There are songs that are very catchy and can cause an episode of a last song syndrome after the first run, until you listened to their lyrics closely and realize there might be some underlying sinister meaning to them. Some may have masked their twisted messaged well with their upbeat music but there are others who didn’t even bother hiding the product of a rather dark imagination.
Here are 8 songs with twisted meanings that can send shivers down your spine.
Jenny Was a Friend of Mine
“I just can’t take this; I swear I told you the truth…
She couldn’t scream while I held her close, I swore I’d never let her go…”
It’s easy to fall in love and bop to this song with its catchy beat and Brandon Flower’s powerful vocals. That is until you realized that the subject of the song is actually being interrogated about the murder of Jenny.
But what’s more unsettling is the cliffhanger which the listeners were left with as the song never had any resolution to it. It was never clarified if the subject was guilty or not.
Every Breath You Take
“Oh, can’t you see? You belong to me. My poor heart aches with every step you take…
Every move you make, every vow you break, every smile you fake, every claim you stake…
I’ll be watching you…”
Considered by many as The Police’s signature song, Every Breath You Take has also became the ultimate stalker anthem. Songwriter, Sting, confirmed that the song talks about someone’s obsession over a past lover, and the jealousy and surveillance that followed the end of their relationship.
Just imagine having someone watch every move and count every breath you take.
“Roll demon roll, roll demon roll, there’s a demon inside, better run for your life, boy…
Roll demon roll, roll demon roll, and if you see come now you better tear out your eyes…”
Despite of this song’s lulling melody coupled with Kathleen Munroe’s calming vocals the song actually has a sinister lyrical content. It’s a twisted love song that embodies an obsessive love-hate relationship.
This song was also used in the psycho-thriller movie, “What Keeps You Alive” and you could bet that this added more creep factor to it. Check out this haunting version by lead actress, Hannah Anderson.
“I ain’t the worst that you’ve seen; can’t you see what I mean?
Ah, might as well jump, might as well jump…
Go ahead and jump!”
It’s not hard to get into that perky mood with this song’s lively synth music, but knowing the origin of its lyrics may actually hold you back. According to vocalist, David Lee Roth, the lyrics were inspired by a news story shown on TV about a man threatening to jump off a building.
Although the band had made it as an invitation to ‘fall in love’ the origin of the lyrics is still quite disturbing.
“Dead babies can’t take care of themselves; dead babies can’t take things off the shelf…
Well, we didn’t love you anyway. Goodbye little Betty…”
What can we expect from the man who introduced horror imagery to the rock and roll scene?
Dead Babies talked of a child who was neglected by her parents. Despite the fact that Dead Babies actually conveyed an “anti-child abuse” message, it’s still hard not to be creeped out especially with Cooper’s signature raspy voice.
Where the Wild Roses Grow
“He showed me the roses and we kissed…
And the last thing I heard was a muttered word as he knelt above me with a rock in his fist…”
The mellow music coupled with the haunting duet of Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue made the song seem like a retelling of a beautiful love story. But don’t be fooled as the song was actually inspired by a tale of a woman who was courted by a man who eventually killed her while they were out together.
A Little Piece of Heaven
“Must have stabbed her fifty f*cking times, I can’t believe it…
Ripped her heart out right before her eyes, eyes over easy…
Eat it, eat it, eat it!”
The title may have made it seem like a perfect love song for your significant other but its lyrics are the things you wouldn’t want your lover to ever dedicate to you. A Little Piece of Heaven takes us through the story of a man whose proposal was rejected by the object of his affection, thus leading him to go on a rage which ended up with him killing the girl off.
Though there are others that believe the song is actually just a gory allegory to a toxic relationship.
Pumped Up Kicks
“Yeah, found a six shooter gun in his dad’s closet hidden 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…”
Don’t be fooled by the catchy and upbeat music of this song, Pumped Up Kicks actually contained a rather sinister story within its lyrics. Mark Foster explained that the song tells the story of a kid who was plotting his acts of violence towards his schoolmates, delving deep into his emotions and the cause for his snap.
May this serve as a cautionary tale for you, kids, to be nice to all of your schoolmates.
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