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* AscendedFanboy: The encore for their "MTV Album Covers" performance of [[Music/{{REM}} "Automatic For The People"]] featured Music/{{REM}}'s own Michael Stipe singing on two DC songs.


* BlessedWithSuck: The woman in "Belle of the Boulevard" has HelloNurse [[SoBeautifulItsACurse deconstructed instead]], where it's implied that her beauty and seemingly perfect life is masking the unhappy life she has, and ends up engaging in shady things such as alcohol and is seen as "easy" by men.

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* BlessedWithSuck: The woman in "Belle of the Boulevard" has HelloNurse HeadTurningBeauty [[SoBeautifulItsACurse deconstructed instead]], where it's implied that her beauty and seemingly perfect life is masking the unhappy life she has, and ends up engaging in shady things such as alcohol and is seen as "easy" by men.


** The band's name itself is derived from a lyric in "The Sharp Hint of New Tears": "On the way home, this car hears my confessions."



* AudienceParticipationSong - Frankly, the only reason for attending a Dashboard show is to sing the songs back to them. This happens enough that Chris Carrabba will regularly schedule an "acoustic" tour in which he just shows up on a stage with his guitar and lets the audience sing for him.

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* AudienceParticipationSong - AudienceParticipationSong: Frankly, the only reason for attending a Dashboard show is to sing the songs back to them. This happens enough that Chris Carrabba will regularly schedule an "acoustic" tour in which he just shows up on a stage with his guitar and lets the audience sing for him.



* BlessedWithSuck: The woman in ''Belle of the Boulevard'' has HelloNurse [[SoBeautifulItsACurse deconstructed instead]], where it's implied that her beauty and seemingly perfect life is masking the unhappy life she has, and ends up engaging in shady things such as alcohol and is seen as "easy" by men.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Possibly in ''The Secret's In The Telling.'' Lyrics like 'we keep this secret in our blood' would, at least, seem to imply this trope.
* DreamingOfAWhiteChristmas: The music video for the Dashboard Confessional song ''Stolen'' shows it snowing at the Hotel Del Coronado in... Coronado, CA. It NEVER snows in Coronado. Ever.
* GoldDigger: ''Where There's Gold...'' is all about this trope.
* LoveNostalgiaSong: ''Hands Down''

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* BlessedWithSuck: The woman in ''Belle "Belle of the Boulevard'' Boulevard" has HelloNurse [[SoBeautifulItsACurse deconstructed instead]], where it's implied that her beauty and seemingly perfect life is masking the unhappy life she has, and ends up engaging in shady things such as alcohol and is seen as "easy" by men.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Possibly in ''The "The Secret's In The Telling.'' " Lyrics like 'we keep this secret in our blood' would, at least, seem to imply this trope.
* ConceptAlbum: The ''So Impossible EP'' is this. The protagonist pines for a girl in "For You To Notice"; the girl invites him to a party with her in "So Impossible"; he prepares for the party in "Remember to Breathe"; and "Hands Down" recounts the happy conclusion of the date.
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DreamingOfAWhiteChristmas: The music video for the Dashboard Confessional song ''Stolen'' "Stolen" shows it snowing at the Hotel Del Coronado in... Coronado, CA. It NEVER snows in Coronado. Ever.
* GoldDigger: ''Where "Where There's Gold...'' " is all about this trope.
* LoveNostalgiaSong: ''Hands Down''"Hands Down"



* ShoutOut: In ''Matters Of Blood and Connection'':

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* ShoutOut: In ''Matters "Matters Of Blood and Connection'':Connection":



* StepfordSmiler: ''The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most'' is about a Type A.

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* StepfordSmiler: ''The "The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most'' Most" is about a Type A.



* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Asked to the person mentioned in ''Matters Of Blood and Connections'', who uses a fake accent and outfit to try and pass herself as a street kid, despite her obvious wealth and status:

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* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Asked to the person mentioned in ''Matters "Matters Of Blood and Connections'', Connections", who uses a fake accent and outfit to try and pass herself as a street kid, despite her obvious wealth and status:


* ''The Swiss Army Romance'', 2000
* ''The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most'', 2001
* ''A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar'', 2003
* ''Dusk and Summer'', 2006
* ''The Shade of Poison Trees'', 2007
* ''Alter the Ending'', 2009

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* ''The Swiss Army Romance'', 2000
Romance'' (2000)
* ''The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most'', 2001
Most'' (2001)
* ''A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar'', 2003
Scar'' (2003)
* ''Dusk and Summer'', 2006
Summer'' (2006)
* ''The Shade of Poison Trees'', 2007
Trees'' (2007)
* ''Alter the Ending'', 2009
Ending'' (2009)
* ''Crooked Shadows'' (2018)

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* NewSoundAlbum: The first two albums were primarily acoustic with some electric backing. ''A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar'' and ''Alter The Ending'' dip into full on alternative rock, with ''Dusk and Summer'' and ''The Shade of Poison Trees'' retain the acoustic/electric mix.


-->'''Chris:''' Draw well from the funds in the trust, thanks to the fathers of [[CreedenceClearwaterRevival fortunate sons]].

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-->'''Chris:''' Draw well from the funds in the trust, thanks to the fathers of [[CreedenceClearwaterRevival [[Music/CreedenceClearwaterRevival fortunate sons]].


* ClicheStorm: "Standard Lines." Subverted, in that it's a song ''about'' cliches.


*AscendedFanboy: The encore for their "MTV Album Covers" performance of [[Music/{{REM}} "Automatic For The People"]] featured Music/{{REM}}'s own Michael Stipe singing on two DC songs.



* DreamTeam: The encore for their "MTV Album Covers" performance of [[Music/{{REM}} "Automatic For The People"]] featured Music/{{REM}}'s own Michael Stipe singing on two DC songs.

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* ClicheStorm: "Standard Lines." Subverted, in that it's a song ''about'' cliches.


* DreamTeam: The encore for their "MTV Album Covers" performance of [[Music/REM "Automatic For The People"]] featured Music/REM's own Michael Stipe singing on two DC songs.

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* DreamTeam: The encore for their "MTV Album Covers" performance of [[Music/REM [[Music/{{REM}} "Automatic For The People"]] featured Music/REM's Music/{{REM}}'s own Michael Stipe singing on two DC songs.


* BrotherSisterIncest: Possibly in ''The Secret's In The Telling.'' Lyrics like 'we keep this secret in our blood' would, at least, seem to imply this trope.

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* BrotherSisterIncest: Possibly in ''The Secret's In The Telling.'' Lyrics like 'we keep this secret in our blood' would, at least, seem to imply this trope. trope.
* DreamTeam: The encore for their "MTV Album Covers" performance of [[Music/REM "Automatic For The People"]] featured Music/REM's own Michael Stipe singing on two DC songs.

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* PerishingAltRockVoice: Chris can sure hit some notes there.

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