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* ''Music/TheFinalCut'' by Music/PinkFloyd is both disturbingly prophetic and harrowing to listen to. Granted, the album was protesting [[UsefulNotes/TheFalklandsWar the 1982 invasion]] of UsefulNotes/TheFalklandIslands by the UK, but the track "Get Your Filthy Hands Off My Desert" features Roger Waters screaming, "Hey! Get your filthy hands off my desert!", followed shortly by '''''the sound of an airplane flying over and an explosion'''''.
* It is a little-known fact that in the early 1970s, the People's Temple Choir released a gospel album called ''He's Able'', a collection of hymns that would otherwise be typical religious passion. Unfortunately, everyone involved in the gospel recordings is presumed to have died in Jonestown, and the album was reissued on CD as a morbid curiosity (like Charles Manson's recordings). The CD release contains Jim Jones's suicide sermon as a bonus track.
* The Thrash/Hardcore band Early Graves was on tour with fellow Californian band The Funeral Pyre when a van accident took the life of Makh, their vocalist. The name and the fact that they had recently released an album entitled ''Goner'' didn't help much.
* Many things surrounding Music/KurtCobain became this after this suicide.
** At least one DJ, [[TooSoon shortly after]] Kurt's [[AteHisGun suicide]], quipped, "Well, you lied, Kurt. You did have a gun" in reference to a repeated line from "Come As You Are".
** He also wrote "I'd rather be dead than cool".
** Nirvana also recorded a song titled "I Hate Myself and Want to Die", which was supposed to be released as a B-side to the "Pennyroyal Tea" single. The title of the song was chosen as a rather [[CallBack sarcastic in-joke]], at least according to an interview Cobain gave ''Rolling Stone'' in January 1994. When Kurt died, the single was immediately shelved, though the B-Side had already been released a year before on the compilation ''[[WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead The Beavis And Butt-Head Experience]]''.
** There are at least two photos of Cobain pointing a gun at his mouth - one of which is the photo used on his TV Tropes page - which serve as the finest example of this trope there could be.
* The metal band Music/{{Slayer}} recorded the song "Disciple", featured on ''God Hates Us All'', contains heartwarming lines such as these:
-->"Pessimist, terrorist targeting the next mark\\
Global chaos feeding on hysteria"\\
"Man made virus infecting the world\\
Self-destruct human time bomb."
** On the ''God Hates Us All'' note, it was one of a handful of albums released on September 11, 2001, although that's just unfortunate timing more than anything else.
* Progressive metal band Music/DreamTheater originally released their live album ''Live: Scenes From New York'' with artwork showing the NYC skyline, including the Twin Towers, in flames. The album was released on September 11, 2001. It was quickly recalled, and the artwork was changed -- but some copies with the original artwork were sold.
* Music/TheReplacements, in 1981, recorded a song called "Johnny's Gonna Die" about Music/NewYorkDolls guitarist Johnny Thunders, who had a notorious drug addiction. Ten years after the song was released, Johnny Thunders did indeed die, presumably of drug-related causes. Replacements guitarist Bob Stinson died a few years afterwards, largely due to the toll years of drug and alcohol abuse took on his body.
* In the music videos for his solo songs "Misery" and "Oblaat", Music/XJapan guitarist Music/{{hide|toMatsumoto}} posed hanging from a tower at one point in "Misery" and sticking his neck into a noose near the end of "Oblaat". In 1998, he would die in an accidental suicide involving self-inflicted asphyxiation.
** His solo song ''Drink or Die!!!'' - at the time of his death, he was also suffering from alcohol poisoning - which possibly ensured his death as in he most likely passed out from the alcohol before he could free himself to breathe again.
* Some of Music/TaijiSawada's work attained this with his death, as well as being HarsherInHindsight:
** His character's role in Music/XJapan's original PV for ''Week End'' involved being stabbed or shot in the chest/torso, collapsing and dying as a result. It was later noted after his death that despite the official story that he hung himself with a bedsheet, he had no scars on his neck - but he did have tape marks on his face, combat wounds, and a small red mark/slash on his chest.
** His work on the lyrics of ''Voiceless Screaming'' for Music/XJapan and the various remixes of it he made for his solo bands - though Toshi was the main writer - foreshadowed his downward spiral into illness and addiction.
** His song for Music/{{Loudness}}, ''Black Widow,'' - because of Kitami Terumi and her involvement with stealing the last of his money, trying to scam people in his phone contacts for money ''as he was dying,'' and likely with his death at least by inaction (not informing anyone of his epilepsy) or even possibly via directly getting someone to kill him in jail.
** His song for his solo band D.T.R., ''Empty Room,'' a poignant description of depression/loneliness/mental illness/falling through the cracks of mainstream society. Which was how he lived, right up until he died.
* Most of the stuff surrounding Music/MichaelJackson becomes this by way of either his issues with {{p|aedoHunt}}edophilia or his [[AuthorExistenceFailure death]].
** The line "I'm not like ''other'' boys..." in the prologue of the "Music/{{Thriller}}" video.
** The video for ''{{Th|eDeadCanDance}}riller'', knowing that Michael Jackson has left us.
** Or "The Girl Is Mine", his ''Thriller'' duet with Music/PaulMcCartney. Michael Jackson says: "You know, Paul, I'm a lover, not a fighter..." When Linda [=McCartney=] was alive, all of Paul's love songs were for her. That perspective makes "The Girl Is Mine" painful for Paul's fans.
** Another example from ''Thriller'' is the song "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)." It's obviously about a young woman, but that ''title''!
*** It gets worse near the end of the song, when a ''high-pitched'' voice starts shouting "I love it!" repeatedly.
** Similarly, his concert series scheduled to start July 2009 was called ''This Is It''. It doesn't help that the very last public interview he gave was announcing the tour to his fans, in which he repeatedly said, in reference to the concert title, "this is it, this is ''really'' it! This will be my last concert ever, I mean it! This is it!"
** ''Who Is It'' from ''Music/{{Dangerous}}'' contains a now very unsettling set of lyrics in the second verse.
-->"I am the damned\\
I am the dead\\
I am the agony inside a dying head."
** This even managed to affect other groups' music. The first two lines of Music/{{U2}}'s "The Playboy Mansion", punning off of MJ's greatest hits album title:
-->''"If Coke is a mystery\\
And Michael Jackson, [=HIStory=]"''
** The lyrics to Michael's song "Morphine".
** From [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons "Lisa, It's Your Birthday"]]
--->"The training wheels come off your bike, you start to notice boys you like"
*** Practically the whole ''Simpsons'' episode that had Michael Jacks--sorry, "John Jay Smith"--voicing the big, bald ''white'' mental patient who ''thought'' he was Michael Jackson is either uncomfortable to watch because of all the scenes of the guy hanging out with underage kids (Bart and Lisa) or heart-breaking because of "John Jay Smith"'s death.
*** The handful of narrative sequences in ''Moonwalker'' get uncomfortable due to the three kids who follow Michael around, including the part where he essentially turns into a giant toy and then comes back to lead them to a dark, creepy backstage area to watch him perform. Shout out to the "Speed Demon" sequence where the director has a frustrated breakdown over Michael Jackson being cast as a villain. In context it's supposed to be a gag on the song (he's the guy who did "Bad", so he's literally ''the Bad guy''), but the backlash against the later child abuse allegations put that whole thing in a different light.
* A good portion of Paul [=McCartney=]'s solo album ''Driving Rain'' can cause headaches now for those who know the backstory because he included multiple love songs to Heather Mills. Songs declaring eternal love to someone you have since broken up with are by definition painful.
** This also happened to his song "Nineteen Hundred And Eighty-Five", presumably written for Linda, once he remarried.
-->''"No one ever left alive in nineteen-hundred-and-eighty-five will ever do\\
She may be right, she may be fine, she may get love, but she won't get mine, 'cause I've got you..."''
** Music/TheBeatles' song "When I'm 64" from ''Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand''. This is Paul [=McCartney's=] song, and its verses end, "Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm 64?" Anyway, ''one month before'' his 64th birthday, he and Heather Mills separated.
** Another [=McCartney=] album, ''Chaos and Creation in the Back Yard'', released in 2005, was recognized immediately as a ConceptAlbum and recognized immediately as having Heather Mills as a primary subject; but they thought it was mostly an album of mere SillyLoveSongs (Paul is a believer in DeathOfTheAuthor, usually, so his analyses aren't always helpful). The album was critically acclaimed when it was released. There was ''one'' unambiguously vicious song on the album, "Riding to Vanity Fair", but it was considered MoodWhiplash, and there was much speculation towards who it was about... Then Paul and Heather separated in May 2006. Some quickly realized what ''Chaos and Creation'' (as an album) was really about. Others never recovered from the LogicBomb (there ''are'' SillyLoveSongs on there -- it's just that most of them have darker interpretations) and lost respect for the work.
* Music/JohnLennon once told the press that he acted silly so that he wouldn't become a martyr. It didn't work.
** It gets worse - on the day John Lennon was murdered, he recorded an interview, in which he made a reference to "when I'm dead and buried - which I hope is a long, long time from now." In the same interview, Lennon also talked of how much hope he had for the 1980s and how he looked forward to the new decade.
** ''The Ballad of John and Yoko'', recorded by Music/TheBeatles three years after John's controversial "bigger than Jesus" remarks contained these chorus lines, which may seem more prophetically grim after John's assassination in 1980:
-->"Christ, you know it ain't easy, you know how hard it can be,\\
The way things are going, they're gonna crucify me."
** The lyrics "First you must learn to smile as you kill" in Lennon's song "Working Class Hero" acquired a touch of creepiness as Lennon's killer, remained calm, smiling and politely replying, "I just shot John Lennon."
** "Beautiful Boy", about his son Sean:
--> "I can hardly wait to see you come of age, so I guess we'll both just have to be patient."
** Jann Wenner, in 1971 while interviewing John, asked him how he expected to die. John's answer:
-->"I'll probably be popped off by some looney."
** The repeated line "shoot me" in "Come Together" (a Beatles song that John wrote) is hard to overlook.
** Then there's the song "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" from ''Music/TheWhiteAlbum'':
--> "When I hold you in my arms\\
And I put my finger on your trigger\\
I know nobody can do me no harm..."
** A song he wrote for Ringo is called "Life Begins at 40".
** Lennon made a cynical observation in a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYRLp_EML-c&feature=relmfu rare interview]] from 1980 found on Website/YouTube (start at 8:22), about those who criticized him for being in seclusion for five years, not releasing any music, and not calling any of his rock star drinking buddies to party, was that when John dies, the rock community who criticized him for hiding would [[DeadArtistsAreBetter say nothing but nice things about him when he's dead]], but the fact that he didn't die in L.A. from his "lost weekend" excesses in the mid-1970's meant that they were free to judge John for settling down and for not partying with his rock star friends until he became a "rock casualty".
** ''He's a Rebel'', a Phil Spector biography by Marc Ribowsky, recounts an incident where Spector fired a gun in the studio, which led John to protest, "If you wanna shoot me, go ahead, but don't fuck with my ears! I need them!" It's doubly harsher with Phil Spector's conviction.
** In a ''Rolling Stone'' interview conducted three days before his death, John said of his fans, "what they want is dead heroes, like [[Music/SexPistols Sid Vicious]] and Creator/JamesDean. I'm not interesting in being a fuckin' dead hero." The same interview had John saying he may go back to touring someday, but he wasn't doing any serious planning at the moment because "there's plenty of time."
** There's also the line in "Nobody Loves You When You're Down and Out":
--> Everybody loves you when you're six feet in the ground
** A comment Music/PaulMcCartney made [[http://www.beatlesinterviews.org/db1971.04pm.beatles.html in a ''Life'' magazine interview]] in 1971 about how freely and "ordinarily" he and Linda lived turned out to be eerily prophetic, but not for Paul or Linda:
--> ""I love my life now because I'm doing much more ordinary things, and to me that brings great joy. We're more ordinary than ordinary people sometimes. In New York, we go to Harlem on the subway -- a great evening at the Apollo. We walk through Central Park after hours. You may find us murdered one day."
** According to Dr. Stephen Lynn, the surgeon who tried to save Lennon the day he died, the Beatles song "All My Loving", whose opening lines are "Close your eyes and I'll kiss you, tomorrow I'll miss you...", started playing on the hospital radio just when Lennon was pronounced dead.
* In the late 1980s, Music/GeorgeHarrison was once asked if he feared for his own safety after Lennon's murder. In a bit of [[SelfDeprecation self-deprecating]] humor, he answered that he wasn't important enough to kill. Near the end of 1999, a crazy fan decided the exact opposite, broke into his home, and stabbed him repeatedly in the chest, nearly succeeding in killing him.
** In an early run through of the then unfinished "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" from ''Music/AbbeyRoad'', Paul sings "bang bang, Maxwell's silver hammer came down upon his head/bang bang, Maxwell's silver hammer made sure that George was dead". George died in 2001, a time when downloading music was becoming increasingly easy, and this and other demos started circulating on file-sharing networks.
* Music/GunsNRoses' most famous song, "Sweet Child o' Mine" from ''Music/AppetiteForDestruction'', was Axl Rose's declaration of love for then-fiance Erin Everly. A few years later, Axl and Erin were involved in a bitter divorce battle where Erin accused Axl in court of hitting her.
* The Music/TheyMightBeGiants song "Meridian" contains the lyric, "I'm sleeping in the Astrodome!" A year after it was written, Hurricane Katrina hit, resulting in hundreds of evacuees being bused to the Houston Astrodome, while the less fortunate ones who were trapped in New Orleans' own Superdome.
* The initial album cover for the 1977 Music/LynyrdSkynyrd album ''Street Survivors'' depicted the band members surrounded by an outdoor fire. Unfortunately, the tragic plane crash that killed Ronnie Van Zandt and Steve Gaines occurred three days after the album was released. As a result, the album was reissued with the fire cover replaced by a solemn cover depicting the band members in a black space, illuminated by a spotlight. In 2008, when ''Street Survivors'' was reissued in a Deluxe Edition CD set, the original fire cover was chosen instead of the spotlight cover.
* Many songs were hit by Hurricane Katrina, including:
** "When The Levee Breaks", by Kansas Joe [=McCoy=] and Memphis Minnie, later versioned by Music/LedZeppelin on ''Music/LedZeppelinIV''. The song refers to one of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Mississippi_Flood_of_1927 most destructive river floods in United States history]], though New Orleans was largely spared. It becomes harsher post-Hurricane Katrina. While levees did break before that, it was never ''quite'' on that scale. Spike Lee used the song title for a documentary about Katrina.
** The blues song "New Orleans":
--->"where the magnolia blossoms fill the air\\
Oh, you ain't been to heaven till you've been down there!"
** "Proud Mary", whose aftermath covers omit the second verse.
** Chris Thomas King's "Flooding in the Delta".
** Canadian rock band Music/TheTragicallyHip did this twice, in 2003 with "If New Orleans is Beat" and in 1989 with the disturbingly prophetic "New Orleans is Sinking".
** The standard "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?" [[note]]Now that we know, many find it intolerable.[[/note]]
** Even a band name got hit by this trope - Katrina and the Waves.
* Film/TheBluesBrothers' opening to "A Briefcase Full of Blues" starts with a little dialogue stating that how (in 1978, when it was released) you hardly ever hear the blues, and "by the year 2006, the music known as the blues will exist only in the classical records section of your public library". This was not made funnier by Hurricane Katrina.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0vPFJ5A4ko Katy Brand's parody]] of the pop group Music/{{Sugababes}}. One year later, Keisha Buchanan left the band, leaving none of the original members in the group.
* The title of the song "Miami 2017" by Music/BillyJoel may have become this. Why? Hurricane Irma, which ripped through the Caribbean before causing severe weather and strong winds, plus damage, in the city of Miami. The year? 2017.
** The song itself is about the violent destruction of New York City. Lines like, "I've seen the lights go out on Broadway/I watched the mighty skyline fall..." are clearly reminiscent of the WTC attacks on 9/11/2001, despite being written in the 1970s. After the attack, Billy Joel sang the song to [[DefiedTrope defy this trope]].
** To a lesser extent, the opening line of "Miami 2017", [[RefrainFromAssuming "I've seen the lights go out on Broadway."]] It was written in the 1970s. The lights going out on Broadway, then, was the first sign of the destruction of New York City. After New York got through its bankruptcy issues that decade, the song came to seem silly. Then, in the winter of 2007, the writers' strike did shut down Broadway.
* Shortly after the deaths of Music/JimiHendrix and Music/JanisJoplin in 1970, Music/TheDoors singer Jim Morrison, before he died, allegedly quipped, "You're drinking with number three."
** He also once said that when he died, he wanted to "be there" (as he put it) and experience it, "not die in [his] sleep or of an OD or something". Knowing he felt this way makes his manner of death doubly sad.
*** Also, one of the lines in the Doors song "Roadhouse Blues" from ''Music/MorrisonHotel'' is "The future's uncertain and the end is always near." The song was released in 1970 and for Morrison, who died the following year, the end actually was near.
** Joplin's reaction to Hendrix' death was, reportedly, "Goddamnit, he beat me to it." A week later she was dead.
* A [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeyh/224044065/in/set-1133006/ well-known photograph]] depicts Music/BlindMelon singer Shannon Hoon gleefully kissing Music/AliceInChains singer Layne Staley. Both singers had severe drug problems and died from fatal overdoses.
** The last song Music/AliceInChains recorded with Layne before his overdose was called "Died".
** Music/AliceInChains had a song titled "We Die Young". And well... Layne did.
** Many of Layne's [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0821655/bio#quotes quotes]] such as:
--> ''That makes me sad for my friends who have taken their own lives, because I know that if your time is not finished here, and you end it yourself, then you gotta finish it somewhere else.\\
Why do people keep taking drugs? Don't they hear my music? Don't they understand the words?\\
I'm scared of death, especially death by my own hand. I'm scared of where I would go.''
* The Music/LutherVandross song "Dance With my Father", about his wish for himself and his mother to be reunited with his father, came only a few years before both Vandross and his mother would pass on.
* At one Music/NewOrder show, Peter Hook dedicated a song to Ian Curtis, producer Martin Hannett and manager Rob Gretton, all deceased. Then he joked dryly, "Tony Wilson'll be next". [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/manchester/6941105.stm And he was.]]
* Music/DepecheMode songwriter Martin Gore wrote and sang the sardonic but generally lighthearted "A Question of Lust" for the band in 1986. It contains the line, "And I need to drink more than you seem to think before I'm anyone's". Twenty years later, after alcohol had destroyed his marriage, he would write "Precious" as an apology to his children.
** There are also quite a few of their songs that play very differently in light of the lead singer's near-death experience.
* Country singer Patsy Cline was nonchalant about the possibility of her death in a plane crash, saying to a member of her entourage, "Don't worry about me, Hoss. When it's my time to go, it's my time." A week before, she said to another singer, "Honey, I've had two bad ones (accidents). The third one will either be a charm or it'll kill me."
* Music/TheNotoriousBIG's 1994 song "Juicy" from ''Music/ReadyToDie'' (the title alone is harsher since he died three years later) includes the line "...Blow up like the World Trade", which took on a rather different meaning seven years later (he was referring to an attack on the towers in 1993 that, while deadly, was mostly limited to the parking garage and didn't cause the towers to fall). When "A Dream" by [[Music/{{JayZ}} Jay-Z]] samples the iconic verse, that line is blanked out.
** His final album, released after his death but planned out before it, was called ''Life After Death'' and featured a photo of him standing next to a ''hearse''. For the final touch, a track on the album is titled "You're Nobody Til Somebody Kills You".
** He also shoots himself at the end of the song. Both Biggie and Music/TupacShakur were unusually, almost preternaturally ''obsessed'' with their own deaths (possibly due to the big "East coast/West coast" rap rivalries); when they were both gunned down, it was almost a SelfFulfillingProphecy.
* In Ol' Dirty Bastard's relatively upbeat 1999 track [[NWordPrivileges "N***a Please",]] there is a line referring to how ODB "gets that cocaine to clean out my sinuses". This got a lot less funny after he died of a cocaine overdose five years later.
* Music/MarvinGaye's 1971 hit "What's Going On" from ''Music/WhatsGoingOn''. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Marvin_Gaye Evidence from thirteen years later]] suggests that his father violently disagreed with this:
-->"Father, father, we don't need to escalate\\
You see, war is not the answer, for only love can conquer hate".
* In the little known Music/{{ACDC}} song "Carry Me Home", Bon Scott sings about getting so drunk he can't move and is pretending to be drunk while singing. Also the last lines:
-->"I'm dead drunk and heaving hanging upside down\\
And you're getting up and leaving, you think I'm gonna drown."
** And then there's every line of "Highway to Hell"... especially the last one.
-->"And I'm going down... all the way! On the highway to hell..."
** In 2014, AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was charged with attempting to arrange a murder, which could make "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap", a tongue-in-cheek song from the point of view of a hitman, a little harder to listen to.
* In October of 2007, a popular Christian singer named Steven Curtis Chapman released an album that included a song titled "Cinderella". The song is about Steven's daughters and is about how someday they'll eventually grow up and get married. But in May of 2008, the song's lyrics took on a tragic meaning when the youngest of Chapman's adopted daughters--she was just five--was killed when her older brother accidentally ran her over in the driveway. The last half of the chorus goes like this:
-->"Oh, I will dance with Cinderella\\
I don't want to miss even one song\\
'Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight\\
And she'll be gone..."
** Since that incident, whenever Chapman has sung "Cinderella" in concert, the last line would often be changed to "I know the dance will go on".
* Music/{{Blink 182}}'s Music Video for "[[BoyBand All the Small Things]]" was one of the funniest music videos of its time. But the opening shot of drummer Travis Barker nonchalantly walking off a plane is kind of painful to see, considering he was severely burned by a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_South_Carolina_Learjet_60_crash jet crash]].
* One song from Music/{{Queen}}'s debut album, "Great King Rat," features an apparent AuthorAvatar who quotes several other songs on the album and "died syphilis, forty-four on his birthday." Two decades later, the writer and lead singer would be dead, at forty-five, of a venereal disease.
** An even worse moment came in their ''Live At Wembley Stadium'' concert, where Freddie Mercury told fans that "we're going to stay together until we fucking well die, I assure you." This became the saddest section of the concert and its album release.
** "I'm Going Slightly Mad" seemed like another lighthearted Queen song when it appeared on their final album, ''Innuendo''- before Freddie's illness was widely known about. When later replayed during the tribute concert, the possibility of its reference to some form of AIDS-related dementia (something which has apparently been confirmed since) was more obvious and chilling.
** Since Queen's popularity in America had been flagging in the late eighties, Freddie Mercury reportedly said to Brian May, "I'll probably have to die before we're popular there again." This turned out to be true.
** "Who Wants to Live Forever" seems a lot more awkward when you realize that, apparently, Freddie Mercury didn't want to hard enough.\\
Speaking of which, the song (along with other Queen's songs) was used in ''[[Franchise/{{Highlander}} Highlander II: The Quickening]]'' which was given its American Release Date of November 1, 1991. Freddie died in November 24 of the same year.
** Sure, it's a Brian May song, but it's difficult not to associate the title (and, to a lesser extent, the [[http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/13158/ lyrics]]) of "Too Much Love Will Kill You" with Freddie's illness. As a 1984 Freddie Mercury solo song called "Love Kills".
*** "My Love Is Dangerous" was a track from Mercury's 1985 solo album ''Mr. Bad Guy''.
** ''Made In Heaven,'' the posthumous album, start to finish. "Let Me Live", "Made In Heaven", "My Life Has Been Saved", "Too Much Love Will Kill You", "It's A Beautiful Day", and "Mother Love".
*** Ironically, despite popular belief, many the album's tracks ''aren't'' Freddie's final (post-Innuendo) recordings, of which there wasn't an album's worth. They're based on previously-released tracks and unreleased demos, some dating back as early as 1980 ("It's a Beautiful Day"), long before his likely HIV diagnosis. Whether this makes the content more or less poignant in hindsight is open to question.
** A good chunk of Innuendo is like this, Songs in particular: "Delilah" (about one of Freddie's cats), "I'm Going Slightly Mad", "The Show Must Go On"
** "Play The Game" contains "My love is flowing through my veins". Seeing as most people associate AIDS and blood this line can be a little bit uncomfortable...
** Listen to the album track "Khashoggi's Ship" from Queen's 1989 album ''Music/TheMiracle'', and lines like "I'm in pretty good shape" and "no one stops my party" play as FAMs in light of Mercury's death a few years later (Mercury was already diagnosed with HIV in 1988).
** Though Brian wrote the song as a tribute to a neighborhood cat he befriended as a child who passed away, some of the lyrics of "All Dead, All Dead" might apply to Mercury as well.
* Music/TomLehrer:
** "George Murphy", from 1965, includes a reference to a Hollywood personality who was then just beginning an attempt to break into politics:
--->Hollywood's often tried to mix\\
show business with politics\\
from Helen Gahagan\\
to... UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan?\\
''[audience laughs]''
** In the days following the 1984 presidential election, "George Murphy" became even more unsettling to listen to, as it also included the couplet:
--->Think of all the musicals we have in store\\
Imagine: 'Broadway Melody of Nineteen Eighty-Four'\\
''[audience once again laughs]''
** "We Will All Go Together When We Go" is a ZigZaggingTrope version of this, while the particular Cold War-era brand of paranoia about nuclear war isn't with us anymore, every time a country like North Korea threatens to bomb the North American continent it suddenly becomes not so funny.
** Another Lehrer song, "Smut," contains the lines (in reference to supposed hidden obscene material in classic books), "Why, I could tell you about Peter Pan/and The Wizard of Oz—there's a dirty old man!" This scans as a lot creepier knowing what we know now about [[Music/MichaelJackson a certain aficionado of Peter Pan...]]
** "I Got It From Agnes" is a cheery ditty that gets its humor from the implication that the never-specified "it" was passed around via sexual contact. Lehrer himself has noted that in these post-AIDS times that's somewhat less of a laughing matter.
* On The Darkness' 2003 album "Permission To Land", there was a song about heroin addiction ("Giving Up"). Later, the lead singer got addicted to crack and had to go into rehab.
* Soul Coughing's "Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago", recorded in 1994, repeats the line, "A man drives a plane into the Chrysler Building." For obvious reasons, Mike Doughty refused to play the song after 9/11 for a long time, before he brought it back by surprise at a late 2008 solo gig. He has played it occasionally since then, mostly in 2010.
* A particularly horrifying example would be The Coup's "Party Music" and it's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:TheCoupCoverLarge.jpg original album artwork]]; the album was scheduled for release in September 2001.
* Music/HankWilliams' last single released before his death was called "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive".
* Music/JohnDenver's "Leaving on a Jet Plane", [[{{Irony}} generally viewed as the song that launched his career]]. He died in a crash involving an experimental light aircraft. Since then, his version of the song has all but disappeared from distribution. Even a singer/songwriter compilation chose to use the CoverVersion from Peter, Paul, and Mary [[CoveredUp even though Denver wrote it]] and the other songs were sung by their writers.
* [[Music/MarcBolan T. Rex's Marc Bolan]] stated in a number of interviews, in an off-hand manner, that he was scared that he wouldn't live to the age of thirty and never learned to drive because of his fear of premature death. Despite this, cars were mentioned with varying degrees of prominence in most of the band's songs. Two weeks before his thirtieth birthday, he was killed in a car crash. Another band member was killed in the same way a few years later.
** It doesn't end there. He was once asked what exactly made him decide to stop the self-destructive lifestyle he once lived. He replied that it was because of his young son Rolan, and that if he had continued in that lifestyle, he'd be unable to take care of him. Due to circumstances that not only had nothing to do with his lifestyle but were also entirely beyond his control, that happened anyway.
* The line "It's better to burn out than to fade away" from Music/NeilYoung's "My My, Hey Hey" from ''Music/RustNeverSleeps'' became something of a StockShoutOut, appearing in places up to and including Music/DefLeppard songs. They came to an abrupt end when it showed up in ''Kurt Cobain's suicide note.'' Since then, even classic radio stations don't want to touch the half of the song containing that lyric, and Neil now emphasizes the line "Once you're gone, you can't come back...".
** Ironically, that reference supposedly applied to Music/SexPistols' singer Johnny Rotten (''"The king is gone but he's not forgotten/ This is the story of Johnny Rotten..."''). But Rotten is still alive today, even if he isn't using that name anymore. (He reverted to John Lydon.) The dead Pistol was Sid Vicious, who replaced original bassist Glenn Matlock. The "King" would have been Music/ElvisPresley.
* The music video for Music/{{Eminem}}'s anti-gang war song "Like Toy Soldiers" show D12 member Proof dying in a drive-by. Two years later, Proof did die when he was shot at a night club. It's a little freaky to see him in a hospital dying of gunshot wounds.
* "Exodus'04" in Utada's 2004 album ''Exodus'' is a beautiful love song that Hikaru most likely wrote about her marrying Kazuaki Kiriya, fifteen years her senior, when she was only 19 and had just recovered from an ovarian cancer. It's about how her family and people around her saw that move as [[LoveMakesYouCrazy rushed and immature]], but she's glad of her decision because their [[ThePowerOfLove love is true]]. The couple didn't make it to their fifth wedding anniversary.
* Music/BarenakedLadies' "Sell Sell Sell", released in 2000, is about an actor who stars in a film about either (depending on your interpretation) the Gulf War or a fictitious second war in Iraq. The second interpretation is eerie enough, but it also works disturbingly well as an allegory for, and condemnation of, the second war itself: "A bad guy who's not there", "a smoking gun" that "distracts us while the actor takes the stand," and this choice bit:
-->It goes like this: "We have no choice"\\
The minarets, the wailing voice\\
And vaguely Celtic music fills the air\\
We choose a foreigner to hate\\
The new Iraq gets more irate\\
We really know nothing about them, and no one cares"
** On the other hand, the song works even better as an allegory for a real event that had already occurred, in 1998: UsefulNotes/BillClinton, in the midst of controversy over his affair with Monica Lewinsky, ordered an airstrike on Iraq, which has been seen as a desperate attempt to distract the country from the affair and subsequent perjury trial and, like the invasion in 2003, has been viewed as unprovoked by the critics of the President that ordered it. History repeats itself mighty fast these days.
* Snot's only album features the song "Joyride," an energetic song about driving irresponsibly that ends with the sound of a car crash. Snot's singer Lynn Strait (along with his beloved dog and band mascot Dobbs) died in a car crash one year after the album's release.
* "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short_Ride_in_a_Fast_Machine Short Ride in a Fast Machine]]" by John Adams was scheduled to be performed at the Last Night of the Proms in 1997, but was removed because of the death of Princess Diana in a car crash. It was on the schedule again in 2001, but was removed once more because the [[TheWarOnTerror September 11th attacks]] had occurred just a few days before the Last Night.
* The early [[Music/TheBeachBoys Beach Boys]] song, "I'm Bugged At My Ol' Man" from ''Music/SummerDaysAndSummerNights'' is the lament of a teenager who has been grounded by his father for staying out too late, with the specifics of his punishment exaggerated and PlayedForLaughs. At least, we hope they were exaggerated. It would later come out that Murry Wilson, father of three members of the band, including the song's vocalist and songwriter Music/Brian Wilson, had a history of physically and emotionally abusing his sons. This makes lines like "I wish I could see outside/ but he tacked up boards on my window" seem less humorous than they were originally meant to be.
** A comedy sketch on a Beach Boys album, "'Cassius' Love Vs. 'Sonny' Wilson" from ''Music/ShutDownVolumeTwo'', has Mike Love and Brian Wilson engaged in a mock-insult war in the studio. Later on, Mike would sue Brian for publishing royalties and song credits over songs with lyrics Mike wrote, after Brian got control of his '60's publishing company back.
* The Electric Six album ''Flashy''. On the album, there is a song called ''Transatlantic Flight'', a darkly humorous song about a transatlantic flight crashing into the sea in the middle of the night. One of the lines of said song is "In the event of a water landing, you can use my body as a flotation device". Then, the Brazil-France flight in the early hours of June 1 crashed somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean.
* Music/{{Rihanna}}'s 2008 hit song, "Disturbia", was written in part by Chris Brown. Lyrics such as "A disease of the mind/It can control you/I feel like a monster" are truly disturbing in light of Chris Brown's arrest for physical abuse against a woman later identified as Rihanna.
** Rihanna's song "Take a Bow" is sung from the point of view of someone strong enough to leave a lover who was mistreating them and betraying the relationship. It became bitterly ironic once she decided ''not'' to leave Chris Brown after he hit and choked her.
** And another disturbing Rihanna song is "Hate That I Love You" which is all about staying in a very bad relationship. Yeah...
** Maybe worst of all is her 2007 song "Breakin' Dishes" about physically attacking a cheating boyfriend. It contains the repeated line "Imma fight a man tonight."
* Music/EazyE did his own take on Bootsy Collins' ''I'd Rather Be with You'', called... well, ''I'd Rather Fuck You'', with lyrics such as "I'd rather fuck with you all goddamn night 'cause your pussy's good" and "We can do it doggy style, or you can get on top!" The song, as well as many of his others, have taken on a whole new light after Eazy's death from AIDS.
* When asked in an interview what he'd say to his teenage self if he could go back in time and meet him, Malice Mizer's drummer Kami answered "Just hurry up and die." A few years later he did, aged just 26.
* The song ''Jordan's First Choice'' from folk-punk band Against Me!'s first album features "Tell me where was your head when you broke that promise to yourself?" amongst its first lines. They were very strongly committed to anarchist politics and remaining on indie labels. They discarded both principles and the song is now difficult to listen to.
** "Punk Rock Classic" from the Music/RedHotChiliPeppers. The song takes swipes at bands (specifically Music/GunsNRoses) that claim to be underground but really want to be on MTV, make videos, and release radio-friendly ballads. After "Under the Bridge" came out and the band got big, the Chilis became exactly what they had mocked. To add to that irony, GNR's Slash originally didn't like "Sweet Child O'Mine" - the riff mocked at the end of "Punk Rock Classic" - because he felt it was too poppish.
* The title track to The Dandy Warhols' 2003 album ''Welcome To The Monkey House'' featured the line "When Michael Jackson dies, we're covering 'Blackbird'", which was just meant as a flippant joke about Michael Jackson controlling the publishing rights of Music/TheBeatles. Shortly after Jackson's death, they did announce on their website that they were in fact planning to cover [[Music/TheWhiteAlbum "Blackbird"]] when they got the chance, and they put a version out as a standalone single later that year.
* Every other song [[Music/TupacShakur 2Pac]] wrote was about him dying before his time (same thing with Biggie Smalls as mentioned above). Case in point: [[http://ohhla.com/anonymous/2_pac/greatest/troubl96.2pc.txt Troublesome '96]].
* The Grass Roots' "Let's Live For Today". Now that people are a lot more concerned with the environment and economy...
* Music/{{Metallica}} recorded "Trapped Under Ice" in 1984. Two years later, bassist Cliff Burton died in Sweden - crushed instead of frozen, but the lyrics are still unsettling ("Freezing, can't move at all, screaming, can't hear my call, I am dying to live").
** During an early interview, when the band was asked who out of them was likely to die first, Cliff jokingly said he would die first.
** The lyrics credited to Burton on the song "To Live is To Die." Most of those "lyrics" are actually cribbed from the film ''Film/{{Excalibur}}''; Burton's original contribution read:
--> "All this I cannot witness any longer/ Cannot the kingdom of Heaven/ Call me home?"
* Music/FrankZappa wrote a decidedly tongue-in-cheek song called "Why Does It Hurt When I Pee", about the title character of his ''Joe's Garage'' ConceptAlbum contracting an "unpronounceable disease," then years later died of prostate cancer.
** Some of the songs on Zappa's ''[[Music/WereOnlyInItForTheMoney We're Only In It For The Money]]'' are based on the absurdity of the idea of cops killing hippies. The album was released in 1968- two years before the Kent State massacre.
** Zappa also enjoyed poking fun at people getting venereal diseases a lot in his music. In the 1970s the clap was a nuisance but treatable. From the 1980s on, with AIDS coming into the limelight, such jokes don't sit well with modern day listeners. Especially since Lucy Offerall, the groupie who acted in Zappa's film ''Film/TwoHundredMotels'' (1971) died thirty years later from the disease...
** The song "Brown Shoes Don't Make It" from his second album ''Music/AbsolutelyFree'' has become a HUGE, almost to the point of being prophetic, FAM for the 2016 Presidential Election.
* Music/SydBarrett, founding member of Music/PinkFloyd, gave the band their first hit with a song entitled "Arnold Layne" , which is about a crossdresser. Not too long afterwards, after Syd Barrett began his [[CreatorBreakdown mental decline]], he developed similar tendencies.
** Similarly, the 1965 Syd Barrett composition [[http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/pinkfloyd/lucyleave.html "Lucy Leave"]] is a pretty run-of-the-mill song about a cruel girl who takes advantage of the narrator's love for her. Nothing creepy there. However, since the term "Lucy" is slang for LSD, which is generally thought to have either caused or exacerbated Syd's mental breakdown two years later...yeah.
** Another Barrett-written early Floyd song, "The Scarecrow" from ''Music/ThePiperAtTheGatesOfDawn'', is a piece of whimsical psychedelia which now has sinister overtones as it's about a scarecrow who's "resigned to his fate" and just sits in a field all day. It has eerie future echoes of Barrett's breakdown and retreat into isolation from society.
* Music/CourtneyLove ([[YokoOhNo controversial wife]] of Kurt Cobain) was in a band called Hole, which released an album called ''Music/LiveThroughThis'' on April 12, 1994 - only four days after Kurt Cobain was found dead in his home. To make matters worse, one of the songs (entitled "Rock Star", a thing Kurt was never comfortable with being) has a line "Barrel of laughs to be Music/{{Nirvana}}, hope you'd rather die". Even if you're aware that the album was completed before Kurt died, it's still pretty creepy (especially if you believe that Courtney murdered Kurt). It's possibly worth noting that Hole's bassist, Kristen Pfaff, died of a heroin overdose two months later. The unfortunate release date, much like the [=Slayer=] example listed above, was just bad timing.
** The album took its title from a line of the song ''Asking For It'', which at some point was a duet between Courtney and Kurt (the recording still exists in bootleg form). The full line goes "if you live through this with me I'll die for you". Yes, they both sing it. It's damn creepy.
* With the death of Patrick Swayze, the line "And I'm Film/{{Ghost}} like Swayze" in Music/TheLonelyIsland's ''Lazy Sunday'' takes on a whole new meaning.
** And so does MistahFab's''Ghost Ride It'', with the verse "Who's that driving? Patrick Swayze!"
* Music/TheWho's album ''Music/WhoAreYou'' has Keith Moon sitting on a chair labeled [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/75/Who_Are_You_album_cover.JPG "Not to be taken away"]]. About one month after its release, Moon passed away.
** The line "Hope I die before I get old" in "My Generation" from the album ''Music/MyGeneration''. Moon died at 31.
** Their concert DVD ''The Who At Kilburn 1977'' features Keith saying he's going to go backstage and OD. A year later, he overdosed on pills he had been taking to try and cure his alcoholism.
* Music/WarrenZevon wrote many songs dealing with death. A line from "Life'll Kill Ya" (from the album of the same name) says "Some get the awful, awful diseases." Later in the album, he sings "Don't let us get sick, don't let us get old." The cover of his next album, ''My Ride's Here'', showed him riding in a hearse. Zevon died of mesothelioma at the age of 56.
** In his song "Play it All Night Long," Zevon mocked "country livin'." The chorus goes "'Sweet Home Alabama'/ Play that dead band's song," a jab at Music/LynyrdSkynyrd. Thing is, Lynyrd Skynyrd ''survived'' the deaths of most of its original members. Zevon has not outlived that band.
** Kid Rock later CoveredUp "Werewolves of London" with "All Summer Long" in a song that sampled both "Werewolves" ''and'' Music/LynyrdSkynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama." The song was exactly what "Play It All Night Long" was mocking -- the narrator is reminiscing about the good old days in northern Michigan, "singing 'Sweet Home Alabama' all summer long."
** "My Shit's Fucked Up", the song about being diagnosed with a terminal illness.
* On a cold night in February in 1959, J.P. Richardson (aka The Big Bopper), ill with the flu, asked his friend Music/BuddyHolly if he could get a seat on his plane to their next gig. Holly's bassist Music/WaylonJennings gave up his seat for Richardson. Holly jokingly yelled, "I hope your bus freezes up", and Jennings shot back, "Well, I hope your damn plane crashes!" Tragically, Jennings got his wish, as the plane crashed, killing Holly, Richardson, and Music/RitchieValens. It was decades before Jennings forgave himself.
** And of course, "That'll Be the Day"... when he died.
* Released in 2001, "Apology Song" by Music/TheDecemberists features the line "Guess we'll never see poor Madeleine again." It's the name of his friend's bicycle that the narrator was looking after while said friend was on holiday and was stolen because he left it unlocked while he ran into a shop. The meaning of it has changed somewhat since 2007 and Madeleine [=McCann's=] disappearance...
* Music/JohnnyCash and June Carter sang a duet about dying & meeting in heaven, called "Far Side Banks of Jordan". Johnny sings the first verse, then June sings, "If it proves to be His will that I am first to go/And somehow I've a feeling it will be". June died four months before Johnny.
* Music/TheDeadMilkmen had a fair amount of darkly humorous [[LyricalDissonance upbeat sounding]] songs about death and suicide that became a little unnerving after bassist Dave Blood's suicide (The self-explanatory "I Hate Myself" and "Death's Alright With Me" for instance). The last verse of "Life Is Shit" even becomes kind of a tearjerker:
-->And when my friend and I were done
-->we went to rest upon the sun
-->'cause life takes from us the things we love
-->and robs us of the special ones
-->and puts them high where where we can't climb
-->and we only miss them all the time
* Jermaine Stewart is most famous for his song "We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off". Stewart later died of AIDS.
* The eponymous album by The Moldy Peaches was released on September 11, 2001 and features a song titled [[http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:acfexql0ldke "NYC's Like A Graveyard"]]
* Music/TheSmiths' "Paint a Vulgar Picture" from ''Music/StrangewaysHereWeCome'' gets less amusing and more depressing with every best-of album. It'll hit rock bottom when Morrissey becomes the dead star himself.
* Music/AvengedSevenfold's song "Brompton Cocktail" has the back-up vocalist/drummer say something about meeting his maker, which takes on a WHOLE new meaning now that he's dead.
** Their song, "Unbound (The Wild Ride)," also deals with death (in a less direct way). It has a section where a girl sings "There's nothing here to take for granted with each breath that we take, the hands of time strip youth from our bodies and we fade. Memories remain as time goes on" which was eerie sounding before The Rev died but has now moved up to freaky.
** They also have ''Afterlife'', which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin and has several backing lines (again, sang by their now dead drummer) about death.
** And their song "A Little Piece of Heaven", where The Rev sings "Everybody's gotta die sometime". As well as the original name of the last song he wrote, "Death". The song (now called "Fiction") is all about someone dying and apologizing to the ones they love. He gave the demo to the band's singer on Christmas 2009. ''Three days before he died''.
-->'''Synyster Gates:''' "Yeah, he fucking planned it all, that crazy fuck. Knew he was gonna be gone before 30. He told my dad that he was fucking out. He said, "I know two things: I'm gonna be in a famous rock band, and I'm gonna die before I'm 30." He told my dad that at 15."
* Jello Biafra, of the seminal Hardcore Punk band Music/DeadKennedys, penned the typically blunt DK anthem "Nazi Punks Fuck Off" from ''Music/InGodWeTrustInc'' as his reaction to skinheads wrecking the LA Punk scene. Years later, he was hospitalized by a pack of skinheads... supposedly for "selling out" and "not being hardcore enough".
* Music/JimmyEatWorld's album ''Bleed American'' came out on July 18th, 2001. For several years, copies pressed after 9/11 rebranded it into a SelfTitledAlbum, and the title track was renamed "Salt Sweat Sugar" (it helped that "Bleed American" was a NonAppearingTitle anyway).
* Music/EltonJohn songs like "White Lady, White Powder" (1980) and "Heavy Traffic" (1988) both of which denounce cocaine abuse, "Idol" (1976), which describes a fallen idol (Music/ElvisPresley, very likely) and "Social Disease" (1973) from ''Music/GoodbyeYellowBrickRoad'', a bittersweet look at alcoholism, take on a new meaning when one realizes Elton's own debilitating cocaine and alcohol habits from the mid-seventies to 1990. Granted, Bernie Taupin, who had similar habits from the mid- to late 1970's, wrote the lyrics to both songs, but still...
** Other examples are ''Rocket Man'' ("And I'm gonna be high as a kite by then...") and ''The Bitch Is Back'' ("I get high every evening, sniffin' pots of glue")
* The Music/WeirdAlYankovic song "Why Does This Always Happen to Me?", becomes this after the Haitian earthquake during the first verse, which describes a man's lamenting missing ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' when it is interrupted by a special report on a "Devastating earthquake".
--> While a song with the lyrical content of that one is somewhat susceptible to this, and I'm sure people named Robert have died in car crashes, I was actually coming here to write about this too.
** There's also 1985's "Christmas at Ground Zero" which is actually more about nuclear war than 9/11, but...
** His song "Traffic Jam", after his parents' deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning. The song opens with the line "Carbon monoxide making me choke."
** The music video for "TMZ" depicts an actress running into humiliation everywhere after photos of her naked butt leak onto the internet. The album it was on was released just a few months before the same exact thing happened to Creator/ScarlettJohansson.
** "Buckingham Blues" after the death of Princess Diana.
** "Canadian Idiot:" The song includes a line "Never even bring their guns to the mall," a thinly veiled reference to mass shootings in the U.S. In 2012, a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toronto_Eaton_Centre#2012_shooting mass shooting at the Toronto Eaton Centre]] made this line less funny.
* Music/{{Outkast}}'s "Bombs Over Baghdad," released in late 2000 / early 2001. A few years after it was released, and...
* Music/JeffBuckley covered Music/TheSmiths' "I Know It's Over," from ''The Queen is Dead'' with the repeated line "I can feel the soil falling over my head." He drowned in 1997, aged 30.
** He also wrote a song titled "[[http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/3530822107858658319/ River of Dope]]." The New Orleans flood and his own death makes it sadder.
** Allusions to water and drowning were fairly common among Jeff Buckley's career, especially with the aptly titled "Nightmares by the Sea:"
--> "Stay with me under these waves tonight"
* Irish band The Thrills released a single called "Whatever Happened to Corey Haim?" in 2004 referencing the '80s star's diminished profile. On March 11th 2010, he died of overdose.
* In the early 1980's, comedienne Julie Brown released a novelty song called "The Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun," about a girl winning homecoming queen then blasting away at her classmates. The song itself is an over-the-top parody of fifties "tragedy songs" like "It's My Party," and contained lines like "An hour later, the cops arrived/By then the entire glee club had died (no big loss)." After UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}}, even SHE was uncomfortable with it.
* New Orleans based metal band Down had a song on their 2002 album titled "New Orleans is a Dying Whore." Oops. They play it live as of 2009, but one imagines they took it out of rotation for a year or two following Katrina.
* Music/ThinLizzy's closing track of their final album, entitled [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBJ_MhKa0uI Heart Attack]], features the lyrics "Mama I'm dying of an ''overdose''". The group's frontman, Phil Lynott, would die of "blood poisoning", which was likely an indication of being related to heroin abuse, less than two years after its release.
* The popularity of "Fire Burning on the Dance Floor" in the Philippines kinda gets a little uncomfortable if one is old enough to remember the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ozone_Disco_Club_fire Ozone Disco Club Fire]] (the worst fire in Philippine history) in which 162 people burned to death, most on the dance floor, because of poor fire exit design and the number of people in the club at that time.
** Bonus aneurysm for the even worse Santa Maria Disco fire (if you happen to be a German, just look up the lyrics "Santa Maria" by Roland Kaiser...Uck.)
* In a PR stunt, the band Music/TypeONegative started propagating a rumor in 2005 that their frontman Peter Steele died. Five years later he did for real. There's also the fact that their final two albums were entitled ''Life Is Killing Me'' and ''Dead Again''.
* Any jokes from TV appearances by former [[Music/HelloProject Morning Musume]] member Iida Kaori about Motherhood or Childbirth are this as she had a son who sadly died at only 6 months old.
* Music/TenaciousD's song "Dio" lost a decent bit of its humor after he died of stomach cancer in 2010, as did all the jokes among metalheads about how Dio would kick the ass of some personification of cancer as befitting his MemeticBadass status.
* Telefon Tel Aviv's third and last album is called "Immolate Yourself". One day after it's release, Charles Cooper, half of the duo, went missing and was found dead a week later.
* Once upon a time, in a magical land called Lollapalooza, [[Music/PearlJam Eddie Vedder]] sang a song encouraging the audience to boycott [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFSM_lkk22Q a particular gas company, BP]]. It plays differently after the Texas City's chemical leak and Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.
* In the 1970s, Gary Glitter was one of the most popular acts around and a star of the glam rock scene. Now, after his prosecutions for child pornography and soliciting children for sexual purposes in Thailand, the revelation that when he was in his mid-50s he dated a VERY young Denise van Outen (who was one of his backup dancers at the time and all of 17 when this happened), ''and'' his 2012 arrest in connection with the Creator/JimmySavile revelations? "Do You Wanna Touch Me" is, in spite of its catchiness, not quite a jolly song to listen to.
** He's the leader, he's the leader, he's the leader of the gang, he is...Get two aneurysms to the price of one when realizing that the distinctive "yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah" of "Do You Wanna Touch Me" was musically cited in "Bloodsports for All" by...Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine. (Carter USM couldn't know - their single came out years before Glitter got busted.)
** {{Music/ACDC}} had a track on its debut album about groupie sex called "Little Lover" that featured the lyric "You had my picture on your bedroom wall / Next to Gary Glitter, yeah." While the reference was almost certainly intended as a comment on AC/DC's growing popularity, combined with the song title it sounds {{Squick}}y in light of the allegations against Glitter.
** The drum beat to Music/CheapTrick's "ELO Kiddies", released in 1977, was deliberately similar to that of Gary Glitter's "Rock & Roll Part II": The unfortunate coincidences in that particular song don't go much further than indirectly associating Gary Glitter with "kiddies"... But on the self-titled debut album, it's immediately followed by "Daddy Should Have Stayed In High School", a song about a middle-aged man trying to pick up high school girls.
* A song by "Vărul Săndel" starts with the line ”Oh boy, did it rain hard in Tecuci...” and is eventually played for laughs. It gets a nasty twist when in this period, Tecuci is under risk of being flooded. This risks falling well into DudeNotFunny territory if you think the area Galați-Tecuci is often flooded because it's close to the Danube's falling into the Black Sea.
* "Mary" by the Music/ScissorSisters is about Jake Shears' platonic love for his friend Mary. The song itself sounds a bit mournful, though it was released in 2004. It was two years before she died of an aneurysm.
* Music/TheAquabats are primarily known for being silly; their shtick is that they're really superheroes from the land of Aquabania, and [[http://www.metrolyrics.com/cat-with-two-heads-lyrics-aquabats.html "The Cat with Two Heads!"]] is typical of their work. "Pizza Day!", which was released in 2000, is about how great government-assisted school lunches were. It ends with a bit where one of the band members pretends to read a letter from Michael Jackson, of Encino, California (Jackson really lived there in TheEighties). Aside from "Michael Jackson is weird!" jokes not being funny anymore, the line "When he's not at his his little theme park, he's eatin' pizza with the kids!" was audacious enough in 2000, as he'd first been accused of molesting children in 1993, but became even more so when more charges of same cropped up in 2003.
* There's a cover of "Baby It's Cold Outside" done by Alan Cumming and Liza Minnelli. It's cute and funny, until you remember that Liza's mother who is supposedly "pacing the floor" was Creator/JudyGarland. ("Say, what's in this drink?")
* Music/DavidBowie's "Kooks", a number from ''Music/HunkyDory'' dedicated to his just-born son Zowie (aka Duncan Jones, later a [[Film/{{Moon}} film]] [[Film/SourceCode director]]), seems to have been meant as a light breather between the dramatic "Life on Mars?" and the existential "Quicksand". Knowing the bitter decline and demise of David's marriage to Angie (who wrote a tell-all book on the matter) and the toll that it and other personal problems of his took on his relationship with his son makes it much less cheerful.
* Music/{{Slipknot}} songs with titles such as "The Virus of Life", "Everything Ends" and "No Life" becomes this after the death of bassist Paul Gray.
* The debut single off Music/ShaniaTwain's breakthrough album ''The Woman in Me'', "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under", a song about a cheating lover (which she co-wrote with her husband/producer Creator/RobertJohnMuttLange). 15 years later, Twain and Lange were divorced.
** "You're Still The One", "I Ain't No Quitter" or "Forever and For Always", or any of her songs at ''all'' for that matter, seeing as she and Lange wrote all those songs together back when they were HappilyMarried.
** And then there's the Music/CledusTJudd parody of "Any Man of Mine", written back in 1996:
--->Oh, I'd love to seduce her\\
But she married her producer\\
Now all I do is pray\\
Pray, pray\\
She'll get a divorce someday
* The Music/LemonDemon song "Behold, the Future!", written in 2003, contains a list of tongue-in-cheek predictions for the years 2004-2013. Two in particular are rather sad in hindsight:
** One seems prescient of the 2008 recession...
-->In the year 2005, stopwatch futures took a dive\\
Leaving us with nothing more than cents and dimes.
** Another describes how "In the year 2008, Creator/DonLaFontaine sealed our fate". 2008 was the year La Fontaine ''died''.
* Music/LaurieAnderson recorded a live album in New York one week after 9/11. "O Superman", written 19 years earlier, suddenly went from being oddly creepy to full-on TearJerker without changing a word:
-->This is the hand, the hand that takes.\\
Here come the planes.\\
They're American planes. Made in America.\\
Smoking or non-smoking?\\
So hold me, Mom, in your long arms. So hold me, Mom, in your long arms.
* Music/{{Primus}}' album ''Frizzle Fry'' came out in February 1990 and included a jokey ProtestSong called "Too Many Puppies", which mentions "too many puppies in foreign lands" and needing to "protect our oil fields". Six months later, the UsefulNotes/GulfWar broke out.
* Music/BritneySpears' songs "Lucky" and "Mona Lisa (Demo Version)" both have extra meaning after her publicized erratic behavior and meltdowns spanning from 2006 to 2008.
-->She's so lucky\\
she's a star,\\
but she cry, cry, cries with her lonely heart, thinkin',\\
"If there's nothing missing in my life,\\
then why do these tears come at night?"
** and '''Mona Lisa''':
-->''About Mona Lisa, and how she suddenly fell (huh)\\
See everyone knew her, they knew her oh so well\\
Now I am taking over, to release her from her spell\\
Don't have a break down you will hit the freaking wall\\
Cuz she's gone, cuz she's gone, gone''
** She recorded a song called "Oops, I Did it Again".
*** Though released in 1988, Edie Brickell and New Bohemians' "Little Miss S." [[http://www.metrolyrics.com/little-miss-s-lyrics-edie-brickell-the-new-bohemians.html reads today]] as eerily prescient of Britney at her worst, even getting one of the initials right.
* Creator/LindsayLohan's songs "Rumors", "A Beautiful Life", "Fastlane", "Disconnected" and "Anything But Me", since everything has seemed to got worst since she recorded these songs in the ''better'' times in her career, before she went off the deep end in every way possible. It's a strange experience either way.
** "My Innocence" and "Confessions Of A Broken Heart" also are harder to listen to since she deleted her father from her life again after beating up another girlfriend/wife again.
* In an example that features a slightly less disturbing coincidence than many of the 9/11 related songs and albums, Music/{{Rammstein}}'s music video for "Ich Will" begins with the band getting off of a prison bus going to a television awards ceremony in their honor. The rest of the video is what happened before: the band plays as a group of terrorists, and they rob and then blow up a bank. The whole video was intended as a TakeThat statement to the media for giving large amounts of attention to people who do bad things and then become famous. The part that makes it a Funny Aneurysm Moment is that it was a music video featuring terrorists released September 10, 2001. UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden, the head of Al-Qaeda and responsible of both attacks, was one of the most recognized, and hated, individuals in the world.
* During the recording of the song "Gimme Shelter" from ''Music/LetItBleed'' for Music/TheRollingStones, guest vocalist Merry Clayton hit some very high notes, and broke her voice during the bridge. She shortly after had a miscarriage, due to the stress that she put on her body during the recording. It probably wasn't very wise for the Stones to have named the album it is listed on as ''Let It Bleed''.
* There is a filk song called ''fire in the sky'' which refers to the space shuttle Columbia, among other things saying "see her big jets burning, see her fire in the sky." The inspiring line became more tragic after the Columbia spectacularly burned up on re-entry.
** Some versions include a verse memorializing the crew of ''Challenger'' - spaceflight-inspired filk songs have never shied from acknowledging the risks of exploration.
* A weird example from Music/{{Gorillaz}} canon: in the ''MTV Cribs'' bit, a quick gag shows a signed note from Creator/DennisHopper that says, 'Murdoc is a nob.' Murdoc glances at it and slinks away, snarling, "I'll get him..." Not so funny since Hopper's death a few years later.
* Pre-9/11, KOMPRESSOR released a cover of [[http://www.jollylager.com/kompressor/mp3/k-tuntun.mp3 Tunak Tunak Tun]], with some added lyrics:
-->KOMPRESSOR crushing American people
-->KOMPRESSOR driving cars into stores
-->KOMPRESSOR crushing all of Manhattan
-->KOMPRESSOR flying plane into building
* The first two lines of the Soviet National Anthem were "An unbreakable union of free republics/Great [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rus_%28region%29 Rus']] joined together forever". Then came the USSR break-up.
* Music/LadyGaga's single "The Edge of Glory" features a saxophone solo from Clarence Clemons from [[Music/BruceSpringsteen the E Street Band]]. The music video premiered on June 16, 2011 and featured Clemons. The combination of the premiere, the fact that the song is about the last few moments of life before death, and the fact that Clemons died on June 18, two days after the video was released...
* The inside gatefold photo of Music/{{Chicago}}'s eleventh album, released in late 1977, depicts the band, in an antique car, being chased by a group of policemen in another car, some of whom are firing guns. One policeman's gun appears directly aimed at the head of guitarist Terry Kath, who is driving the band's car. In January 1978, Kath would accidentally kill himself by a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.
* Music/AmyWinehouse's song "Rehab" (which centers on Amy refusing to get help for her drug addiction) is a whole lot darker now that she's dead.
** Her song "You know I'm no good" isn't easy to listen to anymore, either.
** Relatedly, the first line of Music/TheMidnightBeast's career-making parody of Music/{{Kesha}}'s "Tik Tok" opened with the line "Wake up in the morning feeling like [[Music/AmyWinehouse Winehouse]]... not so funny anymore.
* Music/{{Space}} had a song called 'Drop Dead' on their first album, sung from the point of view of a [[StalkerWithACrush crazed stalker]]. One year later, when the band were touring America, Tommy Scott had a stalker of his own, who turned up at every gig, sent him death threats and told him he was going to hell.
* Early in his career, Music/RandyTravis promised in "Forever And Ever, Amen" that he would love his wife forever. They divorced in 2011.
* A couple of years back, the Capitol Steps released a song online called "We Arr The World", featuring an impersonation of Michael Jackson as one of the famous personalities. He died the same week, and was quickly replaced by Cher, then Christine O'Donnell, then finally after enough time had passed, he was put back in as "back from the afterlife".
* One of the first hits by Mexican showman Juan Gabriel was ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vOD7PawjlU El Noa Noa]]'', a song about a nightclub in Ciudad Juarez where he began his career. Now that the Noa Noa club no longer exists (it was damaged by a fire in 1994 and demolished in 2007) and Ciudad Juarez has become a WretchedHive... eeeeeeeep.
** It gets better: the song describes the titular nightclub as a "Lugar de ambiente", which maybe at the time meant "the It place" or was a veiled reference to the club being [[RedDistrict more of a whorehouse]], but in many Spanish-speaking places that phrase is slang for "[[WhereEverybodyKnowsYourFlame Gay Bar]]". Juan Gabriel's act was {{Camp}}ier than Liberace's, and the popular perception of him was that of a CampGay, but he denied every accusation of being gay himself, either by deflecting the question or claiming that he just didn't want his and his partner/mother of his kids' private lives exposed to the tabloids.
* Rapper Poetic performed as a member of Music/{{Gravediggaz}} as "The Grym Reaper". And he was the one that died.
* In Music/StevieWonder's song "Master Blaster (Jammin')" from ''Music/HotterThanJuly'', he happily sings the line "Peace has come to Zimbabwe". It was true at the time: the song was first released in 1980, not long after the end of the end of the Rhodesian Bush War. A couple of decades later, however...
* Music/KatyPerry's last single from ''Teenage Dream'' was BreakupSong "The One That Got Away"... released two months before she got divorced from Creator/RussellBrand.
* After The Mamas and the Papas got back together for the first time they recorded "Creeque Alley," the story of the band, which included the line "No one's getting fat except for Mama Cass" a reference to Cass Elliot, who was very well known as being an overweight woman in pop. The final refrain changes the line to "And everybody's getting fat except for Mama Cass." Given that Cass Elliot died in 1974, of a heart attack, allegedly due to her size, and she was the first of the Mamas and the Papas to die...
* Back in the 80s a magazine made a speculative guess on what certain then-current stars would be like in the future. [[http://x27.xanga.com/938f411164c32249527181/w197978412.jpg There one on]] Michael Jackson shows him looking like an older version of his young adult self and with the line "In number, his fans will have grown tenfold by the year 2000".
* The song "The Ghost At Number One" by power-pop band Music/{{Jellyfish}} tells of an underappreciated rock star who is [[DeadArtistsAreBetter only vindicated at death]] (possibly Music/RoyOrbison, who would get his only #1 single posthumously with "You Got It"). Jellyfish would break up in 1994 following low sales of their second album (which feature that song), and much of their work would be reappraised decades after their breakup.
* Sugarland's "It Happens" is a bouncy song about not wallowing in self-pity when things go wrong and instead learning to roll with the punches; that blunders, accidents, etc. are just part of life. This isn't so cheery when one considers that their attorneys' response to legal claims brought against them after high winds caused the stage to collapse before their scheduled performance at the 2011 Indiana State Fair -- a disaster that killed seven and injured 58 -- was to claim that not only was the band not responsible for what had happened, but that it was partially the fault of the waiting concertgoers for not leaving as the weather grew worse.
* Music/TheBeachBoys' 1988 hit "Kokomo", with its references to Caribbean vacation-paradise islands, lost some of its charm when Montserrat ("...that Montserrat mystique...") was economically and geographically devastated by the Soufriere Hills volcano in the '90s.
** Aruba, the very first place mentioned in the lyrics, is now best known to Americans for the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natalee_Holloway Natalee Holloway]] disappearance.
* In the same vein, Music/JimmyBuffett's "Volcano" was RECORDED on Montserrat...
* Music/{{Sparklehorse}}'s Mark Linkous committed suicide by gunshot in 2010. All of a sudden, a whole slew of songs from his career became {{TearJerker}}s - but the hardest to take was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xQSWpLCcpE Pig]]. "I wanna try and die, I wanna try and die..." And that's not counting [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3GCYWiz7Dk&feature=related this brief documentary]].
* Music/BobDylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" from 'Music/BringingItAllBackHome'' includes the line "You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows." While the line is iconic of the [[TheSixties 1960s]] in its own right, it gained some undesirable subtext when terrorist group The Weathermen named themselves after the line.
** Dylan is also another artist who happened to release an album, ''Music/LoveAndTheft'' on 9/11 2001, which included the apocalyptic "High Water":
--> ''High water risin’, the shacks are slidin’ down''
--> ''Folks lose their possessions, folks are leaving town (...)''
--> ''Coffins droppin' in the streets like balloons made out of lead (...)''
--> ''Don't reach out for me," she said, "Can't you see I'm drownin' too?''
--> ''It's ''bad'' out there, high water everywhere.''
* The cover of Riot's 2011 album ''Immortal Soul'' features a pair of ghostly arms in a graveyard reaching toward a guitar. Just a couple of months after the album's release, founding guitarist and band leader Mark Reale lost his lifelong battle with Crohn's Disease, adding a major sense of tragedy to both the title and the cover of the album.
* Music/LilWayne's video for "My Homies Still" features him dancing in a movie theatre full of skeletons and was released ''just'' before the ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' shooting in Aurora, Colorado.
* The Kleptones' 2004 mashup album ''A Night at the Hip Hopera'' included a song called "Bite", featuring samples of Music/{{Queen}}'s "Another One Bites The Dust" and [[Music/WuTangClan Ol' Dirty Bastard]]'s "Got Your Money", and ending with a clip from an "Honest Obituary" segment from ''TV Offal''. ODB died shortly after the album's release, making it almost seem as though the track was mocking his death.
** Speaking of the Wu Tang Clan and Funny Aneurysm Moments, may I present the video to their song, "Triumph" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtxtTq8xvEQ&feature=related]], which features a lot of things that these days, can be taken as reminiscent of 9/11 (people panicking on the streets of Manhattan due to what can only be described in the video as a terrorist attack [the bees are implied to be the Wu Tang Clan and there's no clear reason why they're wreaking havoc in Manhattan], Old Dirty Bastard hurling himself off the building as SWAT teams have him cornered [[note]]also an F.A.M for ODB, since ODB is dead[[/note]], and the World Trade Center towers in the New York skyline), and the whole "killer bees" thing is a lot less funny thanks to colony collapse disorder (in which bees are actually disappearing).
* You Say Party! We Say Die! drummer Devon Clifford died after suffering a brain hemorrhage on stage in 2010. Naturally their band name no longer seemed appropriate - the band continued on without him, but shortened their name to You Say Party out of respect.
* Music videos have a habit of falling into this trap, namely:
** Soul Central. feat. Kathy Brown - "Strings of Life" (youtube video)
** Narcotic Thrust - I Like It - due to [[NoodleIncident something involving one of the dancers in the video]].
** Music/GirlsAloud - Love Machine, after Music/CherylCole's widely-publicised divorce.
** Chanel - My Life - again, for the same reason as Narcotic Thrust. This is due to [[NoodleIncident an off-screen incident involving one of the dancers in the video]].
** Music/LauraWhite - "You Should Have Known" - a huge FunnyAneurysmMoment.
* Music/ManicStreetPreachers' 1999 hit "Tsunami" was not performed by them at the Tsunami Benefit Concert at Cardiff's Millenium Stadium in 2005, although they have played it live since then.
* The 1998 single "If You Buy This Record Your Life Will Be Better" by Italian HouseMusic act TheTamperer featuring Maya Days, the title was a TakeThat at the consumerism of 1998. Now, though, 15 years on... it's a darkly FunnyAneurysmMoment, and the actors in the video (including a blonde with hair extensions wearing a gold bikini) are largely obscure actors now, although people actually want to know who is in the video.
* Music/SineadOConnor infamously tore a picture of Pope John Paul II on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' in 1992 to protest what was then an unremarkably unknown case of corruption in the Catholic Church (specifically, that [[SexIsEvilAndIAmHorny some priests were molesting children]]). This was inspired by a similar scene in ''Series/TopOfThePops'' in which Bob Geldof tore a picture of Music/BobDylan. Just two decades later, the incident is wrong for a completely different reason...[[note]]Guess what Creator/JimmySavile was doing in his off time?[[/note]]
* In 2003, Australian PunkRock band Music/FreznalRhomb released a song called "Tapeworms and Grass in a Piss-based Sauce". In 2013, frontman Jay Whalley collapsed due to a tapeworm.
* A line in the [[AWildRapperAppears rap break]] by Music/NickiMinaj in Music/JustinBieber's 2012 hit, "Beauty And A Beat" mentions "gotta keep an eye out for Selen-ur", referencing his very high profile romance with Music/SelenaGomez. A year later, the pair would split up.
* Music/TheyMightBeGiants' "Marty Beller Mask" is a tongue-in-cheek song about Music/WhitneyHouston escaping from the limelight by posing as TMBG drummer Marty Beller with the aid of a LatexPerfection mask. Houston's death, which occurred just six months after the song's release, caused them to permanently retire the song from their live sets - they also temporarily pulled [[http://youtu.be/ayV6Vg-_80s the music video]] from youtube, but later re-uploaded it.
* Bel Amour's self-titled song "Bel Amour" ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyL_ZCDAA9E video here]]) was considered funny at the time. It was also considered as {{Squick}} back then, now it's downright ''creepy'' and verges on the UncannyValley due to the Japanese predilection for replica dolls, which is seen as downright weird in Western Europe due to ValuesDissonance. The song was popular back in 2001-2002, but the video's notoriety is probably why it's better known now.
* Remember how Music/JimCroce once noted that you "don't pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger"? In 1981, ITC Entertainment did just that by trying to stop [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clayton_Moore Clayton Moore]], who played the role on TV back in the day, from reprising the character in other media and public appearances. [[TooDumbToLive No points for guessing]] [[CreatorKiller how that went down]].
* British reggae musician Smiley Culture was famous for his 1984 song Police Officer, in which a policeman nearly arrests him for drug possession, but lets him off when he realises he's a famous musician. In 2011, Smiley Culture [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-12751227 stabbed himself to death]] whilst the police were searching his house for drugs. It seems that he [[TemptingFate tempted fate]] with the song.
* Swedish artist Ted Gärdestad recorded a light-hearted song called "Eiffeltornet" ("The Eiffel Tower"), where he threatens to jump off the aforesaid tower if his girlfriend lets him down (though he hopes that she'll stop him before that). Not so funny after Gärdestad committed suicide in 1997, by jumping in front of a train.
* While the video was released in about 6 months after Jenny survived a home invasion, one of the songs recorded Music/AceOfBase debut album was titled "Living in Danger", which was done in 1993. The video had a woman in fear that she was about stalked by a man [[spoiler: a former fighter pilot seeking redemption]], and Jenny was watching the woman in question. It was a woman who attacked Jenny in [[OhCrap real life]], who targeted Malin. Malin wasn't there at the scene but it did have an [[CreatorBreakdown effect on her mental health]].
* ''The Bonnie Ship the Diamond'' is a cheery sea chanty about going whaling on a (real) ship named ''The Diamond''.
--> ''Here's a health to the ''Resolution''''
--> ''Likewise the ''Eliza Swan''''
--> ''Here’s a health for the ''Battler o'Montrose''''
--> ''And the ''Diamond'', ship of fame''
Within a few years at most of the song being composed (the ''Diamond'' was launched in 1825), only the ''Eliza Swan'' was still afloat, and her barely. In 1830, a major weather event sunk most of the British whaling fleet, including the ''Resolution'', the ''Diamond'', and the ''Rattler of Leigh'' (the name of that ship appears to have been changed for the song to make up scansion).
* Music/{{Beyonce}}'s single ''Love On Top'' for 2012 is now not as funny as it once was considering the song has been associated with causing dancefloor brawls in North-West England (mainly Manchester and Liverpool). The video was full of {{Fanservice}}, which became MemeticMutation, and that's probably what caused the brawls.
* American Eurodance and pop singer Melanie Thornton died in a plane crash a few months after releasing her solo album "Ready To Fly".
* Music/{{ABBA}} videos that featured a vehicle, like "Money, Money, Money"; "That's Me"; and "Tiger" could fall under this when one thinks about Agnetha Fältskog getting involved in a bus crash in 1983, [[OnlyAFleshWound with a minor concussion]] considering the fact [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat she was thrown out a window from the force of impact and lived]].
* On the D12 song 40oz D12 member Proof says the line "I am in the club to beef you, got to murder me there". He ended up being killed in an altercation in a night club.
* [[{{Music/Kesha}} Ke$ha's]] single "Timber" credited as Pitbull feat. Kesha was released in January 2014. However, the song's ended up being stereotypically associated with the playlist of Real Radio, a radio brand which [[BrandNamesAreBetter is being replaced with Heart]], as it's often played on there, and the fact that Kesha has been associated with the typical Real Radio demographic, who Heart don't want to attract. Now as of March 2014, with the pending rebrand in mid-summer, the Real Radio demographic stereotype just isn't as funny.
* An obscure 1970s funk example. There was a P-Funk style band called Booty People, led by Mitch McDowell who would go on to be better known as General Caine/Kane in funk music. As Booty People they recorded a self-titled album in 1977 and one of the songs on the album is called "Shoot To Kill" with the chorus "If you're gonna shoot, shoot to kill". A few years after his final album in the late eighties under the name General Kane, he retired from music and became a bail bondsman. Sadly, he was shot to death in his office.
* In light of the recent breakup and divorce of seventies pop duo The Captain & Tennille (Toni Tennille filed for divorce allegedly over finances revolving around "Captain" Daryl Dragon's health issues), it is a little hard to listen to their 1975 love affirmation hit "Love Will Keep Us Together" in the same way now when hearing it on the radio.
* The much-admired musician and TV personality Rolf Harris has entered this territory, since being convicted of multiple counts of sexual assault in 2014.
* In TheSixties, Bob Kuban and the In-Men had a OneHitWonder with "(Look Out For) the Cheater," sung by frontman Walter Scott. Twenty-years later, Scott was murdered by a man with whom his wife was cheating.
* The music video for "Destroy Rock & Roll" by Mylo had plenty of MsFanservice (tame by modern standards, but in 2005 was considered as being a bit raunchy) is one example. With UsefulNotes/DavidCameron calling for music videos to be subject to [[MediaWatchdogs censorship]], the video now seems a lot less funnier to watch. Ironically enough, despite the FunnyAneurysmMoment territory, two of the girls in the video entered MemeticMutation status as of Sept. 2014.
* In the bridge for ''Music/RuckaRuckaAli'' "Zayn Did 9/11", he predicted that the song would get InternetBackdraft from angry One Direction fans. Considering that it's by far his most controversial song to date, he sure was right.
** "Go Cops!" (2010) a satirical song about a man happily doing drugs with police while mistreating ethnic minorities takes on a whole new meaning after "Racist Cops" were considered the main theme of 2014.
* Music/VanHalen's "Hot For Teacher" is very much this after all the scandals from the past ten years of female teachers having sex with their under-age male students, and made even worse by all the bad stand-up comics making jokes that match the apparent sentiment of this song.
* OneHitWonder Los Bravos' song "Black is Black" has the line "But she don't intend/To see me again, whoa, whoa." About a year after the song's release, the group's keyboardist, Manolo Fernández, lost his newlywed wife in a car crash, leading him to [[spoiler:commit suicide]] and proving that it is indeed too much to lose. Never mind that it was banned because of 9/11. The interpretation was already darker much earlier.
** Another song they recorded was titled "La moto" (English: The Motorcycle). It all changed when their guitarist, Antonio Martinez, died in a motorcycle accident.
* The tenth and last track of ''Teaser and the Firecat'', "Peace Train," was one of Cat Stevens' biggest hits. Following 9/11 -- and coupling this with Stevens' conversion to Islam -- more people were, in the song's own lyrics, "crying lately, thinking about the world as it is."
* The chorus of the Badfinger song ''Without You'' features the line, "I can't live, if living is without you." This becomes much more poignant in light of the fact that the song's co-writers Pete Ham and Tom Evans '''both''' would go on to take their own lives. Evan's relations have speculated that a major factor in his depression was Ham's suicide; Evans's widow has stated that Evans told her "I want to be where Pete is, it's a better place than down here," in an eerie parallel to the song's lyrics.
* The Ukrainian band Skryabin released a comedic song about drunk driving (with the chorus being: "don't be a moron, don't drink and drive") . Four months later, Andriy Kuzmenko (founder, lead singer and author) died in a car crash. Granted, his accident wasn't due to driving drunk, but rather to driving over speed limit and on slippery road, but it doesn't make the song any easier to listen to now.
* Music/{{Space}} had a song on their debut album ''Spiders'' called 'Drop Dead', about a stalker, containing lines like 'I'm your number one fan and I go to every picture / The more I see you, the more I want to hit you'. Half a year after the album was released, singer Tommy Scott found himself on the receiving end of the attentions of a crazed female stalker when the band toured America. She repeatedly screamed at him that he was going to hell and sent him an abusive fax after he ignored her at one gig.
* {{Music/Cher}}'s 1979 album "Prisoners" isn't spared from this trope...
** "Hell On Wheels" used to be synonymous with rollerskating, but it has a darker meaning when associated with road rage, drive-by shootings, and vehicular accidents.
** "Holy Smoke". The lyrics become this for the following scenarios:
*** "Where do we draw the line on what's going on... When do we take a stand and demand to know the truth..." Years later, we have Radio/AlexJones, Radio/RushLimbaugh and the alternative media...
*** "Atomic power could never hurt a flower." Cold War ended with the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
*** "Gas is up a dollar", [[{{UnintentionalPeriodPiece/TheSeventies}} Dated]] thanks to the oil crisis in 1973, FunnyAneurysmMoment when applied to the oil crisis during the Iran-Iraq War, the Gulf War of 1991, and the 2003 Iraq War.
* There are two filk albums, ''Music/AVeryScarySolstice'' and ''An Even Scarier Solstice'', with solstice carols inspired by Creator/HPLovecraft's horror writings, intended for the listener who's sick of the usual [[TastesLikeDiabetes Christmas soundtrack]] and relying heavily on LyricalDissonance for its comedic effect. This combination backfires badly when you listen to it on Christmas 2015, while catching up on the outcomes of the just concluded 21st international climate conference, and realize that Cthulu and R'yleh work quite well as a metaphor for the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clathrate_gun_hypothesis "methane clathrate gun"]]. [[note]]It's huge, it's been "sleeping" deep under the sea for countless eons, and when it rises, it will cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt through runaway climate change and a mass extinction possibly as big as the "Great Dying" at the end of the Permian era. And there are many people (climate scientists) who really do have nightmares about it, and at least a few particularly pessimist dark-green activists have developed mental illness (depression) and even committed suicide.[[/note]] Suddenly, songs like [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptP0OR-e7rI "Death to the World"]] are a lot less funny.
* When Music/ChuckBerry appeared on ''Top of the Pops'' to perform "My Ding-A-Ling", the BBC only let him do so on the condition that they provide illustrations to show what a "ding-a-ling" actually was. They did so by bringing in a family friendly artist to draw along to the performance. When you consider that Rolf Harris was convicted in 2014 of molesting underage girls, it takes on a whole new meaning.
* [[{{Music/Kesha}} Kesha's]] song "Your love is my drug" begins with the line "maybe I need some rehab", which is a little uncomfortable after her time in rehab for an eating disorder. The title (and repeated line in the chorus) also takes on another meaning amidst her legal battles with producer Dr Luke, whom Kesha alleges drugged and raped her.
* In 1984, Music/{{Prince}} sang the line "Are we gonna let the elevator break us down?" in the song "Let's Go Crazy". In 2016, he was found dead on his Paisley Park complex...in an elevator.
* Female fronted ska band Save Ferris's 1997 song "Spam" promises "If I eat it for dinner, they say I'd grow up like Bruce Jenner"
* Music/{{Soundgarden}} fans got saddened to hear Music/ChrisCornell had died, and once the cause of death was discovered as suicide by hanging, songs such as "Like Suicide", "The Day I Tried to Live" and ''especially'' "Pretty Noose" were found pretty uncomfortable to discuss/listen.
** Watching the "hanging" scene in Cornell's "Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart" video, as well.
* This page lists the deaths of Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley and Chris Cornell. Of the big four of {{Grunge}}, only Music/PearlJam's [[https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/05/19/after-chris-cornells-death-only-eddie-vedder-is-left-let-that-sink-in/?tid=pm_national_pop&utm_term=.b4b112402313#comments Eddie Vedder remains]], and the famous TitleDrop "I'm still alive" takes a whole new meaning.
* For those who are a fan of Music/TupacShakur, let's see how well you'll enjoy "Hit 'Em Up", where Tupac mentioned Mobb Deep member Prodigy's sickle cell disease at the end of the diss track, right after Prodigy had recently succumbed the illness.
* Two weeks before ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'', Marvel released a peppy disco cover of the movie series' theme, "Music/GuardiansInferno". As a chuckle-worthy reference to Ego, the Living Planet, Peter Quill proclaims, in the voice of Creator/DavidHasselhoff, "My daddy was a planet!" After the movie actually premiered, some family drama and InsistentTerminology took some of the humor out of this line. [[spoiler:Ego ropes Peter into his schemes to take over the universe, but Yondu helps save him. As Yondu sacrifices himself for Peter, he begins his pre-death speech, "He may have been your father, boy, but he wasn't your daddy."]]
* The Weather Girls released "It's Raining Men" in 1982...right before UsefulNotes/{{Argentina}}'s [[UsefulNotes/NationalReorganizationProcess military junta]] collapsed, blowing the lid off a plethora of nightmarish human rights abuses which included ''throwing political dissidents to their death from helicopters''.
* Music/TomPetty's backup band being called The Heartbreakers might count given that he died from a heart attack.
* Music/ThousandFootKrutch's song ''A Different Kind of Dynamite'' had a line "Like shots fired in the middle Vegas" as a simile about something that would get your attention. Sixteen months later was the 2017 Las Vegas shooting.
* Colonel Bruce Hampton (Retired) used to have a routine in his live show where he'd pretend to collapse during a jam and then would be revived by the power of the music being played. As a result of this, when he staggered and fell during the encore of a concert staged to celebrate his 70th birthday, everyone kept playing because they thought he was joking around. Minutes passed before people got concerned and stopped the song. It turned out that he had a heart attack that proved to be fatal.
* Christina Aguilera's 2006 album Back To Basics when it first came out could be seen as Crowning Moment of Heartwarming as many of the songs on the album(Ain't No Other Man, The Right Man, Save Me From Myself and others) were about her husband. But then became this big time when the 2 filed for divorce in 2010.
** Her 2010 album Bionic also had its moments. Notably the interlude "My Heart" which was just her then husband and their son and the song Vanity which has the lyric "Nevermind screw him, cause I found someone better" as shortly after filing for divorce, she started dating another guy.