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Powerful Songs That Make You Uneasy? (closed)

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Subject: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: RichM
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 10:26 AM

POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY? ...that is, you LIKE them but they arouse strong emotion in you or in listeners...

In another thread ( Origins of 'Strange Fruit') Tinker said something that struck me.
He quoted Pete Seeger: "I've sung(Strange Fruit) from time to time. You have to be careful to surround it with some other songs: it's so powerful it brings an audience to a dead stop."

Once , during my own songwriter phase, I wrote a song about the powerful effect of unreciprocated love. It was strong and bitter, but I thought it was a good song.
However,I stopped playing it AFTER each of two close friends approached me separately and asked if it was about his recent ended relationship. It wasn't but it gave me some insight into the power of music.
I haven't sung the song since.

My question to you is: What similarly powerful songs have brought out strong emotions in you?
Which ones do you sing?
Are there any you won't sing because they do affect you strongly?

Rich


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: Midchuck
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 10:42 AM

Stan Rogers' The House of Orange will get you beaten up in any Irish bar in the US.

Or was that not exactly what you had in mind?

Peter.


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: SINSULL
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 10:47 AM

InObu's "Amadou" left me feeling completely helpless. A terrible loss and more than likely it will happen again.


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: RichM
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 10:56 AM

Yes, Peter, that's the kind of song I mean. House of Orange arouses strong emotion in some listeners.

Rich


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: Bagpuss
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 11:09 AM

"He Fades Away" sung by June Tabor always chokes me a little when I sing it.

Bagpuss


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: Kim C
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 11:20 AM

Annie Laurie... because just before the Confederate charge at the Battle of Franklin in 1864, one of their bands was playing this song. We still play it, but I can't sing it without thinking it was the last song some of those boys ever heard. We can barely introduce this song anymore without getting choked up, so we just start playing.


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: GUEST,bekintex@swbell.net
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 11:22 AM

I usually don't post, but this just brought to mind a list.

I definitely agree with Tabor's "He Fades Away." I don't know how you can sing it let alone listen. But, in my opinion, Tabor is one of the most powerful singers around. For example, I cannot listen to her "Green FIelds of France" without tearing up, but I can listen to others.

"Cold Missouri Waters" of late by Cry Cry Cry had me standing at a listening station in the bookstore for nearly an hour.

"Any Mick'll DO" by Brian McNeill which I had the great priviledge to hear LIVE at the Arlington Highland games, is fabulous. Of course, McNeill is one of my new favorite musicians---"Muir and the Master Builder", "Prince of Darkness" are two more of his more powerful songs.

"On the Other Side" which is the second song on the Janis Ian comeback CD also makes my hair stand on end.

That's it for me. Sorry for going on so long.


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: Troll
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 11:25 AM

" All Quiet Along The Potomac" or "The Kennesaw Line" does it for me."Papirosen" is another although you need to understand Yiddish to REALLY get it.

troll


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: GUEST,bekintex@swbell.net
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 11:26 AM

Okay I have to add just one more.

Right here and now--I confess that I have filked.

If you're a fan of Jim Henson, you should hear Tom Smith's song "A boy and his frog" about the relationship between Henson and Kermit.


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: Katcina
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 11:38 AM

The most recent I can think of is Joan Osborne's "What If God...". It aroused much controversy and was mightily comdemned by those that didn't take the time to actually listen to the words of the song. It has been a personal favorite of mine since the first time I heard it. I pay close attention to the words being sung.


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: wdyat12
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 11:47 AM

A more contemporary song that does it for me everytime I hear it is Ohio by CSNY. The song brings back all the anger and frustration I felt while working for the student strike after the Kent State masacre.

wdyat12


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 11:57 AM

Ooooo - too many to mention. All the deep meaningful lyrics of the pop charts I guess.

Hot Love by T-Rex (She ain't no witch and I love the way she twitch ahaha..) must be up there. So deep and meningful that they go above most people...

Same for Agadoo, Chirpy-chirpy cheep cheep and anything by the Bay City Rollers..

They all send shivers down my spine anyway. And I could never sing them.....

DtG


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: Mr Red
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 12:05 PM

Jay Turner - & Kath Mundy - the title is unimportant - the subject is about poverty in a central american region where mothers choose to limit the size of the family by culling. A powereful fitting arrangement but you just cannot be unmoved. The title - erm sorry - I just got lost in the moment when I heard it - and was too skint to buy the CD. (No reddies ha)


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: Kim C
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 12:16 PM

I forgot to mention Christmas in the Trenches. It's not one that we perform but it gets me every time.


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: nutty
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 12:19 PM

Numerous Eric Bogle songs - that man has such a way with words but particularly " Martin don't go out tonight" and "They told all the fine young men"


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: SINSULL
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 12:26 PM

"The Band Played Waltzing Mathilda". War is such a fucking waste!


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: annamill
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 12:44 PM

Any song about war. I must have very strong motherly instincts. For some strange reason, I just can't stand to hear about the death of young men for no apparent reason. Maybe I'm just overly sensitive.

SARCASM...

Love, annamill


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: Melani
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 12:50 PM

"Mothers, Daughters, Wives" by Judy Small.


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: catspaw49
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 12:56 PM

Many have already been mentioned oddly enough, but the two that hit me hardest come from separate ends of the folk spectrum. "Bob Dylan's Dream" is virtually undoable for me. How did a kid so young ever know and be able to put into words the feelings you have of looking at youth from middle age? At the other end is an old chestnut as it were, "When You and I Were Young." Lovely song and a wonderful sentiment......

Spaw


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Subject: Uneasy? Never! ;-)
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 01:06 PM

House of Orange... what a great song... I play it every chance I get... especially when I get requests for 'rebel' songs!! Terrorism is such a fucking waste!!

Cold Missouri Waters may have been record by Cry Cry Cry, but to set the record straight, it's a James Keelaghan song... lots of the songs he's written are that powerful... Captain Torrez, Kiri's Piano, Rebecca's Lament, just to name a few...

Stephen Fearing, Corryanna, or Turn Out The Lights, or The Life

Garnet Rogers has a bunch!! Row Of Small Trees, At A High Window, Small Victory, All That Is, 11:11, Phone Booth, NIGHT DRIVE!!!

Mary Chapin Carpenters This Shirt, gets me every time... especially the bit about that frigg'n cat!! LOL!

that's just what I can think of right now...

;-)


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 01:07 PM

Grit Laskin's song "In the Blood" (from his Borealis album "A few simple Words")

Brilliantly written in a 17th century ballad style. Tells a story so full of conflict that it's hard to listen to. The story happened a few years ago when an African man knowingly infected many Canadian women with the HIV virus. A few of these women are still alive, as are the people THEY infected. I've never heard a song that brought more of my emotions to the surface. Hope to never hear it again.

Rick


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: Mark Clark
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 01:07 PM

"Song Of My Hands" is such a song. Wherever I've sung it or heard it sung, it also "...brings an audience to a dead stop."

      - Mark


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: Mark Clark
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 01:10 PM

"Song Of My Hands" is such a song. Wherever I've sung it or heard it sung, it also "...brings an audience to a dead stop."

      - Mark


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: Grab
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 01:25 PM

"Come out you Black and Tans". It's a cheerful, rousing song, but I'm damned if I'm going to sing along to a song celebrating racial hatred.

"Woman in the wall" by Beautiful South is another odd one. It sounds so cheerful, except it's not.

"One" by U2 - I can't play it, but it gets me every time I hear it. If anyone does work out an acoustic version of that, I'd love to know.

Grab.


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: Metchosin
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 01:26 PM

Bruce Cockburn's If I Had A Rocket Launcher. Doesn't make me uneasy, but I believe it made enough US radio stations uncomfortable that it received little airplay. It's OK to sing about trees falling in north and south America on your beautifully bound Brazillian rosewood guitar Bruce, but US intervention in central American politics ..uh uh.....or it could have been just the words "son of a bitch".


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: Metchosin
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 01:27 PM

Hollis Brown is also a bloody hard listen.


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: Bill D
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 02:37 PM

"Enola Gay" by Bruce Phillips..also "Yuba City" and several others


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 02:48 PM

Silent all these years by Tori Amos does it for me every time, also Eric Bogle's Singing the Spirit Home...


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 02:49 PM

sorry guys, that was me.....cookie's gone and got et,somehow

Morticia


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: Amergin
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 03:04 PM

Peter, Paul, and Mary covered this song some years ago about homosexuality and AIDS called Home Is Where the Heart Is...


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: SINSULL
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 03:48 PM

BillD
Bert and I were listening to Utah Phillips doing Enola Gay. First came shivers then a sheepish look at each other of "Gee that was fun". So simple; so devestating.


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: harpmolly
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 03:53 PM

I have to agree with KimC about "Christmas In The Trenches" and with Grab about "One" (U2's "Running To Stand Still" has the same effect on me.)

To these I would add;

"There Were Roses," Tommy Sands

"The Story of Isaac" Leonard Cohen

"The Wind That Shakes the Barley" as sung by Lisa Gerrard, a cappella

"The Last Leviathan"...can't remember the author, but Solas sings it on their new CD (and it was incredible in concert too).

Lots and lots more, too.

Moll


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: Jim Krause
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 03:56 PM

I can't bear to hear John McCutcheon sing Christmas in the Trenches. Not because it is a bad song, but because it is so emotional, I can hardly keep from crying. I don't think I will ever learn it.
Jim


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: Megan L
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 04:02 PM

Matt Miggin's 'Ibrox Disaster' I very rarely manage to get right through it, i start rembering friends


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: GUEST,Amergin@work
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 04:06 PM

I would have to agree that Christmas in the Trenches is very powerful...so is Faded Coat of Blue and Balinderry and There Were Roses...


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: harpmolly
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 04:18 PM

Hmmmm, I'm noticing a trend here...

(gee, only took me 36 posts to figure that one out ;))

M

P.S. Peace on earth and good will to men is all very well and good, but then what the hell would we all sing about?


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: cujimmy
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 04:41 PM

Eric Bogle wrote "The Leaving of Nancy", about his mother who was crying as she was waving goodbye to him from the railway station platform as his train moved off on the day he emigrated to Australia from Scotland. I only moved a few hundred miles down to London in 1985 but my mum didn't stop crying for days and I have faithfully phoned her every Sunday since. And so every time I sing that song the tears start welling up and I have to stop - compose myself - then carry on, well done Eric, I bet there are hundreds of people who react similarly to that song for similar reasons.


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: Matt_R
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 06:12 PM

Grab...I do an acoustic version of "One" by U2. That song always gets me worked up to. I can't remember how many times I've cried listening to it. It's even more powerful to sing it.

Other powerful ones:

What's This Life For --Creed
Faceless Man --Creed
The Town I Loved So Well
Nothing Else Matters --Metallica
Bui-Doi --from "Miss Saigon"
Let's All Make Believe --Oasis
Storm In The Heartland --Billy Ray Cyrus
Dance On The Wind --Maddy Prior
A' Ghrian -- Shaun Casey


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: GUEST,Carol's Friend Don
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 06:32 PM

"The Partisan" by Leonard Cohen. If you don't have the balls to fight, they will take yours when they come for you...


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 06:47 PM

The Whitsun Dances. Especially that first couplet in the fourth verse:

Down from their green farmlands and from their loved ones
Marched husbands and brothers and fathers and sons.

(Incidentally, I don't agree with Grab that Come out you Black and Tans celebrates racial hatred. I wouldn't be likely to sing it, but for other reasons. The quarrel with England hasn't ever been about race, it's been about nationality, and that's not the same thing.)


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: Matt_R
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 07:00 PM

Oh yes, and "Nothing But The Same Old Story" by Paul Brady


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: MarkS
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 10:51 PM

The all time winner has to be Stan Rogers, "Harris and the Mare." This will make you question a whole lot of assumptions.
MarkS


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 11:20 PM

"Lies" by Stan Rogers. "Stones In The Road" and "This Shirt" by Mary Chapin Carpenter (and several others by her as well). "Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" when sung by Dylan on the 2nd album. "My Country Tis of Thy People You're Dying" by Buffy Sainte-Marie and also "Moonshot" by Buffy. "Christmas In The Trenches".

Plus one or two of my own, till I got used to them...

"Bob Dylan's Dream" is an amazing song, but doesn't make me uneasy exactly...I have sung it many times. Good choice, Spaw.

- LH


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: savindwales
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 11:58 PM

i favor another stan rodgers tune. "mary ellen carter".i always think i should beleive in something stronger and larger than myself when i hear it. always have to go out and do something. savindwales


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 01:47 AM

'The Jeanne C' by Stan Rogers as well...

;-)


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: Metchosin
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 01:52 AM

insomnia Clinton?


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: Metchosin
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 02:31 AM

Old Main Drag - The Pogues


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 02:48 AM

Nope Metch... these are the hours I keep... sorta vampirespacefolky hours... sleep late and stay up later!

;-)


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: Amergin
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 03:00 AM

Poisoning Pigeons In The Park always brings back fond memories....


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: Sarah the flute
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 03:40 AM

Anything and everything by Dick Gaughan and referring to the earlier Muppet Show quote and at the other end of the spectrum there was a wonderful version of "if I could store time in a bottle"

Sarah


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: English Jon
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 04:02 AM

Prince Heathen is a rare and strange piece of unnecesary violence. It does truly strange things to you, but you have to sing it, otherwise you won't see what I mean.

The cruel ship's carpenter is quite unsettling too.

Mary Ellen Carter, I love singing, but it has a profound effect on audiences. Good old Stan.

Like McGrath, Dancing at Whitsun.

Currently, Turtle Dove gives me real problems. (Why do women do that, eh?)

Weird isn't it? Just words and notes...

English Jon


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: Snuffy
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 08:35 AM

D-Day Dodgers


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: GUEST,Fibula Mattock
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 11:50 AM

"Seasons in the Sun". No, really. It gives me the creeps. I find it very uncomfortable listening, and I don't like it. And not just because it's crap.
Ian MacIntosh's version of "My Old Man".


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From: LR Mole
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 12:21 PM

"They Say That the Battle is Over", by Mr. Mallett. Also "Crucifixion" by Phil Ochs, but I'm not sure if that's just because it's so long and complicated. Come to think of it, the latter would be a better theatre piece, or at least ensemble choral reading. "With the speed of insanity, then, he dies."


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From: Kim C
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 12:31 PM

Metchosin, I can't speak for any other city, but stations in Nashville played the bejeezis out of "Rocket Launcher." SOB and all. Still hear it once in awhile.


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From: GUEST,Lonesome Cannuck
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 12:38 PM

The Moose Song brings me to tears everytime I hear it. It describes perfectly the special love me and my girlfriend have.


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From: GUEST,Russ
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 12:44 PM

Kate Long's "McNamara's Tear" hits me so hard that I get emotional just thinking about the song.

The first song I thought of when I read the thread title was "Hollis Brown."

"The Railroad/Butcher Boy" didn't start affecting me until I became a parent.

I can't always get through the verse in "Little Musgrave & Lady Barnard" that goes "He's taken out his long long sword to strike the mortal blow."


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From: Bat Goddess
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 01:13 PM

As mentioned several times before, "Dancing At Whitsun."

It took a long time to learn because I'd tear/choke up about the third verse.

There is also a song from the musical "1776" called "Mama, Look Sharp." First verses sung by wounded soldier, last verse ("I'll close your eyes, my Billy, those eyes that cannot see...") sung by the mother.

Bat Goddess


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From: ruthie-a
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 02:26 PM

'The Drover's Boy', as sung my Nancy Kerr and James Fagin. That song is full of so many beautiful emotions - it's had me in tears the last few times I've heard it. Most embarassing for my friends, who have to try and console me whilst looking like they don't know me.

Ruthie


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From: Mr Red
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 02:30 PM

Mollificent

Last Leviathan was written by Andy Barnes. He lives somewhere in the Berkshire region of UK.

Haven't seen him for a couple of years but I bet he is still a regular at Towersey festival.


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From: GUEST,Phil Cooper
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 06:28 PM

From the Tabor catalogue I have to put "Joe Peel" in as a song that's hard to sing without choking up. Other songs, not in the folk genre that are powerful to me would be Patty Loveless singing "How can I Help you Say Goodbye" or Martina McBride singing "Independence Day." Back in my favorite realm of folk, when I heard Andrew Calhoun singing "Lord Gregory" and the line "She stood all last night at our gates, but I wouldn't let her in." Got me. Jez Lowe's "Last of the Widows" is also a powerful song. When I first heard Martin Carthy singing "Famous Flower of Serving Men" I thought that was brilliant and disturbing story (would make a great Ingmar Bergman type film). I've tried singing that around the house and it falls flat.


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From: MarkS
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 06:32 PM

Isn't it amazing how the name Stan Rogers keeps coming up in this thread? What a loss his passing was.
MarkS


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From: kendall
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 06:40 PM

The Jeannie C.Stan Rogers. The Old Blue Ox... dave mallet The Band played waltzing Matilda. E. Bogle No time to say goodby..Tom Paxton The wheelhouse door..Sean Gagne


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From: Lady McMoo
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 06:51 PM

A couple of Richard Thompson's spring to mind as well like "Down where the drunkards roll" and "The Great Valerio".

"Hard Love" by Bob Franke. Several Ani DiFranco songs.

I agree with many of the suggestions above also.

mcmoo


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From: kendall
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 07:58 PM

Let's not forget Rick Fieldings The Margins of my neighborhood.


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From: GUEST,CMorwood
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 08:24 PM

I agree. There are a lot of Stan Rogers songs that do that. Have you heard Laidlaw's Last Lament by David Kilpatrick? Very good. He does this on MP3 for any who care.

Chuck


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From: Hotspur
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 08:58 PM

The Flowers of the Forest and Culloden's Harvest both make me cry, as does Empty Chairs at Empty Tables from Les Miz. I Am A Rock, by Simon and Garfunkel, is creepy "I touch no one and no one touches me." Eek.

Collin Raye, the country singer, does a song called What if Jesus Came Back Like That? which is uncomfortable to listen to, especially if you're Christian. It makes the point that prejudice doesn't die out, it just changes addresses.


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From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 09:29 PM

Apart from many of the songs already mentioned, there is 'The Glen Cinema', a song by the late Danny Kyle about a cinema fire in Paisley on Hogmanay 1929 in which 69 of the town's children died. I found the story in a 1930 copy of the Weekly Scotsman magazine.
Also, as Iain MacKintosh has been mentioned, the long list of songs by Harry Chapin he does: Flowers Are Red, Why Do Little Girls Grow Crooked, Cat's in the Cradle, When Music Came From Wooden Boxes, A Better Place To Be (a real tour de force!), Sure Sounds Like Society To Me. I think it's the understatement that allows you to concentrate on the story.


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From: granny
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 11:30 PM

Here's a few:

(Though I'm not really a huge fan/listener to either)

I was very moved (to tears) by the haunting loveliness of Alison Krause's "I'm Just A Ghost In This House," -- don't know about name spelling --

And, I'm always rendered beautifully melancholy by The Beatles "Yesterday."

There's others, but...that's what comes to mind at this time.


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From: Matt_R
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 11:36 PM

Ugh that Alison Krauss? Is she ever going to to sing something original? "I'm Just A Ghost" was originally by Shenandoah...a very very sad song.

I listened to Mary Ellen Carter for the first time ever today. Granted, it was good, but I found it too fast to be that powerful. And I didn't really make me uneasy. Guess I don't have the right mind set...


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From: kendall
Date: 22 Feb 01 - 08:16 AM

I dont know if it is best to post lyrics by themselves without any comments by the poster, but, I think it is better, so, here comes one.


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Subject: Lyr Add: NO TIME TO SAY GOODBYE^^(Paxton)
From: kendall
Date: 22 Feb 01 - 08:35 AM

No Time To Say Goodby

It was a phone call in the night, the kind you hear before it rings
It was a phone call in the night
When you can feel an angel's wings
You know before you answer
It's been someones time to die
Then, I learned that it was you
And as I stood there I could feel you passing by
There was no time to say goodby.

There was no time to say goodby
No time to thank you for the years
There was no time to say goodby a lamp goes out light disappears
As I stood there in the darkness
There were more tears than I could cry
For you it is so totally impossible that you could ever die
There was no time to say goodby.

refrain

There are pictures in a box in a room in a house long miles from here
There are old seashells and rocks faded labels from our days of German beer.
There are post cards from Montana
Some faded drawings and some drums
And I cant recall the rest oh God we're never really ready when it comes.

There was no time to say goodby
I was delayed in getting home
There was a mis connecting flight
When I got here you were gone
Someone handed me some coffee, and a sandwich made with rye There was no time to say goodby.

repeat refrain

There are pictures in a box etc

There was no time to say goodby
No time to thank you for the years
There was no time to say goodby
A lamp goes out light disappears
As I stood there in the darkness
There were more tears than I could cry
For you it seemed impossible that you could ever die
There was no time to say goodby.

There was no time to say goodby...
There was no time to say goodby......... Tom Paxton


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From: kendall
Date: 22 Feb 01 - 08:41 AM

I goofed..hard to see to type..after someone handed mesome coffee
And a sandwich made with rye
I put them down and stood there looking at your picture on the mantel
Wondering why there was no time to say goodby.


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From: nutty
Date: 22 Feb 01 - 09:46 AM

After further thought I have to add - the prophetically disturbing - NEEDLE OF DEATH by Bert Jansch


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From: kendall
Date: 22 Feb 01 - 07:38 PM

Many years ago, an old man appeared on Dave Malletts porch. He had wandered away from the "Home" and didn't realize that he had what we now call "Alzhiemers" He thought he was trying to find his fathers ox which had gotten loose. Grab the tissues folks.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE OLD BLUE OX (David Mallett)
From: kendall
Date: 22 Feb 01 - 07:58 PM

The Old Blue Ox by David Mallett

"Good afternoon I'm looking for the old blue ox"
He said,
"And" he said "I dont believe it, but, I heard my fathers dead,
And just where is the Curtis place? My God how things have changed"
He was a little old man he was almost blind
Walking with a cane.

"I know this is the place because I climbed up Severance Hill
I'd know that hill in a hundred years
And how are Ruell and Will?"
"Ruell Parkman moved away" I said
"Will Green he died you know,
And Willis Pratt has grown a man, and gone on years ago".
Our conversation was quite short, five minutes at the most
But, he stood before me like a child,
And conjured up the ghosts
Of friends and kinfolk from an older and a slower time
fifty years just disappeared like minutes in his mind.

"The ox was gone the day I left
He's been gone a week or two
And, I've come around to fetch his home
Cause I always did you know
Pa will be glad," he started off
I stood and watched him go
Down the way to yesterday
Where warmer breezes blow.

Now apple trees will wither
And barns grow old and fall
Ancient ladies sit in rocking chairs wrapped in their shawls
This old fella does the things he thinks he has to do
He's looking for his past
He might stop and talk to you.
"Good afternoon, I'm looking for the old blue ox"
He said
And he said "I dont believe it, but, I heard my father's dead
And just where is the Curtis Place?
My God, how things have changed.."
He was a little old man
He was almost blind, walking with a cane.


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From: kendall
Date: 22 Feb 01 - 08:07 PM

..correction ...he's been gone a week or SO.. Mallett is in Florida doing three gigs, but, I forgot where he said he would be.


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From: MARINER
Date: 22 Feb 01 - 08:22 PM

No more auction block for me, by Odetta. Accrington Pals by Mike Harding, Dimming of the Day by Bonnie Raitt. Moonbeam Josephine by Pierce Turner (and numerous others by him) Jenkins History by Frank Hennessy (and others by him) Thoughts and memories by Frank Hennessy Kilkelly by Robbie O' Connell. And The Parting Glass as it was sung at the graveside of Paddy Clancy by Liam Clancy,Bobby Clancy, Paddy Reily,Finbarr Fury,Ronnie Drew,Christy Moore, I think,and all the Clancy family and many others too numerous to mention. Now that, was emotional I could go on but I get to feelin' sad


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From: wdyat12
Date: 22 Feb 01 - 08:44 PM

kendall,

I received one of those phone calls in the night, the kind you hear before it rings. My uncle telling me how sorry he was that my dad had passed away that day, I had not heard the news, yet I had felt it earlier that day. Although I was the last person in my family to see him, I never said goodby. The words to this tune have powerful meaning for me.

wdyat12


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From: kendall
Date: 22 Feb 01 - 08:59 PM

WDYAT12,I lost a dear friend last summer. A man I had known for 50 years. Just typing that song was hard for me.


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From: wdyat12
Date: 22 Feb 01 - 09:30 PM

kendall,

I hear ya. I had a tough time reading it.

wdyat12


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: CamiSu
Date: 22 Feb 01 - 09:43 PM

You guys, I'm in tears just reading the lists. The Band Played Waltzing Matilda (Eric Bogle), I once played on an island in Maine. One of the people there was an Ozzie my brother had picked up hitchiking, and had brought out for the Fourth of July. He was in tears.

I couldn't listen to ANYTHING by Harry Chapin for several years after he died. He was a friend and I baby sat Jenny and Josh. I finally can, but a lot of it is hard. Sniper, A Better Place to Be, The Rock and on and on.

Garnet Rogers, Night Drive, as well as Phil Ochs Crucifixion, and others.

Kilkelly, done right. My mother thinks I'm wierd 'cause songs make me cry. (As well as the play "Someone to watch Over Me" I can't remember who wrote it)

CamiSu


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From: GUEST,SeanC
Date: 22 Feb 01 - 09:54 PM

The Challenger disaster tape is often too tough to handle for me. I was at the convention that it was made at. The con happened just a few months after the disaster, and the musicians had time to put their emotions to words. It is hard to come by, the publisher went out of business, i think. The biggest problem for the singers was to get some emotion in their voices with out being overcome with it. Some did manage that balance perfectly.

I will try to get some of the songs mentioned.

Eric Bogel and Stan Rogers I know and they do fit this catagory.

There is a song called Cranes over Hiroshima that I have trouble singing.

As a parent, there are more songs that shut down my voice then there was 8 years ago.


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From: Metchosin
Date: 22 Feb 01 - 10:02 PM

Great choices kendall

You nailed me with the other as well, we would have to contstantly corral one of my grandfathers when he was in a nursing home. He would stand in one spot outside, staring into the distance and would resist attempts to move him with the admonishment, "The Captain told me to stand here!"

We often wondered if "standing watch" was his form of atonement, as we believe he arrived in North America by jumping ship when he was young, after being raised as an orphan by the British Navy.

I have been working on a song about it and had never heard of the one by David Mallett. A very hard act to follow, especially when you've chosen the same subject matter.


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From: Matt_R
Date: 22 Feb 01 - 10:06 PM

I know Sean...ducking flying objects here...but Kenny G's incorporation of the Challenger tapes in his historical montage of Auld Lang Syne...where you hear the Challenger exploding, and Reagan's speech about how they "slipped the bonds of Earth to touch the face of God" just as the music swells...I always lose it right there. Another similar experience is from Paul McCartney's live album of the Rio De Janerio show...where he sings "Fool On The Hill" and at the end while the music is playing, you suddenly hear the voice of Dr.Martin Luther King "I have a dream..." ...I'm on the verge of tears just thinking about it.


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From: kendall
Date: 22 Feb 01 - 11:20 PM

Do conservatives feel this kind of pain?


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From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 23 Feb 01 - 12:21 AM

I can't get through I Come and Stand at every Door although I love the song and feel the message is important. When I get to the part that says "I'm seven now as I was then, when children die they do not grow" I choke up everytime.


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From: granny
Date: 23 Feb 01 - 08:24 AM

Matt R -- I kind of agree, re the Alison Krauss song...later, I said, 'Why did I buy this CD?' But, it was amazing that I even sat down and listened to something. I got so out of music that, lately, I feel like I've returned to some long lost land, when I even play something again!!

So, anyway...it was all I could think of....


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From: GUEST,Matt_R
Date: 23 Feb 01 - 08:28 AM

LOl Granny! Welcome back to music land! Glad to have you back!

--Matt


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: harpmolly
Date: 23 Feb 01 - 12:32 PM

I, too, can't listen to "Kilkelly, Ireland" without pretty much losing it. I think it's because I was supposed to sing at my grandfather's funeral, but he chose to shuffle off this mortal coil one week after I'd left for my two month trip to Ireland, and I had to decide whether to return or not. I finally decided that he would want me to stay, but I still can't hear the line "And it's funny the way he kept talking about you,/He called for you at the end;/Why don't you think about coming to visit?/We'd love to see you again..." without losing my cool totally.

Right now I'm trying *not* to think of cat-related songs. My best friend's cat, who has been with her for seven years and was the Queen of the Universe (graciously accepting our love and adoration as her due and bestowing her regard in return) was hit by a car the other night. We held a mini-wake for her last night. The apartment really feels empty without her. :(


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From: kendall
Date: 23 Feb 01 - 12:53 PM

My God! how could anyone listen to Killkelly after such an experience. I can hardly stand to hear it anyway. And I'm not even Irish.


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From: Amergin
Date: 23 Feb 01 - 12:54 PM

Sorry to hear about that, Molly.....It is always so hard to lose a pet/friend....

I get to thinking about my grandpas wonderful brothers and sisters (well the ones I met)....and all the wonderful tales they told that were never recorded....hell, might be a song in that in itself....


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From: kendall
Date: 23 Feb 01 - 01:18 PM

...some of those voice are silent now and gone... Tom Paxton


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From: Amergin
Date: 23 Feb 01 - 01:20 PM

Yes the Honor of Your Company is one powerful song, Kendall....one of my favourite Paxton songs...


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From: thehippydragon
Date: 23 Feb 01 - 01:49 PM

The hangman and the papist is really powerful too. June Tabour has done the definitive version of Waltzing Matilda. I've heard lots of different versions, but that's my favourite. Always makes me cry.


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From: kendall
Date: 23 Feb 01 - 03:34 PM

I knew The Band Played Waltzing Matilda for at least 10 years before I could sing it in public. I've seen grown men come apart remembering war experiences. I once sang Malletts "You say the battle is over", and one guy came to me after and said he was going home and sell his shotgun. He did just that.


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From: harpmolly
Date: 23 Feb 01 - 04:43 PM

Kendall--it is just an amazing song, I guess. I mean, it's murder on the ole tear ducts, but I guess I'm just a glutton for punishment. :/

Amergin--I'll pass your condolences along to Myrlin, and thanks...I still can't quite believe it. Weird...my paternal grandmother died last week, and I barely shed a tear (I didn't know her very well,) but my best friend's cat dies and I'm a basket case. Guess I've got *my* priorities straight *lol*.

Maybe I'll write a song for Dusty. To the tune of "The Queen of Argyll." ;)

M


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From: harpmolly
Date: 23 Feb 01 - 04:59 PM

Sorry to double post, but I just remembered...

speaking of Dusty and eerie songs,

when we were sitting around last night remembering her, Myrlin's downstairs neighbors were playing music quite loudly, and all of a sudden we realized that it was the movie of "Evita"--the first musical Myr and I were in together about ten years ago. Not only that, but the current song was "Another Suitcase in Another Hall," the solo I sang in the show. So of course we started singing it together, and the lyrics were almost eerie in their relevance...

Time and time again I've said that I don't care,
That I'm immune to gloom, that I'm hard through and through;
But every time it matters all my words desert me--
So anyone can hurt me,
And they do...

Call in three months' time and I'll be fine, I know;
Well, maybe not that fine...but I'll survive, anyhow.
I won't recall the names and places of this sad occasion;
But that's no consolation,
Here and now. * Very, very eerie. But fitting.

Molly


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From: harpmolly
Date: 23 Feb 01 - 05:00 PM

Dammit!

Okay, obviously "Very, very eerie..." etc was supposed to be on another line.

I'm shutting up now. Damn html.

M


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: FOG(Friend of Gnome)
Date: 23 Feb 01 - 05:18 PM

'It all came back today' by Tanita Tikaram from the album The Sweet Keeper cos it reminds me how lucky I was to get out of the things that seemed like a good idea at the time. 'Windego' by Buffy Saint Marie from Coincidence and likely stories.-Everyone should listen to this. 'When angels cry' by Janis Ian from Revenge(I think) I know this is all a bit more contemporary but these are the ones that can make me shake and quake Oh nearly forgot-'Who knows where the time goes' by the beautiful Sandy Denny sorely missed to this day by all Brit folkies of that age group.


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: Art Thieme
Date: 24 Feb 01 - 12:12 AM

"The Death Of Queen Jane"


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: kendall
Date: 24 Feb 01 - 03:09 PM

Phil Brown by Dave Mallett

It's about a town drunk who was a painter. David was one who saw beyond the obvious. Not unusual for Dave.

sample of the lyrics

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
And sit around the ESSO station 'til his loneliness would end.Br> And all through the night, a faded yellow light
Would burn inside the room where he would stand
And play the old Victrola, drink his rusty wine
And conduct the Mozart music with his hard and shaking hand..

Man..I am so lucky to have this guy as a close friend.


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: Peg
Date: 24 Feb 01 - 06:22 PM

Counldn't sing "I But a Little Girl" for years; always cried when I heard this one singer do it live. Still get choked up when I sing it.

"Silent All These Years"; am I the only one (yeah right) who thinks Tori is speaking directly through/to me in that song??? Unbefuckinglievable.

"Kilkelly" is tough, yes. Sang it a coupel years back, three part harmony. A sad one and it needs be done right, solemn, not heavy, emotive, not sappy...

"How Fortunate the Man With None" that instrumental break just tears me apart...

Everything on side two of "Hounds of Love" by Kate Bush...

peg


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: ray bucknell
Date: 24 Feb 01 - 07:51 PM

Kathy Mattea's "Where've You Been?" (written by her husband about his grandparents in a nursing home); Phil Ochs' "No More Songs" (portending his suicide?); Tom Paxton's "On the Road from Srebrenica" (the first time I heard him perform it I almost got up and left the auditorium) and, for some reason unbeknownst to me, "Scarlet Ribbons" always chokes me up.


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: Linda Mattson
Date: 24 Feb 01 - 09:45 PM

There are so many. To name a few:

Christmas in the trenches Tenting tonight on the old camp ground Johnny I hardly knew ye The parting glass Too late - sung by Jody Stecher and Kate Brislin. Kate thought it was just about lovers who parted, until I mentioned the lines in the chorus "Too late too late, I saw those dark eyes fade away, Beneath that old elm tree, In heaven I know that I can say, A dark eyed angel waits for me, Too late too late..."

My friend Arlene Immerman does a workshop at our New Year's gathering - Songs that make you cry. Snif. -Linda


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: kendall
Date: 25 Feb 01 - 01:03 AM

Lonesome Robin


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: Peg
Date: 25 Feb 01 - 02:25 AM

I'll second that, Kendall! (especially when you sing it)


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: kendall
Date: 25 Feb 01 - 09:23 AM

Thanks Peg. You obviously have great taste in songs. That second verse just tears me up. Most un-curmudgeonly!


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: WyoWoman
Date: 25 Feb 01 - 10:33 AM

"I Am Stretched On Your Grave" by Kate Rusby.

"The Last Leviathan," mentioned above.

"How Will I Ever Be Simple Again?" by Richard Thompson.

"Love Don't Need a Reason," a show-tuney one whose author I can't remember but which became an anthem in the gay community and which I sang with a friend who is HIV positive and whose days are exceedingly numbered. Also "Ballad of the Sad Young Men," ditto.

"Cornflower Blue," by Kate Wolf for supremely personal reasons: It reminds me of when the kids dad and I fell in love back in our hippie-dippie days and I thought I'd have that love forever.

"Sonny's Dream" on the Mary Black CD because it represents letting life go by because we're too fearful and dominated by others to step outside a world that constricts us.

"Martha" by Tom Waits. Sometimes love never is requited, but the memory of its tenderness never leaves us.

And of course, "All Quiet Along the Potomac."

Now I want to learn about a dozen of the songs mentioned above. I adore gut-wrenching songs, musical drama queen that I am.

WW


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: kendall
Date: 25 Feb 01 - 11:45 AM

WW I have dozens of them in the back of my head. I'd be willing to share.


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: Dunc
Date: 25 Feb 01 - 11:55 AM

A few years ago I was involved in a ten day struggle to save a 50ft sperm whale which had taken a wrong turn and ended up trapped in the Firth of Forth on the east coast of Scotland. 'Moby' and I got to know each other well during those days and it made a big impact on me when he eventually died on a mudbank.

Because of this "THE LAST LEVIATHAN" always brings a lump to the throat and even a tear to the eye.


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: bluebird
Date: 25 Feb 01 - 01:52 PM

Tennesee Waltz Jesse Winchester a song I was singing while walking down the road. Does not make me feel uneasy but it is a powerful song.....


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From: kendall
Date: 25 Feb 01 - 01:58 PM

there is another whaling song (anti whaling) which goes..Its muffled boom the cruel harpoon that blast their lives apart.. Song of the Humpback whale. Everytime you buy something made in Japan, think what they are doing to the whales. Whale steak sells for $400.00 a pound in Japan, and, the scraps are made into dog food. They are killing thousands every year in the name of research. This is clearly a violation of the Whaling act, and, the Marine Mammals protection act. We have the right, under the MMPA, to put sanctions on Japan, but, our candy ass politicians wont do it.The great blue whale, the largest creature that ever lived, is doomed to extinction with an estimated 200 left in the world.


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: WyoWoman
Date: 25 Feb 01 - 04:30 PM

Is this true? If so, it makes me want to puke.

Well, look at how impossible it is to buy anything that isn't manufactured in China these days, and consider who's making all their cheap shit and how impossible it's been to get any of our fearful leaders to say, "YOu know, we'd love to buy this flood of cheap textiles and electronics and every other tchotke imaginable, but, well, the citizens of the United States sort of hate the idea that it's made with convict labor, many of them the patriots and lovers of freedom who were arrested marching in Tiannamen Square, and the labor of children. So, maybe you could sort of, like, stop doing that and we'd be happy to consider shutting down all our factories so we can spend $1 an item less to put your people to work ... "

But, hey. This is a music thread ...

ww


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: kendall
Date: 25 Feb 01 - 04:37 PM

I'm retired from the US Fish & Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service. It is true.


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: Peter T.
Date: 25 Feb 01 - 06:28 PM

I happened into a music store yesterday, and heard Johnny Cash's version of "One" from his new album (the one that won the Grammy -- Solitary Man). It was not bad. A number of other songs were not that hot. I almost bought the album on the strength of it, however.
yours, Peter T.


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From: cowboypoet
Date: 25 Feb 01 - 11:16 PM

The late and much lamented Townes Van Zandt wrote a song about the homeless called "Marie." One of the most powerful songs I've ever heard, and one that has never failed to produce a profound silence in place of applause from any audience I've ever played it for.


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: Plume
Date: 25 Feb 01 - 11:40 PM

Rosemary's Sister by Simon Nicol and From a Distance, but only as sung by Nanci Griffith. I have sprained my wrist wrenching the knob on the radio whenever Bette Midler's version comes on. Ray Charles's version of America gets me every time.


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From: WyoWoman
Date: 25 Feb 01 - 11:41 PM

I'm puking.

ww


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Subject: RE: POWERFUL SONGS THAT MAKE YOU UNEASY?
From: Matt_R
Date: 26 Feb 01 - 12:32 AM

Heard a very powerful yet disturbing one the other day, by Queen, called "White Man". Even though my family didn't get here till the late 1880's, it still makes me feel guilty about what was done to the Native Americans.

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