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  • Michael John Lachiusa song, "The Christian Thing To Do", is about a woman wishing her ex "well" after their breakup.
    You look like you're relieved.
    I hope that's what you are.
    I hope you're never, ever trapped inside a burning car...
    No, what I mean is this:
    Stay healthy for me, please.
    I'd hate for you to die of some incurable disease.
  • Christine Lavin's "Regretting What I Said..." has several rather specific things she doesn't really want to happen to a guy, such as, "It would be a shame if at the airport / You were mistaken for a local sex offender / Arrested, beaten up and thrown in jail!"
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  • The Roy Zimmerman song "Larry Craig Is Completely Heterosexual".
    Way back in '82 there was that scandal with the pages
    Involving certain congressmen and certain sexual outrages
    And Larry Craig denied it, but he had us all confused
    Because he denied it in such detail, and before he'd been accused
  • While not a denial per se, in Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip's song "Thou Shalt Always Kill", one of the "commandments" is Thou Shall Not Go Into The Woods With Your Boyfriend's Best Friend, Take Drugs, and Cheat On Him. Someone's projecting...
  • The song "Lately" by The Helio Sequence is a Suspiciously Specific Denial of the singer's feelings after a breakup.
  • The trend of rappers qualifying a previous statement that could be construed as being homoerotic with "No homo".
  • Drowning Pool: "One! Nothing wrong with me! Two! Nothing wrong with me!"
  • Kanye West: "Now, I ain't sayin' she a gold digger..."
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  • "Almost Easy" by Avenged Sevenfold:
    I'm not insane, I'm not insane (hahahaha...)
    I'm not insane, I'm not -- not insane
  • The Ben Folds Over The Hedge version of "Rockin' the Suburbs" features an extended rant by William Shatner in the role of an obnoxious neighbor. Among his declarations: "No, it was not me who called the police on your son's noisy rock band, at 6:31 PM on Tuesday."
  • The chorus of John Waite's "Missing You":
    I ain't missing you at all, since you been gone away,
    I ain't missing you, no matter what I might say.
  • 10cc — "I'm Not in Love":
    I keep your picture upon the wall
    It hides a nasty stain that's lyin' there
    So don't you ask me to give it back
    I know you know it doesn't mean that much to me
    I'm not in love.
  • Tina Turner's "What's Love Got to Do With It":
    You must understand that the touch of your hand makes my pulse react
    That it's only the thrill of boy meeting girl, opposites attract.
    It's physical, only logical
    You must try to ignore that it means more than that.
    What's love got to with it?
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  • Most of the last verse of "We Get On" by Kate Nash is this:
    I don't ever dream about you and me
    I don't ever make up stuff about us, that would be classed as insanity
    I don't ever drive by your house to see if you're in
    I don't even have an opinion on that tramp that you are still seeing
    I don't know your timetable
    I don't know your face off by heart
  • Lampshaded by the title (and refrain) of Fastball's "Little White Lies":
    I don't miss you all that much,
    Don't miss your kiss,
    Don't miss your touch.
  • The entire song "Three Monkeys" by Ookla the Mok is made of this trope.
  • "I Don't Miss You At All" by Selena Gomez.
    It doesn't hurt
    When I think of you
    And all the things we'll
    Never get to do
    I don't dream at night about the way we were
    Don't be fooled by all my tears,
    Cause everything is fine
  • Flight of the Conchords: "I'm not crying; it's just raining... on my face! "
    • "I'm not a large water-dwelling mammal
      Where did you get that preposterous hypothesis?
      Did Steve tell you that, perchance?
  • Disturbed's "The Game": "I kind of like the misery you put me through / Darling, you can trust me COMPLETELY!!!"
  • "Like Humans Do", by Talking Heads, may be this. The narrator is insisting that he does everything the way humans do. What is he, then?
  • The liner notes for The Beatles' Beatles For Sale include the line "Many hours and hard day's nights of devoted industry went into the production of this album. It isn't a potboiling quick-sale any-old-thing-will-do-for Christmas mixture". Many fans would disagree, as almost half the album consists of covers the band had been playing for years, at a stage in the Beatles career when they were becoming known for their large amount of original material. The fact they left the popular single "I Feel Fine" and "She's A Woman" off the album is a particularly noticeable indication of album filler (even though they didn't usually include singles on albums, this was still a cop out).
  • Wall Of Voodoo's 12" single "Mexican Radio" has "There's nothing on this side" written on the B Side label. There is, however an exclusive instrumental on this side. It is pretty clear to most people that the side isn't actually blank, due to it having grooves. So this was essentially done to see how gullible their fans could be.
  • The song "Not About You" by Jonathan Coulton is full of these; the viewpoint character seems to be in denial over his lingering feelings for her.
    I haven't thought of you in fifteen days
    And today I still won't think of you
  • The aptly named "This Song Is Not About You" by Get Set Go
    It's not about me loving you, it's not about the things you do,
    it's not about what isn't true,
    oh, this song is not about you.
    This song is not about the love that we once shared,
    or the absence of you and the mountain of despair
    upon which I have built myself a home.
    A place where I live by myself, so alone.
    No, it's not about these things at all.
  • The song "About A Girl" by The Academy Is...
    I'm not in love
    This is not your song
  • Bob Dylan's "Most Of The Time" is a long list of all the daily situations in which he doesn't think about his ex. Nope. Nuh-uh. Absolutely not.
  • Carly Simon's "You're So Vain"
    You're so vain
    You probably think this song is about you
  • Trace Adkins's "This Ain't No Love Song". It isn't, you see, he just felt like getting his guitar out and singing. About her. But he doesn't feel a thing. No, not him.
  • The (Radio Free) Vestibules has a skit called "Zalgon 26 Magee," which assures you that Zalgon is not appealed by eating humans. It later claims that the doors to Zalgon's changing rooms "do not have doors that automatically lock behind you" and that "the temperature inside does not increase whatsoever." One "customer" claims that "you will not be cooked" if you use the changing rooms.
  • Professor Green comes out with this towards the end of "Need You Tonight" - a song about being given the run-around by a woman.
    It's just a song, in real life this would never happen to me, I am a pimp, women chase me, I do not chase women!
  • Bo Burnham's "My Whole Family Thinks I'm Gay", in which the narrator insists that they and his boyfriend are wrong.
  • Charles Johnson's "It's Gonna Rain" reminds us of God's denial that he will ever again kill us with water. "God showed Noah the rainbow sign, it won't be water but fire the next time.".
  • The entirety of "Over You" by Ingrid Michaelson (with A Great Big World). The lyrics start off describing, in very specific language, the things that two former lovers most definitely don't miss about each other, only to realize at the end that it's all just wishful denial.
    I'm so over you, the way that you look in a three-piece suit...
    I'm so over you, the way that you laugh at everything that I do...
  • Robbie Fulks' "I Just Want To Meet The Man" has the narrator show up at his ex's door early one morning, claiming he wants to be Amicable Exes for their daughter's sake. Riiiight...
    I didn't come to cause you trouble
    Or avenge my wounded pride
    I just came to meet your new friend
    So won't you have him step outside? (...)
    No, that's nothing in my pocket
    Just a toy I brought for Jane
    I couldn't stand to see her hurting
    Now Daddy's here to kill the pain
  • The Ninja Sex Party song Dragon Slayer has the aforementioned dragon assure the woman Danny Sexbang is trying to pick up that "I am a dragon, not some guy Dan met at the bus stop in a dragon suit".
  • The Hold Steady's Your Little Hoodrat Friend:
    "I ain't ever been with your little hoodrat friend.
    I ain't ever been with your little hoodrat friend.
    I ain't ever been with your little hoodrat friend.
    What makes you think I'm getting with your little hoodrat friend?"
    The song then goes on to detail the things he's done when with your little hoodrat friend.
  • A very dark example in Radiohead's "Fitter Happier"; the narrator spends the entire song insisting that they are happy, healthy, and living a good and proper life, and are in no way insecure, depressed, desperate, or on the verge of an emotional breakdown. All recited in a spooky Computer Voice.

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