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    After so many horrific, tragic, and sad police officer deaths in the line of duty out here, I have to say Taps is the saddest song I've heard; at least lately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Jubjub View Post
    I will definitely second "Into the West" from Return of the King--one of the reasons I don't listen to it often. It's simply too melancholy for casual listening.
    I downloaded it and found it too annoying to listen to all the way through. It certainly grates on you.

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    He spoke with tears of fifteen years
    of how his dog and he traveled about.
    His dog up and died, dog up and died,
    after twenty years he still grieved.
    -- Mr Bojangles



    For My father:

    Where are you this moment
    Only in my dreams
    You're missing, but you're always
    A heartbeat from me.
    ...
    Is there a way I can find you?
    Is there a sign I should know?
    Is there a road I could follow,
    to bring you back home?

    To me...

    -- If I Could Be Where You Are
    Sung by Enya
    Lyrics by Roma Ryan

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    HalcyonYear, are you familiar with "On Your Shore" by Enya from her Watermark album? If memory serves, it was written for her grandparents and her longing to be with them again.

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    Al Stewart's "Roads to Moscow"
    Time wasted having fun is not time wasted - Lennon
    (John, not the other one.)

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    ...at break of dawn, there is no sunrise...
    "When Your Lover Has Gone" - Ray Charles

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    You're Missing by Bruce Springsteen.

    And The Last Post.

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    A few off the top of my head:

    Knowing Me Knowing You - ABBA
    Those Were the Days - Mary Hopkins
    Cold November Rain - Guns N Roses
    Moonlight Sonata - Beethoven
    The Trees - Rush
    Same Auld Lang Syne - Dan Fogelberg
    The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot

    I had trouble picking one. I suspect at different times I'd be more inclined to one over another but can't decide right now.

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    Going home - Song based on Dvorak's Largo, I posted something similar in Maks thread before I let it go.
    Sissel, the song.

    And Dvoraks version 2nd Mvt Part 1.
    The real art of conversation is not only saying the right thing at the right moment but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the most tempting moment. -- unknown

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    Candle in the Wind by Elton John (About Marylyn Monroe)

    Goodbye Norma Jean
    Though I never knew you at all
    You had the grace to hold yourself
    While those around you crawled
    They crawled out of the woodwork
    And they whispered into your brain
    They set you on the treadmill
    And they made you change your name

    [chorus]
    And it seems to me you lived your life
    Like a candle in the wind
    Never knowing who to cling to
    When the rain set in
    And I would have liked to have known you
    But I was just a kid
    Your candle burned out long before
    Your legend ever did

    Loneliness was tough
    The toughest role you ever played
    Hollywood created a superstar
    And pain was the price you paid
    Even when you died
    Oh the press still hounded you
    All the papers had to say
    Was that Marilyn was found in the nude

    [repeat chorus]

    Goodbye Norma Jean
    Though I never knew you at all
    You had the grace to hold yourself
    While those around you crawled
    Goodbye Norma Jean
    From the young man in the 22nd row
    Who sees you as something more than sexual
    More than just our Marilyn Monroe

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    "Bright Eyes" by Art Garfunkel. He's literally singing about bunny wunnies dying. (It was the song from the animated movie Watership Down) How much sadder can you be? LOL
    Last edited by DippyHippy; 2010-Jan-11 at 06:26 PM. Reason: added info

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    Sometimes there is a part of a song, or just the delivery I suppose. I always find it sad to hear the part in Jungleland that goes:

    And in the tunnels up down, the rat's own dreams gun him down, the shots echo down them hallways in the night. And nobody watches as the ambulance pulls away, and as the girl shuts out the bedroom light.
    As above, so below

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    "When You Go" by Jonathan Coulton.

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    " Darcy Farrow " by Ian and Sylvia . This is a tragic song of two lovers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PetersCreek View Post
    Johnny Cash's cover of 'Hurt' from Nine Inch Nails. The video makes it all the more poignant.
    I was minding my own business at home one day when this came on the TV for the first time for me. It still brings tears to my eyes.

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    But probably the saddest song I've heard is Bob Dylan's
    "The Ballad of Hollis Brown " . No question

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doodler View Post
    Lightning Crashes by Live. Song dedicated to a woman who dies in childbirth.
    That one gets me when I play it. I have a hard time keeping my voice steady to sing it most times.

    It's not just the sadness of the death, but the happiness of the new life. Just an emotional song, and a good one at that.

    Runaway Train by Soul Asylum sometimes gets to me, but it's more fun to sing. Also The World I Know by Collective Soul.

    ETA. "Gone Away" by The Offspring, though that one is also more fun to play and rock'ish, so only gets to me when I really think about the lyrics.

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    One of the saddest: "Mamy Blue" - here the lyrics: http://www.allthelyrics.com/lyrics/p...cs-903844.html

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    Eric Clapton - Tears in Heaven (YouTube)
    It's about him losing his 4 year old son.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PetersCreek View Post
    Johnny Cash's cover of 'Hurt' from Nine Inch Nails. The video makes it all the more poignant.

    Israel Kamakawiwo'Ole's version of 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow'. It was my late mother-in-law's favorite song and was played at her funeral. (video)
    I don't know why but that version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow always brings a lump to my throat.

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    Another vote for "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda". I have probably performed that song 100 times with a bush band I used to play in, and the line "...but nobody cheered - they just stood there and stared. Then they all turned their faces away" still chokes me up when I sing it.

    "The Day you went Away" by Wendy Matthews ("Hey, there's not a cloud in the sky. It's as blue as your goodbye. And I thought that it would rain, The day you went away").

    "Father and Son" by Cat Stevens, for personal reasons.

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    Most of the 'Misplaced CHildhood' Album by Marillion.

    Nothing Compares to You by Sinaid O'Conner (A Prince song)

    Susan Boyle version of 'Wild Horses'
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    The Sounds of Silence, Simon & Garfunkel.
    Dip me in ink and toss me to the Poets.

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    Two songs from Bob Seger strike me as particularly sad:
    Somewhere Tonight and The Famous Final Scene

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    And no one has mentioned the famous "Car Crash Songs".

    "Teen Angel", "The Leader of the Pack" . "Laurie" .

    Quelle tragique! Oui.


    Dan

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    Buttercup - trivia - what was "The Sound Of Silence" inspired by?? (btw, it's probably one of my most favorite songs. Especially the original acoustic version)

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    Quote Originally Posted by captain swoop View Post
    Most of the 'Misplaced Childhood' Album by Marillion.
    It's a great album. But like Roger Waters, I find a lot of Fish's stuff to be bitter or cynical (not necessarily in a bad sense) rather than sad. Though the part about "I remember when Milo went down" (about a friend who died) is sad for sure.

    I was going to mention some Roger Waters things, like "Nobody Home." But it's maybe more pathetic than sad.
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    A Blast From the Past

    One that I find sad (just sad, not tragic or depressing or anguished) is "Mille Regretz" by Josquin Desprez, written around 1500.

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    I'd have to agree on Hurt by Johnny Cash being a very evocative track, same with Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton.

    For some reason, I think partially related to getting the album and finding out just when I got it that he had only just died, I find "Time: The Donut of the Heart" (strange name, I know) by J Dilla to be extremely moving for me.

    It samples "All I Do Is Think Of You" by the Jackson 5, a fantastic song. I think my own attachment to it is linked to what I mentioned above, and to a time in my life when I was letting it all get the better of me, and I was listening to this song a lot around then.

    Now that I've been outed as a hip hop fan, I'll also mention "North Star" by Raekwon. It samples Mellow Moments by Barry White, with fantastic violin in it (which I think is probably the most powerful emotional instrument). If I could find an example of it I'd just list that song instead, but due to copyright issues I can't find it on youtube.

    Still, by far I'd have to say all the saddest songs would be classical music - oh, the strings! I just can't pick one.

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    Actually, a couple others just popped into my head. They'll probably seem like weird choices, but there's good reason for them.

    Wonderful World by Louie Armstrong, and Girl From Ipanema by Frank Sinatra.

    At my grandfather's funeral he had Wonderful World playing on entrance - the song is beautiful, but the people around me breaking down hase coloured it sad in my mind.

    When Grandad's coffin was being lowered at the end of the funeral, he had Girl From Ipanema playing. He had a wicked sense of humour, and I guess the elevator music gag was too good to pass up. In that way it always makes me gush inside at the humour of it, but it also reminds me of his final departure - an agonisingly sad moment. Very surreal.

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