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Songs that Move Powerfully

Muttley 15 Nov 05 - 01:27 AM
Joe Offer 15 Nov 05 - 01:58 AM
Gurney 15 Nov 05 - 02:08 AM
mg 15 Nov 05 - 02:28 AM
Metchosin 15 Nov 05 - 03:21 AM
Paul Burke 15 Nov 05 - 04:33 AM
kendall 15 Nov 05 - 08:07 AM
kendall 15 Nov 05 - 08:10 AM
Sooz 15 Nov 05 - 08:14 AM
Carol 15 Nov 05 - 08:35 AM
GUEST 15 Nov 05 - 09:37 AM
SunnySister 15 Nov 05 - 09:58 AM
Grimmy 15 Nov 05 - 10:02 AM
Peace 15 Nov 05 - 10:06 AM
SunnySister 15 Nov 05 - 10:48 AM
Dave'sWife 15 Nov 05 - 11:21 AM
SINSULL 15 Nov 05 - 11:48 AM
Metchosin 15 Nov 05 - 12:09 PM
Dave'sWife 15 Nov 05 - 12:16 PM
Beer 15 Nov 05 - 01:03 PM
GUEST,Arne Langsetmo 15 Nov 05 - 01:16 PM
Cyparissa 15 Nov 05 - 02:21 PM
Peace 15 Nov 05 - 02:27 PM
sharyn 15 Nov 05 - 03:08 PM
Clinton Hammond 15 Nov 05 - 03:10 PM
Morticia 15 Nov 05 - 03:34 PM
Don Firth 15 Nov 05 - 03:46 PM
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Subject: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: Muttley
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 01:27 AM

Just reading the thread "Hallelujah" and how that song moves the initiator deeply: Wondering what "Scrambles the Eggs" for other 'Catters?

For me there are several songs but thew two which just bring me to tears and choke me up are "Where Do You Go To My Lovely" by Peter Sarstedt and the second is "Ruby Tuesday" by (dunno - but should: for shame! I hear you all cry)

WHY these two?

Tragic memories: While working as a teacher, a student of mine: wonderful scholar, really hard worker, polite and respectful and a delight to teach just wilted in front of me one hot day and the principal put her to bed (it was a boarding school) with a headache (there had been a lot of 'flu running around the school and about a dozen kids had fallen ill over the previous week). However, this kid had Bacterial Meningitis - not 'flu, and by the next morning, she had died.
And yes, her name was Ruby.

The second was from my time as a Paramedic (a profession I spent 10 years in): We were called to a home for an unconscious baby who turned out to be dead from "Cot Death" (SIDS, if you prefer). This was a lovely young couple, first baby but, quite dead before we arrived.
Her name: Marie-Claire.

I cannot hear or sing these two songs without thinking of these two tragedies.

Who else has memories of things that affect songs they love.


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: Joe Offer
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 01:58 AM

Bob Franke's Thanksgiving Eve. My friend Jim wanted me to sing a song at his funeral. Just a few days before he died, I told him this is the song I had chosen because I thought it told his story, and I sang it for him:
    What can you do with your days But work and hope
    Let your dreams bind your work to your play
    What can you do with each moment of your life
    But love 'till you've loved it away
    Love 'till you've loved it away.

While he could still talk, Jim had asked me to watch out for his wife Christina after he died - and if anything romantic developed, that would be wonderful. Christina and I will celebrate our fourth wedding anniversary in January.
And yes, old Jim loved his life so much that he finally loved his life away. I haven't forgotten him.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: Gurney
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 02:08 AM

Fanny Blair.
The Band Played Waltzing Matilda.
The Life of a Man.


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: mg
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 02:28 AM

the boys of the old brigade
jute mill song
diadem
the town I love so well
sare mairais (sp)


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: Metchosin
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 03:21 AM

One of the songs that I still can't listen to without being moved to tears, even after all these years, is Rhiannon by Fleetwod Mac.

It was popular around the time and always reminded me of my free spirited friend Wendy who was lost, along with her husband and two others, on their fishing boat somewhere between Prince Rupert and the north end of this Island as they were returning home. Neither they, nor the boat were ever found.

Probably because there was never a trace, when I hear the lines "taken by the wind" and "taken by the sky", it still hammers me as if it was yesterday.


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: Paul Burke
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 04:33 AM

Carol King's Tapestry. Only because it was played at my friend and love Tina's funeral.


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: kendall
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 08:07 AM

The Band Played Waltzing Matilda. (Eric Bogle)

It's as if he knows (Eric Bogle)

Lonesome Robin (Bob Coltman)

Phoebe Snow (Utah Phillips)


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: kendall
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 08:10 AM

Old Gilbert (Slim Dusty)


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: Sooz
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 08:14 AM

If I had a son (Phil Millichip) because it tells a story very close to home.
A proper sort of gardener (Maggie Holland)
The Band played Waltzing Matilda (Eric Bogle)
I enjoy singing all three, but it took me a while to be able to get through the first one.


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: Carol
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 08:35 AM

Somewhere along the Road, Albert's Pretty Flowers,The First Time (that took some getting through at first) and yes, If I Had a Son. However I do manage to sing those but still havn't managed to sing a song my mother said would be good to sing to the 'oldies', she was 80 at the time and died in 2001 and I have her on tape singing it for me.
It's called 'When I Leave the World Behind' by Irving Berlin I think - as I get older it seems more poignant.I even have a copy of the sheet music but still havn't managed to sing it through.


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 09:37 AM

Working Man by Rita MacNeil and Northwest Passage by Stan Rogers.


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: SunnySister
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 09:58 AM

Thank you all for sharing your choices and some of the stories behind it.

For me the there are many although I'll mention just four here-

1. You Got It by Roy Orbison
   
I had seen the movie "Boys on the Side" and didn't realize that it was a story that had someone living and dying with AIDS. It blind-sided me as my brother was very sick with the virus. I howled and cried at the end of that movie and when I sat next to my brother while he lay in a coma from contracting Bacterial Meningitis, I sang that song to him. I wish I could have given him anything he wanted...

2. Kurt Weill's "September Song"

I had an adopted grandfather who used to play this song and sing it to me to get me used to the idea of time passing by far too soon. He taught me the preciousness of the season's and the beauty of enjoying those we love while we have them here. He died at 90 three years ago and this song makes me smile and cry at the same time.

3. Kristina Olsen's "Cry You a Waterfall" as it also speak about the last year's with my adopted grandfather.

4. Dave Carter's "When I Go" because he did go and die on us and I miss him and the music he could have made more than I can write. Such an amazing man and a loss to the music community.


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: Grimmy
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 10:02 AM

Muttley, there's some dispute about the authorship of 'Ruby Tuesday'. Those in the know reckon it was almost entirely a Brian Jones creation, but it is credited to Jagger and Richards. Whatever, it's still one of my all time favourites.

I would also add 'The Setting' by Ralph McTell. It reminds me of the time I said goodbye to the girl I adored. Like a scene from some naff movie, I watched from the stern of a departing ship as she slowly vanished from the horizon.


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: Peace
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 10:06 AM

I still love Pete Seeger's rendition of "We Shall Overcome" from the Carnegie Hall album.

Another that speaks to me is "October Winds", and yet another is "Maggie".

They all bring back memories, and maybe that's the key.


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: SunnySister
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 10:48 AM

Great point, Peace.

I forgot one more song...(please bear with me).

5. Mike and the Mechanic's "The Living Years" written by Mike Rutherford in memory of his father.

From the first moment I heard that song, it touched me powerfully and inspired me time and time again to get on the phone and talk with my father. I always would tear up when I got to the part of the song where the lyrics go:

I wasn't there that morning
When my father passed away
I didn't get to tell him
All the things I had to say.
I think I caught his spirit
Later that same year
I'm sure I heard his echo
In my baby's new born tears
I just wish I could have told him
In the living years


All of the words speak to me although it there that I got emotional. On Christmas Day 2003, I was in London trying all day long to call my father back in the states. I had so much to share with him about my holiday and how I had felt him with me the whole time during that visit. I eventually got through only to hear that that morning my father had passed away from a massive heart attack and died waiting for the coffee to finish brewing.

If it wasn't for this song, I don't think I could share that my father and I only had that last conversation left unsaid, because of this song, I fought my way to not just having a father in my life, past all of the arguments and past hurts- I also had a best friend.

(By the way, I didn't have a baby later that year... just in case you were wondering :)


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: Dave'sWife
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 11:21 AM

I honestly cannot recall all the lyrics to this song and my google search came up empty. Perhaps Joe Offer ( a fellow Folkie Catholic) could help me with this, but...

We played a folk hymn called "Father" at the funeral of my sister's 17 yr old boyfriend back in 1979 which forever after became unsingable for us. We'd simply choke up whenever we heard it.

OI know it begins like this:

Father it's one of your children again
asking that you would hear..

After that I don't recall the lyrics clearly except for part of the chorus which goes:

I feel just like the once lost child
who wanders in the night
not knowing all the while
that there was someone waiting for me
etc etc...

It's kinda maudlin, but we were teenagers then.

Gregory Norbert's Weston Priory Hymn, Hosea had the same effect. We sang that at his funeral too. 5 others died with him BTW.

I think hymns from youth have that effect on everyone.


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: SINSULL
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 11:48 AM

Sandy Paton's "Maggie" moves me to tears every time.


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: Metchosin
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 12:09 PM

For me I'm not certain about hymns from youth. When I was younger I had no problem singing Amazing Grace and now I can't get through that song, withourt my voice cracking and my nose dripping and I can't can claim to be a Christian.

But then Old Shep does the same thing to me. LOL


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: Dave'sWife
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 12:16 PM

Funny you should mention old Shep! there was a pop song from the seventies about a family dog who died called "Shannon". the singer's name was henry gross. Lord help, I can't even get through the opening strains of that song if it comes on the radio. I bawl like a baby thinking about my Belgian Shepherd Bear who I held as she was put down.

Songs about good and loyal dogs dying should be banned. They are a menace to dignity.


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: Beer
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 01:03 PM

Every Grain of Sand..Bob Dylan


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: GUEST,Arne Langsetmo
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 01:16 PM

"There Were Roses" (Tommy Sands)
"No Man's Land" (Eric Bogle)
"Kilkelly" (Peter Jones)
"Christman in the Trenches" (John McCutcheon)
"Pastures of Plenty" (Woody Guthrie)
"The Telling Takes Me Home" (Bruce "Utah" Phillips)

And a hearty second some of the others above.

Aw, there's a ton more, I'm sure, that I just don't remember off the top o' my head.

Cheers,


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Subject: Lyr Add: WORKIN' IN CORNERS (Nanci Griffith)
From: Cyparissa
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 02:21 PM

Man, I have loads of songs like this. One of my favorites is "Workin' in Corners" by Nanci Griffith. It's not exactly tragic, but it has an aching sort of loneliness that I find it all too easy to identify with.

It's a southern road west of New Orleans
I'm fightin' off a cold from these winter rounds
Houston, She's just around the corner
But I think I'll stop off here in Lafayette, Lord, and have me another round

Chorus:
I've been workin' in corners all alone at night
Pullin' down whiskey, keepin' my eyes away from the lights
I'll never be a fool but I will gamble foolishly
I never let go of love till I lost it in my dreams
I don't want to go to sleep 'cause I just might dream

I'm stronger now, there was a man in my hometown
He sang so pretty I'm glad he turned my head around
But I'd forgotten how to play a one night stand
Lord I didn't have a word to say just holdin' a stranger's hand

(Repeat chorus)

These city streets at five in the mornin'
I would've stopped to phone you but I'm almost home
At my back door there's a porch light that's shinin'
I just don't mind livin' here by myself if I leave it on

(Repeat chorus)

I don't want to go to sleep
'Cause I just might dream
Don't want to go to sleep
You know I sure can dream
And I sure can dream
Sure can dream


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: Peace
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 02:27 PM

Father it's one of your children again, asking that you were near,
I only have a few simple words to speak, but I guess you might call it a prayer.

First I want to thank you for your son, for the wonderful things he is for the marvelous things he's done.

It takes all my faith to understand how he who guides the stars cares to guide me by his hand.

I want to thank you for this day for the sun that shines that way for the green against the blue

I wonder what all the people do, who feel thankful for all this, but don't know how to thank you...

Father before I go to sleep I have just one request, that I am forever where you are, I'll forget the rest.

I don't need riches or fame, all happiness is mine if I can own your name.

For living is life and death will be gain to me it's all the same for your child I remain


from

http://66.102.7.104/search?q=cache:vteZrX3sgawJ:www.sp0ngeb0b.com/images/2003%2520Kids%2520Web/wow.htm+%22Father+it%27s+one+of+your+children+again%22&hl=en


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: sharyn
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 03:08 PM

Kendall, I agree with you about "Lonesome Robin" -- it's hard to sing directly about death and the repetition of "one last time" gets to me when I sing it or hear it.

I used not to be able to sing "The Granmore Hare" without crying and I find "Sheath and Knife" and "Banks of Green Willow" hard to sing emotionally (I have lost a sheath and knife the like I'll never see again).

The Bob Franke song that gets to me is "Hard Love."

But if I'm not closed down anything can get to me: "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" "Bringing in the Sheaves." I probably wouldn't cry much at sea shanties, but "Shallow Brown" will do it.

The aforementioned "Hallelujah" doesn't make me sad. it makes me feel high or something.


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 03:10 PM

I'll say it's mostly never the song, but rather it's more the performer... I've heard lousy performers do lousy jobs on great songs, and I've heard GREAT performers work wonders with lousy songs....


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: Morticia
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 03:34 PM

Ae Fond Kiss.......Burns, sung at my first husbands funeral.....I can't hear it now without falling apart.
Singing the Spirit Home........Eric Bogle.....cried the first time I heard it, still cry now years later


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Subject: Lyr Add: BEFORE THEY CLOSE THE MINSTREL SHOW
From: Don Firth
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 03:46 PM

Bob Coltman's Before They Close the Minstrel Show.
The poster's peeling underneath
Last summer's morning glory vine
An old white hat and a stump of cigar
And an empty bottle of wine

CHORUS:
Lay me down Carolina, lay me down
Don't want to wake up in the morning no more
Sing me one slow sad song
For this one last old time
Before they close the minstrel show
Banjo's got a broken string
Don't expect I'll get to fix it now
Won't be no more chance to sing
I'm rusty anyhow.   CHO:

Daddy Bones is dead, I guess
You probably don't know or care
And Frank and Arch has gone away
Somewhere, I don't know where.   CHO:

The money and the crowd run out
Before we left the last town
This old show has played its run
And rung the curtain down.   CHO:

Don't know where we go from here
Come to that, I just don't care
Maybe we'll go to a better place
And the minstrel show'll be there.   CHO:
George Austin does a particularly good rendition of this song, with a nicely integrated finger-picking guitar accompaniment similar to what Ed Trickett does with it. I'd heard George sing it a number of times, but when long-time Pacific Northwest folk singer and old friend, Walt Robertson, died of cancer in 1994, George sang it at a memorial songfest afterward, dedicating it to Walt's memory. Then he sang it again, at the memorial song circle following the sudden death of John Dwyer, another mainstay of folk music around here and yet another old friend.

I can't hear that song without getting a bit choked up.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: Skipjack K8
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 03:56 PM

'Ernie' - instant tears for me, after all these years


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: frogprince
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 05:09 PM

Another vote for "The Band Played Waltzing Matilda." But for me, there are two I've encountered in the last few years that just leave me choking on tears. One is David Roth's "Manuel Garcia", which I first heard just after losing a beautiful family member too young to cancer. The other is "Touch a Name on the Wall" by Joel Mabus, which I've known for a few years, but which I just heard him perform live for the first time last month.


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: Beer
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 07:17 PM

There is this song "How Will I Ever Be Simple Again" that was written by Richard Thompson that brings a lump to my throat when I try and sing it. Very beautiful but how sad.


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: freightdawg
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 07:32 PM

A hearty amen to SunnySister and her story of "The Living Years."

I have often said that I think the most beautiful love song written is "Leader of the Band" by Dan Fogelberg, and it was written for his father. The last verse is:

I thank you for the music,
and your stories of the road;
I thank you for the freedom
When it came my time to go.
I thank you for the kindness,
and the times when you got tough.
And Papa I don't think I said
"I love you" near enough.

(chorus)
The Leader of the Band is tired
and his eyes are growing old.
But his blood runs through my instrument
and his song is in my soul.
My life has been a poor attempt
to imitate the man
I'm just a living legacy
To the leader of the band.

My dad died when I was 28. I cannot hear this song without thinking of him.

Freightdawg


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: MuddleC
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 07:48 PM

Dark-haired Miriam a.k.a 'Raglan Road' -Patrick Kavanagh
Man with the child in his eyes -Kate Bush
Annie's song -JD
Deep in the darkest night-Maddy Prior
Long Shadows -Maddy Prior
Somewhere along the road -Mady Prior
Grey Funnel line - Cyril Tawney


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: GUEST,Arne Langsetmo
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 08:54 PM

Don Firth:

Thanks for the reminder. Lovely tune (and I can't remember for the life of me if I've got it on record somewhere ... I suspect it's on one of the old vinyls I have or a cassete tape, perhaps BTM [or now that Ioread the rest of your post, ET solo]).

And you're talking minstrel shows? I'll raise you:

"Pull Down Lads" (John Tams [and, according to Roger, Roger Watson, but seldom credited AFAIK]). June Tabor does an absolutely haunting [well, she's knwo for that, eh?] version of this.

Couple more:

"Peter Kagan and the Wind" (Gordon Bok)
"51st (Highland) Division's Farewell To Sicily" (Hamish Henderson/Pipe-Major J. Robertson) [Dick Gaughans version is stunning]
"When I'm Gone" (Phil Ochs)
"Jesse's Corrido" (Bruce "Utah" Phillips)
"School Day's Over" (Ewan McColl)

Heh ... let me do my morning show one more time, and I'll play you a list of tearjerkers that'll have you laying a week in your bed, crying your eyes out....

Then there's the finale:

"God's Song" (Randy Newman)

;-)

Cheers,


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: Dave'sWife
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 09:28 PM

Peace - hmmm. those words are similar to the hymn but not as flowery. i suspect they were re-written from the original source somewhat. many thanks for them though. i'll go look at that link in a moment.

and:


Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: Beer - PM
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 01:03 PM

Every Grain of Sand..Bob Dylan



Oh yes. perhaps my favorite Dylan song of all time - it really gets me choked up, especially when I listen to it during prayer. He is paraphrasing Mathew 10:30 as well as several other scriptures. A most excellent choice.


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: Dave'sWife
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 10:00 PM

I remember some more words from the chorus PEACE:

I feel just like the once lost child
that wanders in the night
not knowing all the while
that there was someone waiting for me
until I came home
to the light of your smile

and that beginning verse has a phrase :

something something about tears..

I guess they express as my words never could

I'm working on searching for this myself


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Subject: Lyr Add: LES TEMPS DES CATHEDRALES
From: Seiri Omaar
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 10:15 PM

"LES TEMPS DES CATHEDRALES" from the Notre Dame de Paris opera soundtrack.

C'est une histoire qui a pour lieu
Paris la belle en l'an de Dieu
Mil-quatre-cent-quatre-vingt-deux
Histoire d'amour et de désir

Nous les artistes anonymes
De la sculpture ou de la rime
Tenterons de vous la transcrire
Pour les siécles à venir

Il est venu le temps des cathédrales
Le monde est entré
Dans un nouveau millénaire
L'homme a voulu monter vers les étoiles
Ecrire son histoire
Dans le verre ou dans la pierre

Pierre après pierre, jour après jour
De siècle en siècle avec amour
Il a vu s'élever les tours
Qu'il avait bâties de ses mains

Les poètes et les troubadours
Ont chanté des chansons d'amour
Qui promettaient au genre humain
De meilleurs lendemains

Il est venu le temps des cathédrales
Le monde est entré
Dans un nouveau millénaire
L'homme a voulu monter vers les étoiles
Ecrir son histoire
Dans le verre ou dans la pierre

Il est venu le temps des cathédrales
Le monde est entré
Dans un nouveau millénaire
L'homme a voulu monter vers les étoiles
Ecrir son histoire
Dans le verre ou dans la pierre

Il est foutu le temps des cathédrales
La foule des barbares
Est aux portes de la ville
Laissez entrer ces païens, ces vandales
La fin de ce monde
Est prévue pour l'an deux-mille
Est prévue pour l'an deux-mille

This song gave me goosebumps.
Click here for the song

Cheers, Seiri.


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: GUEST,Dave'swife w/out her cookie
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 11:27 PM

Well, Istill can't find the dern song I have been referring to in this thread but I DID find a very useful link for those of us who grew up in the Catholic Music Ministry:


Catholic Music Network

You can search by song and artists there. They also have realAudio radio (to the lower lefthand side of the page)

Another song that moves me, and which is not liturgical, is Jane Siberry's 'Love is Everything'.

The lyrics really capture the pain of love gone sadly wrong even after attempts to save it. it's heartbreaking. I first heard it after I made the difficult choice to leave someone I had spent 6 years with and with whom I assumed I'd spend the rest of my life. listening to it now, I still can recall how empty it felt to be unpacking boxes in a new house, having left like a thief in the night to avoid confilct.


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: Peace
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 11:34 PM

'A friend of my God-Mother's is a priest. He was part of a singing group that toured mainly in Canada. This song was written and performed by him. It was song with feeling - like a lullaby.

"Lord I want to thank you for this day, for the sun that shines that wasy, for the green against the blue. Lord, I wonder what other people do who are greatful for all this and don't know how to thank you.
I feel just like a once lost child who wondered in the dark not knowing all the while that there was someone waiting for me until I came home to the light of your smile.
Father before I go on my way, I have just one request -let me forever be where you are I'll forget the test. I don't need riches or fame all happiness is mine if I can own your name - for living is joy, death will begin to me it's all the same for you child I remain . . . I remain."'

Found this here.


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: Amos
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 11:35 PM

"Last Night, I Had the Strangest Dream"

"All Up and Down Along the Colorado Trail"

Cristine Lavin;'s "The Kind of Love You Never Recover From"

and a few others.

A


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: freightdawg
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 11:39 PM

And since we are getting closer to Christmas,

How about:

Happy Xmas (War is Over) by John Lennon?

Silent Night (either instrumental or sung)

O Holy Night

Seems the simplest lyrics are the most moving.

Freightdawg


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: Peace
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 11:44 PM

Simon and Garfunkle's version of "Silent Night/Four O'clock News"

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards' "Amazing Grace"

The music score from the movie, "Backdraft". (Terrible movie, but great music. I really seem to love Zimmer's work.)


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: number 6
Date: 15 Nov 05 - 11:46 PM

There's a lotta songs that move me powerfully, but here's 2 that comes to mind ...

"Tecumseh Valley" by Townes Van Zandt

"Boots of Spanish Leather" by Bob Dylan

sIx


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: SunnySister
Date: 16 Nov 05 - 12:55 AM

Man oh Man, Number 6! You and I have some similar tastes in music! Love those songs too.

Freightdawg, I'm right with you on the "Leader of the Band" song. Get's me everytime.

Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven" is another big cry-out-loud song for me, especially when I think what happened to his young son... such an amazing thing to write in the midst of that kind of tragedy.

Hum, maybe I should just write on the songs that DON'T make me cry...

SunnySister, the cry baby :)


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: Muttley
Date: 16 Nov 05 - 02:54 AM

Catters, you have done us proud.

I concur also: "Tears in Heaven" and "Living Years" two that still choke me up and bring tears, but there are a couple more I forgot to mention (wanting just to get the thought out there):

The first of these is "Scraps of Paper" by Eric Bogle (he does seem to write a lot of songs that tweak the soul, doesn't he? - "And the band played..." & "No Man's Land" are others mentioned)

The second would be the Australian 'pop' song "A Little Ray of Sunshine" is another ~ the reason being that, for 10 years I was 'Padre' (or Pastor) to the Vienam Veterans Motorcycle Club here in Australia - an honour and a privilege for me - and one of the members and his wife had a baby. At 4 months, she was not even rolling over and when investigated it was found she had a degenerative neurological condition. The 'Vet' and his wife asked Trish and I (Trish is my wife) to be Godparents to her as well as help DO the baptism; and when she died only a few short months later, they asked me to do the funeral service for her as well. As Padre I buried quite a few Vets, but that was the HARDEST thing I've EVER had to do. "Little Ray of Sunshine" was played at the chapel as the casket was lowered for cremation.

The third which springs to mind at this time is John Williamson's "Wrinkles" - a beautiful song.

I also appreciated the hymns mentioned: there are a couple that move me to tears: "Be Not Afraid" and "Here I Am Lord". "Amazing Grace" will affect me every time (though I can sing it (while getting emotiona- I can usually finish it) However, allow me to share an Amazing Grace moment: Picture this; It is Sunday morning (about 10:30am, you are parked in a lay-by on a road through the highlands of Scotland, it is blowing a freezing wind and drizzling moderately (A fine Summer's day in Scotland, I here some chortle), At the bottom of the hill below you is a Loch, behind you the crown of the hills are COVERED with purpling heather and JUST as you start filming the piper busking by the souvenir stand dressed in full 'Cameron Highlander' regalia, he seques from the tune he is playing into an incredibly soulful rendition of Amazing Grace - any wonder you can hear me sobbing through the microphone???

Muttley

Please, keep them coming.


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 16 Nov 05 - 03:22 AM

"Tears in Heaven"

Best recorded by Paul Anka....

(And I've heard a TON of people RUIN it....)


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: bfdk
Date: 16 Nov 05 - 05:15 AM

Wendy Joseph's "The Year of the Drum"
Matt Armour's "Hills of Caithness"
Eric Bogle's "What Kind of Man is He", "Singing the Spirit Home"
Harvey Andrews' "Sons and Daughters"
Rod Sinclair's "Woodlands" (set to a trad. Danish tune)
Runrig's "The Old Boys"
+ plenty others


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: MC Fat
Date: 16 Nov 05 - 08:33 AM

Davie Stewart's 'Beaches of Saint Vallery' Ewan MacColl's 'Jamie Foyers


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: kendall
Date: 16 Nov 05 - 09:31 AM

The Jeannie C by Stan Rogers.

The Wheelhouse Door (by Sean Gagne I think.)


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: sharyn
Date: 16 Nov 05 - 10:10 AM

Muttley,

You asked for hymns that move us. How about "I heard the voice of Jesus say/Come unto me and rest"? Or

"Ah, holy Jesus,
How hast Thou offended
That man to judge Thee
Hath in hate pretended?
By foes derided,
By Thine own rejected,
Ah, most afflicted."

(And it goes on from there)

The last verse of "Lo, How a Rose" always gets to me as well:

"Oh flow'r whose fragrance tender
With sweetness fills the air,
Dispel, in glorious splendor,
The darkness everywhere.
True man, yet very God,
From sin and death now save us
And share our ev'ry load.


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Subject: RE: Songs that Move Powerfully
From: Janie
Date: 16 Nov 05 - 11:28 AM

"I Shall Be Released" (or is it called "Any Day Now") especially as performed by Bett Midler.

"I Will Arise" this is the old "Regular Baptist" version sung by my grandfather. A friend sang it at my sister's funeral and I sang it at my grandmother's funeral. It will be sung at mine also.

Don, Someone sang "Before They Close the Minstrel Show" at the Getaway (KT maybe?) I had not heard it before. Wonderful, moving song.

Janie


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