Singer Mark Linkous died in , having battled depression for most of his life. If you can bear the sorrow, this is a perfect song to remember him by. Bruce Springsteen — 'The River'. It may have been released 31 years ago, but there's a topicality to 'The River's' tale of a young couple struggling to survive in tough economic times in a dead-end town.
The harmonica is haunting, and pained. Leonard Cohen — 'Famous Blue Raincoat' "It's four in the morning, the end of December," begins this mournful letter-in-song by the high priest of melancholy.
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If anyone tells you Leonard Cohen is music for depressives, they've probably heard this song. The two tears that roll down her cheek in the video were, apparently, not faked.
You can hear Conor Oberst's voice shaking in this look back to the past and fearful glance to the future. It's a powerful, clear description of the paralysis of fear: "But all I do is just lay in bed And hide under the covers".
Does anyone else think Bright Eyes would be a lot better if they changed their name? Radiohead — 'How To Disappear Completely'. Thom Yorke's lyrics come partly from the advice he received from Michael Stipe about the pressures of touring. Listen out for Johnny Greenwood on the ondes martenot.
Robert Wyatt — 'Shipbuilding'. Plunging basslines and fragile vocals spin an intricate capsule story, the idea of a struggling industrial community getting by making of ships that their sons are then sent off to war in. Jeff Buckley — 'Morning Theft'. Made all the more poignant by Jeff Buckley's untimely death at the age of 30 in Memphis, Tennessee, 'Morning Theft' is an under-appreciated gem from his second, unfinished album, ' My Sweetheart The Drunk'.
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We miss you, Jeff. You only have to hear the first line of Anthony's most famous song to want to go to bed and cry and eat yoghurt for weeks. It was released in and remains one of the greatest songs of the 21st century. Home Photos.
The 50 Saddest Songs of All Time
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Tammy Wynette articulates the internal struggle of so many divorcees-to-be with children, the strain and ache in her warble serving as a vehicle for her overwhelming remorse. With such a delicate experience on his hands, he admitted that the choruses he came up with sounded too literal. This song hit me at the perfect time in life, and seemed to capture a kind of ineffable melancholy that went beyond the girl I was pining over, and was instead an essential part of the human experience.
Here, Beam has accomplished nothing less than telling the story of our sadness. Why do you keep doing that? That is soooooo depressing.
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Lyrics: And if a double-decker bus Crashes into us To die by your side Is such a heavenly way to die And if a ten-ton truck Kills the both of us To die by your side Well, the pleasure, the privilege is mine. I mean, sort of.
Basically, it's supposed to be a love song but borders on hopelessness. Lyrics: This is our fork on the road Love's last episode There's nowhere to go, oh, no You made your choice Now it's up to me to bow out gracefully Though you hold the key, but baby.
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Lyrics: When she was 22 the future looked bright But she's nearly 30 now and she's out every night I see that look in her face she's got that look in her eye She's thinking how did I get here and wondering why It's sad but it's true how society says Her life is already over There's nothing to do and there's nothing to say Til the man of her dreams comes along picks her up and puts her over his shoulder It seems so unlikely in this day and age. Lily Allen, queen of writing songs about being totally lost Is it possible for a social commentary through song to be one giant hook after another?
Lyrics: Forget about our mothers and our friends. We were fated to pretend. I'll miss the playgrounds and the animals and digging up worms. I'll miss the comfort of my mother and the weight of the world. I'll miss my sister, miss my father, miss my dog and my home. Yeah I'll miss the boredom and the freedom and the time spent alone. But there is really nothing, nothing we can do.