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The Script (2001-present) is an alternative rock band from Ireland made up of Danny O'Donoghue, Mark Sheehan and Glen Power who seem to specialize in break up and sanity slippage songs. Basically Irelands answer to Linkin Park, with more focus on rock than rap and messages. They have four albums so far, and various hits such as "Nothing", "Breakeven", "For the First Time", "Before the Worst", "Superheroes", "If You Ever Come Back", "Hall Of Fame", and "Science & Faith".

Danny O'Donoghue was a coach for the first two series of the UK version of The Voice. He announced in 2013 that he will not be returning to the show, preferring to focus on his band.

On April 14th, 2023, guitarist Mark Sheehan passed away at the age of 46 after experiencing an undisclosed illness.


  • The Script (2008)
  • Science & Faith (2010)
  • #3 (2012)
  • No Sound Without Silence (2014)
  • Freedom Child (2017)
  • Sunsets & Full Moons (2019)

When a trope breaks, no it don't break even:

  • Blasphemous Boast: In second person, from "Hall of Fame"
    You can talk to God, go banging on His door
  • Break Up Song: Yeah, they have a few.
    • "Breakeven" is about a man resenting that his ex has recovered better from his breakup than he has.
    • In "The Man Who Can't Be Moved," the singer refuses to leave from the place where he met his ex, waiting for her to take him back.
    • "Before the Worst" is a lamentation of everything that caused the singer's breakup.
    • "Talk You Down" uses suicide as a metaphor for the singer trying to prevent a breakup.
    • No Sound Without Silence adds another in the form of "Man on a Wire", using a tightrope as a metaphor for the singer's risky attempts to rekindle his relationship.
    • "Nothing" is a particularly bleak one in which the singer expresses that there isn't anything that can make him feel better after his breakup.
    • "The Last Time" is about the singer being upset about breaking up with who he thought was his true love.
  • Chronological Album Title: Seen with #3, their third album.
  • Christian Rock: "Rusty Halo" is a song in which the singer struggles with losing his faith.
  • Design Student's Orgasm: The cover of their Self-Titled Album, which shows a greyscale hand admist the roofs of industrial buildings holding a couple dancing, the man's head replaced with multicolour beams.
  • Driven to Suicide: In the "Nothing" video, the protagonist ultimately commits suicide by jumping off a bridge over his grief from his breakup.
  • Grief Song: "If You Could See Me Now" is about the loss of the singer's father, and how they still look for him in the crowd when holding concerts.
  • Metaphorgotten: Lampshaded in "No Words." The singer tries to come up with increasingly convoluted metaphors for his love, but he ultimately admits that "I don't know where this metaphor is going."
  • Mood Whiplash: The bleak, nihilistic "Nothing" precedes the sweet, wholesome "Science & Faith" on the latter's titular album.
  • Motor Mouth: The rap sections from Mark Sheehan on "This Is Love" and "Before The Worst" are extremely fast.
  • Obsession Song: In "The Man Who Can't Be Moved," the singer stands at the corner where he met his ex and refuses to move because of his obssession.
  • Protest Song: The band is into politics
    • "We Cry" protests economic inequality.
    • "Rusty Halo" is a Christian protest song.
    • "Divided States of America" protests political division, and seems to call out Donald Trump particularly.
  • Religion Rant Song: In "Rusty Halo," the singer discusses losing his faith.
  • Re Release The Song: "Break Even" had two versions one for overseas released after "We Cry" and one version for America.
  • Sanity Slippage Song: "The Man Who Can't Be Moved", "We Cry", "Rusty Halo", "The End Where I Begin", "Dead Man Walking", "Walk Away".
  • Silly Love Songs:
    • "This is Love" is a song convincing the singer's girlfriend that they are genuinely in love.
    • "Science & Faith" talks about how the singer's love is beyond scientific explanation.
    • In "You Won't Feel a Thing", the singer promises to protect his girlfriend from all the pain in the world
  • Self-Titled Album: Their debut album is just titled The Script, which is also their band name.
  • Talking Down the Suicidal: "Talk You Down" is actually about a relationship, but uses the imagery of talking someone down off a ledge to convince them not to destroy it.
  • Three Minutes of Writhing: "Rain" emphasizes a scantly-clad woman dancing with various men. Unusually, this is Played for Drama; the singer is depressed that his girlfriend is dancing with other men, seemingly taunting him.
  • Title Track: "Science and Faith" is the title of their second album and also a single from that album.
  • To Be a Master: The aesop of "Hall of Fame" is to live your life as if this trope is in full effect, for whatever path you choose to follow.
  • Yandere: "The Man Who Can't Be Moved" is sung from the perspective of one of these, refusing to move from the spot where he met his ex until she takes him back.
  • You Are Not Alone: This is directly quoted in "Flares." The titular "flares" are a metaphor for the singer's attempts to let his troubled friend know that he is there for them.

When you've been fighting for it all your life
You've been struggling to make things right
That's how a superhero learns to fly
Every day, every hour, turn the pain into power