Songs that sound like the singer is going through an existential crisis

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  1. BusNoise

    BusNoise Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Steve Perry - For the Love of Strange Medicine
    Billy Joel - River of Dreams
    Kiss - Rain
    Journey - Easy to Fall
    Michael Bolton - Lost in the City
    Michael Jackson - Morphine
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  2. davidlg1971

    davidlg1971 Forum Resident

    Bay Area, CA
    Daryl Hall - What's Gonna Happen To Us (1986)
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  3. writteninwater

    writteninwater Forum Resident

    Bruce Springsteen - Brilliant Disguise

    I'm just a lonely pilgrim
    I walk this world in wealth
    I want to know if it's you I don't trust
    'Cause I damn sure don't trust myself
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  4. Wally Swift

    Wally Swift Yo-Yoing where I will...

    Brooklyn New York
    Any Joy Division song.
  5. BornBeforeTheWind

    BornBeforeTheWind Forum Resident

    Leonard Cohen- No Diamonds in the Mine
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  6. Centralscrutinizer

    Centralscrutinizer Forum Resident

    Robert Calvert with Hawkwind/Sonic Assasins - Over The Top
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  7. Rick Bartlett

    Rick Bartlett Forum Resident

    Johnny Cash - Hurt
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  8. blind_melon1

    blind_melon1 An erotic adventurer of the most deranged kind....

    The entire Beck 'Sea Change' album.
  9. BusNoise

    BusNoise Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Initially, I misread that as "Sex Change"

    Double oof
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  10. DavidD

    DavidD Forum Resident

    Bob Dylan, Blowing In The Wind
    R.E.M., Everybody Hurts
    John Lennon, Imagine

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  11. Mothmanica

    Mothmanica Forum Cryptid

    Every song Kurt Cobain ever wrote.

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  12. Hi-Fi Pageant People

    Hi-Fi Pageant People Forum Resident

  13. EdwinM

    EdwinM Grumpy old man

    Syd Barrett on this Pink Floyd song:
  14. nsmith1002

    nsmith1002 Forum Resident

    Monticello, IN USA
    This might be more of an example of a multiple personality crisis but it's the first song I thought of.

    Van der Graaf Generator - "Man-Erg" from the 1972 album Pawn Hearts:


    I find that quite a few of songs by Van der Graaf and Peter Hammill could be considered to be concerned with states of existential crisis.
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  15. Celebrated Summer

    Celebrated Summer Forum Resident

    ...and any Nick Drake song. Except "Mayfair." Maybe.
  16. Spazaru

    Spazaru Angry Samoan

  17. LilacTeardrop

    LilacTeardrop "Roll It Over, My Soul...and Leave Me Here"

    Nice Thread, OP :righton:
    Mike Ness - Misery Loves Company
    (solo, not as/w/Social Distortion)
    off Cheating At Solitaire, feat. Bruce Springsteen

    "I used to roam all night long
    I lurked the streets late at night
    I ain't never comin' home
    But loneliness
    Is part of the game
    And misery loves company

    I used to think that I was a king
    Fancy cars, fancy clothes and diamond rings
    Yeah but happiness is a funny thing
    And misery just loves company

    Don't even try to understand
    What goes on inside this man
    As a boy I used to dream
    'cause' sometimes life ain't what it seems

    We used to dance under moonlight
    But then the tears began to fall
    And baby that ain't right
    'cause' losin' you
    Was part of the game
    And misery loves company
    'cause' f****' up
    Was part of the game
    And misery loves company"

    Songwriters: Michael Ness
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2019 at 6:41 AM
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  18. Kassonica

    Kassonica Forum Resident

    Jeff Buckley, grace and specially dream brother.
  19. tim_neely

    tim_neely Forum Hall Of Fame

    Central VA
    "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" -- U2
    "Both Sides Now" -- Joni Mitchell / Judy Collins
    "The Logical Song" -- Supertramp
    "Is That All There Is?" -- Peggy Lee
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  20. dumangl

    dumangl Senior Member

    The ultimate existential crisis of Hatsune Miku.

  21. LilacTeardrop

    LilacTeardrop "Roll It Over, My Soul...and Leave Me Here"

    Alejandro Escovedo - Bottom Of The World

    "Austin’s changed, it’s true
    Show me what hasn’t
    Tonight the TV's throwing colors on the wall
    As watches cities of the world reduced to ashes
    From where I sit, at the bottom of the world
    Oh, there used to be a phone booth
    Down here on every corner
    He used to call me up just to say my name
    But now anybody get is a busy signal
    No I can’t call home, from the bottom of the world
    She said, hey paper boy
    Don’t you think it’s time you delivered
    I said say the word, your wish is my command

    You may think you know all there is to know about me
    You might think the beast is in the cage
    But everything you see is just an illusion
    It’s about to get real, at the bottom of the world
    Oh, hey little boy, little boy you look a little frightened
    For these awful kind of streets for walking alone
    So why don’t you get yourself home back to Houston
    I don’t think you’re ready, for the bottom of the world
    No I don’t think you’re ready, for the bottom of the world."

    Songwriters: Alejandro Escovedo / Chuck Prophet
  22. HfxBob

    HfxBob Forum Resident

    An old country nugget about the classic existential dilemma of the married man:

    Right or Left at Oak Street - Roy Clark

    Right or left at Oak Street
    That's the choice I face every day
    And I don't know which takes more courage
    The stayin', or the runnin' away
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  23. vonwegen

    vonwegen Forum Resident

    There was this guy who called himself Scott Walker...
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  24. onlyconnect

    onlyconnect The prose and the passion

    Winchester, UK
    Who Are you by Pete Townshend / The Who

    "I woke up in a Soho doorway a policeman knew my name"

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  25. Cool hand luke

    Cool hand luke They got it now, Robbie...

    Love that guy
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