Not looking for scary songs, but more like songs that have a spooky moment or eerie part of the song.
First example I can think of is in Silent Lucidity by Queensryche. During the electric guitar solo towards the end of it when the distorted voice is talking about “dream control,” at the end of the solo is a creepy voice that says “Help me” and then the songs kicks back in.
From what I’ve read that whole part is a lot of reference to Hellraiser. Interesting and still creepy.
I still have a hard time listening to the organ intro to Elton John’s Funeral for a Friend.. Well, I guess the organ part *is *FfaF and the song itself is Love Lies Bleeding.. Anyway, luckily it wasn’t apt to pop up on the radio often but when my brother would play it, knowing full well it freaked me out, just . . .no.
I know someone else will bring up Eleanor Rigby and her damned face that she keeps in a jar by the door. Damn that song is depressing.
The whole song “Sheep” by Pink Floyd is creepy, but the creepiest part is the recitation of a perverted version of the Lord’s Prayer by an electronic voice.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want
He makes me down to lie
Through pastures green he leadeth me the silent waters by
With bright knives he releaseth my soul
He maketh me to hang on hooks in high places
He converteth me to lamb cutlets
“A Child Is Coming” from Blows Against the Empire by Paul Kantner (RIP) and the original Jefferson Starship.
The first half of the song is a bright, upbeat, guitar-strumming ode to fornication and makin’ babies.
The second half of the song becomes inexplicably ominous as it details something “growing in the dark”. I have always assumed it was influenced by the famous Life magazine photos of a fetus developing (from 1970, same year as the “Blows” album.) But the effect is somewhat…disquieting. Apparently, in the 1980s, some evangelical group accused the band of satanism and said this song was ‘celebrating the birth of the anti-christ’ or some such nonsense. (But in a way, I could see their point. Lol.)
The little whisper at the end of “Strawberry Fields Forever” that’s either “Cranberry Sauce” or “I Buried Paul” depending on whether you think Lizard people run the world creeped me out as a kid. The whole song really but that in particular.
A lotta Beatles songs freaked me out as a kid, probably because of the “Paul is Dead” thing, which happened when I was eight – “Strawberry Fields,” “I Am the Walrus,” “Come Together.” I grew out of it, though.
But I still hate “Come Together,” and am surprised when it turns up on peoples’ “Fave Beatles Songs” lists.