This in not a sad song - in fact it's quite optimistic,
But there's one thing I know The blues they send to meet me won't defeat me It won't be long till happiness steps up to greet me
It's nearly 20 years ago now. I was living on the island of Grand Cayman in the West Indies. I'd been fortunate enough to get a job over there in my trade - which is baking. It was quite a tough job with lots of pressure, and I would finish a days work and get drunk at my local bar.
Then one evening I moved onto another bar and was gabbing away drunkenly to someone, when I sensed a girl had just stood herself behind me and wasn't moving - it was like she was waiting for me to stop talking.
So I turned around, "Hello!" she said. "Oh hello" and then we started talking and talking. I was 24 at the time and she was one month shy of her 18th birthday - German, but she spoke English so fluently. "My name's Joseph, but you can call me Joe" I said. "My name's Barbara, but you can call me Barbara!" she replied. I just had to get her number.
Stupidly, because I was drunk, I forgot her name the next day but I managed to get it out of her godmother who lived on Grand Cayman and she was visiting. I said to myself, "Just stop drinking, and enjoy this. You've got the rest of your life to drink". There then followed a month where we fell madly in love with each other.
Sometimes I would ride her home on my bicycle, and I'd sing this song to her...
We were together nine years, but I'm going to cut a long story short by saying the alcohlism got the better of me. One day she came to me and said, "Joe, I want to break up with you...it's the alcohol"
The split sent me over the edge of the edge of the abyss with both drink and drugs, and I burned all my bridges with her family and friends. She's moved on now and probably will never speak to me again.
It's 8 years now since I last drank alcohol. I gave it up a couple of years after the split. Got my mind back together, but whenever I hear that "Raindrops Keep Fallin on My Head" It brings it all back to me what I lost. Very very sad.
I've always had a soft spot for slow music and no one does this better than Sigur Ros. This song is from their album Untitled. A nice little fact is that the "lyrics" he sings are in fact gibberish. He didn't want them to make sense so that the listener was given more freedom to interpret what each song meant, hence everything on the album is untitled. Personally, I think it's genius. This track is "Untitled #1", also know as "Vaka". The combination of his sad singing and an even sadder video (directed by the amazing Floria Sigismondi) make this one heartbreaking experience.
This one is a very simple piece. I don't really have anything interesting to say except for that the strings at the end bring a lump to my throat. There's something about them that is undoubtedly painful.
This is another masterpiece of simplicity. Whilst the lyrics aren't all that special, the way he sings them is. There's a haunted feel to the vocals and it just sends shivers down my spine. I was lying in bed the first time I heard this, a little high, and as the song got closer to the end I found it all the more difficult to stop feeling so hurt by it.
Not really a typical 'sad' song I guess, but there's a very personal reason for this song making me sad. My parents divorced in 2010 when I was 15 years old, this was my mum and dad's song, if you know what I mean, it was 'their' song, a bit sappy but this song just brings back a lot of memories of my mum and dad being happy throughout my childhood. The past 2 years have been really sh*tty, as far as my family situation is concerned. I get really upset about it often nowadays, I can go see counselling and I have a session booked in soon. But the fact of the matter is, my mum and dad will never ever be happy together again, and it feels like 15 years of my life has just been completely ruined, I can rarely think of anything from my childhood without getting upset about it now, in a great deal of my childhood memories, I'd say at least 75% of them, my parents were there together with me, as a couple, and I can't think of said memories without also thinking of 'mum and dad'. So yeah, this song just brings back some good memories that hurt to think of, I guess
This song is sad just because of it's commentary on society.
I've been to court twice. One(traffic offense) was just silly and wrong and thrown out quick, the other one(traffic offense) I was actually guilty and it was a pretty heavy deal that is why I went to court. This song played through my head during the whole case. Not to say I won but we managed to get my sentence down from $2000 to $100 and a 4 year suspension from the state of Maryland.
That was very touching indeed trip. I think when you can connect your experiences and feeling to a song it becomes a personal teer jerker.
I suppose it was a common feeling for me in the past to think that I had a friend then I would be betrayed. Usually I`d lose self esteem, but this is kind of different. The artist is exposing the ex-friend in this case.
@Benzoboy & Joseph: That is truly indeed the definition of a sad song. Its the tales tied to it that gets people the most I think. I wish you good luck in moving on.
And in case nobody knows I`m the OP.
This post has been edited by Glenn. on Saturday, Aug 11 2012, 04:05
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