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Strangeways • View topic - Your favourite dark and gloomy songs

Your favourite dark and gloomy songs

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Postby Cracked Pleasures » Thu Aug 10, 2006 1:03 pm

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Postby Shakespeare's Sister » Fri Aug 11, 2006 10:31 am

HURT

I hurt myself today,
to see if I still feel.
I focus on the pain,
the only thing that's real.
The needle tears a hole,
the old familiar sting.
Try to kill it all away,
but I remember everything.
What have I become?
My sweetest friend.
Everyone I know,
goes away in the end.
And you could have it all,
my empire of dirt.

I will let you down,
I will make you hurt.

I wear this crown of thorns,
upon my liar's chair.
Full of broken thoughts,
I cannot repair.
Beneath the stains of time,
the feelings disappear.
You are someone else.
I am still right here.

What have I become?
My sweetest friend.
Everyone I know,
goes away in the end.
And you could have it all,
my empire of dirt.

I will let you down.
I will make you hurt.

If I could start again,
a million miles away.
I would keep myself.
I would find a way.
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Postby Cracked Pleasures » Fri Aug 11, 2006 4:05 pm

And who introduced you to that song? ;) :P

I adore Hurt, although I prefer the original version by NIN (but Johnny Cash's version is also excellent)



as a Goth, I have enough gloomy songs to keep you busy for a while. Here's a selection to start with:



SILKE BISCHOFF - The church-bells and the razor-blades
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A rainy day, she's alone in her room
Drowned by the pale light of the moon
She's starring at the scarves on her wrist
Where do I come from and where will I go ?
Is there anything on the other side?
She closes the curtains and turns off the light
Schimmernde Rasierklingen
FlŸstern ihr
Verlockende Dinge zu
Sie wispern
Sieh nur,
Wie schšn wir funkeln!
Wir ritzen deine Haut
Ohne dass du etwas davon spŸrst
Wir lieben dich!
Komm mit uns !
She watches herself in a clouded mirror
She hopes it won't hurt too much
Everything seems to be so sharp and clear
Is this life real or is it just a dream ?
An intermediate station on the way to eternity
The water's warm and cosy to her skin
KŸhle Kacheln glŠnzen dunkel
Im trŸben Licht der Lampe
Die Rasierklingen sind ganz nah
Du bist so s٤
Unter deinen schwarzen HaarstrÅ nen
Hevorblickend
Hab keine Angst
Wenn du dich auf die Reise begibst
Wir sind bei dir
Wir streicheln zÅ rtlich deinen Puls
Und fŸhren dich in eine Welt
Ohne TrÅ nen
Wir lieben dich!
Komm mit uns!
Wir lieben dich!
Komm jetzt!
And she feels the sound
Of the mighty curch-bells
Ignore the deceiving razor-blades
They are slaves of the Evil One
Do you really think
Your mission is done in this world?
You're so young
And there are many thing you haven't seen yet
Many experiences
You still have not made !
If you leave us now
You'll never come back
There's no return
No return!
Hey little girl, do you believe in god?
Do you believe in the material world?
Do you believe in anything at all?
Do you believe in everlasting love?
Do you believe in the stars above?
Do you believe in anything at all?
Und das Wasser faerbt sich rot


(the last line means "and the water colours red" which is her blood as she finally decides to do slit her wrists)

The song is very dark and spooky, with the instruments creating an anxious, almost suffocatingly dark atmosphere. There's the standard horror samples as well, being a distant bell-tower.




BAUHAUS - Hollow Hills
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<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2WiGBS6wNY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2WiGBS6wNY</a>

Ancient Earth work fort and barrow
Discreetly hide their secret abodes
The most fearful hide deep inside
And venture not there upon Yuletide

For invasion of their hollow hills
That music hold and Oberon fill
Is surely recommended not
For fear of death, in fear of rot

Hollow hills
Hollow hills
Hollow hills
Hollow hills

Baleful sounds and wild voices ignored
Ill luck disaster the one reward
Violated sanctity of supermen's hills
So sad, love lies there still
So sad
So sad
Hollow hills
Hollow hills
Witches too and goblin too and speckled sills
Lament repent oh mortal you
So sad
So sad


(probably the darkest and spookiest song the band did. Pure horror)




BAUHAUS - All we ever wanted (was everything)
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All we ever wanted was everything
All we ever got was cold
Get up, eat jelly
Sandwich bars, and barbed wire
Squash every week into a day

The sound of drums is calling
The sound of the drum has called
Flash of youth shoot out of darkness
Factorytown

Oh to be the cream repeat


(not the standard dramatic musical darkness here, but just plain sadness in the lyrics)




ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN - All My Colours
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Flying
And I know I'm not coming down
You're trying
But you know you must soon go down
All my colours turn to clouds
All my colours turn to clouds

Zimbo...

What d'you say
When your heart's in pieces?
How d'you play
Those cards in sequence?
That box you gave me burned nicely
That box you gave me burned nicely

Zimbo...

Flying down
Flying down
All my colours turn to clouds...

Hey, I've flown away
Hey, I'm blown away



ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN - Ocean Rain
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<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjSbEWiqn9Q" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjSbEWiqn9Q</a>

All at sea again
And now my hurricanes
Have brought down this ocean rain
To bathe me again
My ship's a-sail
Can you hear its tender frame
Screaming from beneath the waves
Screaming from beneath the waves

All hands on deck at dawn
Sailing to sadder shores
Your port in my heavy storms
Harbors the blackest thoughts

I'm at sea again
And now your hurricanes
Have brought down this ocean rain
To bathe me again
My ship's a-sail
Can you hear its tender frame
Screaming from beneath the waves
Screaming from beneath the waves…


(my favourite song ever probably... The song sounds romantic but under that surface is an inkblack feeling. You could see this as a funeral song, a song about letting go of a dream and accepting it through a curtain of sadness)
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Postby rubygirl » Sat Aug 12, 2006 9:51 pm

Oh, really a lot... the first that springs to my mind is
Do You Love Me, pt. 1 by Nick Cave ... just adore darkness in songs, it attract me to them like a lig :ph34r: ht draw near a moth on a dark, dark night...
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Postby Cracked Pleasures » Sun Aug 27, 2006 7:13 pm

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=287kBg-qEVU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=287kBg-qEVU</a>


Here is a gothic masterpiece for you. It is called The Goat (referring to Satan) by Sopor Aeternus & The Ensemble of Shadows. The band is one of the most sombre and gloomy of all gothic bands. Characteristic for the band are the dramatic horrifying sound, the aching (almost crying) vocals by Anna-Varney, and the medieval instruments. All together it creates a haunting, terrifying, almost surreal landscape of sounds. The video is almost as horrifying as the music: dark atmosphere, ghostly appearances, a haunting nocturnal landscape, and an appearance of the demons, ...

The band itself is a project of Anna-Varney, a mysterious character who claims to be so depressed and anxious that she never leaves her house and has only sporadic contacts with the outside world. Her music, mostly about death and spirits, is created along with the Ensemble Of Shadows which is not only the moniker for her band but also a reference to 'the spirits that guide her' while writing the music. Sopor Aeternus literaly means 'eternal sleep' and refers to death, a central theme in the music of the band. Their style is dark gothic combined with medieval elements. It is sometimes described as 'neofolk'. They never perform, or as Anna-Varney says: 'we never perform for a human audience'.

enjoy.

More Sopor Aeternus can be found on <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PC-vkxpxPc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PC-vkxpxPc</a> and on http://www.soporaeternus.ru where you find some MP3's. My advice: play the songs at night and then go for a walk in the nocturnal city to fully experience the doomy haunting atmosphere.
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Postby Cracked Pleasures » Tue Sep 19, 2006 5:51 pm

a few masterpieces by the god-esque Sopor Aeternus & The Ensemble of Shadows!





In einer dunklen Stunde, ach,
Alle Stunden sind dunkel hier.
Aus einem Becher von zartestem Flieder
Trinken wir Tee - allein mit mir.

"My name is BROKEN CHALICE and leaden
I am filled all the way up to the brim;
Filled with sadness, and with misery,
And the most terrible of things.
Very soon I might overflow I fear,
As I am filled with so much anger...
And far too many tears".

These words come from the depth of my discontent,
To testify to you of the displeasure
That I harbour against the world - and therefore myself.
Hush, here lies truth, sweet child, in all its obvious simplicity.

A long time ago it seems
The boy has come to an agreement with himself,
To remain in this wretched life for as long as
It hasn't reached the point of becoming totally... unbearable.
Yes, he was prepared to tolerate
The bleakness of all things, of darkness,
Even nothingness itself,
All of this perhaps only to prove
That life really isn't worth an effort,
That an early VOLUNTARY DEATH is absolutely ALWAYS justified.

Yes, I DO confess.
I have a secret wish:
I often dream of dying,
To dissolve completely,
To simply vanish, so that nothing,
Not a single grain, would ever remain of me.
No spark, no energy, no further existence for me,
But most of all: NO REBIRTH!!!


Alas, if I had this chance, this possibility,
How free from worries could I be,
If I only had this ONE guarantee...
That there would be NO MORE tomorrows lying in wait for me...






On Satur(n)days we used to sleep
all motionless and still...-
While shrouded in an oppressive gloom
were handed over to the dream.
A sleep so dark, this "Moon by Day",
of powers strange and weird,
through mystic veils her silver rays
are glowing carefully
Woven of dewdrops and magical light,
this gown that were wearing here
is but a cloth of mist and we used to call it
"The Breath of the Other Sphere"...
We are floating, flying, incredibly fast,
the world of the thought gives birth to this life.
Free to remember, to discover and feel
as were closely together in our parallel flight.
While beyond the gates our bodies lie
next to each other in fragile rest,
two chests are lifted up and down,
moved only by some mortal breath.
Yes, our bodies are sleeping so closely together,
but its only in our minds that we touch (at last).
In the realm of the spirit(s) our souls become one
in the happy knowledge that we are completing halfs.
No bodies and no barriers...-
(all) far more intimate and strange.
Our understanding is clearer, incomparably real,
although there is no sound that dares to escape...
His eyes are mirrors, gates to his soul,
one true look and I recognize
that its him, my husband, the one that I love.
See me! Read me! Step inside!!!
No barriers and no masquerade,
come, be received beyond distress!
So intensively and so deep
as our fingers unite, our hands carres.
Two wanderers are lovingly dwelling this land,
(as) we fly side by side over mountains and glens.
In the twilight lit of the silver moon...-
set free from the flesh, released from this tomb!
On Satur(n)days we used to sleep,
the other side exploring, alive in our dreams...
Free from the pain, home where we belong
and guarded by the shadows of the enchanted realm.
Below a violet sky, both dark and profound,
the horizon is glittring, still there is no sound.
We fly through the night crossing frontiers and lakes,
mountains and valleys...-world without end.
"This is where we truly belong,
take both my hands, look into my soul !"
I feel the strength of his embrace
as were closely together in this secret place...
"Hush, hush, my Dear, can you hear
the rustling in the undergrowth?
See through the branches, there in the glade",
ghostly creatures as they dance and sing.
Their transparent bodies, half man and half beast,
their voices so sweet like a soft breath of wind.
On Satur(n)days we used to sleep,
and my pain was eased by his love...







Old, senseless thoughts half frozen in loneliness,
faster and faster we're spinning in circles;
imprisoned in pain, floating without sound,
the death in the mist aimlessly wandering around.

Our sad eyes say: "We have lost our view !"
Dead souls without rest, the graves are lonely and cold.
But the promised peace I'm afraid we'll never find,
for this place it lies so far
beyond the cruelest light...
Keep it flaming your desire, always rising higher - Aim for stars and hit the sky
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Postby Pashernate_Lover » Tue Sep 19, 2006 6:15 pm

A note upon his desk
"P.S. Bring Me Home And Have Me!"
Leather elbows on a tweed coat
-Oh!-
Is THAT the best you can do ?
So came his reply :
"But on the desk is where I want you!"
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