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Subject: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: Mbo
Date: 09 Dec 99 - 09:23 PM

I believe this great long-running thread needs a second part, the first one's the biggest thread I've ever seen. Let see this one prosper as much as it's predecessor!

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: Skipjack
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 07:14 AM

Here's a thought.

If a song is trembling your bottom lip, try the Humphrey Littleton cure, and sing it to a different melody.

For example, why get choked up during "The Band Played Waltzing Matilda" when you can sing it to the tune of "When I'm Cleaning Windows!"

Just a thought.


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 07:43 AM

Now that is sad - knowing that 'the band played....' goes to 'When I'm cleaning windows'!

My saddest song has to be Kate Rusby's version of 'the Recruited Collier', but 'Over the hills and far away' does tend to make the old (hairless) bosom heave somewhat....

LTS


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: kendall
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 08:11 AM

I find that what I think is the saddest song depends on the mood I'm in at the time. Lately I've been battling depression and Utah Phillips' song The Faded Roses of December is right up there. Also, his, Ashes on the Sea will usually get to me.


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: MTM
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 09:02 AM

Jeff Buckley's "Last Goodbye" is erving the same purpose for me.


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: Mbo
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 09:10 AM

I don't know if I've mentioned it before, but Carlene Carter's "Unbreakable Heart" always makes me want to cry.

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: Skipjack
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 09:17 AM

Sorry to hear you've been down, Kendall. It's a black tide many are sucked down by, many more than we know. I am battling my own demons right now, and I play a session every night, which is the firewall I need to keep them away. I hope you have this luxury available to you.


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: Dan Evergreen
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 09:25 AM

It isn't exactly the same as sad, but a very emotionally moving song for me is "Sweet Rose of Allendale." I cannot always finish the lines, "My life had been a wilderness,/Unblessed by Fortune's gales,/Had Fate not linked my lot to her,/The Rose of Allendale." The same is true of "I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen", speaking to the universal theme of love and depression.


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: Bert
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 09:49 AM

I think that most of us guys get very emotional about The Bobbit song by Tom Paxton.


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Subject: Lyr Add: SADDEST POEM (Pablo Neruda)
From: Håvard
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 10:01 AM

SADDEST POEM (Pablo Neruda)

I can write the saddest poem of all tonight.

Write, for instance: "The night is full of stars,
and the stars, blue, shiver in the distance."

The night wind whirls in the sky and sings.

I can write the saddest poem of all tonight.
I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too.

On nights like this, I held her in my arms.
I kissed her so many times under the infinite sky.

She loved me, sometimes I loved her.
How could I not have loved her large, still eyes?

I can write the saddest poem of all tonight.
To think I don't have her. To feel that I've lost her.

To hear the immense night, more immense without her.
And the poem falls to the soul as dew to grass.

What does it matter that my love couldn't keep her.
The night is full of stars and she is not with me.

That's all. Far away, someone sings. Far away.
My soul is lost without her.

As if to bring her near, my eyes search for her.
My heart searches for her and she is not with me.

The same night that whitens the same trees.
We, we who were, we are the same no longer.

I no longer love her, true, but how much I loved her.
My voice searched the wind to touch her ear.

Someone else's. She will be someone else's. As she once belonged to my kisses.
Her voice, her light body. Her infinite eyes.

I no longer love her, true, but perhaps I love her.
Love is so short and oblivion so long.

Because on nights like this I held her in my arms,
my soul is lost without her.

Although this may be the last pain she causes me,
and this may be the last poem I write for her.

Håvard


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: Jeri
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 10:29 AM

Kendall, don't forget there's a loud-but-friendly session about an hour south of you on Fri evening (as in tonight) starting around 4:30. Great music and great conversation (even if it is during the music.)


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: oldest living folkie
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 10:32 AM

Saddest song...Stan Rogers "White Squall"


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: Metchosin
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 11:02 AM

Garnet Rogers' tear jerker "Small Victory" is a triumph of compassion for those who need a boost. Always does it for me.


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: Mbo
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 11:48 AM

I've just read the lyrics to an old Irish song called "Beneath the Gallows Tree" I haven't heard the tune yet, but the subject matter is very sad.

--Mbo


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Subject: Lyr Add: SMALL VICTORY (Garnet Rogers)
From: Metchosin
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 12:13 PM

SMALL VICTORY
(Garnet Rogers)

"You've no business buying a mare like that, but buy her if you must."
He bit the end off his cigar and spat it in the dust.
"She's old, she's lame, and barren too; she's not worth feeding hay,
But I'll give her this:"—he blew smoke at me—"She was something in her day.

"I recall her well ten years ago; she was a winner in her prime.
She was fast and lean and willing, but they raced her past her time,
And though she had the heart, her legs were gone, and it wasn't see hard to see
They kept her at it in the hopes of one more small victory.

"So she was shunted round from track to track, from Kentucky up to Maine.
They'd run her in cheap claimers, all doped up to mask her pain,
And if it's my advice you want, I'd say: The poor thing's had her day.
You'd be throwing good cash after bad. It's best—." He turned away.

Oh, they led her round the auction shed and bidding started low.
"She'll go for dog-food," someone said. "The market's been that slow."
But she raised her head and pricked her ears, and before the hammer fell,
She's was mine. My friend turned round to me: "You're soft-headed, I can tell."

"But she's been shoved from pillar to post," said I, "and always done her best.
They used her up; they wrung her dry; you'd think she'd earned her rest,
So if she does naught but end her days beneath some shady tree,
I'll have saved her from the knacker's yard, and that's enough for me."

Oh, that was near two years ago; she's filled out some since then,
The more so since she's been in foal; she eats enough for ten,
And this morn as I crept to the barn around 'bout half-past three,
There stood nursing on still trembling legs one more "small victory".


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: catspaw49
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 01:14 PM

That's lovely................

Spaw


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Subject: Lyr Add: THERE'LL NEVER BE PEACE TILL ... (R Burns
From: Julie
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 01:38 PM

The saddest song for me is this old Scottish Jacobite song. Jamie is King James VIII and III, the old Pretender. It also has a haunting tune - I bawl every time I sing it.

By yon castle wa' at the close of the day,
I heard a man sing, though his head it was grey
And as he was singing, his tears down came -
"There'll never be peace till Jamie comes hame!"

The church is in ruins; the state is in jar,
Delusion, oppression and murderous war,
We dare na weel say't but we ken wha's to blame -
There'll never be peace till Jamie comes hame!

My seven braw sons for Jamie drew sword,
But now I greet round their green beds in the yerd;
It brak the sweet heart o my faithfu' auld dame -
There'll never be peace till Jamie comes hame!

Now life is a burden that bows me down,
Sin I tint my bairns and he tint his crown;
But till my last moments my words are the same -
There'll never be peace till Jamie comes hame!

HTML line breaks added. --JoeClone, 6-Oct-02.


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: kendall
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 01:52 PM

I'd never heard Small Victory before..wow!! How could such an abrasive boor write such beautiful stiff.??


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: kendall
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 01:59 PM

that one that goes, we drifted on home through the public bars, we were ten times less by one... and..I turned around with a lonely glass, and drank to the bar room wall.


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: Jeri
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 02:12 PM

Outside Track. (Can't remember who wrote it right now.) How about Eric Bogle's The Cockie?


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: kendall
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 02:15 PM

Jeri, check your personal thread


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 02:25 PM

I can't remember who wrote this one (I think it was a Scottish band) but this another one that gets to me. In some ways, I have been there and certainly done the wine bit. The person I learned it from told me he had was going through a split up when he first heard the tune and it took him a while before he was able to sing it.

Remember a time not so long ago?
You couldn't say goodbye now you can't say hello
So I'll pick up the glass and I'll pour me some wine
And say what shall we drink to tonight?

What shall we drink to tonight?
What shall we drink to tonight?
I'll drink to the lassie who should have been mine
That's what I'll drink to tonight

Now that your gone these things I recall
The way that you smiled, the best smile of all
So I'll pick up the glass and I'll pour me some wine
And say what shall we drink to tonight?

What shall we drink to tonight?
What shall we drink to tonight?
I'll drink till the landlady calls that it's time
That's what I'll drink to tonight

Now that I've heard that you've found someone new
It could have been me if it wasn't for you
So I'll pick up the glass and I'll pour me some wine
And say what shall we drink to tonight?

What shall we drink to tonight?
What shall we drink to tonight?
I'll drink till this bottle is empty and dry
That's what I'll drink to tonight

What shall we drink to tonight?
What shall we drink to tonight?
I'll drink to the lassie who should have been mine
That's what I'll drink to tonight

Jon


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: Metchosin
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 02:25 PM

Outside Track was Garnet Rogers again.


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: Metchosin
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 02:36 PM

Re Garnet's abrasiveness: Maybe he finds it hard to resolve his love for his brother while being overshadowed by Stan's legendary stature.


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: Metchosin
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 02:43 PM

The saddest songs of all are Stan's songs 'cause he's not with us anymore....


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: emily rain
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 02:54 PM

i haven't waded through all the posts on the last thread, so maybe someone's mentioned "there were roses" already. it took me a week of singing it several times an hour before i could get through it without choking up.

we gathered at the graveside on a cold and rainy day
the minister, he closed his eyes, and for no revenge he prayed...

oh, that a minister should ever have to do such a thing just tears me up.

also, when i'm feeling sad about my love life, i find myself involuntarily singing "loving hannah". depression is the pits, but i guess it's good for something.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE OUTSIDE TRACK (Henry Lawson)
From: lamarca
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 03:07 PM

"The Outside Track" is a poem written by the Australian poet Henry Lawson, and was set to music by Gerry Hallom, an English singer of Australian songs. Garnet Rogers learned it from Gerry. I sing it putting back the first stanza and final chorus that Hallom left out; it's one of my very favorite sad songs:

THE OUTSIDE TRACK by Henry Lawson

There were ten of us there on the moonlit quay,
And one on the forward hatch.
No straighter mate to his mates than he
Ever said, "Old Len's a match!
'Twill be long, old man, ere our glasses clink,
"Twill be long, ere we grip your hand,"
So we dragged him ashore for a final drink
And the whole wide world looked grand
Chorus:

    For they marry and go,
    And the world rolls back,
    They marry, and vanish and die,
    But their spirits shall live on the outside track
    As long as the years go by.

The port lights glowed in the morning mist
As it rolled on the waters green,
And over the railing we grasped his fist
As the dark tide came between.
We cheered the captain, we cheered the crew
And our mate, times out of mind.
We cheered the land he was going to
And the land he had left behind.
Chorus

We roared "Lang Syne" in a last farewell
But my heart felt out of joint.
I well remember the hush that fell.
As the steamer passed the point.
We drifted home through the public bars,
We were ten times less by one
Who sailed out under the morning stars
And under the rising sun.
Chorus

Then one by one, and two by two
They've sailed from the wharf since then.
I've said goodbye to the last I knew,
The last of the careless men.
And I can't but think that the times we had
Were the best times after all,
As I turn aside with my lonely glass
And drink to the barroom wall.
Chorus

Final Chorus:

    So I'll try my luck
    For a check Outback
    And a last farewell to the bush
    For my heart's away on the Outside Track
    At the back of the steerage push.

    This is from memory - I'll double check it in my book of Lawson's poems when I get home tonight. I'm surprised it's not in the DT.


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: kendall
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 03:22 PM

I was referring to Stan Rogers as a boor, not Garnet, I never knew him


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: Metchosin
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 05:37 PM

Stan was a boor, eh? .....interesting


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: Willie-O
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 06:11 PM

The saddest song of all is seeing teenage Judy Garland singing "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" while knowing that fifteen years later she was a dead junkie.

Saw Oz twice this fall. Man...that girl could sing.

Bill

Interesting that someone mentioned White Squall. First time I ever heard it was on a reel-to-reel in Stan's (former) living room the day of his funeral. (Sorry, this is a particularly ghastly sort of name-dropping, I really didn't have any business being there, just tagged along.) I completely lost it. Never could sing that song, or "Jeannie C." either, after he died. That he was a difficult person is no secret. Every hear Pete Seeger on Woody Guthrie? He says: "Few people who knew him would tell you that Woody was a wonderful person. He wrote wonderful songs...the rest is a bit awkward."

Well what a dull repertoire we would have if all male folksingers were sensitive new age guys....

Bill

LaMarca thanks for the complete lyrics to Outside Track. Never knew about the first and last stanzas, which Garnet doesn't sing. How's the CD coming? ;>=


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: doug
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 06:40 PM

is there a tune to small victory? thanks doug


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: Darren
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 07:02 PM

the Lucinda Williams song covered by Emmylou on her Wrecking Ball Cd, "sweet old world", for some reason I think of Kurt Cobain when I hear this


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: Metchosin
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 07:12 PM

Yes Doug and it's as good as the lyrics but I don't know how to get it to you. I also don't know which of his albums the song is from, as someone sent a tape to me and it is just labled "some Garnet Rogers. I do know that it is not on the Outside Track.


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: hummer
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 08:16 PM

How about something we ladies can sing. Somehow, I just don't think I would be believable as a lonely sailor??? *S*


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: Metchosin
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 08:43 PM

How about Tracy Chapman's Fast Car? It almost qualifies as a folk song , at least it will be one 50 years from now. And it sure is sad.


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: Metchosin
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 09:02 PM

Also Hummer, why limit yourself to the sterotype of what a woman can sing. Cait O'Riordan didn't with her "I'm a Man You Don't Meet Every Day" on the Pogues album Rum, Sodomy and the Lash.


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 09:08 PM

...even though her name was "Jock Stewart". It is actually my favourite version of the song but there again I loved the Pogues.

Jon


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: Metchosin
Date: 10 Dec 99 - 09:16 PM

me too.


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: TheMuse
Date: 11 Dec 99 - 12:42 AM

I just screwed up and posted to the original Saddest Song instead of letting it fade off into an unused thread . . So I will repeat myself here.

Don't know if it's the saddest song, but pretty darned close, "I Can't Make You Love Me" by Bonnie Raitt always gets me. The main line that says it all is:

"I can't make you love me if you don't, you can't make your heart feel what it won't"

TheMuse


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 11 Dec 99 - 01:51 AM

I asked her once "please tell to me
How you got this need for speed?"
She smiled and said "it might just be
the next best thing to love
When hope is gone,and I confess,
you finally lay your dreams to rest
You can get what's second best,
But it's hard to get enough."

She wants to fly,
but there's nowhere that she can go
nowhere the pain won't come again
But she can hide, hide in the pouring rain
She rides the eye of a Hurricane


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: Tiger
Date: 15 Dec 99 - 09:30 AM

I guess I wouldn't have gotten so carried away with this list if you hadn't hit my soft spot - this kind of song has always suckered me in. I'm really a happy guy, though. These are ones from my collection. There are probably lots more, but if they grab me, I grab 'em. The 1 to 5 scale is how they hit me - I'd be interested in your comments.

Tearfully.......Tiger

    The Randall Knife
    I put this in a special category, 'cause so many people have mentioned it. This song must be heard live to be properly awed, although the CD version is good. Guy unplugs his guitar and moves to the front of the stage (or whatever) to sing solo, as close to the audience as he can get. You'll not hear a footfall or a tinkling ice cube during this song, I gar-own-tee it. It's difficult to express the feelings (maybe 'thunderstruck'?).

    Industrial Strength Tear-jerkers (4 Stars)
    And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda
    No Man's Land
    The Old Man
    The Massacre of Glencoe
    The Wind that Shakes the Barley
    Deportee

    3-Star Lachrymators
    Old Shep
    The Dutchman
    The Faded Coat of Blue
    Tecumseh Valley
    Annie's Going to Sing Her Song
    There Were Roses

    I Think I Can, I Think I Can (2 Stars)
    Cornflower Blue
    Ballad of Springhill
    Urge for Going
    Another Time and Place
    I Wonder if They Ever Think of Me
    He Was a Friend of Mine
    Lili Marlene
    The Rose
    Cindy's Cryin'
    Fort Worth Blues
    For the Sake of the Song
    The Town that I Loved So Well
    Streets of London
    Vincent
    Danny Boy

    I Get Misty (1 Star)
    Loch Tay Boat Song
    Till We Meet Again
    Lovely Derry On The Banks Of The Foyle
    Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
    Long, Long Time
    Seven Spanish Angels
    Just a Country Dream
    Macushla
    Mother Machree
    On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away
    Me and Bobby McGee
    Green Green Grass of Home
    Shifting Whispering Sands
    Ballad of Ira Hayes
    Adelita
    Old Uncle Ned
    Turning Toward the Morning
    Three Score and Ten
    Coward of the County
    Bird on a Wire
    Coat of Many Colors
    Inches and Miles
    Darling Nelly Gray
    What's Your Mamma's Name
    Where the River Shannon Flows
    Wild Montana Skies

    Not sad, but teary anyway
    Christian Island
    Amazing Grace
    Battle Hymn of the Republic
    Morning Has Broken
    Song for the Mira
    Roseville Fair
    Island in the Sun
    The Mary Ellen Carter

    Just can't leave out my teen tragedy medley
    Ebony Eyes
    Teen Angel
    Patches
    Tell Laura I Love Her
    Running Bear


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Subject: Lyr Add: SAM STONE (John Prine)
From: Mark Clark
Date: 15 Dec 99 - 11:59 AM

I think I alluded to John Prine's song "Sam Stone" in part one of this thread but until now I didn't notice that it isn't in the library. Here, then, are the lyrics to what must surely be right up there with the saddest of songs.

SAM STONE


by John Prine


Sam Stone came home to his wife and family,
After serving in the conflict overseas,
And the time that he had served had shattered all his nerves,
And left a little shrapnel in his knee.
But the morphine eased the pain and the grass grew round his brain,
And gave him all the confidence he lacked,
With a Purple Heart and a monkey on his back...

(Chorus)
There's a hole in Daddy's arm where all the money goes,
And Jesus Christ died for nothin' I suppose,
Little pitchers have big ears, don't stop to count the years,
Sad songs never last too long on broken radios, hmmmm.

Sam Stone's welcome home didn't last too long,
He went to work when he'd spent his last dime,
And Sammy took to stealin' when he got that empty feelin',
With a hundred dollar habit without overtime.
And the gold rolled through his veins like a thousand railroad trains,
And eased his mind in the hours that he chose,
While he kids ran around wearin' other peoples clothes.

(Chorus)

Sam Stone was alone when he popped his last balloon,
Climbin' walls while sittin' in a chair,
He played his last request while the air smelled just like death,
With an overdose a hoverin' in the air.
But life had lost it's fun and there was nothin' to be done,
But trade his house that he bought on the GI Bill,
For a flag-drapped casket on a local hero's hill.

(Chorus)


Whew, it turns out "Sam Stone" isn't just hard to sing with dry eyes, it's hard to type with dry eyes as well. The humming at the end of the chorus is part of the melody and actually fills out the last two bars. Now will this eventually make it's way into the library or is it necessary to repost with a "LYR ADD" header?

- Mark


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: jofield
Date: 15 Dec 99 - 03:10 PM

"He Stopped Loving Her Today" -- George Jones

"Louise" -- by...who?


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: emily rain
Date: 15 Dec 99 - 03:23 PM

tiger, excellent post. i wish "lachrymate" could be a verb, as in "we should get together sometime and lachrymate the night away..."


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: Tiger
Date: 15 Dec 99 - 04:25 PM

Geez, I missed that Jones one - it's on my list, too. Give it two stars.

BTW, is he related to Cleigh?


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: Metchosin
Date: 15 Dec 99 - 04:44 PM

jofield, I have "Louise" on the album Greenhouse by Leo Kottke. The liner notes say it was written by Paul Siebel or Seibel (spelled two ways on the album) and I would agree that it is the running as the saddest song.


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: GUEST,Arjay
Date: 20 Jan 02 - 08:27 PM

Just about the saddest song I ever heard was sung by Ethel Waters, probably in the 1930's. I can't recall the title, but it's a mother singing to her children telling them that daddy isn't coming home tonight. (He's been lynched.)

If anyone knows the title, please post it.



In a similar vein is "Strange Fruit," sung, I think, by Billie Holiday. It's also about lynchings.



Songs that make me choke up include:
The Sweetest Gift (sung by The Judds)
Mr Tanner (Harry Chapin)
Where've You Been? (Sung by Kathy Mattea)
Un Cananien Errant
My Yiddishe Mame


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 21 Jan 02 - 09:27 AM

Of the songs that I sing, I think currently the one that most affects me is "Home Lads, Home" words: Cicely Fox-Smith, Tune: Sarah Morgan. You can find it (Somehow relocated in India - I never knew Givenchy was that far east) in DT under WHERE THERE'S REST FOR HORSE AND MAN or HOME LADS HOME (click).

I think I would also list "The Oggie Man" and "Reunion" by Cyril Tawney, and "Unicorns" by Bill Caddick.


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Subject: RE: The Saddest Song of All--Part II
From: GUEST,breezy
Date: 21 Jan 02 - 10:07 AM

HELLO Dave. When you used to sing Fiddlers Green I used to cry .
Cos it took ages.
Its sad that we're all still at it, coming round again.
Jimmy Newman then when Denver did it on the T.V.
It was a Paxton masterpiece and not over romantic.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE SHORTEST STORY (Harry Chapin)
From: SharonA
Date: 21 Jan 02 - 10:16 AM

For me, the saddest song is "The Shortest Story" by Harry Chapin, who fought hard against world hunger. It's the story of what happens during a famine:

THE SHORTEST STORY
by Harry Chapin

I am born today, the sun burns its promise in my eyes;
Mama strikes me and I draw a breath and cry.
Above me a cloud softly tumbles through the sky;
I am glad to be alive.

It is my seventh day, I taste the hunger and I cry;
My brother and sister cling to Mama's side.
She squeezes her breast, but it has nothing to provide;
Someone weeps, I fall asleep.

It is twenty days today, Mama does not hold me anymore;
I open my mouth but I am too weak to cry.
Above me a bird slowly crawls across the sky;
Why is there nothing now to do but die?


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