Depressing Songs That Sound Happy Cântece deprimante care sună fericit

The wise scribe Elton John once said that "Sad songs say so much." Înțeleptul scrib Elton John a spus odată că „Cântecele triste spun atât de multe”. And most of the time, we know exactly what they're saying: There's no mistaking a downer song by The Cure, The Smiths, Edith Piaf, Hank Williams, and all the other wizards of woe. Și de cele mai multe ori, știm exact ce spun ei: nu se poate înșela un cântec deprimant de The Cure, The Smiths, Edith Piaf, Hank Williams și toți ceilalți vrăjitori ai vai.

The vast majority of sad songs have music that is equally (or sometimes more) depressing than the lyrics that go along with them. Marea majoritate a cântecelor triste au muzică care este la fel de deprimantă (sau uneori mai) decât versurile care le însoțesc. There aren't many mournful, minor key songs about cupcakes, puppies, rainbows, and unicorns. Nu există multe cântece jale, cheie minore despre cupcakes, căței, curcubee și unicorni. But every so often a song with horribly depressing lyrics comes along with music that doesn't match, creating a lyrical dissonance we may not discover until that one listen where it all comes together. Dar din când în când o melodie cu versuri îngrozitor de deprimante vine împreună cu o muzică care nu se potrivește, creând o disonanță lirică pe care s-ar putea să nu o descoperim până nu ascultă acolo unde se îmbină totul. Country music excels at this trope, offering catchy and enjoyable tunes that shroud the often dark and disturbing lyrics contained within. Muzica country excelează la acest trop, oferind melodii captivante și plăcute care învăluie versurile adesea întunecate și tulburătoare conținute în interior. But as we discovered, this musical incongruence shows up in pop, rock, and even punk as well. Dar, după cum am descoperit, această incongruență muzicală apare și în pop, rock și chiar punk. Here's a look at some songs that sound happy but are actually incredibly depressing. Iată o privire la câteva melodii care sună fericit, dar sunt de fapt incredibil de deprimante.
" Mamma Mia " - ABBA " Mamma Mia " - ABBA
1976 1976

ABBA taught America a lot about itself. ABBA a învățat America multe despre ea însăși. Operating out of their ABBA Fortress in Stockholm in the 1970s, the group studied the pop culture landscape of the United States and then made music that catered to the prevailing trends of the day, which at the time meant disco. Funcționând din fortăreața lor ABBA din Stockholm în anii 1970, grupul a studiat peisajul culturii pop din Statele Unite și apoi a făcut muzică care să corespundă tendințelor predominante ale zilei, ceea ce la acea vreme însemna disco. Like most bands who followed the trends of the times and hit it big, they were saddled with the reputation of being soulless bubblegum pop or, at the very least, vapid mainstream tripe. La fel ca majoritatea trupelor care au urmat tendințele vremurilor și au dat peste cap, ei au fost înșelați cu reputația de a fi bubblegum pop fără suflet sau, cel puțin, tripii mainstream vaniți.

And in many ways ABBA embodied this ethos, but on deeper inspection we find some pretty screwed up stuff in their lyrics. Și în multe feluri, ABBA a întruchipat acest etos, dar la o inspecție mai profundă, găsim niște chestii destul de încurcate în versurile lor. Take "Mamma Mia," for instance. Luați „Mamma Mia”, de exemplu. When you're shopping for handbags and you hear the familiar commercial-sound jingle coming through the store music speakers, you might tap your toe in spite of yourself. Când faci cumpărături pentru genți de mână și auzi sunetul familiar al unei reclame care vine prin difuzoarele de muzică din magazin, s-ar putea să-ți bate degetul de la picior în ciuda ta. But if you pay attention you'll also hear this: Dar dacă ești atent, vei auzi și asta:

I've been brokenhearted Am fost cu inima zdrobită
Blue since the day we parted Albastru din ziua în care ne-am despărțit
Why, why did I ever let you go? De ce, de ce te-am lăsat vreodată să pleci?

Not exactly pleasant subject matter is it? Un subiect nu tocmai plăcut, nu-i așa? The infectiously catchy music combined with the depressing prose makes it seem like a Mentos commercial written by Sylvia Plath. Muzica molipsitoare, combinată cu proza ​​deprimantă, o face să pară o reclamă Mentos scrisă de Sylvia Plath. But it gets worse: Dar devine mai rău:

I think you know that you won't be away too long Cred că știi că nu vei pleca prea mult timp
You know that I'm not that strong Știi că nu sunt atât de puternic
Just one look and I can hear a bell ring Doar o privire și pot auzi un sonerie sună
One more look and I forget everything Încă o privire și uit totul

Despite the cheery delivery from Agnetha and Anni-Frid, they can't help but admit that they're in a relationship with a real cad. În ciuda livrării vesele de la Agnetha și Anni-Frid, aceștia nu se pot abține să nu admită că au o relație cu un bărbat adevărat. And try as they might, they just can't will themselves to leave him for good. Și oricât ar încerca, pur și simplu nu pot să-l părăsească definitiv. And just as we knew more Anthony Wiener photos would surface, the guy in the song keeps cheating, and the girls keep repeating the vicious cycle by giving him another chance. Și așa cum știam că vor ieși la suprafață mai multe fotografii cu Anthony Wiener, tipul din cântec continuă să înșele, iar fetele continuă să repete cercul vicios dându-i o altă șansă.


"I'll Be Around" - The Spinners „Voi fi prin preajmă” - The Spinners
1972 1972

The Spinners might be considered an early precursor of later groups like Boyz II Men and New Edition. The Spinners ar putea fi considerați un precursor timpuriu al unor grupuri ulterioare precum Boyz II Men și New Edition. Hailing from 1960s Detroit, the quintet were among the darlings of Motown's glory days. Provenit din Detroit-ul anilor 1960, cvintetul s-a numărat printre dragii zilelor de glorie ale Motown. R&B, like Detroit itself, would never see such glorious days again. R&B, ca și Detroit-ul, nu ar mai vedea vreodată zile atât de glorioase. The Spinners, however, outlasted Motown and experienced their greatest fame in the early '70s, thanks to their breakout hit "I'll Be Around." The Spinners, totuși, au supraviețuit Motown și și-au cunoscut cea mai mare faimă la începutul anilor ’70, datorită hitului lor „I’ll Be Around”. The familiar slinky guitar riff and sensual drums are instantly recognizable, and rare is the person who doesn't start to feel a little better once this romantic ballad comes on. Riff-ul de chitară slinky și tobe senzuale sunt instantaneu recunoscute și rară este persoana care nu începe să se simtă puțin mai bine odată ce această baladă romantică apare. Especially the very well-known chorus: În special refrenul foarte cunoscut:

Whenever you call me, I'll be there Ori de câte ori mă suni, voi fi acolo
Whenever you want me, I'll be there Ori de câte ori mă vrei, voi fi acolo
Whenever you need me, I'll be there Ori de câte ori ai nevoie de mine, voi fi acolo
I'll be around voi fi prin apropiere

A beautiful sonnet to a lucky girl and maybe a precursor to the Friends theme song . Un sonet frumos pentru o fată norocoasă și poate un precursor al cântecului tematic Friends . But the memorable hooks and touching chorus obscure the less well-known verse lyrics of this seemingly romantic tune: Dar cârligele memorabile și refrenul emoționant ascund versurile mai puțin cunoscute ale acestei melodii aparent romantice:

This is our fork in the road Aceasta este bifurcația noastră în drum
Love's last episode Ultimul episod al dragostei
There's nowhere to go, oh no Nu ai unde să mergi, oh, nu

You made your choice, now it's up to me Ai făcut alegerea ta, acum depinde de mine
To bow out gracefully Să te pleci cu grație
Though you hold the key Deși ții cheia

What fresh hell is this? Ce naiba este asta? It seems like this sensual ballad from one lover to another is actually a desperate plea from a recently jilted man, as he tells the love of his life that he'll still wait around for her no matter how many suns rise and set. Se pare că această baladă senzuală de la un iubit la altul este de fapt o rugăminte disperată a unui bărbat recent părăsit, în timp ce el îi spune iubitei vieții sale că o va aștepta în continuare, indiferent de câți sori răsare și apune. Still romantic, but with an air of doomed futility, which always puts a bit of a damper on romance. Încă romantic, dar cu un aer de inutilitate condamnată, care pune întotdeauna un pic de frig asupra romantismului.

Fitting that the lyrics were written by a guy named Phil Hurtt, who it turns out is rather upbeat and affable. Se pare că versurile au fost scrise de un tip pe nume Phil Hurtt, care se dovedește că este destul de optimist și amabil. His heart was not aching at the time - he's just a good songwriter. Inima nu îl durea în acel moment - este doar un bun compozitor. "That's what part of the job requires you to do," he said in a gracechristianschoolsj.org interview . „Asta este ceea ce o parte a jobului îți cere să faci”, a spus el într-un interviu gracechristianschoolsj.org . "I was an early reader, so I read a lot of stories from the age of 3." „Am fost un cititor timpuriu, așa că am citit o mulțime de povești de la vârsta de 3 ani”.


"What's A Simple Man to Do?" "Ce este un om simplu de făcut?" - Steve Earle - Steve Earle
2002 2002

Steve Earle is no stranger to mixing catchy tunes with despair. Steve Earle nu este străin să amestece melodiile captivante cu disperarea. His song "Johnny Come Lately" starts off as a toe-tapping, patriotic song about his grandfather finding love in England during World War II and then coming home to great fanfare and cheering crowds. Cântecul său „Johnny Come Lately” începe ca un cântec patriotic, care tăgăduiește cu degetele de la picioare, despre bunicul său care și-a găsit dragostea în Anglia în timpul celui de-al Doilea Război Mondial și apoi a revenit acasă, cu fanfară și mulțimi încurajate. The last verse, however, tracks the singer's own return from Vietnam, but this time nobody was waiting for him, nobody to cheer for his part in the unpopular war. Ultimul vers, însă, urmărește întoarcerea cântărețului din Vietnam, dar de data aceasta nimeni nu l-a așteptat, nimeni care să-l aclama pentru rolul său în războiul nepopular. So Earle is no stranger to lyrical dissonance. Așa că Earle nu este străin de disonanța lirică.

"What's a Simple Man to Do," though, takes the discrepancy between upbeat music and depressing lyrics even further. „What’s a Simple Man to Do”, totuși, duce discrepanța dintre muzica optimistă și versurile deprimante și mai departe. Found on the Jerusalem album (a big stinking clue as to the depressing content of the whole album), this catchy number features electric organs, harmoniums, and other feel-good instruments. Găsit pe albumul Ierusalim (un mare indiciu împuțit cu privire la conținutul deprimant al întregului album), acest număr atrăgător conține organe electrice, armonii și alte instrumente pentru a se simți bine. The song sounds like something Billy Joel would have come up with, and like Joel, pleasing tunes aren't always indicative of pleasant subject matter. Cântecul sună ca ceva cu care Billy Joel ar fi venit și, ca și Joel, melodiile plăcute nu indică întotdeauna un subiect plăcut. If you listen to the lyrics, you'll see that the song is about getting arrested in San Diego for selling balloons full of heroin. Dacă asculți versurile, vei vedea că melodia este despre a fi arestat în San Diego pentru că a vândut baloane pline cu heroină. Pay attention to the beginning of the song and you'll know right away that happiness and joy isn't on Earle's mind, despite what the music suggests: Fii atent la începutul piesei și vei ști imediat că fericirea și bucuria nu sunt în mintea lui Earle, în ciuda a ceea ce sugerează muzica:

Dear Graciella, I'm writing this letter, deep in the night and I'm all alone. Dragă Graciella, scriu această scrisoare în adâncul nopții și sunt singur.
It's nearly breaking my heart to tell you, I'm so far away from home. Aproape că îmi frânge inima să-ți spun că sunt atât de departe de casă.

The singer then tells the story of his attempt to earn a little quick cash by selling drugs for a man he met in Tijuana. Cântărețul spune apoi povestea încercării sale de a câștiga puțini bani rapid vânzând droguri pentru un bărbat pe care l-a cunoscut în Tijuana. Sadly, we know what really happened. Din păcate, știm ce sa întâmplat cu adevărat. In the last verse, he asks Graciella to apologize to his mother for him. În ultimul vers, el îi cere lui Graciella să-și ceară scuze mamei sale pentru el. He laments the fact that he likely will die in prison and never see his loved ones again. El deplânge faptul că probabil va muri în închisoare și nu-și va mai vedea niciodată pe cei dragi. Each verse is complemented by one hell of a catchy piano run. Fiecare vers este completat de o pian atrăgătoare. Score another win for Earle in his often successful attempts at making you tap your toe as you wipe your eyes. Obține o altă victorie pentru Earle în încercările sale adesea reușite de a te face să te bati cu degetul de la picior în timp ce te ștergi la ochi.


"Let's Not S--t Ourselves (To Love and Be Loved)" - Bright Eyes „Să nu ne s--t-nsine (pentru a iubi și a fi iubiți)” - Bright Eyes
2002 2002

Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst is an expert in agony. Conor Oberst, solistul Bright Eyes, este un expert în agonie. A child prodigy who recorded his first album when he was 13, Conor has been a poster child for depression ever since. Un copil minune care și-a înregistrat primul album când avea 13 ani, Conor a fost de atunci un copil de afiș pentru depresie. If you haven't heard Bright Eyes, imagine Elliott Smith without the merry and chipper spirit and you're there. Dacă nu ați auzit Bright Eyes, imaginați-vă pe Elliott Smith fără spiritul vesel și vesel și sunteți acolo. In his first commercial album with Bright Eyes, Oberst sang a song called "Padriac my Prince" about his fictional brother who drowned in the bathtub. În primul său album comercial cu Bright Eyes, Oberst a cântat o melodie numită „Padriac my Prince” despre fratele său fictiv care s-a înecat în cadă. In other words, this is the kind of thing Conor fantasizes about to take his mind off his real problems. Cu alte cuvinte, acesta este genul de lucru pe care Conor fantezește pentru a-și lua mintea de la problemele sale reale. Dark, innit? Întuneric, nu?

But most of Bright Eyes' songs are appropriately downbeat and depressing musically speaking. Dar cele mai multe dintre melodiile lui Bright Eyes sunt în mod adecvat deprimant și deprimant din punct de vedere muzical. It is "Let's Not S--t Ourselves (To Love and Be Loved)" that stands out amongst the pack for its extremely enjoyable rhythm, playing in the background of some of the most depressing lyrics ever scrawled on paper. Este „Let's Not S--t Ourselves (To Love and Be Loved)” care se remarcă printre pachete pentru ritmul său extrem de plăcut, jucând pe fundalul unora dintre cele mai deprimante versuri mâzgălite vreodată pe hârtie.

The only thing longer than the song's title is the song itself. Singurul lucru mai lung decât titlul melodiei este melodia în sine. Over the course of ten minutes, Conor delivers a series of criticisms, jeremiads, and confessions that sum up his opinion of the world we live in. It is around the six minute mark that we hear Conor recount a possibly true suicide attempt, though knowing his penchant for fictionalized misery we can't be sure. Pe parcursul a zece minute, Conor aduce o serie de critici, jeremiade și mărturisiri care sintetizează opinia sa despre lumea în care trăim. În jurul valorii de șase minute îl auzim pe Conor povestind o posibilă tentativă de sinucidere, deși știind. Înclinația lui pentru mizeria fictivă nu putem fi siguri. At any rate, he recounts: În orice caz, el povestește:

I awoke in relief my sheets and tubes were all tangled M-am trezit uşurat cearşafurile şi tuburile mele erau toate încurcate
Weak from whiskey and pills in a Chicago hospital. Slăbit de whisky și pastile într-un spital din Chicago.
And my father was there, in a chair by the window, staring so far away Iar tatăl meu era acolo, pe un scaun lângă fereastră, privind atât de departe

Remember that, while this is going on, the background is filled with some rollicking good music. Amintiți-vă că, în timp ce se întâmplă acest lucru, fundalul este plin de muzică bună. Conor then goes on, Conor continuă:

I tried talking, just whispered 'so sorry, so selfish' Am încercat să vorbesc, doar am șoptit „îmi pare rău, atât de egoist”
He stopped me and said 'child, I love you regardless. M-a oprit și mi-a spus „copile, te iubesc indiferent.
And nothing you can do would ever change this, I'm not angry, it happens. Și nimic din ce poți face nu ar schimba vreodată asta, nu sunt supărat, se întâmplă.
But you just can't do it again Dar pur și simplu nu o poți face din nou

In the same song Conor sings about mothers who take loans out to send their kids to colleges until "her family's reduced to names on a shopping list." În aceeași melodie, Conor cântă despre mamele care iau împrumuturi pentru a-și trimite copiii la colegii până când „familia ei este redusă la nume pe o listă de cumpărături”. Also, he references a coroner kneeling beneath a crucifix, knowing there are worse things than being alone. De asemenea, el face referire la un medic legist îngenuncheat sub un crucifix, știind că există lucruri mai rele decât a fi singur. We can think of one thing worse than being alone: Being Oberst's shrink! Ne putem gândi la un lucru mai rău decât să fim singuri: să fii psihiatru al lui Oberst!


" Spanish Bombs " - The Clash " Bombe spaniole " - The Clash
1979 1979

We can be forgiven for not immediately knowing that "Spanish Bombs" is more than just a catchy ditty. Ne putem ierta că nu știm imediat că „Spanish Bombs” este mai mult decât o cântare atrăgătoare. After all, both Joe Strummer and Mick Jones aren't exactly well-known for their articulation. La urma urmei, atât Joe Strummer, cât și Mick Jones nu sunt tocmai cunoscuți pentru articulația lor. Add to that a strong Essex accent across the board and you've got more problems than a posh Berkeley Hunt in Brixton, mate! Adăugați la asta un accent puternic din Essex în general și aveți mai multe probleme decât o vânătoare elegantă de Berkeley în Brixton, amice!

But it's even worse than that. Dar e chiar mai rău decât atât. Many of the lyrics in "Spanish Bombs" are in, not surprisingly, Spanish. Multe dintre versurile din „Spanish Bombs” sunt, deloc surprinzător, în spaniolă. And, as with other Clash songs featuring Spanish lyrics, the words and phrasings are butchered beyond recognition. Și, ca și în cazul altor melodii Clash cu versuri în spaniolă, cuvintele și frazele sunt măcelărite dincolo de recunoaștere. But at any rate, this jaunty, beautiful ballad from their 1980 masterpiece London Calling is about the brutal and bloody Spanish Civil War, fought in the late 1930s. Dar, în orice caz, această baladă plină de viață și frumoasă din capodopera lor din 1980, London Calling , este despre brutalul și sângerosul război civil spaniol, purtat la sfârșitul anilor 1930. The war was between fascists and revolutionaries, not exactly the best of friends. Războiul a fost între fasciști și revoluționari, nu tocmai cei mai buni prieteni. At any rate, the song opens with mentions of "bullet holes in the cemetery walls" and "Fredrico Lorca is dead and gone." În orice caz, cântecul se deschide cu mențiuni despre „găuri de gloanțe în pereții cimitirului” și „Fredrico Lorca a murit și a dispărut”. Then the chorus kicks in with what the Clash considers "Spanish": Apoi refrenul începe cu ceea ce Clash consideră „spaniolă”:

Spanish Bombs, yo te quiero infinito. Spanish Bombs, yo te quiero infinito.
Yo te quiero, oh my corazon Yo te quiero, oh corazonul meu

The Clash would often translate into other languages by simply looking up each English word's equivalent and then simply transposing the sentence with its English structure. The Clash se traduce adesea în alte limbi prin simpla căutare a echivalentului fiecărui cuvânt în limba engleză și apoi pur și simplu transpunând propoziția cu structura sa în limba engleză. Hey, they were punk rockers, not linguistics majors! Hei, erau rockeri punk, nu specialişti în lingvistică! But the lyrics they were going for in Spanish definitely don't mesh well with the poppy English pub feel of the music. Dar versurile pe care le căutau în spaniolă cu siguranță nu se potrivesc bine cu senzația de pub englezească de mac al muzicii.

I will love you forever, oh my heart Te voi iubi pentru totdeauna, inima mea

Now this is sad because, as we see in the next verse: "Spanish bombs shatter the hotel, my senorita's rose was nipped in the bud." Acum este trist pentru că, după cum vedem în versetul următor: „Bombele spaniole sfărâmă hotelul, trandafirul domnului meu a fost ciupit în boboc”. The song is about a rebel fighter lamenting the Spanish bombs that killed his one and only true love in the hotel. Cântecul este despre un luptător rebel care deplânge bombele spaniole care i-au ucis singura lui dragoste adevărată din hotel. The song might be seen as the band's Hemingway moment: A beautiful yet heartbreaking combination of love and war; Melodia ar putea fi văzută ca momentul Hemingway al trupei: o combinație frumoasă, dar sfâșietoare de dragoste și război; empathy and carnage; empatie și măcel; romance and repugnance. romantism și repulsie.


" Supalonely " - Benee Supalonely ” - Benee
2019 2019

At first glance, New Zealand-born singer Benee doesn't have much in common with '90s alt-rock icon Beck. La prima vedere, cântăreața născută în Noua Zeelandă Benee nu are prea multe în comun cu pictograma alt-rock din anii '90 Beck. Sure, they share B-fronted mononyms, but - more significantly - they're both losers. Sigur, împărtășesc mononimele cu fața B, dar - mai semnificativ - sunt amândoi perdanți. Beck hit the charts in 1993 with " Loser ," declaring, "I'm a loser baby, so why don't you kill me." Beck a ajuns în topuri în 1993 cu " Loer ", declarând: "Sunt un bebeluș ratat, așa că de ce nu mă omori?" Nearly three decades later, Benee shoots herself down on "Supalonely," calling herself a loser when her club-dwelling boyfriend (voiced by guest vocalist Gus Dapperton) ducks out on her. Aproape trei decenii mai târziu, Benee se împușcă pe „Supalonely”, numindu-se o învinsă atunci când iubitul ei din club (cu vocea vocalisului invitat Gus Dapperton) se ia cu ea. The difference is, no one's dancing to Beck's sitar-swirled stoner anthem, while Benee's deceptively sunny tune spawned a viral dance craze on TikTok in 2020. As the breezy beat goes on, she sings: Diferența este că nimeni nu dansează pe imnul stoner învârtit de sitar al lui Beck, în timp ce melodia înșelător de însorită a lui Benee a generat o nebunie virală de dans pe TikTok în 2020. Pe măsură ce ritmul aerian continuă, ea cântă:

I know I f--ked up, I'm just a loser Știu că m-am susținut, sunt doar un învins
Shouldn't be with ya, guess I'm a quitter N-ar trebui să fiu cu tine, cred că am renunțat
While you're out there drinkin', I'm just here thinkin' În timp ce ești acolo să bei, eu sunt aici doar să mă gândesc
'Bout where I should've been — Cam unde ar fi trebuit să fiu
I've been lonely, mm, ah, yeah Am fost singur, mm, ah, da

Benee really was feeling all the feels after a breakup, but the lyrics aren't as depressing as they seem. Benee chiar simțea toate sentimentele după o despărțire, dar versurile nu sunt atât de deprimante pe cât par. She wasn't trying to get over the guy, she says, but was trying to get over herself by writing a self-deprecating song about heartache. Ea nu încerca să treacă peste tip, spune ea, ci încerca să treacă peste ea însăși scriind un cântec de auto-depreciere despre durerea de inimă. The upbeat production doesn't betray the melancholy lyrics but serves as a reminder to not take them so seriously. Producția optimistă nu trădează versurile melancolice, dar servește drept reamintire să nu le iei atât de în serios.

"Sometimes when you're sad you're just like, ugh, get over it!" „Uneori, când ești trist, ești doar ca, ugh, treci peste asta!” she told ID "I think when I listen to music like 'Supalonely' where it's making fun of the feeling of being sad, in a way it kind of makes me feel good in a very weird way." ea a spus ID „Cred că atunci când ascult muzică precum „Supalonely”, unde îmi bat joc de sentimentul de a fi tristă, într-un fel mă face să mă simt bine într-un mod foarte ciudat”.


" LDN " - Lily Allen " LDN " - Lily Allen
2006 2006

Wow, another Brit on the list, and an Essex one to boot! Wow, un alt britanic pe listă și unul din Essex! Perhaps it is the constantly dour and dreary weather in London that causes melancholy and disenchantment to seep into even the most pleasant sounding numbers. Poate că vremea în mod constant mohorâtă și sumbră din Londra este cea care face ca melancolia și dezamăgirea să se scurgă chiar și în cele mai plăcute numere care sună. "LDN" is just such a number, based (as you might have guessed) on London where Allen spent much of her adolescence. „LDN” este doar un astfel de număr, bazat (după cum probabil ați ghicit) pe Londra, unde Allen și-a petrecut o mare parte din adolescență. The lovely, intoxicating reggae beat flows beautifully with the enchanting melody and at first it seems that Ms. Allen has penned a loving ode to her old stomping grounds. Beatul reggae încântător și îmbătător curge frumos cu melodia încântătoare și la început se pare că doamna Allen a scris o odă iubitoare vechilor ei terenuri. It isn't until we analyze what she's saying that we realize she is actually quite adamant about asserting her lampshade hanging capabilities: Abia când analizăm ceea ce spune ea ne dăm seama că este de fapt destul de hotărâtă în a-și afirma capacitățile de agățare a abajurului:

Everything seems to look as it should Totul pare să arate așa cum ar trebui
but I wonder what goes on behind doors. dar mă întreb ce se întâmplă în spatele ușilor.
A fella looking dapper and he's sittin with a slapper Un tip care arată elegant și stă cu un slapper
Then I see it's a pimp and his crackwhore Apoi văd că este un proxeneț și proxenetul lui

Though it is possible that the pimp and his crackwhore might have a healthy, mutually beneficial relationship, Allen goes on to describe somebody's grandmother being brutally beaten: Deși este posibil ca proxenetul și târfa lui să aibă o relație sănătoasă, reciproc avantajoasă, Allen continuă să descrie că bunica cuiva a fost bătută cu brutalitate:

There was a little old lady who was walking down the road Era o bătrână care mergea pe drum
She was struggling with bags from Tesco. Se lupta cu genți de la Tesco.
There were people from the city having lunch in the park Erau oameni din oraș care luau prânzul în parc
I believe that is called al fresco Cred că asta se numește în aer liber
When a kid came along to offer a hand Când a venit un copil să ofere o mână de ajutor
but before she had time to accept it, dar înainte de a avea timp să accepte,
Hits her over the head, doesn't care if she's dead O lovește peste cap, nu-i pasă dacă e moartă
'cause he's got all her jewelry and wallet pentru că are toate bijuteriile și portofelul ei

Sadly, we are not told what happened to the old lady and are left to wonder why Lily herself didn't try to summon help. Din păcate, nu ni se spune ce sa întâmplat cu bătrâna și suntem lăsați să ne întrebăm de ce însăși Lily nu a încercat să cheme ajutor. Perhaps this is another seedy aspect of London that Allen wants to highlight: Loose threads. Poate că acesta este un alt aspect slăbit al Londrei pe care Allen vrea să-l evidențieze: fire libere. The chorus is just as catchy as the rest of the song and just as dark, as Allen chants, "When you look with your eyes, everything seems nice. But if you look twice you can see it's all lies." Refrenul este la fel de captivant ca și restul melodiei și la fel de întunecat, așa cum Allen scandează: „Când te uiți cu ochii, totul pare frumos. Dar dacă te uiți de două ori poți vedea că toate sunt minciuni”. The same can be said for the song itself and its subject matter, making Allen, if not one for filial attachment to her hometown, certainly a qualified expert at going meta. Același lucru se poate spune și despre cântecul în sine și despre subiectul său, făcând din Allen, dacă nu unul pentru atașamentul filial față de orașul ei natal, cu siguranță un expert calificat în meta.


" The Ballad Of Charles Whitman " - Kinky Friedman Balada lui Charles Whitman ” - Kinky Friedman
1973 1973

Depressing doesn't even begin to cover the lyrics of this song. Deprimant nici măcar nu începe să acopere versurile acestui cântec. Kinky Friedman has always been known as a bit of a counterculture figure; Kinky Friedman a fost întotdeauna cunoscut ca o figură a contraculturii; Today he's more popular for his outspoken political career but there was a time not so long ago that he was the lead singer and brainchild of the Texas Jewboys. Astăzi, el este mai popular pentru cariera sa politică deschisă, dar a existat o perioadă nu cu mult timp în urmă când a fost cântărețul principal și creația lui Texas Jewboys. Clearly, this is a man who isn't afraid of letting people know what he thinks, and this was never made more apparent then when he released "The Ballad of Charles Whitman." În mod clar, acesta este un bărbat căruia nu se teme să spună oamenilor ce gândește, iar acest lucru nu a fost niciodată mai evident atunci când a lansat „The Ballad of Charles Whitman”.

Whitman was the famed gunman who climbed the tower at the University of Texas in Austin and gunned down 16 people on August 2, 1966. It was an incredibly evil and horrific story that immediately became part of the grand and eerie mythos of the state where everything is bigger, including the shooting sprees. Whitman a fost faimosul om înarmat care a urcat pe turnul Universității din Texas din Austin și a împușcat 16 oameni pe 2 august 1966. A fost o poveste incredibil de răutăcioasă și îngrozitoare care a devenit imediat parte a marelui și straniu mit al statului în care totul este mai mare, inclusiv împușcăturile. Kinky was actually a student at the university when the shooting occurred and thus he was in a special position, as a musician, to immortalize the tragic event and bring closure to his fellow statesmen. Kinky era de fapt student la universitate atunci când a avut loc împușcătura și astfel se afla într-o poziție specială, ca muzician, pentru a imortaliza evenimentul tragic și a aduce închidere colegilor săi de stat.

Friedman's choice of homage, however, was to craft a toe-tapping honky tonk tune that was impossible not to dance to. Alegerea omagiului lui Friedman, totuși, a fost să creeze o melodie de honky tonk care ținea degetele de la picioare pe care era imposibil să nu dansezi. Perhaps empathy is the one thing in Texas that isn't bigger. Poate că empatia este singurul lucru din Texas care nu este mai mare. At any rate, the lyrics certainly held true to the events: În orice caz, versurile au fost cu siguranță fidele evenimentelor:

He was sittin' up there for more than an hour A stat acolo sus mai mult de o oră
Way up there on the Texas Tower Acolo sus, pe Turnul Texas
Shooting from the twenty-seventh floor Trage de la etajul douăzeci și șapte

Now keep in mind that these lyrics are complemented by a wonderfully melodious saloon piano and you get the idea. Acum rețineți că aceste versuri sunt completate de un pian de salon minunat de melodios și ați înțeles ideea. But whereas the above songs had depressing lyrics that were meant to be depressing, this song is filled with depressing lyrics that are actually meant to be comical. Dar, în timp ce cântecele de mai sus aveau versuri deprimante care au fost menite să fie deprimante, această melodie este plină de versuri deprimante care sunt de fapt menite să fie comice. Friedman goes on: Friedman continuă:

All the while he smiled so sweetly În tot acest timp a zâmbit atât de dulce
then he blew their minds completely apoi le-a suflat mintea complet
They'd never seen an Eagle Scout so cruel Ei nu văzuseră niciodată un Eagle Scout atât de crud

Whitman was in fact an Eagle Scout when he was growing up, and this leads us to what is easily one of the most depressing, discomforting, and acerbic comments in any form of music: Whitman a fost de fapt un Eagle Scout când a crescut, iar acest lucru ne conduce la ceea ce este cu ușurință unul dintre cele mai deprimante, neplăcute și acerbe comentarii din orice formă de muzică:

The doctors tore his poor brain down Medicii i-au sfâșiat bietul creier
but not a snitch of illness could be found. dar nu s-a putut găsi nici măcar o boală.
Most folks couldn't figure just why he did it Majoritatea oamenilor nu și-au putut da seama de ce a făcut-o
and the good would not admit it: There's still a lot of Eagle Scouts around iar cei buni nu ar recunoaște acest lucru: încă mai sunt o mulțime de Eagle Scouts în jur

What a great way to immortalize a tragic event: Make fun of it, and then remind the survivors of the massacre that this sort of thing could happen any time, any day, with any person. Ce modalitate grozavă de a imortaliza un eveniment tragic: Fă-ți joc de el și apoi reamintește-le supraviețuitorilor masacrului că astfel de lucruri se pot întâmpla oricând, în orice zi, cu orice persoană. Ah well, they say comedy is tragedy plus time. Ei bine, se spune că comedia este tragedie plus timp.

~Landon McQuilkin and Amanda Flinner ~Landon McQuilkin și Amanda Flinner
July 20, 2011, last updated April 24, 2020 20 iulie 2011, ultima actualizare 24 aprilie 2020
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  • Some Person from Somewhere Ring around the rosie O persoană de undeva Sună în jurul rosie
  • Kay from Australia Am I Losing You by David cassidy and The Partridge family Kay din Australia Am I Losing You de David Cassidy și familia Partridge
  • Ashley from Somewhere It's The Hard Knock Life- Annie Ashley din Undeva , este viața tare - Annie
  • Joey from Usa Detroit Rock City by KISS; Joey din Statele Unite ale Americii Detroit Rock City de KISS; Some Nights by fun.; Some Nights by fun.; Electric Avenue by Eddie Grant; Electric Avenue de Eddie Grant; Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People; Pumped Up Kicks de Foster the People; Brown Sugar by the Rolling Stones; Brown Sugar de către Rolling Stones; Careless Whisper by George Michael; Şoaptă neglijentă de George Michael;
  • Someone from No 99 Luft Balloons, Semi-Charmed Life, Jump, Cineva de la No 99 Luft Balloons, Semi-Charmed Life, Jump,
  • Ausie from Australia Famous Blue Raincoat, Tower Of Song, and a host more from Leonard Cohen. Ausie din Australia Faimosul Blue Raincoat, Tower Of Song și o gazdă mai mult de la Leonard Cohen. Blood Makes Noise, Vega, Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands, Ain't Talkin', Simple Twist Of Fate, This Dream Of You. Blood Makes Noise, Vega, Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands, Ain't Talkin', Simple Twist Of Fate, This Dream Of You. Bonnie Raitt has some sad songs. Bonnie Raitt are niște cântece triste.
  • Jr from Usa I think I'm going to kill myself - Elton John Jr din SUA Cred că mă voi sinucide - Elton John
  • Maisie from England Build me up buttercup ~ The Foundations Maisie din Anglia Build me up buttercup ~ The Foundations
  • Manachan from Italy Happy - 2NE1 Manachan din Italia Happy - 2NE1
    Delilah - Tom Jones Delilah - Tom Jones
    Hey ya! Salut! - OutKast - OutKast
    Just like heaven - The Cure La fel ca raiul - The Cure
    Luka - Suzanne Vega Luka - Suzanne Vega
    Kristy are you doing ok? Kristy, te descurci? - Offsprings - Progenituri
  • Amy from Mt Paper in Fire by John Melloncamp Amy din Mt Paper in Fire de John Melloncamp
  • Chris Carnes from Ok "Born in the USA" by Bruce Springsteen. Chris Carnes din Ok „Born in the USA” de Bruce Springsteen. It's still amazes me when politicians use it when it is so anti American government. Încă mă uimește când politicienii îl folosesc atunci când este atât de antiamerican.
  • Jim from Mobile, Al Last Train to Clarksville. Jim de la Mobile, Al Last Train către Clarksville.
  • Kevin T from Usa Crazy in the Night by Kim Carnes is a danceable song about anxiety and night fears. Kevin T din Usa Crazy in the Night de Kim Carnes este un cântec dansabil despre anxietate și frici nocturne.
  • Farky from Raleigh, Nc “Luka” by Suzanne Vega. Farky din Raleigh, Nc „Luka” de Suzanne Vega. Hummable upbeat song about child abuse. Cântec optimist despre abuzul asupra copiilor.
  • Stephen Smith from Jersey City, Nj There are two 80's songs that, to me epitomize this scenario. Stephen Smith din Jersey City, Nj Există două melodii din anii 80 care, pentru mine, simbolizează acest scenariu. The first is “Feels Like Heaven” by Fiction Factory. Primul este „Feels Like Heaven” de Fiction Factory. That has such an upbeat tempo and melody, yet the lyrics are downright tragic. Are un tempo și o melodie atât de optimiste, dar versurile sunt de-a dreptul tragice. The other song is “Digging Your Scene” by the Blow Monkeys. Cealaltă melodie este „Digging Your Scene” de Blow Monkeys.
  • Aname from The Arctic Circle Intermission or i can't decide by scissor sister. Aname din The Arctic Circle Intermission sau nu mă pot decide prin sora foarfecă.
  • Egg from Egg HELP by Joji. Egg from Egg HELP de Joji. Even though it was made during his filthy frank era, it's incredibly personal and has cheery ukelele in the background as he sings about being depressed and "sleeping for fourteen hours on a thursday afternoon". Chiar dacă a fost făcut în timpul epocii sale murdare și sincere, este incredibil de personal și are ukelele vesel pe fundal, în timp ce cântă despre depresie și „dormit timp de paisprezece ore într-o după-amiază de joi”.
  • Holly Morgan from Colorado Bullet by Hollywood Undead is really upbeat and is about someone about to kill themselves (look it up it's a really good song) Holly Morgan din Colorado Bullet de la Hollywood Undead este cu adevărat optimistă și este despre cineva pe cale să se sinucidă (uită-te, este o melodie foarte bună)
  • Spee from The Two Forts, Australia The Reaper, Blue Oyster Cult Spee din The Two Forts, Australia The Reaper, Blue Oyster Cult
  • Anonymous Jump by Van Halen. Salt anonim de Van Halen. The lyrics aren't that bad, but it was written when the band saw a picture of a guy standing on the edge of a bridge on the headlines. Versurile nu sunt chiar așa de rele, dar a fost scris când trupa a văzut pe titluri o poză cu un tip stând pe marginea unui pod.
  • Jim from Arizona Sister Ray, Velvet Underground Jim din Arizona , sora Ray, Velvet Underground
  • Animefan123 from From Weeaboo City, Japan "MY R" By Rachie (English cover of "WATASHI NO R" By Vocaloid singer Hatsune Miku) Animefan123 din din orașul Weeaboo, Japonia „MY R” de Rachie (copertă în engleză a „WATASHI NO R” de cântăreața Vocaloid Hatsune Miku)
    Sounds really upbeat and happy but it's LITERALLY about abuse and suicide (it was confirmed). Sună cu adevărat optimist și fericit, dar este LITERAL despre abuz și sinucidere (a fost confirmat).
    Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOV2c0TiPpI Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOV2c0TiPpI
    Have a Nice Day O zi bună
  • Gay from Afghanistan Murder she wrote Gay din Afganistan Crimă scrisă de ea
  • Damian from Somewhere not today by twenty one pilots Damian din Undeva nu astăzi de douăzeci și unu de piloți
  • Deedee from Lasvegas,nv. Deedee din Lasvegas, nv. what about "Pumped Up Kicks",by Foster the People? cum rămâne cu „Pumped Up Kicks”, de Foster the People? Turn it up,and rock out in the car!Dark lyrics Dați-l în sus, și rock în mașină! Versuri întunecate
  • Mike S. from Omaha Mack the Knife is very upbeat. Mike S. de la Omaha Mack the Knife este foarte optimist. Lyrics are dark Versurile sunt întunecate
  • Terry from Colchester, Vt "Come Dancing" by The Kinks. Terry din Colchester, Vt „Come Dancing” de The Kinks.
  • Ser Meliodas from Leones Banana boat song Ser Meliodas din Leones Cântec cu barca banană
  • Craig B from Edmonton Ab Not sure if this was caught by someone earlier, but for me the absolute most depressing "happy song" is "I Don't Like Mondays" by the Boomtown Rats. Craig B din Edmonton Ab Nu sunt sigur dacă asta a fost prins de cineva mai devreme, dar pentru mine cea mai deprimantă „melodie fericită” este „I Don’t Like Mondays” de la Boomtown Rats.
  • Dave from Greer, Sc Only one I can think of off the top of my head is "the kids aren't alright" by The Offspring. Dave de la Greer, Sc. Singurul lucru la care mă pot gândi este „copiii nu sunt bine” de The Offspring. It's an extreme example though, it sounds happy and upbeat and great but it's actually about how the years take their toll on once cheerful children, and the words are quite sad. Este un exemplu extrem, totuși, sună fericit și optimist și grozav, dar de fapt este vorba despre modul în care anii își fac plăcerea copiilor cândva veseli, iar cuvintele sunt destul de triste. One of my favorite songs for sure. Una dintre melodiile mele preferate cu siguranță.
  • Ra from Oregon Note about the Texas story: Actually the gunman did have a huge tumor pressing on his amygdala, the center of fear in the brain, which was found during the autopsy. Ra din Oregon Notă despre povestea din Texas: de fapt, bărbatul înarmat avea o tumoare uriașă care apăsa pe amigdala, centrul fricii din creier, care a fost găsită în timpul autopsiei. He actually tried to get doctors to help him before the shooting, but they didn't. De fapt, a încercat să-i ajute pe medici înainte de împușcătură, dar nu au făcut-o. Google it. Cauta pe Google. ;) ;)
  • Angela from New York Be OK by Ingrid Michaelson??? Angela din New York Be OK de Ingrid Michaelson??? I feel like I'm one only one who's ever noticed that! Simt că sunt singurul care a observat vreodată asta! also Arms Tonite be mother mother is about suicide and dying in the arms of the person she loves De asemenea, Arms Tonite be mama mama este despre sinucidere și moarte în brațele persoanei pe care o iubește
  • Arcospark from Dallas, Tx "The Theme From MASH" Arcospark din Dallas, Texas „The Theme From MASH”
    "Sukiyaki" by Kyu Sakamoto - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C35DrtPlUbc with English Lyrics „Sukiyaki” de Kyu Sakamoto - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C35DrtPlUbc cu versuri în engleză
  • Iana from ::)) Bullet by Hollywood Undead. Iana de la ::)) Bullet by Hollywood Undead. It's so upbeat but it's literally about numerous ways to kill yourself. Este atât de optimist, dar este literalmente despre numeroase moduri de a te sinucide.
  • Loser from Loserville Bullet by Hollywood Undead Loser din Loserville Bullet de Hollywood Undead
  • Lucas Brigham from Usa Wonderful by Everclear. Lucas Brigham din Usa Wonderful de Everclear.
  • Lilly from Nowhere "I don't like mondays" by boomtown rats. Lilly din Nicăieri „Nu-mi plac lunile” de șobolani din orașul boom. The music is all cherry but the song is about a school shooting Muzica este vișine, dar cântecul este despre o împușcare la școală
  • Jermizzle from Honolulu! Jermizzle din Honolulu! Hey Ya by Outkast Hei Ya de Outkast
    Slide by Goo Goo Dolls Slide de Goo Goo Dolls
    Semi-Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind Viața semi-fermecată de Third Eye Blind
  • Vallin Sfas from The Night Train Ordinarily everyone knows me as MEES-TAH-MO-JO Mötörhead Maximum Sex-And-Rock-And-Roll, but all this week I've been practicing The Carpenters. Vallin Sfas din The Night Train De obicei toată lumea mă cunoaște ca MEES-TAH-MO-JO Mötörhead Maximum Sex-And-Rock-And-Roll, dar toată această săptămână am exersat The Carpenters. "Rainy Days And Mondays" and "Goodbye To Love". „Zile ploioase și lunile” și „La revedere iubirii”. I really love the chords and the bass continuo. Îmi plac mult acordurile și continuul de bas. Moreover the lyrics are totally torchy, Billie Holiday-style cry-in-your-scotch sad. Mai mult decat atat, versurile sunt total torchy, in stil Billie Holiday cry-in-your-scotch trist.
  • Jun from South Carolina I think Dead! Jun din Carolina de Sud cred că a murit! By MCR should be here Prin MCR ar trebui să fie aici
  • Jewels from Michigan Don't forget Delilah by Tom Jones. Bijuterii din Michigan Nu uitați de Delilah de Tom Jones. The man in the song murders her for cheating on him. Bărbatul din cântec o ucide pentru că l-a înșelat.
  • Dj Harrie from Forest Gate/southend What actualy brought me here is that i'm looking for a motown song that has the lyrics or along the lines of 'you know I love you girl/took you round the world but you don't even care' It's an upbeat song sang by a man with a high pitched voice, sounds similar to The Four Tops - Sugar Pie Honey Bunch but it's not that song but with a similar melody. Dj Harrie de la Forest Gate/southend Ceea ce m-a adus de fapt aici este că caut o melodie Motown care să aibă versurile sau de genul „știi că te iubesc fată/te-a făcut înconjurul lumii, dar nici măcar nu știi. care' Este un cântec optimist cântat de un bărbat cu o voce înaltă, sună asemănător cu The Four Tops - Sugar Pie Honey Bunch, dar nu este acel cântec, ci cu o melodie similară. Does anyone know what song i'm on about. Știe cineva despre ce melodie sunt. i'm sure i'm not imagining it!!! sunt sigura ca nu imi imaginez!!! Please help anyone!!! Va rog ajutati pe oricine!!!
  • Dj Harrie from Forest Gate/southend Pet Shop Boys - Go West, West End Girls, So Hard, Domino Dancing, I'm not scared....the list is endless! Dj Harrie de la Forest Gate/southend Pet Shop Boys - Go West, West End Girls, So Hard, Domino Dancing, I'm not fried....lista este nesfârșită!
  • Dj Harrie from Forest Gate/southend What about Sting and The Police - Roxanne! Dj Harrie de la Forest Gate/southend What about Sting and The Police - Roxanne! 'Roxanne, you don't have to put on the red light — Roxanne, nu trebuie să aprinzi semaforul roșu
    Those days are over S-au terminat acele zile
    You don't have to sell your body to the night Nu trebuie să-ți vinzi corpul nopții
    Roxanne, you don't have to wear that dress tonight Roxanne, nu trebuie să porți acea rochie în seara asta
    Walk the streets for money Umblă pe străzi pentru bani
    You don't care if it's wrong or if it's right Nu-ți pasă dacă este greșit sau dacă este corect
  • Dj Harrie from Forest Gate/southend Hi, I think we all missed a BIG ONE here! Dj Harrie de la Forest Gate/southend Bună, cred că toți am ratat unul MARE de aici! STEVE HARLEY AND THE COCKNEY REBEL - COME UP AND SEE ME (MAKE ME SMILE) it's so obvious! STEVE HARLEY ȘI REBELUL COCKNEY - VENIȚI ȘI VEDEȚI-MĂ (FĂ-MĂ ZĂMBIT) este atât de evident! Can't see how people missed it! Nu văd cum au ratat oamenii!
  • Brian from Chicago The Unicorn Song by the Irish Rovers - This played for years as the zoo theme on Ray Rayner (an old kid's TV show that played mornings in Chicago back in the 60's and 70's), but is actually about how all the unicorns in the world died. Brian din Chicago The Unicorn Song by the Irish Rovers - Acesta a jucat ani de zile ca tema grădinii zoologice pe Ray Rayner (o emisiune TV pentru copii, care a jucat diminețile în Chicago în anii 60 și 70), dar este de fapt despre cum toți unicornii din lumea a murit.
  • Girl from The Internet "When you're rife with devastion Fata de pe Internet „Când ești plină de devastare
    there's a simple explaination există o explicație simplă
    You're a toymaker's creation Ești creația unui producător de jucării
    Trapped inside a crystal ball. Prins într-o minge de cristal.

    And know which ever way he tilts it Și știi în ce direcție o înclină
    know that we must be resilient știi că trebuie să fim rezistenți
    We won't let them break our spirits as we sing our silly song. Nu îi vom lăsa să ne rupă spiritele în timp ce cântăm cântecul nostru prostesc.

    When I was a little filly Când eram o putină mică
    A galloping blaze overtook my city. Un foc în galop a cuprins orașul meu.
    So they shipped me off to the orphanage. Așa că m-au trimis la orfelinat.
    Said 'ditch those roots if you wanna fit in.' A spus „abandonează acele rădăcini dacă vrei să te încadrezi”.

    So I dug a thousand holes Așa că am săpat o mie de gropi
    and cut a rug with orphan foals. și tăiați un covor cu mânji orfani.
    Now memories are blurred and faces obscured Acum amintirile sunt încețoșate și fețele întunecate
    But I still now the words to this song! Dar încă acum sunt cuvintele acestui cântec!

    When you've bungled all your bangles Când ți-ai stricat toate brățările
    and you loved ones have been mangled și cei dragi ați fost mutilați
    Listen to the jingle jangle Ascultă jinglele
    of my gypsy tambourine! de tamburinul meu ţigan!

    'Cause these chords are hypnotizing Pentru că aceste acorduri sunt hipnotizante
    and the whole worlds harmonizing. iar lumile întregi se armonizează.
    So please children stop your crying Așa că, vă rog, copiii să nu vă mai plângeți
    and just sing along with me!" și doar cântă împreună cu mine!"
    -Gypsy Bard (fan made song) -Gypsy Bard (melodie creată de fani)
    -_- WTF -_- WTF
  • Michael Diamente from Woodland Park, New Jersey What about Your Love Alone is Not Enough by the Manic Street Preachers and featuring Nina Persson of The Cardigans? Michael Diamente de la Woodland Park, New Jersey Ce zici de Your Love Alone is Not Enough de Manic Street Preachers și cu Nina Persson din The Cardigans? That song sounds so upbeat and sentimental you'll swear it's a love song, but The Manics singer James Dean Bradfield said the songs title was the last line in a suicide note left by a friend of the band. Cântecul acela sună atât de optimist și de sentimental încât vei jura că este un cântec de dragoste, dar cântărețul The Manics, James Dean Bradfield, a spus că titlul melodiei este ultimul vers dintr-un bilet de sinucidere lăsat de un prieten al trupei. So in fact it's actually about either suicide or a breakup depending on how you interpret the lyrics (I think it can be about both). Deci, de fapt, este vorba fie despre sinucidere, fie despre o despărțire, în funcție de modul în care interpretezi versurile (cred că poate fi vorba despre ambele).
  • Payta Radiounion from Mexicali, Mexico I think most of the posts miss the sad lyrics and happy music theme. Payta Radiounion din Mexicali, Mexic Cred că la majoritatea postărilor le lipsește versurile triste și tema muzicii fericite. Here's 2: Tears for Fears - Mad World (about suicide) and my favourite New Order's - 1963 (where the the lead man is a wife killer). Iată 2: Tears for Fears - Mad World (despre sinucidere) și New Order-ul meu preferat - 1963 (unde bărbatul principal este un ucigaș de soție).
  • Me from Usa Bullet, hollywood undead. Eu din Usa Bullet, strigoi de la Hollywood. "My legs are dangling off the edge, the bottom of the bottle is ,y only friend. I think i slit my wrist again and I'm gone gone gone gone. „Picioarele mele atârnă de pe margine, fundul sticlei este singurul prieten. Cred că mi-am tăiat încheietura din nou și am plecat, am plecat.
  • Reshi from Denmark 99 luftballons... It's pretty damm deppressing and dark Reshi din Danemarca 99 de baloane de luft... E destul de deprimant și întunecat
    but sounds happy as hell dar sună fericit ca naiba
  • Al from Houston, Tx What about "Summerteeth" by Wilco? Al din Houston, Tx Dar „Summerteeth” de Wilco?
  • Jenna from Southern Nh The drums, the best singing he's ever done, the bravado, "I Don't Care Anymore," by Phil Collins. Jenna din Southern Nh Tobe, cel mai bun cânt pe care l-a cântat vreodată, bravada, „I Don’t Care Anymore”, de Phil Collins. That's my pick. Asta e alegerea mea.
  • Droughtquake from Bay Area, Ca No one has mentioned the Pet Shop Boys yet? Cutremur de secetă din Bay Area, Ca Nimeni nu a menționat încă despre Pet Shop Boys? They love this juxtaposition. Le place această juxtapunere.
  • Lauren from London Yeah, I agree with 'Today' by Smashing Pumpkins. Lauren din Londra Da, sunt de acord cu „Today” de Smashing Pumpkins. But also 'Always Your Way', by My Vitriol. Dar și „Always Your Way”, de My Vitriol. Which is a very beautiful song, by the way. Care este un cântec foarte frumos, de altfel. My Vitriol are a British band, and hell do they deserve more recognition... My Vitriol este o trupă britanică și, naiba, merită mai multă recunoaștere...
  • Anonymous "i think im gonna kill myself" by buddy knox. Anonim „cred că o să mă sinucid” de Buddy Knox. Has the happy "doo wop" musoc to it but the subjecy matter is rather dreary. Are musoc fericitul „doo wop”, dar subiectul este destul de înspăimântător.
  • Lyric from St Augustine Most of the songs by ABBA....the lyrics were really very sad. Versuri din St Augustine Majoritatea melodiilor lui ABBA....versurile au fost foarte triste. Knowing Me Knowing You, Mama Mia, SOS but the song that shocked me the most was the groupie inspired Does Your Mother Know...it messed me up when I realizing it was about an underage groupie. Knowing Me Knowing You, Mama Mia, SOS, dar melodia care m-a șocat cel mai mult a fost grupul inspirat de Does Your Mother Know... m-a încurcat când mi-am dat seama că era vorba despre o groupie minoră.
  • Savannah from Lawrence Milo Greene-What's the Matter? Savannah din Lawrence Milo Greene-Ce se întâmplă? And Ross Cooperman-Holding on and letting go Și Ross Cooperman - Ținând și renunțând
  • Joris from Belgium "At Least It Was Here" by the 88, the theme song of community is also kind of sad if you listen closely Joris din Belgia „At Least It Was Here” de la cei 88, piesa tematică a comunității este, de asemenea, oarecum tristă dacă asculți cu atenție
  • Kurt from Chicago, Il "Table for One" by Liz Phair is a BEAUTIFUL Spanish guitar piece that puts a painfully human face on alcholism. Kurt din Chicago, Il "Table for One" de Liz Phair este o FRUMOASĂ piesă de chitară spaniolă care pune o față dureros de umană asupra alcoolismului.
  • Jon from Southport You're Wondering Now by The Specials. Jon din Southport You're Wondering Now de The Specials. Incredible song! Cântec incredibil!
  • Cam from Brisbane Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men is such a sad song - about a lady who is being lost to mental illness, and her lover being constantly supportive but unable to help Cam de la Brisbane Little Talks de la Of Monsters and Men este un cântec atât de trist - despre o doamnă care este pierdută din cauza unei boli mintale și iubitul ei fiind în mod constant susținător, dar incapabil să ajute
  • Kieran from Brisbane, Australia Should have included band of gold. Kieran din Brisbane, Australia ar fi trebuit să includă o bandă de aur.
  • Nick from Minnesota I have to agree with Emie that Bullet by Hollywood Undead is quite dissonant. Nick din Minnesota . Trebuie să fiu de acord cu Emie că Bullet de la Hollywood Undead este destul de disonantă.
  • Anonymous no rain - blind melon, and today - smashing pumpkins Anonim fără ploaie - pepene orb, iar astăzi - dovleci zdrobitori
  • Nadia from Malaysia "breaking down" by florence and the machine. Nadia din Malaezia „să se defecteze” de florence și mașină. deserves more than a million views! merită mai mult de un milion de vizualizări!
  • Emily from Pa It Doesn't Matter Anymore by Buddy Holly is about how his girlfriend or somebody left him but if you don't listen to the words it sounds really happy. Emily din Pa It Doesn't Matter Anymore de Buddy Holly este despre modul în care prietena lui sau cineva l-a părăsit, dar dacă nu asculți cuvintele, sună cu adevărat fericit.
  • Ryan from Hawaii "Hey Ya!" Ryan din Hawaii "Hei Ya!" by Outkast is a catchy but depressing song. de Outkast este un cântec captivant, dar deprimant.
  • Andrew from Canada Time to Pretend by MGMT is one of the saddest songs ever written. Andrew din Canada Time to Pretend de MGMT este una dintre cele mai triste cântece scrise vreodată. It's about rock stardom and its ephemerality. Este vorba despre celebritatea rock și efemeritatea lui. Also like the whole albumGossamer by passion pit De asemenea, ca și întregul album Gossamer by passion pit
  • Kjk from Mass I haven't read all the comments so they may have already been said but off the top of my head, “Veronica” by Elvis Costello (about aging and Alzheimer's disease) and “Hits of the Year” by Squeeze (about plane hijacking and terrorism). Kjk de la Mass Nu am citit toate comentariile, așa că poate că au fost deja spuse, dar din capul meu, „Veronica” de Elvis Costello (despre îmbătrânire și boala Alzheimer) și „Hits of the Year” de Squeeze (despre deturnări de avioane și terorism).
  • Cw from Usa If there is any song that is depressing but sounds happy, it's "I Think I'm Gonna Kill Myself" by Elton John. Cw din SUA Dacă există vreo melodie care este deprimantă, dar care sună fericită, este „I Think I’m Gonna Kill Myself” de Elton John. I mean, it sounds like tha happiest song ever written! Adică, sună ca cea mai fericită melodie scrisă vreodată!
  • Ken from St. Louis, Mo 2 fave happy sounding songs with depressing lyrics: 1) Boomtown Rats- "I don't like Mondays" about a 16 year old girl shooting up a school yard. Ken din St. Louis, Mo 2 melodii preferate care sună fericit, cu versuri deprimante: 1) Boomtown Rats - „Nu îmi plac lunile” despre o fată de 16 ani care împușcă în curtea școlii. 2) Billy Joel-Piano Man. 2) Billy Joel-Piano Man. Everyone in the song is a raging alcoholic whose dreams have died! Toți cei din cântec sunt un alcoolic furios ale cărui vise au murit!
  • Jack from Scotland "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" by the Beatles is the ultimate upbeat sad song. Jack din Scoția „Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” de către Beatles este cea mai bună melodie tristă optimistă.
  • Dave from Minnesota To Beaux: That song is not by Guns N Roses you bozo. Dave din Minnesota To Beaux: Cântecul acela nu este de la Guns N Roses, tu bozo. Also, I think everyone knows what that song is about, you can tell by the title. De asemenea, cred că toată lumea știe despre ce e vorba acea melodie, vă puteți da seama după titlu.
  • Beaux from Kansas City, Mo How about Every Rose Has It's Thorn by Guns N Roses? Beaux din Kansas City, Mo Ce zici de fiecare trandafir are un spin de la Guns N Roses?
  • Jim from Virginia If you want to hear a very depressing song that sounds happy look up Bullet bu Hollywood Undead Jim din Virginia Dacă vrei să auzi o melodie foarte deprimantă care sună fericit, caută Bullet bu Hollywood Undead
  • Cj from La Definitely "Seasons In The Sun" FTW... Happiest melody on earth, followed by 'Goodbye Papa, it's hard to die, when all the birds are singing in the sky... Goodbye, Michelle, my little one. Cj de la La Definitely "Seasons In The Sun" FTW... Cea mai fericită melodie de pe pământ, urmată de 'Goodbye Papa, e greu să mori, când toate păsările cântă pe cer... Adio, Michelle, micuţa mea.
    You gave me love and helped me find the sun. Mi-ai dat dragoste și m-ai ajutat să găsesc soarele.
  • Ellyn from California They left out a couple of other songs performed by Elton John: "Think I'm Gonna Kill Myself" and "Better Off Dead". Ellyn din California Au omis alte câteva cântece interpretate de Elton John: „Think I’m Gonna Kill Myself” și „Better Off Dead”. (And while we're on the subject, the opening line of this otherwise well-written and amusing article is incorrect. I quote: "The wise scribe Elton John once said that 'Sad songs say so much'." A wise composer/performer he may be, but the SCRIBE in this case is Bernie Taupin.) Another depressing lyric with lighthearted-sounding music--by another Prince of the Piano--would be "Carrying Cathy" by Ben Folds. (Și, în timp ce suntem la subiect, prima linie a acestui articol, altfel bine scris și amuzant, este incorectă. Citez: „Înțeleptul scrib Elton John a spus odată că „Cântecele triste spun atât de multe””. Un compozitor înțelept/ poate fi interpret, dar SCRIBE în acest caz este Bernie Taupin.) Un alt vers deprimant cu muzică uşoară - de un alt Prinţ al pianului - ar fi „Carrying Cathy” de Ben Folds.
  • Doof from Ky copacabana is pretty upbeat but man its depressing Doof de la Ky Copacabana este destul de optimist, dar omul este deprimant
  • Katie from St. James, Mo "Bullet" by Hollywood Undead is definitely a sad song with a cheerful tune! Katie din St. James, Mo "Bullet" de la Hollywood Undead este cu siguranță o melodie tristă cu o melodie veselă! I love it! Imi place! It's about suicide, but it's beat just makes you want to dance! Este vorba despre sinucidere, dar beat-ul te face doar să vrei să dansezi!
  • Marion from Anderson, Sc Kentucky Headhunters make a bouncy version of Oh Lonesome Me, but Neil Young makes it sad. Marion din Anderson, Sc Kentucky Headhunters face o versiune plină de nădejde a lui Oh Lonesome Me, dar Neil Young o face tristă.
    Sukiyaki is extremely depressing but sounds pretty&nice You have a page for it here. Sukiyaki este extrem de deprimant, dar sună destul de frumos Ai o pagină pentru asta aici.
  • Danny Schuerman from Usa how bout brown sugar by the rolling stones? Danny Schuerman din Statele Unite ale Americii , ce zici de zahărul brun de la Rolling Stones? it has a catchy rock and pop guitar riff and a fun chorus but its about a slave master and his son raping their young female slaves! are un riff de chitară rock și pop captivant și un refren distractiv, dar este despre un stăpân de sclavi și fiul său care le violează tinerele sclave! Oh brown sugar how come you taste so good? Oh, zahăr brun, cum de ai gust atât de bun?
  • Layne from Antarctica "Headfirst for Halos" by My Chemical Romance - The melody is pretty happy and energetic, but the lyrics themselves are really depressing. Layne din Antarctica „Headfirst for Halos” de My Chemical Romance - Melodia este destul de fericită și energică, dar versurile în sine sunt cu adevărat deprimante. Sample lyrics: "I think I'll blow my brains against the ceiling / Exemplu de versuri: „Cred că îmi voi arunca mintea în tavan /
    And as the fragments of my skull begin to fall / Fall on your tongue like pixie dust just think happy thoughts" Și pe măsură ce fragmentele din craniul meu încep să cadă / Îți cad pe limba ca praful de pixie, gândește-te doar la gânduri fericite"
  • Zoe from England Bullet-Hollywood Undead. Zoe din Anglia Bullet-Hollywood Undead. Happy tune, depressing lyrics Melodie fericită, versuri deprimante
  • Valerie from Lloyd Lovefool by The Cardigans. Valerie din Lloyd Lovefool de The Cardigans. and Hey Ya by OutKast și Hey Ya de OutKast
  • John from New York The One I Love by REM - Michael Stipe repeating "Fire" is part of it, but also the song is about a "simple prop to occupy my time" John din New York The One I Love de REM - Michael Stipe repetarea „Fire” face parte din asta, dar și melodia este despre o „simplu recuzită care să-mi ocupe timpul”
  • Ubfunkaneer from My House What about "Burning Bridges" by Mike Curb Congregation? Ubfunkaneer de la My House Ce zici de „Burning Bridges” de Mike Curb Congregation? It sounds so upbeat and cheerful, but it's about regret. Sună atât de optimist și vesel, dar este vorba despre regret.
  • Nick from Buffalo, Ny Many songs in the Smiths and Morrisey's catalog. Nick din Buffalo, Ny Multe melodii în catalogul Smiths și Morrisey. I'm convinced no one is better at combining sarcastic, even sorrowful lyrics and happy-sounding melodies. Sunt convins că nimeni nu este mai bun în a combina versuri sarcastice, chiar dureroase, și melodii care sună fericit.
  • Tar Heel Fan from Chicago By Way Of North Carolina I just heard a tune by Ry Cooder that definitely fits this theme: "Christmas Time this Year." Tar Heel Fan din Chicago By Way Of North Carolina Tocmai am auzit o melodie de Ry Cooder care se potrivește cu siguranță acestei teme: „Christmas Time this Year”. Very peppy sound with the accordian backdrop, but the lyrics are brutal. Sample lines: "All I want is two good arms so I can hold my kids,
    Then they'lI know it's Christmas time this year"
  • Charlie from Usa Radioactive by marina and the diamonds. I second the person who chose build me up buttercup. Love love that song.
  • Alyssa from Florida "I Don't Want to Spoil the Party" by The Beatles, maybe?
  • Zak Kogen from Chicago, Il "Happy Together" has to be on here. It sounds so happy, but in reality its about unrequited love
  • Jeffers66 from Florida A few that come to mind are "Having A Party" by Sam Cooke, "Happy Together" by the Turtles (it's all in his imagination; in reality, he can't get past "How is the weather" when talking to her), and "This Calls For A Celebration" by the Fantastic Zoo.
  • Zoe from South Africa Also Tears of a Clown by The Miracles
  • Her from Florida Newest depressing song that sounds happy? ...Pumped Up Kicks by the Fosters. It is so upbeat, but the lyrics are horribly sad.
  • Splat from Williamsville, De 'Brite Nitegown' by Donald Fagen - the most lively, upbeat, vivacious song about... DEATH ...I've ever heard. Great song, though!
  • Dubiousraves from San Francisco Tears of a Clown.
  • Jack from St. Louis, Mo ok, 1. a lot of the songs suggested bellow don't fit into the "sound happy" part of "depressing songs that sound happy". 2. my suggestion would be coldplay's viva la vida
  • Erik from South Carolina 'Ship of Fools' by Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band, 'Crystal Ship' by The Doors
  • Wendell from Milton, Pe Heres an oldie Eleanor Rigby by the beatles. It has a fast beat but is very sad.
  • Sean How could they miss Springsteen's "Hungry Heart" ?
  • Ken from Phoenix, Az Paint it Black by the Stones should be on the list!
  • Lia Also, Pumped Up Kids by Foster the People and Chloroform Girl by Polkadot Cadaver
  • Mtja from Poland Franco WAS NOT a fascist. Actually He saved Jews from Hitler.
    I know not everybody must possess knowledge, but please keep in mind that you keep the myth going when repeating it thoughtlessly.
  • Valo from Moscow, Russia Federation Pictures of Lily is both happy and depressive too(
  • Valo from Moscow, Russia Federation 'It's Too Late' by Small Faces
  • Ken from Winter Park, Fl About A Girl (Unplugged Version) - Nirvana; Depressing in a middleground soothing way as its about a girl he was dating, but sounds rather uplifting.
  • Terry from Colchester, Vt I forgot "Ship of Fools" by The Doors. Give it a listen.
  • Cat from Massachusetts Another Lily Allen song- literally called "F*** You".
  • Nikolai from Minnesota Today by The Smashing Pumpkins is probably the most deep yet happy sounding songs I've heard
  • Terry from Colchester, Vt 'It's The End Of The World As We Know It" - REM
  • Enogabal from Jax Fl I've heard an unusual instrumental treatment of "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town". Very poppy, jaunty, upbeat, and quite out of keeping with the story of the disabled war vet who sings "...if I could move I'd get my gun and put her in the ground..."
  • Chemicalcandy Way from England Headfirst for Halos-My Chemical Romance
  • Ryan from Abingdon, Va Today by Smashing Pumpkins. It's about suicide
  • Akm from Collinsville, Il I'll take PFHarlock's comment a step further and say that there are quite a few Elvis Costello tunes that fit this genre. Maybe that's why I like him so much...bouncy tunes, cynical messages.
  • Diamond from Baltimore Misery by Maroon 5 "I am in misery, there ain't no body who can comfort me. Why won't you answer me? The silence is slowly killing me.
  • Joe from Massachusetts Tears of a Clown - Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
  • Ash from Ny The Wombats have a song called "Let's Dance to Joy Division" that is like that. Also, most of Streetlight Manifesto's songs fit the bill.
  • Mia from Krakow Madness: "Cardiac Arrest", "Embarassment", "Tomorrow's (Just Another Day)" to name but a few.
    Also, "Oasis" by Amanda Palmer.
  • Matt from North Carolina Not gonna read 98 comments, but - "Copacabana"
  • K from Indiana "I Don't Like Mondays" sounds good enough.... I mean, we can all relate right? Who wants to face the week after a weekend. But, instead it actually tells the true story of a young, mentally unstable girl who shot-up a schoolyard full of children and teachers in 1970's California. Check it out. Verifică.
  • Dave from Nyc Any of Steely Dan's big hits would fit this bill. Who else can write a song that sounds like a generic ballad, but is actually about prostitution? I think the real genius in writing this sort of song is to not only use a happy melody, but to write lyrics that SEEM happy to someone who isn't really paying attention to them or analyzing them carefully.
  • Pfharlock from Tokyo "Veronica" by Elvis Costello.
  • Tina from Pennsylvania "Papa was a rolling Stone" is another depressing tune, but sounds very chipper
  • Tara Lynn from Ny "LAST KISS" by Pearl Jam. Also: "I hate everything about you" by Ugly Kid Joe.
  • Anon1486 from D Town Crippled Inside by John Lennon, from the album Imagine
  • Ak from New York City "King of Wishful Thinking" by Go West (off the Pretty Woman soundtrack). Listen to the tune, then go read the lyrics. It's about a guy who's been devastated by a girl who's gonna try his best to convince himself he doesn't miss her, even though he knows he wont' be able to pull it off.
  • Paul from Wdsd How about Billy Currington's song "Love Done Gone"?
  • Ken from Pennsylvania "Bad Moon Rising"--the most cheerful apocalypse ever!
  • Hypatia from Washington, Dc "Crippled Inside" by John Lennon. Like a skeleton in a clown suit.
  • Kevin from Rorketon, Manitoba, Canada "Run For Your Life" by Jarvis Church - a peppy little dancehall number about a guy being stalked by a psychotic, obsessive fan.
  • Catherine "Love Machine" by Wham. It objectfies the subject in a really depressing way
  • E I always feel like this for "Hammer to Fall" from Queen. My ultimate depressing-lyrics-with-killing-riff!
  • Biglips from Dallas I'm sorry but a lot of these examples are depressing songs that sure enough sound depressing. I really expected more glaring examples
  • Tamsin from Australia "Luka" by Suzanne Vega.
    It's a song about a young boy who gets abused often and he tries to hide it from evryone. The happy sounding guitar riff and the bouncy beat takes all the interest out of what she sings.
  • Jeff K. from Los Angeles What about 99 Balloons by Nena. The peppy melody and German language cover up the more serious topic of a nuclear war started by trigger-happy generals.
  • Larry from London, On I suppose "Shiny Happy People" by REM is too obvious for this list?
  • Justin from Long Island Ny I immediately thought of "Run For Your Life" by The Beatles.
  • David from Leamington Spa, Uk How about: 'Billy Don't be a Hero' by Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods; 'Tie me Kangaroo Down Sport' by Rolf Harris; 'Everybody's Somebody's Fool' by Connnie Francis; 'Mack the Knife' by Bobby Darin; 'Ballad of Bonnie & Clyde' by Georgie Fame.
  • Ron from Curitiba, Brazil "Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die" - Country Joe and the Fish
    "Lyndon Johnson Told The Nation" - Tom Paxton
    are two songs that immediately came to mind when I read this topic title. (I inaccurately attributed the second song to Phil Ochs in my previous submission. Sorry)
  • Ron from Curitiba, Brazil "Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die" - Country Joe and the Fish
    "Lyndon Johnson Told The Nation" - Phil Ochs
    are two songs that immediately came to mind when I read this topic title.
  • Andy from Europe What about "It's Raining Again" by Supertramp?
  • M Most happy Death Cab (pre-Codes and Keys)
  • Peter from Korea American Pie by Don McLean
  • Evan from Delaware Pumped Up Kicks by Foster The People is a textbook example of this. It sounds like a really happy song unless you're listening to the lyrics, "All the other kids with the pumped up kicks, you better run, better run, outrun my gun".
  • Casey from Texas Led Zeppelin-Fool in the Rain
  • Jim from North Billerica, Ma "Hey Jealousy" by the Gin Blossoms. A very pop sounding song with lyrics that are quite desperate sounding. They are even more poignant When you consider that the writer kill himself some time afterwards. Also "Driver's Seat" by Sniff'n the Tears. Yea, like other posters have said, most of the Smith's Catalog could be listed, but "Headmaster Ritual" I think tops them all.
  • Sadie from Sebastopol, Ca You've been the hole in my sky. My shrinking water supply.
    ---From The Indigo Girls "Fill it up again."
  • Becky from Ontario Bad Moon Rising by CCR, really upbeat but about it's about the world ending.
  • Annie from London 'Seasons in the Sun' by Terry Jacks is a jolly little song about suicide.
  • Lasse from Norway What about: Help - Beatles?
  • Laurie from San Francisco "Copacabana" gets most peoples' toes tapping, but it's about murder and madness. "She lost her youth and she lost her Tony, now she's lost her mind!"
  • Annelies from Uk Anything by The Smiths... They're the master of putting depressing lyrics to catchy melodies
  • J Man from Los Angeles, Ca "Piano Man" by Billy Joel.
  • Taylor from Georgia guns n roses - i used to love her
  • Jeff from Austin about 75% of The Smiths' catalog could be on this list
  • Emie from Virginia Bullet by hollywood undead is the happiest song about suicide that i've ever heard.
  • Mary from Nj Born in the USA is a classic. Sounds very patriot and upbeat, but it's a sad song about a Vet trying to get back to the real world after serving Viet Nam. Went down to see my VA man
    He said "son don't you understand now"
  • Dwight from Austin, Texas "Hey Joe" has the most depressing lyrics I know of.
  • Michael from Rockford, Il Wouldn't It Be Nice by the Beach Boys gets me.
  • Patmua6 'Hurt ' By johnny Cash
  • Bruce from Kansas "Oh, Lonesome Me" by Don Gibson is the first song that always jumps to my mind when thinking of sad songs that sound happy.
  • Sasha from Florida girlfriend in a coma by the smiths. "there were times when i could have murdered her....i know i know its serious". also american city suite by ??. i have the 45. "everything i love is locked inside her..they tell me that my friend is dying. oh new york city..can you say it ain't true.."
  • Debbiew from West Virginia Don McLean did not sing "Alone Again Naturally." Gilbert O'Sullivan dod.
  • Debby from Nyc I always thought "Untill You Come Back To Me That's What I'm Going to Do" as sung by Aretha Franklin was unusually jaunty about having to stalk an ex-lover
  • Ivan from Dallas The Carpenter's version of "Please Mr. Postman"......supposed to be an unhappy song but sounds very upbeat and cheerful.
  • Jasmin from Germany "Se Me Olvidó Otra Vez" by Mana - a man is left by the woman he loves. In hopes of her return, he stays in the same old town, sticking around the same old people, so that in case she ever returns, she will find everything the same as she left it. Extremely sad to hear that one can't get over someone who is obviously long over him, but can't help himself hoping she once will come back to him. But listen to the tune! One of the merriest ever. Talking about mixed messages...
  • Lance from Clinton Corners, Ny Just about any song on Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" album, especially "Go Your Own Way" (Best album ever, BTW). I would also add "Across the River" by Bruce Hornsby and the Range. It's about a woman who left town to make it on her own and didn't succeed. Catchy and great to listen to because of Hornsby's piano and Jerry Garcia's guest appearance on guitar.
  • Andy Siviter from Birmingham, England. Happy Hour from the House Martins, probably one of the most jolly tunes around, for a long time I dismissed it as a happy litle pop tune, until one day I actually stopped to listen to the words!
  • Gian Sanders from Beuningen, Netherlands Girlfriend in a coma - The Smiths. Een heerlijk nummer met een vrolijk deuntje. Zingt ook lekker weg.
  • Tommy from Nashville Alone Again Naturally is by Gilbert O'Sullivan not McLean. Another song is "Happy Together" by The Turtles. It starts "Imagine me and you, I do". He is just wishing. And it ends "How is the weather?" like he is trying to change the subject. Pretty clever.
  • Kevin from Chicago "The Green, Green Grass of Home" by Tom Jones - the singer dreams nostalgically about his home town and then wakes up and remembers that he is in prison about to be put to death.
  • Renee from San Francisco Ca "Ruby don't take your love to town" by Kenny Rogers. Creepy,sad,enough said.
  • Billy Cee from Cambridge Ontario "Bad Moon Rising" by CCR. The opening riff get's everyone dancing.... to a song about the demise of the world
  • Gayle from Peekskill, Ny Alone Again, Naturally - Gilbert O'Sullivan
  • Darylglyn from Idaho Makes me think of another one: I Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die. By Country Joe and the Fish.
  • Sandra Dodd from Albuquerque "My grandfather's clock was too big for the shelf..." I heard it on a calliope at a steam fair in England the other day and said "This is the happiest song about death EVER!"
  • Funkspiel from Soggy Bottom, Maldives Ladytron by Roxy Music
  • Brett from Parma Heights "Hey Ya" by Outkast. Come on, a song that popular gets looked over for this? That was the first song I thought of.
  • Eyekahn from Nc "Alone Again, Naturally" by Don McLean tops this list. Actually everything he wrote...
  • Guyser from Seattle One of the most upbeat songs you can't help but sing along to is "Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revival. OMG "Hurricanes OVERFLOWING...end is coming soon...rage and ruin...HOPE YOU'RE QUITE PREPARED TO DIE!" all sung to the most cheerful little tune imaginable. The ultimate mixed message!!
  • James from Minneapolis Olivia Newton-John "I Honestly Love You" - So many people use this in their weddings but then are shocked to find they have to change the words because it is a star-crossed impossible lovers song, not a happy one
  • Anonymous What about "Moody River" by Pat Boone, seeing as the song has a peppy, 1950s pop melody but listen to the lyrics! It is about a dude who is standing by a river waiting to meet his girlfriend there for a date, only to find her suicide note, which states that she drowned herself because she felt to intolerably guilty over her unfaithfulness. How about "Missing You" by Everything But The Girl, a catchy 1990s techno song about a girl who is more or less incapable of moving on from her break-up that was long ago.
  • Phly23 from San Francisco "No More I love Yous" by Annie Lenox....i LOVE Happy Sad Songs!
  • Anthony from Adelaide, Sa Another one to be added is "Bullet" by Hollywood Undead. It's so catchy and a happy tune, yet, it's about suicide.
  • Alicia from Italy I think it's safe to add "I Don't Like Mondays" by the Boomtown Rats to this list. Upbeat tune but inspired by a teenage girl, Brenda Ann Spencer, who went on a shooting rampage at an elementary school in the '70s, killing several people. The title is the girl's actual reply to a reporter who asked her why she did it.
  • Deadcomic from Indiana No Mr. Brightside? One of the more sad songs about the girl he loves sleeping around while he is forced to just sit back and take it. Extremely catchy, yet extremely sad.
  • Vince from Parma Springsteen's "Glory Days" Singer is living in the past.
  • Sydney from St. Louis Bruce Springsteen- Dancing in the Dark. sounds all fun but the lyrics are super depressing. "i check myself in the mirror wanna change my clothes my hair my face" "this guns for hire even if were just dancing in the dark" Also, Mumford and Sons- Little Lion Man. "weep for yourself my man you'll never be what is in your heart weep little lion man youre not as brave as you were at the start" "your grace is wasted in your face your boldness stands alone among the wreck"
  • Mr Dobbs from Tallahassee Fl Could we add "Timothy" to this list? It is a thigh-slapper about cannibalism in a mining disaster.
  • Kevin from Maine I'll be - edwin mccain
  • Brad from Redmond, Wa What about "Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster the People? Happy, upbeat song about a German mass shooting at a school in the model of Columbine.
  • Dale from Laguna Niguel "Boogie Wonderland" by Earth Wind and Fire. The first time a read the lyrics on paper I was actually shocked to learn how depressing the sentiment was. Sample lyric: "The mirror stares you in the face and says, "Ba-by, uh, uh, it don't work" You say your prayers though you don't care You dance and you shake the hurt"
    See excellent commentary on this very website: http://www.s.com/detail.php?id=7685
  • Erin from Portland George Harrison's "All Those Years Ago". It's a bright, bouncy tune - and the song is about the murder of his dear friend, John Lennon.
  • Bookbabe from New York, Ny What about Nick Drake's "Pink Moon"? When it was used in a VW commercial a quarter century after Drake's death, most people didn't realize it was a song about the apocalypse.
  • Dave from England House of Cards by Radiohead - the instruments sound jolly but the lyrics are REAL depressing
  • Antonis from Greece Fade Away, by Celine Dion (ξÎÏ ÎµÎ¹Ï‚ ÎµÏƒÏ ...)
  • Andrew from The Twilight Zone Bullet by Hollywood Undead. It's a song about suicide but it sounds so cheery and happy. I find it funny, honestly. I really hate to say it since suicide definitely isn't funny, but they just made it so. (Sorry if I offended anyone.)
  • Frank from England I like Snow patrol you could be happy!!! :) Its really sad and ment to be depressing but makes me feel happy and makes me go 'WOW!' everytime.
  • Jeff from Washington, Dc How is CCR's Bad Moon Rising not on this list? I would think that any upbeat song about the apocalypse would be a shoo-in for this kind of feature. Oh well. Oh bine.
  • Harrison from Seattle What about Semi-Charmed Life? Emo poem lyrics right there.
  • Henrik from Berlin I don't like mondays from the Boomtown Rats!
  • Bryan from Dade City Nik Kershaw's "Wouldn't It Be Good"
  • Tina from Norcross, Ga Chicago's "Call On Me". I liked the song as a child; I learned as an adult that Lee Loughnane (trumpet player for the band) wrote it as a response to going through a divorce--he said he would soon be leaving her, she had to find someone else to take his place--but if she needed a friend, she could always call on him.
  • Kc from Nh "Walking On Sunshine" She sounds so sure of herself, but she's still just waiting...for a letter, or a knock on the door...and waiting...and waiting...
  • Monika from Rzeszow, Poland Bob Geldof " I don't like Mondays"
  • Gabriel from Chicago, Il Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part One.
  • Tony from Vero Beach, Fl "House at Pooh Corner" by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Loggins & Messina's recording sounds a little less cheery - but still, cheerier than the subject matter (outgrowing the joys of childhood).
  • Tony Rozensky from Jackson Timothy by the Buoys Cannibalism in a mining disaster.
  • Brooke from Ohio Lily Allen's 22 is also slightly sad in the lyrics, but very bouncy. I discovered Matt Kearney's Closer to Love is kinda sad too, but sounds fairly upbeat. And let's not forget Pearl Jam's Last Kiss.
  • Amit from Singapore Bob Marley's "No Woman No Cry". Gets heavy airplay in pubs and bars around the world as a happy song. only when I listened to it for the gazzilionth time did I realise that the line means, "no woman, don't cry". ditto for "Gimme hope Joanna"
  • Tony from Dallas "No Rain" by Blind Melon
  • Hmijail from Spain "Cut here", by The Cure. Surprisingly upbeat and happy sounding for The Cure, and not as empty as say "Friday I'm in love". But when you listen to the lyrics, it's about a friend commiting suicide, and the singer lamenting that he neglected their last contact and wondering what he could have done to stop him.
  • Sauce from Pittsburgh, Pa "Under the Bridge" by Red Hot Chili Peppers. The lyrics are horribly depressing- Anthony, the lead singer, remembers how he used to shoot speedballs (aka abuse heroin) with gangsters under a bridge in LA This excessively strained his relationship with not only his bandmates, but with his former girlfriend and his family. While he contemplated suicide, he became closer to his home city through his loneliness, and he personifies Los Angeles by describing her as the "she" in the song. Truly a beautiful song.
  • Matt from Home "What a fool believes" by the Doobie Brothers
  • Jeff from Nesconset Ny Early 70's pop had several notable examples: "Alone Again Naturally", "Seasons in the Sun" and "Billy Don't Be a Hero".
  • Ryan from Atlanta Ga bad moon rising-credence clearwater revival, pumped up kicks-foster the people
  • Stuart from Nampa, Id A couple more upbeat songs with not so upbeat lyrices are "Fill Me Up Buttercup" and "Mack The Knife".