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'The songs that made you cry'

Discussion in 'music' started by Joe Hutch, May 11, 2021.

  1. Joe Hutch

    Joe Hutch Mate of the bloke

    Prompted by a reference in another thread to Paul Simon's 'An American Tune', I was musing over which songs did, or still do, reduce me to tears. Off the top of my head:

    The aforementioned 'An American Tune', Paul Simon's 'Mother and Child Reunion', Fleetwood Mac's 'Man of the World, Jackson Browne's 'Song for Adam', David Bowie's 'Quicksand', and Robert Wyatt's 'Shipbuilding' and 'Oh Caroline'.
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  2. Johnstephen

    Johnstephen pfm Member

    As I am getting older I find myself reduced to tears more often whilst listening to music.
    The most recent episode of this was hearing Stanlow by OMD. One of my favourite songs.
    It also takes me back to who and where I was at aged 14. Gosh how the years have flown.
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  3. kjb

    kjb pfm Member

    Tom Waits - one on nearly every album but especially Kentucky Avenue from Blue Valentines ( nearly every time) A Little Rain from Bone Machine and Fish and Bird from Alice.
  4. chartz

    chartz If it’s broke fix it!

    Benjamin Britten’s Salley Gardens.
    Mary Black’s Trying to Get The Balance Right.
    And many, many others. Often classical music songs convey more emotion.
  5. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs “telling it like it isn’t...”

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  6. fegs

    fegs pfm Member

    Stanlow is amazing

    I might play Organisation next!
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  7. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK I had amnesia once or twice...

    The Moody Blues - Watching and Waiting
    The Chameleons - Tears
    Joni Mitchell - The Circle Game
    Roy Harper - One of These Days in England (Pts2-10), the penultimate section
    Peter Hammill - Your Tall Ship
    Fairport Convention - Who Knows Where the Time Goes
    Last edited: May 12, 2021
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  8. Marchbanks

    Marchbanks Hat and Beard member

    On another thread with roughly the same theme I mentioned Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Fourth of July’ and agreed with other posters who went for ‘This Woman’s Work’ and less obviously William Basinski’s ‘Disintegration Loops.’ Still think the same.
  9. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    I always find ‘What did I do to be so black & blue’ rather moving, Armstrong nails it on ‘Satch plays Fats’.
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  10. Joe Hutch

    Joe Hutch Mate of the bloke

    Oh, and 'River' by Joni Mitchell, and 'Meet on the Ledge' by Fairport Convention.
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  11. vince rocker

    vince rocker pfm Member

    Grateful Dead "So Many Roads" Chicago 7/9/95. Jerry falters at times but pulls one last monumental performance from his heart. It's like he knows...
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  12. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    One real tear jerker which probably has the greatest emotional effect is by The Streets, ‘Never went to church’, it is about his dad’s passing. Very, very poignant lyrics & I am not sure anyone has wrote better about the subject of death.
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  13. dweezil

    dweezil pfm Member


    incredibly sad what we've done to the world.
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  14. madmike

    madmike I feel much better now, I really do...

    genesis - undertow.

    Came at a point in my life between relationships, I was 21.
    5 year relationship over and not at the time knowing what would follow...

    "Stand up to the blow that fate has struck upon you
    Make the most of all you still have coming to you
    Lay down on the ground and let the tears run from you
    Crying to the grass and trees and heaven finally on your knees
    Let me live again, let life come find me wanting
    Spring must strike again against the shield of winter
    Let me feel once more the arms of love surround me
    Telling me the danger's past, I need not fear the icy blast again"
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  15. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Hawkwind and Fire

    I have been reduced to tears by the perfection that is 'Rubber Soul' on more than one occasion.

    Kevin Rowland's version of Rag Doll on My Beauty often gets me, too.
  16. Pedro83

    Pedro83 pfm Member

    PF - 'Comfortably Numb' often gets me.
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  17. RickyC6

    RickyC6 Infuriate the frog-men

    Side 2 of Closer.
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  18. sideshowbob

    sideshowbob 47 Lab Rat

    Duke Ellington's solo piano version of Billy Strayhorn's "Lotus Blossom" on the "...and his mother called him Bill" album. The whole album is a tribute to Strayhorn, who died a few months prior to the recording, and loved hearing Duke play this song. The tape was left running at the end of the session. You can hear the rest of the band packing up in the background as Duke plays to the memory of his dead friend.

  19. Snufkin

    Snufkin pfm Member

    The first time I heard Mouldy Old Dough I wanted to cry. I wanted to cry again when it became a hit.
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  20. mansr

    mansr Objectionist

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