- "Tonight is the Night I Fell Asleep at the Wheel", which plays a tune that sounds like it belongs on a cheerful carnival calliope, but whose lyrics tell the story of a car crash and the futile attempts to save the titular driver whose love is the "last thing on my mind". The narrator? Ed Robertson's brother, who died in a motorcycle accident.
- In the same vein, "Am I The Only One" and "Leave". The former was originally going to be about Ed's (at the time) fiancée, but changed.
- "War On Drugs" being another big one.
"She likes to sleep with the radio on
So she can dream of her favourite song
The one that no one has ever sung
Since she was small"
Near where I live there's a viaduct
- Not to mention the climax:
Where people jump when they're out of luck
Raining down on the cars and trucks below
They've put a net there to catch their fall
Like it'll stop anyone at all
What they don't know is when nature calls, you go.
They say that Jesus and mental health
Are just for those who can help themselves
What good is that when you live in hell on Earth?
When the very fear that makes you want to die
Is just the same as what keeps you alive
It's way more trouble than some suicide is worth...
- "Celebrity" is somewhat of a downer, too. The narrator talks about his goal in life, and then (presumably) achieves it and realizes how horribly hollow being a celebrity is.
- Then there is "What A Good Boy".
- For a song about a window washer who's afraid of heights, "When I Fall" does a great job at cueing the waterworks.
"I look straight in the mirror
Watch it come clearer
I look like a painter
Behind all the grease
But painting's creating
And I'm just erasing
A crystal clear canvas
Is my masterpiece.
- Common consensus on singing along to "Break Your Heart" is impossible because of two things.
- The Incredibly Long Note
- The inevitable tears.
- For this troper, who stayed in a bad relationship for longer than he should have, but had conflicted feelings, this song still makes me want to cry years later.
Tear Jerker / Barenaked Ladies
This Canadian alternative rock band has a lot of tear-triggering songs.