHIA SURPRISE!]]''

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-->''You're finally safe from Shia [=LaBouef=]. ({{Beat}}) [[spoiler:Wait, ''[{{Beat}}]'' Wait, he isn't dead! SHIA SURPRISE!]]''SURPRISE!''
1st Nov '16 12:02:29 PM FromtheWordsofBR
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** "100,000 Fireflies" drops the bombshell right at the beginning of the song:
-->I have a mandolin, I play it all night long
-->It makes me want to kill myself



* Music/TheMagneticFields' "100,000 Fireflies" drops the bombshell right at the beginning of the song:
-->I have a mandolin, I play it all night long
-->It makes me want to kill myself
7th Oct '16 5:20:43 AM BugsFan17
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** From "One More Minute":
-->So I pulled your name out of my Rolodex
-->And I tore all your pictures in two
-->[[SerialEscalation And I burned down the malt shop where we used to go]]
-->Just because it reminds me of you!
7th Oct '16 5:12:24 AM BugsFan17
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* From Rob Cantor's "Shia LaBouef":
-->''You're finally safe from Shia LaBouef. ({{Beat}}) [[spoiler:Wait, he isn't dead! SHIA SURPRISE!]]''

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* From Rob Cantor's "Shia LaBouef":
[=LaBouef=]":
-->''You're finally safe from Shia LaBouef.[=LaBouef=]. ({{Beat}}) [[spoiler:Wait, he isn't dead! SHIA SURPRISE!]]''
7th Oct '16 5:11:55 AM BugsFan17
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** Revealing that he has never even met her.

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** Revealing that he has never even met her.her.
* From Rob Cantor's "Shia LaBouef":
-->''You're finally safe from Shia LaBouef. ({{Beat}}) [[spoiler:Wait, he isn't dead! SHIA SURPRISE!]]''
22nd Jun '16 6:42:43 PM bt8257
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* From ''[[Music/TwentyFirstCenturyBreakdown 21st Century Breakdown]]'' by Music/GreenDay comes the song "¿Viva La Gloria? [Little Girl]", in a moment that [[MakesSenseInContext makes more sense in the context of the rock opera itself]]: "You are your own worst enemy ... [[IronicEcho Know your enemy.]]

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* From ''[[Music/TwentyFirstCenturyBreakdown 21st Century Breakdown]]'' ''Music/TwentyFirstCenturyBreakdown'' by Music/GreenDay comes the song "¿Viva La Gloria? [Little Girl]", (Little Girl)", in a moment that [[MakesSenseInContext [[ItMakesSenseInContext makes more sense in the context of the rock opera itself]]: "You are your own worst enemy ... [[IronicEcho Know your enemy.]]



* The Music/SimonAndGarfunkel song "Richard Corey," based on the poem by E. A. Robinson, about a man who seems to have it all, and who the narrator desperately wants to be:

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* The Music/SimonAndGarfunkel song "Richard Corey," Cory", based on the poem by E. A. Robinson, about a man who seems to have it all, and who the narrator desperately wants to be:



-->"Richard Cory went home last night [[spoiler: [[BeingGoodSucks and put a bullet through his head.]]]]

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-->"Richard Cory went home last night [[spoiler: [[BeingGoodSucks [[StepfordSmiler and put a bullet through his head.]]]]



* In MirandaLambert's song "Over You," the chorus "You went away/How dare you/I miss you/They say I'll be okay/But I'm not going to/Ever get over you" implies a typical break-up song, and most of the lyrics fit with that. Then comes the the last stanza: [[spoiler: "It really sinks in, you know/When I see it written in stone."]] It's followed by the chorus one last time, but now we know that it's about [[spoiler: mourning a boyfriend who died.]]

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* In MirandaLambert's Music/MirandaLambert's song "Over You," You", the chorus "You went away/How dare you/I miss you/They say I'll be okay/But I'm not going to/Ever get over you" implies a typical break-up song, and most of the lyrics fit with that. Then comes the the last stanza: [[spoiler: "It really sinks in, you know/When I see it written in stone."]] It's followed by the chorus one last time, but now we know that it's about [[spoiler: mourning a boyfriend who died.]]
8th Jun '16 7:11:31 PM jormis29
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* Tripod's song "That's Why I'm Sending You" starts off sounding like a normal break-up song, of the kind that goes 'We had a lot of good times, and I really do like and respect you, but this isn't working and I think we need to end it'. Then the song takes a sharp turn into pure comedy with this line:

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* Tripod's Music/{{Tripod}}'s song "That's Why I'm Sending You" starts off sounding like a normal break-up song, of the kind that goes 'We had a lot of good times, and I really do like and respect you, but this isn't working and I think we need to end it'. Then the song takes a sharp turn into pure comedy with this line:
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