Quotes / Lyrical Dissonance

"So with sadness in my heart
Feel the best thing I could do
Is end it all and leave forever
What's done is done, it feels so bad
What once was happy, now is sad
I'll never love again, my world is ending..."
The End Of Evangelion, "Komm, Süsser Tod" ("Come, Sweet Death")

The songs are always happy,
But nobody listens to [the singer]...
わたしのココ, "ララのうた" (translated from Japanese)

She got a new apartment out on the escarpment
And in her glove compartment are my songs
She hasn't even heard them since she found out what the words meant
She decided she preferred them all wrong
Kind of like the last time, with a bunch of really fast rhymes
If we're living in the past I'm
Soon gone
Barenaked Ladies, "Testing 1, 2, 3"

He's Mister Stabby
Doo doodoo-doo-doo-doo
Doo doodoo-doo-doo-doo
He's Mister Stabby
La lala-la-la-la
La lala-la-la-la la la
Weebl, Mister Stabby theme song.

These are all the little things that make me smile,
This is all the stuff that makes life worthwhile
One day i will eat your brain and it'll be great,
So let's sing about the things we like and meet your fate!
— Ferrets, Filmcow

"I don't understand French, but if I could,
I would write beautiful songs about horrible things..."
The Sound Of Animals Fighting, "Uzbekistan"

I should have known as soon as she asked
"Why do all your songs sound happy
But seem so sad"
Get Set Go, "I'm a Goner"

"I like a funeral dirge you can dance to."
Junior Gorg, Fraggle Rock, "The Challenge"

Pinkie: Wanna hear the song I sing to my parents? Oh, sorry, the song they sang to me?
Applejack: Doesn't matter which one, Pinkie. As long as it's not one of those sad ones with deceptively happy tunes.
Friendship is Witchcraftnote 

"It's toe-tappingly tragic!"
Dr. Zoidberg, Futurama

"Had George Michael and Lindsay stayed, they might have discovered what Michael and Maeby didó that "Afternoon Delight" was more adult-themed than its innocent melody would have you believe."
Narrator, Arrested Development

"He didn't know the words, and couldn't read the lyric sheets, but the music was happy and made him feel good inside. Whenever he was having a foul day, rather than reaching for pop music in a language he understood, he'd usually reach for the strange album about creatures who might be giants [...] All at once, the happy, bouncy little song that kept him company turned into something painful, and Seiki cried for the first time in days."

"If the beat's all right, she will dance all night!"
Chris Rock, on women who don't pay attention to songs with misogynistic lyrics

"Ooohh. ...Okay. Now it makes sense. This song is literally form the actual victims of Pompeii, stuck in stasis because their bodies have been literally preserved in hot ash for millennia, buried in volcanic debris, frozen in the moments of their violent, fiery demise for all eternity. WEY-HO WEY-HO, WEY WEY-HO WEY-HO—! ♫"
Todd in the Shadows on Bastille's "Pompeii"

Can I take you out to the pictures, Jo-oh-oh-oan?
Yawn. Yeah, yeah, they'll go to the pictures and probably have six kids and a spaniel by the end of the next verse. Sometimes the Beatles can be so predictab—
But as she's getting ready to go, a knock comes on the door/BANG BANG! Maxwell's silver hammer came down upon her head
We stop in our tracks, our ears prick up. What - I didn't just hear what I think I just heard, did I? No, no, of course not. It's obviously more of that tiresome innuendo. Mentally we block out all words except 'hammer', 'came' and 'head', and we wonder if the Beatles were really so sexually frustrated.
BANG BANG! Maxwell's silver hammer made sure that she was dead
No doubt there. We're caught completely off guard. Our expectations foiled, screwed up, stamped on, kicked around the room, mauled by the dog and put out on the garden table for birds to nibble on. We start considering when this song was written, and try to remember if any of the Fab Four had just come out of rocky marriages at the time or had a history of mental illness. Are we really listening to a jolly little song about bludgeoning murders?

"And when I find that girl, I'm gonna kill that girl! I'm gonna WHAM, BAM, BLAM, and drill that girl! Won't rest until that girl is safe and sound six feet below! Ooooooh, No! When I find my baby, I ain't lettin' her go!"

"Hey, he's not happy at all. He lied to us through song! I hate when people do that!"
Homer, The Simpsons, "Homer and Apu"

"Let's explain the meaning of his pitiful existence to him in the form of a feel good song!"

He ended up sad!
He ended up sad!
He ended up really, really, really sad!
He ended up sad!
He ended up sad!
He ended up really, really, really sad!
They Might Be Giants, "Mr. Me", perhaps the most cheerfully-sung chorus in their repertoire.

''Y'all don't wanna hear me, you just wanna dance."
OutKast, "Hey Ya!"