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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Pixie-Bob, Oct 10, 2019.
Thought of this right away. Kind of surprised it hasn't been mentioned already.
don't know about the saddest this or that, or the most of anything. The few that brought tears, even if only a single trail, happened after losing people in my life.
I like the funny stuff, too. Just gots to laugh every now and then. Too drunk to what? now that is frickin' sad...
Here's one I used to sing, just kinda liked it, then I lost my dad. Couldn't do it no more. Funny thing is, the song doesn't really bother me anymore, in fact comes and goes off the set list, but that period of time. yeah.
And here's one that sort kinda landed the same way. the video is a corn-tater-tastic, so maybe just listen to the song. And hey, that's a local boy, Travis "Too-Tall" Bettis playing lead guitar for Lee Brice. His Dad, Big Al, is also a fine, fine player.
Shuster, I like this cover of Nutshell that Dallas Green (City and Colour) did. Check it out if you haven't already
Three lines that choke me:
"I'd trade all my tomorrows for a single yesterday," from Bobbie McGee, "Hang on, Jack, the sonofabitch is comin'," from Desperadoes Waiting for a Train, and "This time, he's over her for good," from He Stopped Loving Her Today.
I have to watch out, singing those songs. If I let down my guard they'll still get me.
Theres some good ones here. And a bunch who aint even tryin'....
I happen to be a fan of well written sad stories, so this is right up my alley. If a song doesnt tell a story and emote, well then its really just a tune isnt it?
George Jones- He Stopped Loving Her Today, is my vote for one of the greatest country songs ever written.
And sad? Yes. Yet wonderful.
John Prine as mentioned wrote some tremendous emotion provoking songs. Good choices.
Couple of good examples from Kris Kristofferson, etc.
But you want hopelessly sad? Allow me to introduce Towns Van Zandt my friends.
Not just emotive, but right out there painfully real.
One of the greatest American songwriters.
that man in the background in this documentary? He'll be cryin' before its all over...
Warren Zevons last song on his last album, recorded just before he died, telling you how to feel. If it doesn't hit you, you're dead.
Edited to add name of artists so you'll check the version I remember:
Ballad of Ira Hayes Johnny Cash
Sunday Morning Coming Down Johnny Cash
Someday You'll Call My Name Hank Williams
Down By the Salley Gardens Orla Fallon
King of Trees Cat Stephens
Singing about a lost relative is always sad. Angelina Jordan sings Willy Nelson's You Were Always On My Mind.
Such a beautiful voice, and her genuine emotive deliverance made me, a burly old guy, tear up, even on the 3rd listen, it was a different kind of tearing up, total depression,, just kidding, lol cry,
You beat me to it Louie. My sentiments exactly. Absolute killer song; both music and lyrics:
Even starts off in a minor key, the saddest key
I Still Can’t Say Goodbye
With you on that one. When I was about 14 my father returned from a trip for work. We were alone waiting to sit down to dinner and he asked me if I'd ever heard of a musician named Harry Chapin. I said, "Sure Pop, he's OK, why do you ask?" He looked at me with a sad smile and then just gave me a real big hug...and he wasn't a huggy kinda father.
I found out later he'd heard it on the airplane's music channel on his business trip.
“Last Kiss” has to be right up there.
This one's a bit of a tear jerker...more father and son stuff:
There is a Cajun song called The 99-Year Waltz. The singer, who has been sentenced to prison for 99 years, sings that he cries himself to sleep every night, in prison, thinking about how his little children are suffering without him.
That is one of the saddest Cajun songs, which is saying something.
I'm a big softie really...