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Friday, July 2, 2010

TEAR JERKERS


Irving Berlin was perhaps the heir to the throne in writing songs of sadness, loneliness, depression, misery and hopelessness.

My friend Patty and I are inveterate list-makers; I sent her my list of my SADDEST SONGS and below is her answer; my list is below Patty's and below mine are my brother Roger's and my brother Norman's TEAR JERKERS! My friend Arminta's list is below their lists.

From Patty:

I cannot believe you sat there and wrote all of those songs AND the artists. The first time I heard my #1 saddest song, I was a teenager and cried all the way through it; I agree with a lot of yours, but here are my saddest, saddest, saddest:

"Danny Boy"
"Kiss From a Rose" - Seal
and the saddest of all:
"My Buddy" - an old WWI or WWII song - I can barely listen to it without sobbing.

*MY LIST*

JOHNNY I HARDLY KNEW YE--CLANCY BROTHERS AND TOMMY MAKEM
OLE SHEP--ELVIS
GLOOMY SUNDAY--BILLIE HOLIDAY
IN THE WEE SMALL HOURS OF THE MORNING--FRANK SINATRA
I CAN'T MAKE YOU LOVE ME--BONNIE RAITT
HE STOPPED LOVING HER TODAY--GEORGE JONES
ELEANOR RIGBY--THE BEATLES
IN THE REAL WORLD--ROY ORBISON
HE AIN'T HEAVY, HE'S MY BROTHER--THE HOLLIES
CRY ME A RIVER--JULIE LONDON
DANCE WITH MY FATHER--LUTHER VANDROSS
I'VE GOT TO GET A MESSAGE TO YOU--THE BEE GEES
THE PATRIOT GAME--CLANCY BROTHERS AND TOMMY MAKEM
SHILO--NEIL YOUNG
ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART--DIONNE WARWICK
HURT--JOHNNY CASH
THE RIVER--BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
A CHANGE IS GONNA COME--SAM COOKE
SPACE ODDITY--DAVID BOWIE
THAT'S THE WAY I'VE ALWAYS HEARD IT SHOULD BE--CARLY SIMON
LAST KISS--J. FRANK WILSON
HALLELULJAH--LEONARD COHEN
TELL LAURA I LOVE HER--RAY PETERSON
PATCHES--CLARENCE CARTER
TRAVELIN' SOLDIER--THE DIXIE CHICKS
I'M SO LONESOME I COULD CRY--HANK WILLIAMS
CAT'S IN THE CRADE--HARRY CHAPIN
LONG, LONG TIME--LINDA RONSTADT
ALONE AGAIN, NATURALLY--GILBERT O'SULLIVAN
SEASONS IN THE SUN--TERRY JACKS
CIRCLE GAME--JONI MITCHELL
TEXAS GIRL AT HER FATHER'S FUNERAL--RANDY NEWMAN
MR. TANNER--HARRY CHAPIN
AND THE BAND PLAYED WALTZING MATILDA--CLANCY BROTHERS AND TOMMY MAKEM (WRITTEN BY ERIC BOGLE)
THE GREEN FIELDS OF FRANCE--ERIC BOGLE
THE ROSE--BETTE MIDLER
IF I HAVE TO GO--TOM WAITS
UNTIL IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO GO-BUFFY SAINT-MARIE
TOMORROW IS A LONG TIME--BOB DYLAN
500 MILES--PETER, PAUL AND MARY
IF YOU GO AWAY--DUSTY SPRINGFIELD
CRYING--ROY ORBISON
THE END OF THE WORLD--SKEETER DAVIS
HURT SO BAD--LITTLE ANTHONY AND THE IMPERIALS
SEND IN THE CLOWNS--JUDY COLLINS
I WILL REMEMBER YOU--SARAH MCLACHLAN
I AM A ROCK--SIMON AND GARFUNKEL
AT 17--JANIS IAN
SHE'S LEAVING HOME--THE BEATLES
VINCENT--DON MCLEAN
DESPERADO--THE EAGLES
FREE FALLIN'--TOM PETTY
DUST IN THE WIND--KANSAS
BEHIND BLUE EYES--THE WHO
SO FAR AWAY--CAROLE KING
WHEN WILL I BE LOVED?--LINDA RONSTADT (EVERLY BROTHERS!)
AIN'T NO SUNSHINE--BILL WITHERS

*ROGER'S LIST*

ARLINGTON--TRACE ADKINS
WHISKEY LULLABY--ALISON KRAUSS
BELLEAU WOODS--GARTH BROOKS
SARAH BETH--RASCAL FLATTS
LENINGRAD--BILLY JOEL
ALEXA--BILLY JOEL
DIDN'T I--MONTGOMERY GENTRY
AMERICAN PIE--DON MCLEAN
OLD HIPPIE--BELLAMY BROTHERS
RIDING WITH PRIVATE MALONE--DAVID BALL
WRECK OF THE EDMUND FITZGERALD--GORDON LIGHTFOOT
WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER--QUEEN
LAST DATE--CHET ATKINS OR FLOYD CRAMER
EMPTY CHAIRS AT EMPTY TABLES--COLM WILKINS
UNCHAINED MELODY--RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS
OPERATOR--JIM CROCE
HIGHWAYMAN--WILLIE, WAYLON AND THE BOYS
JIM, I WORE A TIE TODAY--WILLIE AND JOHNNY
50,000 NAMES--GEORGE JONES

*NORMAN'S LIST*

WISH YOU PEACE--THE EAGLES
LONG WAY HOME--DON HENLEY
POWER OF LOVE--CELINE DION
BLUE EYES CRYING IN THE RAIN--WILLIE NELSON
THE PRETENDER--JACKSON BROWNE
FOLLOW ME--UNCLE KRACKER
SUNDAY MORNING COMING DOWN--WILLIE NELSON
LOST THAT LOVING FEELING--RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS
WE'VE GOT TONIGHT--BOB SEGER
ALL SUMMER LONG--KID ROCK
I'M ALIVE--JACKSON BROWNE
FRREBIRD--LYNARD SKYNARD
WE'VE GOT TONIGHT--BOB SEGER
RUN LIKE A THIEF--BONNIE RAITT
DEJA VU--JOHN FOGERTY
WAITING FOR A STAR TO FALL--BOY MEETS GIRL
TEARS IN HEAVEN--ERIC CLAPTON
SUNSHINE ON MY SHOULDER--JOHN DENVER
WILD SIDE OF LIFE--HANK WILLIAMS
COME TO MY WINDOW--MELISSA ETHERIDGE
FAITHFULLY--JOURNEY
AMAZED--LONESTAR
SOMETIMES LOVE JUST ISN'T ENOUGH--PATTY SMYTH
NEON MOON--BROOKS AND DUNN
BELIEVE--CHER
MEET ME IN MONTANA--DAN SEALS
TALKING TO THE NIGHT--DON HENLEY
LYIN' EYES--THE EAGLES
DIMMING OF THE DAY--BONNIE RAITT

*ARMINTA'S LIST*

HONEY--BOBBY GOLDSBORO
OPERATOR--JIM CROCE
HE DIDN'T HAVE TO BE--BRAD PAISLEY
DESPERATELY--GEORGE STRAIT
FIRE AND RAIN--JAMES TAYLOR

3 comments:

skymetalsmith said...

Lori's List
Kentucky Rain Elvis
Our Town Iris Dement
The Last Leviathan Rory Block
Rainy Night In Georgia Brook Benton
Louisiana Randy Newman

Concha's List

For The Good Times By anybody
In The Air Tonight Phil Collins
Stewball probably PP&Mary
One Tin Soldier Do not know the writer
I Know You Rider Jerry Garcia
Death Don't Have No Mercy Hot Tuna

skymetalsmith said...

One Kind Favor ????? Who wrote that?

sue said...

"Just one kind favor I ask of you,
To see that my grave is kept clean."

----Blind Lemon Jefferson