Created By: Chukwa on March 7, 2012 Last Edited By: Chukwa on March 13, 2012

Group Therapy Song

'Everybody's got their own problems' Song.

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A song which Explores the problems or lifestyles of different characters.

  • In these type of songs, usually (but not always):

Needs a Better Title (trying a new one; still isn't that good) Needs a Better Description


Examples

  • 'Bleed Like Me' by Garbage. The song has 5 characters (Avalanche, Chris, Doodle, Speedie, JT.), each of which have addictions or problems in their lives. They all are just trying to reach out for understanding, but are all looking for it in the wrong places.
  • 'The Kids aren't Alright' by The Offspring. The song is about lead singer Dexter Holland returning to his neighborhood and seeing what became of it and the kids who lived there. There are 4 characters (Jamie, Mark, Jay, Brandon), none of which had a particularly lovely fate.
  • 'Pepper' by The Butthole Surfers has a whopping 10 characters (Marky, Sharon, Cherise, Mikey, Bobby, Tommy, "Another Mikey," Flipper, an unnamed "football player-rapist," and Paulie), all of whom meet some grisly fate, most likely death.
  • 'Innocent' by Our Lady Peace is about 2 kids (Tina and Johnny, but while also making references to John Lennon and [[Nirvana Kurt Cobain]]) who suffer with what life has given them.
  • 'Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm' by Crash Test Dummies is about three unnamed school kids who are isolated, two of which because of physical abnormalities, and one because of his crazy religious parents.
  • 'What It's Like' by Everlast is about how people are quick to judge others before actually getting to know them. There are three focus characters (An unnamed homeless man, Mary and Max.) and how society judges them.
  • 'Runaway Love by Ludacris is about three girls (Lisa, Nicole, and Erica.) who have abusive or neglecting parents.
  • 'Cherchez La Femme' by Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band has at least a different character for each verse.
  • 'Third Rock from the sun' by Joe Diffie is about a night in a town through the perspective of seven main characters (A man, his wife, her sister, the sister's husband, one of the kids the husband drives to a bar, a waitress, and the Mayor of the Town.) and how chaos comes full circle.
  • 'Dirty Jobs' by The Who is about three men (A pig farmer, a bus driver, and a young man) who have tough, unappreciated jobs.
  • 'Engine Driver' by The Decemberists is an interesting take on this, where the narrator claims to have three occupations (An Engine Driver, a County Lineman, and a Money Lender.)
    • Another variant is in the song 'Sixteen Military Wives', where the song tells about the Sixteen Military Wives, Seventeen Company Men, Fifteen Celebrity Minds, Eighteen Academy Chairs, and Fourteen Cannibal Kings.
  • 'Waterfalls' by TLC is about four people (A mother and son, and a man and a woman) who all have dreams they continue perusing despite the consequences.
  • 'Someday I'll Be saturday Night' by Bon Jovi: Each verse comes from the point of view of a different character: a man who's lost his job and home ("Hey my name is Jim, where did I go wrong?"), A teen prostitute ("My name is Billy Jean, my love is bought and sold"), and an unamed man who is considering suicide ("Now I can't say my name, or tell you where I am").
  • 'The Highwayman' sung by Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson who each sing a verse; one as a highwayman, one as a sailor, one as a dam builder, and one as a starship captain, each describing how they lived and died.
  • 'Turn around' by They Might Be Giants offers an... interesting take on this idea. The narrator sings about a man he had recently killed, the ghost of his dance instructor, and the conductor of the train he and his friends are on (whose face is a pale white mask of evil.)
  • "They Don't Understand" by Sawyer Brown is about people who are having problems, and those around them just don't realize. The first verse is about a mother on a bus with her noisy, fussy children (whose father has just died the night before), the second verse is about a man slowing down traffic (it's getting hard to drive but he doesn't have anyone to help him), and the third is about Jesus on the cross.
Community Feedback Replies: 21
  • March 7, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Cher chez Le Femme by Dr. Buzzard's original Savannah Band has at least a different character for each verse.

    But what the heck is EGTOP?
  • March 7, 2012
    CaveCat
    ^According to the laconic, it's an acronym for "Everybody's Got Their Own Problems". I guess the reason Chukwa shortened it to an acronym is so that it wouldn't take up the entire title.
  • March 7, 2012
    Chukwa
    Yes. Also, the first time I submitted this the laconic was removed, for some reason. I added it later.
  • March 7, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Definitely Needs A Better Title -- no acronyms allowed.
  • March 8, 2012
    TrustBen
  • March 8, 2012
    cygnavamp
    "Runaway Love" by Ludacris
  • March 8, 2012
    Alvin
    "Third Rock from the Sun" by Joe Diffie? A loser starts a domino thing which soon involves more people until someone calls for the sheriff, who turns out to be sayd loser.
  • March 9, 2012
    abk0100
    "Dirty Jobs" by The Who, sang from the point of view of a pig farmer, a bus driver, etc.
  • March 9, 2012
    recalibaker
    How about "egg top" ? Silly trope name. What's wrong with EGTOP? I like anacronyms. Also, is their tropes for songs yet? "Jack and Diane" John Cougar Melloncamp "Living on a Prayer" Bon Jovi "Waterfalls" T.L.C. What's cool about these songs / music videos, is the defined characters, situations. Could make for a cool comic book.
  • March 10, 2012
    troacctid
    As a general rule, we don't use acronyms in titles unless the acronym is widely recognized outside of the wiki.

    Also, you'll need to expand the examples a little--currently, everything there is a Zero Context Example, which makes the page difficult to read.
  • March 10, 2012
    moocow1452
    Seems like some Disney movies would have something along these lines.
  • March 10, 2012
    Psychobabble6
    • The song "It Sucks To Be Me" from Avenue Q has the cast arguing over whose life sucks the most.
  • March 10, 2012
    NightNymph
    I'm not sure "Living on a Prayer" fits this trope as I interpret the description, because Tommy and Gina don't have their own verse each, but are woven together through all the verses. But if that's not what the description is getting at, I could be wrong and apologize in advance.

    A Bon Jovi song that definitely fits the trope is:
    • "Someday I'll Be saturday Night" by Bon Jovi: Each verese comes from the point of veiw of a different character: a man who's lost his job and home ("Hey my name is Jim, where did I go wrong?"), A teen prostitute ("My name is Billy Jean, my love is bought and sold"), and an unnamed man who is considering suicide ("Now I can't say my name, or tell you where I am").

    • "The Highwayman" sung by Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson who each sing a verse; one as a highwayman, one as a sailor, one as a dam builder, and one as a starship captain, each describing how they lived and died.
  • March 12, 2012
    Dawnwing
    • "They Don't Understand" by Sawyer Brown is about people who are having problems, and those around them just don't realize and are mad at them for being a bother to others. The first verse is about a mother on a bus with her noisy, fussy children (whose father has just died the night before), the second verse is about a man slowing down traffic (at his age it's getting hard to drive but he doesn't have anyone to help him), and the third is about Jesus on the cross.
  • March 13, 2012
    pawsplay
    Group therapy doesn't work that way.
  • March 13, 2012
    Unknown Troper
    So, pawsplay, do you have a better name suggestion?
  • March 13, 2012
    Dawnwing
    People's Problems Song? Everyone's Problems Song?
  • March 13, 2012
    mdulwich
    Would "Eleanor Rigby" count? Also "Brief Candles" by The Zombies, about various characters (aparently in a pub) considering their problems with relationships. Bonus points because each verse is sung by a different member of the band.
  • March 13, 2012
    Shnakepup
    • Rap group Atmosphere has a a few songs fitting this.
      • "Between The Lines" is about three people, a beat cop who's always on the brink of nervous breakdown, a mentally disturbed woman, and a performer contemplating suicide.
      • "Not Another Day" also features three people: a struggling single mother, a bullied school child, and a homeless man.
      • "Americareful" is about healthcare, and features two stories: one about a gangster who gets a bullet wound treated at the county hospital, and a woman getting an abortion.
  • March 13, 2012
    pawsplay
    Is "Eighty-eight lines about forty-four women" an example? Not sure if I'm getting the idea here.
  • March 13, 2012
    Shnakepup
    Now that I'm thinking about it, this definitely Needs A Better Name, since "group therapy song" doesn't really describe what this is about. How about Crappy Slices Of Life Song or something like that? I mean, the key is that it's a song about multiple people and the problems they face in life.
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