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 Posted:   Sep 23, 2010 - 2:57 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

I wonder how one would classify "Suicide is Painless" from M*A*S*H? "Wistful song with downbeat/upbeat lyrics"?

I think the lyrics were heard in the film, but weren't heard in the television series.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 24, 2010 - 8:54 AM   
 By:   Adam S   (Member)

Suicide is Painless in the first song I thought of when I saw the thread title. I like to play it on the piano and the music actually can be a very melancholy, pretty song but the versions I've heard sound a little too light and upbeat for the lyrics. Course the lyrics are amibiguous enough to allow for different interpretations.

- Adam


 
 
 Posted:   Oct 20, 2010 - 1:24 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)





 
 Posted:   Jan 7, 2011 - 5:13 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

"Bad Moon Rising" Creedence Clearwater Revival

 
 Posted:   Jan 7, 2011 - 6:00 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)



They say that these are not the best of times
But they're the only times I've ever known
And I believe there is a time for meditation
In cathedrals of our own

Now, I have seen that sad surrender in my lover's eyes
And I can only stand apart and sympathize
For we are always what our situations hand us
It's either sadness or euphoria

So we'll argue and we'll compromise
And realize that nothing's ever changed
For all our mutual experience,
Our separate conclusions are the same

Now we are forced to recognize our inhumanity
Our reason coexists with our insanity
And though we choose between reality and madness
It's either sadness or euphoria

How thoughtlessly we dissipate our energies
Perhaps we don't fulfill each others fantasies
And as we stand upon the ledges of our lives,
With our respective similarities
It's either sadness of euphoria

 
 Posted:   Apr 15, 2011 - 6:26 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Sly and the Family Stone- "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)"




Subsequently re-recorded in super slo-mo as "Thank You For Talkin' To Me Africa."

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 16, 2011 - 7:07 AM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

Summer, Highland Falls

Excellent choice. Just excellent, a long time favorite. For all the manic depressives in the audience smile

 
 Posted:   Jan 7, 2012 - 4:59 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

"One of These Things First"- Nick Drake

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 7, 2012 - 6:48 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)


This one - and it's even film-related...

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 7, 2012 - 6:57 AM   
 By:   dotpyfe@gmail.com   (Member)

Edit: I apparently fail at posting videos because I can't find the 'form field in the gray box to the right of the video on the YouTube page.'

Anyway, what I would have embedded is Foster The People's 'Pumped Up Kicks'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDTZ7iX4vTQ

 
 Posted:   Jan 7, 2012 - 10:41 AM   
 By:   msmith   (Member)

TIMOTHY - The Buoys.
About being trapped in a mine.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 7, 2012 - 10:53 AM   
 By:   Doc Loch   (Member)

And Timothy was written by Rupert Holmes, who went on to much better things. Harry Nilsson made a career out of writing upbeat tunes with downbeat lyrics, so much so that he was once dubbed the Pagliacci of Pop. Anyone who could yodel his way through a song called Goin' Down ought to be listed here. Also check out Together, Don't Leave me and Maybe from the early years. Warren Zevon is another one who could write great upbeat songs with dark lyrics.

By the way, for my money the bleakest song ever written, musically and lyrically, is Richard Thompson's End of the Rainbow (with Thompson's Killing Jar and Drowned Dog Black Night also in contention).

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 8, 2012 - 2:57 PM   
 By:   Broughtfan   (Member)

Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Alone Again." Peppy tune with some of the most downbeat lyrics contained in a pop song.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 8, 2012 - 7:12 PM   
 By:   Sean   (Member)



cool

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 8, 2012 - 9:31 PM   
 By:   Jim Cleveland   (Member)

DAMN!!! I KNEW someone would be me to posting "Timothy"!!!
Damned good song! (sigh)... I was just a little kid when that song came out.frown

 
 Posted:   Jan 8, 2012 - 9:36 PM   
 By:   Miles (MerM)   (Member)

 
 Posted:   Jan 8, 2012 - 11:29 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2012 - 3:39 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

TIMOTHY - The Buoys.
About being trapped in a mine.



Great song! Never heard before now...one of the great "lost" gems of those hallowed early '70s. I also learned about the Hudson Brothers recently; one of 'em's even the papa of Kate Hudson, so even Goldie Hawn couldn't resist them.

 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2012 - 10:12 AM   
 By:   msmith   (Member)

Depending on your definition of upbeat songs with downbeat lyrics, an episode of Roseanne makes a good point out of lyrics of some popular songs from the past: Take A Letter Maria by R. B. Greaves and Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me by Mac Davis

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2012 - 11:13 AM   
 By:   Donna   (Member)

I WILL SURVIVE

...and they play it at most WEDDINGS around these parts!!????

At first I was afraid, I was petrified,
kept thinking I could never live
without you by my side.
But then I spent so many nights,
thinking how you did me wrong,
and I grew strong
and I learned how to get along.

And so you're back from outer space.
I just walked in to find you here
with that sad look upon your face.
I should have changed that stupid lock.
I should have made you leave your key.
If I'd had known for just one second
you'd be back to bother me.

Oh go on now go, walk out the door.
Just turn around now
'cause you're not welcome anymore.
Were you the one who tried
to break me with goodbyes?
you think I'd crumble?
you think I'd lay down and die?

Oh no not I.
I will survive.
Oh as long as I know how to love
I know I'll stay alive.
I got all my life to live
and I got all my love to give.
and I'll survive. I will survive. hey hey

It took all the strength I had
not to fall apart.
Just trying hard to mend
the pieces of my broken heart.
And I spent so many nights
just feeling sorry for myself.
I used to cry
but now I hold my head up high.
And you see me, somebody new.
I'm not that chained up little person
still in love with you.
And so you felt like dropping in
and just expect me to be free
but now I'm saving all my lovin'
for someone who's lovin' me.

Oh go on now go, walk out the door.
Just turn around now
'cause you're not welcome anymore.
Weren't you the one who tried
to break me with goodbyes?
you think I'd crumble?
you think I'd lay down and die?

Oh no not I.
I will survive.
Oh as long as I know how to love
I know I'll stay alive.
I got all my life to live
and I got all my love to give.
and I'll survive. I will survive.
oh...

go on now go, walk out the door.
Just turn around now
'cause you're not welcome anymore.
Weren't you the one who tried
to break me with goodbyes?
you think I'd crumble?
you think I'd lay down and die?

Oh no not I.
I will survive.
Oh as long as I know how to love
I know I'll stay alive.
I got all my life to live
and I got all my love to give.
and I'll survive. I will survive.

I WILL SURVIVE~~


blech!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

 
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