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Upbeat Songs With Depressing Lyrics, The Kingston Trio

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The Kingston Trio's, "Hard, Ain't It Hard"
The Lyrics:
The first time I seen my true love,
She was a-standin' by my door, And the last time I seen her false-hearted smile,
She was dead on that bar room floor! (Poor girl!)
This song has quite a rousing, uptempo tune. And yet it tells of finding one's love untrue and then finding her dead. What a tale to sing so blithely!
Submitted by: Karen Smith
The Kingston Trio's, "The Merry Minuet"
The Lyrics:
But we can be tranquil and thankful and proud,
For man's been endowed with a mushroom-shaped cloud.
And we know for certain that some lovely day,
Someone will set the spark off...
And we will all be blown away!
This bitterly satirical song first talks of human enmities, as well as natural disasters. Then in this climactic verse it speaks of the threat of nuclear annihilation. Throughout the song, it is done with ap upbeat and ostensibly celebratory tune and spirit, as the word "merry" in the title implies. Incidentally, some of the most poignant and / or ironic lines in this song, including "And we will all be blown away", were sung by Kingston Trio member Nick Reynolds, who died this month (October, 2008). RIP.
Submitted by: Regina Haniger

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