20 Songs About Being Stuck and Feeling Trapped

We all have moments in our lives when we are stuck or feel confined, whether physically or metaphorically. As a result, it’s no surprise that so many musicians have drawn inspiration for song lyrics from similar sensations.

These artists have astounded us with their tales of overcoming life’s greatest obstacles, whether to teach a lesson, promote a message, or serve a taste of hopefulness. The emotional implications and mental processes behind the lyrics of songs about being stuck or feeling trapped will be highlighted in this article.

1. “Stuck” by Norah Jones

Norah Jones performing "Stuck" Live on KCRWNorah Jones performing “Stuck” Live on KCRW

Stuck by Nora Jones is a lovely song that eloquently expresses the emotion of being stuck on someone. She sings about seeing someone who makes her heart hurt, yet she can’t seem to get away from them.

This song sends a clear message to everybody who has ever loved or had affections for someone: don’t do it. Jones sings words like, “Why don’t you just leave and leave me alone? I can see you swaying, I can hear what to keep saying. I’m sitting here stuck and plastered do my seat”, to show how emotionally draining and confusing a situation like this can be.

2. “I’m Stuck” by Noah Cyrus

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I’m Stuck by Noah Cyrus is about finding the one you’re destined to be with. It’s all about the kind of love that transforms your life and changes who you are.

Lyrics by Miley Cyrus include “I’m a champion and a fighter, but I’m hanging up my gloves. I’m stuck, I’m stuck, I’m stuck. Because your love has made me tame the devil ” to show how much this love transforms her and brings out the best in her.

3. “Truck Got Stuck” by Corb Lund

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Truck Got Stuck by Corb Lund is about a series of bad occurrences that befall a group of friends living in the Prairies after a massive amount of rain. Starting with the singer’s truck becoming trapped, his friends’ trucks also become stuck in the mud as they attempt to assist.

The singer goes on to say that being stuck forced him to miss work, his friends and to set up a date with his ex-wife and that he now always fears the worse! In the process, the gang spilled genetically modified weed herbicides, causing Agriculture Canada to be concerned.

4. “Chains” by Nick Jonas

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Chains by Nick Jonas is about being trapped in a doomed relationship. Jonas stresses the metaphorical chains that this love has bound him in in a highly emotive R&B take on a frequent theme.

Jonas once said in an interview about Chains, “I linked to love and trust in this song for myself, and some people have said it has a deeper meaning for them. It might be about anything that entangles you in your life and prevents you from doing what you need to do in order to feel free.”

5. “Stuck With You” by Huey Lewis & The News

Huey Lewis & The News - Stuck With YouHuey Lewis & The News – Stuck With You

Stuck With You by Huey Lewis & The News is a joyful and whimsical song about being in love or stuck with someone. While the song mentions a few rough patches in the relationship, it focuses on its positive aspects.

This song sends a message to any listener that while relationships take work and you may face challenges, it’s all worth it in the end. Despite the misleading title, Huey Lewis speaks for all of us as he sings about how pleased he is to be stuck with the one he loves.

6. “Where Does The Good Go” by Tegan & Sara

Where does the good go - Tegan and Sara (lyrics)Where does the good go – Tegan and Sara (lyrics)

Where Does the Good Go by Tegan & Sara is a melancholy ballad about the sentiments that accompany the end of a relationship. After a split, what was once an apparently wonderful relationship can turn bitter and cruel, as the vocalists show.

It’s also sung as if to depict a circumstance in which one person has completely moved on while the other is still hurting. They’re singing, “It won’t happen if you look me in the eyes and tell me I’m broken.

It is love that cracks the seal of constantly seeing yourself to be truly happy and healthy, powerful and tranquil. What happens to the good? “in order to emphasize these feelings.

7. “Stuck In A Moment” by U2

U2 - Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of (Official Music Video)U2 – Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of (Official Music Video)

U2’s frontman Bono wrote this song about a friend of his that passed away, Michael Hutchence. This song is both a homage to Hutchence and a nice message of understanding for anyone going through a difficult moment to know that they’re not alone in the pain and there are people who have felt the same way. 

8. “Baker Street” by Gerry Rafferty

Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street (Official Video)Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street (Official Video)

Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty is about people who are trapped by their past as much as their hopes for the future. It refers to the sentiments of dissatisfaction that come from drinking, one-night stands, and other pleasures that don’t produce lasting contentment.

It’s a message about how these problems simply drive us down deeper, and that it’s best to overcome them and focus on goals that will have a positive impact on our lives. The singer is more inclined towards focussing on settling down, purchasing land, and building a home.

9. “Better Man” by Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam - Better Man (Official Audio)Pearl Jam – Better Man (Official Audio)

Better Man by Pearl Jam was composed by Eddie Vedder when he was still a teenager. Before joining Pearl Jam, he had even performed it with his small-time band. This track is about a woman who accepts her spouse because she doesn’t believe she is deserving of anything more.

Vedder allegedly wrote it with his stepfather in mind. Eddie’s mother remarried after his biological father died, and Eddie assumed she did so because she needed someone to help her sustain her family.

10. “I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tiffany

Tiffany - I Think We're Alone Now (Official Music Video)Tiffany – I Think We’re Alone Now (Official Music Video)

I Think We’re Alone Now by Tiffany is a teen-romance song about first love. Despite being made popular by Tiffany, the song was written by Ritchie Cordell, a producer of Roulette Records, and first sung by Tommy James & the Shondells in 1967.

Tiffany sings about a little forbidden teenage affair that may be a touch too promiscuous for her family’s taste. She sings phrases like, “Take a look at how we have to hide what we’re doing. What would they say if they found out?” in order to emphasize their relationship’s secrecy.

11. “Trapped In A Box” by No Doubt

No Doubt - Trapped In A Box (Official Music Video)No Doubt – Trapped In A Box (Official Music Video)

Trapped in a Box is a terrific song by No Doubt and was released in 1992 as their debut single. This song conveys a powerful message on how television and other forms of mainstream media have desensitized people to reality.

The song was intended to make listeners aware of this, as well as the negative impact it has on our lives. Despite the fact that it is a song from a few decades ago, it still has significant, if not greater, relevance today.

12. “Trapped By Love” by Manu Chao

Manu Chao - Trapped By Love (Official Audio)Manu Chao – Trapped By Love (Official Audio)

Trapped By Love is an emotional ballad sung by Manu Chao. It’s all about the emotional rollercoaster of falling in and out of love. Manu Chao creates a gloomy picture of a man who is joyful while his girlfriend is around but sad when she leaves him.

He croons, “Then you show up, and I feel a lot better. See my eyes they’re full of water. Then again you go, so change the weather. Askin’ for the next together. I’ve been trapped by love”.

13. “My Own Prison” by Creed

Creed - My Own Prison (Official Video)Creed – My Own Prison (Official Video)

Mark Tremonti, the guitarist, and Scott Stapp, the lead singer, wrote and composed Creed’s song My Prison. Stapp created the lyrics in response to a previous life struggle in which he had doubts about his beliefs.

He understood that he had created a prison in his head throughout the conflict. The song is both a reflection of that terrible period in his life and a compassionate message for anyone else going through a difficult time.

14. “Take The Long Way Home” by Supertramp

Supertramp - Take The Long Way Home (BEST QUALITY SOUND)Supertramp – Take The Long Way Home (BEST QUALITY SOUND)

Take the Long Way Home, is an incredibly famous tune by the band, Supertramp. At a press conference with Breakfast in America, Roger Hodgson discussed the song’s purpose. “This song is about a guy who believes he’s extremely cool, but he appears to be the only one who thinks that,” he explained.

The lyrics show the protagonist, traveling all the way home because that’s where he is the superstar he aspires to be. He does all this to continue the fallacy of him being the coolest person around.  

15. “Stuck On Repeat” by Little Boots

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Stuck on Repeat by Little Boots is a heartfelt track all about the feeling where you just can’t stop thinking about someone. The song also shows how difficult a love like this can be, especially when it isn’t reciprocated.

It can become almost a cyclical pattern where you try to move on, think you have, and then you go right back. Little Boots sings, “My heart’s skipping, and I don’t know why. I know every part, but every time I try, something comes and pulls me back to the start”, to highlight this.

16. “Dear John” by Ryan Adams & The Cardinals

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Dear John by Ryan Adams & The Cardinals is a live rendition of the original song that he sang with Nora Jones. This sorrowful song is about a woman confessing her love for her deceased husband, whom she appears to have murdered.

She’s now confined inside the house they shared, haunted by his memory and a sense of longing for him. According to the lyrics of this song, John was said to be on his way to see someone called “Candy,” right before he died. 

17. “Stuck” by Stacie Orrico

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Stuck by Stacie Orrico is about being “stuck” on someone with whom you used to be in a relationship. Orrico sings about someone she’s no longer with but spends all of her time thinking about in this ballad.

It’s evident that she wants to be with the other person but she also understands that it’s not possible because it would be detrimental to both of their mental health. It’s a song dedicated to anyone who has ever been in a similar circumstance.

18. “Isolation” by Joy Division


With its overall atmosphere, Joy Division’s Isolation appears to be an optimistic tune, yet the song’s lyrics reveal a totally different meaning. They tell the storey of Ian Curtis’s sense of loneliness. This was largely due to his deteriorating marriage to Deborah Curtis, as well as his highly-publicized affair with a Belgian journalist named Annik Honoré.

As a result, he was able to express his sentiments of disconnection and detachment from everything. This song is made all the more poignant when one considers Ian Curtis’ untimely death by suicide not long after.

19. “Tracks Of My Tears” by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

The Tracks of My Tears - Smokey Robinson & The MiraclesThe Tracks of My Tears – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

Tracks of My Tears by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles has got to be one of the most heartbreaking songs ever written. It’s about a man who tries to conceal his pain from the world, but he can’t hide the tracks made by his tears.

This poor man has broken up with the love of his life, and this song is a message about how he can try, but he’ll never be able to hide that she’s the only one for him. It’s as though he may never have the opportunity to tell her how he feels either, making it all the more gut-wrenching.

20. “I Wish I Knew How It Felt to Be Free” by Nina Simone

Nina Simone - I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free (Audio)Nina Simone – I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free (Audio)

I Wish I Knew How it Felt to Be Free by Nina Simone is a powerful song, with an equally powerful message. This song is about Nina’s wish to live in a world that was free of racism and segregation.

This song is one of the most symbolic anthems of the Civil Rights Movement and the plight of the African-American people. The song talks about freedom from their literal and metaphorical standpoint.

Finally, for a variety of reasons, songs about being stuck or feeling trapped occupy a special place in our hearts. They talk of times when we’re at our weakest and might need a supportive ear from someone who’s been there and knows what we’re going through.

Other times, these songs have powerful truths that we may take away and apply to our own lives. Whatever your rationale is for liking them, it’s evident that having these songs on your ply list will bring sentimental value at a time when you most need it.