9.17.2009

What song makes you weepy?

Or at least get a little verklempt. We're particularly interested in songs that make you look for a tissue but in fact they shouldn't really. In my case, it's Puff the Magic Dragon. I loved the song when I was a kid, and my kids love it. And it's about growing up. But still, why the waterworks? We rarely go off topic but in this case, with an enormous bow of respect and appreciation to the wonderful Mary Travers, may she rest in peace, we need to know what songs affect you big tough baseball card people.

14 comments:

thehamiltonian said...

Oooo, good one.

"The Dance" by Garth Brooks & "Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol. They played both of them at a close friend's funeral, and I choke up every time I hear them.

Wear your seatbelts.

--David said...

"Skin (Sarabeth)" by Rascal Flatts or ANY song about a Daddy and his daughter. I am not looking forward to the day I have to walk my baby girl down the aisle... I mean, okay, I *am*, but I'm not...

night owl said...

Oh, boy, a music question, this'll be a long one:

Folk music seems to be able to turn on the waterworks. That three-part harmony is a killer. Peter, Paul and Mary (may she rest in peace) is a good place to start. I have to mention "Blowing in the Wind." That will get a tear everytime.

So will another Peter, Paul and Mary song: "Leaving on a Jet Plane" (actually written by John Denver).

All of the following can get me choked up and most have folk roots in them:

-- "Last Song," Edward Bear (this made me sad as a kid and I didn't know why. I listened to it when I was older, and said, "Oh! That's why."

-- "Long, Long Time," Linda Ronstadt & The Stone Poneys

-- "Top of the World," Dixie Chicks (what a weep-fest this song is. I dare you to listen to the lyrics and not be sad).

-- Almost anything from "The Rising" by Bruce Springsteen. "You're Missing," "The Nothing Man." Totally depressing.

-- "The Story," Brandi Carlile

OK, I need to listen to some AC/DC now.

skoormit said...

"Someday Never Comes" by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Every single time. But that one's kind of supposed to be a sad song, so how about this one one: "Centerfield" by John Fogerty. The first time I ever heard it was on the classic rock station as I drove home from my very last high school game. I knew I would never play organized baseball again. Every time I hear that song I remember that feeling of leaving behind a big part of my life, not because I wanted to, but because I was just out of time.

wickedortega said...

Luther Vandross-Dance With My Father....
i can cry like a baby to that one...

Core Contrarian said...

Slide - Goo Goo Dolls

Gone Away - Offspring (listen to the lyrics)

Swan Dive - Strung Out

firstngoal said...

It does not bring me to tears yet, but "House of the Rising Sun" by the Animals. I know this is a Bob Dylan original, and I usually love originals, but I grew up knowing the Animals' version. My Dad absolutely loves this song for some reason, even though he's never had a gambling or drinking problem. I know that when he passes away (hopefully not for a LONG time), I will not be able to listen to this song any more with dry eyes. Every time I hear it now, I feel the need to call him.

The other similar song that has that connection with my Dad is "Paranoid" by Black Sabbath, but I don't think Black Sabbath could ever make me cry. It just isn't that style.

Another lesser known song would be "Goodbye" by Audio Adrenaline. I first heard this song in my last year of college while I was coping with the fact I would have to grow up someday very soon and say goodbye to a few of my very close friends. I think I have actually choked on tears a few times listening to this one.

Oh man, now that I think about it, I could go on forever about songs that mean a lot to me. Music is definitely one of my top three interests. I need to stop now before I drag this comment out too long...

Collective Troll said...

"If That Aint Country" by David Allen Coe... I guess it's a southern thing maybe.

Joe S. said...

Wow... My mom and I actually danced to Puff the Magic Dragon at my wedding. As young kids, my dad would sing to each of us at night. Whenever he would go away on business, my mom would try to take over, but will even admit herself that she is a bit tone deaf!!

Apparently, I used to ask to sing to her, instead.

Eventually, she would just start playing a Peter, Paul, and Mary tape for me, and this was my absolute favorite song. I always think of her when I hear it. In fact, just this past Christmas she gave me a very nice, illustrated Puff the Magic Dragon book.

I would nominate Puff the Magic Dragon as THE song that could move me to tears, but "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" is right up there with it. Great topic!

steveisjewish said...

Winter by Bayside

Written after they had an accident on tour and their drummer died. released 3 days after a good friend of mine also died in a car accident - what a sad song

dayf said...

Conventional/boring answer:
Bette Midler - The Rose

Unconventional but understandable answer:
Quruli - Bara No Hana
http://dayf.blogspot.com/2008/12/quruli-bara-no-hana.html

The last time I drove away from my grandmother's hospice I heard a promo for Album 88's Nippon Music Champ show on the radio which featured a snippet of this song. It has stuck with that memory pretty tightly. Also Radiohead's Everything in its Right Place for much the same reason as I was listening to them quite heavily at the time.

Downright weird answer:
Vince Guaraldi - Pretty much everything off of A Charlie Brown Christmas Special, especially "Skating"

I own this CD and I listen to it regularly (i.e. - sometimes it's not even Christmas) but if it comes on the teevee and I hear the music I flake out. Must be the strong childhood memory thing.

White Sox Cards said...

"You Shook Me All Night Long" by AC/DC.

I know it's an odd choice, but memory plays a part in it. My uncle committed suicide and it was my task to make a CD for his wake. I got through that process alright and the first weekend after his wake, my friends took me out to a bar to help cheer me up.

I was starting to enjoy myself for the first time in about a week and a half, when someone dressed up as Capt. Morgan jumped onto the bar and invited people to join in a dance contest on top of the bar. The AC/DC song started and out of the blue I finally realized that I would never see my uncle again.

I started to tear up, while everyone around me was having the time of their lives. I've never been one for the bar scene, but I understood why my friends took me. Not even I had a notion that it would hit me so hard at that particular moment.

My uncle took me to my first concert (Aerosmith/Black Crowes) and has been a concert buddy for almost anything rock related. Our next concert adventure was going to be an AC/DC concert.

While "Tears In Heaven" by Eric Clapton and "Freebird" will always make me think of him, "You Shook Me All Night Long" will always get me because of that unexpected moment.

mab said...

"The Rising", by Springstein. I saw him perform it on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at the Inauguration concert earlier this year.

I'm not a big Springstein fan, nor I am particularly into politics, but that performance, at that moment in time, with so many people there was amazing. It gave me chills.

beardy said...

"Hallelujah" by Jeff Buckley

This song absolutely tears me apart, and pretty much reminds me of every breakup in the history of relationships (not just mine).

I'm with Dayf on "A Charlie Brown Christmas Special" as well. It doesn't quite make me teary-eyed, but definitely gives me the tingles.