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Favorite Sad Song

Postby Engma » Wed Nov 28, 2007 4:57 am UTC

This is kind of random, but I was just listening to my favorite sad song: "Last Kiss" as sung as only Pearl Jam can.

I'm wondering about other people's favorites now.

EDIT: Also "A Frog and his Boy" by Tom Smith. Yeah...that's a special one for those of us who were raised on Muppets.
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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby clayasaurus » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:07 am UTC

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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby Stief » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:20 am UTC

Tori Amos' cover of I don't like mondays...

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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby d3adf001 » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:22 am UTC

either as one (i like DKMs cover of take it and run but its not a sad song) or amazing grace (not linking because everyone knows it) or your younger man - world/inferno friendship society (crappy quality but awesome band)

oh i totally forgot about walk away - dkm again

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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby NightStar » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:36 am UTC

1. Untitled by Story of the Year
2. Hear You Me by JEW
3. 45 by Shinedown
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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby Hawknc » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:40 am UTC

Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings or the Cat Empire's Misere, depending on my mood.

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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby kcr » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:43 am UTC

"Brick" by Ben Folds Five, "Eleanor Rigby" by the Beatles, or "Romeo and Juliet" by Dire Straits. More that I'm not remembering probably.

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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby The Mighty Thesaurus » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:47 am UTC

Jack's Lament from The Nightmare Before Christmas

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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby Twasbrillig » Wed Nov 28, 2007 6:11 am UTC

1. Amazing Grace - I consider it to be the greatest musical arrangement ever written. (Fancy-schmancy stuff comes a close second... Shostakovich's fifth)
2. What Sarah Said by Death Cab for Cutie
3. Mad World as sung by Gary Jules
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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby Savoy_Truffle » Wed Nov 28, 2007 6:35 am UTC

Herbert Howell's Requiem

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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby mayhaps » Wed Nov 28, 2007 6:51 am UTC

Twasbrillig wrote:1. Amazing Grace - I consider it to be the greatest musical arrangement ever written. (Fancy-schmancy stuff comes a close second... Shostakovich's fifth)
2. What Sarah Said by Death Cab for Cutie


QFT.

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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby Twasbrillig » Wed Nov 28, 2007 7:08 am UTC

mayhaps wrote:
Twasbrillig wrote:1. Amazing Grace - I consider it to be the greatest musical arrangement ever written. (Fancy-schmancy stuff comes a close second... Shostakovich's fifth)
2. What Sarah Said by Death Cab for Cutie


QFT.

"Dancy With My Father" by Luther Vandross. "Tears In Heaven" by Eric Clapton. Perhaps a bit cliche, but those two get me every time.



You make Gary Jules cry.


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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby Angelene » Wed Nov 28, 2007 7:29 am UTC

This song is guaranteed to break my heart every single time...I'm not sure if it's the piano or the vocals or just the essence of the song, but it just makes me ache: PJ Harvey - Horses in my Dreams

Also:
Tim Buckley - Song to the Siren(This version is a cover by This Mortal coil)
Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah
Sigur Rós - Untitled 3
Elliott Smith - Between the Bars
Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter = Reckless Burning
Diane Cluck - I'm Yr Here I am
Wendy Rene - After Laughter Comes Tears
Joy Division...really just any and all Joy Division, Curtis' pain is inherent in every note he sings, sigh.
Mogwai - Killing All the Flies
Radiohead - Motion Picture Soundtrack

These are probably some of my all-time favourite songs, I love anything that can make me cry.
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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby loratwopointone » Wed Nov 28, 2007 7:52 am UTC

Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy
Portishead - Roads
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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby lart » Wed Nov 28, 2007 10:33 am UTC

loratwopointone wrote:Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy
Portishead - Roads


definitely Roads...here's a few more I can think of:

Aaron Lewis - outside (acoustic) ...even durst couldn't ruin it
Floater - out of sight
Smashing Pumpkins - sparrow
Radiohead - creep (acoustic - so rare it bleeds)
NIN - (specifically from the Chicago Acoustic session)\
Johnny Cash - hurt (especially while watching the video)
The String Quartet - mosquito song (QOTSA tribute)
Radiohead - like spinning plates (IMBR live recording)
Everlast - what its like
Tori Amos - losing my religion
Sarah McLachlan - possession (acoustic)
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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby no-genius » Wed Nov 28, 2007 10:56 am UTC

Grandaddy - Jed the Humanoid. Such a sad song. About a robot!
Eels - Elizabeth on the bathroom floor.
Joy Division - Atmosphere. But it is a good kind of sad.
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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby arkady » Wed Nov 28, 2007 10:59 am UTC

Most of the "sad songs" I like are actually much more bittersweet than sad:

Hallelujah - most versions (Buckley, Cohen, Wainright)
Good Riddance - Greenday

If I had to say out and out sad songs, Mad World as performed by Gary Jules is amazing. Also go for Play Crack The Sky by Brand New.
The Streets do a quite good ballad. Dry Your Eyes is great, but not as good as the other ballad on that album, who's name escapes me...

My favourite song of all time is Paschendale by Iron Maiden. I guess that counts as a sad song if you listen to the words.
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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby 1337geek » Wed Nov 28, 2007 3:43 pm UTC

I like sad songs, my music library is full of them. I've also written quite a few. I've found that letting my sadness out through music allows me to be happier in other aspects of life. Now then, which ones are my favorites? There are a lot of sad songs out there, but the ones that really get me are the ones that are based on true stories. That brings a whole other element of sadness to them. Examples:
"Last Kiss" (written by Wayne Cochran, made popular by J. Frank Wilson & the Cavaliers) -- based on two Georgia teens, Jeannette Clark and J.L. Hancock, who crashed their car on the highway three days before Christmas.
"Objects in the Rearview Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are" (written by Jim Steinman, performed by Meat Loaf) -- based on Meat Loaf's real-life childhood.
"One More Minute" (written and performed by Al Yankovic) -- although it's hilarious and it's hard to get through it without laughing, it's based on his real-life experience of being dumped by his girlfriend, a picture of whom appears in the music video.
"Ballad of the Green Berets" (co-written and performed by SSgt. Barry Sadler) -- SSgt. Sadler served as a Green Beret and wrote this while recovering from a leg wound obtained while serving as a medic in Vietnam.
"Candle in the Wind" (1973 and 1997 versions co-written and performed by Elton John) -- written about the deaths of Marilyn Monroe and Princess Diana, respectively.
"American Pie" (written and performed by Don McLean) -- written about "the day the music died," which was February 3, 1959, when a plane carrying the Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens, and Buddy Holly crashed.

I know there are many more songs that could be added to this list (I'm probably forgetting other famous ones), especially since singer-songwriters often write autobiographically.

There are also songs that just haunt you, either musically or lyrically. Examples:
"Lover All Alone" (co-written and performed by Clay Aiken)
"While Your Lips Are Still Red" (written and performed by part of the band Nightwish)
"Goodnight Saigon" (written and performed by Billy Joel)

Then there are songs that are sad for other reasons. Examples:
"Leaving on a Jet Plane" (written and performed by John Denver) -- it was written after Denver's plane flight was delayed, but it became sadly ironic when he died in a plane crash.

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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby zingmaster » Wed Nov 28, 2007 4:29 pm UTC

It's more for the holiday season, but "Christmas Shoes" is quite depressing, actually. According to Wikipedia, Tom Reynolds (some contemporary author) named it the most depressing song in modern recorded music history. That's quite a reputation.
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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby Angelene » Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:10 pm UTC

zingmaster wrote:It's more for the holiday season, but "Christmas Shoes" is quite depressing, actually. According to Wikipedia, Tom Reynolds (some contemporary author) named it the most depressing song in modern recorded music history. That's quite a reputation.


Ugh, it's still a god awful song. Although...Rob Lowe!!!

The story reminds me a bit of Hayden's Skates...
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When I was younger, a part-time job worker
Department store centre, I saw a man enter
He was middle-aged, deep lines on his face
Tight mouth and eyes glazed
Eyelids just half-raised

And I looked at him, he looked at me
He looked so sad, I had to see
What did he want, what could it be
What had he been through before me seeing him
In the store I worked for that year, that year

Ice skates he asked for, In the middle of summer
He wanted a good pair, the price he did not care
I looked for his size, our best pair he tried
Costom back and sides, excitement in his eyes

Chorus

I asked are you a pro, he looked sad and said no
These skates are my last hope
Without them i cannot cope

And he said my wife, she drowned this summer
Behind our house, the river took her
I cannot swim, I need to find her
I will wait till it freezes over

And then I will skate, as far as it takes
I will skate as far as it takes, to bring her back home
To bring her back home, to bring her back home
Back home
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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby zingmaster » Wed Nov 28, 2007 7:25 pm UTC

Oh yeah, I just remembered another sad song: "Old City Bar". Uplifting, but also slightly sad. Honestly, it's my favorite song by TSO.
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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby trickster721 » Wed Nov 28, 2007 9:02 pm UTC

Mad World, Neil Young's song from the movie Philadelphia, and Bein' Green. The original version of that, from Sesame Street, was much more depressing and totally scarred me as a child. Wtf, Jim, stop making Kermit hate himself. They had to do three or four versions of that before he stopped sounding like he wanted to slit his wrists.

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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby ChocloManx » Wed Nov 28, 2007 9:32 pm UTC

I talk to the wind by King Crimson, White Queen (As it Began) by Queen, Impressioni di Settembre by PFM, The Great Gig in the Sky (actually, all of Dark Side of the Moon) by teh floyd, No quarter by Led Zeppelin and (I was surprised) Mad World as sung by Gary Jules.

I might be forgetting some.
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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby d33p » Wed Nov 28, 2007 9:53 pm UTC

1. Gary Jules' cover of "Mad World" kills me every time. Which is why I forced myself to learn it on piano.
2. Jeff Buckley - "Lover, You Should've Come Over"
3. Sufjan Stevens - "Dress Looks Nice On You"
4. NIN - "Right Where It Belongs"
5. Woody Guthrie & Leadbelly's version of "Where Did You Sleep Last Night"
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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby Dark Ragnarok » Wed Nov 28, 2007 11:38 pm UTC

Wait... Correct me if I'm wrong... but i think you mean Michael Andrews Cover... right? because i was under the impression that Gary Jules was from Tears for Fears who did the original Mad World from the album "The Hurting". Michaels Andrews did the Donnie Darko Ver. The one with no snares, and slightly slower.

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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby The Mighty Thesaurus » Wed Nov 28, 2007 11:56 pm UTC

Gary Jules did the Donny Darko version.

Edit: And Michael Andrews
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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby lart » Thu Nov 29, 2007 12:24 am UTC

d33p wrote:<snip>
5. Woody Guthrie & Leadbelly's version of "Where Did You Sleep Last Night"


might as well throw in Nirvana's version of "where did you sleep last night"

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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby malec2b » Thu Nov 29, 2007 4:04 am UTC

I agree about White Queen (As it Began) by Queen.
Also, Sea Diver by Mott the Hoople, Cygnet Comitee by David Bowie, Panacea from Fountain of Lamneth by Rush and Old and Wise by Alan Parsons Project, among others

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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby thefiddler » Sat Dec 01, 2007 11:40 pm UTC

I actually have no idea whether or not these songs are depressing (since they're not in English), but listening to them depresses me.

Sigur Ros' album "Agaetis Byrjun"

Also:
Incubus - Drive
Finch - Stay With Me
Ingrid Michaelson - Die Alone
Alesana - Third Temptation of Paris
Bright Eyes - Lover I Don't Have to Love
Bright Eyes - Haligh, Haligh, A Lie, Haligh

There are a few others I can't think of right now.

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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby Allium Cepa » Sun Dec 02, 2007 12:28 am UTC

Center of the World - Bright Eyes
Brothers on a Hotel Bed - Death Cab
Styrofoam Plates - Death Cab
As the Footsteps Die Out Forever - Streetlight Manifesto
8 Full Hours of Sleep - Against Me!
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Postby OmenPigeon » Sun Dec 02, 2007 1:57 am UTC

The Verve - The Drugs Don't Work.

This is the saddest song in the world. You cannot argue with me about this, because it is SCIENCE.

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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby davef » Sun Dec 02, 2007 2:47 am UTC

I thought I'd posted in this thread already...

Anyway, is it still a song if there are no lyrics? 'Spiegel Im Spiegel' by Arvo Part is both unbearably sad and moving, yet inspirational at the same time. And I've probably mentioned it on the fora about sixty times already...

Kate Rusby, an English folk singer, does a neat line in sad songs. The Drowned Lovers is one of my favourites but I can't find a video of it anywhere.
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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby Angelene » Sun Dec 02, 2007 3:11 am UTC

dave, your Ms Rusby has a lovely wee voice indeed.

I rather love this song. Strays Don't Sleep - For Blue Skies
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Postby ChocloManx » Sun Dec 02, 2007 3:22 am UTC

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Postby davef » Sun Dec 02, 2007 3:32 am UTC

CaraInFrames wrote:dave, your Ms Rusby has a lovely wee voice indeed.

Yes she does. I rather wish she was my Ms. Rusby. I fancy the pants off her!

I rather love this song. Strays Don't Sleep - For Blue Skies

That's lovely.

Another sad song I love is Hard times by James Taylor, Edgar Meyer, Mark O'connor and Yo-Yo Ma, from an album called Appalachian Journey. It makes me cry. Damn them all and their beautiful playing/phrasing/articulation/voicings!

Also -
arkady wrote:The Streets do a quite good ballad. Dry Your Eyes is great, but not as good as the other ballad on that album, who's name escapes me...
Do you mean the last couple of minutes of 'Empty Cans'? The last track on the record?
'It's the end of something I did not want to end/the beginning of hard times to come/something that was not meant to be is gone/this is the start of what was.'
Looks shite written down like that. Heartbreaking, though.

Ooh! Ooh! I have another one - Christmas Card From A Hooker in Minneapolis by Tom Waits. Love the melancholia, I do.

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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby parkaboy » Sun Dec 02, 2007 4:29 am UTC

Leonard Cohen - Famous Blue Raincoat
The Cure - A Letter to Elise - the original and Blue mix.
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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby rxninja » Sun Dec 02, 2007 4:45 am UTC

Play Crack The Sky - Brand New
In the right (wrong?) mood, this song's driven me very close to tears.

Nightingale - Saves The Day
It doesn't sound sad, but the connotated meaning is sad. What song about unrequited love isn't? Yes, I know it's Saves The Day and it's whiny emo, yadda yadda. Bite me.
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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby thefiddler » Sun Dec 02, 2007 7:04 am UTC

rxninja wrote:Bite me.

Where? ;)

Also, I forgot: Death Cab for Cutie - What Sarah Said

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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby VV33 » Sun Dec 02, 2007 9:37 pm UTC

at the bottom of everything - bright eyes
(not sad in the typical way, non the less sad)

naked as we came - iron and wine
(again sad in an unconventional way)
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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby apricity » Sun Dec 02, 2007 10:28 pm UTC

-Ben Folds- Brick. Mostly because of the story behind it, but it's incredibly sad anyway.
-Leaving on a Jet Plane. I don't like any of the recordings I've ever heard of it, but it's the best sad song ever to sing. We sang it at my camp and on the last night it was always the song that made me cry.
-Brandi Carlile- Tragedy. So depressing. Any song that starts with the word "sorry" is going to be depressing.
-The Fray- How to save a life. Especially if you've been in the situation, it's the lyrics that are upsetting.
-Sarah McLachlan- Angel. I think this is the quintessential sad song. Everyone knows it.
-Dolly Parton- I will always love you. This is so NOT a love song. It's a breakup song, and it's depressing.
-Anna Nalick- Breathe. It's a song that, if you relate to it, it can absolutely punch you in the gut.
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