Songs 13 Songs You Had No Idea Are About Murder  

Nathan Gibson
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Plenty of musicians stick to uplifting topics when it comes to writing a new song – what better way to ensure it'll get picked up by mainstream radio? Sometimes, though, things get a little dark. Some top tunes slip in references to shocking violence, and there are so many songs you didn't know are about murder.

True, most people don't really listen closely to lyrics. But once you know the actual meaning behind these songs that are about murder, you'll never hear them the same way again. Songs about killing are all over the charts. You've probably hummed along to these tunes with no inkling of their homicidal undertones. It just goes to show you never know which songs have surprisingly dark meanings.


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The members of Barenaked Ladies have always maintained that the 1998 single “One Week” is about nothing more than a man trying to justify himself to his girlfriend following an argument, with some random rapping thrown into the mix. However, according to theorists like Redditor /u/Euchrid_Eucrow, the song's lyrics hint at a much darker fate for the woman. The line about funerals, for instance, suggests the man is about to send her to an early grave.

Choice Lyrics:

I’m the kind of guy who laughs at a funeral

Can’t understand what I mean?

Well, you soon will

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Ask most people what the 1978 song “Copacabana” is about, and they'll probably guess it celebrates a really fun nightclub. A close listen of the verses, though, reveals that a mobster approaches a showgirl named Lola he is attracted to. When her boyfriend, a bartender named Tony, sees this he confronts the man and a fight ensues. Ultimately, Tony ends up getting shot and Lola goes mad with grief.

Choice Lyrics:

But Rico went a bit too far

Tony sailed across the bar

And then the punches flew and chairs were smashed in two

There was blood and a single gunshot

But just who shot who?

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Diddy Doo Wop (I Hear The Voices) By Hall & Oates


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When serial killer David Berkowitz claimed that the song “Rich Girl” by Hall & Oates motivated him to commit his crimes, the duo decided to write a song in response. The breezy 1980 jam “Diddy Doo Wop” doesn’t really seem like it's about the murderer, other than the fact that it includes lines about the song’s main character hearing voices from a dog. This was a direct reference to Berkowitz’s defense that his dog had made him carry out the attacks.

Choice Lyrics:

My right hand tried to stop my left hand

My left hand tried to stop my right hand

My head keep trying to stop both hands

But i can't stop, I can't stop, I can't stop

I hear the duke singing

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The Ballad Of TV Violence By Cheap Trick


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If Cheap Trick had stuck with their original name for this 1977 song, “The Ballad of Richard Speck,” more people would have realized the true nature of the song. As it was, the renamed version seemed more like a song about a guy who liked playing with knives and guns. Richard Speck, on the other hand, was a notorious killer who tortured and murdered eight young nurses in the '60s.

Choice Lyrics:

I need a knife to give me a wife

I need a knife, gimme your life

Gimme your life

I need a gun to have me some fun I need a gun, gimme your love

Gimme your love

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