A song to pull at your heart strings ...

I know everyone has ‘that’ song. A song that just calls out to you; the song that that you love so much and fills you with so much emotion, you almost want to cry.

I wanna know those songs. Post the lyrics too. For me, it’s been the same song for two years:


I’m just another body down
internal bleeding round & round

and all I can think of are ways to die alone
and all I can think of are ways to die alone


A song that always stir my heart is “Into the West”, the ending theme for Return of the King.

BTW, I think posting song lyrics here is frowned upon…isn’t it?

Jeff Buckley- Grace.

Posting full lyrics is against the rules. I think you can post parts of the lyrics or give links to the lyrics.

Here is a link.

“And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda” always makes me cry. I mean, cry, not just choke up or get misty. Lyrics here.

I dunno if I’d say I “love it so much,” just because I prefer to love things that make me feel happy, :slight_smile: but “When Somebody Loved Me” from Toy Story II is a genuine tear-jerker in my book. Few things in the world are sadder than being abandoned for no reason whatsoever.

When I lived back east, I found a 6-week old stray kitten. She was with me for 15 years and 3 moves (the last clear across country). At the age of 15, she suffered a stroke and I had to put her to sleep.The song is “Shannon” by Henry Gross: “Shannon is gone, I heard she’s drifting out to sea. She always loved to sail away Maybe she’ll find an island with a shaded tree, Just like the one in our back yard.” sniff I defy anyone who’s ever lost a beloved pet not to get at least a little misty at that!

Arnold is travelling tonight on a plane
I can see the red tail lights heading for spain
Oh and I can see Arnold waving goodbye
God it looks like Arnold, must be the clouds in my eyes


*Name changed to defeat copyright :dubious:

EEEK! Sorry. Link to the lyrics then if possible.

Are you looking for generic sad songs, or those that have some personal signifigance?

For me: Generic sad song: Kilkelly

Personal reasons: Skateaway

Both: Last Day of Our Acquaintance

That one gets to me too. I can’t even watch the movie without tearing up at that moment. My mother is a Parkinson’s patient, with mild dementia, and it really reminds me of our relationship, what it was, what it is now, and what it might have been without this in our lives. This song is very special to me.

I can’t help weeping when I hear Art Garfunkel singing Mike Batt’s song “Bright Eyes” (featured in the animated movie Watership Down):

“There’s a fog along the horizon, a strange glow in the sky.
And nobody seems to know where you go, and what does it mean? Oh, is it a dream?
Bright eyes, burning like fire. Bright eyes, how can you close and fail?
How can the light that burned so brightly suddenly burn so pale?”

Another song that affects me that way is “Sand and Water,” by Beth Nielsen Chapman:

“I will see you in the light of a thousand suns
I will hear you in the sound of the waves
I will know you when I come, as we all will come
Through the doors beyond the grave…”

Patty & Chuck, welcome to the Straight Dope Message Boards, we’re glad to have you with us. However, please, when you want to quote from some copyrighted material in the future, please respect “fair usage.” You can quote a couple of lines from a song, if you give full attribution, but you cannot copy and quote an entire song. You’ll find this listed as the first rule in the thread called Cafe Society Rules: PLEASE READ at the top of the forum.

I am allowing your post to stand, although I’ve deleted most of the lyrics, even though you didn’t provide attribution (who wrote the song?). The best thing to do in future is to quote a line or two and then provide a link to the appropriate webpage that does have copyright permission.

ouryL, merely changing one name or a word here or there does not avoid the copyright issue, and you’re not so ignorant that you don’t know that. We do not want someone taking Cecil’s columns and changing the name to “Fred McGilligudy” and reprinting them. That would be both illegal and immoral. And since we don’t’ want others doing that to us, we don’t allow posters to do that unto others.

Frankly, I find this very annoying, deliberately trying to sneak around an issue that is imporrtant to the Straight Dope Message Boards, and to lyricists, authors, writers, poets, and screenwriters who make their living from their writing. They are entitled to be paid (and credited) when their work is used.

I was tempted to delete your entire post, since you not only tried to (illegally) evade the issue, but you didn’t give any attribution. I’ll let it stand this time, but you’ve come afoul of this before, as I recall. Go stand in a corner.