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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
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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?

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

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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: Lyr Add: ANOTHER TIME AND PLACE + AE FOND KISS
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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