Wednesday Question: Songs With Great Music and Awful Lyrics

Name that tune with killer riffs and melodies, but garbage lyrics...

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For this week's Wednesday Question, we'd like to kindly ask you folks to think about those tunes with garbage lyrics that still undeniably pack some killer riffs and melodies. Basically, answer this thing right here:

Which song has great music, but awful lyrics?

THE RULES - post only one suggestion per comment after checking that your favorite wasn't already nominated (Ctrl+F and all).

Multiple nominations of one song create heavy confusion, since on one hand it's unfair to the given track to take into consideration only the most upvoted nomination, but seeing that multiple nominations allow one user to give two or more votes to the same tune, it's also unfair to other nominees not to discard it.

Finally, vote up the ideas you support and vote down the ones you dislike. We'll sum up your votes by Friday and bring you another classic UG top list. Show us what you got now!

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    DJL1994
    Van Halen - Tattoo Cool music and Eddie ripping but what the FUCK are those lyrics about.... absolutely stupid.
    Voodoochile711
    Suck My Kiss by RHCP. Fantastic riff, great groove, asinine lyrics. For example: "K-i-s-s-i-n-g Chicka chicka dee Do me like a banshee Low brow is how Swimming in the sound Of bow wow wow Aw baby do me now Do me here I do allow"
    maxpow77
    The instrumental is perfect but boy oh boy, the lyrics are like a Oaxaca cheese
    Sebo
    While we are at sucking and Kiss, I'm wondering that no one mentioned "Love Gun", I love the song, but damn, the lyrics. no more tomorrow, baby. time is today girl, i can make you feel... okay No place for hidin' baby, no place to run you pull the trigger of my .. love gun
    Jazzmandtk
    Agreed, although "Little Bo Peep coming from my stun gun" always makes me chuckle
    vertexjuggler
    Any Limp Bizkit song? Wes and the band always came up with some great riffs and grooves but boy Fred's lyrics while silly and tongue in cheek were awful at times. This coming from a Limp Bizkit fan.
    AlexGreat123
    Pretty much. The only lyrics he wrote that were any good were off The Unquestionable Truth. I'd argue Hot Dog is one of the best songs musically but boy those lyrics are terrible. Break Stuff as well
    jevticsava
    IMO lyrics for Break Stuff are much better than "Keep rollin rollin rollin rollin Keep rollin rollin rollin rollin Keep rollin rollin rollin rollin Keep rollin rollin rollin rollin"
    blank_the69
    limp bizkit is supposed to be fun. limp bizkit is the thing in all of us that wants to 1.) write the best riff ever and 2.) bang all the hot girls. losing touch with that side of ourselves is when we go to waste. if you diss limp bizkit, you diss yourself. i love 90s music, but we needed a fun band. limp bizkit IS that band. rage wanted to save the world, korn and nine inch nails wanted to save themselves from personal insanity, tool wanted to save our third eyes, and limp bizkit wanted to fuck her right in the pussy. is that really such a band thing?
    Sebo
    >if you diss limp bizkit, you diss yourself. Pretty bold statement. Pretty bold.
    vertexjuggler
    I'm really not dissing limp bizkit. I was a fan back in the day and still am today, never been ashamed to admit it. But I always take it on face value, even the band themselves say that they know what kind of band they are and the music they make. It still doesn't take away my point that Freds lyrics are stupid, that's not a criticism, it doesn't make me like the music any less.
    ryanbwags
    Can we be more specific? How about Break Stuff? I'll admit I don't turn the station if it comes up, but the lyrics are pretty cringy.
    --ESTRANGED--
    definitely Break Stuff and especially the breakdown/mid 8 section, it's simple but great
    RaisingCain199
    Yea, it's hard to key in on a specific song. I wanted to say something by Slashs Snakepit but can't pick a particular song. But I think the lyrics of Limp Bizkit for what he had in mind when he created the band. Just basically offensive and a middle finger. They had to have good music though or nobody would even somewhat take them seriously.
    Smarta
    Came here just for this. Fred Durst's lyrics are almost always about haters or something of the like, it's seriously music for like, bullied kids. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but still.
    Saberzauls
    Muse - Psycho
    Jazzmandtk
    Every time I hear "your asssss belongs to meeee noowww" in the chorus it breaks the immersion for me. Dumb lyric
    onetonryan
    Gotta admit. The lyrics would seem less cheezy if not for the drill sergeant bits.
    thejay2
    It pains me to say that I get where you are coming from on this one. Musically stunning, lyrically though, they have done much much better!
    jrodgers
    In-a-Gadda-da-Vida
    metaldalz
    Do you even know the true story on In-a-Gadda...??
    ImagineTheThorn
    "In The Garden Of Eden." All fried on acid. Left the tape rolling. Forgot to stop playing. Great music, doesn't stop the lyrics from being horrible though.
    ShoopDaLazor
    Play With Me - Extreme. Nuno Bettencourt fucking SHREDS this track, but those lyrics..... I DON'T WANT TO PLAY MONOPOLY!
    Theo1967
    Five Finger Death Punch - The Bleeding (but virtually any song by this artist will do) Decent musicians, shit writers.
    RnFnR95
    i came here just to say any song by FFDP. i happen to really like them and i think a lot of their songs are really fun especially in a live setting to just rock out and sing along to, but even being a fan i have to agree their lyrics are cheesy, bland, and lack diversity/creativity. they can be entertaining but are impossible to take seriously
    Powerslave1412
    Vicinity Of Obscenity - System Of A Down Here's an excerpt! "Banana banana banana terracotta Banana terracotta terracotta pie Banana banana banana terracotta Banana terracotta terracotta pie Is there a perfect way of holding you baby? Vicinity of obscenity in your eyes Terracotta terracotta terracotta pie Is there a perfect way of holding you baby? Vicinity of obscenity in your eyes"
    vikingman369
    when did SoaD become the minions? (then again, i don't remember this song that well)
    D13g0C
    You mean the minions became SOAD? they exist way far before them yellow shits
    Thomas_enzu
    The Killers - human but pretty much everything actually
    mrsuns10
    The lyrics raise a question that is worthy of scholarly debate
    N7Crazy
    "Are we human or are we dancer" sets up a clear definition that one cannot be either. Either you are a dancer, or you're a human. The song in itself is very catchy and ideal for dancefloors, ergo, we can conclude that "are we human or are we dancer" is actually the band mocking people who go out to clubs and dance to their own songs as being inhuman automatons, surrendering themselves to whatever four-on-the-floor beats that may pop up. Either that, or Brandon whatever-his-name-was just needed some simple filler lyric for a single.
    franciscanv
    Big 80s musicianship, but "This feels like paradise, we'll be in heaven tonight..." *shudders*
    The Tempest
    I'm a big fan of BFMV... but some of their lyrics are really, really cringey and I can't stand some of the songs. Take It Out On Me as a personal highlight (Self-harm and mutilation cuts deep, but the pain feels so right) is just, no. Also pretty much any song from the album Temper Temper. You could make a case for quite a few Bullet songs.
    Fatewhip
    "Your invitation, It doesn't exist. So why'd you have to keep crashing the party." Honestly, I feel like even a 3 year old would be embarrassed for coming up with that.
    killpaddle
    The Beatles - Hello Goodbye.
    Minimallamb
    Unfortunately this is true for a fair few Beatles songs, as much as i love them
    MetalRock4ever
    I would mention I Am the Walrus, but it's not a great tune in my opinion EDIT: *looks down two comments* Doh...
    rcanders
    The Beatles - I Am The Walrus *unless you're on acid...then it is profound.. "Semolina pilchard climbing up the Eiffel Tower Elementary penguin singing Hare Krishna Man you should have seen them kicking Edgar Allan Poe I am the eggman, they are the eggmen" ...if not stoned wtf...if stoned...wow man...
    selkayann
    Lennon wrote it just to throw fans off, so I don't think it counts...
    rcanders
    Interestingly it was the "b" side to the above mentioned Hello/Goodbye...both having questionable lyrical integrity so too speak...on the same vinyl...
    theman6
    Dream Theater in general But if I had to choose, The Count of Tuscany
    tavocamper
    Agreed, though the story is kinda cool, the lyrics lack poetic harmony, they are just pointing out things mostly. Instrumentally though, it is a masterpiece.
    madforce1600
    I Kinda like the lyrics, as they sit quite fine in the song, but still i kinda don't like them. Though I'm sure there's one that points out as a bad-lyrical song, probably in Falling Into Infinity...
    theman6
    Falling Into Infinity is an album, not a song Funnily enough, I find that DT's songs up to that album are pretty good, Peruvian Skies had some pretty thought-out lyrics, the problems arise from Scenes from a Memory onwards, where it just becomes chaos
    awsomebadas5
    Anything by Mindless self indulgence, the music is unique, catchy, creative, but the lyrics are just joke lyrics about boners.
    shwilly
    The Police - De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da Typing that song title alone felt pretty stupid to me, imagine being Sting in the early 80s and pitching these actual lyrics to his bandmates...
    Tha Funkinator
    The line about "their logic ties me up and rapes me" always makes me cringe. And I can't say the title without feeling like a two-year-old.
    Ole' Nessie
    Creed - my sacrifice Musically everything sounds good but the lyrics are pure cheese
    Yatush
    Same deal with One Last Breath in my opinion, Great riff and awesome instruments,and scott stapp's voice is actualy good, but pretty much all creed lyrics are a cheesy and shallow.
    The Tempest
    Smells like Teen Spirit. Love it, absolutely love this song no matter how generic it is, and I don't dislike the lyrics, but what they are supposed to mean is anyone's guess.
    Tha Funkinator
    I feel like Kurt Cobain would get stuck for a rhyme and say "what's an old cliche I can mess with, so people will assume I'm making some clever, deep statement?"
    itsover900040
    A Nightmare to Remember - Dream Theater. "By the grace of God above, everyone survived, HURRRRR"
    *Stranger*
    Ratm-take the power back My favourite ratm song but when I finally put more attention to lyrics I was disappointed. I get it they want to be revolutionary and stuff but this is like 12yo discovering Marxism shit
    m12mdp
    It might not be one of their brightest lyrics, but still it has many truths in it. The song attempts to demonstrate that there is a historicaly perpetuated hegemonic view on history and that ignorance contibutes to this perpetuation. Therefore, in order to gain knowledge of the situation we need to take the power back, make critical analysis and not just buy the shit we learn at school. This song is "revolutionary" but I don't think it is entirely Marxist. Yes, marxism analyses and opposes capitalism but it is not the only ideology that does that. Anarchism does it too (and I think they are anarchists) Either way, you may not agree with the types of "governing" these two ideologies propose, but you cannot deny that the current capitalist world has many alarming flaws. If you don't you should take the power back and reread history from other perspectives
    Matahh
    Anarcho-capitalism disagrees with you.
    m12mdp
    Sorry, I don't know much about anarcho-capitalism or anarchism. I only read a few Bakunin excerpts and that's it. As for Marxism, I only read a couple of chapters of "Das Kapital", the manifesto, anda various "marxists" (or marxian) authors. If you could enlarge on your answer, I would appreciate it
    *Stranger*
    Nicer word for anarcho-capitalism might be libertarianism (although not completely the same). I suggest Robert Nozzick-Anarchy, State, and Utopia. He is also heavily influenced by philosophers such as John Locke, John Stuart Mill, Immanuel Kant and Friedrich Hayek His main teaching is about self ownership. Put simply, one or more consenting adults can do whatever they want until they are harming an unconsenting individual. Also he was in favour of minimal state, free markets and all other classical liberal ideas (not to be confused with modern liberalism of the left)
    m12mdp
    Yeah, John Locke, Stuart Mill and David Ricardo were the first names that popped into my mind when I read the word "anarcho-capitalism". The idea very much resembled capitalism in their times: free market without norms or restrictions. So, anarcho-capitalism wants to get rid of the state so that capitalists can grow even more? the ideology doesn't aim towards equality right? Well, we could do endless talking if you are a self proclaimed libertarian or similar. I just don't think it will work for the majority of people, it hasn't proved to work for them so far. It just works excelent only for a 5% porcent of the global population. I'll get the book though. There is always something to learn from other perspectives
    AnotherArsonist
    Anarcho-capitalism also sells your kids, supports shoah denial and believes that whites are "genetically better" (all Rothbard stuff). There are some genuinely great AnCaps, though. Without the pawns (including Rothbard), I'd take them over a statist any day. BTT : Yep. I love the band and revolutionary lyrics, but like you said, it's like a 12yo writes his first lyrics on "Like, Marx and shit". Especially since they've proven more than once that they can do better.
    intothevoid95
    Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others-The Smiths One of the most beautiful guitar lines I've ever heard and an amazing vocal melody but Morrissey's lyrics are (probably intentionally) silly. I still adore the song and the lyrics themselves aren't *awful* but they don't go with the music and Morrissey is obviously capable of more.
    N7Crazy
    A great deal of Smiths songs are in this territory, since Morrisey, while able to write great lyrics, does unfortunatly also have a knack for now and then producing lyrics that are just cheese galore.
    intothevoid95
    I definitely agree and that's part of their appeal (for me anyway). The reason I nominated this song in particular is that, in most cases, when Morrissey goes into that territory the music seems to be lighter and more fitting for those kind of lyrics. In this case, the music is so beautiful and almost dramatic that the lyrics seem *really* out of place. Still on the short list of my favorite Smiths songs though.....
    rsbhau
    I think its meant to be silly. Beautiful guitar work by Marr though. The Smiths were probably the epitome of satire.
    staceap
    Nickelback's "Something In Your Mouth". Just one of a catalogue of absolute bangers ruined by cringy, creepy and downright lame lyrics.
    Ole' Nessie
    Poison - every rose has its thorn Got to be the cheesiest song ever, although cherry pie is up there too!
    Voodoochile711
    I can't even listen to Every Rose, honestly, because the songwriting isn't nearly good enough to make up for the sheer corniness of the lyrics.
    LePatCestMoi
    Dragonforce (all songs)
    MetaIronForce
    Yeah. Although I'd mark Reasons To Live and a few songs from the Maximum Overload album as exceptions. They're kind of getting better, in that they're actually about something most of the time now
    runi32
    Most of Falling in Reverse's songs. Here's an example from Fashionably late: It's 9 o' clock on the dot at the spot and I'm hangin' with her friends again. Great Taste, Beautiful Place and you're fashionably late (hey)! I don't wanna be that guy, that makes you sad, that makes you cry again. Without a doubt sorry about making out with your friends. Na na na na na na na na na na Na na na na na Possibly the best example out there, from Good Girls Bad Guys: You've got pep in your step You live your life with no regret How you look when you are wet Is something I cannot forget I just wanna kiss your lips The ones between your hips If I cashed in all my chips on you Then baby, I'd be rich
    AlexGreat123
    It's even more bizarre when you realise Ronnie Radke writes most of the music as well. I think he does that deliberately because a lot of the lyrics off the last album were pretty good. Especially Brother, Chemical Prisoner and My Apocalypse II
    runi32
    Perfect or Welcome to my life by Simple Plan. Both songs are catchy and melodic, and I like them both, but they can come across as a bit too emo and teeny.
    copperwreck
    What about Horse With No Name by America? With lines like "the heat was hot" - it's even mentioned in the wiki-article. (And it's a bloody great song.)
    Minkaro
    I love the band, but Sonata Arctica's "Tallulah" makes me cringe. Especially this part: I see you walking hand in hand with long-haired drummer of the band In love with her or so it seems, he's dancing with my beauty queen Don't even dare to say you hi, still swallowing the goodbye But I know the feelings still alive- still alive I mean, to be fair English isn't their first language, but still...
    henrihell
    I've never even noticed the lyrics because I can't stand how bad the pronounciation is. I'm ashamed of my fellow countrymen....
    luttis
    Their early stuff is all pretty cringeworthy lyrically but later albums totally make up for it
    AlexGreat123
    True Friends by Bring Me The Horizon. I know people hate on them but I always thought the lyrics were really good. It seems the more popular they get the more the lyrics are dumbed down (which kinda makes sense really)
    Humr
    Can't really speak about their old lyrics, but completely agree on True Friends. Seems like something basic white girl would set as her cover photo on facebook written in a fancy font in shitty resolution.
    the_jake
    Van Halen - Amsterdam The band plays like a beast. But the lyrics... WTF? It's like Sammy didn't even try. "WHAM, BAM, Oh Amsterdam"
    Donut77
    Weezer - Hash Pipe It's better with the context of knowing it's about a transvestite prostitute. but still, what the fuck rivers. "The knee-stocking flavor is a favorite treat, Of men that don't bother with the taste of a teat"
    cooper9934
    ANY Metallica and Lou Reed song from LULU. Horrible Horrible Horrible lyrics and talking over awesome music.
    Minimallamb
    Wrong way round. I thought that Metallicas playing on that whole album was pretty uninteresting but at least he lyrics are something different
    cooper9934
    wow. I didn't know that opinion was possible. Did you listen to this? He can't even sing in tune... but I respect your opinion.
    Minimallamb
    I guess it depends on whether you look at it as a Metallica album or a Lou Reed album, thats the only common thing I've seen that matched up with peoples opinions of Lulu. However your right, his voice isn't great, they played White Light/White Heat live and Lou managed to ruin his own song
    metaldalz
    But we're talking about "Lyrics vs Music" and the Lyrics in Lulu are (imo) really good if you take the whole album as a concept, neverminding the "I am the table" incident hehehe.
    ioanna1998666
    Slikpnot-Before i forget
    Ole' Nessie
    I love slipknot, but man do they have some shitty lyrics -If you're 555 them I'm 666 -people = shit I could go on.....
    henrihell
    Not all of their lyrics are great but people = shit has probably the best lyrics they've written.
    vels7545
    I feel like slipknot is more of a great way to set your anger on fire and just explode a little so you can just go on after that, rather than a band like pink floyd that'll tell you some amazing stories about life. That's what they are to me. Their sloganesk lyrics are perfect for their music IMO
    hottwasabi
    Sweating Bullets by Megadeth. Come on, "Hello me, meet the real me!" I personally can't stand Dave's voice or his lyrics, but the dude can write some damn tasty riffs.
    henrihell
    I can't listen to megadeth because of his voice, but the song you picked is lyrically the best megadeth song ever.
    maxpow77
    When i started to listen to Megadeth i found his voice weird but kept on listening because of the damn riffs, the voice grew on me especially on the album Rust in Peace where i think his voice fits the best
    Galvatron
    I find myself singing the hello me, meet the real me line quite often.
    breadfan82
    Agreed, but "My icy fingers claw your back...here I come again"? Maybe he just wrote it with a pen and couldn't erase that?