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Blazer 11-22-2012 06:28 PM

Happy sounding songs that aren't really all that happy.
 
"He's the one who likes all our pretty songs
and he likes to sing along
and he likes to shoot his guns
but he knows not what it means
Don't know what it means."
- Nirvana "In bloom"

That lyric comes from a song which sounds cheery and as dictated was sung along loudly when the band played it live, the majority of audience completely overlooking the irony of it all.

I guess it goes back to children's songs like "Rings around the Rosie" which is about the black plague and has been sung cheerfully by children who have no concept of the topic they're singing about. And it has been something which has been used over and over in popular music, a song that sounds really happy and everybody sings it along, not really realizing what that song is actually saying.

Buck Owens "Act Naturally" is a good example, the subject of the song is somebody who isn't really worth all that much in daily life and is cast for a movie where he basically has to be himself: a miserable piece of crap.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOpgL4mqEis

Blur's "Country house" sounds really festive, even having a marching band in it. But lyric-wise it's about a guy who has achieved all his goals in life he set out to achieve and basically has no idea on what to do next and sits alone in his huge mansion withering away because of boredom. The "Blow, blow me out I am so sad I don't know why" lyric in the background from the second chorus on shows that the subject is on the brink of suicide.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpuh1WE-RVw

Sometimes, the fact that people sing along with a song but having no idea what the song is about gets that song in a place where it shouldn't be. That happened when Ronald Reagan decided Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA" should be his campaign song. Reagan probably never even looked at the lyric sheet to find out that this epic song was NOT the "Proud to have been born an American" he mistakenly made it out to be.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oVzHm_S0-A

When REM released "Shiney happy people" everybody declared them sell outs, the song with the upbeat hook and dancing in the video was too much. But look closer and you'll find that "Shiney happy people" is anything BUT a happy song, let alone it being about Happy people. It's actually about the Chinese riots at the Tiananmen Square.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCQ0vDAbF7s

Prince's "Let's go crazy" and more obviously "1999" are about mass extinction, due to a global catastrophe. But the driving beat and irresistible groove sure don't give the impression of that.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yB5Dh4F7Es

Kmonk 11-22-2012 06:31 PM

The Police "Every Breath You Take". Most people think of it as a romantic song but if you pay attention to the lyrics its really a song about stalking.

mjac28 11-22-2012 06:34 PM

I'm So Happy That I Can't Stop Crying -Sting

Silver Blues 11-22-2012 06:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kmonk (Post 13485320)
The Police "Every Breath You Take". Most people think of it as a romantic song but if you pay attention to the lyrics its really a song about stalking.

Yeah I figured that like the third time I ever heard it. Just weird. :hiding:

--Silvie

hdracer 11-22-2012 06:42 PM

The KKK took my baby away- The Ramones

Wookieonbass 11-22-2012 06:46 PM

Timothy. An upbeat song about a mine diaster and canibalism.

joebar 11-22-2012 06:49 PM

amy winehouse-addicted
your grandmother would probably like this song, until you read the lyrics

Makatak 11-22-2012 06:49 PM

Im not sick but im not well - Lit

IMO Every breath you take isnt a happy sounding song anyway :0

Blazer 11-22-2012 07:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joebar (Post 13485361)
amy winehouse-addicted
your grandmother would probably like this song, until you read the lyrics

You mean the song "Rehab?"

"They tried to make me go to rehab but I said 'no, no, no!' "

Illini10 11-22-2012 07:04 PM

"The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades"

rapturebass 11-22-2012 07:07 PM

immediately coming to mind is Pumped Up Kicks

also a number of songs by American Football, Algernon Cadwallader, You Blew It! and a host of other twinkly emo bands.

TC424 11-22-2012 07:07 PM

Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks"

hrodbert696 11-22-2012 07:08 PM

Party at Ground Zero - Fishbone. A lot of Fishbone songs, actually
You Are My Sunshine - actually a lament for the lover that abandoned the singer

and I was just thinking of another one but now I've forgotten it...

Bloodhammer 11-22-2012 07:09 PM

Most Dead Kennedys songs.

staurosjohn 11-22-2012 07:40 PM

10,000 Maniacs:

Like The Weather

Whats The Matter Here?

joebar 11-22-2012 07:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Blazer (Post 13485393)
You mean the song "Rehab?"

"They tried to make me go to rehab but I said 'no, no, no!' "

no, the song `addicted`

staurosjohn 11-22-2012 07:56 PM

addicted
 
'addicted'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzNosK82NSs

Phalex 11-22-2012 08:06 PM

She ****in hates me.

Lalalala


I always liked the la la la part in that song......

sikamikanico 11-22-2012 08:20 PM

Smashing pumpkins - Today
"Today is the greatest day I've ever known"

Charley Umbria 11-22-2012 08:23 PM

Almost anything by Big Star...


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