Friday, March 30, 2012

Sad Songs Blogfest



The A to Z Challenge is just days away, but when I spotted the Sad Songs Blogfest on Spunk on Stick's blog, I jumped on board!

The guidelines are pretty simple - List the songs that move your spirit, cut deep into your soul, and threaten to break your heart. - So without any further delay, here are a few of my favorite AND saddest songs (in random order):

Brad Paisley - Whisky Lullaby

2003- Whiskey Lullaby tells the story of a couple who separate, and eventually drink themselves to death. "We found her with her face down in the pillow, Clinging to his picture for dear life, We laid her next to him beneath the willow, While the angels sang a Whisky Lullaby"

Johnny Cash- Hurt

2002- A story of addiction and self-destruction that has been covered by any artists over the years. Nine Inch Nails does an amazing job, but I think hearing an aging legend makes it touch a little deeper. "And you could have it all, My empire of dirt, I will let you down, I will make you hurt."

Pearl Jam - Last Kiss

1999 -A cover song found on the No Boundaries - A Benefit for Kosavar Refugees album, Last Kiss tells the story of a young couple on a date that ends in tragedy. "Where, oh where, can my baby be? the lord took her away from me, she's gone to heaven, so I've got to be good, so I can see my baby when I leave this world."

Dave Matthews & EmmyLou Harris- Long Black Veil

1999 - Originally recorded in 1959 by Lefty Frizzell its the story of a man wrongly accused of murder, but refuses to give up his alibi (a married woman. The Chieftans, and Johnny Cash also do this song very well. "She walks these hills in a long black veil, She visits my grave when the night winds wail, Nobody knows, nobody sees, Nobody knows but me"

Sarah Mclachlan - Angel

1997 - Story of a heroin overdose, but can be interpreted many different ways.
"Spend all your time waiting, For that second chance, For a break that would make it okay"

What songs are on your list??

62 comments:

  1. This is such an awesome list Bay Girl. Hurt in my opinion is one of the best sad songs of all time, it's so moving.

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  2. Hurt - was that the one re-done by Nine Inch Nails? great song!!

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    1. Yep! Nine Inch Nails version is amazing!

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  3. A good list especially Johnny Cash Hurt,

    Yvonne.

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    1. Hurt falls on a few of my lists - sad, and amazing

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  4. Oh, Angel is an amazing song. It gives me goosebumps every time!

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  5. Someone else mentioned Hurt, too. Need to listen to it.

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  6. Angel is an excellent choice. I'm impressed you kept your list under ten.

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    1. time was sparse this morning - I could have kept going

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  7. Here's where age differences come into play, sigh! The only one I know on your list is Angel, which I love love love.
    Karen

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  8. Brad Paisley's song is great.

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    1. I have heard it redone a few times over the years, but his is my fav

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  9. That Pearl Jam song is on my list to. I can't believe I forgot Angel! Great picks.

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    1. LOVE Pearl Jam - seem to find a way of working them into every list

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  10. Hurt is a deeply sad song, his voice makes it even more so. Great selection :)

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    1. I think his voice is the reason I find it sad, NIN's version is so diff in my mind

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  11. pearl jam and cash.... so true. i have not heard the dave mathews and harris song... will be checking it out.

    Please Check out My Sad Song List...
    Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]
    Visit The Madness:
    iZOMBIE

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    1. Long Black Veil is done by many artists (Cash included) but Matthews/Harris is the one I keep going back to

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  12. Thank you for the great songs, i have Hurt on my list too. I could have had Last Kiss and Long Black Veil too...an I too will be checking out that Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris song.

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    1. there are way too many great sad songs - that is what this blogfest is teaching me

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  13. whiskey lullaby is fantastic!
    as well as angel!
    but johnny cash's voice and the timing of HURT makes that song... just utterly devastatingly brilliant! great list!

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    1. definately - that is what makes the song sad

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  14. Good song choices. As soon as I saw a Timmie's cup in your side bar, I'm having one right now as I type this - french vanilla hot capp. Yummm. Nice to meet another canuck.

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  15. Just browsing the sad song blogfest. Nice song choices

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    1. Its a great blogfest - way too many good sad songs

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  16. Thanks for posting the lyrics. I posted a couple from my songs. Someone else chose that Cash song as well.

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    1. I'm often bad with song titles - lyrics help a lot

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  17. Brad Paisley's song always made me think, what if they had only put the same effort into saving their love.

    Sia McKye OVER COFFEE

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    1. if they put the same effort in they would have had some relationship!

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  18. Oh, nice list! Johnny Cash and Pearl Jam are both in my CD case at home.

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    1. I am slightly infatuated with Eddie Vedder :)

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  19. You're the second person I've seen who listed Johnny Cash's 'HURT'.

    And I'll never forget the first time I heard 'LONG BLACK VEIL' (the Lefty Frizzell version) - I thought that was an amazing lyrical twist.

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. Long Black Veil has been covered by so many artists - husband prefers Lefty while I lean towards Matthews - either way its a great tune

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  20. Great picks. That song by Johnny Cash is so soulful.

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    1. Cash seemed to leave a little bit of himself in that song

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  21. I also listed 'Angel.' I didn't know about the heroine. Love it for many reasons.
    Nancy

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  22. Johnny Cash is a nice pick. And Sarah McLachlan made it on my list, too. I could have compiled a whole list with just her songs. :)

    I'm a new follower!

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    1. McLachlan's voice is something else!

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  23. I almost picked Sarah but I was trying to keep it under 10 songs.
    Great list. Thanks for sharing.
    HMG

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    1. I could have had a list longer than my arm - every blog I visit has so many great selections

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  24. An interesting list, most of which were new to me.

    RJRdaydreamer

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    1. I think 1/2 the fun of this blogfest is finding so many new songs to listen to

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  25. You picked beautiful songs! Especially Sarah Mclachlan. I am always moved with any song of hers!

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  26. Those are great songs - so pretty! I adore Sarah McLachlan :)

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  27. My list of songs that moves me, usually to tears, would be long. We played One Sweet Day, by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men at my Mom's funeral and that one makes me cry a river.

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  28. I love Whiskey Lullaby by Brad Paisley.

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  29. Thanks for sharing your song list and for telling a bit about the background behind each piece.

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  30. Ahhh yes, Whiskey Lullaby and Angel get to me every. single. time.

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  31. Aah, whisky lullaby is great.

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  32. Oh, Angel KILLS me. I can't believe I completely forgot about that song. Sarah has a few good ones that could have made my list. I enjoyed yours!!

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  33. Stopping by from the A-Z! Love the couple of posts I read- especially want to find out how the avacado and pineapple do! :) See you again soon!
    Jenny @ The Modest Peacock

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  34. I first heard "Long Black Veil" on The Band's Music From Big Pink--several sad songs on that album. You have some good ones here.


    Lee
    Sad Songs Blogfests—Places I Remember
    Wrote By Rote
    An A to Z Co-host blog

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  35. Whisky Lullaby and Hurt were both on my list; but I changed my post so it was sad but not so depressing. I had to listen to these again though.

    ........dhole

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  37. Excellent list of songs! I agree with all of them. I will have to think of my own list at some point. http://montessoriwritersthoughts.blogspot.com

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