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I worked at Goodwill for a few weeks and the pre-selected radio always played “Semi-Charmed Kind of Life” and that weirded me out a little because it’s about crystal meth addiction and sex. Kids singing Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks” does the same thing. What songs are dark but poppy and feel weird being publicly played?

Doo doo doo, doo doo-doo doo...

I’m packed and I’m holding

I’m smiling, she’s living, she’s golden

She lives for me, says she lives for me

Ovation, her own motivation

She comes round and she goes down on me

And I make her smile, like a drug for you

Do ever what you wanna do, coming over you

Keep on smiling, what we go through

One stop to the rhythm that divides you

And I speak to you like the chorus to the verse

Chop another line like a coda with a curse

Come on like a freak show takes the stage

We give them the games we play, she said...

I want something else, to get me through this

Semi-charmed kinda life, baby, baby

I want something else, I’m not listening when you say good-bye

Doo doo doo, doo doo-doo doo...

The sky was gold, it was rose

I was taking sips of it through my nose

And I wish I could get back there, someplace back there

Smiling in the pictures you would take

Doing crystal meth, will lift you up until you break

It won’t stop, I won’t come down

I keep stock with the tick-tock rhythm, I bump for the drop

And then I bumped up, I took the hit that I was given

Then I bumped again, then I bumped again

I said...

How do I get back there, to the place where I fell asleep inside you

How do I get myself back to the place where you said...

I want something else, to get me through this

Semi-charmed kinda life, baby, baby

I want something else, I’m not listening when you say good-bye

I believe in the sand beneath my toes

The beach gives a feeling, an earthy feeling

I believe in the faith that grows

And the four right chords can make me cry

When I’m with you I feel like I could die

And that would be alright, alright

And when the plane came in, she said she was crashing

The velvet it rips in the city, we tripped on the urge to feel alive

Now I’m struggling to survive, those days you were wearing that velvet dress

You’re the priestess, I must confess

Those little red panties they pass the test

Slide up around the belly, face down on the mattress

One

And you hold me, and we’re broken

Still it’s all that I wanna do, just a little now

Feel myself, heading off the ground

I’m scared, I’m not coming down

No, no

And I won’t run for my life

She’s got her jaws now, locked down in a smile

But nothing is alright, alright

And I want something else, to get me through this life

Baby, I want something else

Not listening when you say...

Good-bye, good-bye, good-bye, good-bye

Doo doo doo, doo doo-doo doo...

The sky was gold, it was rose (Doo doo doo, doo doo-doo doo...)

I was taking sips of it through my nose (Doo doo doo, doo doo-doo doo...)

And I wish I could get back there (Doo doo doo, doo doo-doo doo...)

Someplace back there, in the place we used to start (Doo doo doo, doo doo-doo doo...)

I want something else (Doo doo doo, doo doo-doo doo...)

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