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I love a sad song-
here's a few-
whaddya got?
I've always found this Steve Earl song really sad; the Turkish tragedy just makes it sadder.

Johnny Cash. Makes me cry every time I hear it

not really weepy, just melancholy
 
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great choices, Leila.....here is one of my favorites....


and this one...
 
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No matter how many times I hear it my eyes are never dry by the end... here's the songwriter's version:
https://myspace.com/karenposton/music/song/lydia-24514555-24315740
But I heard it first by Slaid Cleaves so I suppose I still prefer his rendition:
https://myspace.com/slaidcleaves/music/song/lydia-69591147-76522037

I also love this one, Emmy Lou Harris and Dave Matthews singing My Antonia:
https://myspace.com/emmylouharris/music/album/red-dirt-girl-25420/296500
Doesn't make me cry but it's just beautifully done.
 
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Wow! Cool thread! Freak'n great posts!

Tim I luv Slaid Cleaves!

BILLIE HOLIDAY - STRANGE FRUIT (1939) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Web007rzSOI
 
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_ a spoken piece, with an instrumental background Walter Brennan doing " Old Man Rivers and me " Big AL !
 
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I Have always loved this one.
 
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You want sad ?
Try this
http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=_o_oC22fs84

Sorry on my phone cannot embed stuff

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Hi David. The link is not working. I'm excited to hear the tune! Could you please post the musicians name and the song title?


This song goes out to a very good friend. RIP Wayne B. Woodrow (June 13, 1961 - May 10, 2014)

JIM CARROLL - PEOPLE WHO DIED - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xt5OZJ1LrbQ

Jim Carroll - Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Carroll

 
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Odd it works for me .here is another version on YouTube maybe this one will work for you
http://m.youtube.com/?reload=7&rdm=14cw373m2#/watch?v=20akrOZr3mo

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I beleive this is what David was posting:
Clannad - Coinleach Glas An Fhomhair
 
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Thanks Nathan
 
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Townes Van Zandt - Waitin Around To Die - Clip from the fantastic documentary film Heartworn Highways (1974) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFh4DebJAfs

Gillian Welch & David Rawlings - Orphan Girl - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qZOOb02u-4

The Harry Smiths - Cover of Gillian Welch's - My Morphine - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWNrt3ThK6E
 
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BETTYE LAVETTE - JUST SAY SO (2005) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kuzhFea-J8
 
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Walk off the Earth - Somebody That I usedto Know - Gotye Cover - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOzFVk4F51k
 
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Sometimes it's handy to have a non-vocal tune that allows you to overlay whatever grief, grievance or grudge you want onto it.

http://grooveshark.com/#!/search/song?q=Stanton+Moore+Amy%27s+Lament

 
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Mike Sved, I agree! Stanton Moore has collaborated with many of my favorite artists. I would love to hear more, if you are so inclined. Thanks

Following your lead... the sound of the Super Double Bass and Organ.

GARY KARR & HARMON LEWIS -Adagio in G minor - Tomaso Albinioni / Giazotto - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqAC_6Ia91s&index=27&list=FL6iYC7hC7HkcTMvcQ42qegA
 
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This song was released in '89, but I loved this whole angsty, miserable, genius album in the early 90's

More genius: Linton Kwesi Johnson-dub poetry; basically music

 
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Oh, and basically anything from this album
 
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I've already posted this under Music of the Moment but it's a real country tear jerker . Lyrics by Hank Williams Sr , Music by his Grand-Daughter Holly Williams . Back up vocals by her Daddy Bocephus . Hard to believe this young lady has only a couple of CDs out and is relatively unknown . What a voice !

Holly Williams "Blue is My Heart" :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTfVJpDHZ1M

No {Sniff }, I'm not . It's just allergies !
 
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Maybe this is more bleak and dark than sad.

 
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Luv this thread...

BILL WITHERS - I'M HER DADDY - (1971) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SAke0jV-0o
 
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Sometimes I don't know with this stuff, but they sound a bit jubilantly miserable to me!

This is straight-out sad though

I edited as the version I randomly picked had '9-11 rememberance' imagery. Just in case it wasn't tragic enough...
so we've got 'the desiderata' instead
 
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Love this thread:
George Jones-If you couldn't get the picture
Kim Richey-Those words we said
Judy Collins-Since You Asked
Karla Bonoff-Her entire first eponymous album, first side
Steve Wariner-Some fools never learn
Steve Wariner-Down in Tennessee
Red House Painters-Summer Dress
Neil Young-The Needle and the Damage Done
Jackson Browne-Barricades of Heaven and These Days
Gregg/Allman Brothers End of the Line and It's not my cross to bear
Alice in Chains-Nutshell
Yes, I like sad songs.
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Oh I just forgot-Sam Phillips-Raised on Promises
and
Sheryl Crow-The Difficult Kind.
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John Saltveit wrote: Neil Young-The Needle and the Damage Done


This version gets bonus sad song points-it was recorded on 'The Johnny Cash Show'
and Johnny arguably did the saddest song of all (see 'hurt' upthread)
 
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By the way, Leila, the album you posted about no longer plays and you've got me intrigued. What is the album?
Thanks,
John
 
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John Saltveit wrote:By the way, Leila, the album you posted about no longer plays and you've got me intrigued. What is the album?

I was actually trying to remember that myself!
I suspect it was
 
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This is what I listen to when I'm sad.
 
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Well my favourites in this case...

Zeromancer - Ammonite
Ljunblut - Still Can't Say I Love You
Seigmen - Nemesis
IAMX - Dance With Me
BlutEngel - Seelenshcmerz
 
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Neil Young --- After the Gold Rush

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1e3m_T-NMOs

Rolling Stones --- Indian girl

https://m.youtube.com/watch?params=EAEYAdoBAggB&v=BF0MbYgYrCQ&mode=NORMAL
 
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Hey, thanks for a great thread!

Leila Rich wrote:
Johnny Cash. Makes me cry every time I hear it



Was the Jonny Cash song 'Hurt'? (your link is to a now deleted account). Trent Reznor had serious reservations when he heard Cash wanted to cover Hurt, but gave his blessing after seeing this video by Cash:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vt1Pwfnh5pc

And while not a song, I'm adding this Revisionist History podcast (Title: King of Tears) as I thought if someone likes sad songs they may find the podcast worth a listen.

http://revisionisthistory.com/episodes/16-the-king-of-tears

 
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just lost hubs....



 
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Great to see this thread pop up again...missing Leila Rich here at permies....

Nice selections everybody!

Here's another Neil Young...I like his more tongue in cheek sad songs like this one.  Apparently this song was the highlight of this particular concert

 
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Love this song by Thousand Foot Krutch!
Stevie Ray Vaughan's cover of Jimi Hendrix Little Wing touches the soul!
 
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bw,

For those who like Hurt.  I just heard this recently and it reminded me of it.  This guy was struggling with leukemia for some time (died a few years back).  Magical music.  This isn't the duo's best, but it's still great.  

https://youtu.be/LW9PxIdjNd4
Brown Bird      

It's really good.
 
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Natalie Merchant's, My Beloved Wife tears me up every time:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqQkltEa58E

And this one... Whiskey Lullaby:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZbN_nmxAGk
 
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