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Calorie Mate
08-12-2008, 12:22 PM
So what's particularly sad music? I think it's awesome when listening to a piece of music can evoke that emotion, so I'm interested to see what you guys think is the saddest music.


ALSO: what is sad guitar music? Seriously, if I was in a cowboy movie and riding alone at night bein' all sad, what music would you recommend?

Brickroad
08-12-2008, 12:26 PM
The epilogue/end credits music of Lufia 2. Maybe it's just because I've heard it in context, but man, it ALWAYS gets me. Right. Here.

Calorie Mate
08-12-2008, 12:28 PM
Yeah, the ending music to MGS3 gets me the same way, and probably for the same reason. Part of the reason I made this thread was because I was wondering how sad music can be without context like that.

Excitemike
08-12-2008, 12:35 PM
I can't look at youtube, but these should both be availible:

"At Seventeen" by Janis Ian:

I learned the truth at seventeen
That love was meant for beauty queens
And high school girls with clear skinned smiles
Who married young and then retired
The valentines I never knew
The Friday night charades of youth
Were spent on one more beautiful
At seventeen I learned the truth...

And those of us with ravaged faces
Lacking in the social graces
Desperately remained at home
Inventing lovers on the phone
Who called to say "come dance with me"
And murmured vague obscenities
It isn't all it seems at seventeen...

A brown eyed girl in hand me downs
Whose name I never could pronounce
Said: "Pity please the ones who serve
They only get what they deserve"
The rich relationed hometown queen
Marries into what she needs
With a guarantee of company
And haven for the elderly...

So remember those who win the game
Lose the love they sought to gain
In debitures of quality and dubious integrity
Their small-town eyes will gape at you
In dull surprise when payment due
Exceeds accounts received at seventeen...

To those of us who knew the pain
Of valentines that never came
And those whose names were never called
When choosing sides for basketball
It was long ago and far away
the world was younger than today
when dreams were all they gave for free
to ugly duckling girls like me...

We all play the game, and when we dare
We cheat ourselves at solitaire
Inventing lovers on the phone
Repenting other lives unknown
That call and say: "Come on, dance with me"
And murmur vague obscenities
At ugly girls like me, at seventeen...

From "Taxi" by Harry Chapin

There was not much more for us to talk about
Whatever we had once was gone
So I turned my cab into the driveway
Past the gate and the fine trimmed lawns

And she said, we must get together
But I knew it'd never be arranged
And she handed me twenty dollars for a two fifty fare
She said, "Harry, keep the change"

Well another man might have been angry
And another man might have been hurt
But another man never would have let her go
I stashed the bill in my shirt

And she walked away in silence
It's strange, how you never know
But we'd both gotten what we'd asked for
Such a long, long time ago

You see, she was gonna be an actress
And I was gonna learn to fly
She took off to find the footlights
And I took off for the sky

And here, she's acting happy
Inside her handsome home
And me, I'm flying in my taxi
Taking tips, and getting stoned
I go flying so high, when I'm stoned

Well, at least he's enjoying himself at the end.
Also, the Boys2Men video where they show Jim Henson :(

Sprite
08-12-2008, 12:35 PM
There's an awesome movie about this that everyone should watch. (http://www.amazon.com/Saddest-Music-World-Guy-Maddin/dp/B00062IXJW/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1218565648&sr=8-1)

My vote is Adagio for Strings (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRMz8fKkG2g) by Samuel Barber.

EDIT: Second place is "Worthless" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UfsEj7AOGI) from The Brave Little Toaster.

Zef
08-12-2008, 12:53 PM
The entire soundtrack of The Fountain (http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=the+fountain+soundtrack&search=Search). But given the subject matter, that is to be expected.

I loves me some Kronos Quartet, I does.

BEAT
08-12-2008, 12:54 PM
I Hung My Head. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VankucFeSFU)

Lumber Baron
08-12-2008, 12:55 PM
Strange Fruit (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4ZyuULy9zs)

Wolfgang
08-12-2008, 12:58 PM
ALSO: what is sad guitar music? Seriously, if I was in a cowboy movie and riding alone at night bein' all sad, what music would you recommend?

Wicked Game (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXmlJQN5Pm8) (as long as you just pay attention to the music and don't watch the video).

Also, Find The River (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2xG5n1Uf0s). Actually, Automatic For The People is pretty much all heartbreaking stuff. If you can, isten to it on an empty beach in early fall, when you're really depressed. It's a cleansing experience. Yes, I said "cleansing". Shut up, you neanderthals.

Brickroad
08-12-2008, 01:01 PM
Sad sans context? Hmm.

On my Pure Moods CD is a song called "Yeha Noha" which we all refer to as the "crying indian song". It sounds like a real tearjerker, very emotional and somber.

Some google-fu reveals the song is subtitled "wishes of happiness and prosperity" though so man what do I know about being sad.

Matchstick
08-12-2008, 01:04 PM
Tears of Audrey - Kevin Gilbert (http://sg1.allmusic.com/cg/smp.dll?link=97mjc4jzm0nuf4wo71jmia5&r=20.asx) (the link is just a snippet)

Wolfgang
08-12-2008, 01:16 PM
Dayvan Cowboy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lEsLcGB7Vo) - hey, it has Cowboy right in the name. It's mostly electronic, but it's really lonely and melancholy. Again, don't watch it with the video. Not that the video is bad, it just doesn't evoke the same feeling the music on its own does. Which could be an interesting comment on taking things in and out of context if I wanted to think about it more.

Rice Cooka
08-12-2008, 01:24 PM
I know it's over by The Smiths

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OvIhq_XZNM

djSyndrome
08-12-2008, 01:31 PM
I know it's over by The Smiths

Brilliant. Either that or Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLjOT3uayRY)* are enough to make me want to toss off the closest bridge.

Also, an honorable mention to Joy Division's Atmosphere (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0We9d5J3BLQ).


*unfortunate Morrissey version enclosed.

Phat
08-12-2008, 01:37 PM
Dayvan Cowboy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lEsLcGB7Vo) - hey, it has Cowboy right in the name. It's mostly electronic, but it's really lonely and melancholy. Again, don't watch it with the video. Not that the video is bad, it just doesn't evoke the same feeling the music on its own does. Which could be an interesting comment on taking things in and out of context if I wanted to think about it more.
I've never considered Dayvan Cowboy "sad." Actually, I've always thought about it as the complete opposite and oh my god I have got to go listen to Boards of Canada's entire discography now brb.

nunix
08-12-2008, 01:40 PM
Elliott Smith. Pretty much anything. Works better if you've had personal issues with drugs and/or alcohol.

Also "What Sarah Said", Death Cab. I've known a couple of people who professed great love for this song until I made them actually listen to the lyrics, at which point they could never hear it again without bawling.

Other than that... I dunno, instrumental stuff.

ravinoff
08-12-2008, 02:05 PM
Gloomy Sunday, which has been recorded by just about everyone, here is Billie Holiday singing it (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48cTUnUtzx4) and here is Diamanda Galas singing it (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzWVWY5QUzg). Both of those renditions are wonderful for entirely different reasons.

Is That All There Is (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qe9kKf7SHco&feature=related) by Peggy Lee

Johnny Cash's cover of Hurt (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmVAWKfJ4Go).

Much of the music by the Tin Hat Trio, for example (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMBlbcAZ0HE).

Edit: Nick Drake made some of the best sad guitar music ever. Example (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2jxjv0HkwM)

djSyndrome
08-12-2008, 02:17 PM
Johnny Cash's cover of Hurt (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmVAWKfJ4Go).

I can't fucking stand that thing, not because it wasn't a good cover, but because it was never a very good song to begin with.

Ample Vigour
08-12-2008, 02:34 PM
Sad Cowboy Music: Anything on Calexico's Feast of Wire, but the track Whipping the Horse's Eyes is particularly bleak. Lots of lonesome guitar on that album; one of my all-time favorites.

ScrambledGregs
08-12-2008, 02:46 PM
Seconding Nick Drake and Elliott Smith.

For instrumental stuff, certain Explosions in the Sky tracks have their sad moments.

Cat Power's first few albums are really great sad music. It's too bad she cleaned up, did some modeling, and starting writing really shitty music.

Nico's The Marble Index will scare the shit out of you if you listen to it and read the lyrics while staring at the cover.

Beck's Sea Change is pretty sad and break-up-albumy. I don't think it's particularly good, though, because it falls toward the side of schmaltz and too much orchestration.

gamin
08-12-2008, 03:01 PM
Dayvan Cowboy - hey, it has Cowboy right in the name. It's mostly electronic, but it's really lonely and melancholy. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lEsLcGB7Vo)

That surprises me--I never heard that in this song, although they are common themes in Board of Canada's music. To me it's all about sunrises and confidence and taking on the world.

mopinks
08-12-2008, 03:05 PM
Strange Fruit (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4ZyuULy9zs)

god damn that's a sad song.

If You Go Away (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RPnF8kGESk)

Where Did You Sleep Last Night (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEtDC6MuImU)

Additional Cause For Sorrow (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVC349uokBE)

遺書 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Utyf9q4JNw)

EPITAPH! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m69X198EAxk)

KCar
08-12-2008, 03:28 PM
Mark Davis- All Because She Once Was Mine (http://www.rhapsody.com/markdavis)

A girl I broke up with who I still really care for put this on a mix tape for me (after the fact). It rarely fails to make me feel raw.

Wolfgang
08-12-2008, 03:31 PM
That surprises me--I never heard that in this song, although they are common themes in Board of Canada's music. To me it's all about sunrises and confidence and taking on the world.

That's really weird, and just goes to show how subjective these things can be. I would never have gotten that.

The Legends - There And Back Again (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QTrqWnPli0) (nothing whatsoever to do with hobbits)

I'd like to make it an unofficial rule - at least with my entries - that you shouldn't be watching the videos while you hear the music. It really sucks that MP3 linking isn't available.

KCar
08-12-2008, 03:42 PM
That's really weird, and just goes to show how subjective these things can be. I would never have gotten that.

Maybe it's because you've edited porn and jump kicked aliens for a living in your day. You can't feel surprise anymore, and that makes you blue. :(

mrbuu82
08-12-2008, 03:45 PM
Billie Holiday had the cajones to sing "Strange Fruit" in the southern U.S. in the '40s and '50s. It's an awesome song, but I don't think I would have played it knowing her audience.

I cried the first time I heard the Eagles' song "Desperado". I still have to stiffle myself a little when I hear it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LijYqUCvGW4

The Police's "King of Pain" sounds a little jaunty for its subject matter, but it can be considered sad music as well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lb5VjPq5Uqk&feature=related

There is a Mudvayne version of the song too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eXBwZGnI4Q&feature=related

Sad?

Wolfgang
08-12-2008, 03:49 PM
It sucks that Gears of War ruined the Gary Jules version of Mad World (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4N3N1MlvVc4). That is one seriously sad song, especially the way it constantly sounds like he's on the verge of tears, his voice breaking up.

Maybe it's because you've edited porn and jump kicked aliens for a living in your day. You can't feel surprise anymore, and that makes you blue. :(

You're right - I'm dead inside.

Savathun
08-12-2008, 03:49 PM
Azure Ray -Sleep (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFhzY31oYz4), Harry Chapin - Dreams Go By (couldn't find it on youtube, but it's... yeah, you'll have to hear it), Sufjan Stevens - Casimir Pulaski Day (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGEMx3TKxNc) (this song never get any easier to listen to), Counting Crows - Color Blind (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0s7ycdUcHk), Coldplay - The Scientist (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3Kd7IGPyeg), and Joseph Arthur - In the Sun (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNF2cbW37mo).

blitzchamp
08-12-2008, 04:04 PM
Fix You (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBEYyHGbwto) by Coldplay

Jealous Guy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcIups90YsY) by Gavin Degraw

Can You Help Me (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zvrelagFPk) by Usher

Hold Me (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxSNTvvjDBo) by Weezer

Untitled (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2lhkCQkhu8) by Simple Plan

Swing Swing (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4EkhYCIADA) by the All-American Rejects

nunix
08-12-2008, 04:05 PM
Oh!

Buckley's cover of Hallelujah.

blitzchamp
08-12-2008, 04:09 PM
Oh!

Buckley's cover of Hallelujah.

Yeah, that song always makes me think of sad, distressing times. Especially when I saw it in the Season One finale (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMGyl-l3qqc) of The O.C.

Dizzy
08-12-2008, 04:22 PM
Apparently Gloomy Sunday (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloomy_Sunday), as noted, drives people to suicide.

Speaking of which, has anyone listened to the band Suicide (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_(album))? I haven't listened to anything by them and am curious about what other people think. What do they think?

I always liked "Say Goodbye To Nobody" by Billy Idol. That song is so sad and miserable he can barely finish it without crying. Almost every studio recording of that song starts off strongly, with its nostalgic melody played with languorous piano and violin music, and then a weak but ever rising volume of this synthesizer sound that sounds almost child-like, with Idol's voice quivering at first, before going out of tune and turning into a howl of despair. Truly heart-wrenching stuff. I think it's the one song Idol has kept from the public, and very few recordings are released because he cannot simply sing the whole song properly, nor even enunciate the lugubrious lyrics which speak to a deep, personal torment.

DANoWAR
08-12-2008, 04:29 PM
Dry Your Eyes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHOf3s70w-c), although in a completely different context.

Ample Vigour
08-12-2008, 04:29 PM
Oh!

Buckley's cover of Hallelujah.

Cohen's version is the sentimental favorite (I love his melancholy,) but Buckley does a hell of a cover.

EDIT: Having compared the two directly, Leonard's version still appeals to me more.

EDIT EDIT: Leonard seems to treat it like jazz, playing with variations in structure and emphasis. I do like that in a musician.

djSyndrome
08-12-2008, 04:36 PM
Dry Your Eyes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHOf3s70w-c), although in a completely different context.

Oh, Konami (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHOf3s70w-c) (1:24).

blitzchamp
08-12-2008, 04:46 PM
Also, A Bad Dream (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTNbZDSWkuI) by Keane

The Blues (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yd8T-THhCZM) by Switchfoot

Ample Vigour
08-12-2008, 04:52 PM
Sunday Morning, Coming Down (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omhM5vTZ4xQ&feature=related).

I remember driving the morning streets of Norman, trying to feel like a part of something. You know you're in shit when you're living a Johnny Cash song.

Jeanie
08-12-2008, 05:05 PM
Whiskey Lullaby (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ys89rgn4b0) by Brad Paisley and Allison Krauss.

Always gets me.

ravinoff
08-12-2008, 05:30 PM
Sunday Morning, Coming Down (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omhM5vTZ4xQ&feature=related).

I remember driving the morning streets of Norman, trying to feel like a part of something. You know you're in shit when you're living a Johnny Cash song.
On the bright side there are many worse Johnny Cash songs to be living, Cocaine Blues for example:

The Judge he smiled as he picked up his pen,
99 years in the Folsom pen;
99 years underneath that ground,
I can't forget the day I shot that bad bitch down.

Pheeel
08-12-2008, 06:10 PM
Your sad cowboy should be walking away to the sound of "Saint Mary" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASDhTOrSPwo) by Sparklehorse. I played for the first time in a while a couple of nights ago and I'd forgotten how forlorn and heartbreaking it is.

Or "Walking" by Tindersticks. It's the sound of utter defeat and hopelessness.

Tavir
08-12-2008, 06:34 PM
A Rush of Blood to the Head - Coldplay (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoyyr1SFPCY)

KCar
08-12-2008, 06:45 PM
Your sad cowboy should be walking away to the sound of "Saint Mary" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASDhTOrSPwo) by Sparklehorse. I played for the first time in a while a couple of nights ago and I'd forgotten how forlorn and heartbreaking it is.

Oh man - or the entirety of Sparklehorse's "It's a Wonderful Life." "Apple Bed" in particular makes me wanna cry for some reason - the thing is, the songs where he trys to be kind or uplifting are almost more tragic. Like this one, for instance. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVy0jXSCr5I)

Edit: here's a version I was in the crowd for. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYZYxDFLGCA)

BEAT
08-12-2008, 07:47 PM
Johnny Cash's cover of Hurt (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmVAWKfJ4Go).I'm honestly surprised that every other song on this page isn't a Johnny Cash song.

Anyways, right. Sad songs. How about "If you could read my Mind"? Take your pick, Lightfoot (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yk1md5IikWk&feature=related), or Cash (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yk1md5IikWk&feature=related).

Lucero's pretty darn good at mournful stuff without crossing into that hated "Emo" area too. I always liked She Wakes When She Dreams (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7M0EJ13YwoE) and the blue and the gray (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uc0xvzRtFQQ). Also, the quality on that second video is HORRIBLE.

EDIT:
Your sad cowboy should be walking away to the sound of "Saint Mary" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASDhTOrSPwo) by Sparklehorse.I thought it was gonna be the other Saint Mary (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbbnYsuU7zI). Boy was I wrong.

NOTE: Not really that sad.

Paul le Fou
08-12-2008, 07:51 PM
The Sounds of Silence (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhdGkZ6Fngw).

The Graduate is a good movie and all, but I can't really watch it, because whenever that song comes up it drains me of all will to live. I like the song too.


Also, I'm sure someone will think this of the very song I just posted, but I haven't really found any of your songs all that sad. Possibly because I really don't listen to the lyrics too closely and focus more on the music, and not many have been that musically sad at all. To me.

Edit to note the irony of the last statement and the video version of the song.

djSyndrome
08-12-2008, 09:32 PM
Ladytron's International Dateline (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaO3AXaiTIc) makes me sad :(

Kishi
08-12-2008, 11:39 PM
This is the easiest question ever.

"Sad Song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_orf0q1xOzs)."

Violentvixen
08-12-2008, 11:40 PM
"I Don't Know What I Can Save You From" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDiMe3SaLtE) by Kings of Convenience has been vaulted to the front after three days straight of friends calling to tell me about failed relationships or other miseries that I just can't solve for them.

Also Don't Fade on Me (http://www.lyricsspot.com/tom+petty-don+t+fade+on+me-lyrics-27123.html) by Tom Petty. Couldn't find a good video of it.

How To Save A Life (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmFi2snLr7o) by the Fray. Incredibly sad video.

Uh, I guess I have a theme going.

DemoWeasel
08-12-2008, 11:44 PM
ALSO: what is sad guitar music? Seriously, if I was in a cowboy movie and riding alone at night bein' all sad, what music would you recommend?

Here you go (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyidcRn3BVk), cowboy.

Zarathustra
08-12-2008, 11:45 PM
Speaking of which, has anyone listened to the band Suicide (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_(album))? I haven't listened to anything by them and am curious about what other people think. What do they think?

They're the ideal band for the unrealized David Lynch serial I make in my head.
They're the depressed, somnambulant Anglo cousins of Wesley Willis.
They are a very important band.
Their signature groove is that vibrating hop you do on where you push up on the front of your soles duh-duh-duh-duh-duh-duh-duh-duh.
You should get the 2 albums and maybe torrent some live stuff. They're a great band in history.

SUICIDE! SUICIDE!

Rock over Gamespite, Rock on Jeremy Parish.

This is a great sad song, Elegia by New Order. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVNivk0_3_c) It's just long enough to chase the handfull of pills with a sipped drink and a few cigarettes.

Zarathustra
08-12-2008, 11:54 PM
Oh man almost all these are great choices. Except Coldplay, which is sad in bad ways. And fucking "Desperado".

ravinoff
08-13-2008, 12:35 AM
As good as this topic is too bad sad songs and waltzes aren't selling this year (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QY4tj53HUVg).

ScrambledGregs
08-13-2008, 09:14 AM
Jealous Guy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcIups90YsY) by Gavin Degraw


I think you mean 'Jealous Guy' by John Lennon. Also, 'Mother' by John Lennon always gets to me. It's so fucking intense...

I was wondering when somebody would post that Cake song. Good on you.

Also, 'Sad Song' by the Velvet Underground/Lou Reed.

Cat Power's The Covers Record is in my top three "saddest fucking albums to listen to when I'm so depressed I can hardly get out of bed" along with Elliott Smith's self titled album and Nick Drake's Pink Moon. Here ya go:

Cat Power- In This Hole (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQzwyKCZGP0) (actually a cover of one of her own songs)

Elliott Smith- Good To Go (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viVgIJW3kw0) (the lyrics are powerful, especially the bit about "the things of hers that you left lying around")

Nick Drake- Place To Be (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IUqN9ozmhw) (Pink Moon, and this song in particular, proved to me that there's a way to write about depression in a way that isn't whiney or maudlin)

Dadgum Roi
08-13-2008, 09:48 AM
You're right - I'm dead inside.

Sit down, Shawn. I want to tell you about a buddy of mine. His name's Jesus. No, I didn't forget the accent mark over the "u".

Dadgum Roi
08-13-2008, 09:50 AM
http://www.gonomad.com/armchairtravel/uploaded_images/hank-williams-770045.jpg

blitzchamp
08-13-2008, 04:10 PM
I think you mean 'Jealous Guy' by John Lennon.

Nope, John Lennon doesn't make me feel sad.

ravinoff
08-13-2008, 04:23 PM
I was wondering when somebody would post that Cake song. Good on you.
Actually its the original Willie Nelson version, but I like the Cake cover as well.

ScrambledGregs
08-13-2008, 08:34 PM
I didn't know that was a cover...!!

I guess I should turn in my music obsessive badge now...

mr_bungle700
08-13-2008, 09:27 PM
Nope, John Lennon doesn't make me feel sad.

Yeah, Lennon and the rest of the Beatles belong in the happy music thread. Most of their songs, anyway.

Ample Vigour
08-14-2008, 12:25 AM
http://www.gonomad.com/armchairtravel/uploaded_images/hank-williams-770045.jpg

Correct.

ScrambledGregs
08-14-2008, 09:20 AM
Yeah, Lennon and the rest of the Beatles belong in the happy music thread. Most of their songs, anyway.

Clearly, you guys have never listened to John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band. It may not be a strictly 'sad' album, but it's powerful and moving.

John Lennon- Mother (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTkc1aKAVYY)

Mother, you had me but I never had you,
I wanted you but you didn't want me,
So I got to tell you,
Goodbye, goodbye.
Farther, you left me but I never left you,
I needed you but you didn't need me,
So I got to tell you,
Goodbye, goodbye.
Children, don't do what I have done,
I couldn't walk and I tried to run,
So I got to tell you,
Goodbye, goodbye.
Mama don't go,
Daddy come home.
Mama don't go,
Daddy come home.
Mama don't go,
Daddy come home.
etc.

Alastor
08-16-2008, 10:45 PM
Weezer's Butterfly (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMmfOdfkISI), from Pinkerton. Sad, genuine, call it what you want. I love it.

wumpwoast
08-16-2008, 11:09 PM
Tears of Audrey - Kevin Gilbert (http://sg1.allmusic.com/cg/smp.dll?link=97mjc4jzm0nuf4wo71jmia5&r=20.asx) (the link is just a snippet)

Good choice! That album has a couple real tearjerkers.

I haven't heard the new Elbow, but their last one "Leaders of the Free World" had a couple songs that were sad and evocative. In fact, all their albums are full of dark, slow, richly melancholy music.

UnChocolate
08-17-2008, 12:23 AM
Hmm, Tchaikovsky's Pathetique symphony is one that always comes to mind. It's practically the man's musical death knell since he died not too long after the first performance.

Mahler's 9th works too, since he wrote the rhythm of his own irregular heartbeat into it. One of my favorite Mahler works, too, particularly the last movement. He does all sorts of wacky tricks with instrumentation.

Weakerthans's Hymn of the Medical Oddity is also quite saddening in the lyrics. It's even based on a true story!

ohGr
08-17-2008, 11:09 AM
Tom Waits is always good for sad songs. "Train Song" is a particular favourite of mine. This is the only version of it i could find on YouTube ("http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKHiyW6XGNA); it starts at about the 6 minute mark.

alexb
08-17-2008, 11:57 AM
Let's get old school.

John Dowland's Flow My Tears (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4diHA-gBVFk&feature=related), as sung by Sting

Savathun
08-23-2008, 05:55 AM
Another Portishead song. I'm not sure it's too sad, but it's definitely... something.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6h_-JAlLnI

Fer
08-23-2008, 06:39 AM
For me, nothing beats gloomy sunday.

Recently I realised that the 5 years time song by Noah and the Whale album is ery misleading, for the rest of the album is grim.

Dizzy
08-23-2008, 08:38 AM
Another Portishead song. I'm not sure it's too sad, but it's definitely... something.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6h_-JAlLnI

I've been listening to their album Third. I never listened to them before, but it's definitely... something.

Falselogic
08-14-2016, 01:47 AM
He Stopped Loving Her Today (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubKUP8c0FHE)

Deportee (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flkuZJ1did8)

Give My Love to Rose (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExPNaWpNaRI)

Angel Flying too Close to the Ground (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3PB1jWO3_E)

The Grand Tour (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-hBAwaH6CI)

Seven Spanish Angels (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8A9Y1Dq_cQ)

Long Black Veil (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50k18gL76AU)

Concrete Angel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtNYA4pAGjI)

Where Do I Put Her Memory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pj-3UELdlME)

Whiskey Lullaby (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gV3g9LCvPc)

Waiting Around to Die (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4zfEkKs2ZM)

Making Pies (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HC7KABegj0)

Last Kiss (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvjTo-hRD5c)

Im Not Gonna Miss You (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8TsAh-zYFI)

River (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAB4vOkL6cE)

Chiseled in Stone (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTrPJvEzmwQ)

Crying (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNdBLBleO90)

Moon Orbit
08-14-2016, 01:55 AM
Concrete Angel never made me sad because it's so fucking cliche as shit. It's comically over the top.

Meditative_Zebra
08-14-2016, 02:18 AM
You gotta put artists along with the song titles when you have a curated list, Falsie. But let me take Country music and follow down the evolutionary path to Alt. Country /Americana:

♪ Whiskeytown ♫ Sit and Listen to the Rain (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPaGrqPDzS4) ♪

♪ Jason Isbell ♫ Live Oak (https://youtu.be/W3HKviYEENg?t=9) ♪

♪ Uncle Tupelo ♫ I Wish My Baby Was Born (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfeXtVPYhZk) ♪

♪ Uncle Tupelo ♫ Moonshiner (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAbo9q4rFoA) ♪

And of course, one of the best covers of the 21st century, the inimitable Man in Black utterly reinvents a Nine Inch Nails' song and make it unquestionably his own:

♪ Johnny Cash ♫ Hurt (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt1Pwfnh5pc) ♪

Moon Orbit
08-14-2016, 02:28 AM
As for sad songs, Lana Del Rey's Cola is honestly one of the saddest goddamned personal songs if you read an article or two about her.

The Fountain's OST was mentioned earlier, but the revised version of Lux Aeterna(originally done by Clint Mansell and the Kronos Quartet) made for that LOTR trailer is just fucking ruination in the form of vocal-less music(I feel instrumental is not the proper term for what I am trying to convey here, so sorry if the previous sentence is awkward as hell.).

Down in a Hole is another sad song enhanced by context like Cola is. Can't really say more than that.

Daft Punk's Veridis Quo is what I would call a Techno Funeral Dirge. The scene written to match VQ in ol' Interstella 5555 fits it so perfectly, I don't think anything else would work unless it too was written specifically to fit the scene.

Mad World's most famous cover is mentioned earlier, but take a look at the Sara Hickman version as well. It's not as outright soul crushing, but it is harrowing in a way that Gary Jules' version just could never be. In some ways I feel it's a deeper version of the song, but not as effective due to not being laser-fucking-focused like the Gary Jules version.

The Xanthocroid cover of Land of Snow and Sorrow is so much better than the original song, and fits the lyrics'l content so very well.

Holding Back The Years is an amazing song about a slightly different kind of loss: abandonment rather than death or break up of some kind.

Speaking of sad country songs, can't forget the Keith Whitley version of Don't Close Your Eyes. I believe it's the first recording of that song.

I Should Have Been True is amazingly soulful for a song about... Bettie Page disappearing to go live a different life(Not that that was known at the time the song came out... For all anybody knew, she had been killed). It's not that sad, but the passion and, well, soulfulness make it deserve a listen through or seven.

Boys of Summer is probably the most depressing ultra mainstream song of the '80s. That said, I was born in '87 so I could be wrong.

Falselogic
08-14-2016, 02:43 AM
Blower's Daughter (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YXVMCHG-Nk) - Damien Rice

Johnny Unusual
08-14-2016, 06:26 PM
So... let's put this in the music thread, right?

Also She's Leaving by the Beatles if find to be really sad.

Also, this not being posted is a crime:

(I forget how to set a start time, so go to 21:30.
S7oYe-CxEfc

Falselogic
08-14-2016, 06:50 PM
So... let's put this in the music thread, right

Goddess, can't you people do anything yourselves?!

Johnny Unusual
08-14-2016, 07:47 PM
Goddess, can't you people do anything yourselves?!

Nope.

juca
08-14-2016, 08:56 PM
Yeah, She's Leaving Home makes me sad every time. Hmm, the sad music that comes to mind:

Sickbed blues by Skip James.
Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground obviously.
I Come And Stand At Every Door by The Byrds.
Silent Love by Joe Hisaishi.
In the backseat by Arcade Fire.
I Pity The Poor Immigrant by Bob Dylan.

Pheeel
08-15-2016, 12:34 PM
It's a very melancholy feeling to revisit this thread after eight years, and realise at least one of the artists mentioned has since passed on(which is the case with Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous, who tragically took his own life in 2010).

Jon Brion's songs from the soundtrack of Synecdoche, New York. It's an incredibly bleak film and Brion must've gone to a pretty dark place to be able to write the music.

Little Person (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IA_ubhYgjAc) is heartbreaking, but it does at least contain a glimmer of hope. On the other hand I don't think I've heard anything sadder than Song For Caden (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=662uPQ7Xrdw), though. And I've listened to a lot of sad songs.

See there's just one story
And everyone's the star
And it goes like this...

No one will ever love you
For everything you are

And so you build up layers of deception
And you leave out things to alter the perceptions
Of the ones you love
Who would never love you back
If they knew all about you
Every solitary fact

And the sadness of your life
Is built upon this lie
Of really knowing anyone
Or having them know you

It's the sadness of the world
There's nothing left to do

And so just go to sleep
Just let the hours pass
Sleep it all away
None of it will last

Soon it's all over
You're under clover
And none of it matters anymore

juca
08-15-2016, 12:48 PM
That's a beautiful song. Yes, beautiful sadness. :p

ajr82
08-16-2016, 12:50 AM
YIj8RM4_hhI

In Costa Rica, in a burrow underground
Climb to the surface, blink my eyes and look around
I'm all alone here as I try my tiny song
Claim my place beneath the sky, but I won't be here for long

I sang all night
The moon shone on me through the trees
No brothers left
And there'll be no more after me