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Subject: Happy Sounding Songs With Sad Lyrics:

Written By: 80smuzikhead on 05/07/05 at 9:49 pm

In the 80s, there were many songs which sounded happy but were sad, if you listened to the lyrics. Some that I can think of:

Do You Really Want To Hurt me?/Karma Chameleon/The Medal Song/The Dive/Move Away -Culture Club
In Between Days -The Cure
Dancing In The Dark -Bruce Springsteen
Take On Me -Aha

What others can y'all think of?

Subject: Re: Happy Sounding Songs With Sad Lyrics:

Written By: AnnieBanannie on 05/07/05 at 10:29 pm


In the 80s, there were many songs which sounded happy but were sad, if you listened to the lyrics. Some that I can think of:

Do You Really Want To Hurt me?/Karma Chameleon/The Medal Song/The Dive/Move Away -Culture Club
In Between Days -The Cure
Dancing In The Dark -Bruce Springsteen
Take On Me -Aha

What others can y'all think of?


Something To Do by Depeche Mode
It's The End Of The World As We Know It And I Feel Fine - REM
Where The Story Ends by the Sundays

Take On Me was the first one I thought of when I read the title of the topic.  <grin>

Subject: Re: Happy Sounding Songs With Sad Lyrics:

Written By: AnnieBanannie on 05/07/05 at 10:31 pm


Something To Do by Depeche Mode
It's The End Of The World As We Know It And I Feel Fine - REM
Where The Story Ends by the Sundays

Take On Me was the first one I thought of when I read the title of the topic.  <grin>



Oh yeah, I forgot "I Should Be So Lucky" by Kylie Minogue and similar poppy Stock, Aitken Waterman songs. 

Subject: Re: Happy Sounding Songs With Sad Lyrics:

Written By: Kryllith on 05/07/05 at 11:06 pm

Dancing With Tears in my Eyes...

Subject: Re: Happy Sounding Songs With Sad Lyrics:

Written By: Marty McFly on 05/08/05 at 5:26 am

"Dancing in the Dark" and "Take on Me" are great (already picked) choices.

Some others I can think off the top of my head:

King of Pain - Police (maybe not sad, but creepy lyrics, for sure)
Solitaire - Laura Branigan
Boys of Summer - Don Henley
Some Guys Have All the Luck - Rod Stewart
Missing You - John Waite

Then, of course, there's some that sound happy, but are lyrically about a scarier/darker subject (i.e. "Maniac") though not sad.

Subject: Re: Happy Sounding Songs With Sad Lyrics:

Written By: _adam_ on 05/08/05 at 12:16 pm

Howard Jones-What is love
OMD-If you leave
Everything count-Depeche mode

Subject: Re: Happy Sounding Songs With Sad Lyrics:

Written By: 80smuzikhead on 05/09/05 at 7:50 am


OMD-If you leave

You think, "If You Leave" sounds happy? I always thought it sounded quite plaintitive.
"Forever Live And Die" by OMD sounds happy to me, but it's  not.
And also:
"Comfortably Numb" -Pink Floyd
"Thorn In My Side" -Eurythmics

Subject: Re: Happy Sounding Songs With Sad Lyrics:

Written By: redhead007 on 05/09/05 at 8:53 am

The only one I can think of off the top of my head is a French song that was a #15 hit in France in 1989 called A Quoi Je Sers by Mylene Farmer. Happy sounding, but the lyrics (title roughly translates to What Good Am I) definitely aren't.

And also There Is A Light That Never Goes Out by The Smiths.

Subject: Re: Happy Sounding Songs With Sad Lyrics:

Written By: MysteryGoat on 05/10/05 at 1:59 am

Janies Got A Gun - Aerosmith

I know it's not exactly in the 80's but hey, 1990, it's close enough.

Subject: Re: Happy Sounding Songs With Sad Lyrics:

Written By: mrgazpacho on 05/10/05 at 7:50 am


And also There Is A Light That Never Goes Out by The Smiths.


Speaking of The Moz, I nominate the catchy self-loathing ditty We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful

Subject: Re: Happy Sounding Songs With Sad Lyrics:

Written By: george78 on 05/10/05 at 8:00 am

No One Is To Blame by Howard Jones
Forever Young by Alphaville
:(

Subject: Re: Happy Sounding Songs With Sad Lyrics:

Written By: mr.smith s on 05/10/05 at 3:37 pm

Basicaly any of the smiths songs, 

The Cure - Why can't I be You?

Subject: Re: Happy Sounding Songs With Sad Lyrics:

Written By: 80smuzikhead on 05/10/05 at 9:19 pm

I already mentioned a bunch of Culture Club songs and there are many more that fit the criteria. Boy George actually says in his autobiography -which is a thoughroughly good read, BTW and I should know having read it 5 times :D - that the songs he wrote sounded happy but were a testament to his toubled love affair with Culture Club drummer, Jon Moss.
Culture Club asside, some more songs:
Siouxsie & The Banshees -The Killing Jar
We Don't Talk Anymore -Cliff Richard
Bros -I O U Nothing

Subject: Re: Happy Sounding Songs With Sad Lyrics:

Written By: SpaceHog on 05/11/05 at 3:19 pm

feels like heaven by Fiction Factory

Subject: Re: Happy Sounding Songs With Sad Lyrics:

Written By: agoraphobicwhacko on 05/11/05 at 5:43 pm

"Sad Songs Say So Much" by Elton John.

Subject: Re: Happy Sounding Songs With Sad Lyrics:

Written By: _adam_ on 05/12/05 at 9:51 am

Night ranger-Don`t tell me you love me
Bon jovi-You give love a bad name

Subject: Re: Happy Sounding Songs With Sad Lyrics:

Written By: 80smuzikhead on 05/12/05 at 12:17 pm

REO Speedwagon -Time For Me To Fly

Subject: Re: Happy Sounding Songs With Sad Lyrics:

Written By: spaceace on 05/12/05 at 1:35 pm

Howard Jones' "What is Love?"  I also think the song "Major Tom"  (I forget the artist that sang it) qualifies for this catagory.  It's about a spacecraft that has a crash landing.  Yeah, it's got a happy ending but it doesn't take away from the fact that it's about a space mission gone wrong.

Subject: Re: Happy Sounding Songs With Sad Lyrics:

Written By: saver on 05/12/05 at 2:39 pm

Sweetness- The Smiths

Subject: Re: Happy Sounding Songs With Sad Lyrics:

Written By: 80smuzikhead on 05/12/05 at 10:55 pm

Can't Stand Losing You -The Police

Subject: Re: Happy Sounding Songs With Sad Lyrics:

Written By: FaultyDog on 05/15/05 at 4:17 pm


Howard Jones' "What is Love?"  I also think the song "Major Tom"  (I forget the artist that sang it) qualifies for this catagory.  It's about a spacecraft that has a crash landing.  Yeah, it's got a happy ending but it doesn't take away from the fact that it's about a space mission gone wrong.

I think Peter Schilling is the one you're looking for (although he used David Bowies Space Oddity). And the song doesn't have a happy ending - it's inconclusive.

If ever there was a song to fit the criteria, it's "I sometimes wish I was dead" by Depeche Mode.

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