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Georgia Lee by Tom Waits has to be up there...Oh God...the middle 8 about the game of hide and seek. Oh Jesus :-((
So depressing it makes Radiohead seem like The Cheeky Girls. The sound of a man giving up...
lived down the street from Ian Curtis, I think the person was disabled and wasn't allowed out of the property and kept trapped in there by parents. Heartwrenching song.
Train Song from Frank's Wild Years is the saddest Tom Waits song in my view (but there are a lot of contenders).
Both versions are devastating, but in different ways.
the biggest lie
or slint - washer
It has to be Lonely from Closing Time
Remember helping to clear out my newly-passed-away grandparents house last year. Going round a place I had so many great childhood memories of...now alone, empty and cold. And that song kept playing in my head. Serious moist-eye time...
are my particular tearjerkers.
but for me Momus' "Suicide Pact" just about edges it...
gets me everytime.
See also: Kasimir Pulanski Day
In terms of depressing records, The Final Cut is right up there.
I am one of the few Floyd fans who thinks that it is a f**king masterpiece...
I've got no personal sadness connected to it yet it feels so awfully painful I can't bear to listen to it.
the fact that it makes you feel some kind of tenderness for Damon fucking Allbran is testament to how good it is.
The last line of Chelsea Hotel #2 by Leonard Cohen KILLS ME everytime
...but this performance on his last tour is about as sad as it gets for me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91OQaPQILZk
i ration myself to it about twice a year, it's just that sad. but then a bit uplifting at the end. it's just wonderful.
seem to go together well as the mid-album downers, were on constant rotation when I was a tween
Last night he could not make it... :(
Never found it that sad though...
Or a recent addition would be Severus and Stones by Radical Face, it never really hit me properly but then when I saw him live and he introduced it as *a song about a boy watching his twin brother die* it absolutely killed me, when he sings *From here on in, I'll wear this face for both of us* I'm an absolute mess. :'(
recorded the week he died apparently.
A suicide note on record.
Waiting Around to Die by Townes.
but my morning jacket's "i will be there when you die" is a hell of a sad tune.
the mans voice is a thing of wonder
the one-two punch of 'Steam Engine' and this one kills me.
from their last album. That's mega sad
as he just sounds like a drunk cookie monster
by Johnny Cash is pretty fucking upsetting
that it was written by Sting
Cash's version is far superior!
Always worthy of a mention in a saddest song list.
but more um, sad:
Casimir Pulaski day by Sufjan Stevens
The Empty Nest by Wild Beasts (I actually felt a bit overwhelmed by that the first time I heard it, especially the way it brings Two Dancers to such an abrupt halt).
Always makes me feel mournful.
And Johnny Cash's cover of Hurt has the ability to choke me up, almost to the point of tears, which no other song ever manages.
but also this kind of dignified grace, and that coupled with that beautiful ending - I find it very uplifting
especially the cover of Leonard Cohen's One of Us Cannot Be Wrong
autofills on every one of the computers i regularly use ^u^
And Bear by British Sea Power http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mwz1LJtAo5w
I'm not okay
Electro Shock Blues, of course
So moving. Especially after I read that it was written based on diary entries his sister made in the period before killing herself.
My life is shit and piss
I don't think I'll ever hear a sadder song.
This is genuinely the saddest thing I've heard in ages http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=cE6wxDqdOV0
Because he just sings it like a man who is broken inside. Devastating.
The worrying thing is, it's my favourite song.
....Slowdive-When the sun hits. Both great songs though
but my brother and law just sent me a text to say this is depressing beyond tablets http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOK4ZiMPvcU
Music of someone whose accepted that there's no turning back :(
that no-one else ever mentions this particular song in these threads.
the original is sad, but the strings on the cover are just devastating.
by American Music Club.
Will this night fulfill all the promises?
Or bury us in peace?
Will it leave us free and forgetful?
Or at least bring some sleep?
Your eyes don't catch the little things
As they narrow on your fall...
Nirvana, MTV Unplugged. Made worse by the circumstances, but still
but I'd put 'Martha' by Waits in this category. That final lament - "And I remember quiet evenings, trembling close to you..."
/every song on Hospice
Vic Chesnutt: Flirted with you all my life
or Goddamn Lonely Love by the drive by truckers
The Kids: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YY_i-R2ldyA
The Bed might be sadder, but as a dad myself I'm a sucker for the crying kids sound effects.
X-Japan - Tears. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTNybXzqb-g
So cheesy and so completely over the top that it attains a transcendent and irresistible pathos. Like being beaten around the face with your favourite anime characters, who are all dying.
this makes November Rain sound like Old Macdonald Had A Farm
Have Kayo Dot been forgotten already? I'm gonna have to scour the archives aren't I
Did you used to have a different username?
Joy Division/New Order - In A Lonely Place
Videos on YouTube are all of rubbish covers or live versions, so here are the lyrics instead: http://www.bobdylan.com/songs/if-you-see-her-say-hello
The first verse is devastating.
.. but it's got to be:
Cabrel - C' Etait l' Hiver
a beautiful song but so, so, so, so sad ...
Here' s the link:
.. and the lyrics translated for you. You better get some hankies ready!
Winter it was
She used to say: I’ve walked on for far too long
My heart is already too heavy with secrets
Too heavy with sorrows
She used to say: I won’t go on any further
What awaits me I’ve already been through
It’s no longer worth it
She used to say life was cruel
She no longer believed in the sun
Or in what churches left unsaid
Even my smiles would scare her
Winter it was at the bottom of her heart
The wind had never been colder
The rain harsher than on that evening
Of the day she turned twenty
That evening when she put out the fire
Behind the blind of her eyes
In a flash of white
She has no doubt got back to heaven
She’s shining beside the sun
As do the new churches
But if, since that evening, I’ve been crying
It’s because it’s cold
At the bottom of my heart
You were warned!
I always assumed it was about release through dying or whatever, call me out on this one if you got the official interpretation.
and I Know It's Over by The Smiths get me everytime.
Sleater-Kinney - The Size of our Love