It may not be as well remembered as "Stayin' Alive" or "Jive Talkin'," but "Tragedy" is one of the best up-tempo items to emerge from the Bee Gees' incredibly successful mid- to late-'70s period because it fuses the dance rhythms they had become known for with aggressive rock & roll elements that give it an extra kick. The lyrics to "Tragedy" seem to fit the Bee Gees ballad prototype as they chronicle the death of a love affair in the most melodramatic terms possible with lines like "In a world of tears I slowly drown" and a chorus that goes "Tragedy/When you lose control and you got no soul." However, the melody behind it takes the material into an up-tempo vein that matches the intensely emotional lyrics by crafting fast-paced verse melodies that build in intensity, only stopping to release tension on its operatic chorus. The Bee Gees' recording of "Tragedy" keeps the energy level high by keeping things cruising forward in a solid up-tempo fashion and piling on all sorts of ear candy like slide guitar solos, burbling synthesizer riffs, an orchestral arrangement, and a punchy horn section. The end result is a song that makes heartbreak seem exhilarating. Pop fans obviously felt this exhilaration because the song gave the Bee Gees another huge international hit, including number one rankings in the U.S. and the U.K.