Waht's the saddest song you've ever heard?

momo217momo217 Opening Act
edited January 2009 in History of Rock
Ok guys and gals. Putting all machismo aside, what is the saddest songs you have ever heard? For me, it is definately "Tears in Heaven" by Eric Clapton. Knowing why he wrote that song and the story behind it makes it a real tearjerker for me. I really, for the most part, can't listen to it. Beautiful song however. Your thoughts?

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  • Lord_MhoramLord_Mhoram Road Warrior
    edited September 2008
    gusano311;1318539 said:
    hurt cover by johnny cash.
    That one is pretty powerful.

    I'd never heard the song before I heard the Cash version. Hit me hard.
  • IRockSoAwesomeIRockSoAwesome Opening Act
    edited September 2008
    gusano311;1318539 said:
    hurt cover by johnny cash.
    I like the Kermit version better

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVYTabWaSHI
  • momo217momo217 Opening Act
    edited September 2008
    MissMoongoddess;1316100 said:
    "Angel" by Sarah McLaughlin

    Try being at your best friends new born babies funeral and tell you don't ball your eyes out..
    Just the thought of that made me choke up a little. Sarah has a few sad ones. "Ice Cream" always touched me. Mainly because it played at my
    wedding and a lot of people were in tears. Not sure why really?

    "Don't take the girl" is another great choice mentioned earlier and so was the Cash version of "hurt".
  • lemmyklemmyk Opening Act
    edited September 2008
    For me, there are a couple that are pretty sad to listen to...

    Dust in the wind - I turn this off when it comes on. Makes me think of the people I've been close with that I've lost.

    Love Reign O'er Me - not really a *sad* song, but all I can think of when I hear this song is a guy at his lowest point, alone, wanting to go home and be loved.

    I'm sure there are others, but these directly to mind.
  • maitee1maitee1 Road Warrior
    edited September 2008
    If You're Reading This - Tim McGraw

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fz8PISGCWh8

    Letters From Home - John Michael Montgomery

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gP8JAEhU3KU


    Letters from Home really hit a chord in me when I first heard it when it came to the part about the father writing the letter to his son. When I was a young guy in the Navy sationed 12,000 miles from home, I received a letter like that from my dad and it just brought back those memories. Driving up the Baltimore/Washington Parkway with tears on my cheeks.
  • culturedogculturedog Road Warrior
    edited September 2008
    momo217;1320088 said:
    Just the thought of that made me choke up a little. Sarah has a few sad ones. "Ice Cream" always touched me. Mainly because it played at my wedding and a lot of people were in tears. Not sure why really?
    Yeah, Ice Cream is one of her sweeter, more upbeat numbers. But as much as I love Sarah, she's got some seriously depressing stuff - like "Ice" or "Ben's Song". Even her newer stuff - the last time I listened to Afterglow I was subconsciously reaching for a box of razor blades by the end of the disc.

    And now that she's divorcing Ashwin Sood, God help us all when her next album drops. :D
  • afterstasisafterstasis Washed Up
    edited September 2008
    daniel johnston - peek-a-boo

    again, youtube fails me so i can't post a link.
  • jcunning_1974jcunning_1974 Unsigned
    edited September 2008
  • edited September 2008
    creep or the happy days theme
  • JixzerJixzer Hillbilly Deluxe
    edited September 2008
    maitee1;1320655 said:
    If You're Reading This - Tim McGraw

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fz8PISGCWh8

    Letters From Home - John Michael Montgomery

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gP8JAEhU3KU


    Letters from Home really hit a chord in me when I first heard it when it came to the part about the father writing the letter to his son. When I was a young guy in the Navy sationed 12,000 miles from home, I received a letter like that from my dad and it just brought back those memories. Driving up the Baltimore/Washington Parkway with tears on my cheeks.
    You nailed my list with one left out. It's a lesser known song called "One Last Time" by Dusty Drake.
  • RiprockRiprock Unsigned
    edited September 2008
    I've got a lot, some already mentioned.

    "Hurt" - Johnny Cash version
    "Hallelujah" - Jeff Buckley's recording is the best, but Jeff Martin does a great live cover.
    "Tears in Heaven" - Clapton
    "Top of the World" - Dixie Chicks version
    "Fade into you" - Mazzy Star (Hope's voice is haunting)
    "Release", "Oceans", "Correspondences" and "Soulbreaking" by The Tea Party
    "Cats in the Cradle" - Harry Chapin
    "Do You Remain" - Tenth Planet
    "Lightning Crashes" - Live
    "A Lifetime" - Better Than Ezra
    "The Messenger" - A song by Daniel Lanois, much prefer the cover by Tea Party
    "Romeo and Juliet" - Dire Straits
    "Into My Arms" - Nick Cave
    "Strange Days" - Matthew Good
    "Mad World" - the song has haunted me before
  • malignusmalignus Opening Act
    edited September 2008
    a question of heaven by iced earth. something about the combination of the opera-type singers in the background and the part of the song where he's bascially begging god to let him die....hits me hard every time i hear it.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QilSaHZPW_o

    sorry about the semi-cheesy fan vid.
  • edited September 2008
    The first two tracks that come to mind for me are:

    To A Husband At War, by I Hate Myself

    Things are here, and you're over there
    And in between: land, sea, everything
    I hope you're warm, and i hope you think of me,
    And the way things used to be.
    Yesterday, a telegram said that you had died,
    But I knew and I know that it was a lie.
    I tried to laugh but went back to my room and cried.
    I mean our room. I went back to our room and cried.
    Retreat, and come back home.

    ...and You And Me by Archers of Loaf

    I've been so down lately.
    You've been so low lately.
    Nothing seems to work out for you and me.
    For you and me.

    I've been so down lately.
    You've been so low lately.
    Nothing seems to work out for you and me.

    Sister says we can buy it all back at the grocery store.
    Baby brother really ****ed it up this time.
    This isn't fun anymore, it's not as fun as it was.
    It's just the girl in her says it doesn't matter anyway.

    I've been so down lately.
    You've been so low lately.
    Nothing seems to work out for you and me.
  • elfreakoelfreako Road Warrior
    edited September 2008
    Me and a Gun - Tori Amos

    I can't even watch it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKzCxi2yf5s


    close runner up

    Sufjan Stevens - John Wayne Gacy Jr.

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=otx49Ko3fxw
  • WhiffleBallTonyWhiffleBallTony Headliner
    edited September 2008
    sg327;1314621 said:
    "Into The Mystic" by Van Morrison
    One of Van's best, but it has never been a real sad song in my opinion.

    "Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails for some reason always gets me. It's just a perfect song. The lyrics aren't what's sad, it's the song and the tone and everything else.
  • sg327sg327 Road Warrior
    edited September 2008
    WhiffleBallTony;1322030 said:
    One of Van's best, but it has never been a real sad song in my opinion.
    Yeah...I heard that one played at a funeral years ago so it may be one of those songs that depends on the "listener" and where you were at when you heard it :).
  • SputnikDXSputnikDX Road Warrior
    edited September 2008
    lemmyk;1320513 said:
    For me, there are a couple that are pretty sad to listen to...

    Dust in the wind - I turn this off when it comes on. Makes me think of the people I've been close with that I've lost.

    Love Reign O'er Me - not really a *sad* song, but all I can think of when I hear this song is a guy at his lowest point, alone, wanting to go home and be loved.

    I'm sure there are others, but these directly to mind.
    Pretty much this.

    I would of said Tears by Rush, but it's not really sad, it's just moving in a way.
  • QuinarvyQuinarvy Road Warrior
    edited September 2008
    Hurt by NIN
    Love Reign O'er Me by the Who
    Sideways by Santana feat. Citizen Cope
    November Rain by Guns N' Roses
    The Rain Song by Led Zeppelin
    Fade to Black by Metallica

    Those songs always get me.
  • afterstasisafterstasis Washed Up
    edited September 2008
    i'm really surprised we haven't had more selections from artists who off'ed themselves.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8yMK5kIq8w
    paternoster - stop these lines
  • HizakiHizaki Opening Act
    edited September 2008
    I'm surprised there's been no mention of Yesterday by The Beatles.
  • onduvalstonduvalst Road Warrior
    edited September 2008
    Laura Branigan - How can I help you to say goodbye
    [youtube]PMo3XF1krvk[/youtube]

    Through the back window of a '59 wagon
    I watched my best friend Jamie slippin' further away
    I kept on waving 'till I couldn't see her
    And through my tears, I asked again why we couldn't stay
    Mama whispered softly, Time will ease your pain
    Life's about changing, nothing ever stays the same

    And she said, How can I help you to say goodbye?
    It's OK to hurt, and it's OK to cry
    Come, let me hold you and I will try
    How can I help you to say goodbye?

    I sat on our bed, he packed his suitcase
    I held a picture of our wedding day
    His hands were trembling, we both were crying
    He kissed me gently and then he quickly walked away
    I called up Mama, she said, Time will ease your pain
    Life's about changing, nothing ever stays the same

    And she said, How can I help you to say goodbye?
    It's OK to hurt, and it's OK to cry
    Come, let me hold you and I will try
    How can I help you to say goodbye?

    Sitting with Mama alone in her bedroom
    She opened her eyes, and then squeezed my hand
    She said, I have to go now, my time here is over
    And with her final word, she tried to help me understand
    Mama whispered softly, Time will ease your pain
    Life's about changing, nothing ever stays the same

    And she said, How can I help you to say goodbye?
    It's OK to hurt, and it's OK to cry
    Come, let me hold you and I will try
    How can I help you to say goodbye?

    How can I help you to say goodbye?
  • clashcityrocker10clashcityrocker10 Headliner
    edited September 2008
    I'm thinking "I Am A Rock" by Simon & Garfunkel. It's amusing when people completely miss the meaning of the song, but it's still pretty damn sad. There is Taps, too, of course.
  • UltimatumUltimatum Washed Up
    edited September 2008
    Adagio for Strings by Barber takes the cake by far and is probably the most used song for sad moments in commercials and movies.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRMz8fKkG2g
  • UltimatumUltimatum Washed Up
    edited September 2008
    Another one would be Hurt by Johnny Cash. I loved the original and when my guitarist and I covered it, I actually started crying hearing our version.

    A lot of Funeral Doom is really depressing too.
  • JixzerJixzer Hillbilly Deluxe
    edited September 2008
    onduvalst;1326375 said:
    Laura Branigan - How can I help you to say goodbye
    I've heard that song, but it was sung by Patty Loveless. Good song.
  • afterstasisafterstasis Washed Up
    edited September 2008
    clashcityrocker10;1326377 said:
    I'm thinking "I Am A Rock" by Simon & Garfunkel. It's amusing when people completely miss the meaning of the song, but it's still pretty damn sad.
    really, really good one but i always thought simon & garfunkel's two saddest songs were "the dangling conversation" and "a most peculiar man".
  • onduvalstonduvalst Road Warrior
    edited September 2008
    Jixzer;1326441 said:
    I've heard that song, but it was sung by Patty Loveless. Good song.
    It was indeed covered by Patty Loveless.
  • norsegothnorsegoth Unsigned
    edited September 2008
    Hysteria by muse
    painful memories

    as far as an actually sad song i have to go with gary jules' cover of mad world
    when they played it at the end of Donnie Darko i actually cried.
  • woodsc21woodsc21 Unsigned
    edited September 2008
    This song is just touching it has great lyrics and a good meaning

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vj2UdFAaDP8
  • CheezerRoxCheezerRox Road Warrior
    edited September 2008
    momo217;1314487 said:
    For me, it is definately "Tears in Heaven" by Eric Clapton. Knowing why he wrote that song and the story behind it makes it a real tearjerker for me. I really, for the most part, can't listen to it. Beautiful song however. Your thoughts?
    agree, "Tears in Heaven" really is one of the saddest ever.
    vesven;1314596 said:
    you know your right by nirvana or died by alice in chains.
    just because it was the last recording with kurt cobain for nirvana and layne staley for alice in chains before they kicked the bucket.
    Agreed.


    Anyway, I'll make a list (in no particular order) of some of the saddest songs I know...

    "Lifeless Dead" by Mad Season - Because, if you listen to the lyrics, it's kinda obvious that it's about a girl that Layne loved a lot, and wanted to marry, but that demon of drugs drove her off.

    "Tears in Heaven" - The OP described it pretty much perfectly.

    "Yellow Ledbetter" by Pearl Jam - If you know what it's about.

    "Don't Follow" by Alice in Chains - Listen to the lyrics.

    "Footsteps" by Pearl Jam - It's sad-ness is kinda brought down if you know what it's about, though.

    "4/20/02" by Eddie Vedder - Especially if you know what it's about.

    "Come Back" by Pearl Jam - Just a kinda sad song.

    "Time" by Pink Floyd - The concept is depressing.

    almost any Radiohead song - ...Yeah...

    "Hate to Feel" by Alice in Chains - Another depressing view into Layne's addiction.

    "Burning of the Midnight Lamp" by the Jimi Hendrix [U]Experience[/U] - If you know what it's about.

    "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd - Yes, I know, overplayed and what-not, but it's still sad.

    "Creep" by Stone Temple Pilots - Lyrics once again.

    "Say Hello 2 Heaven" by Temple of the Dog - A sad song about Andy Wood.

    "Hunger Strike" by Temple of the Dog - Another sad song, though not about Andy.

    "Behind Blue Eyes" by The Who - Pretty sad.


    That's it for now.
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