Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Halloween is just around the corner. Here are some scary songs--not your standard rubber-headed monster mash crap--but some truly scary songs about about murder, madness, and the dark clouds in the crystal ball.

"Red Right Hand" by Nick Cave. Have you ever walked past a murderer in a crowded street? Probably. "You'll see him in your nightmares, you'll see him in your dreams..."

"Magic" by Bruce Springsteen. "I wrote this song about how we live in this Orwellian time," Springsteen says, "when what's true can be made to seem like a lie, and a lie can be made to seem true. The song's not about magic, it's about tricks and their consequences." Let's hope the future is not foretold in the chilling final verse.

"Cold, Cold Ground," by Tom Waits. Don't let the gruff manner and rumpled suit fool you; Tom is the fool who speaks the truth. In medieval mystery plays, a buffoon or prankster often got the better of the Devil in a game of wits. Here Tom goes toe to toe with El Diablo.


Anonymous said...

Nice picks. We're on the same page.

Bob Rini said...

I'll take any excuse to play some good offbeat songs from these three. Glad you liked them.