Trapped: Songs About Being Stuck And No Way Out

Trapped: Songs About Being Stuck And No Way Out

Why this list?  Who knows.  I guess you could just as well ask whyanybody wrote these songs in the first place.  The point is, people feel trapped at times in their jobs, in their relationships, in their way of life.  There have been lots of songs about this, some on the positive side ("Stuck With You" by Huey Lewis & The News) and some negative ("Better Man" by Pearl Jam).  We'll lay out the best ones below for you to watch and see.  Then we'll direct you to our Spotify List that contains many, many more options.

Trapped: Songs About Being Stuck And No Way Out

Thes songs are listed in no particular order.  You'll remember some, love some, and wish you'd never, ever come across some.  Either way, you'll be a new and improved individual because of your open-minded exposure.  Now, on to the list!

1.  "Luka" by Suzanne Vega

This, and "Better Man" below, capture the denial someone in an abusive relationship can go through in order to survive.

2.  "Better Man" by Pearl Jam

"She lies and says she still loves him, can't find a better man."  That says it all, huh?

3.  "Woman In Chains" by Tears For Fears

This song is incredibly powerful because of its arrangement.  It starts so quietly before exploding as it progresses.  The video is a great illustration of a woman being abused, but is there redemption at the end?

4.  "Trapped" by Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band

This is originally a Jimmy Cliff song, but this live recording, originally released in 1985 on the USA For Africa (Remember "We Are The World"?) full-length album, is far superior with respect to Mr. Cliff.  Great sax solo, too, by Mr. Clemens.

5.  "Take The Long Way Home" by Supertramp

Almost comical because it's sung from the man's point of view.  But there's still a hint of truth in there for some of us, right?

6.  "Can't Get There From Here" by REM

This is a more literal version of being trapped or stuck in the same place, but it's still damn good.  

7.  "Baker Street" by Gerry Rafferty

In this scenario, the woman isn't necessarily trapped in an abusive relationship.  Instead, she's trapped with a dreamer who hasn't succeeded at any of his dreams and probably never will.  "Another year and then you'd be happy.  Just one more year and then you'd be happy."  Just get out, mmkay?  By the way, we could've included "Stuck In The Middle With You" on this list (it's on our Spotify list HERE).  The band on that track is Stealers Wheel.  The singer?  Gerry Rafferty.  We just like "Baker Street" a whole lot better.

8.  "Point Blank" by Bruce Springsteen

Taken from 1980's The River.  "I was gonna be your Romeo and you were gonna be my Juliet.  These days you don't wait on Romeos, you wait on that welfare check.  And on all the pretty things that you can't ever have."  Happy stuff.

9.  "However Much I Booze" by The Who

Maybe this guy is the man from "Baker Street" or Pearl Jam's "Better Man."  Sung from an alcoholic's point of view.  "Won't somebody tell me how to get out of this place?!"

10.  "Stuck With You" by Huey Lewis & The News

We had to get positive for 3 minutes, okay?  If you could be stuck in love and trapped on a deserted island with a beautiful significant, other, that wouldn't be so bad, would it?  Besides, it's Huey Lewis & The News.  They're a happy bunch of guys.  

There are many more songs about this subject.  Many more.  Before you look and listen further on our Spotify list HERE, what do you think is missing?  What's the first song you think of when asked if you feel like there's no way out?

List Uses:

You too can use this list, and the other songs we found on Spotify (see HERE).  Here's the how, who, and when:

  • You feel alone and like nobody understands your plight.  Use these songs to help you let off some steam.
  • You're a political figure and hate that you've sold every last ounce of your dignity in order to get campaign funding from that group you swore when you entered politics you'd never speak to.
  • You've been commissioned by Lifetime: Television For Women to write an 8-hour miniseries about sisters who take each other hostage (but not at the same time, duh!) in order to set the other one up and gain the love (and $5 million life insurance policy) of the town's wealthy politician (who, coincidentally, is suffering from the bullet point above), and you need musical inspiration.
  • You're happy and like anything by Huey Lewis & The News.

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