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/or have made you cry before
by Ultravox. Mainly because of the video which tapped into my childhood fear of nuclear war somehow more than Threads ever did.
And listened to "and the band played waltzing matilda" by the Pogues very loud. It brought a tear to my eye, thinking of that plucky old veteran who got forgotten about.
This time of year, after not hearing it for a while. The context mostly. Took ages to write and almost didn't see the light of day, the Pogues never actually having been to new york before writing it (then they went and loved it), Costello betting Macgowan he couldn't write a Christmas duet.
Then Kirsty getting killed... Macgowan well on his way to being the old man in the drunk tank in the song...
bright eyes from watership down
when the wind blows (from the film)- david bowie
wish you were here - pink floyd
probably at some point - bonnie prince billy - i see a darkness or death to everyone.
& most recently a year ago when my son was born - johnny cash - father & son
but particularly 'twilight' and 'a fond farewell'
always gets me
not a terribly sad song, but I listened to it a lot during a shitty time in my life. now it makes me want to be somewhere warm and asleep during a steady rain
most early recordings by Leonard Cohen. Martha by Tom Waits.
I could have been someone
Well so could anyone
You took my dreams from me
When I first found you
I kept them with me babe
I put them with my own
Can't make it out alone
I've built my dreams around you
And that was In Your World by Muse, when I was 14, several hours after listening to the song.
"IN YOUR WOOOOORLD NOBODY'S CRYING ALOOOOOOOOOOOOONE, IN YOUR WOOOOOOOOOORRRRRLLLDDDDDDDD NOOBODY'S DYYYINNNNNG ALOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNEEEEEEEEE!"
Still gives me a bit of the old angst now.
more than once in the past, while listening to "Electro-Shock Blues" by Eels and "Hope There's Someone" by Anthony And The Johnsons.
Lyrics remind me of my dad who died after a long illness.
Actually cried when they played it at a gig
So beautiful that so many people appreciate a good Korean melody.
Beck - Everybody's gotta learn sometime
not so keen on the Beck cover though
average song by a guy bumming every girl he saw at the time. The opposite of a lonely, sad song. Some fucking rockstar, whingeing about someone having the nerve to turn him down. Dull.
Desperados under The Eaves - Warren Zevon. Probably the best song I've ever heard about being a man of incredible talent, drunk in a rooming house, composing songs around the air conditioner's hum. When the strings match his hum, it's just incredible. Loneliness done very well by a genius who really got it. Loads of his stuff makes me cry, but this is surely the best album closer of all time.
Couple of Dylan's: Girl From The North Country and if You See Her Say Hello. Both perfect 'I loved a girl once and still do in spite of everything' songs, and devastating and - YES - lonely.
If I listen to Heartbreaker by Ryan Adams from start to finish, I never get out without crying. Highly, highly reccomended. Just let it wash over you as an album, with all its subtle devastation.
Leonard Cohen - Chelsea Hotel #2. Everyone's had a lost weekend with someone they utterly loved in that moment, knowing it would pass and damning it even as it did. This song is so beautifully transient. About a bit of filthy time in a hotel with a girl.
Fake Plastic Trees - Radiohead. Rarely ever listen to it these days, but I've recounted on here befeore that this was the first song I heard after a nasty heartbreak. Until then I only listened to Nu Metal and Kid Rock. That heartbreak, this song and all the crying is something I'll always cherish. Yorke can write the most beautiful songs in the world when so inclined.
Loads more: I used to say I could never really love a song if it didn't make me cry.
After Mark Linkous shot himself
mishima by phillip glass
is a guaranteed tearjerker. I remember sitting in the Cock in Islington one night back in the 90s with a mate of mine, I assume prior to a Saturday night at the Garage, drunkenly singing this, & then rather embarrassingly we both started blubbing.
Fish & Bird is Tom's best tearjerker though, absolutely heartbreaking.
Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet
Used to play this to my daughter soon after she was born...then me & her mum divorced, only see her a couple of times a year now, can't listen to this now, breaks me up every time.
Yeah I know. Gay.
of music appreciation.
had brought a tear to my eye in the past.
You may not realise it as many people use it, but it carries the idea that 'gay' is a synonym for 'lame', which is unfair. Just think of it if you replaced it with the word 'black' or 'asian' or something along those lines.
i only have to think about it and it sets me off. and for when i'm really at my weakest/drunkest, The Cars - Drive.
I'm imagining replacing it with 'black', 'asian', 'disabled' and a variety of other words and the surprising thing is, I still don't give a flying fuck.
for someone of such tear-jerking nature.
The final verse about his mother is particularly heartbreaking. His death some months after it's release makes it even more shattering.
Again while drunk, which I am not sure counts. Brothers on a Hotel Bed.
Johnny Foreigner - Johnny Foreigner Vs You (ditto)
Aidan Moffat & Bill Wells - The Copper Top (after a friend's funeral)
But in general, loads of stuff - I am very soppy
beautiful song, but incredibly depressing.
I think it may have added to the situation and increased the emotional pull a couple of times.
Like when I was at a party when I was 16 and saw my good friend smooching on the girl I had been schemin on for like 6 months. I drove off in a fit of rage and listened to Wyclef - Mona Lisa and shed a tear or two.
do you want to be this ignorant?
There was a time when both Sunday Drive by The Early November and The Sound Of Beating Wings by Jeniferever would always lead to tears for me. Now they're just a couple of songs that I like.
I’m always surprised when it happens, but it’s almost every time. When that melodic resolution sort of thing in the last chorus comes round it’s like my stomach jumped out of my body.
Elliott Smith too. “Keep the things you forgot” from Between the Bars is an impossibly beautiful and disturbing but almost throwaway line. See also King’s Crossing, Condor Ave., 2:45 and depending on my mood most of Basement.
Also...Elbow - Bones of You
Sometimes it Snows in April
The first song I ever cried at was "I was young when I left home" by Bob Dylan. To this day I'm still not really sure why. I think it's cause I was leaving home for a while and was just on the train going through the countryside and staring out the window and marveling at the grand scheme of everything.
Swans' "Miracle of Love" has brought tears to my eyes before just 'cause it's so goddamn perfect.
Vic Chestnutt's "Flirted with you all my life" always gets me too. It's uplifiting, tagic and utterly intoxicating at the same time. The depressive connotations are even more realised after you find out that he tried to commit suicide after he released the album, "At the Cut."
Caught me by surprise in the car a few years ago. Was in a bit of a rough patch and that came on the radio and I fucking burst into tears driving my car. Mental.
Letdown - Radiohead. always used to get me when I were a little un aswell. Doesn't work anymore though (still a tune, mind).