Thursday, February 07, 2008

I've just got something in my eye, that's all

Over at The Word website, a debate rages about the saddest songs ever. I say, and indeed, I said, that no one does sad quite like Linda Thompson.

Has He Got A Friend For Me

Dimming Of The Day

Walking On A Wire

Withered And Died

Who could argue? If you ever want to get really, really depressed (sometimes it's just what the doctor ordered), put on the whole of I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight. Even the cover's bleak.


Roman Empress said...

ooh lovely, good choice, I love Tim Buckley for a bit of a weepy. Song to the Siren would be a good start.

A Kitten in a Brandy Glass said...

Tom Waits ballads are usually the quickest way to make me fill up: "Martha", "San Diego Serenade", "Ruby's Arms", etc. etc.

Also, "I Can't Make You Love Me" by Bonnie Raitt, and "For A Dancer" by Jackson Browne.

Matthew Rudd said...

Every Day Hurts by Sad Cafe and I Can't Make You Love Me by Bonnie Raitt get me every time - I actually cannot listen to the latter at all because I well up.

Five-Centres said...

I once put that Bonnie Raitt track on a tape for a friend who couldn't get out of the car she was sobbing so much. Someone came over and asked her if she was alright.

I love the Sad Cafe one. Don't know that Jackson Browne one Kitten by I'm getting there.

Tim Buckley to me is the sound of summer. Buzzin' Fly... open those windows and let the warm breeze float over you.

Clair said...

I feel a bit weepy at New Musik's Living By Numbers, but I think that might just be me.

Five-Centres said...

No, it's not just you. It's one of those strangely moving songs. It's quite bleak.

office pest said...

yes, very spare & sparse, with no hope in the lyrics either.

Ishouldbeworking said...

I once started crying at 'When All The World Was Green' by fiend Tom Waits, and didn't stop for six hours. Every time I thought I'd finished, I'd remember the lyrics and start crying again. I haven't dared listen to it since. And I'm not even especially a fan of Tom Waits.

Five-Centres said...

Interesting because Tom Waits doesn't do anything for me whatsoever. Perhaps I should revisit.