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Songs that make you cry

Roger in Baltimore 11 Dec 99 - 10:00 PM
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Subject: Songs that make you cry
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 11 Dec 99 - 10:00 PM

Damn it. It happened again last night. I thought I was over it. I sang "Christmas in the Trenches" at an open mike (well it is Christmas time). I barely got through it what with a choking in my throat and tears running down my face.

I can sing it over an over again to myself without a problem (now I can, that hasn't always been true). And I can listen to someone else sing it, now, without crying.

But if I try a public performance I'm filling up with tears by the time I sing "and in two tongues one song filled up that sky." There were times I just couldn't finish the song.

There are some other songs that are a similar risk for me. One of them I have never tried to learn, because I know I could not handle it. That's The Randall Knife by Guy Clark. Another which I can usually get through now, depending on the night, is Guy's "Let Him Roll."

Anybody else have this problem? Any solutions?

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Metchosin
Date: 11 Dec 99 - 11:07 PM

Roger, there was a C.B.C. performance on the Vinyl Cafe of Christmas in the Trenches last weekend and I had to pull my car over to the side of the road as I couldn't see for the tears. It always does that to me. Also, I can't sing Amazing Grace without breaking up and I'm not a Christian, so it always takes me by surprise. My daughter finds that concentrating on a spot on the wall at times is helpful, although I did notice an emotional break during one of her a capella performances of She's Like a Swallow. It was certainly a stunning performance, and I think the emotional connection that the singer has with the music is what the audience longs for in a singer. Although, if it overwhelms you to the point that you can't finish it, I could see that as being a problem. Maybe there is some trick of distancing yourself from the piece without getting so far away emotionally, that you don't connect at all?


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: catspaw49
Date: 11 Dec 99 - 11:20 PM

Hi RiB and Mets too.....Well, I hate to admit it, but you've each hit one for me in the exact way and, in your case RiB, the exact line. I have another one too that has been getting me consistently. I was familiar with it for years, but it came along and struck a nerve awhile back when I heard Sandy Paton sing "Maggie." Its so damn bad now, I'm totally choked up from about the 17th bar on!!! I did a modified and abbreviated version at Karen's grandmothers graveside service 2 weeks ago and I struggled through that! Thankfully I had company. Beautiful song.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Metchosin
Date: 11 Dec 99 - 11:43 PM

Spaw, I'm not familiar with Sandy Paton's Maggie, could you elucidate?


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: catspaw49
Date: 12 Dec 99 - 12:20 AM

Sure Mets...The song is "When You and I Were Young" and its in the DT.....a true old chestnut of the first order, but I'd heard it from childhood and never paid much attention. I'm sure you'll recognize it when you see the lyrics. Sandy and Caroline Paton are 'catters of course, but they also own Folk-Legacy Records and have spent a lifetime collecting and recording AND performing traditional folk. There's a link to their website and as I wrote somewhere earlier today, ordering from Folk-Legacy is like getting an education....liner notes like you would not believe. In any case, Sandy thinks its one of the best love songs written and after he said that, I realized he was right! 'Course he's right a lot even if he is an old poot. There is something special in listening to Sandy sing it too. Its available on F-L's "Golden Ring Reunion" Album (which you should ask Santa for this Christmas).

Now the spirit seems to have rubbed off on me and the song likes to kill me.

CURSE YOU SANDY PATON YOU FOLK FOGEY !!!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Winters Wages
Date: 12 Dec 99 - 01:53 AM

Roger...I don't know what it is...I have the same trouble with the song. I have tried to handle it myself. I have even tried to visualize the german soldier plunging the knife into the soldier from the scene in "Saving Pvt. Ryan" I still can not make it work Deep in side I know it Hollywood and I do believe a Scene like Christmas in the Trenches probably was real somewhere during the war back then. I can not even begin to sing Phil Colter's "The Old Man" Not just because my Dad passed much in the same way (it happened so sudden) but I relate it to Christmas in the Trenches cause he died Christmas Eve (between the 23rd and 24th of December) As I get older it seems to get worse I do not know what to tell you. I would like to hear the Randall Knife..Not familiar with that one. On second thought I'll pass for now**BG Happy Holidays Winters Wages


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: roopoo
Date: 12 Dec 99 - 02:42 AM

I've said it before: "My Old Man" always gets me, and Bill Sables knows this so he gives me fair warning. With Christmas almost upon us, my favourite carol "It Came Upon The Midnight Clear" has started to affect me. I don't know if it's the words, which seem so right, somehow, even though it was written over a hundred years ago, or that it is reminding me of a Unitarian friend who died a couple of months back. (It's a Unitarian Carol, so he once told me). There are others, me being one of those people that music affects like that, but these are the most recent.

mouldy


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Winters Wages
Date: 12 Dec 99 - 03:20 AM

Mouldy...Im guessing it's the E minor chord in the song that gives a break on reflection so to speak. the song reminds you of brightnes "The midnight Clear" then we get into that chord that denotes tragedy....and some how it reminds you of your friend. Anyway ...thats my guess...But Who am I???I have the same problems with songs Its like trying to figure out your dreams...Which is why we write songs...Play music...Get up..Get down..Oh well...forget it...It's too late for me Good night Regards Winters Wages


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 12 Dec 99 - 04:36 AM

There's a song in the Country field, called Teddy Bear. Can't remember if it's Red Sovine. That's quite a tear-jerker. As is, Giddy-Up Go for that matter. Hmmm.


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: The Shambles
Date: 12 Dec 99 - 05:01 AM

The most recent occasion, as it happens faily frequently, is Lowden Wainwright's song Pretty Good Day. On a CD of his topilal songs called Social Studies.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE RANDALL KNIFE (Guy Clark)^^
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 12 Dec 99 - 06:12 AM

Winters Wages,

Here 'tis.

THE RANDALL KNIFE
by Guy Clark

My father had a Randall knife.
My mother gave it to him,
When he went off to World War II,
To save us all from ruin.
If you've ever held a Randall knife,
Then you know my father well.
If a better blade was ever made,
I was probably forged in hell.

My father was a good man,
A lawyer by his trade,
And only once did I ever see,
Him misuse the blade.
It almost cut his thumb off,
When he took it for a tool.
The knife was made for darker things,
And you could not bend the rules.

He let me take it camping once,
On a Boy Scout jamboree,
And I broke a half an inch off,
Trying to stick it in a tree.
I hid it from him for a while,
But the knife and he were one,
He put it in his bottom drawer,
Without a hard word one.

There it slept and there it stayed,
For twenty some odd years,
Sort of like Excalibur,
Except waiting for a tear.

My father died when I was forty,
And I couldn't find a way to cry,
Not because I didn't love him,
Not because he didn't try.
I'd cried for every lesser thing,
Whiskey, pain and beauty,
But he deserved a better tear,
And I was not quite ready.

So we took his ashes out to sea,
And poured 'em off the stern,
And threw the roses in the wake,
Of everything we'd learned.
When we got back to the house,
They asked me what I wanted.
Not the lawbooks not the watch,
I need the things he's haunted.

My hand burned for the Randall knife,
There in the bottom drawer,
And I found a tear for my father's life,
And all that it stood for.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: kendall
Date: 12 Dec 99 - 09:45 AM

Having been at sea for years, I understand Stan Rogers' "jeannie C" and Sean Gagne's 'WHEELHOUSE DOOR' they both get to me big time, but, "THE BAND PLAYED WALTZING MATILDA' is still the big one for me.

There are times when I must think of something else when the lump appears in the throat. Of cours, you must know the song by heart to do this, but, try thinking of something unpleasant, like your ex's lawyer lol


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Jeri
Date: 12 Dec 99 - 10:01 AM

Kendall, that makes it better???


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Winters Wages
Date: 12 Dec 99 - 01:07 PM

Roger in Baltimore: Just what I needed (just kidding) That is beautiful. Why do we hate but love those songs. In some way I feel we must relate. Boy...I couldn't do that song to save my life. Im going to try and get the CD I like Guy Clark. There are two other songs that I have problems with ...The Outside Track and Sunday Morning Coming Down. ..there is something lonely in a Sunday for sure...I guess I relate to Sunday Morning Coming Down to a past family life that was and is not anymore...Oh Well...Thanks roger and everyone else Regards Winters Wages


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
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Date: 12 Dec 99 - 09:36 PM

No Jeri, it doesnt make it better..it helps me avoid coming apart


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Little Neophyte
Date: 12 Dec 99 - 10:40 PM

Born Free


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Mbo
Date: 12 Dec 99 - 10:46 PM

As I've said before, "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" always brings tears to my eyes. Also, there's a song I wrote for my friend when she moved away this Spring--I can't sing it now, I makes me cry. Not that the music's so sad, but just the general content of a group of good friends breaking up one by one...If anyone wants to see the lyrics, I'll post them. It'll be a long time before I can play without getting choked up...

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Frank Maher
Date: 12 Dec 99 - 10:58 PM

Most of the Songs I Hear Today,Makes Me Cry (a lot)


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Little Neophyte
Date: 12 Dec 99 - 11:02 PM

There that bad hugh Frank?
You should hear mine, you would be balling your eyes out!
BB


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Susan A-R
Date: 12 Dec 99 - 11:04 PM

Fred Small's Over the Olsund, and certain hymns. I also have to add Angels are Hovering Round, as it was the last song of the evening at the music party I held the night my dad died. A good way to go out, but I'll have to leave the singing of it to other folks for a time. John McCutcheon's Big Black Pot can also do it to me (It doesn't take much at all these days, so watch out.)

Susan A-R


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 13 Dec 99 - 03:54 AM

'Down upon the dugout floor', and 'Londonderry air/Danny Boy', but for totally different reasons.....

LTS


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Gord
Date: 13 Dec 99 - 05:03 AM

I can think of three songs that bring a tear to my eye and kind of choke me up any time I try to sing them: And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda, Willie McBride(Green Fields of France) and Kevin Barry. There are probably several other Irish reb songs that might do the same, 'cept I can't think of them right now. There's one other tune that I find hard to listen to, being ex-military and a RCL member - "The Last Post" (see Willie McBride).

Gord


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: AnTirKitten
Date: 13 Dec 99 - 01:02 PM

*sniffle* One song I rarely manage to finish without a tear is "Gone to America". Just such a heartbreaking song, really *sniffle* and so tragic. Another one is "Fare Thee Well, Love" by the Rankin Family. *sniff* Okay, I'm officially coming out as a sap.

Cat


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 13 Dec 99 - 01:12 PM

This year, the Gloucestershire Wassail, of all things, chokes me up- a dear friend of mine died this fall, who loved this song. We used to perform in the Cambridge (Mass., USA) Christmas Revels and he was invariably cast as the butler, carrying "a bowl of the best"- and when I heard a motley crew sing it yesterday I couldn't get thru the refrain without thinking of Tim - "and I pray that your soul in heaven may rest"
Allison


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Neil Lowe
Date: 13 Dec 99 - 01:20 PM

BB -- regarding your last post, I sense a 'Spawism lurking in the wings......


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Matthew B.
Date: 13 Dec 99 - 03:49 PM

The song When You and I Were Young, Maggienever failed to make my grandmother cry.

For me, the Malvina Reynolds song Where Are You Going, My Little One from those 1960's Kodak commercials always chokes me up. And the song Cat's In the Cradle always haunts me, reminding me of how much more of a father I could have been for my son.

Yeesh! What a topic!


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: MMario
Date: 13 Dec 99 - 03:57 PM

For me it pretty much depends on the circumstances (and how exhausted I am) - but yesterday, there were very few dry eyes...at a performance (very well done) of "Amazing Grace" as we paid tribute to a comrade, whose passing we learned of during our street theatre gig.....It had been his favorite song.


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Drewsmilitia
Date: 13 Dec 99 - 04:05 PM

There's a Tim Buckley song which I can't remember the name of but it contains the line " Is he a hunter, is he a dreamer, is he mammas little man, does he help you when he can,Oh what I'd give to know him", which absolutely rips my soul out and leaves me drained.


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Frankie
Date: 13 Dec 99 - 04:57 PM


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Frankie
Date: 13 Dec 99 - 05:14 PM

Jeez, I hate when that happens.Victor Jara done by Arlo Guthrie usually provokes tears and then anger at that bastard Pinochet and at the forces in this country (USA) that aided him in all that torture, repression and murder. Also, the oft-mentioned Bees Wing by Richard Thompson causes me to leak, occasionally.

Frankie


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: kendall
Date: 13 Dec 99 - 07:44 PM

Where are you going is a song that would rip any parent apart


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Caitrin
Date: 13 Dec 99 - 08:54 PM

"On My Own" and "Do You Hear The People Sing" from Les Miserables always get me. So do Loreena McKennitt's arrangement of Tennyson's "Lady of Shalott" and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's "Find the Cost of Freedom." And the Christmas carol "O Come Emmanuel", particularly in Latin with the SATB harmony arrangement. Sometimes a thematic element will bring tears to my eyes, but sometimes it's just the pure beauty of the music. Also, performing is usually a pretty emotional experience for me, whether it's singing or acting.


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Cara
Date: 13 Dec 99 - 09:39 PM

This year, all of the non-secular and some of the secular Christmas songs make me cry when I hear them sung well. It's been creeping up on me for a few years, and I've really no ideawhy.

True confession: I was in my teens before I could sing Puff the Magic Dragon all the way through. Got me every time.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE WAYFARER (Padraig Pearse)^^
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 13 Dec 99 - 10:20 PM

The strangest things can crack you up. "Puff the Magic Dragon" definitely, last chapter in "House at Pooh Corner", several Christmas Carols - "Come Come, Come to the Manger", "O Little Town of Bethlehem". And "Somewhere over the Rainbow". There are always particular lines that suddenly do it.

Those aren't songs I sing on my own though. Generally I find if I'm up for singing, so to speak, I can get through. More likely to crack up when listening to someone else and joining in. Or just listening, maybe driving along.

It's not getting embarrassed at crying that's the problem, I got over that a long time ago. But if you're singing, the voice just goes completely.

Anyway, here's a poem that always brings tears to my eyes. I posted it in another thread a few days ago, because it seemed relevant, and now I've put a tune to it. But I don't know if I'll be able to sing it without cracking up.

It's by Padraig Pearse, and I learnt it from a reading by the actor Milo O'Shea on a record he made in 1967.

THE WAYFARER

The beauty of the world has made me sad.
This beauty that will pass.

Sometimes my heart has shaken with great joy
to see a leaping squirrel on a tree
or a red ladybird upon a stalk.
Or little rabbits, in a field at evening,
lit by a slanty sun.

Or some green hill, where shadows drifted by,
some quiet hill, where mountainy man has sown,
and soon will reap, near to the gate of heaven.

Or little children with bare feet
upon the sands of some ebbed sea,
or playing in the streets
of little towns in Connacht.

Things young and happy.

And then my heart has told me -
these will pass,
will pass and change,
will die and be no more.

Things bright, and green.
Things young, and happy.

And I have gone upon my way, sorrowful.


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Caitrin
Date: 13 Dec 99 - 10:35 PM

I was listening to Les Miserables again today, which reminded me that "A Little Fall of Rain" makes me cry, too.


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Mbo
Date: 13 Dec 99 - 11:45 PM

Caitrin, everything in Les Miserables makes me want to cry or scream at the top of my lungs!

On Friday coming home, me and my sister were doing the part "We now must decide who we are--do we fight for the right for a night at the opera now? Have you asked of yourself what's the price you might pay? Is it simply a game for rich young boys to play? The colors of the world are changing day by day--RED..." We were taking turns doing Enjolras & Grantaire's lines--"You talk of battles to be won, and here he comes like Don Juan..."

"Drink With Me" is also very sad--"Can it be you fear to die? Will the world remember you when you're gone? Could it be your death means nothing at all? Is your life just one more lie?"

If you've ever seen the Dream Cast version at Royal Albert Hall--after everyone dies at the barricade, the orchestra starts up a quiet instrumental version of "Bring Him Home" complete with pizzicato strings signifying the little fall of rain. As the music continues, the barricade on stage starts to turn around. As the music swells to "The summers fly one by one, how soon they fly on and on" the barricade turn completely around, and as the music and gongs climax, Enjolras' dead body is seen hanging over the front, still clutching the flag in his hands...I break down right there every time...

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Chris B
Date: 14 Dec 99 - 01:38 AM

Diana Ross and the Supremes Someday we'll be together

Whiter Shade of Pale


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Callie
Date: 14 Dec 99 - 02:50 AM

John Warner and Margaret Walters singing "Today I Saw Llewellyn Walk" about watching a baby taking first steps (CRRRYYYY!!) and Chet Baker singing Elvis Costello's song "Almost Blue" Callie


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Auxiris
Date: 14 Dec 99 - 04:00 AM

Stan Rogers' "First Christmas Away From Home", "The Green Fields of America" and many, many others. . .


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Neil Lowe
Date: 14 Dec 99 - 08:35 AM

..the theme from Gilligan's Island. From episode to thought-provoking episode (and educational, too...like how to make a radio using coconuts), I always wondered if they'd make it through that terrible storm....

RiB...maybe the next time you sing "Christmas In The Trenches" you'll be able to get through it if you think on this feeble attempt at humor. *BG*

Regards, Neil (whose tragic example of misspent youth in front of the boob tube should be a wake-up call to parents everywhere)


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: IceWolf
Date: 14 Dec 99 - 08:48 AM

Oh my. What a topic. Here's my collection:

Heart of the Appaloosa - Fred Small No Man's Land - Eric Bogle (aka Green Fields of France) Born on the 4th of July - Tom Paxton Allegory - Heather Rose Jones Eternal Loser - Leslie Fish

Much as I hate to admit it, a couple of my own songs do that to me too.

--IceWolf


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: kendall
Date: 14 Dec 99 - 12:59 PM

Phil Brown written by my friend Dave Mallett.(the garden song )

...and he'd come to town with his old wool hat pulled down
Surrounded by the dogs that were his friends
At times too drunk to stand, he'd shake familiar hands
Then, sit around the ESSO station 'til his loneliness would end.

And all through the night, a faded yellow light
Would burn inside the room where he would stand
And play the old Victrola, and drink his rusty wine
And conduct the Mozart music with his hard and shaking hand.

there is more..its about the town drunk in a small Maine town.


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Clifton53
Date: 14 Dec 99 - 01:17 PM

My parents split when I was very young, my old man was a big fan of western movies and all things cowboy. I've never gotten through "Desperadoes Waiting For A Train" without gettin wet-eyed. The song hits in my boyhood like nothing else ever sung.


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Drewsmilitia
Date: 14 Dec 99 - 03:48 PM

Can anyone out there help me with the name of the Tim Buckley song which as I mentioned a few postings ago kills me


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Bert
Date: 14 Dec 99 - 03:54 PM

You're right McGrath, the voice just goes. It happened to me at the Getaway while I was singing Katlaughing's song "That's not my Colorado". I got to the line "Colorado was a home to me" and went all squeaky.

Bert.


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: feet of clay
Date: 14 Dec 99 - 04:20 PM

"500 Miles", the melody haunts and the lyrics, simple, connote a deep desperation. Is anything sadder than being dispossessed of home and hearth? Perhaps only death is a more compelling subject and then listen to "Grace" as interpreted by Anthony Kearns on the PBS special "The Irish Tenors", it would coax a tear from the most granite of hearts. The song begs the question, what is it that can compel an individual to make the ultimate sacrifice for an ideal. Is such a quality to be admired or pitied. At one point in this existence, I could definitively answer the question, today I cannot.


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: CE Morgan
Date: 14 Dec 99 - 09:22 PM

Some of these I haven't thought of in years... "Sunrise, Sunset" from Fiddler on the Roof, "You'll Never Walk Alone" from Carousel. I used to sing both of these in a choir, and I'm sooo thankful I wasn't singing solo. However, I did do "You'll Never..." as an audition piece, and I found listening to the tone of my own voice, rather than the words, helped. They stopped me early, so I guess it got to them too!

My best advice would be to not let it worry you if the song gets to you. If you show some emotion, your audience will respond sympathetically. (I always feel very sorry for the bugle player who has to play at war memorial services.)

I heard "First Christmas Away From Home" for the first time last July, and I *bawled*! Now it's the holidays, I have a recording of it, and I don't think I can listen to it!

Waaahhh!! But nice to know I'm not alone. CIndy Ellen


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: ddw
Date: 15 Dec 99 - 12:50 AM

Merry Christmas to ye all!!!

Have to admit, though, there are a bunch that get to me. Christmas in the Trenches, the two Eric Bogle songs mentioned, a lot of Civil War songs (All Quiet Along The Potomac, I'm Afraid To Go Home and Don Gibson's Civil War Trilogy are the big three there) and the one I used to to and have been trying to get back into my play list for about six months, without success, Streets of London by Ralph McTell.

Not quite as bad, but on the tough-sledding list are Joni Mitchell's Urge For Goin' and Tom Rush's No Regrets.

Gawd, I must me a wimp!

david


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Slider
Date: 15 Dec 99 - 11:18 PM

Not too many words of explanation,but a couple that come to mind are "The Dutchman" by Steve Goodman and another song that was on a David Bromberg album many long years ago, the title of which escapes me, but was a song about leaving home for the first time ,or for good. It had little accompaniment at first but builds to an emotional crescendo that left me and my roommates welling up, all of us thinking ,I guess, of the similar experience we had just gone through and how things would never be the same at home. Anybody remember the title? Gee Whiz! Nothing like a bit of holiday melancholy. Just don't let the tears dilute your eggnog.


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 15 Dec 99 - 11:47 PM

Slider,

Could that by Child's Song written by Canada's own Murray Mc Lauchlan? "Goodbye, Mom. Goodbye to you, too, Pa".

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: JamesJimFolk
Date: 16 Dec 99 - 12:29 AM

Scarlet Ribbon has always been difficult for me to both hear and sing. My father loved it and would cry every time I sung it. I can't get through it now without thinking of him (and breaking up). Dad died in 1991.


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: DonMeixner
Date: 16 Dec 99 - 12:53 AM

For me its Jerry Jeff Walkers " My Old Man"

Stan Rogers "The Jeanie C" and "Last Watch on The Midlands" ( I built too many boats to enjoy their sinking ver much)

Priciila Herdman and Henry Lawsons "The Water Lilly" and "Reedy River"

Don


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: IceWolf
Date: 16 Dec 99 - 07:02 AM

One that I simply know as "Kilkelly", but have no idea who wrote it... goes like this:
Kilkelly Ireland, 18 and 60, my dear and loving son John,
Your good friend the schoolmaster, Pat MacNamara's so good as to write these words down.
Your brothers have all gone to find work in England, the house is so empty and sad.
The crop of potatoes is sorely infected - a third to half of them bad.
And your sister Bridget and Patrick O'Donnell are going to get married in June.
Your mother says not to work on the railroad and be sure to come on home soon.

This time of year, I find it hard to make it all the way through without choking up. And I've yet to find a way to sing around a lump in my throat.

--IceWolf


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Andy McD
Date: 16 Dec 99 - 07:22 AM

1917 as sung by Emmylou Harris.


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Midchuck
Date: 16 Dec 99 - 07:26 AM

Re "The Jeannie C." My son is a brilliant chap, but he inherited my sick, evil, sarcastic sense of humor - squared. He was a great Stan fan, even in High School, though he had to keep it a dark secret from his contemporaries, who would have laughed at him for liking folk music (this was the '80s, not the '90s.)

But I told you that to tell you this: One time we had Stan's recording of the Jeannie C. playing, and when he sang "..John Price is drowned and slipped away..." My son interjected "...so we can split his sandwich."

I've never been able to take the song seriously since. It is a great song, so it's a shame.

Re Scarlet Ribbons: I think it's improved by singing it to the melody of "Bury Me Beneath the Willow." But there I go again.


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: DonMeixner
Date: 16 Dec 99 - 07:53 AM

Mid,

You have a lot to be proud of in that boy. Nuture him, support him(within reason), and make sure he sends home royalty checks endorsed over to you, his manager. A mind like that has a place in the "Folk" biz.

Don


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Big Mick
Date: 16 Dec 99 - 11:12 AM

Icewolf,

The song Kilkelly is a song that was written by Peter Jones, and taken from a bundle of actual letters that were found. It is a wonderful song. If you do a forum search on the word "Kilkelly" you will find the chords. If you do a DT search on that word, you will find the lyrics.

All the best,

Big Mick


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Ken Wilson
Date: 16 Dec 99 - 05:07 PM

There are lots of folk and popular song here. Has anyone heard "Dido's Lament" from Purcell's opera "DIdo and Aeneas". It is probably the most heartrending song I have heard that encompasses both love and death. "Remember me".


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Caitrin
Date: 16 Dec 99 - 06:00 PM

IceWolf, I first heard Kilkelly performed by The Full Moon Ensemble, and it affects me the same way. Every time I sing it, I get watery at the end.


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: JamesJimFolk
Date: 17 Dec 99 - 05:15 PM

MidChuck, I can't say I've ever heard Scarlet Ribbons sung to the tune of Bury me...., but it's good to run across someone with a creative mind (I'll give it a try). I'd bet you are a songwriter (for sure). I'd bet that either tune will still make me cry.

JJF


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Mbo
Date: 17 Dec 99 - 05:33 PM

Don't laugh--the Fields of Athenry gave me teary eyes...

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Fred
Date: 17 Dec 99 - 05:51 PM

I don't know. A few songs maudlin enough to include are rancid pop songs of the past. I think of Sonnie and Cher's "You Better Sit Down Kids" and Wayne Newton's "Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast.' Not sure if temptation to cry is response to sappy words or awful performances? But the ones that really get me are those bluegrass songs about Mama: "No Mother or Dad" by Flatt and Scruggs; "Memories of Mother and Dad" by Bill Monroe; "Some Old Day" by the Country Gentlemen; "White Dove" by the Satnley Brothers...


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Mbo
Date: 17 Dec 99 - 05:58 PM

Did anyone mention "The Wall" by The Statler Brothers--a tearjerker and a goosepimpler.

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: kendall
Date: 17 Dec 99 - 05:59 PM

Fields of Athenry is based on a true incident, and, there is nothing to laugh about. The british government sat back and allowed a million Irish to starve.


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: emily rain
Date: 17 Dec 99 - 08:35 PM

damn. i tried to sing "there were roses" again today and choked up in the funeral verse. i'm just a sentimental fool.


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: billmcgowan
Date: 18 Dec 99 - 10:06 AM

ORPHAN GIRL -gillian welch and david rawlings-


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: AnTirKitten
Date: 18 Dec 99 - 07:53 PM

*sniffles* And who can forget Geordie, I always start losing it at the "My Geordie never stole neither cow nor calf/He never hurted any" part and am seriously teary-eyed by the time the maid offers to give up her children if it would spare her lover's life. *sniffle*. And 500 Miles always makes me cry. And this may sound odd but the first time I ever heard Coming Back to Me Now by the Jefferson Airplane there were tears in my eyes. Lemon Tree by PPM is another sure "faucet" song for me as is Annachie Gordon by Loreena McKennit *snif snif sob*

I think I'll go find my kleenex now.

Cat


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: BarbaraLynn
Date: 18 Dec 99 - 08:38 PM

For me, it's "Skye Boat Song". I have it by Alex Beaton, but I think any version would do it to me. For the last several years, it has been the song that represents to me all the "lost causes" in the world -- people longing for freedom, people suffering when they try for it, and so on. I just hate it when anyone anywhere has a just longing and a just dream and falls short in spite of all good effort.

BarbaraLynn


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 12 Feb 00 - 03:55 PM

Went to see a fine British acapella group by the name of Artisan last Thursday. They finished up with Stan Roger's "The Mary Ellen Carter". I'm supposed to be the emcee and I'm off stage with tears in my eyes wondering if I can pull myself together for the closing.

I think it was not just the song, but the performance enhanced it.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 12 Feb 00 - 04:21 PM

Has anyone noticed how often, often, often the name of Stan Rogers has come up? All that strength of voice and delivery, the wonderful identification with the feelings of real people.

Damn whoever started that fire on the airplane!


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Ebbie
Date: 12 Feb 00 - 05:08 PM

"What a Wonderful World" by Satchmo or any singer who is paying attention to the words.


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: canoer
Date: 12 Feb 00 - 05:16 PM

RiB,

So glad you revived this thread. A number of my choky favorites, and some to look up.

Agreed on Artisan. When I saw them last year, they intro'd "Mary Ellen" by saying they heard it once and knew there wasn't any other song for them to close with.


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Ely
Date: 12 Feb 00 - 05:28 PM

"Sammy's Bar"

"1913 Massacre"

"Prairie Grove" (the one about the 19th Iowa Infantry)


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: DonMeixner
Date: 12 Feb 00 - 05:46 PM

The Lock Tay Boat Song,

The Last Watch on the Midlands,

My Old Man,(J.J. Walker)


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Dave (the ancient mariner)
Date: 12 Feb 00 - 06:41 PM

Andrew Lloyd Webbers "Pie jesu" knowing the inspiration for that song really makes me eye's water.. And just recently listening to Steeleye Span's Harvest of The Moon brought back many happy memories of my youth in England. Happiness and sadness two extremes that work for me. Yours,(mopping the decks again)Aye. Dave


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Banjer
Date: 12 Feb 00 - 07:30 PM

Among my top tear jerkers are Amazing Grace, and a Civil War Era song titled "Coming To Us Dead". (can be found in the DT) There are others as well, but these two definately rate up on top. "The Eastbound Train" is another which just came to mind.


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Midchuck
Date: 12 Feb 00 - 07:35 PM

Garnet's Small Victory. I learned it to embarrass my sisters, some of whom are horse fanatics. I knew it would make them cry. Then I found it made me cry, so I don't do it in public. Serve me right.

Peter.


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 12 Feb 00 - 09:24 PM

Let me link the thread: A Song That Moved You.

--Charlie Baum


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Crowhugger
Date: 13 Feb 00 - 06:14 AM

Ditto:

especially Mary Ellen Carter, Scarlet Ribbons, Christmas in the Trenches, She's Like the Swallow...

Plus:

Un Canadien Errant, about the grief of exile. Apple of My Eye, by Rosalie Sorrels. Ripple, by Garcia & Hunter, has several bits that knock me for a loop at different times. Same with Brokedown Palace. Attics of My Life...ok, true confessions of a wannabe deadhead. There's a song my mother sings, written by Malvina Reynolds I think, about a woman fighting-mad with the vagaries of aging. It reminds me that she'll die one day. Catfish John, by B. McDill & A. Reynolds for its assumption in the last verse that choosing not to show anger means that one does not feel it. Hey, do I have an "issue" here?

The list of potential bib-snotters is huge, just the current hit parade varies with my life.


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: kendall
Date: 13 Feb 00 - 12:29 PM

I just attended a private gathering of about 50 people, and, among them was Helen Schneyer. I asked her to sing LONESOME ROBIN. She did, and, there wasn't a dry eye in the house. She cussed me out afterwards, but, it was worth it.


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Joe_F
Date: 11 Apr 13 - 09:11 PM

All the Good People
Bird on a Wing
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
Catfish John
Christmas in the Trenches
Dink's Song
Entre les Etoiles
Follow Me 'Ome
Hobo's Lullaby
Hot Buttered Rum
I Wish You Were Here
In Sugaring Time
Lies
Lo, How a Rose
Margery Grey
Mary Hamilton
My Love Come Rolling Down
The Old Figurehead Carver
The Parting Glass
Precious Friend
Reunion
Sailor's Rest
What You Do with What you Got
White Squall


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Crowhugger
Date: 12 Apr 13 - 12:53 AM

I'm glad someone else has a long list too! This month my favourite tear-wringer is Once Upon a Time. There's another arrangement I love just a bit more but I didn't find a recording online.


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: 2581
Date: 12 Apr 13 - 02:08 AM

"Philadelphia" by Neil Young.


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: 2581
Date: 12 Apr 13 - 02:12 AM

Oh, yes, and "Humperdink The Coon Huntin' Monkey" by Billy Edd Wheeler. But those are tears of laughter!


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: GUEST,Mark
Date: 17 Apr 13 - 04:48 PM

1) The previously mentioned "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" (the John McDermott version).
2) Red Foley's "Old Shep" (the Elvis version in particular is touching).
3) "Working Man" - by the late Rita MacNeil (dedicated to the coal miners of Nova Scotia).


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: GUEST,olddude
Date: 17 Apr 13 - 05:17 PM

This one from John Prine
I have a hard time playing it

Hello in there


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: GUEST,Eddie1
Date: 17 Apr 13 - 05:55 PM

Eric Bogle - As If He Knows (horses being slaughtered at the end of WW1)
Tom Paxton - She Sits On The Table (about domestic violence0
Finbar Furey - Lonely One (doing a repeat gig at a venue and seeing the girl from last year)

Eddie


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Ron Davies
Date: 17 Apr 13 - 08:26 PM

I don't think I saw this one yet.

It gets me every time--though I've heard it for years:    Home , Lads, Home

Maybe it has something to do with the perfect pastoral imagery contrasted with the slaughter of WW I--and the slaughter is all the more vivid for being understated.


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Elmore
Date: 17 Apr 13 - 09:49 PM

Do You Think That I do Not Know? Words by Henry Lawson, Music by Slim Dusty, sung by Priscilla Herdman. (and many more)


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: GUEST,Kathy - Guest
Date: 18 Apr 13 - 02:46 AM

Two songs come to mind immediately.

"There Are No Words" written and sung by American folk singer,
Kitty Donohoe. Written after the attacks on 9/11.
She actually sang it at one of the memorials. Can be heard on Youtube.

"If I Had Only Known" sung by Reba McEntire. Very sad song as well.

"The Promise" by Donovan - a very sad song of lost love.
I don't think he recorded this song on any album - written in more recent years. I heard him sing it in a concert in Monterey, California about 3 or 4 years ago. The lyrics are so beautiful but very sad.


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: Stewie
Date: 18 Apr 13 - 05:15 AM

Gordon Bok singing Steven Sellors' 'Mourning Dove' - adoptee to birth mother.

On the day when I was new
You held me once -
No one held you
I think of you as a mourning dove
That only flew on wings of love

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: OldNicKilby
Date: 18 Apr 13 - 06:52 AM

Greg Hastings wrote a Song for the Aberfan Disaster. I have tried to learn it many times but I am quite unable to sing it without getting a serious lump in my throat. But it won't stop me trying


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: GUEST,Paul Spencer
Date: 18 Apr 13 - 06:56 AM

Oh my God! This topic was EXACTLY what I opened Mudcat to look for tonight, and there it was at the top of the list!

I've found that with Christmas in the Trenches too. And a few of Eric Bogle's songs. I don't sing that many tear-jerkers myself but there are some others that I'm sure would be like that, too, such as "He Fades Away" by Alistair Hulett.


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: GUEST,Gail
Date: 18 Apr 13 - 05:33 PM

Of the many Richard Thompson tearjerkers, my favourite is Galway to Graceland. I know it's tragi-comic ('She had Elvis I love you tattooed on her breast') but that's what makes it so poignant.
I'm not particularly interested in Elvis but this song isn't about him, it's about her.


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: GUEST,Spleen Cringe
Date: 18 Apr 13 - 06:21 PM

Robert Wyatt


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: meself
Date: 18 Apr 13 - 11:46 PM

Oh, the tears my little sister and I shed over our mother's rendition of 'There's a Bridle in the Lonely Stall' (don't know if that's the actual title).


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Subject: RE: Songs that make you cry
From: GUEST,ollaimh
Date: 19 Apr 13 - 12:06 AM

I second big mick's killkelly. it's hard to listen to it's so sad. I have it by mick Malone, a great rendition.


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Subject: Lyr Add: SONG OF THE LONELY MOUNTAIN (Neil Finn)
From: MorwenEdhelwen1
Date: 19 Apr 13 - 12:52 AM

This song (ending theme for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey always moves me. Thinking of the dwarves reclaiming the Lonely Mountain after being away for years and Thorin's death at the Battle of Five Armies near the end of the book... so sad. Plus the lyrics are beautiful.

SONG OF THE LONELY MOUNTAIN
(Neil Finn)

1. Far over the Misty Mountains rise,
Leave us standing upon the height,
What was before, we see once more,
Our kingdom, a distant light.

2. Fiery mountain, beneath the moon,
The words unspoken, we'll be there soon.
For home a song that echoes on,
And all who find us will know the tune.

(Chorus. Instrumental with an anvil as accompaniment)
(aye-aye-aye-aye)
Some folk we never forget,
(aye-aye-aye-aye)
Some kind we never forgive,
(aye-aye-aye-aye)
Haven't seen the back of us yet,
(aye-aye-aye-aye)
We'll fight as long as we live,
(aye-aye-aye-aye)
All eyes on the hidden door,
(aye-aye-aye-aye)
To the Lonely Mountain borne,
(aye-aye-aye-aye)
We'll ride in the gathering storm,
Till we get our long-forgotten gold.

3. We lay under the Misty Mountains cold,
In slumbers deep and dreams of gold,
We must awake, our lives to make,
In the darkness a torch we hold.

(Instrumental)

4. From long ago, when lanterns burned,
Until this day, our hearts have yearned,
Her fate unknown, the Arkenstone,
What was stolen must be returned.

(Instrumental)
Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh

We must away, ere break of day
To find our song for heart and soul.

(Chorus)

(aye-aye-aye-aye)
Some folk we never forget,
(aye-aye-aye-aye)
Some kind we never forgive,
(aye-aye-aye-aye)
Haven't seen the end of us yet,
(aye-aye-aye-aye)
We'll fight as long as we live,
(aye-aye-aye-aye)
All eyes on the hidden door,
(aye-aye-aye-aye)
To the Lonely Mountain borne,
(aye-aye-aye-aye)
We'll ride in the gathering storm,
Till we get our long-forgotten gold
Far away from Misty Mountains cold...


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