Everybody Knows - The Divine ComedyIf there ever was a title to bestow, the Award for Best Collection of Creepy Songs about Love would go to The Divine Comedy's "A Short Album About Love". Naturally. It's hard to choose one to demonstrate the surreal chilling that some of these lyrics invoke, but here's a short example... hahaha...ahem.
I told all of my friends again and again and againI drove them round the bend so now you're my only friendI told the passers by, I made a small boy cryAnd I'll get through to you if it's the last thing that I doEverybody knows I live for youEverybody knows I adore youEverybody knows that it's true except you
Poison - Alice Cooper Uncle Alice is creepy, but he's creepy for the wrong reasons these days. In any case, here's an anthem that revelers from many generations still sing together. Whether or not they know what it means.
I want to love you but I better not touch (don't touch)I want to hold you but my senses tell me to stopI want to kiss you but I want it too much (too much)I want to taste you but your lips are venomous poison
Creep - RadioheadTechnically, if you know you're a weirdo, you may not be a weirdo. Or maybe it just makes you doubly weird. In this case we're talking about Thom Yorke. We could say he's a weirdo, but he probably breaks journalists' legs, so we're not going to say any more.
When you were here before Couldn't look you in the eye You're just like an angel Your skin makes me cry You float like a feather In a beautiful world I wish I was special You're so (beep) special But I'm a creep I'm a weirdo What the hell am I doing here? I don't belong here
Every Breath You Take - PoliceIf you look at these old videos now, you realize that Sting seemed to bring an artsy, literary, romantic sense to the words. But think of barefoot drummer Stewart Copeland while reciting these lyrics, and a cold shiver runs up your spine...
Every breath you takeEvery move you makeEvery bond you breakEvery step you takeI'll be watching youEvery single dayEvery word you sayEvery game you playEvery night you stayI'll be watching you
Peek a Boo - Siouxsie + the Banshees Well, let's see. This song was inspired by someone playing a previous track backwards. So the band learned to play the track to make it sound like it was playing backwards. Confused? That was before they added the lyrics.
Creeping up the backstairs Slinking into dark stalls Shapeless and slumped in bathchairs Furtive eyes peep out of holes She has many guises She'll do what you want her to Playing dead and sweet submission Cracks the whip deadpan on cue
Run for your Life - The Beatles Oh boy. The Rubber Soul album had its share of Beatles legacy, but this little sidestep might have freaked out some former girlfriends. Or current ones.
Well I'd rather see you dead, little girl than to be with another man You better keep your head, little girl or I won't know where I am You better run for your life if you can, little girl Hide your head in the sand little girl Catch you with another man That's the end'a little girl
Dance Hall Days - Wang ChungSo there's this guy and he's talking to you about how you should treat your baby. And as he's talking you get the feeling that you may have to make an excuse and get out of there real soon, because this guy is a WIERDO! Hel-lo.....?
Take your baby by the handAnd make her do a high handstandThen take your baby by the heelAnd do the next thing that you feel
King Leer - MorrisseyThe climax - so to speak - of this song, is when Stephen attempts to impress the object a third time (previous attempts have failed) and this time he's brought a weapon. A typically understated Morrissey... weirdo!
Your boyfriend, he Has displayed to me More than just a Real hint of cruelty I tried to surprise you I crept up behind you With a homeless chihuahua You "coo"-ed for an hour You handed him back and you said "You'll never guess - I'm bored now"
Happy Together - The TurtlesWhen you think about the sentiments being expressed in songs like this, and then you try it out on your prospective sweetheart, you realise two things: just how imaginative songwriters can be...; and why it's never a good idea to try this stuff in real life.
Imagine me and you, I doI think about you day and night, it's only rightTo think about the girl you love, and hold her tightSo happy togetherIf I should call you up, invest a dimeAnd you say you belong to me, and ease my mindImagine how the world could be, so very fineSo happy togetherI can't see me loving nobody but youFor all my life
- Anton Marshall
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