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That´s "where have all the flowers gone"...

:P I don´t find it so sad...

Well, the version that I know best (by Marlene Dietrich) is very melancholy. Maybe it's the voice...

That makes me think of "Lilli Marleen", does anyone of you know this song?

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You don't find "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?" sad? Edna, I never had you down as some kind of heartless automaton! It's all about millions of men (and boys) being killed in pointless wars. How much sadder can things get?

You´re right there, I guess... I was thinking more of songs like "Tell laura I love her", or "Alone again, naturally". Songs somehow very stupid... These songs have a deepest sadness, like "In the Ghetto"...

LILI MARLEN

Vor der Kaserme vor dem gro(ss)en Tor

stand eine Lanterne

und steht sie nach davor

so wollen wir da uns wieder sehen

bei der Lanterne wollen wir stehen

wie einst Lili Marlen

Unsere beide Schatten sahen wir einer aus

da(ss) wir so lieb uns hatten

da(ss) gleich man daraus

und alle Leute sollen es sehen

wie einst Lili Marlen

Schon rief der Posten,

sie blasen zapfenstreich

es kann drei Tage kosten

Kamrad, ich komm so gleich

da sagten wir auf wiedersehen

wie gerne wollt ich mit dir gehen

mit dir Lili Marlen

Deine Schritte kennt sie, deine Zierengang

alle abend brennt sie, doch mich verga(ss) sie lang

und sollten mir ein leids geschehen

wer wird bei der Lanterne stehen

mit dir Lili Marlen?

Aus dem Stillen raume, aus der erder Grund

he(ss)t mich wie un Tra(u)me

dein verliebster Mund

wenn sich die Spaten nebel drehn

werd'ich bei der Lanterne stehen

wie einst Lili Marlen

Ja, everybody knows Lili Marlen...

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I meant that it's sometimes a little bit frustrating, because I know so many wonderful songs and talented artists, that I can't share with you, because they don't speak English.

I hope I clarified that...

I know plenty of wonderful French songs too... Gainsbourg, Brassens, Polnareff, Piaf, Renaud, Brel, Daho...

;) There was a thread somewhere when we discussed foreign music...

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While it didn't flat-out make me cry, this song sorta struck a cord with me. The third verse especially.

Mark Schultz - I Have Been There

In a room without a view

A new mother smiles and holds the tiny fingers

Of her brand new baby girl

Her husband takes her by the hand

So unsure about the future and no money

Can they make it in this world

And they pray, Lord all we have to give is love

Then they heard a gentle voice

Like an echo from above

[chorus]

Oh I have been there

I know what fear is all about

Yes, I have been there

And I am standing with you now

I have been there

And I came to build a bridge oh so this road could

Lead you home

Oh I have been there

[/chorus]

He’d been a pastor twenty years

But tonight he sits alone and brokenhearted

In the corner of the church

He’s tried to change a fallen world

With his words and with his wisdom

But it seems like it is only getting worse

And he cries

Oh Lord I just don’t understand

And then he felt the hand of grace,

And he heard a voice that said

[chorus]

I have been there

I know what pain is all about

Yes, I have been there

And I am standing with you now

I have been there

And I came to build to a bridge oh so

This road could lead you home

Oh I have been there

[/chorus]

An older man up on a hill

Holding flowers but he can’t hold back the tears

He has come to say goodbye

He thinks about the life she lived

Thinks about how hard it’s been

To live without her

Sixty years right by his side

And he cries, Oh Lord I loved her

‘til the end

Then he heard a gentle voice say you’ll see her once again

[chorus]

I have been there

I know what sorrow is all about

Yes, I have been there

And I am standing with you now

I have been there

And I came to build a bridge

Oh so this road could lead her home

The road could lead her home

Oh I have been there

[/chorus]

You know I overcame the cross

I have been there

So her life would not be lost

I have been there

And I came to build a bridge

Oh so this road could lead you home

The road could lead you home

Oh I have been there

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I have dedicated prose to this song because I love it so much... even though it doesn't make me cry exactly.

Dance in Your Shadow - Kula Shaker

If you were alone,

No one would know that you were crying

If you were a dream,

Nothing would seem high or low

Lie under the stars,

Cradle your arms like you were dying

Oh..what would you do if it was true

No one was lying

Time wait by your side,

Dance in your shadow

Time wait by your side,

Dance in your shadow

Love treasure the time,

That you are mine and I am found

Oh..what would you do,

If it was true, if you were flying

Time wait by your side,

Dance in your shadow

Time wait by your side,

Dance in your shadow

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Dead of Winter ~ Eels

Standing in the dark outside the house

Breathing in the cold and sterile air

Well I was thinking how it must feel

To see that little light

And watch it as it disappears

And fades into

And fades into the night

So I know you're going pretty soon

Radiation sore throat got your tongue

Magic markers tattoo you

And show it where to aim

And strangers break their promises

You won't feel any

You won't feel any pain

And the streets are jammed with cars

Rockin' their horns

To race to the wire

Of the unfinished line

Thought that I'd forget all about the past

But it doesn't let me run too fast

And I just wanna stand outside

And know that this is right

And this is true

And I will not

Fade into

Fade into the night

Standing here in the dark

Actually the whole "Electro-Shock Blues" album is pretty depressing... :crazy:

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Sorry Shawna, here's another one:

Last Kiss ~ Pearl Jam

(it's a cover version, but I keep forgetting who did the original)

Oh, where oh where can my baby be?

The Lord took her away from me

She's gone to heaven, so I got to be good

So I can see my baby when I leave this world.

We were out on a date in my daddy's car

We hadn't driven very far

There in the road, up straight ahead

A car was stalled, the engine was dead

I couldn't stop, so I swerved to the right

I'll never forget the sound that night

The screamin' tires, the bustin' glass

The painful scream that I heard last.

Oh, where oh where can my baby be?

The Lord took her away from me

She's gone to heaven, so I got to be good

So I can see my baby when I leave this world.

When I woke up, the rain was pourin' down

There were people standing all around

Something warm rollin' through my eyes

But somehow I found my baby that night

I lifted her head, she looked at me and said

"Hold me darling just a little while."

I held her close, I kissed her our last kiss

I found the love that I knew I would miss

But now she's gone, even though I hold her tight

I lost my love, my life that night.

Oh, where oh where can my baby be?

The Lord took her away from me

She's gone to heaven, so I got to be good

So I can see my baby when I leave this world.

Oooh~ ooooh~

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Well, I've finally worked out after 20 odd years, the chords to this song...and it's one of the saddest songs I know...allusive, oblique, beautiful...none of this heart twanging country crap...it makes you work out for yourself what it means...doesn't lay it out on a plate...and it's definitely about a death foretold...enjoy!

Pink Moon (Nick Drake)

I saw it written and I saw it said- pink moon is on its way.

None of you stand so tall, pink moon gonna get ye all

and it's a pink moon, yeah, pink moon.

Pink, pink, pink, pink, pink moon. Pink, pink, pink, pink, pink moon.

I saw it written and I saw it said- pink moon is on its way.

None of you stand so tall, pink moon gonna get ye all

and it's a pink moon, yeah, pink moon.

It's definitely a 'ye' not a 'you'....all adds to the mystery! :)

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The saddest song I know is Life Fades Away sung by Roy Orbison:

My time has come, the clouds are calling

December wind has come my way

And now I feel the will falling

All at once it's too late

Life fades away

The night is my wake

All thoughts slip away

And even though I must leave you

Remember I love you

I'll always be in your memory

And I will always be with you when I'm gone

Fade, life fades away

Oh yea, yea, yea, yea

Life fades away

I'm tired of tomorrow

Lost for today

I long to be

At peace forever

My eternity

And even though I will miss you

I must leave you

Fade, life fades away

Oh yea, yea, yea, yea

Life fades away

So please forgive me

And try not to cry

I long to be at peace forever more

Forever more

Oh yea, yea, yea, yea

Yea, yea, yea, yea, yea

Yea, yea, yea, yea, yea

Life fades away

Life fades away

Life fades away

Away

One last thing to say

Life fades away

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This one haunts me, since Johnny died shortly after it came out - in September.

"September When It Comes" - Rosanne Cash & Johnny Cash

There's a cross above the baby's bed,

A Saviour in her dreams.

But she was not delivered then,

And the baby became me.

There's a light inside the darkened room,

A footstep on the stair.

A door that I forever close,

To leave those memories there.

So when the shadows link them,

Into an evening sun.

Well first there's summer, then I'll let you in.

September when it comes.

I plan to crawl outside these walls,

Close my eyes and see.

And fall into the heart and arms,

Of those who wait for me.

I cannot move a mountain now;

I can no longer run.

I cannot be who I was then:

In a way, I never was.

I watch the clouds go sailing;

I watch the clock and sun.

Oh, I watch myself, depending on,

September when it comes.

So when the shadows link them,

And burn away the clouds.

They will fly me, like an angel,

To a place where I can rest.

When this begins, I'll let you know,

September when it comes.

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