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I know that there WAS a topic about the top 10 sad songs not too long ago here but I want the real heavy duty memories of the tear jerkers you know the songs that make you want to commit Heri Keri ! LOL or at the very least stick your head in the toilet and drown oneself ! LOL again !

I can remember a few like Teri Jacks " Seasons in the Sun " then there was Abba's "One of US " or how about Wayne Newtons tribute to Elvis called "The Elvis Letter" near impossible to locate anymore now that WinMx Is gone! There are SOOOOOOOO Many I could go on quite a while here but the point is not to list mine but to hear what yours are right? Maybe there is something still out there I would likle to hear myself and missed it? Go ahead and list any you think will qualify ..... Mike....

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Alone Again, Naturally - Gilbert O'Sullivan

In a little while from now, if I'm not feeling any less sour,

I promised myself to treat myself and visit a near by tower,

And climbing to the top, will throw myself off;

In an effort to make clear to whoever wants to know what it's like when your shattered....."

The lines out of that song that make me cry are:

"...I remember I cried when my father died, never wishing to hide the tears,

And at sixty-five years old, my mother, God rest her soul,

Couldn't understand why the only man she had ever loved had been taken,

Leaving her to start, with a heart so badly broken

Despite encouragement from me, no words were ever spoken,

And when she passed away, I cried and cried all day

Alone again, naturally....."


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Katie Melua's voice makes me feel teary.

The song 'The Closest Thing to Crazy' came out about 2 months before my step-dad died, and he loved it. I couldn't listen to it then, let alone after he died.

Regardless of that, her songs are very heart-felt, with beautiful lyrics, and a very unusual voice.

Some songs that move me to tears by Katie Melua are:

The Closest Thing To Crazy

Call Off The Search

Tiger In The Night

Faraway Voice

Just Like Heaven

Piece By Piece

I Think It's Going To Rain Today

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"My Immortal" by Evanescence is a pretty sad song.

I’m so tired of being here

Suppressed by all my childish fears

And if you have to leave

I wish that you would just leave

’cause your presence still lingers here

And it won’t leave me alone

These wounds won’t seem to heal

This pain is just too real

There’s just too much that time cannot erase


When you cried I’d wipe away all of your tears

When you’d scream I’d fight away all of your fears

I held your hand through all of these years

But you still have

All of me

You used to captivate me

By your resonating life

Now I’m bound by the life you left behind

Your face it haunts

My once pleasant dreams

Your voice it chased away

All the sanity in me

These wounds won’t seem to heal

This pain is just too real

There’s just too much that time cannot erase


I’ve tried so hard to tell myself that you’re gone

But though you’re still with me

I’ve been alone all along


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I'm about to go all sloppy on you....

Let me tell you about "L'Aigle Noir" by Barbara.

Barbara was a French chanteuse of the 1960s. I was introduced to her music by some french buddies of mine, whose band De Medicis (slightly gothy indie-rock) used to do a cover of "L'Aigle Noir".

Knowing that my mum ( a real Francophile) would love this stuff, I bought her a couple of Barbara albums. Not only was the music great, but we enjoyed singing along in French, and translating the lyrics (she was attending French classes well into her 60s). Our favourite song was "L'Aigle Noir"

Its first verse:

"Un beau jour, ou peut-etre une nuit,

Pres d'un lac, je m'etais endormi

Quand soudain, semblant crever le ciel,

et venant de nulle part, surgit un aigle noir..."

Translates as:

"One fine day, or was it night?

By a lake, I fell asleep,

When suddenly, seeming to crack the sky, and coming from nowhere, swooped a black eagle"

The heavy symbolism of these words really hit home when, in March 1997, my mum was diagnosed with cancer. Despite treatment, she passed away only two months later. I was asked to decide on the music for her funeral, and inevitably this was one of the pieces I chose.

Heavy sh!t. I can hardly write this without "filling up". I love this song, but for the last 8 years, I can hardly bear to listen to it...

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We had a thread called "Songs That Make You Cry" or something to that effect. Chris/Roger/Dave/Aunt Acid wrote "The song 'Green Onions' always makes me cry." I miss that snotty little b*st*rd. :laughing:

He certainly had his moments didn't he? I miss him around here, too but he earned his exile. Hopefully his ban will be lifted soon.

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'The Drugs Don't Work' by the Verve is pretty sad, and if you're already sad when you hear it, chances are you'll get pretty depressed.

my other personal 'saddies' are RHCP's 'Tearjerker' and 'Scar Tissue'

Radiohead's 'Street Spirit' and

the Whitlams' 'Blow up the Pokies'.

and then of course there are others which aren't particularly sad songs, but evoke sad memories in me when i hear them...

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Far Away Boys-Flogging Molly

Well I worked on the railroad

For t'pence a day

Drank down one penny

The other I'd save

I hammered and I hammered

For God knows how long

Well into madness, with each setting sun

I put my head down and I dreamt you were here

With me by the ol' tree, where no one could care

Far Away Boys, Far Away Boys

Away from ya now

I'm lyin' with my sweetheart

In her arms I'll be found

Then the sun belched upon me

You were no longer here

Lyin' in your place was my hammer and my gear

So I stamped out the fire that kept us both warm

The ashes were fallin'

Like the snow drops of old

We came to a mountain

Dynamite and she'll blow

A big hole in that rock

Like the one in my soul

Far Away Boys, Far Away Boys

Away from ya now

I'm lyin' with my sweetheart

In her arms I'll be found

We buried four workmen

They dug themselves well

From four empty coffins, to four early graves

They're only paddys, just paddys

Don't dig them too deep

You'll need all your strength boys

And they're replaced easily

With the heat I was melting

Into your sweet lips

Ah, your kiss takes me back

Takes me back from all this

Far Away Boys, Far Away Boys

Away from ya now

I'm lyin' with my sweetheart

In her arms I'll be found

Someone said it was Christmas

But not a tree was in sight

The only thing growin' was my will to die

Till the gaffer said 'men, your work here is done'

I said 'I'll see you in Hell, on that train we died for'

Never again, will I smell your sweet dream

But a pissed stained ol' gutter where:

You lips used to be

Far Away Boys, Far Away Boys

Away from ya now

I'm lyin' with my sweetheart

In her arms I'll be found

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My nephew was making a list of sad songs with a friend (I guess to make fun of it). I found:

"Drive" (Cars), "Ne me quitte pas,", "J´arrive", "Le Moribond"(Jacques Brel), "Tell Laura I love her" (stupid song by I don´t know who), "Sylvia´s mother" (Dr. Hook), "Paint it black" (Stones), "Fire and Rain" (James Taylor) "The needle and the damage done" (Neil Young), all the "Berlin" album, by Lou Reed, "Happy Christmas (war is over)",(John Lennon) and of course, "Alone again, naturally", "Without you", "Everything I own" and all this kind of songs.

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