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The Soundtrack of Guilt, Sin, and Madness

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Transcript of The Soundtrack of Guilt, Sin, and Madness

"This is Gospel"
-Panic! at the Disco
Lyrics:
This is gospel for the fallen ones
Locked away in permanent slumber
Assembling their philosophies
From pieces of broken memories
Oh, this is the beat of my heart, this is the beat of my heart
Oh, this is the beat of my heart, this is the beat of my heart
The gnashing teeth and criminal tongues conspire against the odds
But they haven’t seen the best of us yet
If you love me let me go
If you love me let me go

Haunted
-Skyler Grey
"They're Coming to Take Me Away,Ha-Haa!"
-Napoleon XIV
Lyrics:
Remember when you ran away and I got on my knees and begged you not to leave because I'd go berserk?
Well, you left me anyhow and then the days got worse and worse and now you see I've gone completely out of my mind
And, they're coming to take me away, ha, ha
They're coming to take me away, ho, ho, hee, hee, ha, ha
To the funny farm where life is beautiful all the time
And I'll be happy to see those nice young men in their clean white coats
And they're coming to take me away, ha, ha

You thought it was a joke and so you laughed, you laughed when I had said that losing you would make me flip my lid, right?
You know you laughed
I heard you laugh, you laughed, you laughed and laughed and then you left but now you know I'm utterly mad
And, they're coming to take me away, ha, ha
They're coming to take me away, ho, ho, hee, hee, ha, ha
To the happy home with trees and flowers and chirping birds
And basket weavers who sit and smile and twiddle their thumbs and toes
And they're coming to take me away, ha, ha
"Janie's Got a Gun"
- Aerosmith
Lyrics
Tell me now it's untrue
What did her daddy do
He jacked the little bitty baby
The man has got to be insane
They say the spell that he was under
The lightnin' and the thunder
Knew that someone had to stop the pain
Run away, run away from the pain
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Run away, run away from the pain
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Run away, run away, run, run away
Janie's got a gun
Janie's got a gun
Her dog day's just begun
Now everybody is on the run
What did her daddy do
It's Janie's last I.O.U.
She had to take him down easy
And put a bullet in his brain
She said 'cause nobody believes me
The man was such a sleaze
He ain't never gonna be the same
Run away, run away from the pain

Lyrics:
They're gonna clean up your looks
With all the lies in the books
To make a citizen out of you
Because they sleep with a gun
And keep an eye on you, son
So they can watch all the things you do

Because the drugs never work
They're gonna give you a smirk
'Cause they got methods of keeping you clean
They're gonna rip up your heads,
Your aspirations to shreds
Another cog in the murder machine

They said all teenagers scare the living sh** out of me
They could care less as long as someone'll bleed
So darken your clothes or strike a violent pose
Maybe they'll leave you alone, but not me!


"Emperor's New Clothes"
- Panic! at the Disco
Lyrics:
They woke me up again;
It's going to be another restless sleep tonight.
The ghosts inside my head
Are moving furniture and eating dynamite.
They're moving furniture and eating dynamite.

Take me up the rill to haunted hill.
Past the floating bridge, the orphanage,
Where the spirits fly and never die.
Where the spirits fly and never die, die, die, die.
Die, Die, Die, Die.
Lyrics:
Welcome to the end of eras
Ice has melted back to life
Done my time and served my sentence
Dress me up and watch me die
If it feels good, tastes good
It must be mine
Dynasty decapitated
You just might see a ghost tonight

[Pre-Chorus]
And if you don't know now you know

I'm taking back the crown
I'm all dressed up and naked
I see what's mine and take it
(Finders keepers, losers weepers)
Oh yeah
The crown...
So close I can taste it
I see what's mine and take it
(Finders keepers, losers weepers)
Oh yeah
"Wrong Side Of Heaven"
- Five Finger Death Punch
Lyrics:
I spoke to God today, and she said that she's ashamed.
What have I become, what have I done?
I spoke to the Devil today, and he swears he's not to blame.
And I understood, cause I feel the same.

Arms wide open, I stand alone.
I'm no hero, and I'm not made of stone.
Right or wrong, I can hardly tell.
I'm on the wrong side of heaven, and the righteous side of hell.
The wrong side of heaven, and the righteous side, righteous side of hell.
"Teenagers"
- My Chemical Romance
Lyrics:
Be careful making wishes in the dark dark
Can't be sure when they've hit their mark, mark
And besides in the mean, mean time
I'm just dreaming of tearing you apart
I'm in the de-details with the devil
So now the world can never get me on my level
I just got to get you out of the cage
I'm a young lover's rage
Gonna need a spark to ignite
My songs know what you did in the dark
So light 'em up up up
Light 'em up up up
Light 'em up up up
I'm on fire
So light 'em up up up
Light 'em up up up
Light 'em up up up
I'm on fire
In the dark dark
In the dark dark
All the writers keep writing what they write, write
Somewhere another pretty vein just died
I've got the scars from tomorrow and
I wish you could see, see
That you’re the antidote to everything except for me, me
A constellation of tears on your lashes
Burn everything you love, then burn the ashes
In the end everything collides
My childhood spat back out the monster that you see
My songs know what you did in the dark
So light 'em up up up
Light 'em up up up
Light 'em up up up
I'm on fire
So light 'em up up up
Light 'em up up up
Light 'em up up up
I'm on fire
In the dark dark
In the dark dark
My songs know what you did in the dark
So light 'em up up up
Light 'em up up up
Light 'em up up up
I'm on fire
So light 'em up up up
Light 'em up up up
Light 'em up up up
I'm on fire
In the dark dark
In the dark dark

"My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark"(Light Em Up)" - Fall Out Boy
"Blood"
- My Chemical Romance
Lyrics:
Well they encourage your complete cooperation,
Send you roses when they think you need to smile.
I can't control myself because I don't know how,
And they love me for it honestly, I'll be here for a while.

So give them blood, blood, gallons of the stuff!
Give them all that they can drink and it will never be enough.
So give them blood, blood, blood.
Grab a glass because there's going to be a flood!

A celebrated man amongst the gurneys.
They can fix me proper with a bit of luck.
The doctors and the nurses they adore me so,
But it's really quite alarming cause I'm such an awful ****. (Oh thank you!)

I gave you blood, blood, gallons of the stuff,
I gave you all that you can drink and it has never been enough.
I gave you blood, blood, blood,
I'm the kind of human wreckage that you love!

"Monsters"
-Imagine Dragons
Lyrics:

Ever since I could remember
Everything inside of me
Just wanted to fit in (Oh oh oh oh)
I was never one for pretenders
Everything I tried to be
Just wouldn't settle in (Oh oh oh oh)

If I told you what I was
Would you turn your back on me?
And if I seem dangerous
Would you be scared?
I get the feeling just because
Everything I touch isn't dark enough
If this problem lies in me
This song fits into Dark Romanticism because it is describing the volatile relationship between a band member who is addicted to alcohol and his codependent friend. Codependency and addiction are very clever brain diseases. These two illness feed off one another and can keep both persons sick. Codependents are addicted to people, while addicts struggle with substance abuse or another behavior that changes brain chemistry.

In this song, the friend is breaking away from the addict. The lyrics, “This is gospel for the fallen ones” show that the singer is directing his truth toward people who have fallen into addiction. When the singer says, “If you love me let me go” he is telling the addict to free him. To rise above the mental illness the friend must face the unhealthy relationship.

The song “Emperor’s New Clothes” is a continuation of “This is Gospel”. In the first song, the lead singer (Brendon Urie) was beginning to distance himself from his friend. While in this song, he has finally pushed his addict friend away and gotten out of the codependent relationship. He feels guilty for pushing him away. The singer can also feel like he has sinned because he didn’t “love thy neighbor”.

This song can be connected to Dark Romanticism because it examines the psychological effects of guilt and sin. This is supported by the lines, “Welcome to the end of eras, Ice has melted back to life, Done my time and served my sentence”.

Emperor’s New Clothes is a well-known tale in which an emperor parades himself through the streets naked, but he believes he is clothed. The expression, “Emperor’s New Clothes”, is used where people are widely admired, but others question what they have created is of any value. This is also another example where Urie describes his struggle with guilt. Even though he is an admired artist, he questions whether his life is meaningful without his friend.

This song is about a person who is plagued with nightmares every night. Dark Romantics focus on the evil lurking within all mankind. A nightmare would be the evil bubbling out of our subconscious while we sleep. She has old, presumably bad, memories that are consistently keeping her awake at night. These “ghosts inside her head” are powerful and she believes they will “never die”. The singer has no optimism which is another trait of Dark Romanticism.
This song leaves no confusion about what it is talking about. It is just an eerie song about madness. Dark Romantics heavily explored the topic of madness and its effects on the human psyche. Just like this song.

Dark Romanticism uses symbols. This song uses the symbol of "young men in their clean white coats" to symbolize a person with a mind so broken, they must be locked away.
“Janie’s Got a Gun” delves into the dark side of human nature. The lines, “What did her daddy do? He jacked the little bitty baby. The man has got to be insane.” are about incest. Culturally incest is bad and only committed by the most deviant of people. “Janie” was so tormented by what happened to her that her only escape was murder. This song evokes feelings of guilt in the listener when it says “cause nobody believes me”. No one believed her and it makes you feel like if someone had only believed her that the murder would not have happened. Dark Romantics explore the psychological effects of repression, guilt, and sin on the human psyche, as does this song.
The song “Monster” is about a person who is trying to deal with the darkness inside of them. The lines, “If I told you what I was, Would you turn your back on me?” and “Everything inside of me, Just wanted to fit in” show that he is insecure about being an outcast. However, the singer knows deep down inside that they are different because of a secret. We don’t know what this secret is, but it is something that they are unable to change. This song conveys the Dark Romantic idea that evil lurks within all mankind.
The song “Blood” is about greed. The line, “Give them all that they can drink and it will never be enough” can be interpreted as his fans always wanting more. The song is about how obsessed fans can be, and how they can want so much out of their idols. Dark Romanticism often uses strong symbols. This song heavily uses the symbol of blood. It can also be considered a Dark Romantic song because the line, “honestly, I'll be here for a while” shows that he has no optimism.
Wrong Side of Heaven” by Five Finger Death Punch is a song about guilt. Dark Romantics focus on the psychological effects of sin, guilt, and repression. The lines, “What have I become, what have I done?” and “Right or wrong, I can hardly tell” tell the listener that he is questioning his past choices. After watching the music video you can get a deeper meaning to the song. Veterans that defend us can come back as different people. The guilt and sin of killing someone changes them. They try to repress those memories and their guilt. The effects of PTSD on the human psyche can make them go mad, which is a characteristic of Dark Romanticism.
This Dark Romantic soundtrack explores the darker, more troubled side of the human soul. These songs include traits of guilt, sin, repression, madness, and their effects on the human psyche. I chose Dark Romanticism because I feel people need to know about the darker side of life. I can relate to my soundtrack personally because by nature I am not an optimist.
“Teenagers” by My Chemical Romance can be considered a Dark Romantic song because it meets the Dark Romantic characteristic that humans are fallible and prone to sin. The first verse represents paranoia about the darkness of youth. The writer of this song references school shootings when he says “but when you're troubled and hurt, what you got under your shirt, will make them pay for the things that they did”. He is saying teenagers are made to feel that they have to be violent or made to feel worthless.
Lyrics continued:
The boys and girls in the clique
The awful names that they stick
You're never gonna fit in much, kid
But if you're troubled and hurt
What you got under your shirt
Will make them pay for the things that they did

This song embodies the Dark Romantic idea that humans are selfish. The line “Be careful making wishes in the dark” is about how the band wished to become famous, but didn’t see the dark side of the record label that signed them. “I'm in the de-details with the devil” is about the record label. Fall Out Boy broke up because they felt like they were controlled by their contract. When they returned to music, they released this song as an anthem to let fans know that they are going to be selfish with their music from now on.
The Soundtrack of Guilt, Sin, and Madness.

By Megan Davis
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