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5 Great Lyrics About Revenge

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There aren’t too many things better in this world than serving up a steaming hot plate of revenge. Or you could offer it at a chillier temperature, if that’s your thing. Either way, getting back at an ex, a boss or even that a-hole in the Hummer who was driving way below the speed limit in the fast lane this morning delivers more satisfaction than taking the high road. Trust us on this one. Our list of 5 Great Lyrics About Revenge are mostly about getting back at evil exes, but you’ll find some other folks who deserve what’s coming to them in there too.


5

Lily Allen, 'Smile'

 
 

"Now you're calling me up on the phone so you can have a little whine and a moan, and it's only because you're feeling alone / At first when I see you cry, it makes me smile."

Lily Allen's ex had a little problem staying faithful. Or as Allen puts it, "You were f-----g that girl next door." And now he wants Lily back. And she's having none of it. In fact, he's all in tears over the breakup. And Allen's just smiles, smiles, smiles.

 
4

Hole, 'Violet'

 
 

"I told you from the start just how this would end / When I get what I want, I never want it again/ Go on, take everything, I want you to."

Before Courtney Love hooked up with Kurt Cobain, she had a brief thing with Billy Corgan. 'Violet,' the opening song from Hole's great 'Live Through This,' is all about their relationship. It's really no secret that the Smashing Pumpkins frontman is a control freak and kind of a d---. Love gets back at him by clarifying a few things.

 
3

Nine Inch Nails, 'Starf--kers, Inc.'

 
 

"I sold my soul, but don't you dare call me a whore / And when I suck you off, not a drop will go to waste / It's really not so bad, you know, once you get past the taste."

Trent Reznor was one angry dude in the '90s. So it's no surprise that he saved a bunch of spiteful words for an associate. Take your pick who his venom is aimed at. Is it Marilyn Manson? Courtney Love? The music industry in general. The answer is probably "yes" to all three. Bonus points for quoting the granddaddy of revenge songs, 'You're So Vain.'

 
2

Florence the Machine, 'Seven Devils'

 
 

"Holy water cannot help you now / A thousand armies couldn't keep me out / I don't want your money, I don't want your crown / See, I have to tell you, I've come to burn your kingdom down."

Yikes. Florence Welch raises some hell on this song from Florence + the Machine's second album. It's payback time, and whoever did her wrong sure is gonna be sorry. 'Seven Devils' is so effective as a revenge tune that it's been used in two TV shows that deal with the subject on a weekly basis: 'Game of Thrones' and 'Revenge.'

 
1

Alanis Morissette, 'You Oughta Know'

 
 

"Every time I scratch my nails down someone else's back, I hope you feel it."

Apparently, Alanis Morissette isn't taking the breakup nearly as well as her ex. Not only does she interrupt his dinner to remind him of the mess he left her in, she also brings up some of the good times they had together (like that time she gave him head at the movies). In the end, she settles for scarring his memory with how totally awesome she was in bed.

 

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