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Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk

Lizzie Cornish 1 08 Sep 09 - 05:38 PM
Stower 08 Sep 09 - 05:39 PM
Tug the Cox 08 Sep 09 - 07:10 PM
Herga Kitty 08 Sep 09 - 07:12 PM
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Subject: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 05:38 PM

For me, it's got to be Bruce's

'When I Cannot Sleep At Night'

The touching emotion inside that song moves me so deeply, every time I hear it.

"...When the words get in the way
And my soul feels all undone
When I don't know what to say
Not to God or anyone
I turn my head up to the sky
And stare at outer space
It's then I'd trade the Universe
Just to touch your face
When the words get in the way..."

(Taken from 'When I Cannot Sleep At Night' by Bruce Murdoch)


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Stower
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 05:39 PM

Without a doubt, Hugh Lupton and Chris Wood's 'One In A Million'. I blub every time I hear it.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Tug the Cox
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 07:10 PM

'The first time ever I saw your face ' ain't bad, but my best must be Paxton's 'My lady's a Wild Flying Dove'.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 07:12 PM

I think I'm with Stower on this one, because it's such a brilliant story.

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Peace
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 07:15 PM

Thanks, Liz, BUT, imo it's gotta be "Love Minus Zero/No Limit" by Dylan.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Jack Campin
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 08:04 PM

The Maid in Bedlam. (BTDT, twice. Not with a happy ending like in the song).


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: frogprince
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 08:49 PM

No way on Earth can I pick just one. Bruce's "When I Cannot..." is now on my list along with:

Ewan's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
"The Dutchman", by Michael Smith
"Home to Me", by Saint Thomas Paxton
"If Tomorrow Never Comes", the only Garth Brooks song that really speaks to me.

Personally, I've written just one love song so far.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Ebbie
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 09:09 PM

frogprince, those are great lyrics, not to mention great sentiments.

However, Bruce's When I Cannot Sleep at Night has been my favorite - so far - of all. It has stayed with me from the first time I heard it. (Thanks, Peace)


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Azizi
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 09:26 PM

frogprince, I'd love to hear your song. Is it on the Internet?

**

My favorite love song by Bruce Murdoch-that I know has been recorded-is "Come Across To You".

**

One of my favorite love songs was Unchained Melody

But that scene with Whoopi Golberg channeling the deceased character played by Patrick Swazye in the movie "Ghost" kinda messed that song up for me.

For those who may be interested, here's some information about the song "Unchained Melody". Notice that it doesn't give the name of the song writer, an all too frequent practice that is discussed on this Mudcat thread: Forgotten writers of well-remembered songs

But I digressed. Here's that excerpt about "Unchained Melody":

"Unchained Melody" was written for the 1955 prison movie, "Unchained". The original recordings that came out soon after the movie were by Al Hibbler and by Roy Hamilton. Both were big radio hits that year. There was also a popular instrumental recording out by Les Baxter at the same time.

In 1963, a New York doo-wop group called Vito & The Salutations did an uptempo version of the song which got a lot of airplay, though it's very different from the usual ballad interpretations.

The most popular version of the song came out in 1965 by The Righteous Brothers. Though the label bore the duo's name, it was actually a solo vocal by the late Bobby Hatfield.

That recording resurfaced in 1990 when it was prominently featured in the Patrick Swayze/Demi Moore/Whoopi Goldberg movie, "Ghost".

The song has been done by everyone from Willie Nelson to you name it but these are the most popular hit versions of the song".

http://en.allexperts.com/q/Oldies-2943/2009/8/unchained-melody.htm


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Neil D
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 10:56 PM

These subjective superlative questions are difficult. One's own opinion is likely to be elusive and changeable. There are many types of love songs just as love itself takes on many forms. It may not be what you have in mind but this one's a corker.
"To Sir, With Love"


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: KenM
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 11:03 PM

An interesting thread...I will certainly not dispute that Murdoch's "When I Cannot Sleep at Night" is an incredible song and certainly ranks up there with "Most Moving Love Song" distinction.

I do disagree, however, with his submission of Love Minus Zero/No Limit as a "moving" love song......if I was going for a Dylan song, I would suggest, "To Make You Feel My Love", from Time Out of Mind.

Other folk contributions would include some Eric Andersen songs including:
"Is It Really Love At All" , "Come To My Bedside My Darling" and "Lie With Me."

Contributions to this thread have mentioned Tom Paxton and one should not forget the incredible library of songs he has composed/written for his wife, Midge, including:
The First Song is for You
You Are Love
Me & A Couple of Angels
You're So Beautiful (my favorite)

If you want to hear a great love song, listen to Mary Chapin Carpenter's version of John Lennon's song, Grow Old With Me, from Party Dolls and Other Favorites.

Finally, this thread is dedicated to "non-folk contributors" who would include Sinatra:

"In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning"
"Angel Eyes"

And, "The Nightingale sang in Barkeley Square"


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Barry Finn
Date: 09 Sep 09 - 02:01 AM

This somehow disappeared

One of my favorites

ANOTHER TIME AND PLACE
(Dave Van Ronk)

When first I met you years ago, in another time and place,
The thought came to my mind I'd never seen a kinder face,
Nor warmer smile, nor gentler laugh, nor eyes so full of light.
I'd be a fool if I didn't fall in love with you that night.

We tramped around the world, my dear, our fortune was to roam.
And each place I have been with you, that place has been my home.
But as I wonder on alone with no place to abide,
I'll be content for I was sent your wanderings by my side.

Love that blossoms in the night can't stand the test of time.
It comes and goes it ebbs and flows, no reason reach nor rhyme.
But as each day becomes another day, each year another year,
I'd trade a year in heaven for a day with you, my dear.

The miles flow on and I am gone, to a wild and empty land,
Where time is like an empty room and space an empty hand;
And the things we did and the jokes we made are just echoes in the waste;
But we'll meet again where those hills are green, in another time and place.
Yes, we'll meet again where those hills are green, in another time and place.


one of my other favorites is

    Ae Fond Kiss (Robert Burns)

Ae fond kiss, and then we sever!
Ae farewell, and then forever!
Deep in heart-wrung tears I'll pledge thee,
Warring sighs and goans I'll wage thee.

Who shall say that Fortune grieves him,
While the star of hope she leaves him ?
Me, nae cheerful twinkle lights me,
Dark despair around benights me.

I'll ne'er blame my partial fancy:
Nae thing could resist my Nancy!
For to see her was to love her
Love but her, and love for ever.

Had we never lov'd sae kindly,
Had we never lov'd sae blindly,
Never met, never parted,
We would ne'er been broken-hearted.

Fare-thee-well, my first and fairest!
Fare-thee-well, my best and dearest!
Thine be ilka joy and treasure,
Peace, enjoyment, love and pleasure!

Ae fond kiss, and then we sever!
Ae farewell, alas, for ever!
Deep in heart-wrung tears I'll pledge thee,
Warring sighs and groans I'll wage thee.


Barry


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: rich-joy
Date: 09 Sep 09 - 03:49 AM

"The Heart" as sung by Kate Wolf.

R-J


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: GREEN WELLIES
Date: 09 Sep 09 - 03:54 AM

Sarah by Bob Dylan.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: GREEN WELLIES
Date: 09 Sep 09 - 03:55 AM

Nancy Spain by Christy Moore.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: GREEN WELLIES
Date: 09 Sep 09 - 03:59 AM

45 Years by Stan Rogers.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: melodeonboy
Date: 09 Sep 09 - 04:07 AM

"The Blacksmith" (But only the Shirley Collins version!)


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Bryn Pugh
Date: 09 Sep 09 - 04:49 AM

What Tug the Cox said.

This might be thread rift - it's a poem, rather than a song : "Liegewoman", John Drinkwater.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Sep 09 - 05:58 AM

The traditional song 'I live not where I love' is as beautiful an evocation of love as I have ever heard.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 09 Sep 09 - 06:14 AM

<< Date: 08 Sep 09 - 07:15 PM

Thanks, Liz, BUT, imo it's gotta be "Love Minus Zero/No Limit" by Dylan. >>>


'Love Minus Zero' - Youtube - Dylan (being watched by Donovan)


You should do a cover version of it, Bruce.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Bryn Pugh
Date: 09 Sep 09 - 06:57 AM

The Eriskay Love Lilt - Bheir mi O - ain't bad.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Ref
Date: 09 Sep 09 - 06:59 AM

"Lies" by Stan Rogers.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: GUEST,John Flynn
Date: 09 Sep 09 - 08:27 AM

Tommy Makem's "Gentle Annie" for me


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Terry McDonald
Date: 09 Sep 09 - 08:37 AM

Home Thoughts from Abroad and/or The Best is Yet to Come, both by Clifford T. Ward.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: clueless don
Date: 09 Sep 09 - 09:11 AM

By gosh, I'm going to throw in a mention of "I think of you" by Fred Rogers (of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.) Mr. Rogers was, in my opinion, quite a good songwriter, and I particularly like this one.

Don


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: GUEST,John from Elsie`s Band
Date: 09 Sep 09 - 09:15 AM

Ella Fitzgerald singing "Every Time We Say Goodbye".


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: SINSULL
Date: 09 Sep 09 - 09:19 AM

"When You and I Were Young, Maggie" sung by Sandy Paton. Always brings tears to my eyes.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: GUEST,Jonny Sunshine
Date: 09 Sep 09 - 02:19 PM

As traditional songs, I'd say The Turtle Dove / Ten Thousand Miles / My Love is Like A Red Red Rose and other variations on the theme.

"The tides may cease to beat the shore, and the stars fall from the sky/ but I shall love you more and more, until the day I die..."
Doesn't get more loving and devoted than that. My wife and I did actually consider having it engraved on our wedding rings, but realised it would have to be very very small.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Joe_F
Date: 09 Sep 09 - 05:44 PM

It would be a close call among:

Lies
Dink's Song
My love comes rolling down
La vie en rose


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: GUEST,Dave Hunt
Date: 10 Sep 09 - 06:20 AM

Rather in reverse - ie like 'Ae fond Kiss' - a parting song. 'Go leave' from the McGarrigles first LP has to be the one!


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Sep 09 - 07:23 AM

Justin Hayward - Forever Autumn


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: oldhippie
Date: 10 Sep 09 - 07:28 AM

I'm glad "ggreen wellies" mentioned "45 Years" by Stan Rogers because thet's second on my list. Number 1 being (sorry, R-J) another Kate Wolf tune "The Trumpet Vine". We used both as backgground for our wedding video, along with "Plain And Simple Love" (Holly Near).


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Morris-ey
Date: 10 Sep 09 - 08:57 AM

That Australian one - Tie me kangaroo down, Sport.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Mr Happy
Date: 10 Sep 09 - 09:19 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BDj4mr0fBc


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Acorn4
Date: 10 Sep 09 - 10:02 AM

"Kathy's Song" by Paul Simon -the one that made me want to play the guitar!


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 10 Sep 09 - 10:33 AM

Back to Burns - 'John Anderson, my jo'. It's THE song of old-age love that has lasted. I lost my ½-century wife not long since & wish she was back to tolerate & bless my frosty pow. So, to me, moving? You might say so...


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: GUEST,Elmore
Date: 10 Sep 09 - 10:38 AM

"Do You Think that I do not Know?" Words by Henry Lawson, Music by Slim Dusty. Either the Priscilla Herdman or Martyn Wyndham-Read version.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Two of a Hind
Date: 10 Sep 09 - 10:42 AM

I thought for irreplaceable and enduring love Harvey Andrews Margarita should deserve a mention


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: autoharpbob
Date: 10 Sep 09 - 10:59 AM

Lennon - Love is real
Linda Thompson - No telling
Donovan - Catch the Wind

... there are just too many to choose from.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: ced2
Date: 10 Sep 09 - 11:05 AM

Mr Tom Lehrer's most excellent " I Hold Your Hand in Mine".
Such heartfelt emotion! And in such good taste I might say!


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Arkie
Date: 10 Sep 09 - 11:47 AM

Looks like there's a lot of songs to add to the "I must hear list".

Amen to the Dutchman
Like a Coat from the Cold
Old Lovers
Rose of My Heart


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: cptsnapper
Date: 10 Sep 09 - 11:49 AM

The Everlys singing Let It Be Me coupled with Judy Collins singing In My Life


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: GUEST,John Hartford
Date: 10 Sep 09 - 03:20 PM

hi Tug

I'm with you with The First Time ever I saw Your Face...my preferred version is the Roberta Flack one.

My Lady is a High Flying Dove just has to be Paxton...no-one else gets near him on this IMHO.

Cheers

John


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Bill D
Date: 10 Sep 09 - 04:25 PM

choose ONE?

Nope...can't be done...Since 'love' takes so many forms and affects everyone in so many ways, and songs are written at different ages, there are so very many eloquent expressions.

but 'guest' mentions "Do You Think That I Do Not Know"...everyone should find a copy of THAT one.

also, "I Live Not Where I Love is truly great.

put 'love' in the DT search and be overwhelmed.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)
Date: 10 Sep 09 - 04:50 PM

Tricky one as I'm not a big fan of love songs.
But perhaps my favourite for the story it tells of two ordinary people seizing their fill of joy in an otherwise oppressive world, would be The Beatles She's Leaving Home


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: lefthanded guitar
Date: 10 Sep 09 - 05:57 PM

"Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Peace - PM
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 07:15 PM

Thanks, Liz, BUT, imo it's gotta be "Love Minus Zero/No Limit" by Dylan"


I thought I'd be the only one to pick this one! This is probably the first Dylan song I ever loved, and I still feel the same affection for the song to this day. (Not JUST b/c it recaptures a time in my life that was so young and loving). There is something so sincere, so aching, so poignant and so gentle in this song, it is like being touched by a kiss.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 10 Sep 09 - 06:13 PM

Exercise 77 Graham Miles is breathtaking


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: GUEST,Joe G
Date: 10 Sep 09 - 06:51 PM

Has to be Jez Lowe's 'Greek Lightning'!


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: GUEST,Helen B.
Date: 10 Sep 09 - 07:35 PM

I Gave My Love a Cherry.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Joe_F
Date: 10 Sep 09 - 07:39 PM

Oh, yes, and "Love's Old Sweet Song".


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: GUEST,Mad Spaniel
Date: 11 Sep 09 - 11:53 AM

Poetry Man - Phoebe Snow


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Jeri
Date: 11 Sep 09 - 12:46 PM

Li'l ol' cynical me loves "I Can't Make You Love Me," which I first heard from this group in that quirky little love story "Boxing Helena". Here's Bonnie Raitt singing it (with Bruce Hornsby on KB, I believe). There's something about popping a CD in your car and belting this out at the top of your lungs that just makes you feel better. At least until you realize your windows are down and your stopped at an intersection.

When I'm not being cynical, I like Dave Carter's "Lancelot". No Dave Carter, but here's a version I found (some changes to the lyrics and tune). I mostly think that to listen to the smitten variety of love songs, you either have to be in love or masochistic.


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Subject: Lyr Add: Lancelot (Dave Carter)
From: Jeri
Date: 11 Sep 09 - 12:57 PM

LANCELOT (© Dave Carter)

Lancelot rode on a swayback mare
He won in a card game up north somewhere
He was bottom-out lonesome, he was too tired to care,
Keepin' one step ahead of the rain

Well, he blew into Broken Bow late last year,
Talkin' up the vision of his lost Guinevere
But he couldn't tell a grail from a glass of beer
So he settled for Lady Elaine

Singin' "yodelayhee, I ain't no untarnished Galahad
Down from Arcadia like a dream in your head
But gentle lady lend me the true heart I never had
And I'll wash the years from your bed
With all the salt tears I have shed," Lancelot said

Well, mornin' came sleepy and mornin' came slow
And the mirror revealed a face she didn't know
And the last autumn robin was packin to go
As another year slipped by the way

So she rose and she dressed and she pushed back the night
She put up her hair by the dawn's early light
And the man in her bed was an eagle in flight
And a crooked old crow in the hay

Singin "yodelayhee, I ain't no untarnished Galahad
Down from Arcadia like a dream in your head
But gentle lady lend me the true heart I never had
And I'll stain the lavenders red,
With all of the good blood I've shed," Lancelot said

Now bugles blow golden and banners fly blue
But these days the castle's just drywall and glue
And tiltin' at windmills is the best you can do
With the black knight of time on your lawn

So I wouldn't know if he left or he stayed,
Prospered or starved by the promise he made
Or maybe he straggled or maybe he strayed
And the bright world went barrellin' on

Singin "yodelayhee, I ain't no untarnished Galahad,
Down from Arcadia like a dream in your head
But gentle lady lend me the pure heart I never had,
And I'll bring you roses and bread
And we'll fashion gold out of lead,
With all the illusions we shed," Lancelot said

From daveandtracy.com


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 11 Sep 09 - 01:45 PM

Of course, depends on what you feel like being *moved* by at any given moment. There are times when Marie Lloyd's 'The Boy I Love Is Up In The Gallery' can bring tears to the eyes...


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: autoharpbob
Date: 12 Sep 09 - 06:26 AM

"He gave her his Vincent ........to riiiiiiiiide"

Richard Thompson, 1952 Vincent Black Lightning.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Eye Lander
Date: 12 Sep 09 - 06:54 AM

Agree with:

The Dutchman

Harvey Andrews Margarita

Harry Neilson's 'Without You' Poignant for me as it was in the charts when my Dad left home for someone else. Brings goose bumps whenever I hear it.

Andy used to sing 'I live not where I love' to me when we first met.


Jillie


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 12 Sep 09 - 07:12 AM

These Foolish Things, just wonderful,

Some dirty knickers and an old French letter,
A dose of syphilis that won't get better,
These foolish things,
Remind me of you.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Bobert
Date: 12 Sep 09 - 07:31 AM

Wow... Surprised that no one has mentioned Mark Cohn's "True Companion"... Very moving song...

B~


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: GUEST,Sean O'Shea
Date: 12 Sep 09 - 03:27 PM

Antony And The Johnsons,HOPE THERE'S SOMEONE redefines beauty in song.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Alice
Date: 12 Sep 09 - 03:28 PM

Give My Love To Nell


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Alice
Date: 12 Sep 09 - 03:31 PM

I was going to say, I've made people cry when I sing Give My Love To Nell, but I don't know if that comes across right.

Alice


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 12 Sep 09 - 05:28 PM

Someone mentioned Justin Hayward.. I love the Moody Blues song "Want to Be With You" and "Nights in White Satin" and they are both on the same video on Youtube
Nights in White Satin and Want to be With You.
Best wishes, Mike.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 13 Sep 09 - 04:12 AM

Seriously now, Ewan MacColls ' The Joy Of Living '

Dave H


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: ced2
Date: 13 Sep 09 - 05:00 AM

Ha but Dave, do you know verse 2 to that 'orrible little ditty you submitted above?
Ced


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: GUEST,Ben
Date: 13 Sep 09 - 08:42 AM

John Gorka's Love is our cross to bear. Sung by the late John Wright.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 13 Sep 09 - 09:43 AM

Verse 2 ? ced2 I couldn't even remember all verse 1, enlighten me.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: BobKnight
Date: 13 Sep 09 - 06:31 PM

Here's one with quite a few Scots words, but hopefully you'll get the general idea.


I Saw Her On The Bus
Copyright R. Knight 23/1/08

I saw her on the bus yesterday,
As she got on and sat twa or three seats in front o' me.
And I wondered if I spoke what she micht say,
But I thocht better o' it and sat there quietly.
As she looked oot I studied her reflection in the glass,
And thocht sometimes an auld love, is best left in the past.

This wis the face that I once kent sae weel,
The face o' my first love, that once meant everything tae me.
And here the lips that kissed me tenderly,
That smiled on me sae sweetly, and spoke o' love tae me.
As bonnie as she ever wis, the years had been sae kind,
But sometimes auld regrets, are best left far behind.


And sitting there I cast my memory back across the years,
And wondered how a love like oors had come tae end in tears.
For even efter a' the years gone by,
There's a special place, within my hairt, I'll keep for her until the day I die.

I could see a wee bit grey in her hair,
The hair sae dark and lustrous, that once framed her face sae fair.
And I wondered whit she'd think if I sat there,
Wi' her twa seats behind me, but wid she really care.
Or wid her hairt beat faster as mine did fin I saw her,
And think sometimes auld memories are best left whaur they were.

Then a' too soon she got up tae leave,
I watched as she got aff the bus and stood there in the street.
As the bus began tae move she noticed me,
A casual glance, that caught my eye, surprised, she smiled sweetly.
Then she reached oot her hand and touched the glass as I passed by,
And I watched her in the distance, 'til she faded oot o' sight.


I dinna s'pose ye'll understand, it's so hard tae explain,
But I couldnae tak the chance that I micht fa' in love again,
For even efter a' these years gone by,
There's a special place, within my hairt, I'll keep for her until the day I die.

Repeat: Until the day I die.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: kendall
Date: 13 Sep 09 - 07:39 PM

Phoebe Snow is one of my all time favorites, but here is another:

A Daisey a Day by Judd Strunk

He remembers the first time he met her
He remembers the first thing she said
He remembers the first time he held her
And the night she came to his bed
He remembers her sweet way of saying
"Honey, has something gone wrong"?
He remembers the fun and the teasing
And the reason he wrote her this song.
Chorus
I'll give you a Daisy a day dear
I'll give you a Daisy a day
I'll love you until the rivers run still
And the four winds we know blow away.

They would walk down the street in the evening
For years I would see them go by
And the love that was more than the clothes that they wore
Could be seen in the gleem in their eye
As a kid they would take me for candy
And I loved to go tagging along
We'd hold hands as we walked to the corner
And the old man would sing her his song.

repeat chorus

Now he walks down the street in the evening
And he stops by the old candy store
And I somehow believe he's believing
He's holding her hand like before
He feels all her love walking with him
And he smiles at the things she might say
Then the old man walks up to the hilltop
And he gives her a Daisy a day.

Repeat chorus.

I get all sniffy when I hear or read this.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: sing4peace
Date: 13 Sep 09 - 09:29 PM

I love this one by Charlie King. I've sung it for a few weddings. So far they're all still going strong.

ORDINARY LOVE SONG

I grew up on love songs
Great undying love songs
I thought finding love would make all things new
But now I find that love can be hidden in the day
Or lying quiet in the nights that I spend with you
In ordinary love with you.

They say love can move mountains
I'm very bad at mountains
I never thought my love could fill this earth
Instead it trickles slowly
In habits plain and lowly
In common kitchen measures I gauge its worth
This ordinary love for you.

Bridge: No one's writing ballads to ordinary love
I wonder if it can be true
Yet it seems to grow this ordinary love
That's why I wrote this song for you.

Great lovers are romantic
I'm not very romantic
I find it hard to tell you what I hope you know
It's just that when you're present
It's comfortable and pleasant
And I thought that it was time that I told you so
I ordinarily love you
With an ordinary love for you.

------
Joyce


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: kendall
Date: 14 Sep 09 - 04:32 AM

I like Daisy a day because it's about love that has lasted through the years.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 14 Sep 09 - 04:38 AM

Like the man in that song, I lost my darling wife of half-a-century a couple of years ago - she still gets the daisies from me. So it was a song that moved me right enuff.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: kendall
Date: 14 Sep 09 - 12:20 PM

Young lovers always think it's going to last a lifetime. Well most don't. Hell, some don't last longer than the life of a house fly.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Sookite
Date: 14 Sep 09 - 01:45 PM

Though there are so many great love songs out there, I have to agree with KenM on a earlier post; Dylan's "To Make You Feel My Love" sure does it for me and Bruce's "When I cannot Sleep at Night" gets my vote as well.

DG


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: bradfordian
Date: 14 Sep 09 - 04:22 PM

First time ever I saw your face & Every time I say goodbye, have stood the test of time in this category for me; but a current favourite is Kathy Mattea singing her husbands song Where've You Been?


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Smokey.
Date: 14 Sep 09 - 06:40 PM

Wild Horses (Rolling Stones)


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: autoharpbob
Date: 15 Sep 09 - 06:43 AM

"Help me make it through the night" - Kris Kristofferson or Gladys Knight version


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: GUEST,old salty
Date: 15 Sep 09 - 04:42 PM

Briar & The Rose--- Tom Waits
   
Its my favorite !    salty x


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: fat B****rd
Date: 18 Sep 09 - 03:02 PM

Martha -Tom Waits
You Don't Know me -Ray Charles
Natural Woman - Carole King
Passing Strangers _ Eckstein & Vaughan
Crying Time -Buck Owens
I've Been Loving You Too Long - Otis Redding


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Ron Davies
Date: 18 Sep 09 - 09:58 PM

My nominee, and an unorthodox love song, to be sure, would be "I Remember It Well" from "Gigi".   He remembers all the details from their affair wrong--and she still loves him.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 19 Sep 09 - 02:36 PM

From "folk" (so to speak) sources:

Robert Burns's John Anderson, My Jo

And from popular sources (although this may get me lynched by some here):

Honey, I miss you

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Rockhen
Date: 19 Sep 09 - 08:53 PM

So many beautiful songs...one of my favourites is Queen's You Take My Breath Away but there are so many songs which make me blub, (in a good way!) :-)
If you are not a music lover, I wonder if songs have the same overpowering and amazing impact...

Without the music, the words are not quite the same but I still love 'em!
Words and music by Freddie Mercury
Oooh oooh take it take it all away
Oooh ooh take my breath away
Oooh ooh yoooo take my breath away
Look into my eyes and you'll see I'm the only one
You've captured my love stolen my heart
Changed my life
Every time you make a move you destroy my mind
And the way you touch
I lose control and shiver deep inside
You take my breath away
You can reduce me to tears with a single sigh
Ev'ry breath that you take
Any sound that you make is a whisper in my ear
I could give up all my life for just one kiss
I would surely die if you dismiss me from your love
You take my breath away
So please don't go
Don't leave me here all by myself
I get ever so lonely from time to time
I will find you anywhere you go
I'll be right behind you
Right until the ends of the earth
I'll get no sleep until I find you
To tell you that you just take my breath away
I will find you anywhere you go
Right until the ends of the earth
I'll get no sleep until I find you
To tell you when I've found you
I love you
Take my breath take my breath ... away


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: PSzymeczek
Date: 19 Sep 09 - 11:36 PM

Either "Sometimes When We Touch" by Dan Hill, or "Song for a Winter's Night" by Gordon Lightfoot.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 20 Sep 09 - 06:03 AM

Nobody for this one ? Surprising.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: kendall
Date: 21 Sep 09 - 04:08 PM

Here's one from a shy mud catter who wishes to remain anonymous.


I wished for roses from my dearie,
A gift to show your love is true,
An amber ring to say you love me.
You only kissed me tenderly.
The night is cold and I am weary
I watch you dream the long night through.
I lie awake and sleep escapes me
And so I listen to you breathe.

      And as you sleep I say, "I love you"
      There is no star I'd place above you.
      When you awake I'll work beside you.
      You are my darling dear, goodnight.

The years have bloomed for us more sweetly
Than all the fragrant roses do.
Your tender kiss suits me completely
You hold me close to comfort me.
Your callused hands grow flowers and berries,
Ripe apples, pears and peaches too.
You gather up the garden bounty:
All that you have you give to me.

      And as you sleep I say, "I love you"
      There is no star I'd place above you.
      When you awake I'll work beside you.
      You are my darling dear, goodnight.

A steadfast heart is what you give me,
Upon my hand a wedding ring.
The songs I have your courage brings me
I need no jewels from the sea.
What price the light that only joy sees;
The loving trust that gives me wings?
You are my true love here beside me.
I hold your hand and fall asleep.

      And as we sleep I say, "I love you"
      There is no star I'd place above you.
      When we awake I'll work beside you.
      You are my darling dear. Goodnight.

maeve Copyright 2009 Reply - P


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: frogprince
Date: 21 Sep 09 - 05:28 PM

I started to get hung up on the first line, with the dark angel on one shoulder saying "dearie?...how corny". By the time I read through it, I'm ready to say it's stone beautiful.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 21 Sep 09 - 06:28 PM

Kendall (and Anonymous), I have one thing to say:

Wow!

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: giles earle
Date: 22 Sep 09 - 02:22 AM

Whether it's absolutely my favourite love-song depends on how I'm feeling, but one song that never fails to move me deeply is by Ivor Gurney, to a poem by Yeats:

One that is ever kind said yesterday:
"Your well beloved's hair has threads of grey,
And little shadows come about her eyes;
Time can but make it easier to be wise,
Though now it's hard, till trouble is at an end;
And so be patient, be wise and patient, friend."
But heart, there is no comfort, not a grain;
Time can but make her beauty over again,
Because of that great nobleness of hers;
The fire that stirs about her, when she stirs
Burns but more clearly. O she had not these ways,
When all the wild Summer was in her gaze.
O heart! O heart! if she'd but turn her head,
You'd know the folly of being comforted.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: maeve
Date: 22 Sep 09 - 06:29 AM

Thank you, Kendall, frogprince, and Uncle DaveO. Kendall posted "Roses and Amber" for me. I didn't think there would be any interest, so I appreciate your encouragement.

maeve


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Joe Nicholson
Date: 22 Sep 09 - 10:52 AM

Just the way you look tonight


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: topical tom
Date: 22 Sep 09 - 12:16 PM

"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" written by Ewan MacColl for Peggy Seeger.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: RobbieWilson
Date: 23 Sep 09 - 10:33 AM

I would have to go with those who pick Burns from the old songs but my favourites are " My love is like a red red rose" and Bonny Doone", for live and past love respectively.

Talking of John Anderson my Jo, Eric Bogle's "Belle of Broughton"is my favourite song of love enduring into old age, perhaps because it resonates so well with my own Grandparents.

And, as for modern love songs, can you imagine someone writing "the first time ever I saw Your face" for you?


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 24 Sep 09 - 08:26 AM

My darling and I have been together for fifty two years. As we grow older every day grows sweeter and more precious. With our ages in mind the words of 'Silver Threads among the Gold' seem so appropriate they bring me to tears. Since we are in the autumn of our lives 'September Song' does the same.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: GUEST,HiLo
Date: 24 Sep 09 - 12:49 PM

Leonard Cohen..Dance Me The End of Love, Dylan..Wedding Song..Kate MacGarrigle..Heart like A Wheel


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Subject: RE: Ae Fond Kiss - Eddi Reader Version
From: Gwynno
Date: 13 Nov 10 - 06:32 PM

I've been working on the chords for this and this is what came up with
(in the order of the stanzas)

C G (with B bass) Am Am(G bass)
F Dm C
F Dm C AM
C G (B bass) F G C

Any comments??


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: kendall
Date: 13 Nov 10 - 07:22 PM

Old Love

Three years we lived as one,
I, the Master, she the Mistress,
She did my bidding, answered my call-
Enveloped me in the long nights
Gave my days purpose.
A being apart-yet part of my being.
I met her as a boy, left her as a man.

Time passes....calendars turn
Ten years, twenty, twenty five.
We met once more,
She is bedraggled, unkempt, uncared for
A bag lady, the smell of age about her.
I remain in her presence for a few minutes
And, as I turn to leave,
I know she doesn't remember me.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Amos
Date: 13 Nov 10 - 08:00 PM

An unpolished DYlan does Love Minus Zero (the earlier link is now broken) while Donovan looks on jealous.


ANd although I have many favorites (including My Love is Like the Red Red Rose done by Seamus ) here's a little known one I really like:

                      Across the Miles and Over the Years


From the hills of the Highlands
To the deep Yalu valleys,
And the spice caravans,
That we rode long ago;
From the high Delphic temple,
To the bullet-stained trenches
To the bright cusp of morning
On the far polar snow

Over ages of failure
Over triumphs undimming
From the gutters of Paris
To the castles of Rome
On the far Berber hilltops,
And the wild Indian Ocean
I have heard you forever,
Always calling me home.

Cho:

       Across the miles and over the years,
       I hear you call:
       "When will you come home?
       When will you come home?"
       Over
       And over.

From the ancient beginnings
On a forgotten planet
To far hills where Arcturus
Brings the light of the dawn
From a lifetime of wonder
To the dead steaming jungle
One sure note has continued
Always, calling me on.

Cho:

       Across the miles and over the years,
       I hear you call:
       "When will you come home?
       When will you come home?"
       Over
       And over.

Bridge:

    I need no journey other than simply finding you
    The wildest place or time cannot undo me
    A single thread of knowing you are true
    Will always renew me

From the galaxy's center
To a small sleepy planet
Where the song of the ocean
Meets the dreams of the dew
Over light years and aeons
Over battles and dying
Still your voice sweetly calls me,
Always strong, always new

Cho:

       Across the miles and over the years,
       I hear you call:
       "When will you come home?
       When will you come home?"
       Over
    And over.

Coda:

      Over,
    And over
    Again.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: BrooklynJay
Date: 13 Nov 10 - 09:08 PM

Several already mentioned would definitely be on my list:

Dink's Song (I like Glenn Yarbrough's version)
The Song of Old Lovers (Judy Collins)
Kathy's Song
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Roberta Flack)
Unchained Melody

To these I'll add:

For Emily... (sung by Art Garfunkel)
Maggie (De Dannan; I believe it's in the DT)
The Wind Beneath My Wings (Bette Midler)

The last three will always remind me of my dearest love, my late wife.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: robomatic
Date: 13 Nov 10 - 09:46 PM

If they asked me I could write a book
If they asked me, I could write a book;
About the way you walk, and whisper;
And look.
I could write a preface;
On how we met;
That the world will never forget.

And the simple;
Secret of the plot;
Is just to tell them;
That I love you, alot.
Then the world discovers;
As my book ends;
How to make two lovers of friends.

from "Pal Joey" by Rodgers and Hart

a beautiful song from a cynical show


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 01:22 AM

This is a Folk site; so I find a certain irony in the attribution just above of a song by one of most leading-ever folkies, Ewan MacColl ~The 1st Time Ever...~, to Roberta Flack. I know her performance of it in a film is what most brought it to wide attention & popularity, but still...


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 04:12 AM

Michael, I think Brooklynjay is crediting the performer not the author , incidently in his book Journeyman, Ewan credits Roberta Flack with providing him with some real money for the first time in his life [ it went to number one in the US charts ]

Dave H


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 06:17 AM

Yes, indeed, Dave, I certainly know Journeyman well, having reviewed it for The Times!
I take these points; but still I think Ewan should get some credit in this context, no?



~Michael~


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: GUEST,chinmusic
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 06:34 AM

I'll go with Richard Thompson's, The Dimming of the Day.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 07:07 AM

Ashes on the sea. (Utah Phillips)


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: GUEST,Desi C
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 07:14 AM

As an Irish singer my favourites would be Tommy Makem's Gentle Annie written for his wife Annie, no pain or sorry just a lovely poetic love letter to his wife
The Rose of Tralee, because of the great true love story behind the song
And Raglan road by Frank Kavanagh, because I believe it's not about a woman at all, but an Irish fable to the country he loved but didn't love him enough in return

Apart from Irish songs, Ewan McColl's The First Time is beautiful and again a true love story behind it


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Stewie
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 07:20 AM

'Mourning Dove' by Steven Sellors. lyrics here.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Taconicus
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 07:54 AM

Beyond any doubt, the most moving love song has got to be "Embraceable Ewe."
Who can forget the haunting first verse and chorus...

I met my love in the meadow
She was with her Ma.
I had her there in the clover
Her mother just said, "Baaaaa!"

Some men like the ladies
Some men like the boys
My love's warm and beautiful
And makes the baaa'in noise.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: maeve
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 08:36 AM

Stewie, 'Mourning Dove' is lovely. Of course so are all the other Steve Sellers songs I've heard!

Maeve


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: BobKnight
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 08:59 AM

My song, "I Saw Her On The Bus," is now on youtube.

www.youtube.com/bobknightfolk


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 09:00 AM

'I Just Seem To Keep On Loving You' Bruce Murdoch


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Commander Crabbe
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 09:54 AM

Ralph McTell's "Summer Lightning"

CC


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: GUEST,Runkster
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 09:57 AM

Mostly a lurker here, but no love for Chapin's "Corry's Comin'"?


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 03:28 AM

Desi C, Raglan Road by FRANK Kavanagh ? Patrick must be spinning in his grave.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: GUEST,Steamin' Willie
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 05:54 AM

I wandered by a brookside.

(And variations on a theme, but the version Eva Cassidy released was wonderful.)

A past girlfriend and I once argued over this question. She liked Don McClean's "And I love you so." Whereas I was musing over Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay."

Another day, a different song in my case. (Harvey Andrews's "The gift of a brand new day" springs to mind too.)


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Dec 11 - 09:07 AM

" I Find Your Love " & " There's Still My Joy " as sung by Beth Nielsen Chapman


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: kendall
Date: 10 Dec 11 - 09:18 AM

By the way, my poem, Lost Love, is about the boat I captained back in the early 60's.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Arkie
Date: 10 Dec 11 - 10:24 AM

Beth Nielsen Chapman is an excellent writer and singer and deserving of much wider recognition. She has a lot of really good songs to her credit.

A few more suggestions.

Sweetest Waste of Time - Kasey Chambers
Master Kilby - Gordon Bok
Roseville Fair - Bill Staines


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: kendall
Date: 11 Dec 11 - 04:54 AM

Fond Affection. This one used to break my heart after a serious break up.


The world is so wide I can not pass over,
The sea so deep I can not wade,
I'll just go hire me a little boat man,
To row me across the stormy tide.

I'll give you back your ring and letters,
And the picture I love so well,
And henceforth we will meet as strangers,
But, I will never say farewell.

There's only three things that I could wish for,
That is my coffin, shroud and grave,
And when I'm dead please don't weep o'er me,
Or kiss the lips you once betrayed.

The world is so wide I can not pass over,
The sea so deep I can not wade,
I'll just go hire me a little boatman,
To row me across the stormy tide....

I like those unresolved endings. sniff.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: kendall
Date: 11 Dec 11 - 12:04 PM

Not much action here.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Max Johnson
Date: 11 Dec 11 - 12:51 PM

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.

Say a Little Prayer.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: kendall
Date: 11 Dec 11 - 02:32 PM

Circle of friends by David Mallett


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Taconicus
Date: 11 Dec 11 - 03:11 PM

Does it have to be romantic love? I Still Can't Say Goodbye is very moving.

For romantic love songs, I think you need at least two categories: songs where one or both of the lovers die, and songs where they both live. Death always makes it more moving.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Amos
Date: 11 Dec 11 - 05:23 PM

Christine Lavin
"The Kind Of Love You Never Recover From"

I know a couple; she sits in a rocking chair
Working puzzles; he watches TV upstairs.
She's got a secret she has never let out;
A man she thinks he never knew about.

She hasn't seen him in thirty years.
The mention of his name doesn't bring on tears.
If you ask her, "Are there any regrets?"
She'll tell you, "No," but she never forgets.

It was the kind of love you never recover from.
Even though she found another one
To take his place,
She never will escape the truth.

At times like this when the moon is right,
When the air is foggy like it is tonight,
She'll think about what might have been
If she had just held on to him.

I know a man who has done it all;
He has sailed the oceans; climbed the mountains of Nepal.
He lives high upon the avenue
With a beautiful wife, lovely children, too.

But there's a woman he still dreams about;
Certain things he has learned to live without.
If you ask him, "Are there any regrets?"
He'll tell you, "No," but he never forgets.

It was the kind of love you never recover from.
Even though he found another one
To take her place,
He never will escape the truth.

At times like this when the moon is right,
When the air is foggy like it is tonight,
He'll think about what might have been
If he had not let her slip away from him.

I read about a woman who said she never regretted anything she'd ever done.
Such arrogant words always seem to be spoken by those who then die young.

So here am I looking at you.
Oh, tell me, what are we gonna do?
Am I destined to be your regret?
Are you that one I'll never forget?

Years from now, will we curse the day
You let me let you walk away?
Isn't this too dear a price to pay
For the freedom of going separate ways?

This is the kind of love you never recover from.
Don't tell me that I'm gonna find another one
To take your place,
I never will escape the truth.

At times like this when the moon is right,
When the air is foggy like it is tonight,
I'll think how sweet life could be
If you would stay with me, oh stay with me.

This is the kind of love you never recover from.
Don't tell me that I'm gonna find another one
To take your place,
And try to face the truth.

Let me hold you close tonight.
The fog has lifted, the moon is so bright.
Think how sweet life could be
If you would stay with me, oh, stay with me.

This is the kind of love you never recover from.
This is the kind of love you never recover from.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: deepdoc1
Date: 11 Dec 11 - 05:51 PM

As I get older, songs like this and Tim O'Brien's "Like I Used To Do" speak a stronger message about knowing a lifelong love than about finding new love.

Where've You Been

Claire had all but given up
When she and Edwin fell in love
She touched his face and shook her head
In disbelief, she sighed and said,
"In many dreams I've held you near
Now, at last, you're really here."

"Where've you been?
I've looked for you forever and a day
Where've you been?
I'm just not myself when you're away."

He asked her for her hand for life
And she became a salesman's wife
He was home each night by eight
But one stormy evening, he was late
Her frightened tears fell to the floor
Until his key turned in the door.

"Where've you been?
I've looked for you forever and a day
Where've you been?
I'm just not myself when you're away."

They'd never spent a night apart
For sixty years she heard him snore
Now they're in a hospital
In separate beds on different floors

Claire soon lost her memory
Forgot the names of family
She never spoke a word again
Then one day, they wheeled him in
He held her hand and stroked her hair
In a fragile voice she said,

"Where've you been?
I've looked for you forever and a day
Where've you been?
I'm just not myself when you're away.
No, I'm just not myself when you're away."

Jon Vezner; Don Henry (c) 1989


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Pete MacGregor
Date: 11 Dec 11 - 06:04 PM

Dove sono


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Joe_F
Date: 11 Dec 11 - 09:22 PM

My Old Dutch:

We've been together now for forty year,
And it don't seem a day too much,
And there's not a lady living in the land
As I'd swap for my dear old dutch.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: GUEST,Colin Holt
Date: 12 Dec 11 - 06:33 AM

"It didn't Matter Anyway" By Hatfield and the north


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: saulgoldie
Date: 12 Dec 11 - 10:34 AM

Funny how this thread should come up. I was just listening to a John Denver CD that I rediscovered. And on it was "Lady, My Sweet Lady." Schmaltzy, perhaps. But it really "sang" to me.

Lots of other great mentions here. Another one that I like a lot is "Roseville Fair."

Guess love is one of our most important feelings and pursuits. BTW, could anyone give me the lyrics and chords to "One In A Million?" I couldn't decipher either from the video. Thx.

Saul


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 12 Dec 11 - 11:26 AM

Stan Rogers "45 Years" is a great love song but I am more moved by "Lies".
My subjective list:
#1 I Love You Because You're You (Leon Payne)
#2 A Daisy A Day (Judd Strunk)
#3 Maggie (as sung by Foster & Allen)
#4 The Dutchman (as sung by Liam Clancy)
#5 Lies (Stan Rogers)


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: fat B****rd
Date: 12 Dec 11 - 11:52 AM

"The way you look tonight" and "Some other time" by Tony Bennett.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: KathWestra
Date: 12 Dec 11 - 08:21 PM

Ettrick, as sung and recorded by Archie Fisher, completely undoes me every time I hear it. A world of love in three short verses.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: BK Lick
Date: 14 Dec 11 - 04:10 AM

Hard to believe no one's mentioned Jacques Brel's "Ne Me Quitte Pas" -- perhaps because most Americans
are familiar only with the wretched Rod McKuen version. Watch this video and this video and prepare to shed some tears.
Wikipedia tells us tells us:
The lyrics [...] are sung to a theme borrowed from the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 by the composer Franz Liszt.
Ne me quitte pas was written after Brel's mistress "Zizou" (Suzanne Gabriello) threw him out of her life.
Zizou was pregnant with Brel's child, but Brel refused to acknowledge he fathered the child. Zizou later had an
abortion as a result of Brel's actions. It is considered by some as "Brel's ultimate classic."


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: BK Lick
Date: 14 Dec 11 - 04:20 AM

Here's a pretty fair translation:

Ne me quitte pas
Il faut oublier
Tout peut s'oublier
Qui s'enfuit déja
Oublier le temps
Des malentendus
Et le temps perdu
A savoir comment
Oublier ces heures
Qui tuaient parfois
A coups de pourquoi
Le coeur de bonheur
Ne me quitte pas (4X)

Moi je t'offrirai
Des perles de pluie
Venues de pays
Ou il ne pleut pas
Je creuserai la terre
Jusqu'apres ma mort
Pour couvrir ton corps
D'or et de lumiere
Je ferai un domaine
Ou l'amour sera roi
Ou l'amour sera loi
Ou tu seras reine
Ne me quitte pas (4X)

Ne me quitte pas
Je t'inventerai
Des mots insensés
Que tu comprendras
Je te parlerai
De ces amants-la
Qui ont vu deux fois
Leurs coeurs s'embraser
Je te raconterai
L'histoire de ce roi
Mort de n'avoir pas
Pu te rencontrer
Ne me quitte pas (4X)

On a vu souvent
Rejaillir le feu
D'un ancien volcan
Qu'on croyait trop vieux
Il est paraît-il
Des terres brulées
Donnant plus de blé
Qu'un meilleur avril
Et quand vient le soir
Pour qu'un ciel flamboie
Le rouge et le noir
Ne s'épousent-ils pas
Ne me quitte pas (4X)

Ne me quitte pas
Je ne vais plus pleurer
Je ne vais plus parler
Je me cacherai la
A te regarder
Danser et sourire
Et a t'écouter
Chanter et puis rire
Laisse-moi devenir
L'ombre de ton ombre
L'ombre de ta main
L'ombre de ton chien
Ne me quitte pas (4X)

Don't leave me
Let's forget
For all can be forgotten
Which is gone by already
Forget the time
Of misunderstandings
And the time lost
Finding out how
To forget those hours
Which sometimes killed
By blows of why
The heart of happiness
Don't leave me (4X)

I will give you
Pearls of rain
Come from countries
Where it never rains
I will dig up the earth
Even in death
To cover your body
With gold and with light
I will make a kingdom
Where love shall be king
Where love shall be law
Where you shall be queen
Don't leave me (4X)

Don't leave me
I shall invent for you
Senseless words
Which you will understand
I shall tell you
About those lovers
Who saw twice
Their hearts go up in flames
I shall tell you
The story of this king
Dead for not having
Succeeded in finding you
Don't leave me (4X)

One has often seen
Burst anew the fire
Of an old volcano
Believed to be spent
There are, it is said,
Scorched lands
Yielding more wheat
Than the best of April
And when evening comes
To make the sky flare up
The red and the black,
Do they not wed?
Don't leave me (4X)

Don't leave me.
I won't cry any more
I won't talk any more
I'll hide over there
Watching you
Dance and smile
And listening to you
Sing and laugh
Let me become
The shadow of your shade
The shadow of your hand
The shadow of your dog
Don't leave me. (4X)


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Banjiman
Date: 14 Dec 11 - 06:57 AM

Folk - Annachie Gordon

Non-folk Ring On The Sill - Cowboy Junkies


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 14 Dec 11 - 07:12 AM

Equal First AFAIC are:-
"Ne Me Quitte Pas" - Flossie Malavialle's version
"The Call and The Answer" (Phil & June Colclough) - Bill Whaley & Dave Fletcher's version.


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Subject: RE: Most Moving Love Song - folk or non-folk
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 14 Dec 11 - 07:41 AM

And coming in a very close second is Richard Shindell's "Cancion Sencilla". As with "Ne Me Quitte Pas", it's unneccessary to understand the language, it utterly exudes the deepest love.


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