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The Saddest Songs Ever!!!

yeah, you would cry too













The thing about life is that all those things you think can’t happen to you not only can happen to you but probably will happen: daughters dying from blood clots, babies with brain damage, car accidents, amputations, arguments with family members that never heal, babies being molested, brother-in-laws dying of cancers, wives being unfaithful, the woman you love having another man’s child, hurricanes leveling your house, loved ones in train derailments. As you merrily live your life disaster is just awaiting and no one gets out alive.

But let’s say, you are one of the lucky ones, well, it doesn’t matter because if you have nothing to be sad about, devastated about, your brain won’t let you rest. You’ll make one up.

Yes, and if it gets really really bad and it can, it will, it does, it can leave you an emotional and physical wreck, insane with grief, you can die, you can be alone, you can kill yourself. Life doesn’t care.

I’m telling you that as a prelude to a post about sad songs, and I am not sure how helpful sad songs are. I guess, they help but only to a degree. Anyway, one of the partners of rock nyc asked me for some sad songs, and he has a reason to be worried himself, so I figured I’d share some of them with you.

1. Crying – Roy Orbison – If you are gonna sing sad songs it sure helps to have a voice like a  teardrop, that slight hiccup sounds like a heart breaking, and when he sings falsetto it is what it means to be sad – A+

2. Ebony Eyes – The Everly Brothers – I don’t wanna go too heavily into death songs which is a whole other genre (though remind me to include “Tell Laura I Love Her”), but this one, with an Everly waiting at the airport for the girl he is going to marry but the plane, in a storm, isn’t arriving and and and… – B+

3. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me – Elton John – “Too late to save myself from falling…”, what really hurts is the singers insignificance, “a tiny fragment of your life…” Ouch – A

4. Our Love Is Here To Stay – Billie Holiday – The saddest singer of all time handles the saddest song of all time, whenever somebody says their love is here to stay forever and a day, there is a good shot one of the two have croaked. Here it is George, and the song was a farewell from his brother – A+

5. For You – Bruce Springsteen – Another death song, this time she commits suicide and even her surgeon says it’s too late! – A

6. Hey, You’ve got to Hide Your Love Away – The Beatles – Lennon sounds so sad he almost sounds like self parody “Here I stand, head in hand, turn my head to the wall…” – A

7. For No One – The Beatles – The brilliance here is not the blue notes or the cello, but the direction of the song, her indifference amplifies his heartbreak – A+

8. Elephant – Jason Isbell – A terribly sad story of cancer and helping people and death and life– A

9. Answer me, My Love – Nat King Cole – In the mid-80s I got dumped by a girl and listened to it over and over again, sobbing on my best friends shoulder like a baby (yes, I was drunk, what’s your point?) . Maybe six months later I was at the lipstick building and this pretty girl waved to me, I turned to the friend and asked him “Who was that?” He said, “You’re lucky I don’t take you down right here and now”. – A

10. Love Will Tear Us Apart Again – Joy Division – Not just the stalled relationship, but Ian Curtis last song, tears you apart again – A+

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