Thinking of disturbing some shut-ins. Canonical example: Ghost Riders of the Sky
Pretty vague description, but maybe a lot of neofolk would fit the bill?
Or many Townes Van Zandt songs
Oh and of course
Dimmu Borgir – Puritania
“4:33” by John Cage, except you’re playing it already.
Warren Zevon, Werewolves of London. Opening line: “I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand”
Would that pair with the ghost riders? It’s a bit older, but still not bad…
Mongol (riders in the sky): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pcm-LI78QA8
Dressed as Ghouls and Skeletons, signing Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”?
So, so you think you can tell Heaven from Hell, blue skies from pain.
How I wish, how I wish you were here.
We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year,
Running over the same old ground.
What have we found?
The same old fears.
Wish you were here.
If you want some scary, evil-sounding (and lyrically bloody) stuff, try Comus’ First Utterance. All acoustic, little or no drum kit. You feel like you are eavesdropping on a medieval coven.
Switch up the holidays by singing Santa Claus is Coming to Town. Sing it in a minor key, and just imagine the terror when you get to these lines:
He sees you when you’re sleeping
He knows when you’re awake
Asylums with doors open wide,
Where people had paid to see inside,
For entertainment they watch his body twist,
Behind his eyes he says, ‘I still exist.’
This is the way, step inside.
This is the way, step inside…
In arenas he kills for a prize,
Wins a minute to add to his life.
But the sickness is drowned by cries for more,
Pray to God, make it quick, watch him fall.
You’ll see the horrors of a faraway place,
Meet the architects of law face to face.
See mass murder on a scale you’ve never seen,
And all the ones who try hard to succeed.
And I picked on the whims of a thousand or more,
Still pursuing the path that’s been buried for years,
All the dead wood from jungles and cities on fire,
Can’t replace or relate, can’t release or repair,
Take my hand and I’ll show you what was and will be.
That’s the first song on the Album. All of them are about that dark.
Doesn’t really work as a carol, but if you’re just going to tune your browser to YouTube and play, it works. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVVdEqBbr4k
This one is pretty rough too: http://www.metrolyrics.com/partytime-lyrics-45-grave.html, although the video camps it way up.
Well here’s an obvious possibility:
There are always pumpkin carols.
There’s a whole category of spooky ambient music beloved of black lipstick wearing goths. They usually like Death in June and Current 93 above, but Lustmord, Raison d’etre, Zoviet France are a little more background music-y.
If you’re looking for spooky and upbeat, psychobilly is where it’s at.
Personally, I always read your blog while listening to the Cramps.
This Halloween is the 499th anniversary of the Reformation, thus: “A Might Fortress is Our God.”
The YouTube incarnation of “Ghost Riders of the Sky”: Valkyries+Johnny Cash? Actually, it works. Something like that: Leonard Cohen, especially from his album “The Future”. But only If the shut-ins can handle something a bit more decadent.
Better than Ezra “Porcelain”
2nd “Werewolves in London”.
Would a song about an Ice Age werewolf who survives into our day fit the bill? It’s easily chanted, with a lusty, roaring chorus.
Or this, which references the Devil, Dogs of Doom, and Thor. Plus, it’s spooky/moody.
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