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

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Blazer, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. Blazer


    Nov 27, 2003
    The Netherlands
    Rogue luthier employed at Knooren Handcrafted bass guitars
    "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.
  2. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    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.
  3. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I'm So Happy That I Can't Stop Crying -Sting
  4. Yeah I figured that like the third time I ever heard it. Just weird. :bag:

  5. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    The KKK took my baby away- The Ramones
  6. Timothy. An upbeat song about a mine diaster and canibalism.
  7. joebar


    Jan 10, 2010
    amy winehouse-addicted
    your grandmother would probably like this song, until you read the lyrics
  8. Makatak


    Apr 13, 2002
    New Zealand
    Im not sick but im not well - Lit

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


    Nov 27, 2003
    The Netherlands
    Rogue luthier employed at Knooren Handcrafted bass guitars
    You mean the song "Rehab?"

    "They tried to make me go to rehab but I said 'no, no, no!' "
  10. Illini10


    May 15, 2012
    Elmwood, IL
    "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades"
  11. rapturebass


    Dec 6, 2008
    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.
  12. TC424


    Jun 24, 2010
    Holtwood, PA
    Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks"
  13. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    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...
  14. Bloodhammer

    Bloodhammer Twinkle Twinkle Black Star

    Jul 7, 2009
    Shreveport, Louisiana
    Most Dead Kennedys songs.
  15. staurosjohn

    staurosjohn Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2010
    Nottingham, Maryland
    10,000 Maniacs:

    Like The Weather

    Whats The Matter Here?
  16. joebar


    Jan 10, 2010
    no, the song `addicted`
  17. staurosjohn

    staurosjohn Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2010
    Nottingham, Maryland

  18. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    She ****in hates me.


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

    sikamikanico Supporting Member

    Mar 17, 2004
    Smashing pumpkins - Today
    "Today is the greatest day I've ever known"
  20. Charley Umbria

    Charley Umbria I'm Really a Drummer Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2011
    Rock City, TN
    Almost anything by Big Star...