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  • January 13th, 2006 | 9:48 PM
music that makes you want to cry

Okay...so this subject is very subjective, I know, but I'm building a list of songs for a writing mix and what I am looking for are songs that for some reason or another elicit a very strong emotional reaction and could easily (if you are in the right mood) bring you tears. Now just because a song affects you like that, doesn't mean it will do the same to me, but I think it could be interesting for me to hear what songs have that effect on other people.

I listen to all sorts of music so go ahead, give me your best "brings you to tears" (or pretty darn close) songs.
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kidlit_kim
January 14th, 2006 06:11 am (UTC)
songs
Unchained Melody. It was the song our parents danced to at our wedding, just five months before we found out my mom had cancer. Every time I hear that song, I think of our wedding video and how my mom snuggled up to my dad and sang the song into his ear.

I'm sure I'll think of others, but that's the one that springs to mind.
susanwrites
January 15th, 2006 05:31 am (UTC)
Re: songs
That one does it for me too. I think I remember a couple doing an ice skating routine to it that was so breathtaking that it just makes my heart skip a beat.
redheadedfemme
January 14th, 2006 06:47 am (UTC)
I know it's cheesy as all get-out, but I've always loved Roxette's "Listen to Your Heart."

Also, Loreena McKennitt's "The Highwayman"--the Alfred Noyes poem, set to music--will bring a huge lump to your throat.
susanwrites
January 15th, 2006 05:32 am (UTC)
Hey, cheesy works. I still have some, bubblegum rock songs that I listen to frequently. Loreena McKennitt, yes. Good choice.
kayaalder
January 14th, 2006 11:24 am (UTC)
The beauty of Canon in D always makes me cry. Amazing Grace, when played as an instrumental, especially on a lone bagpipe and Taps played on a single trumpet.
susanwrites
January 15th, 2006 05:33 am (UTC)
Oh gosh...all of those are tear jearkers. I swear almost anything slow on a bagpipe can make me cry.
ex_dotificu
January 14th, 2006 11:47 am (UTC)
"Un bel di" from Puccini's Madame Butterfly.
susanwrites
January 15th, 2006 05:34 am (UTC)
Ooh...opera. Yes. I don't know opera very well so I appreciate tips to check out.
laurabowers
January 14th, 2006 02:02 pm (UTC)
"Cat's in the Cradle," Harry Chapin. As a mom, this song always hits hard.

"Where've You Been," Kathy Mattea. This is an older country song that always made me cry!

"Wish You Were Here," Pink Floyd. I'm not a big Pink Floyd fan, but this song always makes me incredibly sad, thinking about people who I've lost over the years.

"How can I help you say goodbye," Patty Loveless. This one makes me sob, because the mom d-d-dies.
___sascha___
January 14th, 2006 07:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, the How can I help you say goodbye...just gave me chills, sniff, sniff...
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elmwood
January 14th, 2006 02:07 pm (UTC)
Eric Bogle's "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" and "It's As if he Knows" - both songs about World War one - very poignant.

susanwrites
January 15th, 2006 05:36 am (UTC)
Thanks for mentioning Eric Bogle. I had never heard of him and spent some time on Amazon listening to a lot of clips. I found stuff for me and for gifts for a few friends.
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kellyrfineman
January 14th, 2006 02:23 pm (UTC)
The first one's seasonal, but it's the damned Christmas Shoes song (little boy buying shoes for dying mother).

A song by The Story called So Much Mine (about a mother's relationship with her young teen daughter-- I had to pull off the road when it came out b/c I was preggers and hormonal and it completely wrecked me every time).

susanwrites
January 15th, 2006 05:38 am (UTC)
The Christmas Shoes. I had forgotten that one but I cry at it too. Hmm, I wonder if I have a copy of that. Have never heard of The Story before. Thanks for the lead. (And I hope you're all over the flu from hell.)
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(Anonymous)
January 14th, 2006 03:29 pm (UTC)
Songs
Susan, I'm gonna send you an email on this one

Don

http://devast.blogspot.com
susanwrites
January 15th, 2006 05:39 am (UTC)
Re: Songs
Thanks, Don. I got your mail (Haven't answered yet) and agree with you.
d_michiko_f
January 14th, 2006 04:02 pm (UTC)
Family Portrait by Pink makes me cry everytime.
susanwrites
January 15th, 2006 05:39 am (UTC)
Interesting choice. I have to say that though I have heard of Pink, I've never listened to Pink.
lisa_schroeder
January 14th, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC)
Who You'd Be Today, by Kenny Chesney

Skin, by Rascal Flatts

You're Still You, by Josh Groban

I Can Only Imagine, by MercyMe
susanwrites
January 15th, 2006 05:41 am (UTC)
I had been away from country music for a while (long sad story) so I hadn't heard of Rascal Flatts until I poked around on Amazon. Thanks for the tip because I really liked them. And "You're Still You" oh year. Josh Groban.

I'm melting.
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susanwrites
January 15th, 2006 05:45 am (UTC)
I like different types of music for differnt times in my life or different things I plan on doing. This is an experiment for this current book project because I have to dig deep into some buried stuff so I'm hoping that some music can help poke a few holes in my reserve. Well see.

Thanks for Cabrel. I love French singers but don't know that many of them. Another great lead.
___sascha___
January 14th, 2006 07:08 pm (UTC)
No, Woman, No Cry - Bob Marley

The Song Remembers When - Trisha Yearwood

I Can't Make You Love Me - Bonnie Rait

Same Old Lang Syne - Dan Fogelberg
susanwrites
January 15th, 2006 05:45 am (UTC)
All great choices and all ones I have already. Yipee!
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saputnam
January 14th, 2006 08:12 pm (UTC)
Run For the Roses-Dan Fogelberg and Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers
come to mind right off as well as anything played by Issac Sterns.

susanwrites
January 15th, 2006 05:46 am (UTC)
I agree with the first two but must confess I haven't heard a lot of Issac Sterns. Will have to go looking.
rozzieland
January 14th, 2006 10:58 pm (UTC)
songs
Mine are related to movies that I have seen and when I hear them it triggers the memory I felt when watching them:
"my heart will go on" - Celine Dion (titanic song)
Theme song from "Out of Africa" - John Barry
Theme song from "Somewhere in Time" John Barry
"Remember Me"- Josh Groban, from "Troy"

sniff sniff, pass me a tissue.
susanwrites
January 15th, 2006 05:47 am (UTC)
Re: songs
Ooh...John Barry, how could I forget him?

And Josh Groban who could make me cry by reading me a grocery list.

Pass the tissues back, please.
cassandra_w
January 14th, 2006 11:52 pm (UTC)

Waterfall -Cris Williamson

susanwrites
January 15th, 2006 05:47 am (UTC)
Brand new to me. Will go check it out. Thanks.
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