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Sad Songs Say So Much
« on: October 23, 2012, 04:15:03 PM »
I'm digging the conversation over in Random Thoughts, so what songs do you personally find sad/depressing?

Pearl Jam's "Last Kiss" comes to mind. (OK. It's not Pearl Jam's but I'm feeling too lazy to look up the original performer.) Does it get any more depressing than a song about holding your love while she dies from the car wreck you just had?


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Re: Sad Songs Say So Much
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2012, 04:48:00 PM »
"Angel" by Sarah McLachlan, mostly because of the SPCA commercial.


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Re: Sad Songs Say So Much
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2012, 05:20:39 PM »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/MODq81_cDKI" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/MODq81_cDKI</a>

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Re: Sad Songs Say So Much
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2012, 08:45:23 PM »
Last Kiss is a great one. A couple of songs that I think are very sad are:

-Stay or Leave - Dave Matthews (from his solo album)
-If Only - Dave Matthews Band (from their latest album)
-Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own - U2 (it's about Bono's father, who died in 2001)
-Kite - U2
-Moment of Surrender - U2

Ok, I only named a couple of artists, but still.

Recently, I've been finding even the most cheesy love and heartbreak songs serious. I've actually been listening to their messages.


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Re: Sad Songs Say So Much
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2012, 05:45:08 AM »
Two from Buckley Pere et Fils (and generally, listening to any song by either has the potential to make me feel sad, both went far too young).

Tim

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/vMTEtDBHGY4" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/vMTEtDBHGY4</a>

and Scotty

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That second one is used to great effect in the fantastic film Tell No One.
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Re: Sad Songs Say So Much
« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2012, 05:54:53 AM »
And one where it's all in the performance:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/CiVDzTT4CbE" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/CiVDzTT4CbE</a>


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Re: Sad Songs Say So Much
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2012, 01:53:27 PM »
Hurt by Johnny Cash gets me every time.

Sure, Trent's version is nice and depressing too.  But something about Johnny's version.  It's like it was written for him.  His voice is aged, he's sick, he's a shadow of himself.  But the emotion...wow...

And the video, the cuts between the young Johnny and old Johnny.  And the look on June's face.  It's haunting.
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Re: Sad Songs Say So Much
« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2012, 03:15:17 PM »
Off the top of my head it there isn't a song that makes me cry by itself (that I remember), but one great sad song is "Hello, Goodnight" by the Aquabats.  The band is known for a wackier more irreverent style, but it is a very sad melancholy song to me.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/d2XvdHbbMTs" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/d2XvdHbbMTs</a>

Also, sad songs are nature's onions.

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Re: Sad Songs Say So Much
« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2012, 03:30:09 PM »
Hurt by Johnny Cash gets me every time.

Sure, Trent's version is nice and depressing too.  But something about Johnny's version.  It's like it was written for him.  His voice is aged, he's sick, he's a shadow of himself.  But the emotion...wow...

And the video, the cuts between the young Johnny and old Johnny.  And the look on June's face.  It's haunting.
Speaking of covers, Townes Van Zandt's cover of Dead Flowers (ya know, the song at the end of The Big Lebowski) tends to get me.

Warren Zevon wrote Keep Me in Your Heart while almost literally on his death bed, so there's that.
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