People Are Sharing Beautiful Songs That Have Disturbing Meanings, And I Can't Listen To Some Of These The Same Way Again

Have you ever listened to a catchy, upbeat tune only to realize the lyrics are actually pretty dark?


If so, you're in good company! This week, Reddit user u/MagicDalsi asked, "What song has a beautiful sound but a disturbing meaning?"

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As always, the responses did not disappoint! Here are some of the most eye-opening ones:

Note: Some of the following contain mentions of suicide, addiction, and domestic violence.

1."Electric Avenue" by Eddy Grant

"Who is to blame in one country? Never can get to the one, Dealin' in multiplication, And they still can't feed everyone"

2."The Way" by Fastball

"They won't make it home, But they really don't care, They wanted the highway, They're happier there today"

3."At Least It Was Here" by the 88

"We could be roped up tied up dead in a year, can't count the reasons I should stay, one by one they all just fade away"

"The theme song for Community is about hanging yourself. But damn, it's catchy."



4."Run for Your Life" by the Beatles

"Hide your hand in the sand little girl, catch you with another man, that's the end little girl"

"The song is basically, 'If you cheat on me, I will find you, and I will kill you.'"


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5."Born in the U.S.A." by Bruce Springsteen

"Out by the gas fires of the refinery, I'm 10 years burning down the road, Nowhere to run ain't got nowhere to go"

6."Macarena" by Los del Río

"Macarena has a boyfriend, Who is named with the last name Vitorino, And while he was being sworn in as a conscript, She’s giving it to two friends"

7."Wave of Mutilation" by Pixies

"Cease to resist giving my goodbye, Drive my car into the ocean, You'll think I'm dead but I sail away"

8."Fast Car" by Tracy Chapman

"See my old man's got a problem, He lives with the bottle that's the way it is, He says his body's too old for working, His body's too young to look like his"

"[It's] not necessarily disturbing, but [it's] very sad."


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9."Semi-Charmed Life" by Third Eye Blind

"And I wish I could get back there someplace back there, Smiling in the pictures you would take, Doing crystal meth will lift you up until you break"

10."Alone Again (Naturally)" by Gilbert O'Sullivan

"Reality came around, And without so much as a mere touch, Cut me into little pieces"

11."You Are My Sunshine" by Jimmie Davis

"You told me once dear you really loved me, And no one else could come between, But now you've left me and love another, You have shattered all my dreams"

"[It] seems like an upbeat, happy song, but it's actually pretty depressing when you hear more of the lyrics."


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12."Every Breath You Take" by the Police

"Every move you make, Every vow you break, Every smile you fake, Every claim you stake, I'll be watching you"

"Wonderful composition, but the lyrics make it a stalker's anthem."


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13."The Kids Aren't Alright" by the Offspring

"Jay committed suicide, whah-oh, Brandon OD'ed and died, Whoa-oh, what the hell is going on?"

"It has such a great classic punk sound, but damn, the lyrics are just frightening."


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14.And finally, "Barbie Girl" by Aqua

"Make me walk make me talk do whatever you please, I can act like a star I can beg on my knees, Come jump in bimbo friend let us do it again"

Suggested by: u/bullhorn143

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Got a surprisingly dark song that didn't make this list? Tell us in the comments!

Note: Some entries have been edited for length and/or clarity.