* In ''THeatre/WestSideStory'' The Jets playfully make a song, "Gee, Officer Krupke" out of this.
-->My daddy beats my mommy\\
My mommy clobbers me\\
My grandpa is a commie\\
My grandma pushes tea\\
My sister wears a moustache\\
My brother wears a dress\\
Goodness gracious, that's why I'm a mess!
** Or, in the alternate lyric from the stage play:
-->My father is a bastard\\
My ma's an SOB\\
My grandpa's always plastered\\
My grandma pushes tea\\
My sister wears a moustache\\
My brother wears a dress\\
Goodness gracious, that's why I'm a mess!
* John Flansburgh (of Music/TheyMightBeGiants fame) has recorded a song called "It Never Fails", about cops manipulating the psychological problems of criminals in order to keep their arrest quotas up.
* Creator/AnnaRussell's song "Jolly Old Sigmund Freud."
-->At three I had a feeling of ambivalence towards my brothers,\\
And so it follows naturally I've poisoned all my lovers,\\
But I am happy now I've learned the lesson this has taught,\\
That everything I do that's wrong is someone else's fault!
* A particularly {{Anvilicious}} case is Harry Chapin's "Sniper," about a boy whose mother never makes time for him, so he grows up to be a deranged mass murderer who explicitly voices his hatred for her at the climax. Can be considered a darker version of Chapin's "Cats in the Cradle."
* The person the singer is singing to in "Numb" by Music/LinkinPark has one, apparently ("but I know you were just like me with someone disappointed in you").
** Same in "Points of Authority":
--> You want someone to hurt like you (you live what you've learned)
--> You want to share what you've been through (you live what you've learned)
* The Sara Bareilles song "Machine Gun," about the jerk whose sole purpose in life is to aggravate those around him:
-->Maybe nobody loved you when you were young\\
Maybe boy when you cried nobody'd ever come\\
Will you try it once? Give up the machine gun...
* ''The Wound that Never Heals'' by Jim White, is about a BlackWidow. It has this to say about her backstory:
-->She runs from devils, she runs from angels
-->She runs from the ghost of her father and five different uncles.
-->Blinded by their memory, seared by their pain
-->She'd like to kill 'em all, yeah, kill 'em all again
-->She don't think much about what she's done, or the funny way she feels (No she don't)
-->To her it's just a condition she picked up as a child
-->A little thing she calls "The Wound that Never Heals".
* ''Pseudothyrum Song'' by Music/TheMountainGoats
-->I think someone was mean to you, when you were little
-->That's what I think
-->I think someone was mean to you
* ''Had Enough'' by Music/BreakingBenjamin may be an example of this trope, as it could be about an OmnicidalManiac who is motivated by hatred for someone, possibly his father.
-->You should have learned by now, I'll burn this whole world down
-->I need some peace of mind, no fear of what's behind
-->You think you've won this fight, you've only lost your mind
-->You had to have it all, well have you had enough?
-->You greedy little bastard, you will get what you deserve
-->When all is said and done, I will be the one
-->To leave you in your misery and hate what you've become
* Tomahawk's self-titled album is supposedly a concept album about a SerialKiller, which would make the song "Flashback" the main character's FreudianExcuse, as it's about his repressed memories of a disturbingly abusive childhood.
* {{Taylor Swift}}'s ''Mean'';
** ''I bet you got pushed around, somebody made you cold. Well the cycle ends right now, you'll never lead me down that road.''
* Just about every villain, hero, or [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MoralityKitchenSink something else]] in the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Music/Mothy?from=Main.Mothy Evillous Chronicles]] has this.
* "Swift Kick in the Rear" by Power Salad, from the point of view of a disgruntled [[TheShrink therapist]]:
-->You don't even have to speak, I've heard it all before
-->You're impotent cause you did not get that bike when you were four
* FallOutBoy, "My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light 'Em Up)".
--> My childhood spat back out the monster that you see
* In the PinkFloyd ConceptAlbum, ''TheWall'', Pink is born to a father absent to him due to dying in WorldWarII and an [[MyBelovedSmother overprotective mother]] who micromanages his love life and leaves him paranoid and dependant. His [[SadistTeacher teachers are cruel and oppressive]], humiliating his artistic inclinations in front of the classroom. He becomes a famous rock star, but his SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll lifestyle, penchant for groupies and self-indulgence, and emotional coldness towards his wife (due partly to the female issues his mother instilled in him) led his wife to [[YourCheatingHeart cheat on him]] ([[UnreliableNarrator or at least Pink takes it this way when another man answers the phone when he calls her from his hotel room]], and his manager injects drugs into him to keep him performing, even against his will.. With each predicament, Pink layers a metaphorical "brick" on his "wall", leading to Pink isolating himself and decaying. In his madness, he imagines himself as a contemptous, fascistic figure, leading his audience to a pseudo-Nazi-like rally until his the judge and jury in brain hold him for trial and tear down his wall. [[HereWeGoAgain Then the cycle repeats itself...]]]
* Many GangstaRap artist used the back story of them being poor and growing up in a dangerous neighborhoods with no opportunities as their reasons for embracing the thug life of selling drugs, pimping, gang banging, etc. At first it was a genuine call for help and action. Now the tragic story songs are used to help justify the songs [[{{Flanderization}} glorifying the criminal lyrics]].