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** "Charity Case" and "A Little Better" are both like this (on the same album). The former about a lonely man confessing to an equally lonely woman, and the latter... about feeling a bit better after a massive bout of sadness. There's also "Who Cares?" on the previous album about a man talking contradictorily upbeatly, but given its content, it's unsurprising.

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** "Charity Case" and "A Little Better" are both like this (on the same album). The former about a lonely man confessing to an equally lonely woman, and the latter... about feeling a bit better after a massive bout of sadness. There's also "Who Cares?" on the previous album about a man talking contradictorily upbeatly, upbeat, but given its content, it's unsurprising.







*** Speaking of Soviet anthems.. "Moskau". The cheery female vocalist sings about Lenin and pioneers while the main lyrics praise the titular city.. by comparing it to an old whore.[[/folder]]

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*** Speaking of Soviet anthems..anthems... "Moskau". The cheery female vocalist sings about Lenin and pioneers while the main lyrics praise the titular city.. by comparing it to an old whore.[[/folder]]



* Happened a lot with Music/AyumiHamasaki via ExecutiveMeddling. Her gimmick is that she writes her own lyrics (often based in the angsty experiences she had), but she rarely composes the music. While in the studio albums this trope is hardly noticeable, it becomes notorious in the Eurodance and Trance remixes of her first albums, where angsty songs about abandonment were given extremely happy new melodies. Memorable offenders are the remixes from "Trauma" and "Kanariya".

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* Happened a lot with Music/AyumiHamasaki via ExecutiveMeddling. Her gimmick is that she writes her own lyrics (often based in on the angsty experiences she had), but she rarely composes the music. While in the studio albums this trope is hardly noticeable, it becomes notorious in the Eurodance and Trance remixes of her first albums, where angsty songs about abandonment were given extremely happy new melodies. Memorable offenders are the remixes from "Trauma" and "Kanariya".



** "Dive to Blue" has a nice, calming, if not exceptionally cheerful tune, and has nice lyrics about flying. The music video shows the sinister aspect of those lyrics [[spoiler: since it starts with a man jumping off the top of a building to commit suicide and seems to imply him changing his mind about half way down.]] Then it really screws with you by [[spoiler: making you think he was saved (even if it wasn't quite logical, but this is a music video after all)]]. A final shot after the music fades [[TheReveal reveals]] something of a twisted BrickJoke.

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** "Dive to Blue" has a nice, calming, if not exceptionally cheerful tune, and has nice lyrics about flying. The music video shows the sinister aspect of those lyrics [[spoiler: since it starts with a man jumping off the top of a building to commit suicide and seems to imply him changing his mind about half way halfway down.]] Then it really screws with you by [[spoiler: making you think he was saved (even if it wasn't quite logical, but this is a music video after all)]]. A final shot after the music fades [[TheReveal reveals]] something of a twisted BrickJoke.



* "Hey Big Spender," from ''Sweet Charity,'' sounds like an erotic come on ("Good lookin', so refined/So wouldn't you like to know what's goin' on in my mind?"), but is sung by a group of bored taxi dance girls who can barely summon up the energy to go through the motions of their job.

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* "Hey Big Spender," from ''Sweet Charity,'' sounds like an erotic come on come-on ("Good lookin', so refined/So wouldn't you like to know what's goin' on in my mind?"), but is sung by a group of bored taxi dance girls who can barely summon up the energy to go through the motions of their job.



** ''Theatre/TrialByJury'' -- This one's about a trial, so when the plaintiff arrives to the tune of "Comes the cheated flower / Comes the broken maid", it's made catchy, upbeat and fun, to make it thoroughly clear that despite said lyrics, this is all part of a grand scam.

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** ''Theatre/TrialByJury'' -- This one's about a trial, so when the plaintiff arrives to at the tune of "Comes the cheated flower / Comes the broken maid", it's made catchy, upbeat and fun, to make it thoroughly clear that despite said lyrics, this is all part of a grand scam.



** ''Theatre/TheYeomenOfTheGuard:'' "How say you maiden, will you wed/A man about to lose his head?" is, as you should guess by now, one of the most upbeat, fun, cheery numbers. Meanwhile, "Oh, a private buffoon is a light-hearted loon", of course, turns out to be about how the jester's being torn apart and has to remain cheerful throughout it all. Later, "When a wooer goes a-wooing"'s most heartbreaking line is "Oh the happy days of wooing" -- sung in emotionless monotone by the person that the plot has set out to break, taking everything from him. Oh, and it ends on a grand, energetic chorus [[spoiler:while that person dies]].

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** ''Theatre/TheYeomenOfTheGuard:'' "How say you you, maiden, will you wed/A man about to lose his head?" is, as you should guess by now, one of the most upbeat, fun, cheery numbers. Meanwhile, "Oh, a private buffoon is a light-hearted loon", of course, turns out to be about how the jester's being torn apart and has to remain cheerful throughout it all. Later, "When a wooer goes a-wooing"'s most heartbreaking line is "Oh the happy days of wooing" -- sung in emotionless monotone by the person that the plot has set out to break, taking everything from him. Oh, and it ends on a grand, energetic chorus [[spoiler:while that person dies]].



* Intaferon's "Steamhammer Sam" is an upbeat honkytonk/rock fusion song about the plight of the many blue-collar workers in Britain left unemployed in the '80s by Margaret Thatcher's economic policies. "Steamhammer Sam sits in the park all day and he gets drunk, watching the children play, he's very sad, no happy ending 'cause he went mad..."

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* Intaferon's "Steamhammer Sam" is an upbeat honkytonk/rock honky-tonk/rock fusion song about the plight of the many blue-collar workers in Britain left unemployed in the '80s by Margaret Thatcher's economic policies. "Steamhammer Sam sits in the park all day and he gets drunk, watching the children play, he's very sad, no happy ending 'cause he went mad..."



* Music/TheThe's song "This is the Day" has a catchy tune and a chorus that says: "This is the day your life will surely change / This is the day when things fall into place." Great, right? They even used it in an M&Ms commercial. Except that the verse lyrics describe someone who has wasted his entire life and tells himself things will change ''every day,'' without ever making a move to actually do so. Similarly, their song "Perfect" is quite upbeat and the chorus starts with: "It's such a picture perfect day..." But the lyrics describe ''sitting in a cemetery pondering the futility of existence.''

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* Music/TheThe's song "This is the Day" has a catchy tune and a chorus that says: "This is the day your life will surely change / This is the day when things fall into place." Great, right? They even used it in an M&Ms commercial. Except that the verse lyrics describe someone who has wasted his entire life and tells himself things will change ''every day,'' without ever making a move to actually do so. Similarly, their song "Perfect" is quite upbeat and the chorus starts with: "It's such a picture perfect picture-perfect day..." But the lyrics describe ''sitting in a cemetery pondering the futility of existence.''



* White Rose Movement's "Girls in the Back" is a rather poppy song that most agree is either about sado-masochism or paedophilia whilst "Cruella", a song about a suffering drug addict, opens with the chant "Doh doh doh/ Doh doh doh doh"...

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* White Rose Movement's "Girls in the Back" is a rather poppy song that most agree is either about sado-masochism sadomasochism or paedophilia whilst "Cruella", a song about a suffering drug addict, opens with the chant "Doh doh doh/ Doh doh doh doh"...



** Let's not forget "Why Don't You Get A Job", with its Caribbean melody (reminiscent of "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da") and lyrics that basically say, to the narrators' significant others (one male, one female), "You're a worthless fucking leech, but they won't tell you, so I will: fuck off and get a job!". Or "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)", laughing at [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy wiggers]] over a good punk/alt-rock riff. Or "Special Delivery": catchy riff, lyrics about a stalker with voices in his head. Or "Walla Walla", another fast tune about how ''you'', the subject of the song, are going to prison ''and it's a good thing because you're an idiot reprobate''.

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** Let's not forget "Why Don't You Get A Job", with its Caribbean melody (reminiscent of "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da") and lyrics that basically say, to the narrators' significant others (one male, one female), "You're a worthless fucking leech, but they won't tell you, so I will: fuck off and get a job!". Or "Pretty Fly (for (For a White Guy)", laughing at [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy wiggers]] over a good punk/alt-rock riff. Or "Special Delivery": catchy riff, lyrics about a stalker with voices in his head. Or "Walla Walla", another fast tune about how ''you'', the subject of the song, are going to prison ''and it's a good thing because you're an idiot reprobate''.



* Teenage Bottlerocket's [[https://youtu.be/AvpM4PK7q6U "Bloodbath at Burger King"]] is a very upbeat pop punk tune about a disgruntled employee fantasizing about slaughtering everyone at his restaurant in fairly graphic detail.

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* Teenage Bottlerocket's [[https://youtu.be/AvpM4PK7q6U "Bloodbath at Burger King"]] is a very upbeat pop punk pop-punk tune about a disgruntled employee fantasizing about slaughtering everyone at his restaurant in fairly graphic detail.



** By contast, her next single, "Disturbia", is an upbeat pop/dance number with lyrics about a descent into madness.

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** By contast, contrast, her next single, "Disturbia", is an upbeat pop/dance number with lyrics about a descent into madness.



* D-Train's cover of Dionne Warwick's "Walk On By", a BreakupSong about how the singer is unable to prevent herself from crying whenever she comes across her ex-lover, who she tells to pretend not to notice him crying should they ever meet again, is done in their [[SignatureStyle signature bouncy post-disco style]], falling squarely into this trope. Warwick's original is a bit upbeat foe the subject matter, as well.

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* D-Train's cover of Dionne Warwick's "Walk On By", a BreakupSong about how the singer is unable to prevent herself from crying whenever she comes across her ex-lover, who she tells to pretend not to notice him crying should they ever meet again, is done in their [[SignatureStyle signature bouncy post-disco style]], falling squarely into this trope. Warwick's original is a bit upbeat foe for the subject matter, as well.



** "Hello, Good Night!" is a SurprisinglyGentleSong... about coping with disaster, misfortune, and the fact that you and everyone you know and love will some day be dead, and people might forget that you even existed.

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** "Hello, Good Night!" is a SurprisinglyGentleSong... about coping with disaster, misfortune, and the fact that you and everyone you know and love will some day someday be dead, and people might forget that you even existed.



* Depending on the singer, the Civil War era ballad, "Lorena" can be sung quite cheerfully and even in its slower forms just sounds like a sweet love ballad... until you realize that it's about a soldier who not only knows he's likely to die but already gave up on the woman he loved when he left for war... 100 months ago.

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* Depending on the singer, the Civil War era War-era ballad, "Lorena" can be sung quite cheerfully and even in its slower forms just sounds like a sweet love ballad... until you realize that it's about a soldier who not only knows he's likely to die but already gave up on the woman he loved when he left for war... 100 months ago.



** "One of those Days" combines this with ArsonMurderAndJaywalking.

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** "One of those Those Days" combines this with ArsonMurderAndJaywalking.




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* Teenage Bottlerocket's [[https://youtu.be/AvpM4PK7q6U "Bloodbath at Burger King"]] is a very upbeat pop punk tune about a disgruntled employee fantasizing about slaughtering everyone at his restaurant in fairly graphic detail.


** "Nunca quedas mal con nadie", an upbeat ska-like song about supposedly progressive singers that sell themselves to the mainstream (apparently inspired by a specific Chilean singer of TheEighties, [[InternetBackdraft but don't ask who]]);

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** "Nunca quedas mal con nadie", an upbeat ska-like song about supposedly progressive singers that sell themselves to the mainstream (apparently inspired by a specific Chilean singer of TheEighties, [[InternetBackdraft but don't ask who]]);who);


* Julia Ecklar's song "The Light-Ship" is a close-harmony piece sung a capella in the style of a 17th century madrigal. It's about life on a power generation satellite. It's also one of her cheerier works.

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* Julia Ecklar's song "The Light-Ship" is a close-harmony piece sung a capella in the style of a 17th century 17th-century madrigal. It's about life on a power generation satellite. It's also one of her cheerier works.



* Tonic Sol-fa's version of the folk song "Man of Constant Sorrow". The song is about what you'd expect based on the title, and their version is bouncy, upbeat, and a drastic contrast to the words.

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* Tonic Sol-fa's version of the folk song "Man of Constant Sorrow". The song is about what you'd expect based on the title, and their version is bouncy, upbeat, and a in drastic contrast to the words.



* The Bonzo Dog (Doo Dah) Band's "I'm The Urban Spaceman" is a catchy tune with an incredibly misanthropic lyric when you examine it closely -- basically the sort of person who "never lets my friends down" is the sort of person who does not actually exist. The lyrics describe a person who is exemplary in many more ways than a real person could be (and implies having super powers as well). It could just as well be about a comic book character.

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* The Bonzo Dog (Doo Dah) Band's "I'm The Urban Spaceman" is a catchy tune with an incredibly misanthropic lyric when you examine it closely -- basically the sort of person who "never lets my friends down" is the sort of person who does not actually exist. The lyrics describe a person who is exemplary in many more ways than a real person could be (and implies having super powers superpowers as well). It could just as well be about a comic book character.



** Earlier song "Chrissy Kiss The Corpse" is a jaunty number about desecrating an old woman's corpse in public... Although in this case the lyrics were clearly mining the situation for BlackComedy.

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** Earlier song "Chrissy Kiss The Corpse" is a jaunty number about desecrating an old woman's corpse in public... Although in this case case, the lyrics were clearly mining the situation for BlackComedy.



* Florence + The Machine : Between Two Lungs and Cosmic Love to name two particularly dissonant pieces.

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* Florence + The Machine : Machine: Between Two Lungs and Cosmic Love to name two particularly dissonant pieces.



* Mozart is also responsible for a quite beautiful, six part canon entitled "Lick Me in the Arse."

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* Mozart is also responsible for a quite beautiful, six part six-part canon entitled "Lick Me in the Arse."



* Any serious opera by Rossini. It seems the man was practically uncapable of writing anything NOT upbeat and cheerful even if the lyrics call for vengeance, anguish, distress, fear etc.

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* Any serious opera by Rossini. It seems the man was practically uncapable incapable of writing anything NOT upbeat and cheerful even if the lyrics call for vengeance, anguish, distress, fear fear, etc.



* On Christopher Tin's 2009 album ''Calling All Dawns,'' there is a song on it called ''Se E Pra Vir Que Venha,'' which has a rather upbeat tempo and is even a bit of an EarWorm, but the Portuguese lyrics? It's about the narrator waiting for her own death to come, and is even quite joyful about it. Not long after that, though, there's ''Rassemblons-Nous,'' [[MoodWhiplash which is a pumping anthem]] [[ScrewDestiny about the opposite.]]

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* On Christopher Tin's 2009 album ''Calling All Dawns,'' there is a song on it called ''Se E Pra Vir Que Venha,'' which has a rather upbeat tempo and is even a bit of an EarWorm, but the Portuguese lyrics? It's about the narrator waiting for her own death to come, come and is even quite joyful about it. Not long after that, though, there's ''Rassemblons-Nous,'' [[MoodWhiplash which is a pumping anthem]] [[ScrewDestiny about the opposite.]]



** A straighter example is "Nothin' Wrong" from the duo's first release, ''Folk The World Tour.'' The song is an extremely upbeat, country-esque ditty about a man who [[spoiler: kills his wife for leaving him.]] The track lampshades this trope a bit: it was recorded live, so when Bret delivers the verse in which [[spoiler: the narrator kills his wife,]] there is a tense silence from the audience and the band until the latter [[{{InUniverse/CrossesTheLineTwice}} cross the line a second time]] a moment later.

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** A straighter example is "Nothin' Wrong" from the duo's first release, ''Folk The World Tour.'' The song is an extremely upbeat, country-esque ditty about a man who [[spoiler: kills his wife for leaving him.]] The track lampshades this trope a bit: it was recorded live, live so when Bret delivers the verse in which [[spoiler: the narrator kills his wife,]] wife]], there is a tense silence from the audience and the band until the latter [[{{InUniverse/CrossesTheLineTwice}} cross the line a second time]] a moment later.



** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pdkNp1X4n8 "My Hometown"]] is in the same style, and about how his high school chemistry teacher now runs an LSD lab and hands out samples to his students, his high school sweetheart has become a prostitute and the nice guy who ran the diner killed his mother-in law and served her ground remains as ice-cream garnish.

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** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pdkNp1X4n8 "My Hometown"]] is in the same style, and about how his high school chemistry teacher now runs an LSD lab and hands out samples to his students, his high school sweetheart has become a prostitute and the nice guy who ran the diner killed his mother-in law mother-in-law and served her ground remains as ice-cream garnish.



Sometimes in my dreams I can still hear her screams \\

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Sometimes in my dreams dreams, I can still hear her screams \\



** "Trigger Happy" is a Beach Boys/surf music inspired tune about a gun obsessed paranoid.

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** "Trigger Happy" is a Beach Boys/surf music inspired tune about a gun obsessed gun-obsessed paranoid.



** "One of Those Days" is a jazzy bit of 80's pop rock about a guy going through one of the worst days imaginable, though he plays the dissonance within the lyrics as well:
---> "I just wrapped my cadillac around a tree\\

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** "One of Those Days" is a jazzy bit of 80's pop rock '80s pop-rock about a guy going through one of the worst days imaginable, though he plays the dissonance within the lyrics as well:
---> "I just wrapped my cadillac Cadillac around a tree\\



Its just one of those days.

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Its It's just one of those days.



** Then there's "Alone in the Universe," a soulful song that wouldn't sound out of place in a ''Creator/{{Coldplay}}'' album... were it not about [[ADateWithRosiePalms masturbation.]]

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** Then there's "Alone in the Universe," a soulful song that wouldn't sound out of place in a ''Creator/{{Coldplay}}'' album... were if it not wasn't about [[ADateWithRosiePalms masturbation.]]masturbation]].



* "The Hot Dog Man is packing up..." Lampshaded in that as Music/{{Tripod}} sing the song, in-character Gatesy is as unaware of the upcoming lyrical dissonance as the rest of us are, and reacts with increasing horror as the song turns sinister. And ''boy'', does it turn sinister.

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* "The Hot Dog Man is packing up..." Lampshaded in that as Music/{{Tripod}} sing the song, in-character Gatesy is as unaware of the upcoming lyrical dissonance as the rest of us are, are and reacts with increasing horror as the song turns sinister. And ''boy'', does it turn sinister.



* Music/TimMinchin's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvnYIxv_364 "Canvas Bags"]] is an example not only of lyrical dissonance, but also of ''performance dissonance''.

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* Music/TimMinchin's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvnYIxv_364 "Canvas Bags"]] is an example not only of lyrical dissonance, dissonance but also of ''performance dissonance''.



* "Diarrhea" by Music/DaYoopers is played as a straight, serious love song (well, except for the fart solo). It obviously isn't a straight, serious love song he wants to go on a date with her, but has to stay at home because he has the runs.

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* "Diarrhea" by Music/DaYoopers is played as a straight, serious love song (well, except for the fart solo). It obviously isn't a straight, serious love song he wants to go on a date with her, her but has to stay at home because he has the runs.



** There's also "Bad Habit," which is a catchy, up-beat ear worm about self-harm.

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** There's also "Bad Habit," which is a catchy, up-beat ear worm upbeat earworm about self-harm.



* Played with rather amusingly in the Say Anything song "That Is Why". It comes off as a peppy faux showtune that's actually about him hating his ex and listing of reasons why she's a horrible bitch. Escpecially weird that an earlier version of the song, "You Should Rock My World" is cheery lyrics set to the same melody.

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* Played with rather amusingly in the Say Anything song "That Is Why". It comes off as a peppy faux showtune show tune that's actually about him hating his ex and listing of reasons why she's a horrible bitch. Escpecially Especially weird that an earlier version of the song, "You Should Rock My World" is cheery lyrics set to the same melody.



** "Sister" would fall well into this category. A catchy, upbeat, sugary pop song about a 14 year old boy being molested by his middle aged sister.

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** "Sister" would fall well into this category. A catchy, upbeat, sugary pop song about a 14 year old 14-year-old boy being molested by his middle aged middle-aged sister.



** Don't forget "Lithium", a song about a guy who kills his girlfriend, and goes out to commit suicide, only to [[HeelFaceTurn Join Christianity]]. This all happens while keeping the same mellow feel throughout the song.

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** Don't forget "Lithium", a song about a guy who kills his girlfriend, girlfriend and goes out to commit suicide, only to [[HeelFaceTurn Join Christianity]]. This all happens while keeping the same mellow feel throughout the song.



* "Closer" by Music/NineInchNails. The beat and porn-esque bassline give the impression that it is a song about sexual gratification, but the lyrics are about a man that uses sex as a means to escape his crippling self-loathing. Still to this day, many listeners ignore the actual lyrical content and instead focus on the "OMG he wants to f&$% me like an animal!"-factor.

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* "Closer" by Music/NineInchNails. The beat and porn-esque bassline give the impression that it is a song about sexual gratification, but the lyrics are about a man that uses sex as a means to escape his crippling self-loathing. Still Still, to this day, many listeners ignore the actual lyrical content and instead focus on the "OMG he wants to f&$% me like an animal!"-factor.



** Taken as part of the larger sentence "Du hast mich gefragt und ich hab nichts gesagt" ("You have asked me and I have said nothing.")it's definitely NOT a love song. The song's chorus is a shouted "Nein" to a German wedding vow. (Made quite starkly apparent in meaning in the video) However, the progressing nature of the lyrics probably mean "du hast mich" is a doubled hate/have leading up to the rest. To muddy the waters the english translation takes the "hate" meaning only and alters all the rest, leading to idiots on youtube "correcting" the accurate tranlation.

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** Taken as part of the larger sentence "Du hast mich gefragt und ich hab nichts gesagt" ("You have asked me and I have said nothing.")it's definitely NOT a love song. The song's chorus is a shouted "Nein" to a German wedding vow. (Made quite starkly apparent in meaning in the video) However, the progressing nature of the lyrics probably mean "du hast mich" is a doubled hate/have leading up to the rest. To muddy the waters waters, the english English translation takes the "hate" meaning only and alters all the rest, leading to idiots on youtube "correcting" the accurate tranlation.translation.



* Happened a lot with Music/AyumiHamasaki via ExecutiveMeddling. Her gimmick is that she writes her own lyrics (often based in the angsty experiences she had), but she rarely composes the music. While in the studio albums this trope is hardly noticeable, it become notorious in the Eurodance and Trance remixes of her first albums, where angsty songs about abandonment where given extremely happy new melodies. Memorable offenders are the remixes from "Trauma" and "Kanariya".
** One example from an actual album is "Memorial Address", a song about a sudden abandonment (implied to be because of the other person's death), who begins with a sweet and sad melody... and suddenly the music switch into a energetic rock tune. While keeping the TearJerker lyrics.

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* Happened a lot with Music/AyumiHamasaki via ExecutiveMeddling. Her gimmick is that she writes her own lyrics (often based in the angsty experiences she had), but she rarely composes the music. While in the studio albums this trope is hardly noticeable, it become becomes notorious in the Eurodance and Trance remixes of her first albums, where angsty songs about abandonment where were given extremely happy new melodies. Memorable offenders are the remixes from "Trauma" and "Kanariya".
** One example from an actual album is "Memorial Address", a song about a sudden abandonment (implied to be because of the other person's death), who begins with a sweet and sad melody... and suddenly the music switch into a an energetic rock tune. While keeping the TearJerker lyrics.



** "Kalmia". While having a rather soft melodic rock sound to it with some minor and basic guitar solos that don't really hint at anything evil, the translated lyrics depict hearing (and apparently seeing) headless dolls laughing while staring at an otherwise destroyed town from afar, and a recalling of an apocalypse of sorts wherein everything vanishes and gets sucked up into the sky in what sounds like a killer tornado/hurricane. All while Gackt sings along, his voice giving no hint of terror of the situation, or any hint for that matter that this isn't just another one of his kooky rock ballads. However, a botanist, or even a seasoned gardener could tell you that [[MeaningfulName the kalmia is a beautiful yet extremely poisonous flower.]]

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** "Kalmia". While having a rather soft melodic rock sound to it with some minor and basic guitar solos that don't really hint at anything evil, the translated lyrics depict hearing (and apparently seeing) headless dolls laughing while staring at an otherwise destroyed town from afar, and a recalling of an apocalypse of sorts wherein everything vanishes and gets sucked up into the sky in what sounds like a killer tornado/hurricane. All while Gackt sings along, his voice giving no hint of terror of the situation, situation or any hint for that matter that this isn't just another one of his kooky rock ballads. However, a botanist, botanist or even a seasoned gardener could tell you that [[MeaningfulName the kalmia is a beautiful yet extremely poisonous flower.]]



* This is a major theme of the Japanese rock band Bump of Chicken. Prime examples are [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oL-4Csgx0Y0 "Dandelion"]], a song about a lonely lion who... well, just watch the video; and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCdsSVdukXA "Wheel Song"]], a song about someone leaving and possibly never seeing them again. Most Bump songs are rather sad, but come across as happy. It's usually a shock to an English speaker who learns what the lyrics actually are.

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* This is a major theme of the Japanese rock band Bump of Chicken. Prime examples are [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oL-4Csgx0Y0 "Dandelion"]], a song about a lonely lion who... well, just watch the video; and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCdsSVdukXA "Wheel Song"]], a song about someone leaving and possibly never seeing them again. Most Bump songs are rather sad, sad but come across as happy. It's usually a shock to an English speaker who learns what the lyrics actually are.



* The JAM Project cover of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls7oOxUBbYQ "Okkusenman"]]. They take a song about losing one's childhood... and play it with all their usual Hot Blooded gusto.

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* The JAM Project cover of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls7oOxUBbYQ "Okkusenman"]]. They take a song about losing one's childhood... and play it with all their usual Hot Blooded Hot-Blooded gusto.



* Made famous by Creator/LouisArmstrong, "When the Saints Go Marching In" is often performed in a upbeat and rousing tone. However, the traditional lyrics detail the apocalypse as described in the Book of Revelations. (It was originally a gospel hymn. Indeed, the reason Armstrong translated it to jazz was because his sister had suggested the traditional version was inappropriate and irreligious.)

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* Made famous by Creator/LouisArmstrong, "When the Saints Go Marching In" is often performed in a an upbeat and rousing tone. However, the traditional lyrics detail the apocalypse as described in the Book of Revelations. (It was originally a gospel hymn. Indeed, the reason Armstrong translated it to jazz was because that his sister had suggested the traditional version was inappropriate and irreligious.)



** There's also "Mack the Knife", but to a lesser extent..

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** There's also "Mack the Knife", but to a lesser extent..extent.



* Move/ThePuppiniSisters love this trope. Their covers of modern songs such as "Heart of Glass," "Spooky," "Walk like an Egyptian," "I Will Survive," and "Crazy in Love" are performed in swing-era fashion, with sweet girl-trio harmonies.

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* Move/ThePuppiniSisters love this trope. Their covers of modern songs such as "Heart of Glass," "Spooky," "Walk like Like an Egyptian," "I Will Survive," and "Crazy in Love" are performed in swing-era fashion, with sweet girl-trio harmonies.



---> And now my head is pounding, like it were thunder

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---> And now my head is pounding, pounding like it were thunder



* The Brazilian group Paralamas has songs like that as well, depicting [[CrapsackWorld the poverty and hopelesness of Brazilian low class people]] with happy, upbeat melodies. An example is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfi9K97ulmE "Alagados"]] (lit. "Drowned", [[http://www.bbc.com/portuguese/noticias/2002/021125_alagadosrg.shtml named after a slum]]), which speaks about [[WrongSideofTheTracks the hard life conditions in the favelas]] ("The city, with its open arms in the postcards and its tightened fist in real life, denies you opporunities and shows you the face of evil."). And the Spanish version keeps the message.

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* The Brazilian group Paralamas has songs like that as well, depicting [[CrapsackWorld the poverty and hopelesness hopelessness of Brazilian low class low-class people]] with happy, upbeat melodies. An example is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfi9K97ulmE "Alagados"]] (lit. "Drowned", [[http://www.bbc.com/portuguese/noticias/2002/021125_alagadosrg.shtml named after a slum]]), which speaks about [[WrongSideofTheTracks the hard life conditions in the favelas]] ("The city, with its open arms in the postcards and its tightened fist in real life, denies you opporunities opportunities and shows you the face of evil."). And the Spanish version keeps the message.



** "We are Southamerican rockers": song about beleaguered and unsuccesful rock singers, set to upbeat rhythms;

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** "We are Southamerican rockers": a song about beleaguered and unsuccesful unsuccessful rock singers, set to upbeat rhythms;



** "¿Por qué los ricos?": cheery beats describing the complains of poor people about the rich;

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** "¿Por qué los ricos?": cheery beats describing the complains complaints of poor people about the rich;



** "Nunca quedas mal con nadie", upbeat ska-like song about supposedly progressive singers that sell themselves to the mainstream (apparently inspired by a specific Chilean singer of TheEighties, [[InternetBackdraft but don't ask who]]);

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** "Nunca quedas mal con nadie", an upbeat ska-like song about supposedly progressive singers that sell themselves to the mainstream (apparently inspired by a specific Chilean singer of TheEighties, [[InternetBackdraft but don't ask who]]);



* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ca2hX6OYKh8 This]] video covers ''Aupres de ma Blonde'', an 18th century march about a French woman who laments about her husband's capture by the Dutch, with all the cheeriness of a NurseryRhyme (which the series it is part of covers).

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ca2hX6OYKh8 This]] video covers ''Aupres de ma Blonde'', an 18th century 18th-century march about a French woman who laments about her husband's capture by the Dutch, with all the cheeriness of a NurseryRhyme (which the series it is part of covers).



** Depending on which version you watch, you get a different kind of campy tune... [[CrossingTheLineTwice sung by]] [[SpringtimeForHitler Hitler.]]

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** Depending on which version you watch, you get a different kind of campy tune... [[CrossingTheLineTwice sung by]] [[SpringtimeForHitler Hitler.]]Hitler]].



* Music/StephenSondheim loves this trope about as much as Creator/GilbertAndSullivan did. ''Theatre/{{Assassins}}'' in particular has "Unworthy of Your Love" (what sounds like a tender love duet... except that the singers are Squeaky Fromme and John Hinckley, Jr., talking about how they will prove their love for (repsectively) Charles Manson and Jodie Foster by shooting the president), and "The Ballad of Czolgosz" (an upbeat, patriotic-sounding turn-of-the-century style song about how you can "move to the head of the line" in the US -- as Leon Czolgosz is waiting in a line of people to shake [=McKinley=]'s hand, ending with Czolgosz shooting him).

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* Music/StephenSondheim loves this trope about as much as Creator/GilbertAndSullivan did. ''Theatre/{{Assassins}}'' in particular has "Unworthy of Your Love" (what sounds like a tender love duet... except that the singers are Squeaky Fromme and John Hinckley, Jr., talking about how they will prove their love for (repsectively) (respectively) Charles Manson and Jodie Foster by shooting the president), and "The Ballad of Czolgosz" (an upbeat, patriotic-sounding turn-of-the-century style song about how you can "move to the head of the line" in the US -- as Leon Czolgosz is waiting in a line of people to shake [=McKinley=]'s hand, ending with Czolgosz shooting him).



** Another example from Les Mis: There's this one song that has a beautiful, soaring melody and heavenly-sounding accompaniament. The song is "Stars" and Javert sings it. The lyrics are ... KnightTemplar-y, for lack of a better word. Some of the lyrics: "[[KnightTemplar And so it must be, for so it is written, on the doorway to Paradise, that those who falter and those who fall must pay the price.]] [[SternChase Lord, let me find him (Jean Valjean), that I may see him safe behind bars. I will never rest, 'til then, this I swear, this I swear by the stars!]]"

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** Another example from Les Mis: There's this one song that has a beautiful, soaring melody and heavenly-sounding accompaniament.accompaniment. The song is "Stars" and Javert sings it. The lyrics are ... KnightTemplar-y, for lack of a better word. Some of the lyrics: "[[KnightTemplar And so it must be, for so it is written, on the doorway to Paradise, that those who falter and those who fall must pay the price.]] [[SternChase Lord, let me find him (Jean Valjean), that I may see him safe behind bars. I will never rest, 'til then, this I swear, this I swear by the stars!]]"



** ''Theatre/PrincessIda:'' [[http://diamond.boisestate.edu/gas/princess_ida/webop/pi_24.html "When Anger Spreads Its Wing"]] is about going off to war, but sounds kind of like it should be about Bertie Wooster and his smashing adventures.

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** ''Theatre/PrincessIda:'' [[http://diamond.boisestate.edu/gas/princess_ida/webop/pi_24.html "When Anger Spreads Its Wing"]] is about going off to war, war but sounds kind of like it should be about Bertie Wooster and his smashing adventures.



** ''Theatre/TheYeomenOfTheGuard:'' "How say you maiden, will you wed/A man about to lose his head?" is, as you should guess by now, one of the most upbeat, fun, cheery numbers. Meanwhile, "Oh, a private buffoon is a light-hearted loon", of course, turns out to be about how the jester's being torn apart and has to remain cheerful throughout it all. Later, "When a wooer goes a wooing"'s most heartbreaking line is "Oh the happy days of wooing" -- sung in emotionless monotone by the person that the plot has set out to break, taking everything from him. Oh, and it ends on a grand, energetic chorus [[spoiler:while that person dies]].
** ''Theatre/UtopiaLimited'': "First You're Born" is about how a character's life is one big joke played on him by the universe. It's done as a comic number. "A tenor, all singers above" is a classic tenor ballad -- about how the tenor can't sing, complete with intentionally flubbed high notes. Oh, and "It's understood, I think all round" and "In every mental lore" are both cheery songs with lines about about grisly deaths (by duelling and being blown up by dynamite, respectively), but do I really need to mention that at this point?

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** ''Theatre/TheYeomenOfTheGuard:'' "How say you maiden, will you wed/A man about to lose his head?" is, as you should guess by now, one of the most upbeat, fun, cheery numbers. Meanwhile, "Oh, a private buffoon is a light-hearted loon", of course, turns out to be about how the jester's being torn apart and has to remain cheerful throughout it all. Later, "When a wooer goes a wooing"'s a-wooing"'s most heartbreaking line is "Oh the happy days of wooing" -- sung in emotionless monotone by the person that the plot has set out to break, taking everything from him. Oh, and it ends on a grand, energetic chorus [[spoiler:while that person dies]].
** ''Theatre/UtopiaLimited'': "First You're Born" is about how a character's life is one big joke played on him by the universe. It's done as a comic number. "A tenor, all singers above" is a classic tenor ballad -- about how the tenor can't sing, complete with intentionally flubbed high notes. Oh, and "It's understood, I think all round" and "In every mental lore" are both cheery songs with lines about about grisly deaths (by duelling and being blown up by dynamite, respectively), but do I really need to mention that at this point?



--> '''Little Sally''':What kind of musical is this? The good guys finally take over, and then everything starts falling apart?
--> '''Officer Lockstock''': Like I said Little Sally, this isn't a happy musical.

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--> '''Little Sally''':What Sally''': What kind of musical is this? The good guys finally take over, and then everything starts falling apart?
--> '''Officer Lockstock''': Like I said said, Little Sally, this isn't a happy musical.



* "I Want More" from ''LestatTheMusical'', Claudia's first song. Quite possibly the most cheerful song in the show, all about drinking people's blood..

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* "I Want More" from ''LestatTheMusical'', Claudia's first song. Quite possibly the most cheerful song in the show, all about drinking people's blood..blood...



** ''Thank Goodness'', initially sounds like a happy tune about Galinda's dreams coming true, until you realize that she is singing about how her life is now empty because she has lost her only friend and has nothing left to aspire to.
* ''Theatre/{{Rigoletto}}'': ''La dona e mobile'' has one of the most upbeat tunes in opera, and as such gets used in a number of advertisements. The title means "The women are fickle", and the song is sung by the opera's BigBad; it's about how all women want him, but change their minds when ''he's'' ready for them, so his taking them by force is ''completely'' fine!

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** ''Thank Goodness'', initially sounds like a happy tune about Galinda's dreams coming true, true until you realize that she is singing about how her life is now empty because she has lost her only friend and has nothing left to aspire to.
* ''Theatre/{{Rigoletto}}'': ''La dona e mobile'' has one of the most upbeat tunes in opera, opera and as such gets used in a number of advertisements. The title means "The women are fickle", and the song is sung by the opera's BigBad; it's about how all women want him, but change their minds when ''he's'' ready for them, so his taking them by force is ''completely'' fine!



* The song "Rose Tint My World" from ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' is an upbeat song sung by Columbia, Rocky, Brad, and Janet about how they've all become corrupted by Frank N. Furter, while Brad begs for his mom to come save him. The song even lampshades this with "Rose tint my world! Keep me safe from my trouble and pain!".

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* The song "Rose Tint My World" from ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' is an upbeat song sung by Columbia, Rocky, Brad, and Janet about how they've all become corrupted by Frank N. Furter, while Brad begs for his mom to come and save him. The song even lampshades this with "Rose tint my world! Keep me safe from my trouble and pain!".



* "Auto-da-fé" from Music/LeonardBernstein's adaptation of ''Literature/{{Candide}}'' is a jolly song about watching a public execution, with a lengthy middle sections about [=STDs=].

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* "Auto-da-fé" from Music/LeonardBernstein's adaptation of ''Literature/{{Candide}}'' is a jolly song about watching a public execution, with a lengthy middle sections about [=STDs=].



** A subtle example happens with "Soft Rains of April", a melancholic song about a lonely English man calling home [[GreyRainOfDepression in a rainy day]]. [[spoiler: The last verses of the song reveal that he's a prision inmate, and it's implied that his family has all but disowned him.]]

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** A subtle example happens with "Soft Rains of April", a melancholic song about a lonely English man calling home [[GreyRainOfDepression in a rainy day]]. [[spoiler: The last verses of the song reveal that he's a prision prison inmate, and it's implied that his family has all but disowned him.]]



* "People Who Died" by the Jim Carroll Band--a song about people dying too young and in horrible ways, set to music that Chuck Berry could have written.

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* "People Who Died" by the Jim Carroll Band--a Band -- a song about people dying too young and in horrible ways, set to music that Chuck Berry could have written.



* Intaferon's "Steamhammer Sam" is an upbeat honkytonk/rock fusion song about the plight of the many blue collar workers in Britain left unemployed in the '80s by Margaret Thatcher's economic policies. "Steamhammer Sam sits in the park all day and he gets drunk, watching the children play, he's very sad, no happy ending 'cause he went mad..."

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* Intaferon's "Steamhammer Sam" is an upbeat honkytonk/rock fusion song about the plight of the many blue collar blue-collar workers in Britain left unemployed in the '80s by Margaret Thatcher's economic policies. "Steamhammer Sam sits in the park all day and he gets drunk, watching the children play, he's very sad, no happy ending 'cause he went mad..."



* Music/TearsForFears' "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" has a relaxed, radio-friendly sound. What the lyrics are actually about however, well, [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar read the title.]]

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* Music/TearsForFears' "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" has a relaxed, radio-friendly sound. What the lyrics are actually about about, however, well, [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar read the title.]]



* Corey Hart's ''"Sunglasses At Night"'' is an energetic new wave song... about life within a PoliceState. The dissonance would have been greater were it not for ExecutiveMeddling giving it a romantic subtext.
* Falco's "Jeannie" ''seems'' to be about a DoggedNiceGuy who desperately wants a girl named Jeannie to notice him. The song is actually about a SerialKiller and Jeannie is ''his next victim''. Not helped by how the song is in German save for the chorus, and people only pay attention to the English chorus... totally missing the last spoken part that offer details about Jeannie and other girls being missing...

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* Corey Hart's ''"Sunglasses At Night"'' is an energetic new wave song... about life within a PoliceState. The dissonance would have been greater were had it not been for ExecutiveMeddling giving it a romantic subtext.
* Falco's "Jeannie" ''seems'' to be about a DoggedNiceGuy who desperately wants a girl named Jeannie to notice him. The song is actually about a SerialKiller and Jeannie is ''his next victim''. Not helped by how the song is in German save for the chorus, and people only pay attention to the English chorus... totally missing the last spoken part that offer offers details about Jeannie and other girls being missing...



* Julio Jaramillo is an Ecuadorian "pasillo" performer who has a wonderful song called "Bodas Negras". It doesn't start happy, but as the music advances it gets more cheerful. It's a wonderful love song to dance to...Except when you realize it talks about a guy that pulls out his ex-lover's skeleton out of the grave and dances, kisses it and finally marries it.

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* Julio Jaramillo is an Ecuadorian "pasillo" performer who has a wonderful song called "Bodas Negras". It doesn't start happy, but as the music advances advances, it gets more cheerful. It's a wonderful love song to dance to...Except when you realize it talks about a guy that pulls out his ex-lover's skeleton out of the grave and dances, kisses it and finally marries it.



* "Worlock" by Skinny Puppy. The song is one of Skinny Puppy's most accessible songs and is essentially a pop song with heavy drums. The strings in the chorus are particularly beautiful. But the lyrics are the usual insane-demented-weird-incomprehensibility that Skinny Puppy revel in .

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* "Worlock" by Skinny Puppy. The song is one of Skinny Puppy's most accessible songs and is essentially a pop song with heavy drums. The strings in the chorus are particularly beautiful. But the lyrics are the usual insane-demented-weird-incomprehensibility that Skinny Puppy revel in .revels in.



* Chumbawamba embodies this trope, with cheery pop-synth beats, and female soprano vocals...that are rather depressing (and ofteneither critiquing society or politics). For example, their song Smalltown, an airy, breezy number containing these lyrics:

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* Chumbawamba embodies this trope, with cheery pop-synth beats, and female soprano vocals...that are rather depressing (and ofteneither often either critiquing society or politics). For example, their song Smalltown, an airy, breezy number containing these lyrics:



* "Final Day" by UK postpunk band Young Marble Giants has a bright, catchy tune and is sung in an endearingly sweet schoolgirl-ish manner, but the lyric concerns a nuclear holocaust. Cast in this setting, lines like "''There is so much noise, there is too much heat/And the living floor throws you off your feet''" carry an eerily poignant resonance no similarly-themed heavy metal song could match.

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* "Final Day" by UK postpunk post-punk band Young Marble Giants has a bright, catchy tune and is sung in an endearingly sweet schoolgirl-ish manner, but the lyric concerns a nuclear holocaust. Cast in this setting, lines like "''There is so much noise, there is too much heat/And the living floor throws you off your feet''" carry an eerily poignant resonance no similarly-themed heavy metal song could match.



** "Outdoor Miner" is sweet, chiming, harmony-laden pop tune about a kind of inchworm that eats chlorophyll. [[WordSaladLyrics Or so they say]].

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** "Outdoor Miner" is a sweet, chiming, chiming harmony-laden pop tune about a kind of inchworm that eats chlorophyll. [[WordSaladLyrics Or so they say]].



* The song "A Thousand Smiles" by Ellegarden sounds up-beat and cheery and starts out sounding like a light hearted boy-meets-girl love song but after the first chorus it goes on to tell how the boy MURDERED the girl, all while it keeps it cheery sound.

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* The song "A Thousand Smiles" by Ellegarden sounds up-beat upbeat and cheery and starts out sounding like a light hearted light-hearted boy-meets-girl love song but after the first chorus it goes on to tell how the boy MURDERED the girl, all while it keeps it cheery sound.



* "Pour Decisions" by Scottish-Canadian celtic punk outfit [=The Real McKenzies=] is a jolly dinkalong about a guy who's pissed his life away as a drunken punk rocker, looking back on the opportunities he's missed.
* "Jet Boy Jet Girl" by Elton Motello is a celebratory-sounding catchy pop-punk song with saxophone and rockabilly-influenced guitar leads. It also happens to be about about a 15 year old boy in a sexual relationship with an older man, and the homicidal thoughts he starts having when he sees said older partner with a woman on his arm:

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* "Pour Decisions" by Scottish-Canadian celtic Celtic punk outfit [=The Real McKenzies=] is a jolly dinkalong about a guy who's pissed his life away as a drunken punk rocker, looking back on the opportunities he's missed.
* "Jet Boy Jet Girl" by Elton Motello is a celebratory-sounding catchy pop-punk song with saxophone and rockabilly-influenced guitar leads. It also happens to be about about a 15 year old 15-year-old boy in a sexual relationship with an older man, and the homicidal thoughts he starts having when he sees said older partner with a woman on his arm:



* Pretty much everything ever written by Alkaline Trio who have monopolised the lyrically dissonant dark pop punk genre. And written some damn good lyrics while they're at it.

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* Pretty much everything ever written by Alkaline Trio who have monopolised the lyrically dissonant dark pop punk pop-punk genre. And written some damn good lyrics while they're at it.



* "California Babylon" is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. It's essentially a song about the hell that is L.A., and how it's the modern Babylon, and its to the tune to a piano and guitar on the same chords, giving it a very vaudeville type of sound, similar to Killer Queen.

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* "California Babylon" is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. It's essentially a song about the hell that is L.A., and how it's the modern Babylon, and its it's to the tune to a piano and guitar on the same chords, giving it a very vaudeville type of sound, similar to Killer Queen.



** Let's not forget "Why Don't You Get A Job", with its Caribbean melody (reminiscent of "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da") and lyrics that basically say, to the narrators' significant others (one male, one female), "You're a worthless fucking leech, but they won't tell you, so I will: fuck off and get a job!". Or "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)", laughing at [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy wiggers]] over a good punk/alt-rock riff. Or "Special Delivery": catchy riff, lyrics about stalker with voices in his head. Or "Walla Walla", another fast tune about how ''you'', the subject of the song, are going to prison ''and it's a good thing because you're an idiot reprobate''.

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** Let's not forget "Why Don't You Get A Job", with its Caribbean melody (reminiscent of "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da") and lyrics that basically say, to the narrators' significant others (one male, one female), "You're a worthless fucking leech, but they won't tell you, so I will: fuck off and get a job!". Or "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)", laughing at [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy wiggers]] over a good punk/alt-rock riff. Or "Special Delivery": catchy riff, lyrics about a stalker with voices in his head. Or "Walla Walla", another fast tune about how ''you'', the subject of the song, are going to prison ''and it's a good thing because you're an idiot reprobate''.



* The French punk song "Manu Chao" by Les Wampas sounds like a happy, upbeat, Ramones-like punk song. Then you look up a translation of the lyrics, and find it's a song lamenting that the members aren't rich, especially compared to certain other French "punk" artists.

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* The French punk song "Manu Chao" by Les Wampas sounds like a happy, upbeat, Ramones-like punk song. Then you look up a translation of the lyrics, lyrics and find it's a song lamenting that the members aren't rich, especially compared to certain other French "punk" artists.



* "Jimmy Jimmy" by The Undertones is pretty ambiguous lyrically, but seems to be about child abuse. Regardless, it's pretty peppy sounding for a song that concludes with the following:

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* "Jimmy Jimmy" by The Undertones is pretty ambiguous lyrically, lyrically but seems to be about child abuse. Regardless, it's pretty peppy sounding for a song that concludes with the following:



* There's a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81MdjO8KvDs Punk Rock]] remix of the [[WesternAnimation/TheMickeyMouseClub Mickey Mouse Club March]]. The same lyrics that praises Mickey as the leader of the Mickey Mouse Club is now accompanied by a (mostly) angry-sounding melody.

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* There's a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81MdjO8KvDs Punk Rock]] remix of the [[WesternAnimation/TheMickeyMouseClub Mickey Mouse Club March]]. The same lyrics that praises praise Mickey as the leader of the Mickey Mouse Club is now accompanied by a (mostly) angry-sounding melody.



* TheGaslightAnthem's signature track "The 59 Sound" is up tempo and pretty upbeat sounding, but is in fact a heartwrenching lament about the last moments of a friend before death in a car accident.

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* TheGaslightAnthem's signature track "The 59 Sound" is up tempo uptempo and pretty upbeat sounding, but is is, in fact fact, a heartwrenching lament about the last moments of a friend before death in a car accident.



* Janet Jackson's "Together Again" is a cheery, upbeat song... about her friend who died of AIDS. The song was originally intended to be a ballad, but was changed to a dance song in order to celebrate that friend's life instead of death.
* The Pointer Sisters' "Neutron Dance" is a happy, bouncy 80's number about trying to keep yourself together while things around you are falling apart. And I quote: "I don't want to take it anymore / I'll just stay here locked behind the door / Just no time to stop and get away / 'Cause I work so hard to make it everyday". Yeah. And to further heighten the dissonance, this song was featured in a ''Minnie Mouse cartoon special''.

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* Janet Jackson's "Together Again" is a cheery, upbeat song... about her friend who died of AIDS. The song was originally intended to be a ballad, ballad but was changed to a dance song in order to celebrate that friend's life instead of death.
* The Pointer Sisters' "Neutron Dance" is a happy, bouncy 80's number about trying to keep yourself together while things around you are falling apart. And I quote: "I don't want to take it anymore / I'll just stay here locked behind the door / Just no time to stop and get away / 'Cause I work so hard to make it everyday".every day". Yeah. And to further heighten the dissonance, this song was featured in a ''Minnie Mouse cartoon special''.



* "I Put a Spell on You" by Screamin' Jay Hawkins, turned out this way by happy accident. It was originally penned and composed as an ordinary love ballad. However, one case of wine later, and Hawkins and his entire band decided to record the song while ''stone drunk''. The resulting cocophony of roaring, howling and snorting is somewhere on the line between Nightmare Fuel and Comedy Gold. The otherwise innocuous lyrics become something out of an insane stalker's mind, and then of course, there's the demonic laughter.

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* "I Put a Spell on You" by Screamin' Jay Hawkins, turned out this way by happy accident. It was originally penned and composed as an ordinary love ballad. However, one case of wine later, and Hawkins and his entire band decided to record the song while ''stone drunk''. The resulting cocophony cacophony of roaring, howling and snorting is somewhere on the line between Nightmare Fuel and Comedy Gold. The otherwise innocuous lyrics become something out of an insane stalker's mind, and then then, of course, there's the demonic laughter.



* A substantially large portion of the aforementioned Jamaican music of the 60's and 70's defines this trope by singing about injustice, poverty, racism, etc. accompanied by the upbeat, singable melodies of reggae and ska. A slight inversion of this trope is that sometimes the lyrics would seem tame, even if the actual meaning was something more sinister. For example, one of Music/BobMarley's earliest hits with The Wailers was called "Simmer Down", which despite sounding like he's talking to misbehaving children is actually a plea for gangs to stop killing each other. The word "rudeboy" is extremely common in ska and reggae music, which sounds like it refers to a childish prankster but actually refers to the extremely dangerous gangsters and hoods of Jamaica.

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* A substantially large portion of the aforementioned Jamaican music of the 60's '60s and 70's '70s defines this trope by singing about injustice, poverty, racism, etc. accompanied by the upbeat, singable melodies of reggae and ska. A slight inversion of this trope is that sometimes the lyrics would seem tame, even if the actual meaning was something more sinister. For example, one of Music/BobMarley's earliest hits with The Wailers was called "Simmer Down", which despite sounding like he's talking to misbehaving children is actually a plea for gangs to stop killing each other. The word "rudeboy" is extremely common in ska and reggae music, which sounds like it refers to a childish prankster but actually refers to the extremely dangerous gangsters and hoods of Jamaica.



* Music/SergeGainsbourg, his reggae cover of La Marseillaise (The French national anthem) called "Aux Armes, etc" definitely counts. As if a reggae tune for the national anthem of an European country wasn't strange enough, anyone who's read the lyrics of the song know they are extremely violent and gory.

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* Music/SergeGainsbourg, his reggae cover of La Marseillaise (The French national anthem) called "Aux Armes, etc" definitely counts. As if a reggae tune for the national anthem of an a European country wasn't strange enough, anyone who's read the lyrics of the song know knows they are extremely violent and gory.



* The calypso song "Jean and Dinah" by Mighty Sparrow has a cheery calypso beat, however the song discusses how American military bases in Trinidad supported prostitution and how, after the military bases were closed down, the prostitutes became desperate.

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* The calypso song "Jean and Dinah" by Mighty Sparrow has a cheery calypso beat, however however, the song discusses how American military bases in Trinidad supported prostitution and how, after the military bases were closed down, the prostitutes became desperate.



* ''Riot Squad'', by New Zealand ska group The Newmatics, explored themes of PoliceBrutality, and was a favourite of protesters who opposed the [[PowderKegCrowd 1981 Springbok Tour]]. The [[http://www.nzonscreen.com/title/riot-squad-1981 very colourful music video]] with dance moves and fashions evoking Music/TheWiggles adds to the dissonance.

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* ''Riot Squad'', by New Zealand ska group The Newmatics, explored themes of PoliceBrutality, PoliceBrutality and was a favourite of protesters who opposed the [[PowderKegCrowd 1981 Springbok Tour]]. The [[http://www.nzonscreen.com/title/riot-squad-1981 very colourful music video]] with dance moves and fashions evoking Music/TheWiggles adds to the dissonance.



** "As The Footsteps Die Out Forever" ([[strike: also by Streetlight Manifesto]] by Catch 22 before their lead singer left and formed Streetlight Manifesto) is a upbeat and happy song about the singer's mother getting sick and dying.

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** "As The Footsteps Die Out Forever" ([[strike: also by Streetlight Manifesto]] by Catch 22 before their lead singer left and formed Streetlight Manifesto) is a an upbeat and happy song about the singer's mother getting sick and dying.



* "Spiderwebs" by Music/NoDoubt has a upbeat, catchy tune, but it's about a girl who keeps getting called by a guy so much that she has to screen her phone calls (sounds like a stalker to me).

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* "Spiderwebs" by Music/NoDoubt has a an upbeat, catchy tune, but it's about a girl who keeps getting called by a guy so much that she has to screen her phone calls (sounds like a stalker to me).



* Sublime's "Wrong Way" is about a teenage prostitute. Although it's pretty blatent what the song is about, the cheery beat contrasts with the dark lyrics.

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* Sublime's "Wrong Way" is about a teenage prostitute. Although it's pretty blatent blatant what the song is about, the cheery beat contrasts with the dark lyrics.



* "Little Brown Jug" by Joseph Winner, a drinking song whose lyrics are about a man and his wife experiencing a hard, alcoholic life. The tone and melody of the song however, are bright and cheerful.
* "Whatever You Say, Say Nothing" is usually [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vm51sR4tRY sung in an upbeat fashion]]. It is actually a scathing satire of...well...the specific target has changed over the years, but seems to generally be police state tactics and the use of [[TheMole informers]] in general.

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* "Little Brown Jug" by Joseph Winner, a drinking song whose lyrics are about a man and his wife experiencing a hard, alcoholic life. The tone and melody of the song song, however, are bright and cheerful.
* "Whatever You Say, Say Nothing" is usually [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vm51sR4tRY sung in an upbeat fashion]]. It is actually a scathing satire of...well...the specific target has changed over the years, years but seems to generally be police state tactics and the use of [[TheMole informers]] in general.



** There is a children's song from the Phillipines that describes the sighting, shooting and eating of a bird in both Tagalog and English.

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** There is a children's song from the Phillipines Philippines that describes the sighting, shooting and eating of a bird in both Tagalog and English.



* Then there's the happy French song that often produces spontaneous can canning. You know? The one about HELL and DAMNATION?

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* Then there's the happy French song that often produces spontaneous can canning.can-canning. You know? The one about HELL and DAMNATION?



* Depending on the singer, the Civil War era ballad, "Lorena" can be sung quite cheerfully and even in its slower forms just sounds like a sweet love ballad... until you realize that it's about a soldier who not only knows he's likely to die, but already gave up on the woman he loved when he left for war... 100 months ago.

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* Depending on the singer, the Civil War era ballad, "Lorena" can be sung quite cheerfully and even in its slower forms just sounds like a sweet love ballad... until you realize that it's about a soldier who not only knows he's likely to die, die but already gave up on the woman he loved when he left for war... 100 months ago.



* "Rock-a-bye baby," the famous nursery rhyme, also falls under this category. It's about a baby put in a tree top, where the child and cradle will fall down when the wind blows.
** In fact a lot of nursery rhymes are quite violent in nature once you pay attention to the lyrics.

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* "Rock-a-bye baby," the famous nursery rhyme, rhyme also falls under this category. It's about a baby put in a tree top, treetop, where the child and cradle will fall down when the wind blows.
** In fact fact, a lot of nursery rhymes are quite violent in nature once you pay attention to the lyrics.



** "Hush-a-bye"/"All the Pretty Little Horses" is especially sad and even gruesome, although the offending stanza isn't often sung anymore; apparently it was originally sung by a slave mother to her master's child, which she was forced to nurse while neglecting her own.

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** "Hush-a-bye"/"All the Pretty Little Horses" is especially sad and even gruesome, although the offending stanza isn't often sung anymore; apparently apparently, it was originally sung by a slave mother to her master's child, which she was forced to nurse while neglecting her own.



* The fan-made Christmas song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5NbD5bXyZI "Merry Christmas Gotham City"]] is sung from the Joker's point of view. Standard commercial Christmas beat... with the lyrics describing him planning a rampage as a city wide Christmas gift "decoration".

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* The fan-made Christmas song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5NbD5bXyZI "Merry Christmas Gotham City"]] is sung from the Joker's point of view. Standard commercial Christmas beat... with the lyrics describing him planning a rampage as a city wide city-wide Christmas gift "decoration".



* "Arthur [=McBride=]" is basically a big TakeThat and ScrewYou at military recruiters. The Enter the Haggis version is a fast paced, crowd sing-along number.

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* "Arthur [=McBride=]" is basically a big TakeThat and ScrewYou at military recruiters. The Enter the Haggis version is a fast paced, fast-paced, crowd sing-along number.



** Their singer Manu Chao later went as a solist, and maintained the disonance alive. In example, his song "Clandestino" ("Clandestine") from ''Proxima Estación: Esperanza'' has a reggae rhythm... and is about the misadventures and difficulties that immigrants face in Europe.

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** Their singer Manu Chao later went as a solist, soloist and maintained the disonance dissonance alive. In an example, his song "Clandestino" ("Clandestine") from ''Proxima Estación: Esperanza'' has a reggae rhythm... and is about the misadventures and difficulties that immigrants face in Europe.



* There's a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaB1So7rDzw anti-Meth PSA]] that invokes this. The jingle is catchy, not unlike something you'd see in older commercials for candy or soda. However the images and lyrics very much don't match the tone.

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* There's a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaB1So7rDzw anti-Meth PSA]] that invokes this. The jingle is catchy, not unlike something you'd see in older commercials for candy or soda. However However, the images and lyrics very much don't match the tone.



** "Good Old Days", a Music/JamesTaylor-esque folk ballad about childhood. However, this particular childhood involved torturing rats with hacksaws, burning down a corner store and brutally beating the shop owner, and taking a girl from highschool to a dance, and then shaving her bald and abandoning her tied to a chair in the desert.

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** "Good Old Days", a Music/JamesTaylor-esque folk ballad about childhood. However, this particular childhood involved torturing rats with hacksaws, burning down a corner store and brutally beating the shop owner, and taking a girl from highschool high school to a dance, and then shaving her bald and abandoning her tied to a chair in the desert.



* Boney M's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qV9xdMD_YA4 "Rivers of Babylon"]] sounds rather rhythmic and a bit cheerful at first listening. It's actually based on [[Literature/TheBible Psalms 137]], which is about the lamentatons of the Jewish people imprisoned in Babylon.

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* Boney M's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qV9xdMD_YA4 "Rivers of Babylon"]] sounds rather rhythmic and a bit cheerful at first listening. It's actually based on [[Literature/TheBible Psalms 137]], which is about the lamentatons lamentations of the Jewish people imprisoned in Babylon.


-->''I'm certainly not among the angels/''
-->''Yeah, I'm just a plain old rat/...''
-->''No matter who does what/''
-->''It's the rule to pretend you don't see/''
-->''This is the paradise where we enjoy that freedom/''
-->''WELCOME TO THE HEAVEN/...''
-->''This isn't a place for you to come to/''
-->''NEVER COME BACK AGAIN/''

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-->''I'm certainly not among the angels/''
-->''Yeah,
angels/''\\
''Yeah,
I'm just a plain old rat/...''
-->''No
''\\
''No
matter who does what/''
-->''It's
what/''\\
''It's
the rule to pretend you don't see/''
-->''This
see/''\\
''This
is the paradise where we enjoy that freedom/''
-->''WELCOME
freedom/''\\
''WELCOME
TO THE HEAVEN/...''
-->''This
''\\
''This
isn't a place for you to come to/''
-->''NEVER
to/''\\
''NEVER
COME BACK AGAIN/''AGAIN/''
* "Phone Lament" (携帯哀歌, ''Keitai Aika'') by Tokyo Pudding sounds like a grandiose ballad, but the lyrics are about the lament of a man who rarely hears his phone ring, gets cut off every time it rings, regrets buying it and even hates Edison for inventing it.


* Music/TearsForFears' "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" has a relaxed, radio-friendly sound. What the lyrics are actually about however, well, [[TakeOverTheWorld read the title.]]

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* Music/TearsForFears' "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" has a relaxed, radio-friendly sound. What the lyrics are actually about however, well, [[TakeOverTheWorld [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar read the title.]]]]
--->There's a room where the light won't find you\\
Holding hands while the walls come tumbling down


** Mozart is also responsible for a quite beautiful, six part canon entitled "Lick Me in the Arse."


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* Mozart is also responsible for a quite beautiful, six part canon entitled "Lick Me in the Arse."


* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pqcfew2JCes This]] Music/{{Vocaloid}} Kaito song sounds sweet and happy, assuming you ignore the title; even the look on Kaito's face is joyous! Then read the lyrics. Despite that, it's becoming a fan favorite for being so hilarious.
** In fact, a lot of the producers in the Music/{{Vocaloid}} fandom are specialized in this type of songs. Happy techo-dance breakup songs, bubblegum-pop CuteAndPsycho songs, peppy songs about death and destruction, you name it.
** Take Len Kagamine's "The Riddler Who Can't Solve Anything", set to a fast, upbeat tune about murder and the potential idea that [[spoiler: Len]] is the killer.
*** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4ydivnfcno "Hetarenaide yo!"]] Listen to the first 1:50 or so, without looking at the lyrics. Sounds like a cute and innocent song, right? Now, listen to it from start to end while looking at the subtitles. [[spoiler:And then comes the SoundEffectBleep...]]
** There are countless examples, especially with Miku's songs. Take [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jn2OVrck9jA&feature=related "Cactus and Mirage"]], a cute, upbeat-sounding song about a nurse that eventually falls in love with her infatuated, dying patient when it's already too late. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZM_rzQx4p5Q "Saihate"]], another upbeat song that acts as a farewell message to a lover who has died. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1WhfIHOYxU "(It's not) World's End"]] is, once again, an upbeat song sung during the singer's last 5 minutes of life, requesting her love only recall her for five minutes on the day every year. Hatsune Miku's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6s2Pk_AySTU "Left Behind City"]] song is about a girl who feels left behind in the world.
** The Song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ox5-fEH4Ww "Meltdown"]] of the Vocaloid Rin Kagamine is a happy upbeat song about a nuclear [[GoingCritical accident]] and a suicide attempt.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fY60xu-Bm00 "Ren'ai Shikkan"]] (Love Disease) starts off as a cheerful jazz song about Luka going out with some guy. Things seem to be going well. [[spoiler:The song [[MoodWhiplash takes a turn]] when it's revealed that the guy doesn't know her, and she's actually been stalking him. Then Luka catches him going out with someone else. Things get...[[{{Yandere}} nasty]], to put it nicely. And this is without the song or her voice changing to reflect this.]]
** The Music/{{Mothy}} song "Red Shoe Parade" is a cheerful, upbeat melody about a group of four red-shod traveling bandits who steal from, rape, and kill people who they deem to be "bad thieves", all in the name of "grand justice".
*** Mothy also presents us with "Wendy", a peppy song wherein even most of the lyrics are cheerful, with references to Peter Pan and flying. Then comes the end of the song, which reveals the story to actually be about a girl who commits suicide by jumping out a window, and the whole song suddenly becomes several minutes of [[FridgeHorror fridge horror]].


** "Map Ref. 41ºN 93ºW", generally agreed (amongst fans) to be Wire's CrowningMusicOfAwesome, is about cartography. Subtly subverted, though...

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** "Map Ref. 41ºN 93ºW", generally agreed (amongst fans) to be Wire's CrowningMusicOfAwesome, SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic, is about cartography. Subtly subverted, though...


** "Doctor Who Girl" is a sweet-sounding love song from the viewpoint of a misogynist who longs for a subservient woman to feed his ego, like the stereotypical ''Series/DoctorWho'' companion.

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** "Doctor Who Girl" is a sweet-sounding love song from the viewpoint of a misogynist {{misogyn|ySong}}ist who longs for a subservient woman to feed his ego, like the stereotypical ''Series/DoctorWho'' companion.

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* "The Tennessee Waltz" is one of four official states song of Tennessee, set in the generally upbeat key of G-major. However, the entire song is about a man (or woman, depending on who is singing) losing his girlfriend during the eponymous waltz. The full lyrics are not usually sung, but this particular line is the most heartbreaking and hopeless-sounding:

--> Now I wonder how a dance like the Tennessee Waltz
--> Could have broken my heart so complete
--> Well I couldn't blame my darlin', and who could help fallin'
--> In love with my darlin' so sweet


** "1963", the B-side to "True Faith", was once described as the only song about domestic violence you could dance to. And for good reason-- despite it's catchy (if comparatively sparse) instrumentals and melody, the lyrics are written from the perspective of a woman whose husband murders her to elope with another woman with whom he'd been having an affair.

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** "1963", the B-side to "True Faith", was once described by producer Stephen Hague as the only song about domestic violence you could dance to. And for good reason-- despite it's catchy (if comparatively sparse) instrumentals and melody, the lyrics are written from the perspective of a woman whose husband murders her to elope with another woman with whom he'd been having an affair.


* On a related note, there's Music/EbenBrooks's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxScTbIUvoA Hey There Cthulhu]]", a {{filk}} of "Hey There Delilah" by the Music/PlainWhiteTs. "Hakuna Matata" from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' has likewise been filked as "Cthulhu Fhtagn", and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_Velard Julian Velard]] fit Creator/HPLovecraft's own poem "[[http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/poetry/p121.aspx Nemesis]]" to the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKKTqB_Lzv0&feature=youtu.be tune]] of "Piano Man" by Music/BillyJoel.

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* On a related note, there's Music/EbenBrooks's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxScTbIUvoA Hey There Cthulhu]]", a {{filk}} of "Hey There Delilah" by the Music/PlainWhiteTs. "Hakuna Matata" from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' has likewise been filked as "Cthulhu Fhtagn", and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_Velard Julian Velard]] fit Creator/HPLovecraft's own poem "[[http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/poetry/p121.aspx Nemesis]]" to the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKKTqB_Lzv0&feature=youtu.be tune]] of "Piano Man" by Music/BillyJoel.Fhtagn".

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* Speaking of Creator/{{Disney}} cartoons, there's also a UsefulNotes/JosefStalin-related [[https://youtu.be/qvX8WLJ-fHo parody]] of "Gaston" from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' (which was technically a VillainSong to begin with, but a lighthearted and cheerful one).

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