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    Songs that Evoke Emotional Responses

    This is a list compiled by a guy called Tom Reynolds, I thought I would share some of it with my fellow Hags. I will post a new entry every so often, comments are encouraged!

    There are ten different genres of depressing songs:

    I Was A Teenage Car Crash collects songs about selfless (and shockingly stupid) adolescents who sacrifice themselves so they can die for someone whose school locker just happens to be next to theirs.

    I Hate Myself And Want To Die gathers together self-pitying songs in which the singer is under the delusion that his or her personal problems are of great interest to everyone.

    Pretentious songs where excessive blather is mistaken for wisdom and sensitivity are found in the category I'm Trying To Be Profound And Touching, But Really Suck At It.

    If I Sing About Drugs, People Will Take Me Seriously: 'I'm jamming a needle into my arm! Lemme tell you alllllll about it!'

    In She Hates Me, I Hate Her, a couple's crumbling relationship is put to music, then dumped on listeners, who are expected to act as unpaid therapists.

    For Horrifying Remakes Of Already Depressing Songs, a singer takes a mildly gloomy tune and transforms it into a thing of utter horror. Think Mary Shelley's Frankenstein with a rhythm section.

    Narrative songs based on the kind of babble you hear from the drunk guy next to you at a bar who won't shut up are collected under the banner I'm Telling A Story Nobody Wants To Hear.

    I Had No Idea That Song Was So Morbid: the most deceptive of depressing songs, these camouflage unbelievably depressing lyrics under happy upbeat music.

    A depressing song Hall of Fame, I Mope, Therefore I Am collects artists who've built their entire careers on bumming the shit out of everyone.

    Finally, Perfect Storms: the absolute most depressing. Only a handful of tunes qualify as 'perfect storms', where numerous factors unite to create a depressing song of Live Wolverine Shoved Down My Pants proportions.


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    I will gauge the reactions to this thread, and post the first entry tomorrow.


    My Sweet George Feb 25 1943 - November 29 2001
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    Teenage Death Songs!

    Teen Angel, Leader of the Pack, Leader of the Laundromat (yes, I like Dr. Demento, thanks), and about forty million other songs.

    They seem to fall into the category of, "My baby's dead, hit by a train, BIG ol' train, my baby's dead". Coming to you straight from WINO Radio, Wonderful WINO!
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    Mine is "Both Sides Now" by Joni Mitchell. Realizing the "real" side of things when you "grow up". Sigh......now, I'm sad.
    peek-a-boo!!

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    strange days by mathew good band
    not realy depressing but i just cant put my finger on it

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    I cannot listen to the song " If you came back from heaven " By Lorrie Morgan, reminds me of my ex

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    Gloomy Sunday. It's an old song about a man who's True Love™ has died, and who has decided to commit suicide in order to be with her again.

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    Goodbye to Love...."I'll say goodbye to love, no one ever cared if I should live or die"
    Crimeny no wonder she was so depressed...

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    "Tears in Heavan"

    By Eric clapton...Dedicated to his son Conner who fell from a high rise apartment building...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny62 View Post
    "Tears in Heavan"

    By Eric clapton...Dedicated to his son Conner who fell from a high rise apartment building...
    DITTO Big time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny62 View Post
    "Tears in Heavan"

    By Eric clapton...Dedicated to his son Conner who fell from a high rise apartment building...
    53 floors wasn't it? OUCH!

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    dust in the wind

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    He stopped loving her today by George Jones could make a stone weep
    [SIZE=4]I put the fun in funeral.[/SIZE]

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    Yes, mrsjorgy, I was just about to post that one!

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    Wow, too many to number. I think tears in heaven sums it up
    Looking forward to walking the streets of gold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xenaswolf View Post
    Goodbye to Love...."I'll say goodbye to love, no one ever cared if I should live or die"...
    Hey, that's my song! It's the story of my life!

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    Quote Originally Posted by xenaswolf View Post
    53 floors wasn't it? OUCH!
    Yes I read recently I think Conner was with his wifes or ex-wifes friend when it happened!!

    God that must of been tough!!!

    Eric wasn't even there. Until recently I thought he was!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsjorgy View Post
    He stopped loving her today by George Jones could make a stone weep
    Yep this one is so sad and also Tears In Heaven. I can't imagine losing a child, much less having to see it on the news for weeks.

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    ok cant sing how do i live by leeann rhyms and foolish games by jewel without crying
    omg im such a sap y ai know my spellin suks

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    lets not forget "Enya-only time" for the tragically suicide/car wreck teens.
    and I hear this one alot on memorial sites,
    Israel Kamakawiwo Ole's version of Somewhere over the rainbow.

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    Morrisey's version of Moon River
    Hear You Me by Jimmy Eat World
    The Trapeze Swinger by Iron & Wine
    In The Sun- Joseph Arthur
    Beloved Wife- Natalie Merchant
    Love, Me- Collin Raye
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    [SIZE=2]I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.
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    Willie Nelsons: "Angel Flying to close to the ground"

    Jim Reeve's "On the blue side of lonesome"

    Porter Wagoner "Carroll county accident"

    Patsy Cline "she's got you"


    Are a few of my favorite sad songs.


    -Morbid1

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    Wasn't there a real tear jerker called TELL LAURA I LOVE HER????

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    Tell Laura I Love Her
    Released 1960

    Tell Laura I Love Her was the first major Teenage Car Crash song - a weepy ballad about a love-struck teenage boy called Tommy who ends up getting cremated on a race track for the love of his girlfriend Laura. Tommy is especially gaga about his Laura and wants to buy her an engagement ring but, alas,doesn't have the money to buy it. That's when he sees a poster advertising a stock car race with a first prize of $1,000. That's the ticket, Tommy tells himself. I'll enter the race, compete in a sport I know nothing about, and come in first so that I'll win the thousand dollars. Ah, good plan.

    Flushed with excitement, Tommy calls Laura. She isn't home so the doomed lad leaves a message with her mother: "Tell Laura I love her, tell Laura I need her, tell Laura I may be late, I've something to do that cannot wait."

    Tommy is completely clueless as to the basic strategies of auto racing ie, slamming into a wall is generally not a good idea. Within a few laps, he rolls the car, which becomes engulfed in flames. He is pulled out of the wreckage, coughing up carbon before proclaiming his love for Laura and uttering with his last breath: "Tell Laura not to cry, my love for her will never die..." By the last verse, Laura is alone in the church, praying for her Tommy. In the chapel's echo-filled acoustics, she can still hear his haunting cries of how he still loves her - and it's just as creepy as it sounds.


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    Quote Originally Posted by poppie View Post
    Wasn't there a real tear jerker called TELL LAURA I LOVE HER????
    Yeah, I remember them mentioning it in High Fidelity with the Top Five Songs About Death: A Laura's Dad Tribute List.

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    Concrete Angel by Martina McBride never fails to choke me up...
    <3 Rest Well, pvezz. <3

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    I've always found "Exit Music (For a Film)" by Radiohead and "No Distance Left to Run" by Blur to be pretty depressing.

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    I can not beleive I am going to admit this, but mine is "One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey. Shoot me now....

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    Oh gawd, how about "Seasons In The Sun" by Terry Jacks?
    And another 70's weeper... (lots of them from the 70's!) "Wildfire?"
    I could write a huge long list... there are so many!!!

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    found completely by accident when my father died and used at his funeral....

    Daddy's Little Girl by Karla Bonoff

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    Also...Red Sails in the Sunset...even the instrumental will get to me and most so...doesn't matter where they are playing but a funeral makes it worse...BAGPIPES!

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    All By My Self - Eric Carmen

    Hurt - Johnny Cash

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suzanne30 View Post
    All By My Self - Eric Carmen

    Hurt - Johnny Cash
    Another depressing Johnny Cash song is "I Hung My Head"
    [SIZE=2]I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.
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    Laura

    Quote Originally Posted by poppie View Post
    Wasn't there a real tear jerker called TELL LAURA I LOVE HER????
    Speaking of Laura.....
    "Think of Laura, but laugh, don't cry, I know she'd want it that way"....
    I believe that comes from a song called "Think of Laura" by Christopher Cross. Does anyone else remember it?

    And if that doesn't bring you down deep enough, how bout good old Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Alone Again, Naturally" or "All By Myself" I don't recall who released that one originally but Celine did it....as well as a very gut-wrenching lil ditty called "FLY", written for the dead child of a friend or relative.

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    Asleep, I Know It's Over, and Reel Around the Fountain by The Smiths make me upset.

    The Engine Driver by The Decemberists...

    Also, Gl&#243;s&#243;li by Sigur R&#242;s makes me weep every time, but it's not necessarily "depressing".

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    The first one that comes to mind is the "MASH" theme song. It is about suicide then it would have to be "How do you get that lonely" by Blaine Larson, again about teen suicide and finally "Because of you" kelly Clarkson. It reminds me of how my mother is. My mom ain't winning any mother of year awards.

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    Gloomy Sunday
    Hurt (Johnny Cash version)
    Whiskey Lullaby (Alison Krauss & Brad Paisley)
    Angel (Sarah McLachlan)


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    In This River...Black Label Society

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    Wish You Were Here - Nightwish

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    Asleep (The Smiths)
    No One Is There (Nico)
    The Golden Age (Beck)
    Milk (Garbage)
    Warszawa (David Bowie)
    Mad World (Gary Jules)
    Hallelujah (Jeff Buckley)
    Irreversible Neural Damage (Kevin Ayers)
    Death (Klaus Nomi)
    My Death (Scott Walker)

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    Danny Boy

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    One song that gets me is Clocks by Coldplay...only cos it brings up very painful/depressing/bittersweet memories....thing is, I do LIKE the song, but I get sad whenever I hear it...ummm....do I need therapy?

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    Squeeze Box by the Who... J/K

    We did "Tears in Heaven" for a middle school choral performance. I played guitar and a girl in my class played piano. I didn't know the song at all until then.

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    Love Hurts - Gram Parsons
    Slipping - Geddy Lee
    Losing It - Rush
    Something To Believe In - Ramones
    Break It Off - Tegan And Sara
    The Mistake - Urge Overkill
    Last edited by Death Hag Chris; 10-23-2007 at 07:04 AM.

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    Anyone remember "Sad Eyes"? I think it was by Robert John (another 1/2 hit wonder). A guy singing to his mistress that it's over because his wife is coming home, and they "knew it couldn't last"...Schmuck!

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    "Shannon" by Henry Gross
    About a lost dog. A pretty
    bad song to boot.

    Cheers all,
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    Quote Originally Posted by djdeath-hag View Post
    Speaking of Laura.....
    "Think of Laura, but laugh, don't cry, I know she'd want it that way"....
    I believe that comes from a song called "Think of Laura" by Christopher Cross. Does anyone else remember it?
    Yeah, I remember that one - one of his 3 "hits".

    He had written that one for a friend of his that died of cancer - or so I heard...

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    "He Ain't Heavy, He's my Brother" and "The Air that I Breathe" both by the Hollies. Such a melancholy group!

    Also, "Bittersweet Sypmphony" by The Verve

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    Mother's not dead - she's only sleeping
    Just patiently waiting for Jesus to come
    The birds will be singing while Mother lies sleeping
    They will sing o'er her as the grave sinks away

    Words and music by Charlie Monroe. If this song doesn't bring a tear to your eye, your heart is solid stone.

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