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Basic Trope: The lyrics don't match the mood of the song.

  • Straight:
    • A song has a very upbeat melody, but its lyrics are about death of a lover.
    • A song sounds sad, but its lyrics are humourous.
  • Exaggerated:
    • A song has a ridiculously cute J-Pop melody, but the Refuge in Audacity lyrics are about murdering someone and raping his corpse For the Evulz, autocannibalism, burning churches, extremely gruesome suicide, and forgetting to brush your teeth after all that.
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    • A grindcore song has so many breakdowns and powerful double bass drops that listeners almost lose their grip on sphincters, but its lyrics are about how the singer loves God and why people should love altogether.
  • Downplayed: The lyrics have some lines which are quite out of place, but it doesn't disturb the overall mood of the song.
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  • Inverted: Does not apply - any combination of clashing moods goes under Straight.
  • Subverted:
    • The lyrics at the beginning seem to be a little out of place, but as song goes on, they get more fitting.
    • The song is upbeat, though the lyrics paint an Earn Your Happy Ending kind of story.
    • There is a Last Note Nightmare that makes the song more like its lyrics.
  • Double Subverted: The song starts out dark, but as song goes they seem to get more fitting, however, the final lines reveal the happy part wasn't happy at all.
  • Parodied: A singer sings a very bright song about something extremely dark, while an audience terrified by the lyrics started to run away.
  • Zig Zagged: Each verse is about something extremely dark, but the chorus is bright and peaceful.
  • Averted:
    • The lyrics fit a mood of the song.
    • The track is an instrumental; there are no lyrics.
  • Enforced: "We don't want the tune to be all heavy and metal, but the fact is dark and edgy lyrics sell better."
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  • Lampshaded: "Well, at least the tune was happy."
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  • Deconstructed: Although the song had a catchy melody, it wasn't meaningful at all because the lyrics were too edgy or angsty to be taken seriously.

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