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Eurythmics', "Would I Lie To You?"
The Lyrics:
I won't be here anymore,
I've packed my bags, cleaned the floor,
Watch me walking, walking out the door.
Why:
It's basically a song about a person breaking up with their significant other and just flat out leaving for good.
Submitted by: nally
Hoyt Axton's, "Rusty Old Halo"
The Lyrics:
A rusty old halo a skinny white cloud second hand wings full of patches
A rusty old halo, a skinny white cloud, a robe that's so wooly it scratches
Why:
I was about 11 years old when I first heard this song. I thought it described an unfortunate soul who had had an unhappy life, had died, and now would spend eternity so shabbily caparisoned. One morning I had heard the refrain in a dream, and I woke up crying. Many years later, I looked for the lyrics on Google, and I came to realize that I was wrong: The subject of the song was a miserly rich man who wouldn't give anyone a dime and was now getting his just desserts. But I still cry when I hear the song.
Submitted by: Doug Montgomery
Enya's, "Even In The Shadows"
The Lyrics:
Even in the shadows I turn around
To find you walk away
I could fall and keep on falling
I could call and keep on calling
Wonder why this love is over
Wonder why it's not forever
Why:
This entire song has a fast, lively beat, but it is about breaking up with a lover.

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Submitted by: Julian
Huey Lewis And The News', "Walking On A Thin Line"
The Lyrics:
Sometimes in my bed at night,
I cure the dark and I pray for the light.
Sometimes the light's no consolation.
Why:
It's a song about a war veteran with PTSD.
Submitted by: Brian Kelly
INXS's, "Elegantly Wasted"
The Lyrics:
You're right.
This ain't the good life.
Why:
Sadly, this was the band's last big hit before lead vocalist Mike Hutchence's untimely death.
Submitted by: Joe
Spoons', "Romantic Traffic"
The Lyrics:
She's changing lanes
a bit too slow
someone hits her from behind
and she found new love
in romantic traffic
a place where dreams
turn on and off like the street lights
Why:
How is it romantic to be in a rear end car accident?
Submitted by: Celeste
The Rolling Stones', "Paint It Black"
The Lyrics:
I see a red door and I want to paint it black,
No colors anymore, I want them to turn black.
Why:
This whole song has a Spanish/Hindu/Middle Eastern feel (with the sitar and castanets); it is a song about a lost girlfriend.
Submitted by: Paul Warren
Merle Haggard's, "Kern River Blues"
The Lyrics:
I'm leaving town forever, kiss an old boxcar goodbye.
I'm leaving town forever, kiss an old boxcar goodbye.
I dug my blues out in the river, but the old Kern River is dry.
Why:
This was his last song Merle was singing cause he dug his blues in the river, but then the old Kern River was dry.
Submitted by: Darius Whitehead
Doris Day's, "Ain't We Got Fun"
The Lyrics:
In the winter in the Summer
Don't we have fun
Times are bum and getting bummer
Still we have fun
There's nothing surer
The rich get rich and the poor get poorer
In the meantime
In the between time
Ain't we got fun.
Why:
Despite of its upbeat melody, which was even more so with the Renee Olstead cover, the lyrics are a bitter satire on economic hardships, poverty and class divide.
Submitted by: LPG-Unit
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's, "Will the Circle Be Unbroken"
The Lyrics:
Oh, I followed close behind her
Tryin' to hold up and be brave
But I could not hide my sorrow
When they laid her in her grave
Why:
It is an upbeat song about the death and burial of the singer's mother.
Submitted by: David

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