OT: Sad Lines in Sad Songs

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Nat King Cole - Nature Boy - "The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love, and be loved in return".

Hoagy Carmichael with lyrics added by Mitchell Parish - Startdust - "Though I dream in vain, in my heart it will remain. My Stardust melody the memory of love's refrain".
 

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And she said we must get together
But I knew it'd never be arranged
And she handed me twenty dollars
For a two fifty fare, she said
"Harry, keep the change"

Well, another man might have been angry
And another man might have been hurt
But another man never would have let her go
I stashed the bill in my shirt
 
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Bonnie Raitt-I Can't Make You Love Me Here in the dark in these final hours, I'll lay down my heart and I'll feel the power, but you won't, no you won't, cause I can't make you love me if you don't.

Vern Gosden The title of his song If You're Going To Do Me Wrong, Do It Right.

The Fleetwoods-Mr. Blue I must tell you, while you paint the town, a bright red to turn it upside down, I'm painting it too, but I'm painting it blue.
Just about every Country and Western song.
 

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The tear jerker of all time! Woody Guthrie-"Put My Little Shoes Away"
You will do this won't you Mother?
Please remember what I say
Give them all my toys, but Mother,
Put my little shoes away…
Arrrrgghhh!!
 

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There were many Teen Tragedy Songs in the fifties and sixties. LAST KISS may have been the saddest:

We were out on a date in my Daddy's car
We hadn't driven very far
There in the road, straight ahead
The car was stalled, the engine was dead
I couldn't stop, so I swerved to the right
Never forget the sound that night
The cryin' tires, the bustin' glass
The painful scream that I heard last

Well, when I woke up
The rain was pourin' down
There were people standing all around
Something warm a-running in my eyes
But I found my baby somehow that night
I raised her head and when she smiled and said
"Hold me darling for a little while"
I held her close
I kissed her our last kiss
I found the love that I knew I would miss
But now she's gone, even though I hold her tight
I lost my love ... my life, that night

Well, where oh where can my baby be
The Lord took her away from me
She's gone to heaven
So I got to be good
So I can see my baby
When I leave this ol' world

source: J. Frank Wilson and The Cavaliers - Last Kiss Lyrics
 
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From Mark Knopfler's "Heart Full of Holes:"

And you take work in hell, be glad it's not worse
And you get to the back of the queue

Every time I've heard those two lines I've thought of so many people whose jobs are like death....

I won't tire you with all the song's lyrics. They are, to say the least, bittersweet.
 

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Duke Ellington (not sure who the lyricist was), Sophisticated Lady. The vocal by Yvonne Lzunauze chokes me up every time. The lines that get me:

No, Sophisticated Lady I know
You miss the love you lost long ago
And when nobody is nigh, you cry

 
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The tear jerker of all time! Woody Guthrie-"Put My Little Shoes Away"
You will do this won't you Mother?
Please remember what I say
Give them all my toys, but Mother,
Put my little shoes away…
Arrrrgghhh!!
The great Woodie Guthrie. "This Land Is Your Land" should, in my opinion, be this country's National Anthem. It moves me more than any other song about this great country.
 
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SGT MacKenzie- We Were Soldiers


Lay me down, in the cold, cold ground
Where before, many men have gone

When they come I will stand my ground
Stand my ground, I’ll not be afraid

Thoughts of home take away my fear.
Sweat and blood hide my veil of tears

Once a year say a prayer for me
Close your eyes and remember me

Never more shall I see the sun
For I fell to a Germans gun

Lay me down, in the cold, cold ground
Where before many men have gone

 

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About the death of her sister.

It's gonna be a dark cold December
With shaking lilies in the yard.
& your sweet face I will remember
How I'm gonna miss your stubborn heart.
So forgive me for my weakness
I guess my faith is a little stoned.
The angels cried on a Friday
The day that God walked you home.
So goodbye Sister heroine
I'll remember everything, I love you.
Goodbye white trash beauty Queen
Your crooked heart & your beat up
dreams, I love you...
It hurts to laugh here without you
A piece inside of us is gone.
Mama tries to smile too
Ain't never seen that woman try so hard.
No more working Alvarado
No more liars, tramps or thieves.
Your skin & bones don't cast no shadow
on an empty bed in Motel Six
So goodbye Sister heroine
I'll remember everything, I love you.
Goodbye white trash beauty Queen
Your crooked heart & your beat up
dreams, I love you...
We all threw roses at your feet
While you burned our crosses in the street
So if you're looking down on me,
I love you.


Sister Heroine - Beth Hart

 

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Poor Eddie

And now my bitter hands
Cradle broken glass
Of what was everything

I know someday you'll have a beautiful life
I know you'll be a star
In somebody else's sky
But Why
Why can't it be mine


Black - Pearl Jam

 

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Mike and The Mechanics: The Living Years.

I wasn’t there that morning
When my Father passed away.
I didn’t get to tell him
All the things I had to say.

I think I heard his spirit
Later that same year.
I know I heard his echo
In my baby’s new born tear.
I just wish I could have told him in the living years.
 

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About the death of her sister.

It's gonna be a dark cold December
With shaking lilies in the yard.
& your sweet face I will remember
How I'm gonna miss your stubborn heart.
So forgive me for my weakness
I guess my faith is a little stoned.
The angels cried on a Friday
The day that God walked you home.
So goodbye Sister heroine
I'll remember everything, I love you.
Goodbye white trash beauty Queen
Your crooked heart & your beat up
dreams, I love you...
It hurts to laugh here without you
A piece inside of us is gone.
Mama tries to smile too
Ain't never seen that woman try so hard.
No more working Alvarado
No more liars, tramps or thieves.
Your skin & bones don't cast no shadow
on an empty bed in Motel Six
So goodbye Sister heroine
I'll remember everything, I love you.
Goodbye white trash beauty Queen
Your crooked heart & your beat up
dreams, I love you...
We all threw roses at your feet
While you burned our crosses in the street
So if you're looking down on me,
I love you.


Sister Heroine - Beth Hart

Now that is depressing.
 
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Eric Clapton - "Better Make it Through Today"


Life is what you make it,
That's what the people say.
And if I can't make it through tomorrow,
I'd better make it through today.
I have had my share of troubles;
It's nothing new to me.
When I look around me,
All I see is misery.
Life is what you make it,
At least that's what the people say.
And if we can't make it through tomorrow
We'd better make it through today, through today.
Through today.
 
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The whole of Southeastern is a target rich environment for this thread. That album will stand the test of time.

"Children of Children"

I was riding on my mother's hip
She was shorter than the corn
All the years I took from her
Just by being born.

And of course.....



You can really take your pick of any line from Jason Isbell's "Elephant," but I'll go with this one:

I buried her a thousand times, given up my place in line
But I don't give a damn about that now
There's one thing that's real clear to me
No one dies with dignity
We just try to ignore the elephant somehow
We just try to ignore the elephant somehow
We just try to ignore the elephant somehow
Somehow
Somehow
 
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