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What is The Saddest Song You Know?

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    The intent and emotions of the composer, what he was feeling, as he wrote it. It's about unrequited love (Quasi Una Fantasia). The first movement is the most popular, but if you have 15 minutes or so listen to the whole thing. Beethoven was incredibly shy by all accounts, and the only way to express himself was through his compositions. It's sad, gloomy, and ferocious.

    Roy Buchanan was a lot like him. Shy, introverted, not physically attractive. His Messiah Will Come Again is in many ways just like a classical sonata. Starts out slow, builds up tension, then explodes. Sad, gloomy, and ferocious.

    You don't need words to convey sadness, loss... the things you felt are left unfulfilled. You can convey all of these things and more simply though the music. It's why it is the universal language. We all can get it. :)
     
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    nungesser When I became of age my momma sat me down Strat-Talk Supporter

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    How bout that Teddy Bear song by Red Sovine that's a sad one you know the one with the little kid getting on the CB and talking to the truckers.
    this song is beautifully haunting and sad I love how the electric guitar at the end sounds like bag pipes
     
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    I'll go give it a listen!

    Fair enough. I totally see where you're coming from. I just connect more with sad songs when I'm sad but I know that's not everyone's cup of tea. To each their own!

    Very nice. I like that. It's dreamy but it's definitely got some of that feeling I'm looking for. Really enjoyed this one. Thanks a bunch!
     
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    Reminded me of another great one. Well actually two. Father and Son by Cat Stevens(well more sentimental than sad) and He Ain’t Heavy by The Hollies. That song was used in a Canadian PSA tv commercial when I was growing up in the 90s about drug addiction and it’s messed me up ever since.
     
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    The River, from The Boss.
     
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    vid1900 Most Honored Senior Member

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    Powerfully sad.

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    Lost In The Trees - "Walk Around The Lake"
     
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    Sure. Oleta Adam’s singing is simply amazing. That whole song sends shivers down my spine no matter how many times I listen and the moment at 4:37 with the guitar lick, drum fill and change over carries me away and mists me up EVER time. Incredible song.

    https://www.lyricinterpretations.com/tears-for-fears/woman-in-chains
     
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    vid1900 Most Honored Senior Member

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    People always say "hurt" is Cash's saddest song, but this song is 9x sadder for sure.

    Johnny Cash - I Hung My Head
     
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    I’ve noticed Hurt mentioned here a few times .
    I think this is the original recording.
     
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    Famously dark, Gloomy Sunday was banned by the BBC in Britain at beginning of the second war and not lifted until 2000.
    I prefer this Artie Shaw/ Pauline Byrne version over Lady Day's and I believe it predates her version by about a year.



    Sunday is gloomy,
    My hours are slumberless
    Dearest the shadows
    I live with are numberless
    Little white flowers
    Will never awaken you
    Not where the black coach of
    Sorrow has taken you
    Angels have no thought
    Of ever returning you
    Would they be angry
    If I thought of joining you?

    Gloomy Sunday

    Gloomy is Sunday,
    With shadows I spend it all
    My heart and I
    Have decided to end it all
    Soon there'll be candles
    And prayers that are said I know
    Let them not weep
    Let them know that I'm glad to go
    Death is no dream
    For in death I'm caressing you
    With the last breath of my soul
    I'll be blessing you

    Gloomy Sunday
     
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    I had never heard that before. Thanks.

    It's remarkable how much Cash improved on that, even at the very end of his life.
     
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    And then, who says you even need lyrics?
     
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    Thanks to Rick Rubin

    He extracted every possible bit of his soul in those few albums.
     
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    Yes he did. He did us all a favour as well as making JCs last few years more satisfying. The final album wasn't that good but it seems that it was solace for the great man after June died.

    Didn't he do a similar job with Neil Diamond?
     
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    just happened to remember a very very sad song:

     
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    I think Albinoni's (TBD) Adagio for Strings in G Minor may fit into that category as well.
     
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    here's the Red Sovine song
     
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    I can relate...

     
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    3 of the saddest imo
     
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    B-side (I had the 45, same label as above) of another sad one:

     
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