There are lots of songs out there with super-romantic lyrics that demand to be on the top of your wedding playlist. But then there are also those works whose words subtly imply they shouldn’t be played in front of a large crowd, simply because they’re super weird. Here are eleven songs with disturbing lyrics that make you wonder if the writer is alright.
The album title should have already tipped you off. 1000 Forms of Fear? – sounds pretty depressing to me. Sia’s lead single is no different, boasting lines like
“Help me, I’m holding on for dear life
Won’t look down, won’t open my eyes”
after proclaiming to “swing from the chandelier.” This song is obviously about partying when you really shouldn’t be (“1 2 3, 1 2 3, drink / Throw ’em back till I lose count”), but it also gives me the mental image of someone hanging from the ceiling. In a noose.
It’s good that Sia herself doesn’t take her own song all too seriously as can be seen on Chandelier’s Genius page:
Yes, Sia, so sad.
This song’s title says it all. Apart from sounding quite painful, this idea is also pretty horrifying. The rest of the lyrics are no better:
“Obviously it is hard to see
That the sun will never shine when we are together
How can you be so ignorant
To the fact that I’mma be in this pain forever”
I mean at least her story is consistent. Blood in your eyes would make it “hard to see” anything at all!
3. Tove Lo – Habits (Stay High)
“I eat my dinner in my bathtub
Then I go to sex clubs
Watching freaky people getting it on”
Just a normal Wednesday in the life of Swedish pop singer Tove Lo. I could’ve picked virtually any one of her songs for this list, because she is arguably insane. Or at least very troubled:
“Pick up daddies at the playground
How I spend my day time”
I’m kinda jealous of those daddies, though. Ahem.
4. Marina and the Diamonds – Savages
“Murder lives forever
And so does war”
predicts Marina in “Savages.” The song’s lyrics explore human nature, painting a rather dark picture and reaching their peak in the line:
“I’m not afraid of God
I am afraid of man”
I don’t blame you, Marina.
5. Lady Gaga – Papparazzi
“I’m your biggest fan
I’ll follow you until you love me”
And if I never do?! Will you kill me like all those people in the “Telephone” video? Also, what the heck does “Loving you is cherry pie” mean?
6. Fredrika Stahl – What If
You probably don’t know this song, but its lyrics are… something. Let’s see what we got:
“What if I told you that I did it again
That I accidentally cheated on you with your best friend?”
I’d say that’s rough, but I’m sure there’s more?
“What if I told you Rose is not my real name?”
Now I’m scared.
“What if I say I never went to that shrink
‘Cause I solved all my problems by poisoning your drink?”
And now I’m dead.
7. The White Stripes – Hardest Button to Button
What starts out as cute story about getting a little sibling quickly turns into a Voodoo session:
“I grabbed a rag doll and stuck some little pins in it”
I mean I get that a screaming baby can get on your nerves, but the way this plays out is extreme. At the end of the song, they practically admit to child murder:
“I got a backyard with nothing in it
Except a stick, a dog, and a box with something in it”
I probably don’t have to tell you what that “something” in the box is…
8. Natalia Kills – Kill My Boyfriend
I know, I know. Natalia Kills has become a controversial name and it’s brave of me to mention her at all. But this is for science!
The song’s title already tells you a lot about her intentions, but a look at the lyrics can’t hurt, right?
“I’m gonna, kill, kill, kill
So we can be together like we planned”
Sounds like she wants to live with a dead body on the other side of the bed for the rest of her life. That’s what I call disturbing!
9. Halsey – Gasoline
While they’re not as bad as some of the others on this list, Gasoline’s lyrics are still unsettling.
“You can’t wake up, this is not a dream
You’re part of a machine, you are not a human being
With your face all made up, living on a screen”
So I am in the Matrix after all? Damnit, I was right all along!
“Are you deranged like me? Are you strange like me?
Lighting matches just to swallow up the flame like me?”
No, Halsey. Just no.
10. Florence + the Machine – Bird Song
Well, I didn’t tell anyone, but a bird flew by
Saw what I’d done, he set up a nest outside
And he sang about what I’d become
I said: “that’s the last song you’ll ever sing”
Held him down, broke his neck
Well, that escalated quickly.
11. Regina Spektor – Mary Ann
Best for last. Regina Spektor, my all time favorite artist, has performed a lot of songs. In fact, there are so many tracks that we need an entire Wikipedia article to remember them all. One of them introduces us to Mary Ann, a stuck-up housewife who is very tidy and perhaps a little compulsive (she keeps her cans “in alphabetical order”). The way Regina describes this woman’s sex life makes me feel bad for her poor husband:
“On that day, as scheduled,
They made porcupine love”
I don’t know how that would look or feel like and frankly, I don’t wanna find out. It doesn’t really matter, though, because she eventually murders him anyway:
“Oh she killed him rather quickly
Man that woman was truly sickly
But lord not any sicker than according to plan”
That last line is so reassuring; I’m glad to know that this homicide was at least thought through properly!
Fittingly, Regina ends the song in a sneeze. That’s disturbing in my book.
I think I’ve heard enough music for today.
What’s the strangest song you know? Tell me in the comments below!