Happy sounding songs that aren't really all that happy.

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  1. Blazer

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

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    Timothy. An upbeat song about a mine diaster and canibalism.
     
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    your grandmother would probably like this song, until you read the lyrics
     
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    IMO Every breath you take isnt a happy sounding song anyway :0
     
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    You mean the song "Rehab?"

    "They tried to make me go to rehab but I said 'no, no, no!' "
     
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    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.
     
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    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...
     
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    no, the song `addicted`
     
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    I always liked the la la la part in that song......
     
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