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ephemeral
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posted 26 November 2005 09:42 PM      Profile for ephemeral     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Aerosmith's "What It Takes"

quote:
There goes my old girlfriend, there's another diamond ring
And, uh, all those late night promises I guess they don't mean a thing
So baby, what's the story? Did you find another man?
Is it easy to sleep in the bed that we made?
When you don't look back I guess the feelings start to fade away.
I used to feel your fire
But now it's cold inside
And you're back on the street like you didn't miss a beat, yeah

[Chorus:]
Tell me what it takes to let you go
Tell me how the pain's supposed to go
Tell me how it is that you can sleep in the night
Without thinking you lost everything that was
good in your life to the toss of the dice?
Tell me what it takes to let you go.

Yeah
Girl, before I met you I was F.I.N.E. Fine
but your love made me a prisoner, yeah my heart's been doing time
You spent me up like money, then you hung me out to dry
It was easy to keep all your lies in disguise
'Cause you had me in deep with the devil in your eyes

[Chorus]
Guitar!

Tell me that you're happy that you're on your own Yeah, yeah, yeah
Tell me that it's better when you're all alone
Tell me that your body doesn't miss my touch
Tell me that my lovin' didn't mean that much
Tell me you ain't dyin' when you're cryin' for me

[Chorus]

Tell me what it takes to let you go
Tell me how the pain's supposed to go
Tell me how it is that you can sleep in the night
Without thinking you lost everything that was
good in your life to the toss of the dice?
Tell me who's to blame for thinkin' twice
No no no no 'cause I don't wanna burn in paradise
Ooo Let go, let go, let go,
let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go,
let it go, let it go, let it go,
let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go



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posted 26 November 2005 09:55 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hee. I loved that song in high school.
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posted 26 November 2005 10:24 PM      Profile for Fidel     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Saw them live during their Back in the Saddle tour way back when. Tyler did his trademark romp around the stage with microphone stand sub'd as a horse. Lots of dry ice and special fx. They rocked Joe Louis Arena that night. Awesome.
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posted 26 November 2005 10:30 PM      Profile for ephemeral     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
what year was it, fidel?
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posted 26 November 2005 10:37 PM      Profile for Fidel     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm looking back through my crystal ballahhhem google search 1984 ? Jeez, was it that long ago?. We picked up John in the Soo, drove to Ottawa and snafoo'd Jimmy me by' at his sisters apartment, and then over to Western in London where we kidnapped Nicky from his gf and then on to Detroit ... with Nicky's gf. It was fab. We were lacking adult supervision in the worst way. Totally clueless and we didn't give a damn either.
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posted 26 November 2005 10:47 PM      Profile for ephemeral     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I am assuming you were a teenager back then. What a wonderful period of life! In no other stage of life is one so conflicted between rebelling and searching for adult guidance.
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I was about a year out of high school then. I think we listened to the entire Led Zeppelin collection plus at least one bootleg about three times between start and Detroit. I'm 40 now and still can't get over it. We had so much fun back then.

So seize the moment and do it while you're young, girly girls. The world is your oyster. Life is beautiful.


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posted 26 November 2005 11:14 PM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"Love is Everything" by Jane Siberry (her own version is wonderful, but kd lang's is even better)

"Smoke" by Crash Vegas

"Bring Me Some Water" by Melissa Etheridge

"You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" by The Beatles

"Almost Blue" and "What a Good Year for the Roses" by Elvis Costello

"Song for Adam" and "Of Missing Persons" by Jackson Browne

"Private Conversation" and "Step Inside This House" by Lyle Lovett

"Heard it Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye

"Heart of the Matter" by Don Henley

"Empty Chairs" by Don McLean

"Unloved" by Jann Arden (with Jackson Browne)

"Girl of Mine" by Blue Rodeo

"It's Too Late" by Carole King

"When Love Breaks Down" by Prefab Sprout

"Everybody Hurts" by R.E.M.

"You Outta Know" by Alanis Morisette

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posted 26 November 2005 11:45 PM      Profile for M. Spector   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Me and Bobby McGee, by Gordon Lightfoot
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posted 26 November 2005 11:51 PM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by M. Spector:
Me and Bobby McGee, by Gordon Lightfoot

I think you misspelt Kris Kristofferson.

[ 26 November 2005: Message edited by: Scott Piatkowski ]


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posted 26 November 2005 11:56 PM      Profile for Clog-boy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Who's mentioned Kris...? Or maybe it's just me, drowsy and tipsy at 5am... [Edit: Or is the song originally by Kris? Always thought the original was by Janis Joplin...]

[ 27 November 2005: Message edited by: Clog-boy ]
[Edit#2: Geez, better put my google in gear b4 I put my fingers in motion... Looks like original is indeed by Kristofferson. Better get my (wise)ass to bed...]

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posted 27 November 2005 12:20 AM      Profile for thwap        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"Fight Test" ... The Flaming Lips
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posted 27 November 2005 12:26 AM      Profile for nuclearfreezone     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"Say It Ain't So" by Rod Stewart
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posted 27 November 2005 12:39 AM      Profile for Diane Demorney   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"Don't Give Up" by Peter Gabriel w/Kate Bush
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posted 27 November 2005 12:46 AM      Profile for Albireo     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
[Snobbishness]
I'm sorry, but I ain't cryin' about nothin' from Aerosmith or Rod Stewart, except the fact that those ear-grinding squawkers make countless millions for the bilge that they spew.
[/Snobbishness]

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posted 27 November 2005 01:19 AM      Profile for M. Spector   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Scott Piatkowski:
I think you misspelt Kris Kristofferson.
No, I was referring specifically to Gordon Lightfoot's superior recording of the song.

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posted 27 November 2005 01:29 AM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I like Bobby McGee as sung by Kristofferson the best, but I like others interpretations as well. I like listening to Janis Joplin's version when I'm drunk, which ain't often, maybe once every five years
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posted 27 November 2005 02:16 AM      Profile for blacklisted     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
masters of war- dylan , just bought the soundtrack cd, perfect background to the times
alexandra leaving- cohen, cause sometimes i miss my wife so hard
america- steppenwolf

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posted 27 November 2005 02:41 AM      Profile for jas     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Moby: Why Does My Heart (Feel so Bad)

Ferron: Ain't Life a Brook

This Mortal Coil: Another Day

David Bowie: Heroes

Natalie Merchant: Beloved Wife

Ben Harper: Another Lonely Day


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posted 27 November 2005 02:42 AM      Profile for obscurantist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
On the topic of heartbreaking music, I defer to my good friend Rob Fleming -- no, not Rob Fleming the future premier of BC. I mean Rob Fleming, the alter ego of novelist Nick Hornby:

quote:
Some of my favourite songs: 'Only Love Can Break Your Heart' by Neil Young; 'Last Night I Dreamed That Somebody Loved Me' by the Smiths; 'Call Me' by Aretha Franklin; 'I Don't Want to Talk About It' by anybody. And then there's 'Love Hurts' and 'When Love Breaks Down' and 'How Can You Mend a Broken Heart' and 'The Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness' and 'She's Gone' and 'I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself' and ... some of these songs I have listened to around once a week, on average (three hundred times in the first month, every now and again thereafter), since I was sixteen or nineteen or twenty-one. How can that not leave you bruised somewhere? How can that not turn you into the sort of person liable to break into little bits when your first love goes all wrong? What came first, the music or the misery? Did I listen to music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to music? Do all those records turn you into a melancholy person?

- Nick Hornby, High Fidelity


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Tuesday's Gone by Lynrd Skynrd. I know it's not exactly the most heart-breaking thing. But it's up there for me.

quote:
Train roll on, on down the line,
Won't you please take me far away?
Now I feel the wind blow outside my door,
Means I'm leaving my woman behind.
Tuesday's gone with the wind.
My woman's gone with the wind.

And I don't know where I'm going.
I just want to be left alone.
Well, when this train ends I'll try again,
But I'm leaving my woman at home.

[chorus]
Tuesday's gone with the wind.
Tuesday's gone with the wind.
Tuesday's gone with the wind.
My woman's gone with the wind.

Train roll on many miles from my home,
See, I'm riding my blues away.
Tuesday, you see, she had to be free
But somehow I've got to carry on.

[chorus]



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posted 27 November 2005 06:59 AM      Profile for Fidel     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Mother will she tear your little boy apart?
Ooooowaa Mother, will she break my heart?

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quote:

I was all right
For a while
I could smiillle forrrrr a while ...

"Cryin'" by Roy Orbison. I like his later duet with k.d., but the original gets me weeping as soon as I hear those first lines.

Gee, if this is about hurtin' music, we should have more C&W songs here, shouldn't we?


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posted 27 November 2005 08:41 PM      Profile for Makwa   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"Atmosphere", Joy Division.
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"At Seventeen", Janis Ian
"Heart Like a Wheel" Linda Ronstadt's version of Anna McGarrigle's song
"Tears in Heaven", Eric Clapton

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posted 27 November 2005 09:40 PM      Profile for beibhnn     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Stephen Gordon:
"At Seventeen", Janis Ian

I still get a little verklempt every time I hear that song, as well as any time I hear Judy Collins singing the Beatles "In my life" or anyone singing Eric Bogle's "And the band played Waltzing Matilda"


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posted 27 November 2005 10:12 PM      Profile for alisea     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
All these raise a serious lump in my throat:

Angie -- Rolling Stones

Delicate -- Damien Rice

2000 MIles -- Pretenders

Hallelujah -- Rufus Wainwright cover of Cohen

Long and Winding Road -- McCartney's version, not the overblown Phil Spector one on Let It Be.

Don't You Need -- Melissa Etheridge ("And I realized my heart had abducted my mind, and they were last seen heading south ..."

Hold On, and I Will Remember You -- Sarah McLachlan

Fields of Gold -- Sting


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posted 28 November 2005 12:40 AM      Profile for Américain Égalitaire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Heartbreakers, eh?

These are my lump-in-the-throat inducers and, of course, peg me as a hopeless sentimentalist/romantic:

Iowa – Dar Williams
Say Hello, Wave Goodbye – Soft Cel
Pretty Maids All in A Row – Eagles
Taxi – Harry Chapin (Ok, sue me) also WOLD
Sleep's Dark and Silent Gate – Jackson Browne
He Thinks He'll Keep Her – Mary Chapin Carpenter (probably one of the saddest bounciest songs ever recorded)
Hello Young Lovers – Julie Andrews (from The King and I)
Only the Lonely, Suddenly Last Summer – The Motels
Oh Yeah – Roxy Music
The Dangling Conversation – Simon & Garfunkel
No More I Love You's – Annie Lennox
Unsent -- Alanis


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posted 28 November 2005 12:47 AM      Profile for Albireo     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Américain Égalitaire:
Taxi – Harry Chapin (Ok, sue me) also WOLD
OK, I'll confess that recently I was brought to tears by the combination of a few too many drinks, some sentimentality and "The Cat's in the Cradle" by Harry Chapin.

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quote:
Originally posted by Albireo:
OK, I'll confess that recently I was brought to tears by the combination of a few too many drinks, some sentimentality and "The Cat's in the Cradle" by Harry Chapin.

Yeah, I can see that. But I'd draw the line at Mike and the Mechanics' "The Living Years."

Add to this one I should have included: Father Christmas, Emerson Lake and Palmer. One time during a particularly rough holiday season I had to pull off the road when this song came on the radio.


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posted 28 November 2005 09:48 AM      Profile for idontandwontevergolf     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I know it was already mentioned but,

Almost Blue - Elvis Costello, and

Drinking Again - Aretha Franklin's version
Thin Line Between Love and Hate - The Pretenders (well, it doesn't actually choke me up, it's just a different take on the whole break-up experience)

Schlocky, schlock schlock that still gets to me:

One Less Bell to Answer - Burt Bacharach

From my youth:

Beth - Kiss

And, finally, in honour of my Dad's generation:

There's a Tear in my Beer - Hank Williams (Jr?)


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Gavin Bryars, "Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet" Makes me weep. Don't know why. First heard it late at night on CBC on a lonely stretch of the TransCan somewhere in Manitoba.
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Stan Rogers' "Lies" gets me sobbing before the second chorus.
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Stan Rogers' "Lies" gets ME sobbing just on---
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Some good entries there, especially "And the band Played Waltzing Matilda".

In the Bobby Darin movie, they had a song in the background (don't think it was by Darin, Tony Bennett maybe?) called "Once Upon a Time" dealing with lost youthful love never to be regained. Very moving.

Because of the atmosphere in the film, the Marseillaise in Casablanca always brings a tear to my eye.

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Eleanor Rigby.


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Mother - John Lennon
Days - The Kinks
Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Kris Kristofferson
Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac
Blind Love - Tom Waits
Pretty Little Cemetary - Ron Sexsmith
All Things Must Pass - George Harrison
Knocking on Heaven's Door - Warren Zevon did this on his last record - saddest song I've ever heard

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quote:
Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac

??? ronb? that's too uptempo and jangly to get me to well up, now Landslide, on the other hand....

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Yeah, that's the genius of it though, it's so uptempo and so depressing at the same time.

Songbird works the exact opposite way.


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OK, the schmaltz barrier has been broken, so I don't need to feel embarrassed by...

'What did you think' by Billy Vera and the Beaters (?) As I recall, it accompanied a tearjerking moment in 'Family Ties'.

Ahem

Now to more grown-up nominations:

Last goodbye - Jeff Buckley. Spookily premonitious given his very sad and untimely ending.

This is our last goodbye
I hate to feel the love between us die
But it's over

Oh, this is our last embrace
Must I dream and always see your face
Why can't we overcome this wall
Baby, maybe it's just because I didn't know you at all

Nothing compares to you - Sinead O'Connor.

Oh, and Scott Piatkowski has obviously thought about this a LOT.


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posted 30 November 2005 06:29 PM      Profile for MartinArendt     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Most of mine were chosen!

But, a few more:

For navel-gazing self-indulgence:

"Black" by Pearl Jam:

"I take a walk outside
I'm surrounded by some kids at play
I can feel their laughter, so why do I sear...
...And now my bitter hands cradle broken glass
Of what was everything?
All the pictures have all been washed in black, tattooed everything...
All the love gone bad turned my world to black"

For some nasty, take-that blues, Buddy Guy singing "Stepping Out (slippin in, slippin out)":

"Now cry your heart out
Oh you don't mean a thing to me
I'm a brand new man
And you can plainly see
A new way to walk people and of wearin' my hair
This big smile you see on my face
You didn't put it there"

Or, Freddie King's "Someday (after a while) you'll be sorry":

"Trouble, trouble, trouble on my mind.
Trouble, trouble, way down the line.
I don't need, I don't need no sympathy,
So babe, babe, don't you, don't you pity me.

I may be blue, but I don't mind,
Because I know way down the line,
I said someday, someday baby,
After a while, you will be sorry."

I'm not bitter, no....


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"If You See Her, Say Hello" Bob Dylan
"The Rose" Bette Midler version, I'm not sure who wrote it. Sure the song is a bit over the top, but it has a beautiful melody.
3."I Still Miss Someone" Emilou Harris version
4."Wheels" Lone Justice
5."Tears of God" Los Lobos
6."Love Hurts" Gram Parsons/Emilou Harris version ONLY
7."Poncho and Lefty" Townes Van Zandt

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Radiohead own this topic.

True Love Waits
Lucky
Fake Plastic Trees
Exit Music
Big Ideas/Nude
Big Boots/Man-O-War
I Will
Like Spinning Plates
How To Disappear Completely
You Never Wash Up After Yourself
Rabbit In Your Headlights (not technically Radiohead, but almost)

Others:

Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie- Joanna Newsom
Play Dead- Bjork
Spark- Tori Amos (it's about her miscarriage)
Bird Gerhl- Antony And The Johnsons (especially the way he sings the part, "I'm a bird girl, and the bird girls can fly")
A Day In The Life- Beatles

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Nothing too heartbreaking. Cream, 2002, Alberts Hall, PBS, RIGHT NOW, sorry you missed Spoonful.
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Oh, I've got another that usually gets me fighting back a salty one in the car while volume dial goes a bit higher right about here

the First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

And then she did another one that invokes a little bitty ache in the old thorax ...

Struuuumming my pain with his fingers
Singing my life with his words
Killing me softly with his song
Killing me softly with his song
Telling my whole life with his words
Killing me softly with his song


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Makwa
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posted 03 December 2005 07:16 AM      Profile for Makwa   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Holocaust

Your eyes are almost dead
Can't get out of bed
And you can't sleep
You're sitting down to dress
And you're a mess
You look in the mirror
You look in your eyes
Say you realize
Everybody goes
Leaving those who fall behind
Everybody goes
As far as they can
They don't just care
They stood on the stairs
Laughing at your errors
Your mother's dead
She said, "Don't be afraid"
Your mother's dead
You're on your own
She's in her bed
Everybody goes
Leaving those who fall behind
Everybody goes
As far as they can
They don't just care
You're a wasted face
You're a sad eyed lie
You're a holocaust

(Alex Chilton)


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posted 03 December 2005 08:09 AM      Profile for Stargazer     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Beck's Lonesome Tears:

Lonesome tears
I can't cry them anymore
I can't think of what they're for
Oh they ruin me every time

But I'll try
And leave behind some days
These tears just can't erase
I don't need them anymore

How could this love ever-turning
Never turn its eye on me?
How could this love ever-changing
Never change the way I feel?

Lazy sun
Your eyes catch the light
With the promises that might
Come true for a while

Oh I'll ride
Farther than I should
Harder than I could
Just to meet you there

How could this love ever-turning
Never turn its eye on me?
How could this love ever-changing
Never change the way the feel?

And Deadboy and the Elephantmen's - Heart of Green

I have seen that shadow in the meadow
and I have seen that same shadow on the bayou
moving slowly through your heart of green
along your velvet belly is the cool sky
you jump into the water but the fire's been tamed
bless this jungle floor where I sleep
and I dreamed that I lost your heart of green
the dragon sleeps with the owl and the centipede
and they dream of you and me
along your velvet belly lies the cool sky
you jump into the water but the fire's been tamed
ooh bless this jungle floor where I sleep
and I dreamed that we touched your heart of green
opening like wings over the horizon
I hear that strange melody that only you can speak to me
You got that heart of green
she said I know the spirit of your greener day
she said I know the spirit of your greener day
she said I've seen that shadow stretched across the meadow
and I've seen that same shadow on the bayou
moving slowly through your heart of green moving slowly through your heart
of green moving slowly through your heart of green
moving slowly through your heart of green moving slowly through your heart
of green moving slowly through your heart of green


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obscurantist
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posted 04 December 2005 08:52 PM      Profile for obscurantist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Two albums that can pull at my heartstrings, albeit not in a romantic sense:

-- There's a Hippo in My Tub, by Anne Murray

-- Are We There Yet?, by Sandy Offenheim and Family

I'll play these for my kids, if I can avoid getting teary-eyed each time I hear them.


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Scott Piatkowski
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posted 04 December 2005 11:35 PM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Walker:
Oh, and Scott Piatkowski has obviously thought about this a LOT.

I just think a lot about music in general.


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Ken Burch
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posted 09 December 2005 04:47 AM      Profile for Ken Burch     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Fidel:
[QB]Oh, I've got another that usually gets me fighting back a salty one in the car while volume dial goes a bit higher right about here

the First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

Yes. Ewan Maccoll is one of my heroes, and there's a great story about the writing of that song.

In the early 1960's, Ewan had just become involved with the American folksinger Peggy Seeger. They were invited to tour the U.S. as part of a coast-to-coast variety tour.

At the last minute, Ewan was barred entry into the U.S.(he had been a committed revolutionary Marxist since his teens and this was the height of the Cold War). They needed the money, having just had a child, so Peggy went on alone.

One day, she called Ewan from Los Angeles, and told him that there was going to be a national radio broadcast of the touring show that night, and the producers wanted her to sing a short, original love song right before an intermission in the broadcast. Could Ewan come up with something?

In the course of that phone call(which lasted less than ten minutes)Ewan composed the entire song.

And the great success of the Roberta Flack version(bolstered in part by the fact that right-wing Hollywood star Clint Eastwood used it under the opening credits of his film PLAY MISTY FOR ME)ended up providing Ewan and Peggy with financial security for the remainder of their lives together(Ewan died in 1989), allowing them to make dozens of albums of explicitly political music, exactly the kinds of songs that the State Department commiephobes were trying to suppress by keeping Ewan out of the U.S. So there!

(Incidentally, when Roberta Flack recorded her version, she made a small, but very important change in the lyrics.

In the last verse, the lines originally read

"And the first time ever I lay with you
I felt your heart, so close to mine,
And I thought our joy would fill the Earth,
and last, 'til the end of time, my love"

Roberta changed "thought" to "knew", which totally changes what is being communicated in the verse.

Of course, that wasn't as bad as the Kingston Trio singing the last verse as

"the first time ever I DANCED with you"!)


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posted 09 December 2005 04:51 AM      Profile for Ken Burch     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
On a wholly different note, two later Johnny Cash songs repeatedly reduced me to tears.

One of them was the song "September, When it Rains"(which his daughter Roseanne sang as a duet with his recorded voice at his memorial service), particularly the line "I cannot climb a mountain now, I can no longer run"(damn, I choked up just now typing that), and the other was his cover of "Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails.

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posted 09 December 2005 09:18 AM      Profile for RP.     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by thwap:
"Fight Test" ... The Flaming Lips

Was trying to think of one, and you jogged my memory, "Superhumans," The Flaming Lips.

quote:
Once in a while, the time will come
To surrender everything you have to give
I would have given up for you

Damn they're awesome, that "tape" in particular (just looking at all the lyrics for Transmissions From the Satellite Heart) really gets me.


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RP.
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posted 09 December 2005 09:22 AM      Profile for RP.     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Stargazer:
Beck's Lonesome Tears:

Oh man, and Beck. "Rowboat"

quote:
Rowboat, row me to the shore
She don't wanna be my friend no more
...
Dogfood on the floor, and I been like this before
She is all and everything else is small

(I think Johnny Cash did a cover of that one?)


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posted 09 December 2005 12:46 PM      Profile for Nikita     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Capsized - Sarah Harmer
Cannonball - Damien Rice
Here With Me - Dido
Strange Days - Matthew Good Band

Hasn't Hit Me Yet - Blue Rodeo. This one isn't heartbreaking exactly, but it sums up how I feel right now: kind of melancholy and out of touch. It's just the stress of my stupid final exams and trying to help out with the election but darn it I'm tired today.

ETA: Walk Away - Ben Harper. After a breakup, a homemade CD showed up in my mailbox with just this song on it. Holy Guilt Trip Batman.

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posted 09 December 2005 01:56 PM      Profile for Alan Avans   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Con Te Partiro. Rips my heart outta my chest and thrusts it to the floor.

Top creepy song: (Mr. Brown)you have a lovely daugthter....*ick* I wouldn't let no daughter of mi-yi-yine anywhere near someone who sounds like the guy that sang that one.

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posted 09 December 2005 04:28 PM      Profile for Maritimesea     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry

Words and music by Hank Williams
(But sung by Holly Cole)


Hear that lonesome whippoorwill
He sounds too blue to fly
The midnight train is whining low
I'm so lonesome I could cry

I've never seen a night so long
When time goes crawling by
The moon just went behind a cloud
To hide its face and cry

Did you ever see a robin weep
When leaves begin to die?
Like me he's lost the will to live
I'm so lonesome I could cry

The silence of a falling star
Lights up a purple sky
And as I wonder where you are
I'm so lonesome I could cry


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posted 11 December 2005 11:42 AM      Profile for ohara        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Tiger Lilly Road by Murray Maclaughlin
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Catchfire
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posted 11 December 2005 03:08 PM      Profile for Catchfire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Every Rose Has its Thorn — Poison

What a metaphor!


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posted 12 December 2005 11:37 AM      Profile for Accidental Altruist   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I know the lyrics to these songs by heart and yet I maintain I am a cheerful person! ;-)


Drank Like a River - Whiskeytown
Late for the Sky - Jackson Browne

My number one fave:
Circus Clown by The Meat Purveyors
from the album "All Relationships are Doomed to Fail"

I kept the plates spinning as long as i could
things just got worse and they never got good
as my whole world started to crack
i heard someone laughing behind my back

do i look like a circus clown to you?
does this look like a painted on frown to you?
yer so amused
i just feel misused
do i look like a clown to you?

take a tumble, take a fall take a kick in the pants
people shoot at my feet and tell me to dance
as i stand in the big ring disgraced
i see you in the crowd with a smile on your face


do i look like a circus clown to you?
does this look like a painted on frown to you?
yer so amused
i just feel misused
do i look like a clown to you?

step right up, come on in, get your money's worth
it's the greatest, oldest show on earth
sit up front for the very best view
as a man saws a woman's heart in two

do i look like a circus clown to you?
does this look like a painted on frown to you?
yer so amused
i just feel misused
do i look like a clown to you?


.... close second is a track by the same band with these lyrics:

When I’m not drinking
I’m thinking about drinking
And when I’m not thinking
I’m drinking about you.

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