Simply Morbid: 16 Songs Referencing Various Causes of Death | Playlist
The 16 Songs that grace this playlist all have one thing in common: they reference various causes of death. This is a morbid playlist for sure.
Ah, just when life was getting good, here comes a playlist to “rain on the parade.” Yes indeed, folks, we have a morbid one for you to check out – a morbid playlist that is! Simply put, the 16 songs that grace this particular playlist have one thing in common: they reference various causes of death. Fascinating, yet depressing, right? An assortment of artists, as well as an assortment of causes of death referenced, appear on this list.
1. Sia, “Free Me”
Album: Free Me – Single, 2017 | Cause of Death: AIDS/HIV
“Free Me” served as a benefit single for the ending HIV campaign. The accompanying music video sheds is more specific to the effects of HIV itself. It’s a beautiful, emotionally-driven record.
“So free me / Oh free me / From this pain I’ve been running from / I’m tired and I’m free falling / Free me / Oh free me / From this shame I’ve been running from / I’m lost and I am calling you.”
2. M.I.A., “Bird Flu”
Album: Kala, 2007 | Cause of Death: Bird Flu (Avian Influenza)
M.I.A. has always been one of a kind. On “Bird Flu,” she seeks looking for retribution, at least at the tail-end of the record where bird flu actually comes into play. If indeed M.I.A. were to do this, it would be utterly deadly.
“Bird flu gonna get you / Made it in my stable / From the crap you drop / On my crop when they pay you.”
3. My Chemical Romance, “Cancer”
Album: My Chemical Romance, 2006 | Cause of Death: Cancer
“Now turn away / Cause I’m awful just to see / Cause all my hairs abandoned all my body / Oh, my agony / Know that I will never marry / Baby, I’m just soggy from the chemo / But counting down the days to go / It just ain’t living.”
4. A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, “Drowning”
Ft. Kodak Black
Album: The Bigger Artist, 2017 | Cause of Death: Drowning
Drowning can kill you. Unfortunately for A Boogie Wit da Hoodie and Kodak Black, they don’t take it seriously. Exhibit A is the chorus by Boogie, where the only thing he’s drowning in is his overabundance of jewelry and ‘the bigger picture,’ WEALTH.
“Wrist so icy, wonder why she like me, bitch I’m drowning / In water, I just bought a Cuban, dipped it in a fountain / Everywhere that I go it’s a light show, I’m surrounded / Bust down, bust down, bust down…bitch I’m drownin’.”
5. Band Aid 30, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
Album: Do They Know It’s Christmas? | Cause of Death: Ebola
Band Aid is a charity super-group that has had a couple incarnations over the years. The original arrived in 1984. In 2014, another star-studded group arrived, supporting efforts to stop Ebola. Ebola is an epidemic with a high fatality rate in West Africa. This Christmas classic never mentions Ebola specifically, but does speak about comforting the area devastated by the virus.
“Bring peace and joy this Christmas to West Africa / A song of hope where there’s no hope tonight / Where to comfort is to fear / Where to touch is to be scared / How can they know it’s Christmas time at all.”