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Following on from 'songs that give you goosebumps'. Are there any songs that have you welling up and gently weeping?

Bob Dylan - Boots of Spanish Leather

mick hall (mick hall), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 15:04 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Ok -

Sorry to be predictable but any early-to-mid Tom Waits stuff like San Diego Serenade, On The Nickel, A Soldiers Things, etc.

And "Sometimes It Snows In April" by Prince.

And "Life Goes On" by Tupac. Deep.

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 15:09 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The White Stripes' "We Are Gonna Be Friends", but not for feeling sad...more like feeling like a child and remembering how powerful a thing friendship was back then.

Tom Waits' "Cold Cold Ground", among many others of his...now that one really does make me quite the sad-sack.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 15:09 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

There's also this one part in Genesis' "The Musical Box" where Peter Gabriel is singing the lines "...and all this time that passes by/doesn't seem to matter now...won't you touch me/touch me/why don't you touch me/touch me/touch me/NOW NOW NOW..."; that ALWAYS gets me.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 15:11 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Does Everyone Stare?" by the Police used ta get me.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 15:13 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Danny Says by the Ramones gets me too, for some random reason - it just sounds sad.

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 15:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

that "captain of your ship" one from the mullerice adverts

j0e (j0e), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 15:25 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

history lesson, pt. 2

j fail (cenotaph), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 15:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

John Coltrane - "Alabama"

Mark (MarkR), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 15:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Are there any songs that have you welling up and gently weeping?

Fuck no. I never cry.

Alt ans: "Visions of Johanna"

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 15:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Against All Odds by Phil Collins. I'm not explaining that.

Nick Southall (Nick Southall), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 15:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Oooh...good one, Nick.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 15:37 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Actually, the original, non-technofied version of "Missing" by Everything But the Girl used to get me too.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 15:37 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

It doesn't have to be 'songs that make me sad'. In fact, the only songs that make me sad/distressed are BAD songs. If I'm crying, moved to tears, I'm also very happy at having been moved. It might just be single inflection on the vocal that does it, but it's an awe-inducing thing when sound produces such a tangible emotional effect. I always feel blessed when the tears start rolling.

mick hall (mick hall), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 15:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Kenny Rogers, "Lady"

hstencil, Wednesday, 19 March 2003 15:41 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Brave Captain's "Go With Yourself." Never fails: "Hey son / Hey son / You never have to leave / I didn't mean those things / That I said to you"

Neudonym, Wednesday, 19 March 2003 15:42 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Here is the reason why.

Nick Southall (Nick Southall), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 15:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

John Lennon - Oh, My Love
Tom Waits- I Hope that I Don't Fall in Love with You
Shirelles - Will You Love Me Tomorrow

Carey (Carey), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 15:50 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Most songs-that-make-me-cry aren't sad songs, really. A lot of them are beautiful songs by people who died too soon (Blind Melon's "Change" fr'instance, or "All Apologies" by Kurt, plus the whole "I'm married/I'm buried" thing in the lyrics to that.)

nickalicious (nickalicious), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 15:52 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

actually, as it turns out, just about everything I've played so far this morning; now it's Lo Borges' "O Trem Azul." apparently, I need a nap or something.

Neudonym, Wednesday, 19 March 2003 15:59 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

um, wheatus, teenage dirtbag. it's beautiful isn't it?

pete b. (pete b.), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 16:27 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I was just thinking of TW's IHTIDFILWY

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 16:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

All of Neil Youngs Harvest makes me weepy
and i'm not even a fan.

girl scout heroin (iamamonkey), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 18:32 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Iris D. "Easy's Getting Harder Every Day"
"A Song For You" Gram Parsons (Emmylou's harmonies obv!)

Aaron A., Wednesday, 19 March 2003 18:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

big star "holocaust"

jack cole (jackcole), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 18:51 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The Beach Boys' "Til I Die" and "Caroline No" do it every time.

mike a (mike a), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 18:52 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Pearl Jam - All those Yesterdays
David Bowie - Space Oddity (...tell my wife I love her very much...)
Pavement - Infinite Spark
Bach's Air on a G String
The Frames dc - Your Face
Elliot Smith - Waltz #2
Most of John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band
Brian Wilson - Melt Away
Van Der Graaf Generator - Refugees
Beach Boys - A Day In The Life of A Tree

dog latin (dog latin), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 19:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

This Mortal Coil's rendition of "Song to the Siren"

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 19:12 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The Divine Comedy - The Summerhouse
Tom Waits - Kentucky Avenue, Take It With Me
Red House Painters - Katy Song, Smokey, Michael (and likely many more)
Red Sovine - Teddy Bear (yes, I'm THAT lame)

many more, I'm sure.

Jonathan, Wednesday, 19 March 2003 19:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Echo & the Bunnymen - Fools Like Us, Rust, Ocean Rain
Roxy Music - all of Flesh & Blood, some of Avalon, Sunset
Bryan Ferry - Bête Noir
Duran Duran - Do You Believe In Shame?
New Order - Dream Attack (surprisingly stunning lyrics for a band known for its bad lyrics)
Peter Gabriel - Washing Of The Water
David Sylvian - The First Day, Darkest Dreaming
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Victory Waltz

Note: these songs never really made me cry but sure have a good potential of being able to do so!

Tijn Gilissen, Wednesday, 19 March 2003 19:41 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Neil Young's "Helpless" cuz it's about a place I was

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 20:13 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Its Neil Youngs Kermit voice that turns on the faucets for me. If Neil sang Rainbow Connection I would probable need medication

girl scout heroin (iamamonkey), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 20:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Or kermit singing "Needle and the damage done" same effect

girl scout heroin (iamamonkey), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 20:20 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Daniel Johnston "Some Things Last a Long Time"

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Wednesday, 19 March 2003 20:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Willie Nelson's new Demos collection is, like, 90% weepers.

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 20:39 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Dar Williams - Mortal City

Becky (Rebecca), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 20:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Easier to list the ones that DON'T make me cry.

matt riedl (veal), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 20:54 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

nico's "these days", large slabs of EBTG's amplified heart album, durutti column "tomorrow", grand salvo "sordid trophy" (and others)..

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 23:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Lots of stuff. For goosebumps and shivers it could be purely instrumental, but for genuine tears -- for me at least -- it's gotta be the right combination of lyrics and music.* For instance, Shack's "Reinstated," the part that goes:
And I remember when you made me feel so good
Just to be near you
Oh, you've let me down so much I fear you

*The exception might be instrumental music I associate with sad real-life experiences, in which case it's more a matter of coincidence rather than anything attributable to the music itself.

Paul in Santa Cruz (Paul in Santa Cruz), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 23:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

oh you've just reminded me of another - "Loaded Man" by John Head (of Shack fame)

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 23:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i'll second the Neil Young, especially Helpless, especially the Unplugged version and the first line (oh no I'm welling up as I think of it) 'There is a place in North Ontario/ With dream comfort memory despair'. Boohhooho! [Sniffs. Exits.}

'Don't be Denied' has a similar plaintive whine.

mick hall (mick hall), Thursday, 20 March 2003 11:51 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I second 'Against All Odds' - a couple of weeks ago I found myself outside a coffee bar which was testing how loud their speakers could go. It was rush-hour, there was pitching rain, heavy traffic, and they played THAT track. My gf saw me getting caught up in a moment, sneered and tutted, gave me a light then walked home.

nick.K (nick.K), Thursday, 20 March 2003 11:59 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Something about "Against All Odds" really gets me too. Yes, Phil Collins is a hopelessly embarassing schmuck, and yes....the movie from whence the song comes from is basically just one long episode of "Miami Vice" (Jeff Bridges plays a wounded football player hotshot employed to fetch the wandering ex-girlfriend [sultry Aussie Rachel Ward] for sleazeball bookie James Woods in picturesque Mexico, only to fall hopelessly in love with her big brown eyes, untethered spirit and large, tanned Australian peritoneum), but the chorus of this song .....Just Take a Look At Me Noooow!!!!, Well there's Just an Empty Space!!!....just give those old heart strings a big ol' power-chordey strummmmmmmmm.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Thursday, 20 March 2003 23:17 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I have to admit 'Against All Odds' gets me choked up as well. Probably Blue Rodeo 'It Hasnt Hit Me Yet' and Bob Dylan 'Don't Think Twice It's Alright'.

S Samson, Thursday, 20 March 2003 23:20 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Tijn - Do You Believe in Shame was a great record, Duranduran at their best. 'Come Undone' is another.

Anything by This Mortal Coil would surely make even the hardest blokes sniffle.

I've been known to shed a tear whenever I hear a Starsailor record, too. Vile.

russ t, Friday, 21 March 2003 11:16 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

To be honest, the first time I heard Capt. Beefheart's "Big Eyed Beans From Venus" I cried - I just couldn't believe how wonderful it was. I often cry in the presence of greatness as opposed to mere sadness.

Dadaismus, Friday, 21 March 2003 11:21 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Ooh Child-The Five Stairsteps

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Friday, 21 March 2003 11:22 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

...and two more.... who can't fail to be moved by 'Asleep' and 'Please please please let me get what I want' by the Smiths?

russ t, Friday, 21 March 2003 12:34 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

My Peter Gabriel weepie songs:
'Father, Son', 'Here Comes the Flood' (Exposure version), 'I Grieve', 'Sky Blue', 'Mercy Street', and of course 'Don't Give Up'...
Listening to these in sequence always makes me dissolve. I do it when I'm feeling especially depressed.

Anna Rose, Friday, 21 March 2003 18:14 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

David Bowie, "I'm Not Quite" (known later as "Letter to Hermione" -- but NOT that version.)

Recently: Iron & Wine, "Bird Stealing Bread"

jaymc., Friday, 21 March 2003 22:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Hands to Heaven"

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Wednesday, 4 February 2015 03:45 (three years ago) Permalink

for the first 50 times, this song. every. damn. time.

http://danreeder.bandcamp.com/track/maybe

Poliopolice, Wednesday, 4 February 2015 03:58 (three years ago) Permalink

historically:

"this woman's work," kate bush
"gold dust," tori amos
"in california," joanna newsom

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 04:05 (three years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZZbBWmC8zM

saer, Wednesday, 4 February 2015 05:45 (three years ago) Permalink

"Moon is Sharp" - Grouper
"All Apologies" - Nirvana
"Raspberry Beret" - Prince
"Deacon Blues" - Steely Dan
"Widow's Walk" - Van Dyke Parks
"'Heroes'" - Bowie
"The Crying of Lot G" - Yo La Tengo
"Mary Star of the Sea" - Zwan
"Doggy" - Animal Collective
"Taste" (BBC 2009) - Animal Collective
"Penny Lane" - Beatles
"Here Comes the Sun" - Beatles
"I Want You" - Dylan
"In This Hole" - Cat Power
"For Martha" - Smashing Pumpkins
"The Workplace" - Jim O'Rourke
"Sawdust & Diamonds" - Joanna Newsom
"Brass in Pocket" - Pretenders
"Buzz Saw" - Xiu Xiu
"Stop Breathin" - Pavement

when is the new Jim O'Rourke album coming out (spazzmatazz), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 06:01 (three years ago) Permalink

good times

languagelessness (mattresslessness), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 06:15 (three years ago) Permalink

young hearts run free

languagelessness (mattresslessness), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 06:16 (three years ago) Permalink

love sensation

languagelessness (mattresslessness), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 06:17 (three years ago) Permalink

good times

― languagelessness (mattresslessness), Wednesday, February 4, 2015 1:15 AM (10 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Jim O'Rourke or Chic?

when is the new Jim O'Rourke album coming out (spazzmatazz), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 06:26 (three years ago) Permalink

james franco otm upthread about "as you turn to go"

Treeship, Wednesday, 4 February 2015 12:41 (three years ago) Permalink

Let It Go and Do You Want to Build a Snowman, without fail.

how's life, Wednesday, 4 February 2015 12:55 (three years ago) Permalink

after the goldrush did it to me recently when i was in starbucks

Treeship, Wednesday, 4 February 2015 13:04 (three years ago) Permalink

Landslide, pretty much without fail

walid foster dulles (man alive), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 14:54 (three years ago) Permalink

yep, that fucking "children get older I'm getting older too" line

Brio2, Wednesday, 4 February 2015 22:00 (three years ago) Permalink

so overplayed though. i don't rank it with her best so that too.

rip van wanko, Wednesday, 4 February 2015 22:02 (three years ago) Permalink

yeah - just hits a weird memory button for me. I'll be driving the car with kids in the backseat and start crying to "landslide", remembering my mother driving the car with kids in the backseat crying to "landslide".

Brio2, Wednesday, 4 February 2015 22:04 (three years ago) Permalink

"Storms" and "Beautiful Child" almost every time. And "Silver Springs" too.

rip van wanko, Wednesday, 4 February 2015 22:13 (three years ago) Permalink

i have a hard time with John Mayer's "I Don't Trust Myself with Loving You" cos I first heard it on behalf of my then girlfriend and it perfectly encapsulated why that relationship never worked. yet it also digs up a series of memories of a period of time when it was actually perfect which is probably why the song fucks with me so much.

"Landslide" is a good one.

any choral rendition of "May the Road Rise to Meet You" makes me an instant puddle too.

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Wednesday, 4 February 2015 22:19 (three years ago) Permalink

billy bragg - "tank park salute"

brimstead, Wednesday, 4 February 2015 22:20 (three years ago) Permalink

TVZ: Tecumseh Valley, Lover's Lullaby, Rex's Blues, You Are Not Needed Now, sometimes Pancho and Lefty

rip van wanko, Wednesday, 4 February 2015 22:25 (three years ago) Permalink

"Someone Saved My Life Tonight" tho that's an obv voice

perhaps I should stop sobbing to music so much

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Wednesday, 4 February 2015 22:26 (three years ago) Permalink

*choice

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Wednesday, 4 February 2015 22:26 (three years ago) Permalink

Also: I blubbered mightily, and continued with multiple replays, to Kanye West's "Celebration" the other day, upon graduating from college after eleven years of false starts and fucking around. So that was probably entirely situational.

― Deric W. Haircare (Deric W. Haircare), Sunday, May 7, 2006 7:22 AM (8 years ago)

o man, Deric W. Haircare. i miss having that name around. always used to brighten my day. Deric W. Haircare. congratulations, man.

don't really give a shit about "celebration" tho.

A Severus of Snapes (contenderizer), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 22:33 (three years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

I'm still around, contendo. Belated thanks for the super belated congrats.

Bowie's "Five Years" is doing this to me every. freaking. time I listen to it these days.

U SNOOZE U LOOZE BRAH (Old Lunch), Monday, 2 March 2015 21:25 (two years ago) Permalink

I've probably mentioned this before, but Folkal Point's cover of 'Sweet Sir Galahad' has this effect on me. oddly, Joan Baez's original doesn't move me nearly as much, even though she wrote it about her own sister (Mimi Fariña) after the death of her husband.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=an6EoevSSIs

others that have done this to me: EBTG's 'The Night I Heard Caruso Sing' and (inexplicably) The Sundays' 'My Finest Hour'

dichtgekitte discman (unregistered), Monday, 2 March 2015 21:49 (two years ago) Permalink

"Love will leaf you back"

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Monday, 2 March 2015 22:22 (two years ago) Permalink

*leave

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Monday, 2 March 2015 22:22 (two years ago) Permalink

sure you don't mean 'lead'?

dichtgekitte discman (unregistered), Monday, 2 March 2015 22:42 (two years ago) Permalink

God I'm out of it today. Yes....

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Monday, 2 March 2015 22:44 (two years ago) Permalink

Cos what I wrote doesn't make sense

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Monday, 2 March 2015 22:45 (two years ago) Permalink

Certain classic rock songs that I've heard thousands of times now make me cry. Most recently, 'Won't Get Fooled Again.' Not long ago, 'You Can't Always Get What You Want,' of all things
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Heiress Too (Dr. Joseph A. Ofalt), Tuesday, 3 March 2015 00:58 (two years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

bicep - glue

kolakube (Ross), Saturday, 23 December 2017 23:56 (one month ago) Permalink

Hell yes.

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Saturday, 23 December 2017 23:58 (one month ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7ZxRs45tTg

may as well post it. great UK footage

kolakube (Ross), Sunday, 24 December 2017 00:05 (one month ago) Permalink

It great, and makes me sob every time.

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Sunday, 24 December 2017 00:17 (one month ago) Permalink

Melancholy bastard, me

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Sunday, 24 December 2017 00:18 (one month ago) Permalink

semimental or sentimental

kolakube (Ross), Sunday, 24 December 2017 00:19 (one month ago) Permalink

Sentimental, unashamedly. Windmill massive, forlorn warehouse raves near the moors around Hebden Bridge at bonkers-o'clock. This tune like no other is an invocation.

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Sunday, 24 December 2017 00:28 (one month ago) Permalink

cheers mate

kolakube (Ross), Sunday, 24 December 2017 00:33 (one month ago) Permalink

cheers m8 <3

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Sunday, 24 December 2017 00:34 (one month ago) Permalink

one month passes...

O Superman

flappy bird, Monday, 5 February 2018 06:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Everything I Own - Bread

VyrnaKnowlIsAHeadbanger, Monday, 5 February 2018 06:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Spinning Away by John Cale and Brian Eno, currently. Not entirely sure why, but the 'I have no idea exactly what I've drawn' line breaks me up. Maybe it's a distant evocation of summer?

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Monday, 5 February 2018 14:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i'll read you a story by colleen

meaulnes, Monday, 5 February 2018 15:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

forget about by sibylle baier

meaulnes, Monday, 5 February 2018 15:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIU_XAgDlnE

Shut up.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tD6FayGPyw

I said shut up, and also leave me alone. God.

I'm very active in the pegasus community (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 14:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

'Fantastic Voyage' in particular feels so goddamn resonant right now. Like it just about wrecks me every time I hear it these days. Even just thinking about it. Ugh, shut UP.

I'm very active in the pegasus community (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 14:08 (two weeks ago) Permalink

^^Maybe remedy with "It's No Game (No. 1)"

willem, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 14:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Oh, I do, believe me.

I'm very active in the pegasus community (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 14:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Television Personalities - If I Could Write Poetry

I feel a bit sad just thinking about it

Colonel Poo, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 14:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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