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Make Me Cry

Posted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 10:23 pm
by Betty Felon
Music can manipulate emotions in a very ungovernable way. I was most recently reminded of this when the soundtrack to "The Biggest Loser" made me cry, despite the visuals being totally ridiculous. (Don't laugh, I've been learning to crochet, which means I barely pay attention to what comes on the tv....well, until it's making me well up.)

But there are better songs that make you cry than dramatic instrumentals.

While Johnny Cash's cover of "Hurt" is the classic that immediately pops into mind, I'm gonna go with a new one:

Adele's "Melt My Heart My Stone": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I92rULNr ... re=related

I don't care that her stuff is so overproduced; I think she's leagues and leagues ahead of that crew of white british females that sing gimmicky retro R&Bish crap...duffy, winehouse, joss stone...blech. I can't help loving Adele though. This sounds from the heart, and it makes me cry.

What are your top tearjerkers?

Re: Make Me Cry

Posted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 11:12 pm
by Harvey Winters
"Luckiest"- Ben Folds"
"Defrocked"-HD
"You Were Meant for Me"- Jewel
"You got A Friend"- James Taylor (Carole King don't do it for me)
"Feel Flows"- Beach Boys

Re: Make Me Cry

Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 5:17 am
by grant
Kathy Mattea, "Black Lung"

The song itself is a story, but there's also quite a story behind the song. (There's audio for the radio show here - the good stuff's just before 3/4 of the way in, where she meets Hazel, who wrote the song about her brother.)

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Along a similar vein (ho ho), I also like CryCryCry's version of "Cold Missouri Waters", which is another true story.

Wag Dodge was a real firefighter who survived the Mann Gulch fire of 1949 by setting an "escape fire." His fellow smokejumpers didn't get what he was doing - no one used that technique back then - and they died. That story is told in more detail here.

Re: Make Me Cry

Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 12:59 pm
by A Brutaful Smile
we aren't being judged right? RIGHT?!?!?

green day's "good riddance (time of your life)". but wait for the explanation. my son was born around the time that song came out. he was not planned. so the lyrics "it's something unpredictable but in the end it's right, i hope you had the time of your life". it get me every time. see? he wasn't predicted, but was right to have and i hope he has a wonderful life. crap, it's gonna make me cry right now thinking about it.

and a lot of deep "love" songs get me. like the i can't breathe without you, you're my strength, blah, blah, blah, variety sometimes catch me off guard and i'll get teary eyed. i assume it's because that's how i feel about my fiance so i get mushy.

Re: Make Me Cry

Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 1:16 pm
by sour29

Re: Make Me Cry

Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 9:55 pm
by leigh
"South Tacoma Way" by Neko Case.

Re: Make Me Cry

Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 11:17 pm
by zach
leigh wrote:"South Tacoma Way" by Neko Case.


Shit. Any mention of Tacoma makes me want to cry.

Re: Make Me Cry

Posted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 12:43 pm
by Squid
Lynn Anderson, "I Never Promised You A Rose Garden".

It will always remind me of my grandma. At her rest home, they would pipe in different cds throughout the day and this song was on one of them. It's a bouncy, beautiful country pop tune that was just the weirdest counterpoint to the direness that is "assisted living".

Toward the end, she was mostly out of it with brief moments of lucidity. But this song came on and she smiled and nodded her head in time. And she winked at me. Perfect.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etqVnea3PwY

ps: the Statler / Waldorf audio at the end is pretty great, too.

Re: Make Me Cry

Posted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 4:36 pm
by Betty Felon
grant wrote:Kathy Mattea, "Black Lung"

The song itself is a story, but there's also quite a story behind the song. (There's audio for the radio show here - the good stuff's just before 3/4 of the way in, where she meets Hazel, who wrote the song about her brother.)

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Along a similar vein (ho ho), I also like CryCryCry's version of "Cold Missouri Waters", which is another true story.

Wag Dodge was a real firefighter who survived the Mann Gulch fire of 1949 by setting an "escape fire." His fellow smokejumpers didn't get what he was doing - no one used that technique back then - and they died. That story is told in more detail here.


Wow. These aren't necessarily songs that would make me cry, because I don't identify enough with the coal mining life to empathize deeply. But then I read the backstories, and the world became fleshed out a little, and the sadness came. So now I'm a little sad, and also my world is a little bigger for the perspective. Thanks Grant.

Re: Make Me Cry

Posted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:19 pm
by grant
"He was eat clean through to the bed."

Re: Make Me Cry

Posted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 5:10 pm
by Sally
Not terribly indie of me, mais-
Travellin' Soldier- Dixie Chicks, also Landslide...
Remember When- Alan Jackson
Coat of Many Colours- Dolly Parton
Dust in the Wind- Kansas
Hallelujah- Rufus Wainwright
lots more....
also another miner one- Working Man by Rita MacNeil, a singer from eastern Canada

Re: Make Me Cry

Posted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 5:36 pm
by Betty Felon
Ya those country ballads really know how to work the heartstrings...

Re: Make Me Cry

Posted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 8:37 pm
by sour29
Sally wrote:Dust in the Wind- Kansas
Ditto, but probably for different reasons.

Re: Make Me Cry

Posted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 12:37 pm
by LoveSickJerk
"Do You Realize??" -The Flaming Lips
"John Allyn Smith Sails" -Okkervil River

The former for its joy, and the latter for the personal connection I've imbued of my Grandfather's passing inside, and the prescient purchase of "Pet Sounds" before the release of that particular song.

Re: Make Me Cry

Posted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 4:31 pm
by junker347
The Welcome Wagon's cover of The Velvet Underground's "Jesus"

http://drivebymedia.wordpress.com/2008/12/12/welcome-to-the-welcome-wagon-jesus/

Re: Make Me Cry

Posted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 9:09 pm
by sour29
So, it's not a song, but I just got back from the movie Marley and Me, which was basically two hours of me crying. Especially since I had already read the book.