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Started by dreams99 on Jan 9, 2020 4:39:33 PM
Songs that turn out to be darker than you expect

What it says.

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widenation - 09 Jan 2020 16:40:57 (#1 of 205)

Anything by Gary Glitter I guess.

popstar7 - 09 Jan 2020 16:42:34 (#2 of 205)

All the ones about heroin. Except Heroin, which is about as dark as you’d expect.

sloanepeterson - 09 Jan 2020 16:42:39 (#3 of 205)

I didn't realise Tom Jones kills Delilah until quite a long time after I first heard it.

dreams99 - 09 Jan 2020 16:43:01 (#4 of 205)

Shatner by The Wedding Present

About domestic abuse. Obvious from the lyrics ('Look here's another bruise I didn't see') but still a very bold treatment of it.

Waltz #2 by Elliott Smith

At first it seems to be about the singer seeing his ex-girlfriend with her current boyfriend. When you learn that it's actually Smith's own mother he's singing about, it's a whole different level of heartbreak.

Leftie - 09 Jan 2020 16:43:18 (#5 of 205)

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ReverendBlueJeans - 09 Jan 2020 16:45:41 (#6 of 205)

You Are My Sunshine is not the cheery lyric you might expect.

Agaliarept - 09 Jan 2020 16:47:35 (#7 of 205)

Chicken Bone by LK.

Possibly the darkest song I've ever heard.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIPBLOTo0EI

dreams99 - 09 Jan 2020 16:48:51 (#8 of 205)

The Beatles - Run for Your Life

About obsession. Not exactly subtle.

FredDee - 09 Jan 2020 16:50:04 (#9 of 205)

if you're talking Beatles then Norwegian Wood ( arson ).

widenation - 09 Jan 2020 16:50:23 (#10 of 205)

Can't Get You Out Of My Head - Kylie

Headlice apparently.

dreams99 - 09 Jan 2020 16:50:52 (#11 of 205)

There are songs that are just creepy, like Every Breath You Take, which is quite clearly stalky but somehow it got taken up as a song about obsessive love, helped by an addictive riff.

ReverendBlueJeans - 09 Jan 2020 16:51:28 (#12 of 205)

Happy Old World by Barclay James Harvest

My mind's not on this song I sing/My heart's not in the lines/Guess I'll go and kill myself/So would you kindly close the blinds...

Tragically, 40 years after the song, Woolly Wolstenholme, who wrote and sang it, did indeed take his own life.

Great track for parties.

dottie30 - 09 Jan 2020 16:51:30 (#13 of 205)

Kylie Minogue's 'I Should Be So Lucky' is really a bit stalky isn't it?

sloanepeterson - 09 Jan 2020 16:51:58 (#14 of 205)

Rock-A-Bye Baby. When the bough breaks, not if.

cozzer - 09 Jan 2020 16:52:37 (#15 of 205)

I didn't realise Tom Jones kills Delilah until quite a long time after I first heard it

You thought she just stopped laughing because he was waving a knife about? I suppose one would, under those circumstances.

dreams99 - 09 Jan 2020 16:52:43 (#16 of 205)

Luka by Suzanne Vega

Another one about domestic violence, child abuse in this case.

Peacock - 09 Jan 2020 16:52:46 (#17 of 205)

all the pretty horses by current 93

from wiki: The author Lyn Ellen Lacy is often quoted as the primary source for the theory that suggests the song was "originally sung by an African American slave who could not take care of her baby because she was too busy taking care of her master's child. She would sing this song to her master's child".

dreams99 - 09 Jan 2020 16:54:44 (#18 of 205)

One Way or Another by Blondie

Again, explicitly stalky.

FleurDuMal - 09 Jan 2020 16:54:46 (#19 of 205)

Down in the Hole by Springsteen. It’s about a man digging to find the bones of his partner in the ruins of the World Trade Centres.

Moschops - 09 Jan 2020 16:55:31 (#20 of 205)

Not So Manic Now by Dubstar turns out fairly dark

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