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  • Aaron Carter's "Aaron's Party" is about Aaron having a Wild Teen Party. However, the party creates such a huge mess that when Aaron's parents see what happened, he gets grounded.
  • Swedish songwriter Lars Winnerbäck tells us what really happened to some of Astrid Lindgren's characters in his "Balladen om Konsekvenser" (The Ballad of Consequences). Pippi Longstocking is in jail for assaulting a police officer, illegally possessing a wild animal and receiving stolen property. Rasmus is a homeless alcoholic, Ronja is screaming her head off in a mental hospital, and Kato from Mio My Mio runs a mindless commercial TV channel.
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  • Dean Aldean's "Dirt Road Anthem" got this treatment from comedian John Crist: in Real Life, the singer would get his ass arrested for reckless driving, possession and DUI, which is so obvious that the arresting officer doesn't even bother making him do a sobriety test.
  • Fefe Dobson's "Stuttering" music video is about her preparing to confront her cheating boyfriend in a seedy motel after the other woman has stepped out. She even puts on the other woman's jacket while she waits for him to come out of the shower. Turns out it's not her boyfriend, and Fefe immediately leaves, embarrassed. The video goes to some weird places from there, but it's an interesting twist on the usual cliche.
  • When Gorillaz decided to recruit Ace as their temporary bassist while Murdoc's in jail, he was aged up from 17 to 37, since the band members age in real time like real people. He's even got a receding hairline to show for it.
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  • The folk song "The Raggle Taggle Gypsy" is about a rich woman who runs off with a Hot Gypsy Man. Heather Alexander's Perspective Flip "Black Jack's Woman" reimagines the song and its outcome. The man has A Girl in Every Port and ends up running off in the morning. The woman gets on a horse and rides off to look for him... and get her revenge.
  • Johnny Cash's "One Piece At A Time" has this Played for Laughs. Its protagonist resolves to make himself a Cadillac for free from parts that he stole while working at a General Motors assembly plant. The scheme takes several decades to complete, and at the end of thirty years of work, comes out with a machine that's almost impossible to assemble and looks like an ugly mess of a thing, with a title that weighs sixty pounds. The protagonist still loves it, though.
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  • "Action Movie Hero Boy" by Lemon Demon is a double subversion: the music video doesn't show the idiot kid playing with explosives blowing to bits because that would be a Family-Unfriendly Death and only leaves him with cartoony Amusing Injuries. However the idiot kid hasn't learned his lesson by the end and blows everyone up in a Gory Discretion Shot.
  • Many musicians who spend many years in prison or in hiatus believe that once they try to become relevant again, then their careers will come back as if nothing happened. This almost never happens because the fans and the media have moved on from them and their music years ago, and different types of music become popular every year.
  • Many traditional murder ballads end with justice being served. Most notably in Tom Dooley (where the song's subject is hanged for his crimes) and Knoxville Girl (where the protagonist serves a life sentence for murder).
  • The music video for Cher Lloyd's "Want U Back" features the singer and three friends of hers trashing a diner and causing mayhem... so by the end of the video, the police have been called and all four of them are led away in cuffs.
    • The subject matter of the song could qualify as well; Cher's POV character breaks up with her boyfriend for a petty reason and promptly throws a fit when he dares to date someone else in the immediate aftermath. She's quite baffled when she discovers that he doesn't want her back...and seems completely unwilling to believe that maybe it's her nasty attitude that's driving him away in the first place.
  • The music video for the song Baby I'm Sorry by the K-Pop boyband MYNAME applies this rather brutally. At first, things look fairly standard, with a bunch of teenage boys beating up a group of thugs with full on The Power of Friendship implications, token coward member aside. Then, two of them get involved in organized crime, and when a group member is killed on an assassination job, an attempt at a Roaring Rampage of Revenge goes horribly wrong. As it turns out, friendship, righteous anger and a coward finally finding the strength to fight aren't much good against guns and tougher, more experienced opponents. In the end, all our protagonists die horribly and painfully, one even crying for his mother as he goes.
  • A My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic version of "Jingle Bells" has Rainbow Dash bragging about "mach speed sleigh rides." When she tries to find someone to ride with her, the entire town of Ponyville hides out of fear of what a crash at that speed would do to them. Rarity, Pinkie Pie and Applejack end up taking one with her, but quite unwillingly.
  • Ninja Sex Party's "Cool Patrol" has the titular patrol advise a kid who's getting picked on by bullies to do an inspirational dance. When the kid tries the dance on the bullies, they still beat him up.
    • Another example is "Thunder and Lightning", where a man gets struck by lightning in the balls and becomes a superhero. He then goes to face off against the toughest gang in the city... but it turns out that being struck by lightning didn't actually give him superpowers, so the gang members beat him to a pulp.
  • Occurs in "Big Bad John" by Jimmy Dean. While John is a very strong man, strong enough to hold up a timber to save his fellow miners, he can't hold it up long enough for them to come back and save him.
  • The Pokémon Christmas song "Under the Mistletoe" shows how Ash, who is a ten-year-old boy, would probably respond to an overt romantic advance from Misty — by running away screaming.
  • "It's Just A Movie, Stupid" by Psychostick.
  • Skrillex's Bangarang music video features three cunning little boys robbing an ice-cream truck of its stock, complete with an obese, cartoonish ice-cream man. The plan goes wrong and they end up seriously injuring the man to escape. (He was going to use a stick to beat one, but there was no way they could see that.) When they grow up and become professional thieves, the one who accidentally cut off the ice-cream man's hand gives some of his loot to the guy by way of compensation.
  • The song "Scalp" by Atmosphere features the narrator describing his night. He goes to the bar and meets his friend Sonny, who offers to pay him for retrieving a package from a tattoo parlor. One expects the protagonist to follow through with his task, possibly finding something surprising in the package along the way, but instead he is killed in a car crash immediately after leaving the bar. Which is what happens when you actually drink $50 worth of alcohol and then drive at night.
  • Starbomb's second album, Player Select, goes straight into Deconstructive Parody not just of the video games they sing about, but of their rap styles.
    • Link in Hero of Rhyme starts thinking that he's such a great rapper that he can defeat evil with only his sweet lyrics. This results in Link getting stabbed and Hyrule's destruction.
    • Glass Joe in Glass Joe's Title Fight decides to fight Mr. Sandman. He hires Doc to train him for a week (the week before the fight), admits to training poorly simply because he believes in himself, and gets his butt kicked harshly.
    • The Autobots in Robots in Need of Disguise try to find new disguises to transform into, going through increasingly inane options. When they confront the Decepticons, who are still in their war machine forms, they Autobots lose badly.
    • The remaining gods in God of No More try to fight against Kratos, despite having really crappy portfolios, like baked potatoes and busting nuts. They all die horribly.
    • The player in Minecraft is for Everyone tries to reform a Creeper. He gets blown up in the end.
    • Inky in "Inky's Lament" refuses to run when Pacman has eaten a power pellet. So Pacman eats him.
  • The swedish SCA-performed song "Hjältekvädet" ("The hero song") is about the noble "King Kaspian" riding into battle with his men, only to get killed by a stray arrow, because those things happen on the battlefield. Then the song writer realizes he's being paid for this and quickly retcons in a goose flying past and taking the arrow instead. Then King Kaspian gets crushed by a panicking horse (retconned; it fell in love with a passing elk), stabbed from behind by a common soldier (retconned; he was carrying a sack of potatoes for no explainable reason and it blocked the attack), and cut down by the enemy commander (retconned; he just wins). In the end, the writer complains about having to sacrifice his artistic integrity for money, and says that real kings bleed just as well as ordinary people.
  • In The Who's Rock Opera Tommy, a track called "Sally Simpson" sees the track's title character having fantasies about being Tommy's girlfriend now that he's "the new Messiah." During one of Tommy's sermons, she rushes up to him while he's onstage and brushes him on the face, at which point security literally throws Sally off of him. Sally lands so badly that she ends up getting a cut on her cheek that requires sixteen stitches to close.
  • The Vocaloid music video "Nandemo Iukoto Wo Kiite Kureru Akane-Chan" features Yukari fantasizing about becoming a big-name video game streamer, and tries her hand at streaming a game. Unfortunately, especially since she picked the game because of its popularity rather than whether it would be a good fit for her, she ends up playing poorly, a viewer trolls her with the usual "git gud"-type comments, Yukari overreacts to said troll, and her friend Akane, advertised as listening to anything Yukari will say, has to tell her to stop because it's clear Yukari lacks the gaming skills, patience to develop said skills, and emotional self-control to be the sort of streamer she wishes she could be.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic does this with Trapped in the Drive Thru, wherein a couple goes into a drive-thru burger place to buy dinner. But since the place doesn't take credit cards, and the singer has lost his wallet, they end up having to dig for money in their car.
  • Will Smith had a hit song in the 80s with "I Think I Can Beat Mike Tyson." ("One punch, that's all it took (oooh), He hit me in my ribs and my insides shook.")
  • In "Women Lose Weight" by Morcheeba, guest rapper Slick Rick tells us he's going to kill his wife because she gained weight after he married her (as well as what a shame it is in general that women do this), then actually goes through with it by running her off the road. Reality ensues in the last verse when he's charged with her murder and realizes that while it is important for a woman to remain desirable to her husband, her failure to do so does NOT justify murder.
  • Random Encounters' song Pokemon University provides a humorously realistic take on the Academy of Adventure trope. The titular university may have adventurous subject matter, but it's still a university, which means long essays, hours of reading textbooks, boring lectures (in this case from a professor who doesn't seem to know anything about the subject he's teaching) and teachers with ridiculously high grading standards. The students, though knowing that graduation will make it all worth the hard work, are shown getting bored, exhausted and grumpy with all the work they have to do and let out a collective annoyed sigh at the very end when they're reminded that they also have to pay student loans.


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