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17 Strangely Upbeat Songs With Surprisingly Dark Lyrics That Left Us Shook

September 25, 2020 2.6k votes 434 voters 23.9k views17 items

List RulesVote up the most surprisingly depressing songs!

Usually with sad songs the giveaway is the sad and somber melodies but sometimes you have to listen a little harder.  In an AskReddit, u/mc4starterzzz asks, "What song has an upbeat tune but dark lyrics?" and the internet provided. All of these songs sound bright and cheery until you are alone in your car and it hits different when you realize what it is you are singing. Below are 17 of those super happy sounding but actually really depressing songs! Vote up the most surprisingly depressing lyrics! 

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    Pumped Up Kicks - Foster The People

    Video: YouTube

    From elee0228:

    The lyrics are seriously messed up:

    Robert's got a quick hand
    He'll look around the room, he won't tell you his plan
    He's got a rolled cigarette
    Hanging out his mouth he's a cowboy kid
    Yeah found a six shooter gun
    In his dad's closet, oh in a box of fun things
    I don't even know what
    But he's coming for you, yeah he's coming for you

    All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
    You'd better run, better run, outrun my g.u.n
    All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
    You'd better run, better run, faster than my bullet

     

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  • Photo: richbedforduk / flickr / CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0
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    99 Red Balloons - Nena

    From u/Jormungandr315:

    A cold war song about an accidental nuclear holocaust? One of my favorite fun facts.

     

    Lyrics:

     

    Ninety nine red balloons
    Floating in the summer sky
    Panic bells, its red alert
    There's something here from somewhere else
    The war machine springs to life
    Opens up one eager eye
    And focusing it on the sky
    The ninety nine red balloons go by

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  • Photo: Flickr
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    Wrong Way - Sublime

    From u/Teto_the_foxsquirrel:

    Wrong way by Sublime just gives me the creeps. It was one of my coworkers favorites and I asked him if he’d ever really listened to the lyrics as I was surprised he (as the father of a young girl) liked it. 

    Lyrics:

    Annie's twelve years old in two more she'll be a whore

    Nobody ever told her it's the wrong way

    Don't be afraid with the quickness you get laid

    For your family'll get paid

    It's the wrong way

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  • 4

    Excitable Boy - Warren Zevon

    Video: YouTube

    From u/keusarami:

     

    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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