Tear Jerker: The Cure
Most of the works by this goth rock band is quite depressing.
- "This is a Lie" is particularly notable.
- Pretty much all of the songs on Disintegration qualify. Even the less well-known ones, like Pirate Ships and Homesick, which are agonisingly beautiful.
- Except "Lullaby."
- The ironically titled "Boys Don't Cry" as well, also a case of Lyrical Dissonance.
- "Cut Here" might make one sob like a little girl.
- Especially if you know what it's about: The late Billy MacKenzie of The Associates, a friend of Robert Smith's, who committed suicide in 1997. In the song, Smith laments not having spent more time with his friend.
- For some, "The End of the World" is especially potent, what with the "just a boy and a girl" language and Robert Smith's emotional delivery.
- "Want" is about no matter how hard you want something, it'll eventually become worthless. The guitar riff doesn't help either.
- And There Is No If. If you're happy when you hear it, it makes you sombre and reflective. If you're sad... Well God help you. "Hysterical Grief" doesn't even cut it.
- For a relatively upbeat song, Doing The Unstuck is quite a depressing song about losing hope.
- "A Forest" from Seventeen Seconds. Those final lines "the girl is never there. It's always the same. I run towards nothing, again, and again, and again, and again...." are perhaps the saddest conclusion ever. Especially when comparing it to everything that went wrong in your own life.
- "Pictures of You" also counts, especially when a Softer And Slower Cover was used in a famous anti-speeding commercial in Australia.