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The most tear-jacking saying goodbye songs

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Blazer, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. Blazer

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    I guess we all have to do it sometimes, having to say goodbye to somebody, a family member or a good friend, it hurts, it's a sad thing. And it's also a good topic to write songs about. So let's post songs about saying goodbye.



    Sevendust "Angel's son"
    This song was dedicated to Snot frontman Lynn Strait, who was a very much loved character in the late nineties' metal scene. Strait died in 1998 in a car accident. This song actually came in two versions, both differing from each other in the overal sound and musicvideo. The first one, has Strait's family and his best friends around a campfire and they used blurred footage of Strait to make it appear that his ghost was also there.

    THIS is the second one, this one is played in a different key and the Video shows an ER scene where the staff is trying to revive a person. None the less, I prefer this version over the former because the difference in overall vibe of the song really makes me shed tears, so hauntingly beautiful and sad.


    Red Hot Chili Peppers "Tear Jerker"
    This song was dedicated to Kurt Cobain who was a personal friend to Anthony Kiedis, he describes meeting Cobain backstage where he came on wearing a Dress he then describes Cobain's facial features and how lonely he must have been lying on the floor waiting to be found. It really adds the to the mournful feeling here. Also kudos for Dave Navarro who played such beautiful lines on this one.


    Slaughter "Fly to the angels"
    This song was dedicated to Kiss drummer Eric Carr and after it came out guitarist Tim Kelly died from a car accident so it was dedicated in his honor too. Kelly features in this video and is heard playing and singing on the recording, he had no possible way of knowing that he would be singing and playing guitar on the song with which the band would say goodbye to him. He probably never saw it different from it being a salute to their buddy Eric from Kiss.


    Eels "Going to your funeral part 2"
    As beautiful and sad as this piece of music is, I still find it a shame that I couldn't find the first part in which E describes attending a funeral and the absurdity that surrounds a funeral.

    Going to your funeral now and feeling
    I could scream
    Everything goes away
    Driving down the highway throught the
    perfect sunny dream
    A prefect day for perfect pain

    Look at all the people with
    the flowers in their hands
    They put the flowers on the box
    that's holding all the sand that was...
    That was once...
    That was once you

    Honolulu Hurricane I knew
    that you were not insane
    Living in the insane world
    Smiling like it's no big deal
    Scabby wounds that never heal
    The woman was only a girl

    Look at all the people with
    their heads down in their hands
    makes it hard to understand
    that, uh
    What I need to miss...
    It's what I need to miss...
    is you

    Going to your funeral and
    I'm feeling like a fool
    No one's gonna take the blame
    Thinking 'bout the days of
    hanging out behind the school
    Everthing goes away
     
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    I have a couple songs that get me, but they're not about saying goodbye to someone, per se; more about the loss of innocence and the idealism of youth, and how the world kind of f***s that all up.

    "James" by Huffamoose

    We're headed for the great smokey mountains to see the wildflowers
    bloom in spring
    'Cause we've decided that there's no better place to be for two young
    people who just wanna do their thing in the spring
    I know we're gonna be happy

    'Cause James is a freedom fighter and he lives for the moment
    His parents are hippies and he sees everything through a rainbow
    He's never unhappy cause he never wears a watch
    He lives on his mountain bike and he sees beauty in everyone

    James says he's gonna change the world
    James says that I am his flower girl and James and I we're gonna make a
    difference just wait and see we're gonna set the world free

    It's two years later now and we're both out of college and we've decided
    to love one another for eternity
    I've got a good job but James says no one understands him he's an artist
    He needs time to find out what that means

    He answers to a higher calling the moon and the sun and the stars are
    falling through his time and his space and I'm lucky to be partof it all
    He is bigger than life he sees things he knows things he is not like you and
    me
    James finally found a steady job and now we're gonna settle down
    He still loves his music but he knows where his priorities lie
    He stepped on his dreams so many times and wore out the path he needed
    to take to find the life he thought would just happen to him likethe
    changing of a season




    "Stay Gold" by Stevie Wonder

    Seize upon that moment long ago
    One breath away and there you will be
    So young and carefree
    Again you will see
    That place in time...so gold

    Steal away into that way back when
    You thought that all would last forever
    But like the weather
    Nothing can ever...and be in time
    Stay gold

    But can it be
    When we can see
    So vividly
    A memory
    And yes you say
    So must the day
    Too, fade away
    And leave a ray of sun
    So gold

    Life is but a twinkling of an eye
    Yet filled with sorrow and compassion
    though not imagined
    All things that happen
    Will age too old
    Though gold
     
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    Hank Sr. doin "I just told Mama goodbye"..
    And knelt beside her bed
    I heard her say we'll meet some day
    where the white roses turn to red..

    It's old but still a 2 six pack tear jerker..PJ..
     
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    God, I could think of so many right now....too lazy to post YouTube links, though.....

    "Always On My Mind" (Elvis Presley's version)

    "What Hurts The Most" (Rascal Flatts - I absolutely cannot ever listen to this song because it brings back very painful memories of a breakup)

    "I'm Leavin'" (Elvis Presley - if there are any Elvis fans here on teh board, just watch a video of this song that has footage of Elvis's funeral)

    "Angel" (Sarah McLachlan)

    "Silver Springs" (Fleetwood Mac - dunno if it fits the theme of this thread but I was just watching/listening to it on their DVD "The Dance" and it brought a tear to my eye and a huge lump to my throat).




    Those are the only ones I can think of at the moment.....
     
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    Murder in the City - The Avett Brothers

     
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    Phil Collins - Against all Odds.

    gets me every time.
     
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    "Beyond The Sunset" - Hank Williams plus George Jones

    I guess the recitation is called "Should You Go First", spoken over "Beyond The Sunset". A more mournful recording you'll never hear.



    George Jones should have a volume all his own:

     
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    George Jones- He Stopped Loving Her Today
    Ben Harper- Waiting for an Angel and Welcome to the Cruel World
     
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    When i was younger i had a big brother through "big brothers big sisters" he was a pilot and a huge part of life for almost ten year's he shaped my musical tastes and my love for aviation and flight.He was killed in a plane crash in 2001 this song always reminds me of him
    DREAMS-VAN HALEN

     
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    What,no I will always Love You
    Sure it has been played to death,but still :(:cry:
     
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    This one really hits me hard yet..I lost my Honey of 43 years in 1992.

    See the tree how big it's grown
    But friend it hasn't been too long
    It wasn't big.
    I laughed at her and she got mad
    The first day that she planted it
    Was just a twig

    Then the first snow came
    And she ran out to brush the snow away
    So it wouldn't die
    Came runnin' in all excited
    Slipped and almost hurt herself
    And I laughed 'til I cried

    edited to add thie was by Bobby Goldsboro

    She was always young at heart
    Kinda dumb and kinda smart
    And I loved her so
    And I surprised her with a puppy
    Kept me up all Christmas Eve
    Two years ago

    And it would sure embarass her
    When I came in from workin' late
    'Cause I would know
    That she'd been sittin' there and cryin'
    Over some sad and silly
    Late, late show

    Chorus:
    And Honey I miss you
    And I'm being good
    And I'd love to be with you
    If only I could

    She wrecked the car and she was sad
    And so afraid that I'd be mad
    But what the heck
    Though I pretended hard to be
    Guess you could say she saw through me
    And hugged my neck

    I came home unexpectedly
    And caught her cryin' needlesly
    In the middle of the day
    And it was in the early Spring
    When flowers bloom and Robins sing
    She went away

    Chorus

    One day while I was not at home
    While she was there and all alone
    The angels came
    Now all I have is memories
    Of Honey and I wake up nights
    And call her name

    Now my life's an empty stage
    Where Honey lived and Honey played
    And love grew up
    And a small cloud passes over head
    And cries down on the flower bed
    That Honey loved

    And see the tree how big it's grown
    But friend, it hasn't been too long
    It wasn't big
    I laughed at her and she got mad
    The first day that she planted it
    Was just a twig
     
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