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I was in the car today when I heard Genesis' song "Hold On My Heart". It reminded me of one of the first times I ever heard the song... I was driving home late at night after being at my boyfriend's house, and the song made me cry.

Two other songs that always used to make me cry (and still do, sometimes)... please don't laugh... Kenny Rogers' "She Believes In Me" and Barry Manilow's "Could It Be Magic". Red Face

Two other songs that make me cry for a completely different reason... Beatles' "Revolution #9" and ELO's "Fire On High"... backwards masking always creeps me out. Razzer

What songs make you cry?
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Great topic...

"Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" by the Platters
"He Stopped Loving Her Today" by George Jones
"Little Green" by Joni Mitchell
"Late For The Sky" by Jackson Browne
"Good Time Charlies's Got The Blues" by Danny O'Keefe
"Silver Spring" by Fleetwood Mac
"Misty" by Sarah Vaughn
"Last Thing I Needed, First Thing This Morning" by Willie Nelson
"This Bitter Earth" by Dinah Washington
"Hello" by Lionel Ritchie

....er, that's a lot...and I know I could think of more (Not even mentioning the numerous Neil Finn songs!)

Rain00, I love your choices too, nothing like Kenny and Barry to give you a good cry!
"Star" from Bryan Adams.
Yeah just laugh about odd Sandra...but this song mentions so many thoughts I really had...


"She goes on" ah you should know from which band

And "How soon is now" from TATU that makes me really really cry. It causes such enormously pain to my ears... the only thing that helps is to stick red socks into my suffering little ears...
I'm a super sap. I cry at everything.

One in particular really gets me though, because it was playing on the radio all the time during my father's illness and subsequent death. I don't know the title but it's Sarah McLaughlin and the lyrics are "In the arms of the angels, may you find some comfort there..." Oh, it gets me just thinking about it. Although when I listen to the lyrics, it reminds me more of my uncle- who was a very sorry individual who died alone from alcoholism at 57. The lyrics seem to suggest a person such as this, who finally gets the comfort in death that he never got in life. Frowner
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Originally posted by grace0418:
[qb] I'm a super sap. I cry at everything.

One in particular really gets me though, because it was playing on the radio all the time during my father's illness and subsequent death. I don't know the title but it's Sarah McLaughlin and the lyrics are "In the arms of the angels, may you find some comfort there..." Oh, it gets me just thinking about it. Although when I listen to the lyrics, it reminds me more of my uncle- who was a very sorry individual who died alone from alcoholism at 57. The lyrics seem to suggest a person such as this, who finally gets the comfort in death that he never got in life. Frowner [/qb]
I think that's just called Angels. But not sure thinking about it now...
OK, being pregnant, I've got the ole hormonal water faucet going a whole lot these days. Wink Earlier tonight, I heard Sting's "They Dance Alone" and totally lost it because I remembered what he did at LiveAid in 1985...he performed the song with about 150 of the actual women dancing onstage behind him, with large cardboard photographs of their dead...and Sting did not leave the stage until he had personally danced with every single one of the women. Even remembering that story got me all verklempt.

For awhile after 9/11 I couldn't even listen to "Turn and Run" anymore, and now while I don't cry anymore, I still get chills.

I first listened to George Harrison's posthumous solo album, "Brainwashed" on the first anniversary of his death and bawled my eyes out during "The Rising Sun" because it had all the elements of wisdom, and remnants of the Beatles, and cleverness, and the wistful truth that he was recording something final to say to the world which would be heard after he'd gone, all in that one song.

John Lennon's "Imagine" gets me every time, both because of how the guy lived, and because of how he died. Such an example, such a waste.

"No One Is Watching You Now" by 'Til Tuesday (former 80's band fronted by a very young Aimee Mann) has been a very emotional song for me in the past.

A couple of my own songs have come from such an emotional place that I had to do several studio takes on the vocals because I kept crying.

Some music makes me cry merely because it's so bad, but I won't get into that here. Big Grin

[ps...Jenn...did you ever hear that stylistic parody in the late 70's, I can't remember who did it, but it was called "I Need Your Help, Barry Manilow?" The chorus went "I need your help Barry Manilow, I'm miserable and I don't know what to do. Sing me a song, sing it sad and low...no one knows how to suffer quite like you!"]
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Originally posted by Heidi in Pittsburgh:
[qb]"No One Is Watching You Now" by 'Til Tuesday (former 80's band fronted by a very young Aimee Mann) has been a very emotional song for me in the past.[/qb]
That is definately one of my top 'I'm depressed, leave me alone, I want to cry songs.'

My newest tear jerker is 'Love's Divine' by Seal. The man can look at you and make you cry!


Now Playing :Love's Divine - Seal:
Among Finn stuff only:

"She Goes On" (Sandra, I'm with you on that one).

"Faster Than Light" usually wrecks me. Lately, so do "She Will Have Her Way" and "Into the Sunset." (There's a mysterious process by which some of Neil's solo songs take turns being outrageously emotionally loaded for me.)

The bridge section of "Take A Walk" really gets me, too.

Evvie
My hubby was away studying for for years and every time I heard Neilson's I can't live (if living is without you) I had a breakdown....ran out of shops, peoples houses, you name it.

Sting ....Fragile and Fields of Gold *sniffle*. Fields of gold was the only song that would get my youngest settled at times so it has special memories and Fragile reminds me of a lot of things especially a loss I had the year before Frowner .

Eva Cassidy's version of Fields of gold does not make me bubble as much but when she starts singing Over the Rainbow.......*sob*
OK, you guys are now going to think I'm insane.

Last night for the first time, we opened up and played our new copy of Underwater Melon Man that Jay ordered for the baby (the kids' project done by the Finns, Dave Dobbyn, the Runga sisters and others...) and I got truly upset by The Forgotten Fork.

It's about this fork that's engaged to a spoon, and they plan to raise some cutlery in the upstairs dining room. Then someone drops the fork behind the stove and he's never heard from again because he's stuck behind the stove all by himself. I was just so upset! It was so sad, and I keep thinking about the poor fork! I immediately wanted to go look behind our stove to see if we've dropped anything.
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[qb] Barber's "Adagio for Strings"...ugh, what a killer. [/qb]
Adagio for Strings can either really relax me, or one particular choral version I have does start the waterworks.

I'm much more of a wuss than I like to admit, and if I hear or see a performance that has the performer themselves emotional (as if going beyond their own expectations), I usually feed off of that myself. Certain songs like the national anthem always get to me IF they are performed really well. I think I mentioned here before that Whitney Houston's rendition in '91 during the first Gulf War still gets me everytime.

Other songs that occaisionally can get me are either just great performances, or are tied in to a personal experiences-

Don't Cry - Seal (ironic Roll Eyes )
Grace - Jeff Buckley
Lilac Wine - Jeff Buckley
Why - Annie Lennox
Into Temptation - Crowded House
Into The Sunset - Neil Finn
Lullaby Requiem - Neil Finn
Don't Give Up - Peter Gabriel/Kate Bush
This Woman's Work - Kate Bush
She's Got a Way - Billy Joel
Here Today (live) - Paul McCartney
Elsewhere - Sarah McLachlan
When We Dance - Sting
You Still Touch Me - Sting
I Burn For You (live) - Sting
Taking My Life In Your Hands - Elvis Costello
Sentimental Thing - Joe Jackson
Georgia (On My Mind) - Ray Charles

Because of 9/11
Sting - Fragile
New York State Of Mind - Billy Joel
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Originally posted by Heidi in Pittsburgh:
[qb] For awhile after 9/11 I couldn't even listen to "Turn and Run" anymore, and now while I don't cry anymore, I still get chills. [/qb]
Heidi, if I may ask, can you say more about this? How is the song related to the event for you? (I'm wondering if I'm missing an obvious connection or if you're speaking of a personal connection.)

And I never knew that about Sting dancing with the women. That's beautiful. I knew I loved him for a reason Wink .
The lyrics to "Turn and Run" took on new meaning in light of those events. It was eerie...some of the imagery and other words Neil used in a song he'd written over a year earlier. They suddenly had an air of premonition about them, which was one freaky coincidence to realize.

ON 9/11, several people were posting to TiTM with unprecedented topics and posts, but it was something we needed to do. One person posted the lyrics to "Turn and Run" and pointed out how he could never hear the song the same way again, and I have to say I was very, very moved when I pondered that post and the song has since occupied a similar meaning for me.

In particular, it evokes images of a plane flying past at a speed that makes one cry, a light overhead, and silverware covered in dust, and more importantly, a spirit of love and resilience in response to "killers of innocents." It speaks that no matter how those who hate try to destroy and spread more hate, they'll never really win as long as there's love, no matter what the devastation. And that was a powerful thing to think about that day, and at every listening since. (Another incredible example of Neil's music and insights reaching me at exactly the time I can use it the most.)
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[qb] Oh yeah, another "you're gonna think I'm nuts" entry...

The Star Spangled Banner. Sung really well it never fails. Sung any other way the tears are from pain. Horrible song.

Oh, and Taps.

Ray Charles has a way, too... He can really make me cry when he sings a sad song. [/qb]
Well I'm glad I'm not alone in that.. Smiler

I thought of another one today as I was driving/listening on my way to work. I suppose this will get a spin if I ever get married. Of course I'm not holding my breath. Roll Eyes

That For Me Is You - Jim Boggia

What's it like
when all your dreams come true?
When your life
is given something new
and you begin to live the way you've always wanted to?

That, for me, is you.

How did I
become the lucky one?
Now - my time;
our moment in the sun
and all because the faith you gave me
finally pulled me through.

That, for me . . .

You - a cloud, a fantasy,
a perfect chord, a reverie.
All the gifts of life
I see in you.

And now I look upon my life
and can't believe the view.

That, for me -
so much more than I imagined
it could be.

That, for me, is you.
The new Annie Lenox album has a song titled "The Saddest Song I've Got" and it really is.

Otherwise, Sarah McLachlan "Hold On" breaks me, knowing that it's about somebody watching their spouse die and preparing for the moment when they need to let go.

Johnny Cash's "Hurt" is really poignant.

"Turn and Run" used to make me cry, I don't like it anymore. Funny, because there are only a NF few songs I have started liking less as time goes on, usually it's the opposite.

And I think I was conditioned to cry when I heard the SSB because of the intensity of the moments when I used to usually hear it, Gold Medal victories at the Olympic Games & at the beginning of professional sports games. Now, of course, it resonates emotionally for truly patriotic reasons, regardless of the quality of the tune or the performance.

In general, grief and heartbreak are the tearjerker themes. Let's not even discuss musical theatre and opera please.
"The Living Years" by Mike and the Mechanics was released just before my father was diagnosed with terminal cancer and I still can't listen to it 14 years later.

"Walk On" by U2, before and after 9/11.

"Misty Morning, Albert Bridge" by the Pogues with its melancholy lyrics and beautiful lilting music.

I'll probably remember more later.
Like Geddy, Sting and Jeff Buckley are likely to set me off.
Most notably, Sting's Fragile - both before and after 9/11,
Shape of My Heart,
Russians,
and Fortress Around Your Heart.

Jeff Buckley's Mojo Pin (live version from "Live at Sin-e" especially),
Corpus Christi Carol,
and Halleluljah are also usually guaranteed to launch me into floods of tears.

Neil Finn's Turn and Run, which Heidi mentioned, also does it for me.
Into the Sunset is another one which I can't listen to right now without stifling a sob...

Crowded House have a few tear-jerkers also:
Walking on the Spot,
Lester,
Whispers and Moans,
Time Immemorial.

Split Enz's Years Go By will get me every time, and always has.
I Hope I Never usually gets the tears flowing as well.

I think I'll stop there for now... Red Face
Well you lot made me cry just reading your forums. To be honest I try to stray away from songs that can make me cry, and movies too, and the 6 o'clock news. My hubby thinks Im abit ignorant at not wanting to watch the news,to know what goes on in the world, but I really cant cope with it. and its my way of looking after myself. Cause no other bugga is gonna. Big Grin
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Originally posted by rizzo:
[qb] Well you lot made me cry just reading your forums. To be honest I try to stray away from songs that can make me cry, and movies too, and the 6 o'clock news. My hubby thinks Im abit ignorant at not wanting to watch the news,to know what goes on in the world, but I really cant cope with it. and its my way of looking after myself. Cause no other bugga is gonna. Big Grin [/qb]
I can relate to that. I just spent an hour crying at a new TV show here in Australia "Mayday" - true stories of airline disasters. Okay so I'm a sucker for planes in general, but this one really had me sobbing... the story of United Flight 811 in 1989, which blew a cargo door across the Pacific (one of my own worst airline nighmares) and, although it managed to turn back and land at Honolulu with most of the passengers and crew intact, they lost 9 passengers... including a young New Zealander on his way home. Half the episode focussed on his parents' search for the truth as to what caused the accident... anyway, all of it made me weep.

That said, "Mayday" is a series that I'll probably tune into each Thursday night from now on, regardless...

Sometimes I reckon that if I can still cry openly at something, it means that at the very least I'm not emotionally dead yet. And somehow that seems important for some reason...

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