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Starting a new category for "songs about pressure or burdens" - those tunes where the weight of the world is upon you. The most overt example is Billy Joel's "Pressure." What are some others? :afro_2:

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Talk about pressure...how about Patches:

 

I was born and raised down in Alabama
On a farm way back up in the woods
I was so raggedy, folks used call me, "Patches"
Papa used to tease me 'bout it
Of course deep down inside he was hurt
'Cause he'd done all he could

My papa was a great ol' man
I can see him with a shovel in his hand
See, education he never had
But he did wonders when the time got bad
The little money from the crops he raised
Barely paid the bills we made

Oh, life it kicked him down to the ground
When he tried to get up, life would kick him back down
One day papa called me to his dyin' bed
Put his hands on my shoulders and in tears he said

He said, "Patches
I'm dependin' on you, son
To pull the family through
My son, it's all left up to you"

Two days later papa passed away
And I became a man that day
So I told mama I was gonna quit school
But she said that was daddy's strictest rule

So every morning 'fore I went to school
I fed the chickens and I chopped wood too

Sometimes I felt that I couldn't go on
I wanted to leave, just run away from home
But I would remember what my daddy said
With tears in his eyes on his dyin' bed

He said, "Patches
I'm dependin' on you, son
I tried to do my best
It's up to you to do the rest"

But then one day a strong rain came
And washed all the crops away
And at the age of 13
I thought I was carryin' the weight of the whole world on my shoulders
And you know mama knew what I was going through

'Cause every day I had to work the fields
'Cause that's the only way we got our meals
You see, I was the oldest of the family
And everybody else depended on me
Every night I heard my mama pray
Lord, give him strength to face another day

4 years have passed and all the kids have grown
The angels took mama to a brand new home
God knows people, I she'd tears
But my daddy's voice kept me through the years

Sayin', "Patches
I'm dependin' on you, son
To pull the family through
My son, it's all left up to you"

I can still hear papa when he said, "Patches
I'm dependin' on you, son
I tried to do my best
It's up to you to do the rest"

I can still hear papa when he said, "Patches
I'm dependin' on you, son
To pull the family through

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Not Dark Yet - Bob Dylan

"Not Dark Yet"
 

Shadows are fallin' and I've been here all day
It's too hot to sleep and time is runnin' away
Feel like my soul has turned into steel
I've still got the scars that the sun didn't heal
There's not even room enough to be anywhere
It's not dark yet but it's gettin' there.

Well, my sense of humanity has gone down the drain
Behind every beautiful thing there's been some kind of pain
She wrote me a letter and she wrote it so kind
She put down in writin' what was in her mind
I just don't see why I should even care
It's not dark yet but it's gettin' there.

Well, I've been to London and I been to gay Paris
I've followed the river and I got to the sea
I've been down on the bottom of the world full of lies
I ain't lookin' for nothin' in anyone's eyes
Sometimes my burden is more than I can bear
It's not dark yet but it's gettin' there.

I was born here and I'll die here against my will
I know it looks like I'm movin' but I'm standin' still
Every nerve in my body is so naked and numb
I can't even remember what it was I came here to get away from
Don't even hear the murmur of a prayer
It's not dark yet but it's gettin' there.

The Wind Cries Mary - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

The Angels Rejoiced Last Night - The Louvin Brothers

 

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Anywhere I Lay My Head - Tom Waits

"Anywhere I Lay My Head"
 

My head is spinning round
My heart is in my shoes
I went and set the Thames on fire
Now I must come back down
She's laughing in her sleeve at me
I can feel it in my bones
But anywhere I'm gonna
Lay my head, boys
I'm will call my home

Well I see that
The world is upside down
My pockets were filled up with gold
Now the clouds have covered o'er
And the wind is blowing cold
I don't need anybody
Because I learned to be alone
And anywhere
I lay my head, boys
I will call my home

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Numb ~ Linkin Park

"I'm tired of being what you want me to be
Feeling so faithless, lost under the surface
I don't know what you're expecting of me
Put under the pressure of walking in your shoes"

 

Edited by _Laurie_

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