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"Ain't there one damn song that can make me break down and cry?"

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Initial post: May 4, 2012 12:22:52 AM PDT
David Bowie asked this question on "Young Americans." Please share a song that's brought tears to your eyes. I wasn't sure it would happen to me, but then I heard "After Afterall" by William Fitzsimmons from his Sparrow And The Crow album.

Posted on May 4, 2012 3:20:12 AM PDT
Chazzzbo says:
If I Can Help Somebody - Mahalia Jackson
What Love Really Means - JJ Heller

Posted on May 4, 2012 3:52:35 AM PDT
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Posted on May 4, 2012 3:57:43 AM PDT
S. P. Levin says:
There are several that will do it foir me. One inparticular is Joey Martin's song See You There from her strong enough to Cry Cd.

Posted on May 4, 2012 4:46:35 AM PDT
Randy says:
TWO COW GARAGE: "The Great Gravitron Massacre"

Na na na na na...

All the mothers began to scream
And the air smelled of gasoline
When the blood hit the street
Sons and daughters at our feet
But nothing we could do

And the crowd, it gathered 'round
Amid the bodies on the ground
And I can still hear the sound
Of that machine coming down
And those slow, sad screams

Na na na na na...

And when the morning papers came
Thirteen dead and who's to blame
For all this tragedy and pain?
And this little town was never the same

Na na na na na...

Posted on May 4, 2012 5:50:26 AM PDT
Mike B. says:
Robert Wyatt covers an old Danny Kaye song called "Little Child" on his album "Solar Flares Burn For You". Wyatt sings this in character, adopting a deep voice for the reassuring father, and a high voice for the young son who asks questions like "Why is the sky blue?" The first time I heard it I was smiling, the second time I was thoughtful, the third time I was wiping away tears. When I lent this CD to a friend, he had the exact same reaction. It's not sad, however - but it is enormously touching and moving. Still the only song to ever have this effect on me.

Posted on May 4, 2012 6:06:40 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 4, 2012 8:53:44 AM PDT
tmoore says:
Many Too Many - Genesis

after a breakup initiated by a girlfriend when she had been diagnosed with what turned out to be terminal cancer - the entire song captures quite well how I felt at the time (1993), but the line that really did it was "locked me out and threw away the key".

Regardless of how I felt about it, obviously she ultimately had a much tougher road to go on than me since the cancer did eventually take her life -- I regret how I reacted at that time (my actions were a result of ignorance, as I didn't really get the seriousness of the diagnosis), and I learned a lot.

Posted on May 4, 2012 6:10:05 AM PDT
E. Marks says:
Colour Me- Mick Ronson It's a song about dealing with the cancer that killed him.

Posted on May 4, 2012 6:11:25 AM PDT
L. Ricciuti says:
There's an exclusive club in my head of songs like this:

John Lennon's "Mother"
Tool's "10,000 Days"
Damien Rice's "9"
Gary Jules' version of "Mad World"
Radiohead's "Karma Police"
Smashing Pumpkins' "Stumbleine"

Posted on May 4, 2012 6:31:46 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 4, 2012 6:32:13 AM PDT
Whatever's Written In Your Heart
Gerry Rafferty

Posted on May 4, 2012 6:47:36 AM PDT
EvenSteven says:
Elvis's reading of "Ol Shep".....never fails

Posted on May 4, 2012 7:21:55 AM PDT
widowTink says:
I cry when I hear When You Wish Upon a Star....

Posted on May 4, 2012 7:31:10 AM PDT
Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World."

Posted on May 4, 2012 7:43:33 AM PDT
Eddie H. says:
-Caroline, No---The Beach Boys
-Some Mother's Son-The Kinks
-She's Leaving Home-The Beatles
-The Kids-Lou Reed
-God Only Knows-The Beach Boys
-In My Life-The Beatles
-Remember-Harry Nilsson

Posted on May 4, 2012 10:00:39 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 26, 2012 10:57:44 AM PDT
Sparklicious says:
Somewhere Out There-James Ingram and Linda Ronstadt and the movie version
Can I Live-Nick Cannon
You'll Be In My Heart-Phil Collins
Marie-Randy Newman
I Feel Alive-Celine Dion
In Good Company-Oliver and Company (the movie)
He Still Loves Me-Beyonce, The O'Jays and Angie Stone
Open Your Heart To Me-Madonna
Live To Tell-Madonna
I Thought I'd See You Again-Tiffany
We're Staying Together-Tiffany
Magic-Olivia Newton John

Posted on May 4, 2012 11:30:26 AM PDT
"Pictures of You" - Depeche Mode
"The Long and Winding Road" - The Beatles
"Sometimes It Snows In April" - Prince
"I'll Be Home For Christmas" - most any version

Posted on May 4, 2012 3:57:03 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 4, 2012 4:02:05 PM PDT
doodah man says:
Hallelujah -Jeff Buckley. Such a beautiful voice
Love Song -Third Day
I'll Be Home for Christmas - I was overseas and wasn't going to be home for Christmas for a few years, and it just hit me, all of the great Christmases I'd had with my family.

OK, I'll admit, the video of Paul Potts singing "Nessum Dorma" on Britain's Got Talent got me. Still does, and I've watched it 50x.

Posted on May 4, 2012 4:39:33 PM PDT
cupcake says:
Sad Eyes by Robert John
Beloved Wife by Natalie Merchant
One Sweet Day by Mariah Carey

Posted on May 4, 2012 5:46:02 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 4, 2012 5:47:59 PM PDT
7 & 7 IS says:
"Mama" by B.J. Thomas
"I Dreamed About Mama Last Night" by Hank Williams

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2012 6:41:15 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 4, 2012 7:05:14 PM PDT
edbrooks says:
I liked Eddie H.'s post. Pet Sounds is a great album. "You Still Believe in Me" is a favorite. Also for me,

"Kite" by U2
and if you have a hymnal handy, And Can It Be, Day By Day and Be Still My Soul

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2012 9:24:52 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 4, 2012 9:26:29 PM PDT
"The Long and Winding Road" by the Beatles. I sob everytime I hear it, especially when the choirs swell up.

Also: "Full Circle" by Gene Clark with the Byrds. It's not a sad song in and of itself, but it's just so beautifully written and performed.

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2012 9:33:36 PM PDT
Was going to mention 'Some Mother's Son' have been beaten to it.
'She's leaving Home' is another worthy mention.

Posted on May 4, 2012 9:38:05 PM PDT
Jeffrey M. says:
A few have this effect.

The Smiths - "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out"
Joy Division - "Atmosphere"
Joy Division - "Isolation"
Husker Du - "The Girl Who Lives On Heaven Hill"
Incubus - "I Miss You"
Son House - "Death Letter"

Of these, "Isolation" stands out in particular for the extremely blunt lyrics "...I'm ashamed of the person I am." Little wonder he hung himself at 23.

Posted on May 5, 2012 5:40:25 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 5, 2012 5:42:15 AM PDT
fpr says:
Yes, they are two very sappy ones that a music freak like me should just "poo poo", but these two can make me well up:
"You Don't Bring Me Flowers" Diamond & Babs
"Alone Again, Naturally" Gilbert O'Sullivan.
My gosh! That was almost painful to admit!

Posted on May 5, 2012 6:38:03 AM PDT
Kacee says:
Perhaps Love - John Denver and Placido Domingo
Can I include instrumentals?
Gabriel's Oboe from the film The Mission
Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez
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