->''Everyone knows I'm in over my head, over my head,\\
With eight seconds left in overtime,\\
she's on your mind, she's on your mind.''
-->"Over My Head (Cable Car)"

The Fray is a UsefulNotes/{{Denver}}-based rock group best known for their singles "Over My Head (Cable Car)", "How to Save a Life", and their piano-rock style of music.

The current members are:
* Isaac Slade: lead vocals, piano/keyboard
* David "Dave" Welsh: lead guitar
* Joe King: guitar, backing vocals
* Ben Wysocki: drums, percussion

Not to be confused with the comic book ''ComicBook/{{Fray}}''.
!!The band's songs contain examples of:
* AngstySurvivingTwin: The main character of "Run for Your Life" is one.
* AsTheGoodBookSays: Minor example in "Absolute":
--> Yet man was born to trouble, like sparks fly upward...[[note]]Job 5:7[[/note]]
* BlitheSpirit: Of the girl in "Turn Me On", Slade said, "She's like a belly dancer almost in a very rigid, stiff, kind of regimented, legalistic world. She comes in and kind of upsets the food cart."
* CrowdSong: "All at Once" references a crowd bursting into song.
* DespairEventHorizon:
** A number of songs seem to be written from the wrong side. Examples include "Trust Me", "Over My Head (Cable Car)" and "You Found Me".
** "How to Save a Life" has someone else going over this.
** "Run for Your Life" is about a girl with a dead twin sister and trying to keep her from crossing it.
* DisappearedDad: The father in "Enough for Now", who "left my mother's mother without so much as a kiss", and while it's unclear exactly what happened the first verse says he's "no longer with us" and later lyrics suggest he's dead.
* DownerEnding: "Happiness" (see below.)
* DrivenToSuicide: It appears that "How to Save a Life" is a song about someone who was driven to kill themselves.
* GriefSong: "How to Save a Life" is about being unable to save someone from themselves, though it's officially open to interpretation.
* {{Hikikomori}}: "Little House" seems to be about one.
* InTheBlood: "Turn Me On".
* IWantSong: "She Is"
-->She is everything I need that I never knew I wanted, she is everything I want that I never knew I needed
** "Without Reason" from the ''Reason'' EP is another.
* LongRunnerLineUp: Type 2.
* NeverTrustATitle: "Happiness" is nothing like it sounds. It's an extremely sad song that puts some of Music/{{U2}}'s [[DownerEnding album closers]] to shame.
* NotChristianRock: A special example since all the members are Christians and their songs tend to feature some very spiritual imagery. Although they've decided to brand themselves as a secular band in an attempt to reach out to a wider audience, some of their songs are still played on Christian radio.
** Perhaps to clearly demonstrate the trope, the word "shit" appears in the opening track "Hold My Hand", just within three minutes to begin their "Helios" album.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: "You Found Me" is addressed to God with the question "Where were you?" Also a bit of SmiteMeOMightySmiter involved. Fairly mild, though, given that Isaac Slade is a Christian. Note that, even if He was "just a little late", God showed up anyway, and although the song is very emotional, [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation it does have a slight air of gratefulness]].
* RagsToRoyalty: In 2006 Isaac Slade was named heir to the estate of Sir Baron Benjamin Slade, a distant cousin of his.
* RhymingWithItself: "How to Save a Life" does this several times, starting with the opening couplet: "Step one, you say we need to talk/He walks, you say sit down, it's just a talk."
* SelfTitledAlbum: Oddly enough, their ''second'' album was this.
* SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids: "Trust Me" plays around with this; the speaker seems sad that the addressee will understand "when you're older", but equally despairing at the idea that they never might.
* StarCrossedLovers: According to Slade, "Turn Me On" is about a ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' style love affair.
* TalkingDownTheSuicidal: "How to Save a Life" is about attempting, and failing, to do this.
* TrainStationGoodbye: "Vienna"
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Isaac. Naturally leading to the occasional {{Mondegreen}}.
* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent: "Enough for Now" is about a man who wanted a son to inherit his name, [[InadequateInheritor but had a daughter instead]]. The lyrics suggest that it's about the grandfather of a band member.