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Post by dyrewolfe Tue 13 Sep 2011, 1:15 am

Being about the only sort of song that hasn't been covered yet, I thought I'd give it a bash. What songs always leave you with a lump in your throat, or even a tear in your eye? Some of mine include:


Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms

Queen - The Show Must Go On

Duran Duran - Ordinary World

Tears For Fears - Mad World

George Michael - Praying For Time

Pearl Jam - Black

Metallica - The Unforgiven

REM - Losing My Religion

Linkin Park - In The End

Alice In Chains - Down In A Hole

Alice In Chains - Nutshell


If you only click on one of these, make it Nutshell...
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Post by Luke Tue 13 Sep 2011, 1:48 am

Evanescence - My Immortal

Queen - Save me

Queen - Who wants to live forever

Meatloaf - Heaven can wait

Offspring - Gone Away

Wasp - Forever free

Birdy - Skinny love



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Post by Cari Tue 13 Sep 2011, 6:35 am

Good thread! I wouldn't say lyrically depressing as such for these, but very moving all the same - well they made me Crying or Very sad before:

U2 - Running To Stand Still/October/All I Want Is You/Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
Mumford & Sons - After The Storm
Ray Lamontagne - All The Wild Horses
Radiohead - How To Disappear Completely
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
Manic Street Preachers - Small Black Flowers That Grow In The Sky/The Everlasting
Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah
Villagers - Ship of Promises (not the album version, the acoustic version)
Bruce Springsteen - Atlantic City/I'm On Fire

I can't put links up like Dyre has! Doh

Dyre - I agree on the Tears for Fears song, but I think Gary Jules version is more moving because of the way they stripped it right down and brought out the lyrics more. It doesn't sound so dated either.


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Post by Enforcer Tue 13 Sep 2011, 9:45 am

Queen - Those Were The Days
Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars

Agree with Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah as well.

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Post by Adam D Tue 13 Sep 2011, 10:43 am

tigerrobins wrote:Evanescence - My Immortal

Queen - Save me

Queen - Who wants to live forever

Meatloaf - Heaven can wait

Offspring - Gone Away

Wasp - Forever free

Birdy - Skinny love




My favourite ever Queen song.

Other sad songs - Sorry seems to be the hardest word - Elton John

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Post by Davie Tue 13 Sep 2011, 10:52 am

Appropriate this week

Dream Theater - Sacrificed Sons (all about 9/11)

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Post by MtotheC's Wrasslin Biatch Tue 13 Sep 2011, 11:07 am

U2 - Sometimes You Can't Make it On Your Own (reminds me of Bono singing it live, and the hairs on my neck standing on end. Such an emotional track.)

Will Young - Who Am I? (no idea why)

Manic Street Preachers - Golden Platitudes, William's Last Words, Cardiff Afterlife, The Second Great Depression

Dido - White Flag (was on the radio when I heard my grandfather had passed away)

Nickelback - Gotta Be Somebody

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Post by Adam D Tue 13 Sep 2011, 11:09 am

As Demon brought up Will Young, how about Leave right now as well.

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Post by Beer Tue 13 Sep 2011, 11:10 am

Gary Barlow - Forever Love

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Post by Cari Tue 13 Sep 2011, 11:17 am

Well I'm surprised to see Wil Young and Gary Barlow on this thread. Are you lads softies at heart? Wink

Just a couple of other suggestions from me:

Madonna - Promise to Try - an acoustic album track from Like A Prayer for her mother who died when she was little.
Jewel - Amen

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Post by MtotheC's Wrasslin Biatch Tue 13 Sep 2011, 11:21 am

It's ok to reveal you are a softie when no-one knows who you are Laugh

Dare I reveal that despite my rock roots, I hold Gary Barlow in my Top 5 favourite songwriters ...

Oops I just did.

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Post by Cari Tue 13 Sep 2011, 11:27 am

To be fair - Gary was/is the talented one in Take That - probably cause he was also the fat one who couldn't dance...Very Happy

What about Bright Eyes by Art Garfunkel? I bet that makes some of you blub...

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Post by Enforcer Tue 13 Sep 2011, 11:29 am

Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O'Connor

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Post by MtotheC's Wrasslin Biatch Tue 13 Sep 2011, 11:29 am

Bright Eyes Sad Heartbreaking

Extreme - More Than Words

Oddly gives me even more of a lump in my throat when I'm playing and singing it, rather than listening to it.

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Post by Beer Tue 13 Sep 2011, 11:33 am

Eric Clapton - Tears in Heaven
Chris Rea - Tell me theres a Heaven
Chris Rea - Heaven

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Post by MtotheC's Wrasslin Biatch Tue 13 Sep 2011, 11:47 am

System of a Down - Lonely Day

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Post by Celtic Warrior Tue 13 Sep 2011, 11:59 am

Eric Clapton - Tears in Heaven is a great shout.

Stereophonics - Maybe Tomorrow
Buddahead - Holding Me Back
Radiohead - Street Spirit (Fade Out)

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Post by Davie Tue 13 Sep 2011, 12:00 pm

Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush - Don't Give Up

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Post by Celtic Warrior Tue 13 Sep 2011, 12:13 pm

Stereotypical answer here but The Verve - The Drugs Don't Work

Comfortably Numb - The Who
Dust In The Wind - Kansas

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Post by MtotheC's Wrasslin Biatch Tue 13 Sep 2011, 12:18 pm

No-one going for the Princess Diana Theme Tune - biggest selling song of all time? Laugh

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Post by Adam D Tue 13 Sep 2011, 12:24 pm

Davie wrote:Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush - Don't Give Up

OK great choice

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Post by Cari Tue 13 Sep 2011, 12:27 pm

Electric Demon wrote:No-one going for the Princess Diana Theme Tune - biggest selling song of all time? Laugh

Elton John is the only artist I can think of who murdered their own song. Shocked

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Post by Beer Tue 13 Sep 2011, 1:21 pm

REM - Everybody Hurts

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Post by MtotheC's Wrasslin Biatch Tue 13 Sep 2011, 1:22 pm

Feeder - Yesterday Went Too Soon, Comfort in Sound

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Post by GG Tue 13 Sep 2011, 1:37 pm

A lot of Leonard Cohen songs.

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Post by Scott is Back Tue 13 Sep 2011, 1:42 pm

If anyone can YouTube the Heaven - DJ Sammy (9/11 version) and watch that without crying your a better man than i am....has a little girl talking about her dad not coming home in parts, gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.

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Post by Davie Tue 13 Sep 2011, 1:44 pm

GG wrote:A lot of Leonard Cohen songs.

They're not sad - just depressing

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Post by Guest Tue 13 Sep 2011, 1:46 pm

Scott is Back wrote:If anyone can YouTube the Heaven - DJ Sammy (9/11 version) and watch that without crying your a better man than i am....has a little girl talking about her dad not coming home in parts, gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.

i was gonna say that......it is a sad song.

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Post by Beer Tue 13 Sep 2011, 2:04 pm

DJ Sammy - Heaven (9/11 Remix)

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Post by President Trump Tue 13 Sep 2011, 3:26 pm

I cant believe nobody mentioned Johnny Cash's version of Hurt

and if you cried to some of the songs mentioned you really need to buy yourselves some tampons 🤦

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Post by MtotheC's Wrasslin Biatch Tue 13 Sep 2011, 3:33 pm

They ARE ultra absorbant, but I find the tissue works better for the absorption of tears Dicey. I think it's because a tissue is a more malleable shape. You could have an eye out with a tampon if you're not careful.

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Post by President Trump Tue 13 Sep 2011, 3:35 pm

You could always buy some Always Ultra pads and just stick them across your eyes??

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Post by MtotheC's Wrasslin Biatch Tue 13 Sep 2011, 3:36 pm

I read your comments in a strong Irish accent - is that weird?

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Post by Celtic Warrior Tue 13 Sep 2011, 3:38 pm

A sad song doesn't necessarily have to make you actually cry. They can just effect you emotionally and make you feel down compared to what you were.

I think this thread demonstrates that effectively.

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Post by President Trump Tue 13 Sep 2011, 3:59 pm

Electric Demon wrote:I read your comments in a strong Irish accent - is that weird?

Not unless it was a diddly diddly irish accent Laugh

A sad song doesn't necessarily have to make you actually cry. They can just effect you emotionally and make you feel down compared to what you were.

I think this thread demonstrates that effectively.

Thats me told then Laugh

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Post by Celtic Warrior Tue 13 Sep 2011, 4:13 pm

Dicey Reilly wrote:
A sad song doesn't necessarily have to make you actually cry. They can just effect you emotionally and make you feel down compared to what you were.

I think this thread demonstrates that effectively.

Thats me told then Laugh

And don't you ever forget it! devil

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Post by President Trump Tue 13 Sep 2011, 4:17 pm

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Post by Cari Tue 13 Sep 2011, 5:45 pm

Celtic Warrior wrote:A sad song doesn't necessarily have to make you actually cry. They can just effect you emotionally and make you feel down compared to what you were.

I think this thread demonstrates that effectively.

clap Very true. In the same way a sad song doesn't have to have melancholic lyrics - in fact music can be emotional without any lyrics.

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Post by Crimey Tue 13 Sep 2011, 6:23 pm

Here Without You- Three Doors Down

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Post by AberdeenSteve Tue 13 Sep 2011, 7:25 pm

Absolutely love this song;

Alter Bridge

Got to agree with Dicey on Johnny Cash - Hurt. Gives me the chills!

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Post by Beer Wed 14 Sep 2011, 12:15 pm

Damien Rice - The Blowers Daughter

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Post by legendkillar Wed 14 Sep 2011, 12:53 pm

Coldplay - Fix You. I absolutely sobbed.

Blink 182 - Adam's Song. I played this to my missus because I was so moved by it and she refused to listen to it ever again as she cried so much.

Good Riddance - Green Day. Lump in the throat always. The acoustic guitar gives it that raw feel.

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Post by Beer Wed 14 Sep 2011, 1:13 pm

Green Day - Wake Me Up, When September Ends

Otis Redding - Dock of the Bay

Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine

Robbie Williams - Mr Bojangles

Reel Big Fish - Drunk Again

Chris Rea - Set Me Free

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Post by Luke Thu 15 Sep 2011, 12:49 am

Scorpions - Send me an Angel

Meatloaf - For crying out loud

Bonnie Tyler - To love somebody

Counting Crows - Raining in Baltimore

U2 - One
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Post by davidl1061 Fri 16 Sep 2011, 4:54 pm

Five for Fighting-Two Lights,

very emotional song about a man waiting to hear whether his son, a soldier, has survived when they know someone from his company has passed away

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Post by Cari Fri 16 Sep 2011, 5:19 pm

That reminds me of The Only One by Radiohead about the last surviving World War I veteran.

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Post by Guest Fri 16 Sep 2011, 5:34 pm

James Blunt - Carry You Home.

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Post by littleswannygirl Fri 16 Sep 2011, 6:16 pm

Cowboy Junkies cover of I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry. Gives me goosebumps.
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Post by littleswannygirl Fri 16 Sep 2011, 11:13 pm

Oh and I have to add Otis Redding - These Arms Of Mine

Not the saddest but still gets you just where a song should.
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Post by ADMIN Fri 16 Sep 2011, 11:39 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhhRLIgfqt8

Mazzy Star - Into Dust
(Yes it's the song from the Gears of War 3 trailer)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmHgY_J63Ik

Ryan Adams - New York
(The video was filmed 4 days prior to 9/11)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EK5RluCvCE&feature=related

Ryan Adams - Sylvia Plath


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQYsGWh_vpE&feature=related

Portishead - Roads



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMqXj-eVCjI

Radiohead - Exit Music

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