Favorite Sad Song

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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby Nullcline » Sun Jan 06, 2008 3:28 am UTC

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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby Yummy Tree Sap » Sun Jan 06, 2008 5:14 am UTC

Red House Painters have some pretty devastating songs. "Katy Song," for example. Uh, what else, what else. I'm at a loss right now — sad songs are my thing, though, so maybe I'll get back to it.

OH! That's right. "One of Us Cannot Be Wrong" by Leonard Cohen. Terribly sad. Listen to it. Now.
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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby yellie » Sun Jan 06, 2008 7:51 am UTC

Huh, thought I posted here before. Some sad songs I like:

Javier Navarette - The Funeral (Pan's Labyrinth OST)
Tom Waits - Fish And Bird
Radiohead - Motion Picture Soundtrack
Kendall Payne - Scratch
Kate Havnevik - Grace
Chris Garneau - Black and Blue
Explosions in the Sky - Remember Me As A Time Of Day
The Bad Plus - Karma Police
Sia - Breathe Me
Xiu Xiu - Fast Car

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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby parkaboy » Sun Jan 06, 2008 11:43 pm UTC

Leonard Cohen is exceedingly good at sad songs - Famous Blue Raincoat, I might have metnioned before. If i didnt, i should have.

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Air - Alone in Kyoto and the song June Mermaid from Xenogears
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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby Yummy Tree Sap » Mon Jan 07, 2008 10:53 am UTC

Leonard Cohen does indeed do a killer sad song.

Harvey Milk covers "One of Us Cannot Be Wrong" on their album Courtesy and Good Will Toward Men. They take the song, which is already devastatingly sad to begin with, and maybe multiply the sadness tenfold. It becomes almost painful to listen to. The end of the song is particularly awful. In Cohen's version, the end of the song is a vocalizing of the melody. It is sad, but the Harvey Milk version found a way to intensify that. In that part, it sounds like he can't go on singing it anymore. His devastation and depression have seemingly overcome him, and he can no longer do anything but make primordial screams. It sounds almost as if you're witnessing the very moment before a suicide. And it's so good.

The whole album has a similar feel to it. Containing songs such as "My Broken Heart Will Never Mend," and the even more straightforward "I Feel Miserable," it is certainly no uplifting album. A good majority of the album consists of relentlessly heavy, sludgy, metal, so the acoustic songs are even more heartbreaking. Though even with the heaviness, you feel the despair. A Stylus Magazine review of the album said about the album:

Painfully slow and honest to the point of sadism, Courtesy and Good Will Toward Men is a paradox of the highest order: it is music that must be experienced alone—no one will want to be watched while listening to it—but it is also the last album someone should be left alone with. Harvey Milk makes music to hang yourself by; not only because it evokes the most crushing experiences we have faced or will face, but because leaving this world becomes that much easier while surrounding yourself with something this beautiful. The beauty itself may be hard to step away from, but not its scarcity.


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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby SilentSigil » Tue Jan 08, 2008 4:46 pm UTC

Fats Waller- I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter

Gary jules- Mad World (very popular)

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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby Guy_At_A_Keyboard » Sun Jan 13, 2008 6:02 pm UTC

Damn...Where do I begin?

Fred Jones Part 2--Ben Folds
You're A Big Girl Now--Bob Dylan
Try Not To Breathe--R.E.M.
People Take Pictures Of Each Other--The Kinks ("People take pictures of each other/to prove that they really existed")
Hymn Of The Medical Oddity--The Weakerthans
Venice Queen--Red Hot Chili Peppers (My grandmother had recently died, and when they got to "We all want to see her/tell her we love her" I started crying right there)
What Sara Said--Death Cab For Cutie
How?--John Lennon

The number one, though, would be all of Pink Floyd's The Final Cut. It makes The Wall look cheery. The juxtaposition between the stark confessional of the title track and its subsequent dismissal in Not Now John is like a punch in the gut for me. Also, call me a starry-eyed idealist, but I'm always moved by The Gunner's Dream.

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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby Muppetizer » Sun Jan 13, 2008 6:18 pm UTC

Leonard Cohen - Dress Rehearsal Rag
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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby Mikeski » Tue Jan 15, 2008 3:22 am UTC

Some have tear-jerker lyrics, others just have that heavy, soundtrack-to-a-suicide melody, and a few just hit me in a sad spot for whatever reason... (I'll leave out a lot of the seriously goth stuff, since it'd be easy to go "Black Tape for a Blue Girl - lots of it, Love Spirals Downwards - lots of it...")

Pain of Salvation - Undertow ("if you love me, let me go" lyrics, over a Floydian melody)
Loreena McKennitt - The Highwayman (the classic tragic love story)
The Third and the Mortal - Why So Lonely? (of course, Kari could sing her grocery list and make people cry...)
Tori Amos - Winter
Sigur Ros - quite a lot of it
Marillion - Brave (yes, I've now mentioned this 3 times in 5 posts. I'll shut up about it for a while.)
The Gathering - Travel (lyrics aren't as wrist-slittingly depressing as the earlier stuff, but try not to tear up at the "I wish you knew..." part)
Echolyn - Never The Same (actually supposed to be a happy song, but it wouldn't seem so to the people he's singing it to)
Within Temptation - Memories

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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby 385 » Tue Jan 15, 2008 8:17 am UTC

Alice in Chain's Rotten Apple is my big one, but Johnny Depp's rendition of My Friends from Sweeney Todd is right up there
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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby Mikeski » Wed Jan 16, 2008 8:33 am UTC

and I completely forgot:

Porcupine Tree - Heartattack in a Layby

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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby Zak » Wed Jan 16, 2008 9:59 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
3. Mad World as sung by Gary Jules


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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby Flying Couch » Wed Jan 16, 2008 11:38 am UTC

"I Remember You," by Skid Row! :headbang:

Also, "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You," Led Zeppelin, and "Last Kiss."

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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby Balkash » Fri Jan 18, 2008 2:21 am UTC

The Streets- Dry Your Eyes

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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby Zak » Fri Jan 18, 2008 2:27 am UTC

the end of bohemian rhapsody by Queen is pretty sad.
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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby Angelene » Fri Jan 18, 2008 2:29 am UTC

Yummy Tree Sap wrote: A Stylus Magazine review of the album said about the album


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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby Pirate.Bondage » Fri Jan 18, 2008 3:33 pm UTC

"Whiskey Lullabye" by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss
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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby Anomie » Sat Jan 19, 2008 12:14 am UTC

Vaka, or Untitled #1, by Sigur Rós.
Videotape and How To Disappear Completely by Radiohead
Untitled 7 by Olafur Arnalds (I'd highly recommend this guy to fans of Sigur Rós or...pretty piano stuff)
Dead Flag Blues by Godspeed You! Black Emperor
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The Triumph of Our Tired Eyes by A Silver Mt. Zion.
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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby Zak » Sat Jan 19, 2008 12:15 am UTC

Find you're gone by Wolfshiem.

Beautiful song.
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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby Marlowe » Sat Jan 19, 2008 2:42 am UTC

Nude by Radiohead. It made me cry the first time I heard it. That, and Portishead's Roads
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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby breadfan » Sat Jan 19, 2008 3:00 am UTC

Genesis - The Musical Box
Peter Gabriel - I Grieve
Jeff Buckley - Forget Her
The Whitlams - Keep The Light On
The Velvet Underground - All Tomorrow's Parties
Ringo Starr - Photograph

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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby Zak » Sat Jan 19, 2008 3:05 am UTC

[url=http://youtube.com/watch?v=OYtGsvoBVw8]When the Tigers Broke Free
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Listen to this for tears...
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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby Enneract » Mon Jan 21, 2008 2:49 am UTC

Sugarcult - Back to California

admittedly not the best or most creative piece of music ever written, but it struck me especially hard when I first heard it, and evokes that same impact every time I hear it.

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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby Metty » Mon Jan 21, 2008 3:08 am UTC

Blink 182 - Adam's Song.

Just because it reminds me of home, and that makes me sad.

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Re: Favorite Sad Song

Postby Raupi » Mon Jan 21, 2008 4:59 pm UTC

Pain Of Salvation - Undertow, the LIVE version. Even more awesome than the original version, unfortunately there are only very bad recordings yet, but they're working on a live DVD with this song *wooohooo*

Dream Theater - Space-Dye Vest. One of those songs that somehow didn't get much attention, but really stands out.
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Gloria Estefan - Steal Your Heart. Beautiful song, beautiful lyrics
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziQqRuBqVwk


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