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Old 11-03-2005, 09:20 AM
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Most. Depressing. Pop or rock song. Ever.

For a long time, I would've said it was Kansas's "Dust in the Wind," which goes on and on in excrutiating detail about just how brief and pointless life is. Then I heard that golden oldie, Carly Simon's "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be," an anthem to anomie and alienation that's so dreary and pessimistic I wanted to slit my wrists on the spot.

What gets your vote?
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Old 11-03-2005, 09:22 AM
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There are loads of them but first to pop into my head is Seasons In The Sun.
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Old 11-03-2005, 09:39 AM
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Shannon is pretty depressing, about his Irish Setter drowning...
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Old 11-03-2005, 09:41 AM
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"All by myself....don't wanna live, all by myself..."

Where's the razor?
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Old 11-03-2005, 09:43 AM
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Janis Ian's At Seventeen\
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Old 11-03-2005, 09:47 AM
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"Patches" by Clarence Carter
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Old 11-03-2005, 09:49 AM
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on 2nd thought, "Ode To Billy Joe" by Bobbi Gentry
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Old 11-03-2005, 09:49 AM
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"The band Played Waltzing Matilda" by The Pogues.
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Old 11-03-2005, 09:58 AM
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Elvis Costello's All This Useless Beauty, Allison, and Poor Fractured Atlas.

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Old 11-03-2005, 10:02 AM
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The Beatles' Elenor Rigby should be on the list.
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Old 11-03-2005, 10:03 AM
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It may not be the most depressing, but it's in the running...

Gilbert O'Sullivan's Alone Again (naturally)
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Old 11-03-2005, 10:41 AM
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Depends on how you define depressing, but the saddest song ever is the Cowboy Junkies version of "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry."
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Old 11-03-2005, 10:52 AM
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Radiohead Creep and the cover of Mad World on the Donnie Darko soundtrack.

I have learned to turn sadness into anger (it's good emotional fuel and a quick & dirty way to avoid depression), so hearing either of those songs makes me want to break things.
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Old 11-03-2005, 10:52 AM
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I don't know if I'd exactly classify them as rock or pop, but a couple of John Prine's songs come to mind:

Sam Stone:

There's a hole in daddy's arm
where all the money goes.
Jesus Christ died for nothing
I suppose.

Hello In There

Well, it'd been years since the kids had grown,
A life of their own left us alone.
John and Linda live in Omaha,
And Joe is somewhere on the road.
We lost Davy in the Korean war,
And I still don't know what for, don't matter anymore.
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Old 11-03-2005, 11:13 AM
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The Ballad of Lucy Jordan, by Shel Silverstein

" ... At the age of thirty-seven she realised she’d never
Ride through Paris in a sports car with the warm wind in her hair
So she let the phone keep ringing and she sat there softly singing
Little nursery rhymes she’d memorised in her daddy’s easy chair ... "
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Old 11-03-2005, 11:31 AM
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Gonna bathe and shave and dress myself
and eat solo every night
Unplug the phone, sleep alone
Stay way out of sight
Yeah, it’s kinda lonely
Yeah, it’s sorta sick
Being your own one and only
is a dirty lowdown trick

One Man Guy
Loudon Wainwright III

Cheers me up no end

If I wanted to be made depressed I'd just listen to the charts.
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Old 11-03-2005, 11:48 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Who_me?
It may not be the most depressing, but it's in the running...

Gilbert O'Sullivan's Alone Again (naturally)
That was going to be my suggestion. I mean, has there been a more frank look at suicide in the Top 40?
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Old 11-03-2005, 12:26 PM
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The Carpenters' Goodbye to Love. Not the most depressing song ever, but it's certainly up (or down) there.
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Old 11-03-2005, 12:31 PM
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Ben Fold's Five "Brick."
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Old 11-03-2005, 01:07 PM
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http://www.birdsnest.com/catcrad.htm
Quote:
A child arrived just the other day,
He came to the world in the usual way.
But there were planes to catch, and bills to pay.
He learned to walk while I was away.
And he was talking 'fore I knew it, and as he grew,
He'd say, "I'm gonna be like you, dad.
You know I'm gonna be like you."
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I've long since retired and my son's moved away.
I called him up just the other day.
I said, "I'd like to see you if you don't mind."
He said, "I'd love to, dad, if I could find the time.
You see, my new job's a hassle, and the kid's got the flu,
But it's sure nice talking to you, dad.
It's been sure nice talking to you."
And as I hung up the phone, it occurred to me,
He'd grown up just like me.
My boy was just like me.
Fathers & sons who never quite connect comes a little too close to home to suit me.
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Old 11-03-2005, 01:10 PM
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I have to go with Lou Reed's Perfect Day.
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Old 11-03-2005, 01:31 PM
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Every Rose Has its Thorn by Poison
Something I Can Never Have by Nine Inch Nails
My Immortal by Evanescence
Landslide - Fleetwood Mac
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Old 11-03-2005, 01:36 PM
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A few months ago I heard the Beatles song For No One for the first time. It's about a guy whose girlfriend just doesn't love him anymore. It bummed me out for about two hours after hearing it.

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And in her eyes you see nothing
No sign of love behind the tears
Cried for no one
.....
You want her, you need her
And yet you don't believe her when she said her love is dead
.....
There will be time when all the things she said will fill your head
You won't forget her
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Old 11-03-2005, 02:09 PM
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One Man Guy
Loudon Wainwright III
That song was also recorded by his son, Rufus Wainwright.
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Old 11-03-2005, 02:25 PM
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The most depressing pop song is Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me" about a woman (or man) coming to terms with the fact that her feelings are unrequited. Excerpts below (warning: get your hanky ready):


Here in the dark
in these final hours
I will lay down my heart
And I'll feel the power
but you won't....


Morning will come
and I'll do what's right
just give me till then
to give up this fight

::sob::

Complete lyrics
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Old 11-03-2005, 02:33 PM
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The Smiths: Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now...

I was happy in the haze of a drunken hour
But heaven knows I'm miserable now
I was looking for a job and then I found a job
And heaven knows I'm miserable now
In my life
Why do I give valuable time
To people who don't care if I live or I die?
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Old 11-03-2005, 02:41 PM
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Well, if you want to bring up The Smiths, there's plenty of material. How about "Asleep," a nice little suicide number:

Sing me to sleep
Sing me to sleep
And then leave me alone
Don't try to wake me in the morning
'Cause I will be gone


...Don't feel bad for me
I want you to know
Deep in the cell of my heart
I really want to go


There is another world
There is a better world
Well, there must be
Well, there must be...


But of the songs that made the charts in the US, I'd have to agree with "Ode to Billy Joe"
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Old 11-03-2005, 03:08 PM
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Don't Take the Girl by someone who's name escapes me. That might be too country for the list, though.

What was the name of the song about some shoes a kid wants to bury his mother in? That's most depressing song ever.
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Old 11-03-2005, 03:09 PM
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Dylan's Ballad of Hollis Brown. In fact a good chunk of The Times They are a Changing is depressing. When I was in college I stopped playing it at 3 am since it made me want to jump out the window. (The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carrol ain't too cheerful either.)

Wildfire is pretty depressing.

Neil Young: Here's a song that will bring you right down. It's called "Don't Let it Bring you Down."
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Old 11-03-2005, 03:16 PM
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Everything But The Girl's Me and Bobby D is pretty bad, involving abuse/etc.

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Knocked her from here to kingdom come?
How many girls have you had today?
And how many bottles have you downed today?
And while you're on the skids, who's minding the kids?
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Old 11-03-2005, 03:21 PM
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I don't need no arms around me
And I don't need no drugs to calm me.
I have seen the writing on the wall.
Don't think I need anything at all.
No! Don't think I'll need anything at all.
All in all it was all just bricks in the wall.
All in all you were all just bricks in the wall

(smooth — albeit creepy — seque into....)

Goodbye cruel world,
I'm leaving you today.
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye.
Goodbye, all you people,
There's nothing you can say
To make me change my mind.
Goodbye.
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Old 11-03-2005, 03:25 PM
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Alone Again Naturally is just about as depressing as it can get:

Quote:
In a little while from now
If I'm not feeling any less sour
I promise myself to treat myself
And visit a nearby tower
And climbing to the top will throw myself off
. . .
And then it gets depressing.


Seventeen is pretty wrist slashingly depressing

Quote:
Remember those who win the game
Lose the love they sought to gain
Indebentures of quality
And dubious integrity
Their small town eyes will gape at you
In dull surprise when payment due
Exceeds accounts received
At seventeen
However I have to add Arms of an Angel by Sarah Mclachlan:

Quote:
In the arms of an Angel, fly away from here
From this dark, cold hotel room, and the endlessness that you fear
You are pulled from the wreckage of your silent reverie
You're in the arms of an Angel; may you find some comfort here

So tired of the straight line, and everywhere you turn
There's vultures and thieves at your back
The storm keeps on twisting, you keep on building the lies
That you make up for all that you lack

Life sucks, kill yourself and maybe things will get better (only more beautifully said)
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Old 11-03-2005, 03:31 PM
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Ben Fold's Five "Brick."
I came in here to say Brick as well. Man it hurts to listen to that song.

Also, Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton
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Old 11-03-2005, 03:35 PM
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Cat Steven's Father & Son is another song of non-connection:

How can I try to explain?
When I do he turns away again.
And it's always been the same, same old story.
From the moment I could talk I was ordered to listen
Now there's a way and I know
I have to go away away.

ABBA's Knowing Me Knowing You:

Walking through an empty house, tears in my eyes.
Here is where the story ends. This is good-bye.
Knowing me, knowing you, there is nothing we can do.
Knowing me, knowing you, we just to face it, this time we're through.
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Old 11-03-2005, 03:36 PM
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Pink Floyd's The Wall. The. Whole. Freakin'. Album. Both disks. And the feature film. And the concert film. Jeez, what were these guys tryin' to do, pump up the national suicide rate to win a bet or somethin'?
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Old 11-03-2005, 03:37 PM
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Don't Take the Girl by someone who's name escapes me. That might be too country for the list, though.
That would be Tim McGraw.
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Old 11-03-2005, 03:40 PM
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Well, let's not forget Leonard Cohen's Dress Rehearsel Rag.
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Old 11-03-2005, 03:40 PM
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On the subject of father/son missed connection, there's Barry Manilow's song Ships.
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Old 11-03-2005, 03:51 PM
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Most of this is subtle, finely-tuned, relationship depressing. You want cranked up, heavy metal depressing, try D.O.A. from Bloodrock, about a plane crash victim bleeding out on the ground after the wreck.
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Old 11-03-2005, 03:58 PM
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Well, let's not forget Leonard Cohen's Dress Rehearsel Rag.
The one I came in to mention. Wow, what a downer.

Pretty much anything from Simon and Garfunkel's "Sounds of Silence" album is pretty depressing, too.
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Old 11-03-2005, 03:58 PM
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Are we talking sad oir depressing--they're not the same thing, you know.
Hole's cover of "Gold Dust Woman" makes me want to curl up in a ball under the bed.
Back in '87, when I was depresed, I used to listen to the Wallflowers' "One Headlight" a lot.
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Old 11-03-2005, 04:02 PM
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The one I came in to mention. Wow, what a downer.
You mean you didn't wanna mention The Stones' Ruby Tuesday?
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Old 11-03-2005, 04:06 PM
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Eva Cassidy singing Sting's "Fields of Gold."
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Old 11-03-2005, 04:32 PM
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Alan Parsons' "Oh Life (There Must Be More)" (a woman commits suicide after realizing the futility of her life):

Waves roll out
Out to sea
Tasting the saltwater
Tears upon her cheek

Morning breaks
She's not there
Who could ever find her?
Who would even care?


Pink Floyd's "High Hopes" (interpretations vary, but I've always seen it as a regretful look back at the carefree days of childhood by a middle-aged man who realizes too late that he's been chasing the wrong dreams):

There was a ragged band that followed in our footsteps
Running before time took our dreams away
Leaving the myriad small creatures trying to tie us to the ground
To a life consumed by slow decay


Evanescence's "Hello" (which gets even more depressing after you find out that it's about her little sister who died when they were both children):

playground school bell rings again
rain clouds come to play again
has no one told you she's not breathing?
hello i'm your mind giving you someone to talk to
hello
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Old 11-03-2005, 04:40 PM
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Radiohead Creep and the cover of Mad World on the Donnie Darko soundtrack.

I have learned to turn sadness into anger (it's good emotional fuel and a quick & dirty way to avoid depression), so hearing either of those songs makes me want to break things.

I'll second that "Mad World" cover, and a lot of songs by the Smiths and Morrissey, solo.
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Old 11-03-2005, 04:45 PM
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More specifically, "The Boy with the Thorn in his Side" is one of the saddest.
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Old 11-03-2005, 04:45 PM
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It's less than a year old, but I sincerely believe "Casimir Pulaski Day" by Sufjan Stevens will be turning up on lists like these for years to come.

Achingly sad.
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Old 11-03-2005, 04:57 PM
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Depressing Song Thread #1
Depressing Song Thread #2


My contributions in those two threads stand.

I will add Metallica's "Unforgiven" and "Fade to Black" to the mix.
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Old 11-03-2005, 05:01 PM
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I came in to mention "Mad World" too, but since it's already been said, I give you:
The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
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Old 11-03-2005, 05:05 PM
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How soon is now? is a good dose of misery from Manchester's finest:

There's a club if you'd like to go
you could meet somebody who really loves you
so you go, and you stand on your own
and you leave on your own
and you go home, and you cry
and you want to die


Great, great song

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More specifically, "The Boy with the Thorn in his Side" is one of the saddest.
Is your usrname a Bonnie Prince Billy reference vivalostwages? Old Billy has knocked out some bleak tracks in his time: You will miss me when I burn, I see a darkness, riding etc.
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