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Covered_In_Bees!
05-23-2009, 04:11 PM
This is a shameless rip-off of this thread (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=518609).

Post the songs that depress the hell out of you, but still listen to on occasion. Probably when you're feeling down and just want to wallow in your misery.

I listen to the following songs on a regular basis, but they get a lot more attention from me if I'm feeling sad, even if some of the songs don't actually have a sad theme.

Nothing Else Matters (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prWq00wVi_s) -Metallica
Cat's in the Cradle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zH46SmVv8SU) -Harry Chapin
Saved (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqQOgNu_JBE) -Zug Izland
Dreams (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AH3BHv1xdg0) -Zug Izland
Schism (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhjG47gtMCo) -TOOL
Any Other Name (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfuTBFemn0Q) -Thomas Newman
Serenity (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1cFVil6Qwo) -Godsmack
Life is Beautiful (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYlS_kmxES0) -Sixx: AM
Mr. Brightside (Thin White Duke Remix) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSheh22KGQg) -The Killers
Halcyon + On + On (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLpC2Wo3QVc) -Orbital

The last two are two of my most favorite songs of all time, FWIW.

What are the songs you go to when you're feeling down?

EDIT: And because I somehow forgot two more of my all time favorites:

The Breakup Song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8QeT-xe2Ys) -The Greg Kihn Band
Read My Mind (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Oec8RuwVVs) -The Killers

Sunshine and Smiles
05-23-2009, 04:34 PM
Imogen Heap - Hide and Seek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhVfeOAgmAw)

Bright Eyes - Padraic My Prince (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KikndcmV5Fs)

Margot and the Nuclear So & Sos - A Sea Chanty of Sorts (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWCH0gWHq5I)

Wilco - How to Fight Loneliness

Birdmonster
05-23-2009, 04:51 PM
"Read My Mind" is a great, great song. The Killers are really hit or miss with me, but, man: that one hits on every level.

I tend to gravitate towards sparser stuff when I'm feeling grim. To wit:

- The entire Fionna Apple "When the Pawn..." album is probably my favorite album to wallow with. A few tracks on there are serious kicks in the heart.
- Springsteen's "Nebraska" is right there too.
- "Red Dirt Girl" (the song, not the album) by Emmylou Harris
- "To the Races" (the album AND the song) by Eric Bachmann
- Pretty much any Gillian Welch song

Then there's the entire gamut of admittedly saccharine pop that has struck the right chord with me at various times in my life: "Another Sad Love Song" (Toni Braxton), "I Can't Make You Love Me" (Bonnie Raitt), "I Hope You Dance" (Leann Womack), and so on. They're gaudy and over the top but I caught them after a break-up and they made me feel both way happier and way more miserable, as only a really good sad song can.

A lot of Motown songs, strangely, are really sad. Lyrically at least. I had the mistaken idea that they'd cheer me up, but then you hear "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" and it all goes to shit.

And then, any song or album I bought or was obsessive about during periods of turmoil, regardless of the subject matter, brings back those memories.

Well. Now I'm depressed.

(frantically searching for iPod)

panache45
05-23-2009, 05:47 PM
Ballad of the Sad Young Men. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQMIHllxgPU)

Sing a song of sad young men, glasses full of rye,
All the news is bad again, kiss your dreams goodbye.

All the sad young men, singing in the cold
Trying to forget, that they're growing old.

All the sad young men, choking on their youth
Trying to be brave, running from the truth.

Autumn turns the leaves to gold, slowly dies the heart
Sad young men are growing old, that's the cruelest part.

Qadgop the Mercotan
05-23-2009, 06:58 PM
"Suicide is Painless" from the original M*A*S*H motion picture directed by Robert Altman.

"Nebraska" by Bruce Springsteen

"Working Man's Blues #2" by Bob Dylan

River Hippie
05-23-2009, 07:08 PM
Tomorrow Wendy (http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Tomorrow-Wendy-lyrics-Concrete-Blonde/A7A91FDA7769FA3C48256AFE00056373) by Concrete Blonde* is one of my favorites.

"Underneath the chilly gray November sky
We can make believe that Kennedy is still alive and
We're shooting for the moon and smiling Jackie's driving by and

They say 'good try'
Tomorrow Wendy's going to die.
Tomorrow Wendy's going to die."

*ok, it's a cover.

running coach
05-23-2009, 07:49 PM
Yesterday,When I Was Young (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEY4LxORCeo)-Roy Clark

There are so many songs in me that won't be sung,
I feel the bitter taste of tears upon my tongue.
The time has come for me to pay for yesterday when I was young.

Moirai
05-23-2009, 09:32 PM
And the Band Played Waltzing Mathilda (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_DvJ00jCJM), here performed by the incomparable Ronnie Drew. Cry my fucking eyes out, every time I hear it. Rob Williams of The Fenians also does a spectacular version, especially live.

I would also include Grace (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5WdoVaXzhU), a song about a woman visiting her condemned love in Kilmainham Gaol in Ireland. The link is a partial, sadly- Chris and Rob did a spontaneous a capella version outside the gaol in March of this year, and it took the gal a minute to get her video camera out. Here is a full version performed by The Dubliners (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Skg36SrAG4&feature=related).

dwc1970
05-23-2009, 09:37 PM
"-1" from Mudvayne's L.D. 50.
"Losing It" from Rush's "Signals"
"Saturn- The Bringer of Old Age" from Gustav Holst's Planets Suite
"She's Gone" from Black Sabbath's "Technical Ecstasy"
"Epitaph" by King Crimson

Patch
05-23-2009, 09:52 PM
Gary Jules - Mad World (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4N3N1MlvVc4)

dropzone
05-23-2009, 09:53 PM
Big Brother and the Holding Company, Ball and Chain. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CO0f2Yb7DAY) The greatest blues singer, the greatest bar band, and a song of total hopelessness.

And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG48Ftsr3OI&feature=related
), here by the author. One of the most cutting antiwar songs. Here with some of the poor bastards who fought at Gallipoli.

Mister Rik
05-23-2009, 09:54 PM
He Stopped Loving Her Today (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27jzHHN97gI) by George Jones

dropzone
05-23-2009, 09:58 PM
Oh God, Rik! Absolutely devastating, if you are in the right frame of mind.

Mister Rik
05-23-2009, 10:40 PM
Funny thing is that George didn't want to record the song, saying "It'll never sell. It's too damned sad!" But he was talked into it, and it completely revitalized his career.

dropzone
05-23-2009, 10:44 PM
George has wanted to be a rocker since the 50s. I don't think he's ever accepted that he's a balladeer, especially one selling the most depressing ballads imaginable. Being married to Tammy shoulda clued him in, but it didn't.

partlycloudy
05-23-2009, 11:00 PM
Oh good thread!

A number of Radiohead songs: Fake Plastic Trees, Street Spirit, How To Disappear Completely, Knives Out, You and Whose Army?, Gagging Order

Gilbert O'Sullivan - Alone Again (Naturally)
Conor Obert & Gillian Welch - Lua
Iron & Wine - pretty much any song, but "The Trapeze Swinger" comes to mind first
Des'ree - I'm Kissing You (from Romeo & Juliet - heart-wrenching!)
Band of Horses - The Funeral

That's just a sampling. Sad songs are some of my favorites, so the list goes on and on.

Ponch8
05-23-2009, 11:05 PM
Right now I'm listening to "No Myth" ("Romeo in Black Jeans") by Michael Penn. "Walk Away Renee" is also an excellent example.

Lucky 13
05-23-2009, 11:09 PM
[/URL][URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gc4GErjhcY4"]Whiskey Lullaby (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gc4GErjhcY4) by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss.

Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen

The Golden Age by Beck

Eli the Barrow Boy by The Decemberists

Marley23
05-23-2009, 11:11 PM
Radiohead's ouvre isn't sunshine and rainbows. Two of my favorite songs of theirs would be Pyramid Song and How to Disappear Completely, which are far from their most depressing.

The other day I heard Gregg Allman's song Oncoming Traffic for the first time, or at least the first time in so long I'd forgotten it completely. It's some of the saddest and most clear-eyed writing he ever did, and I'm tempted to say it's his best song.

Tell me when, when is my ship gonna come in?
I ain't cold, I ain't hungry, I got a little money to spend
But a man cannot live on riches alone
He needs love, friendship, and a home
or he stands alone
...despite the two 'alones' here.

USCDiver
05-23-2009, 11:16 PM
Sonora's Death Row

Four Strong Winds

foolsguinea
05-23-2009, 11:56 PM
I love melancholy songs!

Or songs that tell me I suck.

"Loser" by Z (http://eil.com/shop/moreinfo.asp?catalogid=349768) doesn't actually depress me as such. But it appeals to me as a depressive. People think I'm really weird.

Also, I used to see myself as the horse in Shakira's "Poem to a Horse" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57f-9PcMGYs) even though I don't smoke pot.

Zoe
05-23-2009, 11:57 PM
Bette Midler was Johnny Carson's last guest ever. A copy of his brief introduction, her words to the audience and the lyrics just as she sang them that night are available. But I don't think that I had forgotten one word of those breathlessly sad moments that she sang One for My Baby (http://www.asklyrics.com/display/Bette_Midler/One_for_My_Baby_Lyrics/198893.htm).

The lyrics by Johnny Mercer began as usual:

Quarter to three.
There’s no one in the place
Except you and me.
So set ’em up, Joe.
Got a little story I think you should know.
We’re drinkin’, my friend,
To the end
Of a sweet episode.
Make it one for my baby
And one more for the road.
Got the routine.
So drop another nickel In the machine.
Oh, gee, I’m feelin’ so bad.
Wish you’d make the music So dreamy and sad...

Covered_In_Bees!
05-24-2009, 12:05 AM
That's just a sampling. Sad songs are some of my favorites, so the list goes on and on.

Keep 'em coming man! Nothing like self-medicating your depression with depression songs right? :D

Ironically, I'm quite happy with life right now, so I haven't actually listened to any of the songs posted by you guys. No need to go and screw up my happiness. :P

Erdosain
05-24-2009, 12:55 AM
This topic was made for me!

"I Know It's Over" by the Smiths. Also, "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" and "Sing Me to Sleep."

"Seasick, Yet Still Docked" by Morrissey. "Life Is a Pigsty" always gets me too.

I'll second Beck's "Golden Age" and everything off his Sea Change album.

madrabbitwoman
05-24-2009, 03:40 AM
End of the world http://www.lyricsbay.com/the_end_of_the_world_lyrics-agnetha_faltskog.html
I will follow you into the dark by DeathCab For Cutie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9G8vnmvo-Kw
Bright eyes by Art Garfunkle http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a502RejLz8s
No surprises by Radiohead http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/No-Surprises-lyrics-Radiohead/8FEE2A4C4CAC86ED4825686600102720

Pretty much anything by Evanescence

Ximenean
05-24-2009, 06:01 AM
"Darkness", from the Police album Ghost in the Machine. A real overlooked gem in their catalogue. At the time I thought Stewart Copeland must be a mind reader, because it's almost like he was looking into my head when he wrote that song.

Little Nemo
05-24-2009, 06:59 AM
Gilbert O'Sullivan - Alone Again (Naturally)This is the one I was going to mention. Talk about bleak (http://www.lyrics007.com/Gilbert%20O'Sullivan%20Lyrics/Alone%20Again%20(Naturally)%20Lyrics.html) - the singer starts out by saying he's too depressed right now to commit suicide and then things go downhill.

PapSett
05-24-2009, 07:53 AM
All By Myself... haven't got enough caffeine in me to remember the singer, but it's the story of my life and I cannot listen to it without crying.

MrDibble
05-24-2009, 08:32 AM
Joy Division : Atmosphere
This Mortal Coil : The Jeweller

Annie-Xmas
05-24-2009, 09:58 AM
Tom Paxton's Jimmy Newman

A song about a guy trying to rouse his soldier buddy so they can catch the plane to go home.

partlycloudy
05-24-2009, 01:19 PM
Keep 'em coming man! Nothing like self-medicating your depression with depression songs right? :D

Ironically, I'm quite happy with life right now, so I haven't actually listened to any of the songs posted by you guys. No need to go and screw up my happiness. :P

Alright, ya ready? ;)

Man of the World - Fleetwood Mac
Tears of Rage - The Band
Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton (no one's mentioned this one yet?!)
Baba (Father) - Andy Palacio & The Garifuna Collective
Falling Awake - Gary Jules
Aubrey - Bread
Both Sides Now - Joni Mitchell
Trouble - Cat Stevens
Riverside - John Gorka
I Shall Not Walk Alone - (I think a few people have covered this, I think the saddest version I've heard is the Blind Boys of Alabama version)
Leader of the Band - Dan Fogelberg
Someday Never Comes - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Some Devil - Dave Matthews

Oh, and my most embarrassing admission: "Carrie" by Europe
(what?! It IS sad!)


Now, I'm a pretty happy person in general myself, but I love listening to sad songs. I don't know how or why, but that's how it is!

enomaj
05-24-2009, 01:26 PM
How is 'depressing songs' beating out 'feel good songs'? What's with you guys?!

Chronos
05-24-2009, 01:33 PM
And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda, here by the author. One of the most cutting antiwar songs. Here with some of the poor bastards who fought at Gallipoli.
Speaking of Eric Bogle,
Willy McBride (No Man's Land) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OjxMQHYo3U) always gets me crying.

As does Killkelly, Ireland (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaHhNi-f2G4). The music's by Peter Jones; the lyrics are a set of letters he found sent to one of his ancestors, after he came to America.

eclectic wench
05-24-2009, 01:38 PM
Wait, WHAT?!! This thread is at over thirty posts and no one has mentioned Tom Waits?!

'Green Grass' alone can kill at ten paces. If I even think about it too hard I'm gonna cry. And then we have 'Hold On', 'Cold Cold Ground', 'Georgia Lee', 'Ruby's Arms'... I could just keep going.

Another vote for Radiohead, too - specially 'Exit Music' and 'No Surprises'.

Also Jerry Fish and the Mudbug Club, 'True Friends'.

Mister Rik
05-24-2009, 01:48 PM
Now, I'm a pretty happy person in general myself, but I love listening to sad songs. I don't know how or why, but that's how it is!

Well it's because...

If someone else is suffering enough to write it down
When every single word makes sense
Then it's easier to have those songs around
The kick inside is in the line that finally gets to you
and it feels so good to hurt so bad
And suffer just enough to sing the blues

They reach into your room
Just feel their gentle touch
When all hope is gone
Sad songs say so much

Alessan
05-24-2009, 01:56 PM
Let's get someting straight, here: there's depressing songs... and then there's Billie Holiday.

Strange Fruit. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4ZyuULy9zs)

Two Many Cats
05-24-2009, 02:11 PM
At Seventeen by Janice Ian (Janis Ian?)

Loving Her Was Easier (than Anything I'll Ever Do Again) by Kris Kristofferson

Sunday Morning Coming Down
Sung by Johnny Cash but written by Kris Kristofferson

The Living Years by Mike and the Mechanics

Fuji
05-24-2009, 03:00 PM
Joan Osborne's St. Teresa (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqoA_yYKuOY).

panache45
05-24-2009, 03:51 PM
Let's get someting straight, here: there's depressing songs... and then there's Billie Holiday.

Strange Fruit. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4ZyuULy9zs)

I was going to mention that.

Along with Eleanor Rigby.

partlycloudy
05-24-2009, 04:09 PM
Let's get someting straight, here: there's depressing songs... and then there's Billie Holiday.

Strange Fruit. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4ZyuULy9zs)

And on that note (pun! :D): There's a really good, live version Billie Holiday sings of "I Cover the Waterfront." It's on the Seven soundtrack.

River Hippie
05-24-2009, 07:38 PM
CCKMP (Cocaine Cannot Kill My Pain) by Steve Earle is another for me. I'm linking the lyrics but without the droning backing music, well,... just doesn't do it justice. There's a different version on YouTube but just not as sad as the album cut.
A sadder ode to heroin addiction I've never heard.

CCKMP (http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/CCKMP-Cocaine-Cannot-Kill-My-Pain-lyrics-Steve-Earle/F3CD82155234BA3248256AB60038E86F)

"(Girl) Don't come knockin' on my door
Even that won't work no more
Don't come knockin' on my door

Heroin is the only thing
The only gift the darkness brings
Heroin is the only thing"


SE does a lot of sad songs.

MysteryFellow63427
05-24-2009, 07:45 PM
River of Deceit -- Mad Season (sung by Layne Staley of Alice in Chains, R.I.P.)

Enniaunus
05-24-2009, 07:47 PM
Atmosphere (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSYv6PuiQh8&feature=related) by Joy Division
The Johnny Cash cover of Hurt (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o22eIJDtKho)
and Casimir Pulaski Day (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGEMx3TKxNc) by Sufjan Stevens

Snowboarder Bo
05-24-2009, 08:14 PM
Albums

Low by David Bowie
Slow Car to China by Gary Numan
1984 by Eurythmics

Songs

Seasons in the Sun by Terry Jacks
Cat's In The Cradle by Harry Chapin

That's of the top of my (very sleepy) head. Been awake too long now. I'll post more tomorrow, if someone else doesn't post them first.

Stauderhorse
05-24-2009, 08:50 PM
Sound the Bugle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdG6Js3wFvM) by Bryan Adams.
Bright Eyes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MODq81_cDKI) by Art Garfunkel.
Time and Tide (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jj7A9_ckFA8) by Alan Price.
How to Save a Life (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAIs3tUYOi4) by The Fray.
Welcome to the Black Parade (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqUJ8nB18sQ&feature=related) by My Chemical Romance.
Wildwood Flower (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uos3qj0NuYs) by Reese Witherspoon from the Walk the Line soundtrack.
Every Rose Has Its Thorn (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcqWyyHlCDA) by Poison.
Whats Left of Me (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5uBvBNo2eY) by Nick Lachey.
One Song Glory (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kckt1TjwnMI) by Adam Pascal from Rent. (skip ahead to about 1:34)
The Dance (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3VppSgF38A) and The Change (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgdcroEHEJA) by Garth Brooks.

Wow, there are more depressing songs in my music library than I thought.

Covered_In_Bees!
05-24-2009, 09:38 PM
Seasons in the Sun by Terry Jacks
Cat's In The Cradle by Harry Chapin

That's of the top of my (very sleepy) head. Been awake too long now. I'll post more tomorrow, if someone else doesn't post them first.

[Morbo from Futurama]
Mwahahahaha!
[/MfF]

I posted Cat's in the Cradle in the OP. :D

I was going to post Seasons in the Sun also, but I've seen a lot of people here call that song super cheesy and not actually depressing, so I refrained.

Baggins111
05-24-2009, 09:51 PM
Alexandra Leaving by Leonard Cohen

Hell, ANY Leonard Cohen....

Jilaad
05-24-2009, 10:57 PM
"Time" by Pink Floyd

Baggins111
05-24-2009, 11:00 PM
"Time" by Pink Floyd

Yeah, that whole album.

Or worse, The Wall.

kenobi 65
05-24-2009, 11:23 PM
All By Myself... haven't got enough caffeine in me to remember the singer, but it's the story of my life and I cannot listen to it without crying.

Eric Carmen. Yeah, that's a sad one.

For me, when I'm in that "wanna wallow in it" frame of mind, I listen to Roy Orbison. His voice is so haunting. In particular, "In the Real World" (from his last album, "Mystery Girl") really tears my heart out.

Terraplane
05-24-2009, 11:31 PM
Jezebel (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfOhvvSiM10&feature=PlayList&p=360008D974519475&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=4), by Iron and Wine.

Couches in Alleys (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6H0tRlRb0M&feature=PlayList&p=E74D0EE5F6C9031B&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=5), by Styrofoam w/ Ben Gibbard

Twilight (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJthA4l8S5U), by Elliott Smith

Last Stop, This Town (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8hyCWH1Ww0), by The Eels

Death Letter Blues (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jN5vqEyV7g), by Son House

Covered_In_Bees!
05-24-2009, 11:33 PM
Yeah, that whole album.

Or worse, The Wall.

I'm a big Floyd fan so don't go and think this song or The Wall escaped my notice.

I just felt that mentioning them in the OP would immediately render the rest of the thread moot.

If I'm feeling down and don't have time to listen to the whole album, sometimes I just put on Another Brick in the Wall part 3 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0DngoNAk60).

On a somewhat related note, does anyone know how to combine two songs on Windows Media Player ver. 10? Specifically, Goodbye Blue Sky and Empty Spaces.

BaneSidhe
05-24-2009, 11:58 PM
Something I Can Never Have-Nine Inch Nails
Where Does Love Go When It Dies? and Love from Def Leppard
Hurt-Johnny Cash's version
Wish You Were Here-Pink Floyd
The Dance-Garth Brooks

Covered_In_Bees!
05-25-2009, 01:55 AM
I just listened to most of the songs on the first page and all I can say is that none of them made me as sad as my mom did a few minutes ago.

I was having a snack to recuperate from all those songs and she was telling me her hands hurt and "... I'm getting old."

And it broke my heart. All I can think of is that at one point in time she was my age. Young, energetic, healthy and so many years ahead of her.

Now it's all the opposite. She's not energetic, not as heathy as before and she's been alive for longer than the amount of time she has left, likely.

And what's killing me is that I'll be there too some day, telling my offspring that my hands hurt and they didn't used to when I was young and healthy. Shit. :(

Auntbeast
05-25-2009, 07:42 PM
Hoyt Axton guest starred on Bonanza and sang a song called "Dead and Gone." Will absolutely break your heart. Seems most of his stuff was heart breaking. (I can't find a video of the particular song)

Helen Reddy has a lot of songs of broken women. "Delta Dawn", "Angie Baby", "Peaceful"

Elton John "Daniel" and "Grey Seal" get me every time.

Regina Spektor "Fidelity"

Red Skeezix
05-25-2009, 11:08 PM
Some of these have already been mentioned, so count them as seconded.

Needle in the Hay (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfWxa-FN8X4), Elliott Smith

And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lE-YjjZhwc) performed by The Pogues

Green Fields Of France (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PdiMlk4iOs) performed by Clancy Brothers & Robbie O'Connell

These Exiled Years (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wP3yzbGd4M), Flogging Molly

The Freshmen (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvZjSxat0Ak), The Verve Pipe

Sunflowers (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZEnI9PTPTs), Everclear

Wish you were here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXdNnw99-Ic), Pink Floyd
Killing me softly (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ighu4gGlaUE) performed by the FUGEES

Red Skeezix
05-25-2009, 11:11 PM
One more,

Operator (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2iS8XctJKo) Jim Croce

outlierrn
05-26-2009, 01:52 AM
Day after day, my love turns gray,
like the skin of a dying man.

and night after night, we pretend it's alright,
but I have grown older, and you have grown colder,
and nothing is very much fun, anymore.

Alessan
05-26-2009, 02:52 AM
Going beyond the English language, the saddest song I know in any language is probably "Yossi the Parrot", sung here (http://www.esnips.com/doc/629869fa-b8f8-49dc-9764-1c290d3e503d/%D7%90%D7%A8%D7%99%D7%A7-%D7%90%D7%99%D7%99%D7%A0%D7%A9%D7%98%D7%99%D7%99%D7%9F---%D7%AA%D7%95%D7%9B%D7%99-%D7%99%D7%95%D7%A1%D7%99)by Arik Einstein. Here's my translation of the first few verses (Mods, feel free to delete if it's too much):

I'll buy myself a parrot and his name will be Yossi
I'll talk to him when there's no-one around
And then I'll tell him, I'll say:
Sadness is like a cup
Filled with bitter wine
From the grapes of the soul

Do you know, parrot Yossi, you're a lyrical child
You'll die a quiet death
So quiet
And them I, filled with sadness
Will whisper to the walls: Yossi's dead,
Yossi's dead.

And your ashes shall return from your cage to your homeland
From white cage to yellow dust
Alone, with no parrot wife and children
A parrot like you isn't allowed to love.

There are plenty of other sad Hebrew songs (it's sort of a speciality of ours), but that's probably the saddest of the lot.

Evily
05-26-2009, 06:06 AM
Nothing Else matters - Metallica
Like you - Evanescence
Pieces of a dream - Anastasia

phungi
05-26-2009, 10:23 AM
"I Know It's Over" by the Smiths. Also, "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" and "Sing Me to Sleep.".

let's not forget "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" (video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PHQ5QdNj9U))

another gem is "I Got Id" by Pearl Jam (video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMyToPVWH9c&feature=related))

Redfrost
05-26-2009, 11:32 AM
Spring by The John Butler Trio
The Persistence of Loss, Leaving Hope (both instrumental), and Eraser by Nine Inch Nails
Guess I'm Doing Fine by Beck
Fade to Black by Metallica
Dream Song by Ministry Girl: "Do you believe in Angels?" Demon (or whatever): "No."
Don't Give Up by Peter Gabriel

SaharaTea
05-26-2009, 12:37 PM
One of my favorites is "My Youngest Son Came Home Today." A heart-wrenching anti-war song written by Eric Bogle, but best known as covered by Billy Bragg.

fusoya
05-26-2009, 12:44 PM
Dark On You Now by The Peanut Butter Conspiracy is the #1 most played song on my itunes/last.fm due to me listening to it OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER a couple months ago when my last relationship was deteriorating. It really fits the "wallowing in your misery" description perfectly. Ironically it was she who introduced me to the band.

Don Draper
05-26-2009, 12:47 PM
Court & Spark - Joni Mitchell

Lather - Jefferson Airplane

Verdi Cries - 10,000 Maniacs

the Night They Drove Old Dixie Down - the Band

Castles Made of Sand - the Jimi Hendrix Experience

I Don't Want to Wait In Vain - Bob Marley (later covered by Annie Lennox)

Wharf Rat - the Grateful Dead

the Needle & the Damage Done - Neil Young

Untouchable Face - Ani Difranco

Silent All These Years / Tear In Your Hand - Tori Amos

Birdland - Patti Smith

Edit: Almost forgot - White Bird - It's a Beautiful Day

StGermain
05-26-2009, 01:20 PM
When Somebody Loved Me, from Toy Story 2. It just breaks your heart. I always think of pets being left at the pound when I hear that song.

StG

Sudo Intellectual
05-26-2009, 01:50 PM
Pictures of You - the Cure

Covered_In_Bees!
05-26-2009, 03:38 PM
When Somebody Loved Me, from Toy Story 2. It just breaks your heart.

Oh fuck!

Ya know, something always starts to irritate my contact lenses when I watch that scene. Never fails. Maybe I should dust more often. :P

I even hate Jessie, but watching that scene still just irritates my contacts somehow... damn it. :(

Creaky
05-26-2009, 06:22 PM
I have two:

"Southern Soldier Boy". I learned that when I was 13.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFFHMNBiYvM&feature=related

"Aura Lee". My dad taught me that. I sang it at a church youth show when I was 10.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrLSADgIQpk&feature=related

Yeah, for my family the War never really ended. :( I blame it on my dad.

Okay, now I need to think of happy stuff.

Biotop
05-26-2009, 09:27 PM
"Heartworms" ---Coil

"There's too much blood in my alcohol..."

Liberal
05-26-2009, 11:22 PM
Goodbye (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pyZPDI54fI), Elton John and Bernie Taupin

Sunspace
05-27-2009, 01:05 AM
The Final Cut, the whole album, by Pink Floyd.

Teacake
05-27-2009, 05:12 AM
The Business of Things, The Beauty of the Rain and After All - Dar Williams
Next Time, This Time and Lover's Cross - Jim Croce
Jokerman - Bob Dylan
Famous Blue Raincoat - Leonard Cohen
I Don't Want to be Your Friend - Cyndi Lauper
Never Saw Blue Like That - Shawn Colvin
Margo's Waltz and What He Doesn't Know - Lloyd Cole
Dorothy - Alison Moyet

Covered_In_Bees!
05-27-2009, 08:09 PM
Another song I managed to forget is "Fallin On (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1FJA2RgpVg)" by Finger Eleven. It's about unrequited (spelling?) love, as far as I can tell. Making it perfect for wallowing in misery as we all probably have a certain someone that "got away" or isn't going to be ours and all we can do is pity ourselves.

Really Not All That Bright
05-27-2009, 08:42 PM
Nothing Else Matters is actually a happy song. It just sounds morose.

Covered_In_Bees!
05-27-2009, 08:46 PM
Which still qualifies it for this thread. Especially as it's been mentioned at least three times. :p

maplekiwi
05-27-2009, 08:58 PM
Piece of my heat - Janis Joplin. I played it after every brokenhearted teenage break up
Tracks of My Tears - was that Smoky Robinson?
Bellbottom blues - Eric Clapton but the Cher version is sadder.
Boy with the sad hands Jay Clarkson

salinqmind
05-27-2009, 09:18 PM
Ricki Don't Lose That Number - Steely Dan
Sara - Fleetwood Mac
Still - Lionel Richie
Bridge Over Troubled Water- Simon and Garfunkle

After all these years, these songs still make me tear up

Mapache
05-27-2009, 09:37 PM
How about the really old songs, like Joan Baez used to sing: The Trees they do Grow High, I Never Will Marry, The Silkie, Little Matty Groves, all full of untimely death and other unpleasantries. Just the thing for a rainy afternoon.

cgg419
05-28-2009, 08:34 AM
Don't Follow - Alice in Chains (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EsQXaMqcpo)

Simmerdown
05-28-2009, 12:37 PM
I just listened to most of the songs on the first page and all I can say is that none of them made me as sad as my mom did a few minutes ago.

I was having a snack to recuperate from all those songs and she was telling me her hands hurt and "... I'm getting old."

And it broke my heart. All I can think of is that at one point in time she was my age. Young, energetic, healthy and so many years ahead of her.

Now it's all the opposite. She's not energetic, not as heathy as before and she's been alive for longer than the amount of time she has left, likely.

And what's killing me is that I'll be there too some day, telling my offspring that my hands hurt and they didn't used to when I was young and healthy. Shit. :(

This post somehow reminds me of "The Dutchman" made popular by Steve Goodman.

Long ago, I used to be a young man.
And dear Margaret remembers that for me.

Machine Elf
05-28-2009, 02:52 PM
Yeah, that whole album.

Or worse, The Wall.

Or even worse, The Final Cut. Many of the depressing songs that have been listed so far are just about ordinary sad things; Roger Waters pens songs (entire albums, actually) about being epically dysfunctional.

Junior Spaceman
05-28-2009, 07:29 PM
The only thing that gives 'The Final Cut' a red hot go for competition is Lou Reed's 'Berlin' album. Absolutely wonderful, but beyond depressing, particularly Kids ("http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3AEL9bhftw).

msmith537
05-28-2009, 08:13 PM
I'm a big Floyd fan so don't go and think this song or The Wall escaped my notice.


I would go with 'Wish You Were Here'.

also:

'Pink Moon' by Nick Drake
'Sanitarium' by Metallica
'Closing in' by Imogen Heap
'Walk on the Ocean' by Toad the Wet Sprocket

bobot
05-29-2009, 01:23 AM
Dogs from Pink Floyd's Animals

bobot
05-29-2009, 01:33 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QKorf4M0SQ
Live version of Dogs, no video

bobot
05-29-2009, 01:44 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QKorf4M0SQ
Live version of Dogs, no video

PLEASE do not click that link! I posted it assuming that it was the entire song, which it isn't. The ending of that song is important, and it's missing from that link. oops.

Snowboarder Bo
05-29-2009, 04:03 AM
OK, I got kinda busy and couldn't get back to this thread, but I see that no one else has posted a bunch of depressing music that I own.

Clem Snide
Your Favorite Music (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cm30WLO_EmU)
1989 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWbDx9LIl80)

Johnny Dowd (http://www.johnnydowd.com/albums.html)
No Woman's Flesh But Hers
(I'd list others but they range more from terrifying to disturbed, rather than depressing)

Katatonia - Soil's Song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFs2n85_mfc)

I love Nancy Griffith's version of Once In A Very Blue Moon. Mary Black does an excellent rendition (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmVvsr62PWo&feature=PlayList&p=478852987D18D4FD&index=0&playnext=1) too (plus it's all I could find online :smack:)

Neil Young - Powderfinger (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAhg3Ge7TFM)

For those who think that death metal sucks and is unlistenable, check this shit out from the Swedish masters:

Opeth
Windowpane (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IzLDT73bkk)
In My Time Of Need (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IzLDT73bkk)
Death Whispered A Lullaby (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNbaGJRt25s)
Hope Leaves (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dboeolIb7hM)

Those are all from their album Damnation; I highly recommend it.

ok, moving on

Pigeonhed - For Those Gone On (http://www.rhapsody.com/pigeonhed/the-full-sentence)

Porcupine Tree - Way Out Of Here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3ihI_5t9Ws) from the excellent album Fear Of A Blank Planet, which is about the medicated emptiness and cultural void that comprises the lives of so many young people in the UK/US.

Ralph Stanley - O Death (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpkdOA1LU5I&feature=related)

Talk Talk
I Don't Believe In You (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqCBnLO_jqk) from the excellent album The Colour Of Spring (1986)
I Believe In You (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSg2OIFum3o) from the excellent album Spirit Of Eden (1988)

Whiskeytown - 16 Days (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIVVj7Zbawc)

That's a pretty fair sample from my current mp3 rotation. I had a few I wanted to post but I couldn't find links. Not surprising as the reason I wanted to find links was because they are fairly obscure artists, so you'll just have to make do with this list for now.

btw, I've spent a bit of time tracking other people's stuff down that I didn't know and was pleased to find that so much of it was excellent music.

Oh yeah.. one other... check out the soundtrack to the film Solaris (the 2002 version, not the 1972 Russian original). Cliff Martinez wrote some hauntingly beautiful melancholy music for the film. It fit the subject matter and visuals perfectly. Unfortunately the album is OOP*, but you can hear some of it in videos people have made and posted on youtube. You can start here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StICDw9aCYQ).


*I have a copy and I got it cheap for US$90 on ebay from a guy in the UK.

eleanorigby
05-29-2009, 07:09 AM
Along with Eleanor Rigby.


I can be a real wet blanket.


Sunday Morning Coming Down
Alone Again, Naturally
Sounds of Silence (Simon and Garfunkle)
I am a Rock (Simon and Garfunkle)
Casual Conversations (Supertramp)
Hurt (cover by Johnny Cash)
Home of the Blues (Cash)
Only a Dream (Mary Chapin Carpenter)
Empty Garden (Elton John)
Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word (Elton)
Both Sides Now (newer version by Joni Mitchell for the film, "Love Actually")
Call and Answer (Bare Naked Ladies--it's more an angry song than sad, but if it truly describes the relationship discussed, it's one depressing relationship)
Pink Floyd's The Wall--the whole album (from what I remember of it)
You're No Good (Linda Ronstadt--she did a lot of depressing songs)
Lying Eyes (The Eagles)

And many more--can't think of them right now.

eleanorigby
05-29-2009, 07:13 AM
Day after day, my love turns gray,
like the skin of a dying man.

and night after night, we pretend it's alright,
but I have grown older, and you have grown colder,
and nothing is very much fun, anymore.

Christ, kill me now. Who sang this? (and where can I get a copy?)


Harry Chapin--Cat's in the Cradle. It made teenage me cry when I first heard it.
Dan Fogelberg's Auld Lang Syne.



This is like pistachios for me. I can't stop!

Snowboarder Bo
05-29-2009, 12:48 PM
Christ, kill me now. Who sang this? (and where can I get a copy?)

Dude (or dudette, if you prefer), that's Pink Floyd. One Of My Turns, from The Wall.

dwc1970
05-29-2009, 10:23 PM
"Solitude" by Black Sabbath.

Renz
05-29-2009, 10:32 PM
Mad World - Gary Jules (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4N3N1MlvVc4)

Amazing, I can't seem to get enough of this song.

eleanorigby
05-29-2009, 11:45 PM
Dude (or dudette, if you prefer), that's Pink Floyd. One Of My Turns, from The Wall.

I don't remember much of PF The Wall--I mostly listened to it stoned out of my mind. I haven't gone back and gotten the album as an adult.

I prefer Queen of All She Surveys, btw. :)

Toolie
05-30-2009, 01:36 AM
Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRMz8fKkG2g)

The video's context - the BBC Orchestra performing in honor of the 9/11 victims four days later - only adds to the mood of complete despair.

horsetech
06-18-2009, 06:47 PM
Well, since I listen to country, and I'm not really into the outlaw/badass bad boy style country, a lot of the songs I listen to are sad/depressing. Not all of them, but many. I don't think of "The Dance" as being truly depressing -- the melody is somewhat melancholy, but the lyrics are bittersweet, not desperate.

A few of my favorites (to listen to, no comment on the videos):
"You Were Mine" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFTVGP4lVZ0) -- The Dixie Chicks
Rainin' You (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLYbIqGs4nk) -- Brad Paisley

You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive -- haunting song with good covers by both Patty Loveless and Brad Paisley

furt
06-18-2009, 08:16 PM
Dust in the Wind (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkbdP7sq0w8) -- Kansas

All we do
crumbles to the ground, though we refuse to see
Dust in the wind, all we are is dust in the wind

Well, fuck, when you put it that way ...

outlierrn
06-18-2009, 08:32 PM
Christ, kill me now. Who sang this? (and where can I get a copy?)


and I can feel, One of My Turns coming on,
I feel,
cold as a razor blade,
tight as a tournniquet,
dry as a funeral drum.







you're welcome

MoodIndigo1
06-18-2009, 09:02 PM
When I'm in a wallow mode, I listen to this Billie Holiday song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0677H1EPdB0

It's filled with hope, yet somehow, it gets me crying. As kenobi 65 points out, some songs just echo our lives.

BTW, great musicians on that clip.

Covered_In_Bees!
06-18-2009, 09:18 PM
New Destination (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tn6ckgFuQY) -Kottonmouth Kings.

Gail
06-18-2009, 09:38 PM
Crazy by Patsy Cline

I'm reading a book about Carly Simon, Carole King, and Joni Mitchell so
That's the Way I've Always Heard it Should Be by Carly Simon

Sigmagirl
06-19-2009, 07:28 AM
I read that book!

Ian D. Bergkamp
06-19-2009, 09:33 AM
"The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" by Gordon Lightfoot, pretty much anything by the Smiths or Bright Eyes, and "Alone" by Blues Traveler.

I'm a sucker for sad songs.

Gam Zeh Yaavor
06-19-2009, 12:05 PM
Elliott Smith's already been mentioned a few times, but you really can't beat him for relentlessly crushing depression.

"A Fond Farewell":

I see you're leaving me
and taking up with the enemy
The cold comfort of the in-between
A little less than a human being
A little less than a happy high
A little less than a suicide
The only things that you really tried
This is not my life
It's just a fond farewell to a friend

"Twilight":

You don't deserve to be lonely
But those drugs you've got won't make you feel better
Pretty soon you'll find it's the only
Little part of your life you're keeping together
...
Because your candle burns too bright
Well, I almost forgot it was twilight
Even if I think that you're all right
Well, I'm tired of being down, I got no fight

Covered_In_Bees!
06-19-2009, 04:01 PM
How Could You? (http://musicremedy.com/audio/index.cfm?FuseAction=ShowAudioPlayer&AudioId=32163&Quality=6) -Saliva

Peanuthead
06-19-2009, 05:44 PM
Goin' Down Slow by Ray Charles

Le Ministre de l'au-delà
06-19-2009, 07:09 PM
Gustav Mahler - Kindertotenlieder (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1tFs0c8XMM&feature=channel) (Songs on the Death of Children), based on 5 poems of Friedrich Rückert. Wiki article and complete translation here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kindertotenlieder).

"When your mother steps in through the door and I turn my head to look at her, my glance does not go first to her face, but nearer the doorstep, there, there where your dear little face used to be, as if you were bringing the beauty of joy in with you as you used to, my little daughter... "

"Often I think that they have only stepped out -
and that soon they will reach home again.
The day is fair - O don't be afraid -
They are only taking a long walk..."

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