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My favourite sad song.  A wee ditty about a life full of potential, but needlessly wasted and unfulfilled.

 

 

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9 hours ago, 4000 said:

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

As I say, it was a pleasure, sir! I’ve bored people to death over the years about them so it was nice to finally find someone that digs them too!

It also inspired me to properly seek out the second album, which is definitely growing on me, so we both got something out of it!

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4 minutes ago, Old Man Riva said:

As I say, it was a pleasure, sir! I’ve bored people to death over the years about them so it was nice to finally find someone that digs them too!

It also inspired me to properly seek out the second album, which is definitely growing on me, so we both got something out of it!

Glad to hear it. I’m still missing one I think, Fools Give Birth To Angels. I have a couple of EPs too, really like Monday Mourning. 

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11 hours ago, Old Man Riva said:

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...

 

I've always loved this one.

 

 

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"Let me speak
Let me spit out my bitterness
Born of grief and nights without sleep
And festering flesh
Do you have eyes?
Can you see like mankind sees?
Why have you soured and curdled me?
Oh, you tireless watcher
What have I done to you?
That you make everything I dread and everything I fear
Come true

Once I was blessed
I was awaited like the rain
Like eyes for the blind
Like feet for the lame
Kings heard my words
And they sought out my company
But now the janitors of Shadowland
Flick their brooms at me
Oh, you tireless watcher
What have I done to you?
That you make everything I dread and everything I fear
Come true? (Man is the sire of sorrow)

I've lost all taste for life
I'm all complaints
Tell me why do you starve the faithful?
Why do you crucify the saints?
And you let the wicked prosper
You let their children frisk like deer
And my loves are dead or dying
Or they don't come near
(We don't despise your chastening
God is correcting you)
Oh, and look who comes
To counsel my deep distress
Oh, these pompous physicians
What carelessness!
(Oh all this ranting, all this wind
Filling our ears with trash)
Breathtaking ignorance
Adding insult to injury!
They come blaming and shaming (Evil doer)
And shattering me
(This vain man wishes to seem wise
A man born of asses)
Oh you tireless watcher!
What have I done to you?
That you make everything I dread and everything I fear
Come true?

Already on a bed of sighs and screams
And still you torture me with visions
You give me terrifying dreams!
Better I was carried from the womb straight to the grave
I see the diggers waiting, they're leaning on their spades
(Man is the sire of sorrow
Sure as the sparks ascend)
Where is hope?
While you're wondering what went wrong?
Why give me light and then this dark without a dawn?
(Evil is sweet in your mouth
Hiding under your tongue)
Show your face!
(What a long fall from grace)
Help me understand!
What is the reason for your heavy hand?
(You're stumbling in shadows
You have no name now)
Was it the sins of my youth?
What have I done to you?
That you make everything I dread and everything I fear
Come true?

(Oh your guilt must weigh so greatly)
Everything I dread and everything I fear come true
(Man is the sire of sorrow)
Oh, you make everything I dread and everything I fear come true"

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Jason Isbell knows how to write a sad one..

or two

And so does Jonathan Wilson

 

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6 hours ago, MrCrane said:

I've always loved this one.

 

 

Forgot that one. Really good. He had a decent run of hits during the early part of the 70s.

I’ve just googled him and found that he wrote the music and lyrics to his songs, so a proper singer/songwriter.

I think his lyrics are particularly good.

 

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Vince Mendoza's Orchestration for Joni Mitchell's 'Both Sides Now' is just terrific (he has said he is a big fan of Stravinsky).

 

 

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Any song in D minor, the saddest of all the keys........ 

 

I don't know why by Stevie Wonder is pretty sad, but kinda sounds happy at the same time because its motown

 

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Ok, let's get this out of the way...

I like James Blunt.

There, I said it. I think he writes a bloody good song and his album 'Moon Landing' is one of my absolute favourites. But this song, 'Monsters', well I simply can't listen to it. It destroys me before it gets halfway into the first chorus. Is it because it's a genuinely sad song, or because it reminds me so much of my beloved late father? Bit of both? 

Oh, before they turn off all the lights
I won't read you your wrongs or your rights
The time has gone
I'll tell you goodnight, close the door
Tell you I love you once more
The time has gone
So here it is

I'm not your son, you're not my father
We're just two grown men saying goodbye
No need to forgive, no need to forget
I know your mistakes and you know mine
And while you're sleeping I'll try to make you proud
So, daddy, won't you just close your eyes?
Don't be afraid, it's my turn
To chase the monsters away

Oh, well I'll read a story to you
Only difference is this one is true
The time has gone
I folded your clothes on the chair
I hope you sleep well, don't be scared
The time has gone
So here it is

I'm not your son, you're not my father
We're just two grown men saying goodbye
No need to forgive, no need to forget
I know your mistakes and you know mine
And while you're sleeping I'll try to make you proud
So, daddy, won't you just close your eyes?
Don't be afraid, it's my turn
To chase the monsters away

Sleep a lifetime
Yes, and breathe a last word
You can feel my hand on your own
I will be the last one
So I'll leave a light on
Let there be no darkness, in your heart

I'm not your son, you're not my father
We're just two grown men saying goodbye
No need to forgive, no need to forget
I know your mistakes and you know mine
And while you're sleeping I'll try to make you proud
So, daddy, won't you just close your eyes?
Don't be afraid, it's my turn
To chase the monsters away.

 

 

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I really enjoyed that James Blunt song and i'm happy to agree with you. He does a great sad song. He has that sad voice 

Dave

 

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The Grateful Dead played a few sad songs, of which Stella Blue is a personal favourite, though Ripple comes a very close second. Brokedown Palace is another song for the departed, and is very sombre.

 

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8 hours ago, Rich said:

Ok, let's get this out of the way...

I like James Blunt.

There, I said it. I think he writes a bloody good song and his album 'Moon Landing' is one of my absolute favourites. But this song, 'Monsters', well I simply can't listen to it. It destroys me before it gets halfway into the first chorus. Is it because it's a genuinely sad song, or because it reminds me so much of my beloved late father? Bit of both? 

Oh, before they turn off all the lights
I won't read you your wrongs or your rights
The time has gone
I'll tell you goodnight, close the door
Tell you I love you once more
The time has gone
So here it is

I'm not your son, you're not my father
We're just two grown men saying goodbye
No need to forgive, no need to forget
I know your mistakes and you know mine
And while you're sleeping I'll try to make you proud
So, daddy, won't you just close your eyes?
Don't be afraid, it's my turn
To chase the monsters away

Oh, well I'll read a story to you
Only difference is this one is true
The time has gone
I folded your clothes on the chair
I hope you sleep well, don't be scared
The time has gone
So here it is

I'm not your son, you're not my father
We're just two grown men saying goodbye
No need to forgive, no need to forget
I know your mistakes and you know mine
And while you're sleeping I'll try to make you proud
So, daddy, won't you just close your eyes?
Don't be afraid, it's my turn
To chase the monsters away

Sleep a lifetime
Yes, and breathe a last word
You can feel my hand on your own
I will be the last one
So I'll leave a light on
Let there be no darkness, in your heart

I'm not your son, you're not my father
We're just two grown men saying goodbye
No need to forgive, no need to forget
I know your mistakes and you know mine
And while you're sleeping I'll try to make you proud
So, daddy, won't you just close your eyes?
Don't be afraid, it's my turn
To chase the monsters away.

 

 

I've not really listened to any of his stuff apart from the ones played on the radio. I'll have a deeper listen.

Thanks to everyone who has posted songs on this thread, I'm discovering songs and artists I knew nothing about which is very refreshing.

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On 28/10/2020 at 23:18, 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.

 

I think the genius of that song is that that the tune is so upbeat with these really dark lyrics.

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Marvin Gaye - What's Going On

Deep Purple - When A Blind Man Cries

Prince - Purple Rain maybe?

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A lot of tunes by morphine sound pretty sad with Sandman's voice. It's all worth a listen for his bass playing too... 

 

 

 

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Apart from Mayall and Peter Green, three pages and barely a Blues tune among them (OK,  and a Bonnie Raitt cover). Here's one of the most maudlin:

 

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On 28/10/2020 at 17:36, andruca said:

Saddest, ever...

 

 

On 28/10/2020 at 17:58, MrCrane said:

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

It is a wonderful song but the circumstances around this version certainly make it all the more powerful. I think Rick Rubin explained it best when he said that when Trent Reznor wrote it, there was still hope for him to overcome his particular personal battles whereas when JC recorded this there was no longer any hope for him (declining health etc).

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