Columbine High School shooting archive - On April 20, 1999 Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold took the lives of 13 victims and their own lives


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Over the years since the shooting there have been several bands and songs that have had some connection with the tragedy at Columbine, whether the artists wanted to or not. Below is a list of several songs that surfaced in the news following the shootings. Some were referenced by the shooters in their rants. Some of the music was attached to the shootings after the fact. This list is not being updated and is not intended to be a complete list of songs that have been made over the years since the shootings.

Along with a list of songs, this page also contains links to lyrics for the various songs as well as links where you can purchase your own copies of CDs the music appears on. Links to purchase albums lead off-site and will open in a new window.

Disclaimer: This list does not imply that any band or performer appearing on it had anything to do with the actual tragedy at Columbine High.


KMFDM

Eric Harris was an avid fan of KMFDM.

KMFDM publicly distanced themselves from the Columbine shooters, making this press statement on their website at the time (mirrored copy).
SONG TITLE
Dogma
Pub. Date
1996
REFERENCE
From the album Xtort. Eric Harris quoted this song in Dylan Klebold's 1998 yearbook.
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Son of a Gun
Pub. Date
1996
REFERENCE
From the album Xtort. Police found a copy of these lyrics on Eric Harris's WBS RebtheJuvey page.

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Power
Pub. Date
1996
REFERENCE
From the album Xtort. Police found a copy of these lyrics on Eric Harris's WBS rebldomkr page.

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Waste
Pub. Date
1997
REFERENCE
From the album "Symbols". Police found a copy of these lyrics on Eric Harris's WBS RebtheJuvey page.

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Stray Bullet
Pub. Date
1997
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From the album "Symbols". Police found a copy of these lyrics on Eric Harris's WBS RebtheJuvey page.

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Anarchy
Pub. Date
1997
REFERENCE
From the album "Symbols". Eric Harris quoted this song in his signature in Nate Dykeman's yearbook.

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Rammstein

Eric Harris was an avid fan of Rammstein.
REFERENCE
Eric Harris wore a Rammstein t-shirt in his 11th grade photo; he also wrote the word "Rammstein" in Nate Dykeman's yearbook

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Weisses Fleisch
Pub. Date
1996
REFERENCE
From the album Herzeleid. Eric Harris mentioned this song in one of his rants.
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Wilder Wein
Pub. Date
1994
REFERENCE
Originally from the Engel single, later put on the album Live Aus Berlin. Eric Harris wore a t-shirt featuring the name of this song in one of the Basement Tapes.

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Pop Will Eat Itself

SONG TITLE
Ich Bin Ein Auslander
Pub. Date
1994
REFERENCE
From the album Dos Dedos Mis Amigos. Found sketched in one of Eric Harris's notebooks.

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Nine Inch Nails

SONG TITLE
Something I Can Never Have
Pub. Date
1989
REFERENCE
From the album Pretty Hate Machine. Referenced in Dylan's journal.

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The Downward Spiral
Pub. Date
1994
REFERENCE
From the album The Downward Spiral. Referenced in Dylan's journal.

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Hurt
Pub. Date
1994
REFERENCE
From the album The Downward Spiral. Referenced in Dylan's journal.

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Happiness in Slavery
Pub. Date
1995
REFERENCE
From the album Further Down the Spiral. Referenced in Dylan's journal.

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Marilyn Manson

REFERENCE
News media mentioned this band in association with the shooters but there's no supporting evidence to indicate they even listened to his music. You can see a copy of the band's press statement released 4-21-1999 (mirrored on this website as it's no longer on their site). You can also read Marilyn's viewpoint in Rolling Stone, published May 1999.


JeffCo Fire Dept. "Training" Video

When this tape was made, it initially used copyrighted music that they did not have permission to use. When the tape was sold to the public, the artists sued to have the music removed - and won.
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I Will Remember You by Sarah McLachlan
Pub. Date
1995
REFERENCE
From the album I Will Remember You. Originally part of the unauthorized soundtrack of this Jefferson County news footage video tape, which is still available to the public. Lawsuits on behalf of the artists forced JeffCo to remove the music from subsequent copies.



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If It Were Up To Me by Cheryl Wheeler
Pub. Date
1999
REFERENCE
From the album Sylvia State. Originally part of the unauthorized soundtrack of this Jefferson County news footage video tape, which is still available to the public. Lawsuits on behalf of the artists forced JeffCo to remove the music from subsequent copies.



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Tribute Songs

Music that came along after the shootings.
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Friend of Mine by the Cohen Brothers
Pub. Date
1999
REFERENCE
Jonathan and Stephen Cohen wrote and performed this song as a tribute to the victims of the shooting.

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Angel (Columbine HS Radio Edit) by Sarah McLachlan
Pub. Date
1997 (1999)
REFERENCE
Original song from the album Surfacing. Touching song dubbed with audio clips taken from news broadcasts aired 4-20-99. Eventually there will be a transcript here of the news clips in the radio-aired version played about Columbine High.


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Lullaby for Columbine: Love Endures Compilation project
Pub. Date
1999
REFERENCE
17 tracks include Adrian Belew, Rick Altizer, The Cohen Brothers, and students from Littleton and Arapahoe high schools. Proceeds of the compilation CD went to the Friend of Mine Fund to assist the victims and their families.


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Columbine Tribute Album Compilation project
Pub. Date
1999
REFERENCE
Songs dedicated to those who lost their lives as a result of the Columbine High School tragedy.


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This Is Your Time, Columbine by Michael W. Smith
Pub. Date
1999
REFERENCE
From the album This Is Your Time. Christian fellowship song, tributed to Columbine.

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An American Elegy by Frank Ticheli
Pub. Date
2000
REFERENCE
Mr. Ticheli wrote the alma mater for Columbine and it is in this song as the climax. It says above the title that it was "composed in memory of those who lost their lives at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999, and to honor the survivors."



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Cassie by Flyleaf
Pub. Date
2005
REFERENCE
From the self-titled album. Written in tribute to Cassie Bernall.
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Other Songs

Music that came along after the shootings.
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Rival by Pearl Jam
Pub. Date
2000
REFERENCE
From the album Binaural. Guitarist Stone Gossard's reflections on the shootings at Columbine High School.

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Blowin' Me Away by SLO
Pub. Date
2000
REFERENCE
From the self-titled album. Quoting Barbara Brown, who worked with the band: "Instead of quiet memorial to the victims it poses tough questions to the shooters. It takes a basic, down to earth look at the shooters and really tries to get into their heads."


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Little Things by Good Charlotte
Pub. Date
2000
REFERENCE
From the self-titled album. About how the little irritations of youth build up into big problems.

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Youth of the Nation by POD
Pub. Date
2001
REFERENCE
From the album Satellite. Addresses problems in school including school shooting.
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