What singers should have taken their own song's advice?

The obvious one is that Amy Winehouse should have gone to rehab.

Keith Whitley sang that he was over Lorrie Morgan when he pretty clearly wasn’t and should have been. He also sang that “You’ve heard I’m drinking more than I should…Why they make them old stories up?” And then he died of alcohol poisoning.

I’m hoping that there are less depressing examples.

The only one I can think of involves a double entendre and a Michael Jackson hit and there’s no way that I’m going to post it.

Kurt Cobain swore in the Nirvana song “Come as You Are” that he didn’t have a gun. Tragically that was not true.

Ringo Starr eventually took the advice of his “No No Song,” but it was long after the song was released that he got clean and sober.

A good friend of mine says she wishes Joni Mitchell really would find a river to skate away on.

I know many people adore her, but I completely agree.

Pete Townshend wrote “hope I die before I get old” and then didn’t.

Bon Scott should have taken his advice to just “Ride On”. Sadly, the life he described in the song killed him in the end.

I was fond of David Bowie’s “Hunky Dory” album, and some of his songs (Man Who Sold the World) that came before “Ziggy Stardust” . The final track on “Hunky Dory” was Quicksand, which contained these lyrics:

Should I kiss the viper’s fang,
Or herald loud the death of Man,
I’m sinking in the quicksand of my thought
And I ain’t got the power anymore

Don’t believe in yourself, don’t deceive with belief

The opening track of “Ziggy Stardust” was Five Years, about mankind facing some disaster that would leave us all dead in… five years. Basically he heralded loud the death of man.

I can’t say Bowie should have taken his own advice, since “Ziggy Stardust” was his commercial breakthrough, but I found the album dull and the songwriting mediocre (including Five Years).

Jan & Dean:

“Dead Man’s Curve, you best keep away”

P.S.: Hey, isn’t “Rehab” an anti-rehab song?

Sure, but I think it’s in the spirit of the thread. The advice given to the narrator was that they should go to rehab but they refused. Winehouse probably should have taken that advice.

She said, “No, no, no.”

Tammy Wynette, most famous for Stand by your man, was married 5 times.

Is it mean if I say the Black-Eyed Peas?

Shut up
Just shut up, shut up
Shut up
Just shut up, shut up
Shut up
Just shut up, shut up
Just shut up
Shut up
Shut up, Just shut up
Shut up, just shut up, shut up
Shut up, just shut up, shut up
Shut it up
Just shut up, shut up

“Eat It”, by Karen Carpenter.

Oh wait, that was Weird Al.

Never mind.

I’m going to allow that.
Damn… [wipes tiny tear]… that was beautiful.

I know it doesn’t fit the OP exactly, but I’m flashing back to hearing Madonna on the car radio. My passenger: "Like A Virgin? Girl, stick to something you KNOW!"

That doesn’t make sense, everyone has been a virgin, and knows what’s being a virgin feels like.

Is it mean if I say the Black-Eyed Peas?


Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy - Got to give it up, might have helped.

The song was called “LIKE A Virgin”, not “A Virgin.”

The joke at the time of Aaliyah’s death was “Rock the Boat? She should have taken the boat!” since she died in a plane crash.