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What is your favorite sad song?

Asked by rojo (24123points) November 20th, 2018

Back in the seventies I heard John Prine singing Hello in There and thought is was one of the saddest songs I had ever listened to and the lines “We lost Davy in the Korean War. I still don’t know what for; doesn’t matter any more” struck a chord somewhere deep inside.
Here, being almost fifty years older, it is even more poignant.

Can you give me the song that you relate to?

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zenvelo's avatar


Tin soldiers and Nixon coming
We’re finally on our own
This summer I hear the drumming
Four dead in Ohio

KNOWITALL's avatar

Nothing Compares-Sinead O’Connor

janbb's avatar

It changes from time to time.

Right now, it is:Blues Run the Game by Jackson C. Frank.

ucme's avatar

Bohemian Rhapsody

elbanditoroso's avatar

Elton John’s Candle in the Wind youtube with the lyrics he wrote in memory of Lady Di.

ragingloli's avatar

Warrumska by Die Ärzte.
It is about a man whose girlfriend has left him.
Very true to life.

elbanditoroso's avatar

@ragingloli I suppose it would be meaningful if I knew the translation. But the beat doesn’t sound very sad.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@elbanditoroso I know, makes me want to slam dance! haha

How old ARE you Raging?

ragingloli's avatar

At heart, 9.

cookieman's avatar

I have a few…

Sometimes it Snows in April
by Prince

by Ani DiFranco

I Don’t Want Anything to Change
by Bonnie Raitt

Now Comes the Night
by Rob Thomas

Hush, Hush, Hush
by Herbie Hancock and Annie Lennox

Seeds We Sow
by Lindsey Buckingham

Patty_Melt's avatar

I’m not a country music fan, but the all time saddest song for me is <making me cry now, just thinking it> If You Get There Before I Do. I’m not sure who did it first.
I can’t hear it without crying, even without the lyrics.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@Patty Melt Love it!! Also He stopped loving her today. Amazing.

Stache's avatar

No Surprises by Radiohead

Second and third place:

I Know It’s Over by The Smiths

True Love Waits by Radiohead

zenvelo's avatar

North Country Girl sung by Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, can make me verklempt.

If your traveling in the north country a far
Where the winds hit heavy on the border line.
Remember me to one who lives there
For she once was a true love of mine.

raum's avatar

Mary Hopkin – Those Were The Days

@janbb I hadn’t heard of him before. Just listened to Marlene. Really like him a lot. Thanks for sharing!

Unofficial_Member's avatar

Frozen by Madonna
What Can I Do by The Corrs

janbb's avatar

@raum Me either until recently. Just discovered him.

kritiper's avatar

“Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” by Gordon Lightfoot.

raum's avatar

Oh man, how could I forget
Sufjan Stevens – Death with Dignity? I bawl my eyes out each time I listen to it.

Some back story…Stevens wrote this album on his mother’s deathbed. Trying to come to terms with her decision to leave his family when he was a young child. She was schizophrenic and felt that she couldn’t be the mother that she wanted to be.

My sister is schizophrenic. My parents and my other sister share custody of my niece. And I’ve watched my niece growing up and struggling to build a relationship with her mother.

And I imagine any mother can relate to wondering if we are making the right decision for our kids. If we are measuring up to the mother we want to be.

This whole album just guts me.

josie's avatar

Sarah McLachlan version

Also Stolen Car by Bruce Springsteen

cookieman's avatar

@raum: Do you watch This is Us? They used that song in the pilot episode.

janbb's avatar

@cookieman Yes, that’s where I first heard it. I’m an old folkie so I was surprised I’d never heard it. I was haunted by it and tracked it down on You Tube.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Mother and Child Reunion by Paul Simon. I was 16 or so when it came out and it made me cry. I felt like my mother and I needed some sort of reunion, but I never got it. Then she moved out of my life when I was 20.

cookieman's avatar

@janbb: I too heard it there for the first time. Immediately went out and got the album.

janbb's avatar

My top sad one of all time is “Jesse” by Janis Ian. Could not listen to it after my Ex left.

Another one is “Brothers in Arms” by Dire Straits. There is something so wistful about it.

And “Leaving the Land” by Eric Bogle.

Dutchess_III's avatar

By the time I get to Phoenix….

rojo's avatar

@Unofficial_Member may I suggest the Corrs version of Everybody Hurts

raum's avatar

@cookieman It’s been recommended to me by different people, but I haven’t see it yet! If the opening song can speak to the quality of a show, I think it might have been bumped up my list of shows I need to watch. Though I’m glad I got to hear the song first without the context of a show.

janbb's avatar

@raum It’s one of my favorites and the music is consistently well chosen but that one is the best of them. They had a Donovan song on the soundtrack last week! It’s a great show.

cookieman's avatar

@raum: Oooh, go watch the pilot and report back. I really wanna hear what you think.


Stache's avatar

No Radiohead or Smiths fans?


notsoblond's avatar

I have two. One is from Christina Aguilera and the other includes her. These songs tug at my heart strings.


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rojo's avatar

@Stache I just think the Corrs version of Everybody Hurts is done in a more melancholy tone.

kritiper's avatar

“El Paso” by Marty Robbins is another I like.

zenvelo's avatar

@kritiper El Paso is a great song, but Laredo is really sad….

answerbag's avatar

The saddest for me about life was one of Amarazarashi’s songs.

Ending Theme
Genre: pop japanese/rock

“I was never good at dealing with loss. Looks like sadness followed me to the bitter end.
And yet in spite of all that, if I could have one wish; I’d really, really, really like to keep living.”

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