Abusive Parents/Music

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  • Suzanne Vega's "Luka".
  • Jason Michael Carroll's "Alyssa Lies".
  • Martina McBride's "Independence Day" and "Concrete Angel".
  • Disturbed's "Down With The Sickness".
  • John Michael Montgomery's "The Little Girl," where the title character witnesses her father beating her mother ... and then one day witnessing his murdering her before turning the gun on himself.
  • Red Jump Suit Apparatus' "Face Down", where the singer observes an abusive relationship where the girl is physically beaten by her father and has to apply makeup to hide the bruises. By the end of the song it is implied she listens to the singer and leaves her abuser.
  • "Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?" by The Offspring. The song is meant to be an apology to a girl that lead singer Dexter Holland, as well as his friends, knew was sexually abused during her youth by her father, yet no one ever brought it up.
  • "Amy in the White Coat" by Bright Eyes is about the life of a girl who is being sexually abused by her father. The song is told through the point-of-view of her father, and some of* her classmates.
  • "Janie's Got a Gun" by Aerosmith is about a girl who murders her father because he sexually abused her.
  • Pearl Jam's "Alive" tells the story of a young man raped by his mother. Although the story is very much a grim one, it was seen as a survivor's anthem among victims of parental incest, as fans commonly interpreted the chorus "I'm still alive, hey, I'm still alive" as being a triumphant declaration of survival, rather than what Eddie Vedder called a curse. In 2006, though, stated that the fan response changed his view of the song, and that the "curse" had been lifted from it.
  • Take a song by Korn. Any song. Usually it's more about neglect than direct abuse, but to the children in the songs, it feels just the same.
  • Voltaire's song "The Chosen". The protagonist says "First time I had sex I was three/ First time consenting was thirteen", and claims that his mother "once left me in a supermarket".
  • Alanis Morissette's "Perfect" is about parents who live vicariously through their kids and humiliate and berate them for not meeting expectations.

We love you just the way you are / If you're perfect.

  • Referenced near the end of the Pink Floyd song "Dogs"

"Who was born in a house full of pain"