2 or 3 of the Most Exquisitely Sad Songs In the Whole World

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Post by The Beatsmith » 14 Sep 2007, 06:12

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Post by jondl_2000 » 15 Sep 2007, 17:25

"The Taxi Ride" - Jane Siberry

+1 for "Dont' Give Up" - Peter Gabriel/Kate Bush

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Post by The 50th page » 17 Sep 2007, 13:16

The Beatsmith wrote:
putte wrote:* friendly men (the free design)
* still fighting it (ben folds)
* moon river
* my way

.. these are the ones coming into my mind at the moment.

i don't think i can sit through moon river - it makes me feel sad/nostalgic for no reason at all, and i have to change it
"We're aaaaaaaaafter the saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaame raaaainbow's end, waiting round the bend, my huckleberry friend.."

When Jerry Butler stretches this bit I become a pathetic bawling baby. Is that the part that gets you too? I remember hearing somewhere that Frank Sinatra was responsible for the phrase "my huckleberry friend" being left in that lyric. The song's writer told Sinatra that it was just a temporary lyric and would soon be fixed and Frankie said "relax don't do it", or words to that effect. I like the phrase too, it makes me remember watching a tv version of Huckleberry Finn in the summer holiday mornings when I was really young, which just adds to the nostalgic feeling.
Just listened to it again, *sniff*.

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Post by The 50th page » 17 Sep 2007, 14:59

stringtapper wrote:Oh I got one:

"Don't Give Up" - Peter Gabriel
The bit of skirt in that one has a few moving songs of her own:

you'll be crying long before the single shot from the table to the car to the hospital

Donald Sutherland in the best true(ish) story music vid ever!





Excellent speed skating move at 1:45



Did you make it?

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Post by Kent Sandvik » 17 Sep 2007, 15:35

Todd Rundgren's Can't We Still Be Friends, the whole Hermit of Mink Hollow LP was done after a heartbreak, and boy how many of the tracks are sad... *)

Onomatopoeia being of course an exception :-).


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Post by Applepie » 18 Sep 2007, 17:25

i have been listening to a couiple of old Cat Stevens songs lately, for me they are have been instrumental in creating and sustaining a melancholic feedback-loop structure.

'the wind'

'how can i tell you'

slightly more emotionally effecting than 'remember the days of the old school yard'

Melancholic songs are my slighty unhealthy addiction.

others that spring to mind... 'Lua' by Bright Eyes (nearly anything by Bright Eyes)

'The Valley' by Jane Siberry

There is a stunning song 'solitaire' by a local band called The Enright House you should all listen to (ah the arrogance). I think i prefer to listen than watch it though... the audio is dodgy on youtube, there is a poem being read during this song, but it doesnt come through that well. Truly darkly melancholic and beautiful.


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Post by quicksand » 19 Sep 2007, 00:28

William Shatner - That's Me Tryin'

Great track.

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Post by ottoman42a » 19 Sep 2007, 05:59

Find the Cost of Freedom - Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.
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Post by twits celso » 26 Sep 2007, 13:03

First I'll agree with a few earlier posts:

Crown of Love, Arcade Fire
Sour Times, by Portishead
() Sigur Ros, Most of the album--sooo melancholy

And now:

Surprised no one's mentioned Tom Waits; I'll vote for Innocent When You Dream. As well as Who Are You. errr, and "A Little Rain." OK, no more Waits.

If, Pink Floyd

"A Beautiful Thing," Handsome Family. And "Sister's Tiny Hands."

Blue Tone, Clock DVA

Mansion House Blues, The Flaming Stars

Sunday Morning, Velvet Underground

You're Not Alone, Amon Duul

New Dawn Fades, Joy Division (or is this too bitter to be purely sad? Yes, I think maybe so)

Low--almost anything, really, but how about "Two Step"? "In Metal" (can't even listen to that one).

Hover over Nowhere, Calla. And, from the same album "For Love of Ivah"

Par for the Course, Aimee Mann

Shadows, Yo La Tengo

Until the Morning Comes, Tindersticks

Well, that's more than enough from me. Bye bye.

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Re: 2 or 3 of the Most Exquisitely Sad Songs In the Whole World

Post by DHR » 07 May 2009, 04:50

"I only have eyes for you..." because it is one of the most perfect arrangement's I have ever heard, and because you don't know if he ever gets the girl... :wink:
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Re: 2 or 3 of the Most Exquisitely Sad Songs In the Whole World

Post by i0n » 07 May 2009, 14:19

My votes go to
- Josef Rheinberger, "Abendlied" op.69, Nr. 3
- Vienna Teng, "Nothing without you"

How could I forget the, maybe not "sad" but melancholic, "The last unicorn" by America?

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Re: 2 or 3 of the Most Exquisitely Sad Songs In the Whole World

Post by foldedSoul » 07 May 2009, 17:49

I'm a little drunk and my mind swings to the sad songs of the Gaels and other celts.
Not really a song but Niel Gow's Lament for the death of his second wife is an exquisitely painful tune to listen to.
chi mi na morbheanna is melancholic nostalgia for one's homeland.
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Re: 2 or 3 of the Most Exquisitely Sad Songs In the Whole World

Post by Greg G » 07 May 2009, 19:14

Melancholy beauty-fest -

Incredible album - Sun Kil Moon - Ghosts of the Great Highway
Listen to three consecutive tracks. "Last Tide", "Floating", and "Gentle Moon". Beautiful melancholy.

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Re: 2 or 3 of the Most Exquisitely Sad Songs In the Whole World

Post by kanker » 07 May 2009, 21:44

Interesting thread to resurrect - Ballad of the Sad Young Men should be in there
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Re: 2 or 3 of the Most Exquisitely Sad Songs In the Whole World

Post by Garzita » 05 Dec 2009, 02:52

Nanou 2 - Aphex Twin
By the time I get to Phoenix - Isaac Hayes
Disintegration - The Cure

and the saddest names for songs, in my opinion, are:

Last night I dreamt that somebody loved me - The Smiths
I dont think we should ever meet - Hayden
Only love can break your heart - Neil Young
Standing outside a broken telephone booth.... - Primitive Radio Gods
...but then a strange fear gripped me
and I just couldn't ask.

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