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Tell Us About A Song You Were Shocked To Learn Is Actually Based On A True Crime

Melodies can be deceiving.

We've all heard an unsettling song or two, and sometimes, we realize that the lyrics aren't exactly fiction.


So, we'd like to know: What's a song you were shocked to learn is actually based on a true crime/murder? Maybe you loved to chill out and listen to "Suffer Little Children" by the Smiths until you learned it's actually inspired by the grisly Moors Murders committed by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley.

The lyrics: "Oh, find me, find me, nothing more. We are on a sullen misty moor. We may be dead and we may be gone, but we will be, we will be, we will be, right by your side."
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Or maybe you were shocked to learn that Kurt Cobain actually wrote "Polly" about the real-life kidnapping and torture of a 14-year-old girl in Tacoma, Washington in 1987.

Lyrics: "Polly wants a cracker, I think I should get off her first"

Or maybe you just couldn't believe it when you found out a song as upbeat as "I Don't Like Mondays" by the Boomtown Rats could actually be based on the 1979 Cleveland Elementary School Shooting.

The lyrics: "The silicon chip inside her head gets switched into overload, and nobody's gonna go to school today. She's gonna make them stay at home."
Columbia Records

When asked why she decided to open fire on the school, 16-year-old Brenda Spencer responded, "I just don’t like Mondays…I did this because it’s a way to cheer up the day.”

Whatever it is, share it in the comments below! Tell us the songs you were shocked to learn are actually based on a true crime, and feel free to give a little detail about the case. We'll feature your responses in an upcoming BuzzFeed Community post.