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I think 'Sad Song' by The Screaming Jets fits well into this category.

How about a sad song to help me get further down

So down like I'm drowning, so down like I'm dying

How about a sad song to pull the rug from under me

When I was okay, when I was sane, when I found my way

How about a warning when the body's already doused

And it's ready for burning too late to learn

How about a reunion when everybody's gone away

They don't want to see you

They don't want to find out that you're doing okay

Will you be the first one when things get me down

Will you be the first one to bring me around

Ressurect my sense of believing

Cause I sure could use the feeling

Got to get a handle, got to climb up another rung

I'm tired of being down, I don't want to drown

I'm gonna walk, gonna walk, like a walking time bomb

I don't want to go off, but I will if I'm forced to run

Will you be the first one when things get me down

Will you be the first one to bring me around

Resurrect my sense of believing

Cause I sure could use the feeling


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Gee there's been some great songs mentioned. In The Ghetto would be my pick, but you could also name many Beatles'songs too.

Here's some others that bring tears to my eyes.

Bright Eyes/ Art Garfunkel, from the animated movie with the rabbits "Watership Down"....when the rabbit dies......


"Bright eyes, burning like fire

Bright eyes, how can you close and fail?

How can the light that burned so brightly,

Suddenly burn so pale?

Bright eyes"

Maggie / Foster and Allen, about an elderly couple's love for each other......

Chorus: "They say we have outlived our time Maggie as day did the song that we sung,

But to me you're as fair as you were Maggie when you and I were young.....when you and I, were young".

Scarlet Ribbons / Harry Belafonte,The Browns,and more recently Sinead O'Connor about a Christmas miracle.......makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up :(

"I peeked in to say goodnight

And I heard my child in prayer

"And for me some scarlet ribbons

Scarlet ribbons for my hair"

All the stores were closed and shuttered

All the streets were dark and bare

In our town, no scarlet ribbons

Scarlet ribbons for her hair

Thru the night my heart was aching

Just before the dawn was breaking

I peeped in and on her pillow

On her pillow lying there

Lovely ribbons, scarlet ribbons

Scarlet ribbons for her hair

If I live to be a hundred

I will never know from where

Came those ribbons, scarlet ribbons

Scarlet ribbons for her hair"


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nah wish you were here is quite uplifting in a funny sort of way, 'The final cut' is quite sad,

"thought i oughta bear my naked feelings

thought i ouughta tear the curtain down

i held the blade in trembling hands

prepared to make it but,

just then the phone rang (love them bass notes that follow that!) i never had the nerve to make the final cut" - great solo from dave on that too...

"don't leave me now" is quite morbid and sad too.

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anyone get the nirvana box set 'with the lights out' great version of them doing that with kurt on drums, singing......really sad.

I did get it... am pretty fascinated by it. since the whole playlist is arranged chronologically you can actually SEE their transformation from a trashy little garage band to one of the most influential bands ever!!

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Although I'm not a fan of hip-hop, Eminem writes very good lyrics. Here's a song by him called "Stan" which is a very sad song that tells the story of a deranged fan. This'll take forever to edit!

(Dido singing)

My tea's gone cold I'm wondering why I..

got out of bed at all

The morning rain clouds up my window..

and I can't see at all

And even if I could it'll all be gray,

But your picture on my wall

It reminds me, that it's not so bad,

It's not so bad..

[Eminem as 'Stan']

Dear Slim, I wrote but you still ain't callin

I left my cell, my pager, and my home phone at the bottom

I sent two letters back in autumn, you must not-a got 'em

There probably was a problem at the post office or somethin

Sometimes I scribble addresses too sloppy when I jot 'em

but anyways; f*ck it, what's been up? Man how's your daughter?

My girlfriend's pregnant too, I'm bout to be a father

If I have a daughter, guess what I'ma call her?

I'ma name her Bonnie

I read about your Uncle Ronnie too I'm sorry

I had a friend kill himself over some b*tch who didn't want him

I know you probably hear this everyday, but I'm your biggest fan

I even got the underground [bleep] that you did with Scam

I got a room full of your posters and your pictures man

I like the sh*t you did with Ruckus too, that sh*t was phat

Anyways, I hope you get this man, hit me back,

just to chat, truly yours, your biggest fan

This is Stan

{Chorus: Dido}

[Eminem as 'Stan']

Dear Slim, you still ain't called or wrote, I hope you have a chance

I ain't mad - I just think it's F*CKED UP you don't answer fans

If you didn't wanna talk to me outside your concert

you didn't have to, but you could have signed an autograph for Matthew

That's my little brother man, he's only six years old

We waited in the blistering cold for you,

four hours and you just said, "No."

That's pretty sh*tty man - you're like his f*ckin idol

He wants to be just like you man, he likes you more than I do

I ain't that mad though, I just don't like bein lied to

Remember when we met in Denver - you said if I'd write you

you would write back - see I'm just like you in a way

I never knew my father neither;

he used to always cheat on my mom and beat her

I can relate to what you're saying in your songs

so when I have a sh*tty day, I drift away and put 'em on

cause I don't really got sh*t else so that sh*t helps when I'm depressed

I even got a tattoo of your name across the chest

Sometimes I even cut myself to see how much it bleeds

It's like adrenaline, the pain is such a sudden rush for me

See everything you say is real, and I respect you cause you tell it

My girlfriend's jealous cause I talk about you 24/7

But she don't know you like I know you Slim, no one does

She don't know what it was like for people like us growin up

You gotta call me man, I'll be the biggest fan you'll ever lose

Sincerely yours, Stan -- P.S.

We should be together too

{Chorus: Dido}

[Eminem as 'Stan' in a car]

Dear Mister-I'm-Too-Good-To-Call-Or-Write-My-Fans,

this'll be the last package I ever send your *ss

It's been six months and still no word - I don't deserve it?

I know you got my last two letters;

I wrote the addresses on 'em perfect

So this is my cassette I'm sending you, I hope you hear it

I'm in the car right now, I'm doing 90 on the freeway

Hey Slim, I drank a fifth of vodka, you dare me to drive?

You know the song by Phil Collins, "In the Air of the Night"

about that guy who coulda saved that other guy from drowning

but didn't, then Phil saw it all, then at a a show he found him?

That's kinda how this is, you coulda rescued me from drowning

Now it's too late - I'm on a 1000 downers now, I'm drowsy

and all I wanted was a lousy letter or a call

I hope you know I ripped +ALL+ of your pictures off the wall

I love you Slim, we coulda been together, think about it

You ruined it now, I hope you can't sleep and you dream about it

And when you dream I hope you can't sleep and you SCREAM about it

I hope your conscience EATS AT YOU and you can't BREATHE without me

See Slim; {*screaming*} Shut up b*itch! I'm tryin to talk!

Hey Slim, that's my girlfriend screamin in the trunk

but I didn't slit her throat, I just tied her up, see I ain't like you

cause if she suffocates she'll suffer more, and then she'll die too

Well, gotta go, I'm almost at the bridge now

Oh sh*it, I forgot, how'm I supposed to send this sh*it out?

{*car tires squeal*} {*CRASH*}

.. {*brief silence*} .. {*LOUD splash*}

{Chorus: Dido}


Dear Stan, I meant to write you sooner but I just been busy

You said your girlfriend's pregnant now, how far along is she?

Look, I'm really flattered you would call your daughter that

and here's an autograph for your brother,

I wrote it on the Starter cap

I'm sorry I didn't see you at the show, I musta missed you

Don't think I did that sh*t intentionally just to diss you

But what's this sh*t you said about you like to cut your wrists too?

I say that sh*t just clownin dogg,

c'mon - how f*cked up is you?

You got some issues Stan, I think you need some counseling

to help your *ss from bouncing off the walls when you get down some

And what's this sh*t about us meant to be together?

That type of sh*t'll make me not want us to meet each other

I really think you and your girlfriend need each other

or maybe you just need to treat her better

I hope you get to read this letter, I just hope it reaches you in time

before you hurt yourself, I think that you'll be doin just fine

if you relax a little, I'm glad I inspire you but Stan

why are you so mad? Try to understand, that I do want you as a fan

I just don't want you to do some crazy sh*t

I seen this one sh*t on the news a couple weeks ago that made me sick

Some dude was drunk and drove his car over a bridge

and had his girlfriend in the trunk, and she was pregnant with his kid

and in the car they found a tape, but they didn't say who it was to

Come to think about, his name was.. it was you


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