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    Unhappy What is the saddest song or tune you've ever heard?

    It can be the melody, the lyrics or an association to an event.

    For me, I always feel sad when I listen to

    Zager & Evans - In the year 2525 (the lyrics)
    Michael Andrews & Gary Jules - Mad world (the lyrics and the tune)
    Roger Whittaker - The last farewell (the lyrics and the tune)

    Anyone got any others?

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    "Tears" by Rush

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    For me it's a close call between

    - the opening march from the Funeral Sentences for Queen Mary by Henry Purcell and

    - Weep you no more sad fountains from "The Third and Last Booke of Songs or Aires" by John Dowland.

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    Eric Bogle The Green Fields of France or The Band Played Waltzing Matilda

    Both about the First World War.

    Both the Fureys and the Dropkick Murphys do good versions of the Green Fields of france.
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    Dancing with Tears in My Eyes by Ultravox comes to mind. Also, early albums by Dead Can Dance, although that might be more despair than sadness. YMMV. Teardrop by Massive Attack. Some of the songs on Birdy, by Peter Gabriel. To name a few.
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    Well how about the saddest tune without words? The first movement of Beethoven's "Moonlight" sonata for piano is very saddening isn't it.

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    Aurelia (tune for the hymn "The Church's One Foundation")

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    Quote Originally Posted by clop View Post
    ... The first movement of Beethoven's "Moonlight" sonata for piano is very saddening isn't it. ...
    C sharp minor is always saddening.

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    Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber.

    The strings seem to be literally wailing in grief at the midpoint. It has become the standard funereal piece for national mourning in the U.S. I have no complaints on that subject. It brings tears to my eyes whenever it hits me at the right time.
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    Many Harry Chapin songs come to mind.

    From a more classical perspective, Liszt's Les Préludes.
    So many bugs, so little time.

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    Rain, by Steve Conte/Yoko Kanno

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    I Guess I'm Floating by M83. It doesn't even have any lyrics and there are sounds of kids playing in the background but the music is what isolation sounds like, to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by captain swoop View Post
    Yes, esp. the Waltzing Matilda one - beautifully written and very moving, and as an Oz denizen, particularly poignant...

    Maybe this doesn't quite fit the bill, but I find Sara MacLachlan's "Answer" the most moving piece of music EVER. She has a truly remarkable voice..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoOXtzrc20U

    Cast me gently into morning
    for the night has been unkind

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    It's not supposed to, but The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Roberta Flack) always makes me cry, or want to; provokes a profound sense of sadness. And I don't cry easily.
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    Lightning Crashes by Live. Song dedicated to a woman who dies in childbirth.

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    Great Big Sea's "How did we get from saying I love you" is the first one that came to mind for me.

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    Anything by The Smiths (or Morrisey)

    Especially How Soon Is Now and Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want but there are many others.

    Some others may include "SOS" by Abba, "Every time I see your picture I cry" by Luba.

    Doodler, I *love* Lightning Crashes..fantastic song

    From How Soon Is Now

    There's a club...if you'd like to go
    You could meet somebody who really loves you
    So you go and you stand on your own
    And you leave on your own
    And you go home
    And you cry
    And you want to die

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    "Love Will Tear Us Apart" by Joy Division.

    "The Kick Inside" by Kate Bush. Brother and sister commit incest, she gets pregnant, she sings her suicide note.

    I second "SOS" by Abba - by far their best song, IMO, and actually quite well done in the Mama Mia movie.

    "This Is How It Feels" by Inspiral Carpets.

    Best of all, "Room of Angel" from the Silent Hill 4 soundtrack:

    Here's a lullaby to close your eyes
    It was always you that I despised
    I don't feel enough for you to cry
    Here's a lullaby to close your eyes

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    Somewhere, by Within Temptation. Also, Russian Roulette by Rhianna is pretty intense.

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    Starlight and Saxophone by Tom Smith. The tune and lyrics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrlzs View Post
    Maybe this doesn't quite fit the bill, but I find Sara MacLachlan's "Answer" the most moving piece of music EVER. She has a truly remarkable voice..
    That is a very nice song chrlzs. The harmonies are actually very simple but she sings it extremely well. Not many singers could pull it off as well as that, except perhaps Nora Jones and, of course, SuBo.

    I think it's harder to convey sadness when a tune has no one singing, since you can't hear the emotion in a voice. Trentemoller does an excellent job with "Miss You". Download it and see!

    Anyone else got sad songs with no singing? I'm downloading all suggestions.

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    For Starlight and Saxophone, I much prefer the original version. The "free" version is synthesized and sounds... far less earnest.

    Lyrics are here: http://www.tomsmithonline.com/lyrics..._saxophone.htm

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    Led Zeppelin's All my love. Robert Plant's farewell to his young son that passed away.

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    Maurice Ravel's Pavane For a Dead Princess always gives me goose-bumps.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Jj View Post
    Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber.
    ...
    Me too...goose-bumps and tears. Was played, one year (you know...after those attacks) at The Proms.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Proms

    It is simply stunning to one's senses.
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    Johnny Cash's cover of 'Hurt' from Nine Inch Nails. The video makes it all the more poignant.

    Israel Kamakawiwo'Ole's version of 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow'. It was my late mother-in-law's favorite song and was played at her funeral. (video)
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    Fish Beach by Michael Nyman from the movie Drowning by Numbers. Michael is a wonderful modern day composer. I saw him live a few years back and this piece of music haunts me when ever I hear it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alS9UKflcMo

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter eldergill View Post
    Anything by The Smiths (or Morrisey)

    From How Soon Is Now

    There's a club...if you'd like to go
    You could meet somebody who really loves you
    So you go and you stand on your own
    And you leave on your own
    And you go home
    And you cry
    And you want to die

    Pete
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    Dust in the Wind by Kansas

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