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Morbid Songs. (I know, I shouldn't go here)


I heard a piece of a song:
Honey, you'll know that
You'd been loved
For I'll go, I'll go to my grave,
To my grave, to my grave
Lovin' you
Lovin' you
Lovin' you


Morbid love songs fascinate me.

I need to know more of them.
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Does "Killing Me Softly With His Song" count?

That song really creeped me out when I was a kid, because I took it literally.
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If You Leave Me Tonight I'll Cry - Jerry Wallace

The song itself isn't that morbid, but the story behind it leans that way: The first verse and change was written for the Night Gallery episode, "The Tune In Dan's Cafe." Wallace took his check and went home and the epi aired some months later. The day after airing, radio stations started getting calls about the song. Lots of calls. Wallace made a mad dash back to the studio to record a full version which went to #1 on the country charts.

You'll have to catch the episode to see how it's used. Don't want to give it all away.
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Long Black Veil - Johnny Cash
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If You Leave Me Tonight I'll Cry - Jerry Wallace

The song itself isn't that morbid, but the story behind it leans that way: The first verse and change was written for the Night Gallery episode, "The Tune In Dan's Cafe." Wallace took his check and went home and the epi aired some months later. The day after airing, radio stations started getting calls about the song. Lots of calls. Wallace made a mad dash back to the studio to record a full version which went to #1 on the country charts.

You'll have to catch the episode to see how it's used. Don't want to give it all away.
Listening to that song made me want to slit my wrists. Very morbid.

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Nice backstory, tho'
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I saw that NG episode. Creeped me out when I heard that song coming from a record store some time later.

All By Myself - Eric Clapton

Morbid in that kind of self pitying way.
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Take your pick from Nick Cave's Murder Ballards.
"Where the Wild Roses Grow," being the most well known.
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Can get much morbider(?) than DOA by Bloodrock
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Harry Chapin had several:

- "The Shortest Story", about a baby that starves to death at age 3 weeks.
- "Dogtown", about a nineteenth century whaling town where the men keep dying at sea, and the women are left only with their dogs for comfort. One woman takes this a bit far.
- "Sniper", about a disaffected loner who climbs the clock tower in the middle of town and begins shooting to prove that he exists.
- "Burning Herself", about a woman who practices self-harm.
- "Dance Band on the Tiranic", about, well, pretty much what it says.
- "Bummer", about an abused kid who grows into a life of crime, goes off to Viet Nam, becomes a war hero, then comes home and gets killed robbing a grocery store.

Probably more I can't remember off the top of my head.

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How the hell am I first in with that ode to cannibalism, Timothy by The Bouys?
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I think that Blue Oyster Cult's "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" would fit this list, as well.
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Current 93: The Blue Gates of Death

Everyone reaches
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Every road has its end.

Your love is with me always
I shall remember you
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The 50s and 60s had all those dead teenager songs like Tell Laura I Love Her and Teen Angel.
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"Maxwells silver hammer came down upon her head...."
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Pulaski by Drive-By Truckers

Cheerful little ditty about a small-town gal that goes to the big city and comes back home in a box.
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There's a book by Tom Reynolds, I Hate Myself and Want to Die: The 52 Most Depressing Songs You’ve Ever Heard . Breakup songs,teenage car crash songs, depressing songs about depressed people - you name it.

As for songs speficially about love/relationships, try

Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town

(I'll Say) Goodbye to Love

You Don't Bring Me Flowers
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Pulaski by Drive-By Truckers
Which reminds me of Casimir Pulaski Day by Sufjan Stevens
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I've been sitting here clicking on the songs. Man, I'm depressed now
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Neko Case "Star Witness"

Though really she's got a ton of them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zi6keFpm-BY

ETA: you'll probably get more songs in Cafe Society. You might want to ask a mod to move this.

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Seems like there was a period during the 70's where death-oriented top 40 songs were a thing. Like 'Seasons in the Sun' and 'Billy, Don't Be a Hero'. Probably several others too.
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Never sure where this kinda thread belongs. If it warrants moving, please Mods, go ahead.
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Ozzy Osbourne's No More Tears

On the surface, it sounds like a breakup song, but Ozzy's phrasing makes it sinister. It's more like a stalker's litany to his victim after he kills her.
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Here's Stan Rogers Canadian classic about a pirate who loses higs legs at sea

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Excitable Boy by Warren Zevon

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Indiana Wants Me

Any song that starts with sirens and ends with gunfire is not something to sing around the fire at church camp.
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Does "Killing Me Softly With His Song" count?



That song really creeped me out when I was a kid, because I took it literally.
Even worse, when I was young I misheard the lyrics as "Strummin' my face with his fingers".
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Lyle Lovett's L.A. County sounds like it's going to be a cheery song, but it takes an unexpected turn, yet never changes the uptempo.
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He Stopped Loving Her Today. Morbid, bittersweet, etc.
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I Hung My Head, Johnny Cash.
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Ooh. 'Long Black Veil'
Lost of folks sang it. Lefty Frizzell wrote it I think.

#7 Chefguy already said it.

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Wiki says: "Long Black Veil" is a 1959 country ballad, written by Danny Dill and Marijohn Wilkin and originally recorded by Lefty Frizzell.

I always thought it was an old folk song.

I like this version: Sally Timms
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How has this classic been missed?

The Jim Carroll Band Lots of people have died! died!

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How has this classic been missed?

The Jim Carroll Band Lots of people have died! died!
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Avenged Sevenfold - A Little Piece of Heaven

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Our love had been so strong for far too long,
I was weak with fear that
Something would go wrong,
Before the possibilities came true,
I took all possibility from you
Almost laughed myself to tears,
Conjuring her deepest fears
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Must have stabbed her fifty fucking times,
I can't believe it,
Ripped her heart out right before her eyes,
Eyes over easy, eat it eat it eat it

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Simon and Garfunkel: I am a Rock.

Lots by Warren Zevon - - - in additionn to Excitable Boy, there's Ain't That Pretty at All, Play it All Night Long, and Accidently Like a Martyr come to mind.
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The 50s and 60s had all those dead teenager songs like Tell Laura I Love Her and Teen Angel.
All of them bested in the early 80's by Blotto - My Baby's the Star of a Driver's Ed Movie. This is a fun song.

And to stick to a theme, here's Johnny Dowd - No Woman's Flesh. This is not a fun song.
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Ode to Billy Joe (Joan Baez)

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In 1961, Jonny Cymbal did a "Teen Angel" follow-up called "The Water Was Red", this time about the beloved being eaten by a shark. Even teenagers thought that was too much, and nobody objected when stations refused to play it. I nkew a high-school girl at the time who had lost her entre leg in a shark attack.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7mYK7NLSdA
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Ode to Billy Joe (Joan Baez)

Honey (Bobby Goldsboro)
Bobbie Gentry, not Joan Baez.
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Rather topical, I present:

Diamanda Galas -- We shall not accept your Quarantine
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