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* Half the comments on the YouTube video for [[Series/AmericanIdol Clay Aiken's]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbhOVKhwO_4&ab_channel=ClayAikenVEVO "Invisible"]] are the concession that while the lyrics are basically about [[StalkerWithACrush stalking]], it's really, really catchy.

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* Half the comments on the YouTube Youtube video for [[Series/AmericanIdol Clay Aiken's]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbhOVKhwO_4&ab_channel=ClayAikenVEVO "Invisible"]] are the concession that while the lyrics are basically about [[StalkerWithACrush stalking]], it's really, really catchy.


* Half the comments on [[Series/AmericanIdol Clay Aiken's]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbhOVKhwO_4&ab_channel=ClayAikenVEVO "Invisible"]] are the concession that while the lyrics are basically about [[StalkerWithACrush stalking]], it's really, really catchy.

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* Half the comments on the YouTube video for [[Series/AmericanIdol Clay Aiken's]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbhOVKhwO_4&ab_channel=ClayAikenVEVO "Invisible"]] are the concession that while the lyrics are basically about [[StalkerWithACrush stalking]], it's really, really catchy.

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* Half the comments on [[Series/AmericanIdol Clay Aiken's]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbhOVKhwO_4&ab_channel=ClayAikenVEVO "Invisible"]] are the concession that while the lyrics are basically about [[StalkerWithACrush stalking]], it's really, really catchy.

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** Even the refrain of “Coming home...” isn’t referring to the fact that England team are going to bring the trophy home by winning it, but instead to the fact a major international tournament was being held in the country instead. Something that most football (soccer) fans, and the organisers of the 2018 World Cup (the snippet was blasted out every time England scored a goal), didn’t seem to get....

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* Buck Fizz’s upbeat, saccharine sung, but as catchy as hell song “Land Of Make Believe,” from 1982, is, according to the song’s writer Pete Sinfield, meant to be a vicious take that against then British Prime Minster Margaret Thatcher, and her policies.


* "Macarena" by Los del Río is a very groovy and happy dance-pop song that managed to be a DanceSensation, and it's about a woman who cheats on her boyfriend while he's being drafted to the army. Why.

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* "Macarena" by Los del Río is a very groovy and happy dance-pop song that managed to be a DanceSensation, and it's about a woman who cheats on her boyfriend while he's being drafted to the army. Why.

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* Boney M may be the definition of upbeat music... but one of their hits is a biblical lament from [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babylonian_captivity the Babylonian captivity]] where the lyrics taken from the original Psalm straight up say "we wept". (Rivers of Babylon)

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** "I Hate Society" is also a great example. It's reminiscent of Music/OneDirection's hit "What Makes You Beautiful," but the lyrics are about deteriorating mental health and, well, ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.


** "Love Yourself" sounds like a nice, soft love song at first, but then you listen to the lyrics: it's a man giving a ReasonYouSuckSpeech to his abusive ex-girlfriend. Bonus FridgeBrilliance and GettingCrapPastTheRadar with the title and chorus; just think, what's a different way of saying "love yourself"?

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** "Love Yourself" sounds like a nice, soft love song at first, but then you listen to the lyrics: it's a man giving a ReasonYouSuckSpeech to his abusive ex-girlfriend. Bonus FridgeBrilliance and GettingCrapPastTheRadar with the title and chorus; just think, what's a different way of saying "love yourself"?


* The ever-popular "Dragostea Din Tei" by Romanian boy band O-Zone (better known as [[MemeticMutation the Numa Numa song and accompanying dance]]) is quite upbeat, happy, and danceable. However, the lyrics to the famous chorus basically translate to "You want to leave but you don't want to take, don't want to take me, don't want to take, don't want to take me, don't want to take, don't want to take, don't want to take me." The song is really all about his ex-girlfriend who won't take him back. Its "sequel", "Despre Tine", is of a similar vein, being happy and upbeat and yet complaining of how she won't answer his text messages.

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* The ever-popular "Dragostea Din Tei" by Romanian boy band O-Zone Music/OZone (better known as [[MemeticMutation the Numa Numa song and accompanying dance]]) is quite upbeat, happy, and danceable. However, the lyrics to the famous chorus basically translate to "You want to leave but you don't want to take, don't want to take me, don't want to take, don't want to take me, don't want to take, don't want to take, don't want to take me." The song is really all about his ex-girlfriend who won't take him back. Its "sequel", "Despre Tine", is of a similar vein, being happy and upbeat and yet complaining of how she won't answer his text messages.

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** "Being Boring" sounds like it's recalling the singer and his lover's younger days, invoking a famous line about Gertrude Stein, referenced in the first verse[[note]]"She was never bored, because she was never boring"[[/note]] And it is ... but the third verse darkens things by recalling how many of their friends from those times have died from AIDS[[note]]"''Some are here and some are missing / In the 1990s''"[[/note]]

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* Similarly, the Outfield's big hit, "Your Love" is sung from the viewpoint of a guy cheating on his girlfriend while she's "on vacation and she's far away".
* Bryan Adams' "Run to You" sounds, from its chorus, like just another song about a lover one can't spend enough time with, but the verses make it clear it's about the singer's mistress, whom he's trying to keep a secret from his girlfriend.

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* "Woman in the Wall" by the Beautiful South, whom the Housemartins evolved into. It sounds from the chorus like an anthem of empowerment ... but when you listen to the verses, you realize the title woman is in the wall with "no voice at all" because ''her husband murdered her and hid the body there''.

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** When it was released in the US, most people heard only the chorus ("''We're gonna rock down to Electric Avenue / And then we're gonna take it higher''") and concluded it was a party anthem.


*** In fact 'The Day Before You Came' can be interpreted as something much darker if you consider that the person could well have ruined her life rather than improved it. Nothing in the song explicitly mentions love, and the way she says 'i must have' indicates she might have blanked out the events of that day completely due to the trauma.

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*** In fact 'The Day Before You Came' can be interpreted as something much darker if you consider that the person could well have ruined her life rather than improved it. Nothing in the song explicitly mentions love, and the way she says 'i must have' indicates she might have blanked out the events of that day completely due to the trauma.[[note]]The Blancmange version actually sounds more like the upbeat interpretation was meant.[[/note]]

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