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* The entire genres of [[DoomMetal Funeral Doom]] and [[BlackMetal Depressive Black Metal]] revolve around this trope.
** And for a band that combines both styles, there's Elysian Blaze.
* Music/TheBeachBoys: The album cover of ''Music/SurfsUp'' is based on the statue "End Of The Trail" (1915) by James Earle Fraser, which shows an exhausted Native American horseman, symbolizing how their struggle for their land from the white man's greed was over. This also ties in with the environmental messages on the album.
* Music/TheBeatles' "Yer Blues" from ''Music/TheWhiteAlbum''. Lennon made it deliberately over-the-top so that no one would take it seriously, but later confessed that he meant it at least halfway in earnest anyway.
--> ''Feel so suicidal, just like [[Music/Highway61Revisited Dylan's "Mr. Jones"]]''.
* The title track from Music/BlackSabbath's ''Music/{{Paranoid}}''.
* "The Mercy Seat" by Music/NickCave is about a man sentenced to death on the electric chair.
* {{Music/Celldweller}}: "So Long Sentiment" describes someone trapped in his own depression, recalling old memories and begging for release.
* Many country and western songs, especially Music/JohnnyCash's songs "Folsom Prison Blues," which is about a man sentenced to life imprisonment and "25 Minutes to Go," about a man who is about to be hanged.
* Music/TheCure's "A Forest" from ''Music/SeventeenSeconds''
--> ''The goal is never there, it's always the same''
--> ''I run until I stop [[BrokenRecord and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and agaiiiin!]]''
* "Exitus" by Music/ENomine.
* "Feel Good Inc." by Music/{{Gorillaz}} from ''Music/DemonDays''.
* ''Music/TheMessage'' by Music/GrandMasterFlashAndTheFuriousFive; all the lyrics of "The Message" are full of despair.
* "21 Guns" by Music/GreenDay.
* "Square One" by Interface:
-->When the hope has gone away\\
When the night has taken hold\\
Emotions are no comfort\\
No shelter from the rain\\
Denied what has been offered\\
An empty hand once more\\
Gaining only to lose again\\
This has all met its end\\
Left here with more broken dreams\\
No desire to begin again
* Many of Music/DavidGray's songs are either written from the other side of the horizon or are about trying to keep from crossing it, in particular "Holding On".
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dRgYd5Mxs0 "Dance with the Devil"]], by ImmortalTechnique. The protagonist rape a random woman in a dark street to be deemed [[IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten "worthy"]] to integrate a gang, then is asked to shoot her as witness. [[spoiler: It's his own mother... And they suddenly recognize each other.]]
* Music/BillieHoliday had a tragic life where she was the victim of rape at age 11, teenage prostitution, abusive partners and severe alcohol, morphine and heroin addiction. All it culminated in her world-weary MagnumOpus ''Music/LadyInSatin'', where she sings about break-ups, unrequited love and all hardships of relationships in her drug-ravaged voice. Only a year after recording this album she would die from liver cirrhosis.
* A few Music/IronMaiden tracks. Specially "For the Greater Good of God".
** Their song "Hallowed Be Thy Name" is their most notorious example, telling the story of a prisoner in death row who is just hours away from his execution; he is at first calm and rationalizing about the upcoming ordeal, but as the song progresses he starts to slowly fall apart until he breaks and starts crying, realizing that he is afraid to die after all.
-->Tears fall but why am I crying?
-->After all I'm not afraid of dying.
-->Don't I believe that there never is an end?
* Music/JethroTull's song "Locomotive Breath" from ''[[Music/AqualungJethroTullAlbum Aqualung]]'' is about a man who has just crossed the Despair Event Horizon.
* Music/JoyDivision's ''Music/{{Closer}}'', especially the song "Heart and Soul". This is one of the most infamous examples in music because singer Ian Curtis [[DrivenToSuicide committed suicide]] shortly after the album was recorded. The lyrics almost read like a suicide note.
--> ''Existence, well what does it matter?''
* The song portion of Music/KingCrimson's "Starless".
* In LeannRhyme's song "How Do I Live" she implies that ever her lover ever left she would cross the DespairEventHorizon
* "Fade to Black" by Music/{{Metallica}} is about a man who has lost the will to live. At the end of the song, he commits suicide.
* Music/RogerMiller's "One Dying and a Burying": One man contemplates suicide to forget the pain of lost love.
* Virtually all of Music/{{Nirvana}}'s songs stay at the despair event horizon.
* "Scarsick" by Music/PainOfSalvation follows a man who grows increasingly frustrated by the various facets of modern society shown to him through television. Eventually, he decides he's had enough and jumps off the roof of a building in an attempt to shock the people around him back to their senses... whether or not this works is left up to the listener.
* "Cemetery Gates" by Music/{{Pantera}} is told from the perspective of a man who is going through a despair event horizon following the death of the woman he loved. For most of the song he is lamenting his loss, and in the final verse he is actually contemplating suicide so he can join her in the afterlife.
* "Black" by Music/PearlJam, as well as "Jeremy" from ''Music/{{Ten}}''.
* ''Music/TheWall'' by Music/PinkFloyd is just one colossal DEH; the entire album is about a rock star who is constantly hurt within his life, and the mental "Wall" he builds between himself and society. Summed up in the aptly titled 'Goodbye Cruel World', as Pink is having a mental breakdown and going catatonic:
--> ''Goodbye cruel world'',
--> ''I'm leaving you today''.
--> ''Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye''.
--> ''Goodbye, all you people'',
--> ''There's nothing you can say''
--> ''To make me change my mind''.
--> ''Goodbye''.
* The singer's character in Project Pitchfork's "Lament" has apparently crossed this line after being jilted (or his love interest dying, depending on how it is interpreted), and is preparing to [[DrivenToSuicide off himself]]. "I lay down here, forever to sleep".
* ''Music/{{Dummy}}'' by Music/{{Portishead}}
** "Biscuit"
--> ''I'll never fall in love again, it's all over now''.
** "Glory Box"
--> ''I'm so tired of playing''
--> ''Playing with this bow and arrow''
--> ''Gonna give my heart away''
--> ''Leave it to the other girls to play''
--> ''For I've been a temptress too long''
* ''Music/TheProtomen'': both Protoman and Dr Light cross this when the Robot Masters drag Proto Man down. Mega Man crosses it when he [[spoiler:kills Protoman and discovers how pathetic and self-serving the people he was trying to save were]]. As a general rule, anyone heroic will either die or cross this particular threshold, maybe both.
* Music/{{Radiohead}} practically made a career out of this.
* Music/{{Rammstein}}'s song "Wo Bist Du" has the narrator crossing the Despair Event Horizon after the death of loved one.
* Music/{{Supertramp}} enjoys these. "Lord, is it mine?", "Rudy" (arguably), and "If everyone was listening are about someone who's on the edge of that horizon, and in danger of going over".
* ''The Lost Christmas Eve'' by Music/TransSiberianOrchestra tells the story of a kind, happy man who has pretty much the perfect life. When his wife goes into childbirth on Christmas she dies due to complications, and he also learns that his newborn son suffered brain damage due to lack of oxygen and will probably never learn to walk or talk. This causes the man to go through a major despair event horizon. After [[RageAgainstTheHeavens raging against the heavens]] he gives his son over to the care of a state-run hospital, and [[TheMourningAfter spends the next forty years as a bitter, broken man]] [[TheGrinch who hates Christmas]].
* Music/VanDerGraafGenerator's "A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers" seems to be the self-narration of a man who cross the horizon, and then commits suicide.
* "Waffle House" by Music/DavidWilcox portrays the titular RealLife restaurant as a haven designed to help its employees cope with whatever depressing event they're dealing with (be it heartbreak, or highway, or some altered state) and stop them from crossing the DEH.
-->When it's time that we slow up\\
We wrap both our hands around our cup\\
And stay until the feeling goes\\
As long as there's broken hearts and dreams\\
And all of this highway in between\\
The Waffle House will never close
* ''Music/TheWaterboys'' has ''Red Army Blues'', telling the story of a soldier in the Soviet Army, who was forced over the DEH after the war because his entire unit was sent to Siberia.
---> Used to love my country
---> Used to be so young.
---> Used to believe that life was
---> the best song ever sung.
---> I would have died for my country
---> in 1945
---> But now only one thing remains....
---> The brute will to survive!
* Music/PeterSchilling's "I Have No Desire" has the singer so depressed with what he hears going on in the world that he'd rather not want to get up in the morning and would remain retired to his room.
* FranzSchubert wrote two song cycles based on the poetry of Wilhelm Müller. The first one, ''Die schöne Müllerin'', ends with its protagonist committing suicide. It's considered the ''happier'' of the two. The second, ''Winterreise'', depicting a man who, having lost all hope, abandons his life to become a homeless wanderer, trudging endlessly through ice and snow in the middle of winter and having frequent suicidal thoughts but not the initiative to follow through on them, is so utterly bleak that the poetry would probably come across as completely over the top on its own, if it were not for the profoundly and devastatingly sincere music that Schubert wrote for it.