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Saddest songs

  1. Aug 31, 2006 #1

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    What are the absolute saddest songs you have ever heard? I was just thinking about some of my favorite songs, and I noticed that they are all either extremely invigorating, or so sentimental and innocent. I guess we like music for the emotional qualities you get out of it.

    Loud music can sometimes be better because it drowns out more of the information you could be otherwise thinking about? Just a speculation. Oh yes, we don't allow speculation on physicsforums. :tongue2:
     
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  3. Aug 31, 2006 #2
    damien rice - the blower's daughter
     
  4. Aug 31, 2006 #3

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    For a Dancer by Jackson Browne. One of my best friend's wife died of brain cancer recently, and she was a heavy loss!
     
  5. Aug 31, 2006 #4

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    "Underneath the bridge, the tarp has sprung a leak"
     
  6. Aug 31, 2006 #5

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    Pressed Rat And Warthog - Cream

    by Ginger Baker and Mike Taylor

    Pressed rat and warthog have closed down their shop.
    They didn't want to; 'twas all they had got. :cry:
    Selling atonal apples, amplified heat,
    And pressed rat's collection of dog legs and feet.

    Sadly they left, telling no one goodbye.
    Pressed rat wore red jodhpurs, warthog a striped tie.
    Between them, they carried a three-legged sack,
    Went straight round the corner and never came back.

    Pressed rat and warthog have closed down their shop.
    The bad captain madman had told them to stop
    Selling atonal apples, amplified heat,
    And pressed rat's collection of dog legs and feet.

    The bad captain madman had ordered their fate.
    He laughed and stomped off with a nautical gate.
    The gate turned into a deroga tree
    And his pegleg got woodworm and broke into three.

    Pressed rat and warthog have closed down their shop.
    They didn't want to; 'twas all they had got.
    Selling atonal apples, amplified heat,
    And pressed rat's collection of dog legs and feet.
     
  7. Aug 31, 2006 #6
    VAST - "You"
    --------------------
    Your dress looks good on you my love
    And your house looks like it's heaven
    Why are there
    So many people outside of it
    Everything you have will be
    You can't take anything with you
    Except the love
    The love I have for you
    Your eyes look like they're from god
    And your face looks like it's from god
    Why are you
    Going to be
    Outside eternity
    Everything we know will be
    You can't take anything with you
    Except the love
    The love I have for you
    I know you want to
    ---------------------

    It's like a stab in the heart every time I hear it. I can feel the writer's pain at the loss of his lover. The airy and detatched ambience of the music complements the lyrics perfectly.

    -GeoMike-
     
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  8. Aug 31, 2006 #7

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    Sparrow's Point by Richard Shindell
     
  9. Aug 31, 2006 #8
    I don't know why but Michael Martin Murphey's "Wildfire" always makes me misty.
     
  10. Aug 31, 2006 #9
    What a Good Boy,

    Barenaked Ladies

    Yeah, that one always gets me.
     
  11. Aug 31, 2006 #10

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    Wasn't it BobG that posted "Honey" by Bobby Goldsborough as sad?

    It's SAD. :cry:

    And it was in the early spring, when flowers bloom and robins sing
    She went away
    And Honey, I miss you and I'm being good
    And I'd love to be with you if only I could

    One day while I was not at home
    While she was there and all alone, the angels came
    Now all I have is memories of Honey
    And I wake up nights and call her name

    Now my life's an empty stage
    Where Honey lived and Honey played
    And love grew up
    And a small cloud passes overhead
    And cries down on the flower bed that Honey loved
     
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  12. Aug 31, 2006 #11
    LOTR Two Towers soundtrack, "Gollum's Song"
    click here for song, starts about halfway through the video.

    Where once was light
    Now darkness falls
    Where once was love
    Love is no more
    Don't say goodbye
    Don't say I didn't try

    These tears we cry
    Are falling rain
    For all the lies you told us
    The hurt, the blame!
    And we will weep to be so alone
    We are lost
    We can never go home

    So in the end
    I'll be what I will be
    No loyal friend
    Was ever there for me

    Now we say goodbye
    We say you didn't try

    These tears you cry
    Have come too late
    Take back the lies
    The hurt, the blame!

    And you will weep
    When you face the end alone
    You are lost
    You can never go home
    You are lost
    You can never go home​

    Is there anything sadder than Gollum?
     
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  13. Aug 31, 2006 #12

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    Great clip, but I hate how she sings. :grumpy:
     
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  14. Aug 31, 2006 #13
    yeah, kind of whiny or creaky. Does give you the feeling of Gollumness, tho.
     
  15. Aug 31, 2006 #14

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    I nominate Simple Twist of Fate and You're a Big Girl Now from Bob Dylan's "Blood on the Tracks" for the saddest consecutive pair of songs on an album. As a bonus, the song immediately following those two, Idiot Wind, transitions from melancholy sadness to raw emotional pain. phew.

    "Out on the Weekend" by Neil Young is another sad one.
     
  16. Aug 31, 2006 #15

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    oh, "Expecting to fly" by Neil Young :cry: :cry:

    Damn, this is getting really depressing.
     
  17. Aug 31, 2006 #16

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    Yes, it's a great song
     
  18. Aug 31, 2006 #17
    "Lover, You Should Have Come Over" by Jeff Buckley
    Live/Put to Anime video:rolleyes:

    Looking out the door
    I see the rain fall upon the funeral mourners
    Parading in a wake of sad relations
    As their shoes fill up with water

    And maybe I'm too young
    To keep good love from going wrong
    But tonight, you're on my mind so
    you never know

    Broken down and hungry for your love
    With no way to feed it
    Where are you tonight?
    Child, you know how much I need it.
    Too young to hold on
    And too old to just break free and run

    Sometimes a man gets carried away,
    When he feels like he should be having his fun
    Much too blind to see the damage he's done
    Sometimes a man must awake to find that, really,
    He has no-one...

    So I'll wait for you... And I'll burn
    Will I ever see your sweet return,
    Oh, will I ever learn?
    Oh, Lover, you should've come over
    Cause it's not too late.

    Lonely is the room the bed is made
    The open window lets the rain in
    Burning in the corner is the only one
    Who dreams he had you with him
    My body turns and yearns for a sleep
    That won't ever come
    It's never over,
    My kingdom for a kiss upon her shoulder
    It's never over, all my riches for her smiles
    when I slept so soft against her...
    It's never over,
    All my blood for the sweetness of her laughter
    It's never over, she's the tear
    That hangs inside my soul forever

    Oh, but maybe I'm just too young to keep good love
    From going wrong
    Oh... lover you should've come over...

    Yes, (I) feel too young to hold on
    I'm much too old to break free and run
    Too deaf, dumb, and blind
    To see the damage I've done
    Sweet lover, you should've come over
    Oh, love I'm waiting for you
    Lover, you should've come over
    'Cause it's not too late.​
     
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  19. Sep 1, 2006 #18
    Tears in Heaven by Clapton, only because of the fact that he wrote it for his son who'd died when he fell from a high rise.
     
  20. Sep 1, 2006 #19
    yeah, that is a great song.
     
  21. Sep 2, 2006 #20

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    Aagh! I've branded myself forever. I never should have admitted how much I liked that song!

    (I also should have included the lyrics for Sparrow's Point if I was saying that was the saddest song) Sparrow's Point
     
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