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Old 01-26-09, 01:31 AM
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Pop songs with really f^cked up lyrics?

I was out grocery shopping and britney spears "oops I did it again" was playing, I never noticed how fucked up the lyrics were, she's pissed off at a guy for liking her and then plays with his heart and then apparently does it a lot and is very casual about it. Weezer's Hash pipe is about a male prostitute and they play that at football games. So what are some others?
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In retrospect, Michael Jackson's Beat It is pretty f'ed up.
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Semi-Charmed Life - Third Eye Blind
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Heart Shaped Box - Nirvana

"I wish I could eat your cancer when you turn black." THAT's f^cked up!
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Re: Pop songs with really f^cked up lyrics?

I was shopping at a grocery store and I heard "Luka" by Suzanne Vega playing.

I don't think the lyrics are fucked up so much as it is not really a "shopping for veggies and chips" kind of song.
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Just about anything by Of Montreal
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Lionel Richie's Hello is creepy as anything. It clearly starts with masturbation fantasies:

I've been alone with you / Inside my mind / And in my dreams I've kissed your lips / A thousand times

The guy also doesn't really seem to know the object of his affection:

I wonder where you are / And I wonder what you do / Are you somewhere feeling lonely? / Or is someone loving you? / Tell me how to win your heart / For I haven't got a clue

Indeed, apparently she is just a neighbour that he is stalking, or something:

I sometimes see you / Pass outside my door

But the really creepy part is his pick-up line:

Hello! / Is it me you're looking for?

This, in the video, is delivered through a phone call. A phone call in which NOTHING else is said by him before he hangs up.

The song scares me.
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Re: Pop songs with really f^cked up lyrics?

Does Britney's If You Seek Amy apply?

Love me, hate me. Say what you want about me
But all of the boys and all of the girls
Are begging to If You Seek Amy!

I heard she is recording a new version where she says "see" vs "seek" so that it can be played on the radio as her next single.
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Re: Pop songs with really f^cked up lyrics?

It's not really a "pop song", but nothing is more bizarre than seeing a cruise line advertize with a song with these lyrics:
Here comes johnny yen again
With the liquor and drugs
And the flesh machine
Hes gonna do another strip tease.
Hey man, whered ya get that lotion?
Ive been hurting since Ive bought the gimmick
About something called love
Yeah, something called love.
Well, thats like hypnotizing chickens.

...

Im worth a million in prizes
With my torture film
Drive a gto
Wear a uniform
All on a government loan.
Im worth a million in prizes
Yeah, Im through with sleeping on the sidewalk
No more beating my brains
No more beating my brains
With liquor and drugs
With liquor and drugs.
In terms of mainstream hits with disturbing lyrics, how about basically any Steely Dan song?
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Re: Pop songs with really f^cked up lyrics?

Nearly every Nick Cave song contains some darkly brilliant turn of a phrase.

And let's not forget Timothy by The Buoys, a 1971 #17 hit about cannibalism, written by Mr. Pina Colada himself Rupert Holmes.

Trapped in a mine that had caved in
And everyone knows the only ones left
Were Joe and me and Tim
When they broke through to pull us free
The only ones left to tell the tale
Were Joe and me

Timothy, Timothy, where on earth did you go?
Timothy, Timothy, God why don't I know?

Hungry as hell no food to eat
And Joe said that he would sell his soul
For just a piece of meat
Water enough to drink for two
And Joe said to me, "I'll have a swig
And then there's some for you."

Timothy, Timothy, Joe was looking at you
Timothy, Timothy, God what did we do?

I must have blacked out just around then
'Cause the very next thing that I could see
Was the light of the day again
My stomach was full as it could be
And nobody ever got around
To finding Timothy
Timothy...

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Re: Pop songs with really f^cked up lyrics?

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Lionel Richie's Hello is creepy as anything. It clearly starts with masturbation fantasies:

I've been alone with you / Inside my mind / And in my dreams I've kissed your lips / A thousand times

The guy also doesn't really seem to know the object of his affection:

I wonder where you are / And I wonder what you do / Are you somewhere feeling lonely? / Or is someone loving you? / Tell me how to win your heart / For I haven't got a clue

Indeed, apparently she is just a neighbour that he is stalking, or something:

I sometimes see you / Pass outside my door

But the really creepy part is his pick-up line:

Hello! / Is it me you're looking for?

This, in the video, is delivered through a phone call. A phone call in which NOTHING else is said by him before he hangs up.

The song scares me.
See also, The Police, "Every Breath You Take" and Rockwell, "Somebody's Watching Me" (1983, 1984)

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i think a lot of people back in the late 70s ( and a lot of drunken aunts and grandmas at wedding receptions to this day ) missed the subtlety and nuances in some of the Village People's biggest hits - Y.M.C.A., In the Navy, Go West, Macho Man...Prince gets raked over the coals for Darling NIkki, but Cyndi Lauper has a top ten hit with She Bop...as mentioned above, Steely Dan's Hey Nineteen was also a top ten song in 1980 - i often think that proves my theory that people hear the words but seldom listen to the lyrics.
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People were aware of "She-Bop" and its subject matter, as it was one of the songs flagged initially by the PMRC as a corruptor of innocent youth. The cheeriest sounding song with disturbing lyrics I can think of right now is the Beautiful South's "Woman in the Wall," which is about a guy kills his wife and, well, stuffs her in the wall. Set to a nice, bouncy tune as well.
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How about Warren Zevon's Excitable Boy?

Well, he went down to dinner in his Sunday best
Excitable boy, they all said
And he rubbed the pot roast all over his chest
Excitable boy, they all said
Well, he's just an excitable boy

He took in the four a.m. show at the Clark
Excitable boy, they all said
And he bit the usherette's leg in the dark
Excitable boy, they all said
Well, he's just an excitable boy

He took little Suzie to the Junior Prom
Excitable boy, they all said
And he raped her and killed her, then he took her home
Excitable boy, they all said
Well, he's just an excitable boy
After ten long years they let him out of the home
Excitable boy, they all said
And he dug up her grave and built a cage with her bones
Excitable boy, they all said
Well, he's just an excitable boy
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Sean Kingston - Beautiful Girls

You had me suicidal, suicidal when you said it's over.



I remember the girlfriend being appalled.
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Re: Pop songs with really f^cked up lyrics?

This is more rock/country/gospel.

Jack Killed Mom

When Jack was born he winked at Mom
Her pretty face was the first he saw
Was Jack wrong because he loved Mom?

Things were bad, before they got worse
Mom would pinch Jack until it hurt
Mama thought her boy was cursed

You leave (leave!)
You leave (leave!)
You leave that boy to me
Oh, Jack, I love him
But you leave that boy to me
You leave (leave!)
Leave (leave!)
I know his condition and soon he will be free

Off at school Jack was cruel
He'd become the bully's bull
Was Jack wrong to mimic Mom?

And after school on the corner stool
Mom was kissing on the Golden Rule
Jack had become the teacher's fool

You leave (leave!)
You leave (leave!)
You leave that man to me
Oh, Mom, I love you, and soon you will be free
With my will (will!) and my hands (hands!) like old Solomon
And in your honor I'm going to cut that man in half

All the lessons Mama would teach
Books from Rome and ancient Greece
Men push rocks up stony mountains
Turning one fish into five thousand
And a king went blind from his mother's love
A terrible rage came over Jack
His Mama lying on her back
The one who taught him right from wrong
But knew no better all along
She got ran through when Jack killed his Mom
(Bang bang!)

Don't leave (leave!)
Don't leave (leave!)
Don't leave this world to me
Oh, Mom I love, I didn't mean to set you free
With my will (will!) and my hands (hands!) like old Solomon
Oh Mom, I love you, I didn't mean to set you free

Was Jack wrong? (Jack killed Mom!)
Was Jack wrong? (Jack killed Mom!)
Was Jack wrong? (Jack killed Mom!)
Jack killed Mom!
Jack killed Mom!
Was Jack wrong? Jack killed Mom!
Jack killed Mom!

Oh
When Jack killed his Mom!
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It's not really a "pop song", but nothing is more bizarre than seeing a cruise line advertize with a song with these lyrics:
too bad they changed their theme music...always gotta kick out of hearing Lust for Life.
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"Maxwell's silver hammer"

and

peter gabriel's "Sledgehammer". It sounds like the song is all about his ginormous wang.
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I think most of his singles could qualify.
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Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
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Sean Kingston - Beautiful Girls

You had me suicidal, suicidal when you said it's over.



I remember the girlfriend being appalled.
I remember the radio station here taking out those words, leaving:

You had me ---------------------------when you said it's over. It never made any sense, they should have just not played it.
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See also, The Police, "Every Breath You Take"...
It's pretty well know, at least to everyone I've met, that this is "the stalker song".

I still find it amazing that Chevy used that song in a mini-van commercial.
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Clay Aiken's "Invisible" is just wrong on so many levels.

Whatcha’ doin’ tonight
I wish I could be a fly on your wall
Are you really alone
Who's stealin' your dreams
Why can't I bring you into my life
What would it take to make you see that I'm alive

[Chorus]

If I was invisible
Then I could just watch you in your room
If I was invincible
I'd make you mine tonight

If hearts were unbreakable
Then I could just tell you where I stand
I would be the smartest man
If I was invisible
(Wait..I already am)


There's nothing like being an invisible rapist to get fans humming along! *Shudders*
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Everything Nickleback sings, seems to be about dirty sluts on their knees.

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