This might be weird but I am a massive fan of depressing songs. I actually live for playing those types of songs and feeling those sad emotions over and over. They really gut you and the raw emotion is something I can’t get over. So I present twelve lyrics that are pretty depressing and if you click the title of the song, it will take you to a YouTube link. These are in no particular order, by the way.
Ah, Dirty Work. The album that even the band didn’t like. Regardless, there are some gems on the album such as this one, which talks about how it feels to love someone so close to you yet far away. This line especially hits, with Alex telling himself to keep the love interest so that they can remain in his life. I could have put Remembering Sunday on here but this song’s more relatable to me right now. (however, it will be considered an honorable mention).
2.”I’ve got troubled thoughts and self-esteem to match, what a catch, what a catch.” Fall Out Boy – What A Catch, Donnie from their album: Folie A Deux
On their last album before their hiatus, Fall Out Boy addressed feelings of betrayal, depression, and other issues within society. What A Catch, Donnie has many guest vocalists on board and specifically addresses depression as the title refers to Donny Hathaway, a singer who committed suicide like bassist/lyricist Pete Wentz had also attempted to do while struggling with depression. The first part of the lyrics depicts just that and “What a catch” is meant sarcastically as if anyone was to want to be close with him, what they getting is less than desirable.
3.”If all our life is but a dream, fantastic posing greed, then we should feed our jewelry to the sea. For diamonds do appear to be, just like broken glass to me.” Panic! At The Disco – Northern Downpour from their album: Pretty. Odd.
Fun fact: For a poetry analysis as one of the last Essays for Lit and Comp, I chose this song. I wrote over 10 pages about it, which in retrospect was maybe too much. The first line is reference to “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” giving the line a darker meaning. The rest of the lyrics here display the emotion of pointlessness, really asking the questions: Why do we associate material items with quality of life and why do they matter if life is just a dream anyway? This is further illustrated by the view of comparing diamonds, something of high value, to broken glass, which is basically… nothing.
4.”On the outside, always looking in. Will I ever be more than I’ve always been? ‘Cause I’m tap, tap, tapping on the glass, waving through a window,.” Benj Pasek and Justin Paul featuring Ben Platt- Waving Through A Window from the album: Dear Evan Hansen (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
This song hails from the 6 Tony Award Winning Musical: Dear Evan Hansen. The musical addresses social anxiety, depression, suicide, and utilizes technology in the set in a totally unique and innovative way. This song specifically talks about how badly our titular character wants to fit in but simply does not. He watches people living their lives but as you see in the musical, they ignore/don’t have time to hear him, making him feel lonely. And the fact that glass reflects and will only show himself back to him could inflict further feelings of loneliness. The glass also serves as a trap, depicting his isolation from society, that he wants to escape.
plus ben got a tony for acting in it that he totally deserved ❤ . (andrew rannells deserved a tony)
5.”What did I do to make you so cruel? I’ve got this ache inside my heart, I know that it’s you. What should I do now that I know that we’re doomed? I loved you most. And now you’re a ghost I walk right through.” Sky Ferriera – Ghost from: Ghost EP
The whole EP talks about relationships, depression, and jealousy and
this song tells of the aftermath of an abusive relationship that went downhill after “the honeymoon phase.” These lyrics speak about our narrator who has gone through so much to prove her love to her lover but at this point she’s given up on him and their love. Him being a ghost represents the lack of importance he holds to her now compared to before and how he only lives in the past memories.
6.”And the salt in my wounds isn’t burning any more than it used to. It’s not that I don’t feel the pain, I’m just not afraid of hurting anymore.” Paramore – Last Hope from their album: Paramore
Paramore consists of songs talking about growing up, moving on, heartache, and fears for the future but also love and just living. Part II (A sequel to the song Let The Flames Begin on Riot!) leads into Last Hope. The song is about feeling hopeless but still holding on the only thread that’s still keeping you alive. The first line talks about there not being any new pain, which can keep you looking up. The second line is saying that even though these recurring problems will always bring pain, but now there’s support to help through this as cited in the band’s LiveJournal.
7.”It almost feels like a joke to play out a part, when you are not the starring role in someone else’s heart. You know I’d rather walk alone, than play a supporting role if I can’t get the starring role.” Marina And The Diamonds – Starring Role, from her album: Electra Heart
Electra Heart is a concept album following the titular character who portrays several societal/cultural female archetypes while also discussing issues in relationships. These lyrics discuss how Electra’s lover only wants her for sex, and while he’s with his main girl all the time, he’s with here behind the scenes, making her a side chick. However, she hates this status because she’s fallen for him (despite the fact that she knew his reputation) and insists on either being important or leaving.
8.”Don’t be dramatic, it’s only some plastic. No one will love you if you’re unattractive. Oh Mrs. Potato Head, tell me. Is it true that pain is beauty? Does a new face come with a warranty? Will a pretty face make it better?” Melanie Martinez – Mrs. Potato Head, from her album: Cry Baby
Mrs. Potato Head is criticism of society’s way of putting everlasting youth and attractiveness in females first before anything else and also letting those traits have a value/quality of someone’s life in song form. In the first two lines quoted, society is talking to our narrator, trying to downplay the effects of plastic surgery. The following lines is in the perspective of Cry Baby who is asking someone, who has already gone through plastic surgery in a way to “better” herself in the eyes of society, about if she personally feels better and if this solution to feel better was a permanent one.
9.”No more white picket fences. No more lace veils or vows. No more, “You’re the only one” cause that’s all done with now. This is the last love song I’ll ever write for you.” ZZ Ward – Last Love Song, from her album: Til The Casket Drops
This song was about a couple who were on the verge of marriage but for some reason the relationship broke down when the narrator believed that they were at their height of love. These lyrics especially talk about the dismissal of things the narrator believed would be in their future of love, even if they weren’t the marrying type (however, that line sounds more like an excuse for how things turned out rather than an actual fact).Yes, it might be the last love song she writes, but that doesn’t mean it’s exactly a positive one like the one preceding probably were considering how much they sounded like they were in love.
10.”Can we bring yesterday back around? ‘Cause I know how I feel about you now. I was dumb, I was wrong, I let you down, but I know how I feel about you now.” Sugababes – About You Now, from their album: Change
I recently rediscovered this song because the Miranda Cosgrove cover (that I never knew it was a cover until recent) was on a throwback article of People magazine on SnapChat. Anyway, this song speaks of regret in relationship and how the narrator spent their time with the object of their affection, wishing for the better days to come back. The piano version really packs a punch, especially after seeing a clip of Hollyoaks (I was looking for clips and tripped upon it, I don’t watch it.) where Steph sang it at the funeral of her love of her life, Max, who was killed in a car accident trying to saving his child half-brother who was going to be ran over by Steph’s ex after their wedding. Damn.
11.”How do you soften the thought of carrying coffins? We were so alive, only to see us wither and die. Oh, why must soil run dry?” MisterWives – Coffins, from their album: Our Own House
This song is apparently about the deterioration of a friendship, however, it can also be taken to represent the end of any relationship. The lyrics above likens the waning relationship to a death and burying the relationship like one would a casket. The thought of this is depressing considering how much had gone into this relationship as also highlighted in the lyrics.
12.”I love it when you’re lonely. That’s when I feel the same. You come around, you let me down like California rain.” Betty Who – California Rain from her album: Take Me When You Go
You can really feel the emotion in this somber tune. From my understanding, it’s a song about these people who have such a rocky relationship. It comes and goes like California rain that is doesn’t happen often. In other verses, our narrator talks about times she’s felt abandoned or alone because of this lover. However, these lyrics do change from that to, “I love it when you’re lonely. That’s when we feel the same. I come around, and I let you down like California rain.”, the second time around and “I love it when you’re lonely. ‘Cause that’s when I feel the same. You come around, you let me down, my California rain.” the third time around. So she takes the blame of the rockiness of the relationship as well, I think, and then also does keep her feelings for him, when wishing for him to be lonely so she could have him again.
What song lyrics really depress you? I tried to include a spectrum of music genres that I listen to.
I’m considering doing a list of Twelve whatever on Tuesdays because the number twelve is never talked about and it’s more zany than like Top Ten, no shade towards anyone.
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