Lyrical Dissonance / Vocaloid

Lyrical Dissonance is a very common theme used in numerous Vocaloid songs. In fact, it's harder to find a song which doesn't follow this trope.

The list is sorted alphabetically by producers.


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  • "Who?" has pretty electronic sounds and an upbeat tune. It's about continuous war, asking if God could really exist if there was war, and even subtly criticizes religion.

  • Macaron is a mysterious song with almost poetic lyrics about how a singer enjoys eating macarons.

  • Many songs from Star Girl and The Illusion Paradise series have shades of this trope.
    • The trope is averted in the first half of The Nun and Idol Girl. At the beginning it's a happy j-pop song about a nun who wanted to be become an idol, and thanks to Dr. Realist, her wish was granted. It didn't end well as the idol got overwhelmed by insults to the point of cutting herself. And then it got much worse. The girl was reminded that such a thing had already happened in reality. After she remembered this, she ran to the church with a knife to kill herself, but she was caught by a priest, who then was accidentally killed by the girl, because she forget to drop the knife and she fatally stabbed him as consequence. She returns to be a nun and constantly pray to God to forgive all her actions, even though she knew he won't.

    Easy Pop 
  • Heartbreak Disco - an upbeat, 90s-esque eurodance song about someone dealing with the aftermath of a breakup and missing her ex.


  • In a corner of Tranquil Sea. It's a chirpy technopop song about a couple watching their home planet crumble because of an apocalypse.

    Honey Works 
  • Despite its cutesy melody, "Rockbell" has a rather depressing lyric about a cat whose "parents" constantly fight and is either ignored or bullied by the local kids. The only person who loves him is his "mother", but one day she fell sick but the cat can't do anything to save her. In the end, he left the town, knowing that nothing will change whether or not he's around.
  • Downplayed in "Confession Rival Declaration" from the Confession Executive Committee ~Love Series~ . The song has a very upbeat tune, but the theme is more of a bittersweet heartbreak. It's about a shy boy who tries really hard to change himself (both inside and outside) to become more appealing to his crush, even though he knows that the girl likes someone else and that nothing he can do would change that.

  • And Then You Became The Moon sounds very happy, but the song itself is about dying from exposure or a double suicide.
  • Breaking Things into Pieces is a happy song about a person, who has a bee in her bonnet about destroying everything, because he believes they are granted a piece of their soul when people become attached to them. It's worth it to add that said things in the title isn't confined only to inanimate objects.
  • Don't look at me in that way the song about a child who dies in a bike accident and whose ghost addresses his parents as they mourn him.
  • I'm sorry. I'm sorry. the song with nauseating and violent lyrics about a victim of either cannibalism or extreme sexual abuse, who at the end of the song gets eaten alive or gang-raped.
  • Love me, love me, love me the song about either toxic relationships, unrequired parental love or child abuse.
  • You're a Useless Child - the song about an emotionally abusive mother and her relationship with her son, which ends with her son killing himself.
  • Let's Go To Heaven - the song about a pair of lovers committing suicide so that they can be together forever in Heaven.

  • Affection-expanding Chocolate-holic has an aggressive, intense sound like a lot of Machigerita's other works. Unlike most of his other works, however, the meaning is rather lighthearted - it's about girls competing to make chocolate for their crush, in hopes he'll accept their feelings.

    Master Yoda 


  • Fixer is a fun electro swing tune about a depressed person unable to fit in with society.

Though Owata-P rarely uses this trope, he has some songs following this theme:
  • "The End" sung by Yuzuki Yukari. This song, in terms of the level of melancholy, is probably the worst of all his songs. It has an upbeat and light melody, however the lyrics talk about a depressed singer who can't stand commercialization and the greed of mankind to this point. At the end of the song he decides to take his own life.
    • This trope may be averted. Other interpretations of the song say that the main singer is an internet addict trying to socialize online, but his mind is slowly corrupted by it. However he finally tackled how imperfect the virtual world is, so he decided to leave it and start a new life in reality. In this case, the lyrics relate to the virtual world instead.

  • Regrets and Floatage. It's an upbeat electropop song set to lyrics about grieving the loss of a loved one.
  • City Lights is very peppy and has a cutesy melody. It appears to be about a delusional love with one partner being unresponsive.

  • Blue. It has a calm, upbeat sound, but it's in the point of view of a depressed person unable to step out of their comfort zone.

    sasakure.UK/sasakure P 
  • The whole "Do Vocaloids Dream of Doomsday Birds?" series. Almost every song (excluding *Sayonara, World End) has a chiptune or video game-like melody, while the lyrics are about the destruction of mankind and Earth due to war.
    • The most notable one is ''*Hello, Planet'', sung by Hatsune Miku, being chronologically the last song in this series. It's about Miku, who wakes up after the apocalypse and wanders through a deserted wasteland to find her master. The whole song ends with a happy closing melody in a scene where Miku dies in front of her master's grave.

    Steven Wagenheim 

  • We lost Again sounds happy... it's about your favorite baseball team losing due to player's and manager's shortcomings. and the fan cheering for them anyway..



  • Two-Faced Lovers, a fast-paced, upbeat song about a girl who gets an abortion after being impregnated by a man she loved who rejected her, and how she, in turn, becomes obsessed with sex and begins to use others the way that she was used.
  • World's End Dance Hall is another fast rock song about two girls who fall in love and the harassment and homophobia they experience as a result. They make the decision to continue in their relationship anyway, and, depending how one looks at it, the song may end with the two girls committing suicide together.

Unless you know Japanese. Most of these songs are not obvious, until you watch the videos with subs.