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    What are the saddest songs you've ever heard?
    Eric's thread on music and what it means to us made me think about this subject: what are the saddest songs you've ever heard and why do you think they are sad...

    I will start with one of mine. It's Times Square sung by Marianne Faithfull (on the A Child's Adventure album).

    It's about isolation, addiction, alienation, being devastatingly alone in a big city, anonymity, ideas of suicide or violence, etc.




    Times Square
    (Marianne Faithfull/Barry Reynolds)

    In a tired part of the city
    Hiding from the fast talk
    Watch "Don't walk" to "Walk"
    Easy when you're dreaming
    Staring at the movies
    Standing in a circle,
    Laughing at the wrong time.
    If alcohol could take me there.
    I'd take a shot a minute
    And be there by the hour.
    Take a walk around Times Square
    With a pistol in my suitcase
    And my eyes on the TV.
    In a car taking a back seat
    Staring out the window
    Thinking about danger.
    Playing in a wrong world
    Fighting - but I'm not free.
    Talking on the telephone
    Talking about you and me.
    If Jesus Christ could take me here
    I'd fall down on my knees,
    Have no questions to His answers.
    *
    Take a walk around Times Square
    With a pistol in my suitcase
    And my eyes on the TV.
    Alcohol could take me there.
    I'd take a shot a minute
    And be there by the hour.
    Take a walk around Times Square
    With a pistol in my suitcase
    And my eyes on the TV.
    And if I die gaining my senses
    Wake up in a hotel
    Staring at the ceiling.


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    Christmas Shoes for Mama

    Its talks about a guy who is in line and over hears a boy who is trying to by shoes for his mother for christmas because she is dyeing and he wants her to look good if she meets jesus that night. Its sadder listening to it then reading the lyrics.. but here they are any way.

    Lyrics: http://www.lyricscafe.com/n/newsong/christ.htm
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    That sounds like a great tune, PBG4.

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    i think the title "saddest song i've ever heard" would take a little more thinking, but this is a very down tempo song i've been listening to a lot lately, and the first thing that popped in my head when i read the title.

    Cary Brothers - Loneliest Girl In The World

    You are the loneliest girl in the world
    Taking your hits as they come
    You are the loneliest girl in the world
    And tonight you’d fall for anyone

    It’s in the way you
    fall down to bed
    It’s in the way you cry when he’s not
    looking

    You are the loneliest girl in the world
    I’ll watch you die a thousand times again
    You are the loneliest girl in the world
    And I just want to make it go away
    And I just want to make it go away

    or Check it out at his website, it's #4 on the player at the top.

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    It's not the lyrics in fact I don't even know them - but the melody just tears me apart for no apparant reason ... I'm even gettin' misty just doin' this post!

    Twilight Time by The Platters.

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    Ticking by Elton John. I can only listen to it on certain occasions when my mood isn't overly dark. Even then, hearing it isn't particularly wonderful.

    While that song is powerful, it doesn't do justice to what it evokes. I recently saw the trailer to a movie called "The Bridge". I found the trailer at the Apple site, but I haven't seen it there for awhile. It's a disturbing trailer for a disturbing movie. (It's a movie about the Golden Gate Bridge and jumpers.) I know why they do it. Whereas Ticking hints at the emotion, The Bridge is direct.

    v_v

    Ticking

    Music by Elton John
    Lyrics by Bernie Taupin

    "An extremely quiet child" they called you in your school report
    "He's always taken interest in the subjects that he's taught"
    So what was it that brought the squad car screaming up your drive
    To notify your parents of the manner in which you died

    At St. Patricks every Sunday, Father Fletcher heard your sins
    "Oh, he's unconcerned with competition he never cares to win"
    But blood stained a young hand that never held a gun
    And his parents never thought of him as their troubled son

    "Now you'll never get to Heaven" Mama said
    Remember Mama said
    Ticking, ticking
    "Grow up straight and true blue
    Run along to bed"
    Hear it, hear it, ticking, ticking

    They had you holed up in a downtown bar screaming for a priest
    Some gook said "His brain's just snapped" then someone called the police
    You'd knifed a Negro waiter who had tried to calm you down
    Oh you'd pulled a gun and told them all to lay still on the ground

    Promising to hurt no one, providing they were still
    A young man tried to make a break, with tear-filled eyes you killed
    That gun butt felt so smooth and warm cradled in your palm
    Oh your childhood cried out in your head "they mean to do you harm"

    "Don't ever ride on the devil's knee" Mama said
    Remember mama said
    Ticking, ticking
    "Pay your penance well, my child
    Fear where angels tread"
    Hear it, hear it, ticking, ticking

    Within an hour the news had reached the media machine
    A male caucasian with a gun had gone berserk in Queens
    The area had been sealed off, the kids sent home from school
    Fourteen people lying dead in a bar they called the Kicking Mule

    Oh they pleaded to your sanity for the sake of those inside
    "Throw out your gun, walk out slow just keep your hands held high"
    But they pumped you full of rifle shells as you stepped out the door
    Oh you danced in death like a marionette on the vengeance of the law

    "You've slept too long in silence" Mama said
    Remember Mama said
    Ticking, ticking
    "Crazy boy, you'll only wind up with strange notions in your head"
    Hear it, hear it, ticking, ticking
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    Wow guys. Those are all very powerful lyrics.

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    thought of another...

    Brad Paisley ft. Alison Krauss | Whiskey Lullaby

    She put him out like the burnin' end of a midnight cigarette
    She broke his heart he spent his whole life tryin' to forget
    We watched him drink his pain away a little at a time
    But he never could get drunk enough to get her off his mind
    Until the night

    1st Chorus
    He put that bottle to his head and pulled the trigger
    And finally drank away her memory
    Life is short but this time it was bigger
    Than the strength he had to get up off his knees
    We found him with his face down in the pillow
    With a note that said I'll love her till I die
    And when we buried him beneath the willow
    The angels sang a whiskey lullaby

    (Sing lullaby)

    The rumors flew but nobody knew how much she blamed herself
    For years and years she tried to hide the whiskey on her breath
    She finally drank her pain away a little at a time
    But she never could get drunk enough to get him off her mind
    Until the night

    2nd Chorus
    She put that bottle to her head and pulled the trigger
    And finally drank away his memory
    Life is short but this time it was bigger
    Than the strength she had to get up off her knees
    We found her with her face down in the pillow
    Clinging to his picture for dear life
    We laid her next to him beneath the willow
    While the angels sang a whiskey lullaby

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    Lyrics are sad but you should hear the way Lou Reed sings this song. There is desperation and a lot of pain. The guitar is full of soul and sounds like tears.

    Coney Island Baby
    (Lou Reed)

    You know, man, when I was a young man in high school
    You believe it or not, that I wanted to play football for the coach
    All those older guys, they said he was mean and cruel
    But you know, I wanted to play football, for the coach
    They said I was to little too light weight to play line-back
    So I say I'm playing right-end
    Wanted to play football for the coach
    Cause, you know some day, man, you gotta stand up straight
    Unless you're gonna fall
    Then you're gonna die
    And the straightest dude I ever knew
    Was standing right for me, all the time
    So I had to play football for the coach
    And I wanted to play football for the coach

    When you're all alone and lonely
    In your midnight hour
    And you find that your soul
    It's been up for sale

    And you begin to think 'bout
    All the things that you've done
    And you begin to hate
    Just 'bout everything

    But remember the princess who lived on the hill
    Who loved you even though she knew you was wrong
    And right now she just might come shining through
    And the glory of love, glory of love
    Glory of love, just might come through

    And all your two-bit friends have gone and ripped you off
    They're talking behind your back saying, man
    you are never going to be a human being
    And you start thinking again
    About all those things that you've done
    And who it was and who it was
    And all the different things you made every different scene

    Ah, but remember that the city is a funny place
    Something like a circus or a sewer
    And just remember, different people have peculiar tastes
    And the Glory of love, the glory of love
    The glory of love, might see you through
    Yeah, but now, now
    Glory of love, the glory of love
    The glory of love, might see you through
    Glory of love, ah, huh, huh, the glory of love
    Glory of love, glory of love
    Glory of love, now, glory of love, now
    Glory of love, now, now, now, glory of love
    Glory of love, give it to me now, glory of love see you through
    Oh, my Coney Island baby, now
    (I'm a Coney Island baby, now)
    I'd like to send this one out for Lou and Rachel
    And the Lord appeared and he has one made of two
    Coney Island baby
    Man, I swear, I'd give the whole thing up for you

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    Mike And The Mechanics - The Living Years

    Every generation
    Blames the one before
    And all of their frustrations
    Come beating on your door

    I know that I'm a prisoner
    To all my Father held so dear
    I know that I'm a hostage
    To all his hopes and fears
    I just wish I could have told him in the living years

    Crumpled bits of paper
    Filled with imperfect thought
    Stilted conversations
    I'm afraid that's all we've got

    You say you just don't see it
    He says it's perfect sense
    You just can't get agreement
    In this present tense
    We all talk a different language
    Talking in defence

    Say it loud, say it clear
    You can listen as well as you hear
    It's too late when we die
    To admit we don't see eye to eye

    So we open up a quarrel
    Between the present and the past
    We only sacrifice the future
    It's the bitterness that lasts

    So Don't yield to the fortunes
    You sometimes see as fate
    It may have a new perspective
    On a different day
    And if you don't give up, and don't give in
    You may just be OK.

    Say it loud, say it clear
    You can listen as well as you hear
    It's too late when we die
    To admit we don't see eye to eye

    I wasn't there that morning
    When my Father passed away
    I didn't get to tell him
    All the things I had to say

    I think I caught his spirit
    Later that same year
    I'm sure I heard his echo
    In my baby's new born tears
    I just wish I could have told him in the living years

    Say it loud, say it clear
    You can listen as well as you hear
    It's too late when we die
    To admit we don't see eye to eye

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    moss918, I can't even listen to that song. Bad falling out with the 'rents. I'm the blacksheep.

    Btw, the trailer I mentioned earlier still exists on the Apple site, if you look for it. If you think you want to look for it, just remember you can't unsee things.
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    I have a couple...I can't pick a single one.

    First, Let Down by Christopher O'Riley. It is a piano version of the song by Radiohead. It brings be close to tears everytime.

    As for lyric-wise, this song without a doubt. Mostly because it has significance to my life. Blah.

    I Will Follow You Into The Dark - Death Cab For Cutie

    Love of mine some day you will die
    But I'll be close behind
    I'll follow you into the dark

    No blinding light or tunnels to gates of white
    Just our hands clasped so tight
    Waiting for the hint of a spark
    If Heaven and **** decide
    That they both are satisfied
    Illuminate the NOs on their vacancy signs

    If there's no one beside you
    When your soul embarks
    Then I'll follow you into the dark

    In Catholic school as vicious as Roman rule
    I got my knuckles bruised by a lady in black
    And I held my tongue as she told me
    "Son fear is the heart of love"
    So I never went back

    If Heaven and **** decide
    That they both are satisfied
    Illuminate the NOs on their vacancy signs

    If there's no one beside you
    When your soul embarks
    Then I'll follow you into the dark

    You and me have seen everything to see
    From Bangkok to Calgary
    And the soles of your shoes are all worn down
    The time for sleep is now
    It's nothing to cry about
    Cause we'll hold each other soon
    The blackest of rooms

    If Heaven and **** decide
    That they both are satisfied
    Illuminate the NOs on their vacancy signs

    If there's no one beside you
    When your soul embarks
    Then I'll follow you into the dark
    Then I'll follow you into the dark

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    This is a long one, but it always hits me everytime I hear this song.
    *This is explicit lyrics, I tried my best to make them less explicit, but I might have missed a couple*
    "You Never Know" by Immortal Technique
    (feat. Jean Grae)

    [Verse 1]
    She was on her way to becoming a college graduate
    Wouldn't even stop to talk to the average kid
    The type of latina I'd sit and contemplate marriage with
    F**k the horse and carriage s**t, her love was never for hire
    Disciplined, intellectual beauty's what I desire
    Flyer than Salma Hayek or Jennifer Lopez
    Everyone told me, kickin' it to her was hopeless
    At first I just thought, she didn't mess with broke kids
    The thug ni**az always talking about, how they smoke kids
    But the rich-sniff-coke kids got no play
    "I'm not even interested" is what her body language would say
    Everyone around the way, gave up trying to get in it
    It didn't matter how good your game was, she wasn't with it
    On the block, *****es was jealous, but wouldn't admit it
    Talk s**t, and deny to everyone that they did it
    'Cause they regretted the long list of ni**az that they let hit it
    And no one ever gave them s**t except McDonald's and did-****
    Smoking weed with thoughts of envy, whenever they lit it
    She smoked intelligently and they bit it, always trying to copy
    But when they tried to use her vocab, they sounded sloppy
    She had a style, all her own, respectful and pure
    I was sick in the head for her, and there wasn't a cure

    [Hook - Jean Grae]
    Don't you know that, time waits for no man
    Not fate, it's all planned
    I'm blessed just to know you
    I've loved and I've lost just to hold you all night
    Can't find, a reason why
    God came, to you and I
    If I had the chance again, I'd never let you go
    Hold tight to your love, 'cause you never know

    [Verse 2]
    Her eyes are brown and beautiful, yet empty and sad
    I used to talk to her occasionally, and she was glad
    That I wasn't just another ni**a trying to get in it
    So every now and then we'd stop and talk for a minute
    I didn't have a gimmick so the minutes turned to hours
    On her birthday, I gave her a poem with flowers
    Then I took her out to dinner after her cousin's baby shower
    We talked about, power to the people and such
    We spent more time together but it was never enough
    I never tried to sneak a touch, or even cop a feel
    I was too interested, in keeping it real
    Perfectly honest and complete, she would always call me "carino",
    And never Technique, bought me a new book to read every 2 or 3 weeks
    Forever changing the expression of my thoughts when I speak
    It was because of her, I even deaded all of my freaks
    She convinced me, to stop hangin' out on the streets
    To stop robbin' and stealin', from people like you
    Instead I took her out to the Apollo and the Bronx Zoo
    We sailed in Barrio and the Metropolitan too
    Got to the point when I was either with her or my crew
    So I decided one day, to tell her my feelings was true
    I couldn't live without her so I told her, facing my fears
    But honey's only response, was a face full of tears
    She could only sob hysterically, holding me tight
    I tried to speak, but she wouldn't stop until I left sight
    I felt like a moth who got himself too close to the light
    Except I didn't burn, I turned cold after that night

    [Hook]

    [Verse 3]
    I went on with my life, college and my career
    Ended up locked up like an animal for a year
    Where the C.O.'s talk to you like they were the overseer
    Then I got sent to the hole, when my exit was near
    At night in my cell, I'd close my eyes and I'd see her
    Hold her close in my dreams, but when I woke she disappeared
    Just an empty cell until the state gave me parole in the summer
    came back, in tact and on track
    But the fact of the matter, is I still felt cold
    Even after my mother, hugged me, cryin' at home
    My real ni**az would catch me thinkin', out of my zone
    F***in' lots of different women, but I still felt alone
    Relatively well-known around the New York underground
    But I kept thinking of her and how we used to be down
    The sound of her voice, and the beautiful smell of her hair
    Though gone physically, somehow it was still there
    I had to do something, because the s**t was too much to bear
    So I went and visited the building where she used to live
    The world looks a lot different after you do a bid
    The way your life done changed
    While primitive minds (are) still stuck in the same game
    Like her cousin who was on the corner slangin' cocaine
    Stepped in the lobby and tapped the button next to her last name
    Her mom buzzed me up and hugged me up, like a mother oughta
    But her facial expression changed, when I asked about her daughter

    [Hook]

    [Verse 4]
    She told me that there was a note for me, that was left behind
    She had left it there waiting, for such a long time
    I was inclined to ask about it but she brought it up first
    I saw a tear swelling up in her eye, and then she cursed
    She told me where the letter was and I started thinking the worst
    Reversed my position, stepped over and opened the door
    And sure enough there was an envelope with my name on the floor
    "Nobody loves you more than me carino" is what the letter said

    "By the time you get to read this, I'll probably be dead
    But when you left in '97 a part of me went to Heaven
    I thank God at least I got to know what love really was
    But it hurt me, to see what true love really does
    'Cause even though we never made love, you were all that there was
    It was because I loved you so much that I had to make you leave
    You made me doubt the way I thought, you made me want to believe
    And then I slipped up, and I let you get close to me
    It was hard to not be openly when people spoke to me
    This was not the way I thought my life was supposed to be
    Baby don't you see, I had a blood transfusion that left me with HIV
    Hoped the end exists for me since late in 1993
    I died a virgin, I wish I could've given myself to you
    I cried in the hospital because there was no one else but you
    Promise that you'll meet me in paradise inevitably
    No matter what, I'll keep your love forever with me"

    What happened for the rest of the day is still a blur
    But I remember wishing that I was dead, instead of her
    She was buried on August 3rd
    The story ends without a sequel
    And now you know why Technique, don't f**king fall in love with people
    Hold the person that you love closely if they're next to you
    The one you love, not the person that'll simply have sex with you
    Appreciate them to the fullest extent, and then beyond
    'Cause you never really know what you got, until it's gone

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    "Lonely Holiday"
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    Link to "Lonely Holiday" Lyrics Page


    (P.S. - For the sake of making this thread easier to navigate and read, I would suggest that everyone either post a link to the lyrics or add them as an attachment, rather than post the entire song lyrics in this thread. :black: )
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    I've said it before, but O Children by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is very emotional.

    However, I do find In the Ghetto by Elvis a real tear-jerker.
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