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  • The radio-play censors appear to have succumbed to this, in airplay versions of Aerosmith's "Janie's Got A Gun": in a song about Parental Incest, the one line they feel obliged to alter is "put a bullet in his brain". Right, that's the one thing about the song that makes its subject matter mature...
  • The Beatles did this deliberately in many of their interviews.
    Press: Does it bother you that you can't hear what you sing during concerts?
    John Lennon: No, we don't mind. We've got the records at home.
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  • In "Uneasy Rider" by the Charlie Daniels Band, the singer accuses another man of everything from being an undercover FBI agent to having a Commie flag tacked up on the wall of his garage. The man's rebuttal to this last charge is to deny that he has a garage.
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    • The album ¡Alarma! has a short story in the liner notes. In one scene, a woman sees a starving child and goes to help. She hands the kid a piece of paper that says "I love you," then walks away.
    • "Autographs for the Sick" (from Doppelgänger) is about a huge, televangelist-hosted revival that winds up giving everyone exactly what they don't need:
    Phonographs for the deaf, they can't hear you
    Gloves for the amputees, they can't cheer you
    Down at the stadium they're waiting for the end of the age
    You're praying for the healthy while the lame never get to the stage
  • Flight of the Conchords has several songs about Comically Missing the Point, most notably "Think About It", a goldmine of Missed Points - one verse laments the use of slave labor to produce sneakers... Because it hasn't lowered the cost of sneakers enough. Later in the same song, there's this:
    "A man is lying on the street
    Some punk's chopped off his head
    And I'm the only one who stops to see if he's dead
    Turns out he's dead"
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  • Jaron and the Long Road to Love gives us this gem in "Pray for You":
    Haven't been to church since I don't remember when
    Things were goin great, til they fell apart again
    I listened to the preacher as he told me what to do
    He said you can't go hating other who have done wrong to you
    Sometimes we get angry but we must not condemn
    Let the good Lord do his job and you just pray for them
    I pray your brakes go out running down a hill...
  • Jim Steinman's monologue "Love and Death and an American Guitar", released on the Meat Loaf album Back Into Hell as "Wasted Youth", catalogues the adventures of a boy who murders people with his guitar. Finally, he attacks his parents:
    "... and just as I was about to bring the guitar crashing down upon the centre of the bed, my father woke up screaming 'Stop! Wait a minute! Stop it, boy! That's no way to treat an expensive musical instrument!"
  • Comes up at the end of The Lonely Island's "I Threw It On the Ground"; The singer is an over-the-top Jerk Ass who keeps throwing things people give him on the ground because of his Hair-Trigger Temper leading him to proclaim he's "not part of your system!" When his behavior pisses off a pair of actors who proceed to taze him for it, he concludes "the moral of this story can't trust the system, man!"
    • One of the verses also gives us this little gem:
    "At the Farmer's Market with my so-called girlfriend;
    She hands me her cellphone, says it's my dad.
    MAN, this ain't my dad, this is a CELLPHONE!"
  • The Velvet Underground's song "Sister Ray". The narrator's entire reaction to somebody getting shot is "You shouldn't do that/Don't you know you'll stain the carpet."
  • In "Weird Al" Yankovic's song "You Don't Love Me Anymore", this is the calm conclusion the narrator reaches after the object of his affection has tried to murder him several times.
    • The song "Why Does this Always Happen to Me?" focuses on this trope, as it's about a guy who focuses on trivial inconveniences in the face of much larger events. While watching TV, his program, The Simpsons is interrupted by a news report of a devastating earthquake which kills thousands, and he's more concerned about the fact that he's missing his program while taping it, and now will need to wait for a rerun of the episode. When his friend is killed in a massive traffic accident, he's angry that his friend still owed him $5 before he died, and the resulting traffic jam will cause him to be late for work. And finally, after straight up stabbing his boss in the face at work, he's more concerned about the fact that his knife got stuck, and he fears that he's dulled his knife to the point where it won't be as sharp as it once was beforehand.


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