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23 minutes ago, Dad3353 said:

 

Bee Gees also did another great sad song called I Started a Joke.

 

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6 minutes ago, MrCrane said:

A couple of nautically themed contenders

 

 

Been a while since i heard that. Brilliant song and a true story.

Good choice.

Dave

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Bonnie Raitt's "I can't make you love me" is such a perfect song.  Hard to beat.

Always thought this was a great song as well.  Truly from the heart.

 

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5 hours ago, Old Man Riva said:

Rod does melancholy beautifully.
 

Here’s a couple that I love. Neither were written by him but his interpretation of the songs and how he pours every ounce of himself into them has made me think of them as ‘his’ over the years...

Hankies at the ready! 

 

One he did write, and is an absolute heartbreaker:

 

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Dave Grusin is a real master of catchy melodies and motifs.

This piece still hits the spot for me after nearly forty years.

 

 

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15 minutes ago, Mykesbass said:

One he did write, and is an absolute heartbreaker:

 

Excellent shout. It was seen as quite a brave subject matter to write/sing about at the time - probably would be now, too, thinking about it... 

I think he was definitely, erm, ‘influenced’ by the Beatles in the outro, mind!

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3 hours ago, MrCrane said:

Love that version, but is it the song that's sad or the circumstances around its making?

I think both.

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doubt there'll be many takers here for this one but it always leaves me with a lump in my throat, not one to be confused with acid reflux probs

 

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Goes back a long way - music scholars refer to a trend of “Northern melancholia” of which Britain and Scandinavia offer most examples (try John Dowlands very bittersweet lute songs)

Two of my favourite more recent ones:

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, MrCrane said:

 

 

"With courage it was called"... love this song. A lovely tribute to the Penlee crew.

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This just destroys me every time I listen to it, not least because it reminds me of the soul that I loved most in the world, that I lost last year. One of my favourite songs, one of my favourite singers, from one of my favourite LPs. 

 

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Surprised that nobody has listed "Bright eyes" by Art Garfunkle. 

Obviously there's "She's out of my life" by Michael Jackson and "Lately" by Stevie Wonder.

Even though there are no lyrics I'd have to nominate...

 

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1 hour ago, 4000 said:

This just destroys me every time I listen to it, not least because it reminds me of the soul that I loved most in the world, that I lost last year. One of my favourite songs, one of my favourite singers, from one of my favourite LPs. 

 

I’ve not heard of the song or band before. That’s a beautiful piece of music.

Thanks for posting... 

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This one is quite sad.

It tells the story of a young man being stood up at his wedding by his bride.

His father then passed away leaving his mother to die of a broken heart.

 

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1 hour ago, Old Man Riva said:

I’ve not heard of the song or band before. That’s a beautiful piece of music.

Thanks for posting... 

It’s nice to reciprocate! Without you I’d never have discovered Pooka!

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16 minutes ago, Hobbayne said:

This one is quite sad.

It tells the story of a young man being stood up at his wedding by his bride.

His father then passed away leaving his mother to die of a broken heart.

 

Yep, that’s always been about as sad as it gets. 

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36 minutes ago, Hobbayne said:

This one is quite sad.

It tells the story of a young man being stood up at his wedding by his bride.

His father then passed away leaving his mother to die of a broken heart.

 

Another from Gilbert O’ Sullivan, though I’m still unsure even to this day whether it’s a sad song or a happy one. Anyway, all these years later it still brings a lump to the throat...

 

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