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  1. #1

    Top 5 saddest songs

    Been done before I believe...but these are the top 5 saddest songs that come to mind...

    1. Think Of Laura (Christopher Cross)
    This one puts a lump in my throat. Based on a real life tragedy.

    2. Patches (Clarence Carter)
    All the crap life threw at this poor guy.

    3. Taxi (Harry Chapin)
    How life can take sad and unfortunate turns. The sequel released several years later flip flops the scenario...with the same result. Could do a movie based on the story.

    4. Living In Shame (Diana Ross & The Supremes)
    Need to respect your mom.

    5. American Pie...aka The Day The Music Died (Don Mclean)
    Saddest day in Rock & Roll

    What tear jerkers am I missing?
    Last edited by StuBass1; 06-25-2012 at 01:14 PM.

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    "These Boots Are Made For Walking" is a pretty sad song, Stu. Oh..but you mean.....

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    The one that made me to cry is "GREEN ONIONS" by Booker T & The MG's

    After this joke, seriously, I never know if I loves Soul Music for the groove, funny numbers or, at the contrary, for his capacity to transmit universal feelings about melancholy, breakhearting love affairs, existential uncertain feelings,...
    Here's the ones that really make me feel mellow and I likes a lot from the first time I played it:

    - "The Coldest Days Of My Life" - Chi-lites
    - "I Cry All The Way Home" - Dramatics
    - "Light My Fire" - Clarence Carter (more than any other cover)
    - "If You Leave Me Now" - Chicago (I think its because at the time of my first love deception my sister, casually, played it constantly...)
    - "This Is Your Life" - Jerry Butler (in the intro, the sound of the waves, the children laughing,... very dramatic and sweet at the same time)
    - "Theme From The Summer Of 51" - Francis Nero (not sure the year of the summer)
    - "Vivo sonhando" - Antonio Carlos Jobim
    - "Adam's Hotel" - Eumir Deodato (the one most mellow from my entire "carioca" soul & fusion collection)
    - "Virgin Girl" - Soul Survivors

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    "Toby" by the O'Jays is one of the saddest songs, for me. What's sadder than losing your high school sweetheart (or dog, depending on whose buying the drinks and playing the CD)? "Oh Girl" by the Chi-Lites is another one and it might be matched by "Have You Seen Her". Roger Troutman produced an LP by Dick Smith that had the saddest and most soulful version of "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" that I can imagine. And since this is the Soulful Detroit forum, I'm going bring up "Ooh Baby Baby" by Smokey.

    Finally, I'm not saying that "Boys In Blue" by View From the Hill was a song about a group of British lads who were drafted to go away to war and some of them didn't make it back. It was well-written, excellently produced, and sung with such raw emotion that I may have misted up a little when I listened to it. I am not saying that it made me cry, though, because I'm not going to admit to it.

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    "Strange Fruit"-Billie Holliday
    "The Beginning Of My End"-
    "Tell Laura I Love Her"-
    "Nature Boy"-Nat King Cole
    "A House is Not a Home"-Dionne Warwick

    All those songs in which one of the lovers is leaving, and the other just wants to kiss or be held one last time.

    All those stories about a car crash and death to one of the two lovers

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    One less bell to answer: The 5th Dimension
    Neither one of us: Gladys Knight and the Pips
    She's out of my life: Michael Jackson

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    Look At Me - Bread - description of pure loneliness
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gc6wRhBh3k

    In The Middle Of It All - Arthur Alexander - the aftermath of a painful break-up
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qN0x180tG0w

    Sudden Stop - Percy Sledge - positively gloomy, he cheated, she left
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36daxPJoDJo

    Lament - Roy Hamilton - another sad guy with a broken heart
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9_CSqFR7ss

    Shangri-Las - I Can Never Go Home Anymore - melodrama! the teenager runs away because she's upset with mom, but mom "grew so lonely in the end, the angels picked her for a friend", so the girl can never go home again. Get me a tissue!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdPR8gq3NsA

    Sweet Bitter Love - Aretha Franklin - more broken hearts
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JRMjhOh95w

    Lonely Violin - Percy Sledge - singing from the grave, it's a Bee Gees song. I prefer Percy Sledge's version. Here's a Youtube video that includes both versions
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcFWcB9Z7Dw

    That's it for now!

    Oldies

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    For Your Precious Love - Linda Jones
    My Way - Nina Simone
    Hurt - Johnny Cash
    Making The Best Of A Bad Situation - Millie Jackson
    Why D'Ya Do It - Marianne Faithfull
    The Boiler - Rhoda Dakar & The Special AKA
    In The Winter - Dusty Springfield
    Fancy - Bobbie Gentry
    Remember Me - Diana Ross/Valerie Simpson
    Gibsom Street - Laura Nyro

    & many many more

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    Bohemian Rhapsody / Queen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Oz View Post
    "Toby" by the O'Jays is one of the saddest songs, for me. What's sadder than losing your high school sweetheart (or dog, depending on whose buying the drinks and playing the CD)? "Oh Girl" by the Chi-Lites is another one and it might be matched by "Have You Seen Her". Roger Troutman produced an LP by Dick Smith that had the saddest and most soulful version of "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" that I can imagine. And since this is the Soulful Detroit forum, I'm going bring up "Ooh Baby Baby" by Smokey.
    Finally, I'm not saying that "Boys In Blue" by View From the Hill was a song about a group of British lads who were drafted to go away to war and some of them didn't make it back. It was well-written, excellently produced, and sung with such raw emotion that I may have misted up a little when I listened to it. I am not saying that it made me cry, though, because I'm not going to admit to it.

    The O'Jays made a cover of "Toby"? The same "Toby" by The Ch-lites?! In fact you made me remember that one sad song I likes a lot is "Let It All Out" (specially the verses that Bill Powell sang with his unique falsetto).And there's some more Chi-lites and Dramatic's tunes that make me feel mellow: "The Sound Of Lonely", "The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face", "I Never Feel So Good", "Love Comes In All Sizes"; "She's A Rainmaker", "Just Shopin'", "Tune Up";... And Isaac Haye's tracks vocal and instrumental, from "Elie's Love Theme" or "St. Thomas Square" to "It's Heaven To Me" or his live versions of Bill Whiters "Ain't No Sunshine" on Wattstax.

    And (uffff... how I have forget before!), MFSB "Bitter Sweet"!

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    RossHolloway Guest
    Bonnie Raitt's I Can't Make You Love Me.


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    RossHolloway Guest
    LeeAnn Rimes - How Do I live Without You




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    RossHolloway Guest
    Lonesome Lover - Max Roach & Abbey Lincoln. This is the most played song on my iPod.


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    "Patches"-Dickey Lee

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    I love a good tearjerker! THE saddest of all for me is:

    WILLIE HOBBS - HOW COULD MY BABY KNOW

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ax69LyTHXH8

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    Too much too little too late.
    Alone Again Naturally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralpht View Post
    "These Boots Are Made For Walking" is a pretty sad song, Stu. Oh..but you mean.....
    Geez...I meant the story line...not the performance!

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    Try and find any song sadder than "Alone Again (Naturally) by Gilbert O'Sullivan. I dare ya.

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    Forgot one - Cristina - Things Fall Apart


  20. #20
    Quote Originally Posted by timmyfunk View Post
    Try and find any song sadder than "Alone Again (Naturally) by Gilbert O'Sullivan. I dare ya.
    OK! I like a challenge!

    Just off the top of my head:

    Have You Seen Her - Chi-Lites

    All By Myself - Eric Carmen

    I Think It's Going To Rain Today - Randy Newman

    How Can You Call Me Brother - O'Jays

    I (Who Have Nothing) - Ben E. King

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    OK, All By Myself may come close. Hmmmm.....

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    What the World Needs Now Is Love/ Abraham, Martin and John - Tom Clay

    Rose - Lamont Dozier

    Tar And Cement - Verdelle Smith

    In the Ghetto - Elvis Presley

    Heart Be Still - Lorraine Ellison

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    "My Saddest Hour"-Five Keys
    "Small Sad Sam"-Bob Kayli

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    Quote Originally Posted by manny View Post
    The O'Jays made a cover of "Toby"? The same "Toby" by The Ch-lites?! In fact you made me remember that one sad song I likes a lot is "Let It All Out" (specially the verses that Bill Powell sang with his unique falsetto).And there's some more Chi-lites and Dramatic's tunes that make me feel mellow: "The Sound Of Lonely", "The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face", "I Never Feel So Good", "Love Comes In All Sizes"; "She's A Rainmaker", "Just Shopin'", "Tune Up";... And Isaac Haye's tracks vocal and instrumental, from "Elie's Love Theme" or "St. Thomas Square" to "It's Heaven To Me" or his live versions of Bill Whiters "Ain't No Sunshine" on Wattstax.

    And (uffff... how I have forget before!), MFSB "Bitter Sweet"!
    Oooops... I was thinking about "Brandy" by the O'Jays, not "Toby" by the Chi-Lites. But "Toby" is the all-time saddest song for me.

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    smark21 Guest
    5 that make my list:

    I Guess I’ll Miss the Man by The Supremes
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOnBWb5aMLo

    When No One Cares by Frank Sinatra
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iitxwTAmelg

    Isolation by Joy Division
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bkcPS3GHQY

    I’ll Never Get Over you Getting Over Me by Expose
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KP8NpPcVgBA

    Bad Sun by The Bravery
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hz4pmZoJaIk

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    "The Coldest Days of My Life" by The Chi-Lites takes it for me ... and it just keeps going and going. I'm like "Stop before I kill myself!" Actually it's a great tune, but very sad. The atmosphere the fellas create is fantastic.

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    Sideshow - Blue Magic

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    "Billie Jean"......Who said a sad song had to be a slow song?

    "Death Letter" - My all time fave Blues song.

    "Looked like there was 10,000 people standing round the burying ground.
    I didn't know I loved her.....till they let her down....."

    Toby and Brandy were always a bit to saccharine for my taste.
    Here's my fave Pet song:

    "Old Dog Blue"....or something like that.....I have it on a 3 cd compilation.

    "I dug his grave wid a silver spade
    I let him down wid a golden chain
    And every link I called his name;
    Go on Blue, you good dog, you!"

    Then there's "Strange Fruit"......nuff said.

    I'm gonna come back like Octomom Robb K and name 4 more....and somehow I'm gonna slip in a PFunk song.

    5 bux to the first funkateer that can name it.....3 guess each. One hint....Funkadelic


    Hat tip to RossHolloway for the Bonnie Raitt joint. I can no longer play that in the car because my 13 year old grand declared it the saddest song she'd ever heard, about 3 or 4 years ago.....and asked me to never play it again.

    Other personal faves include: "Ain't No Way"......which is on just about every list I make.

    And "If I Were Your Woman".....another Perfect Record.

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    Quote Originally Posted by destruction View Post
    I'm gonna come back like Octomom Robb K and name 4 more....and somehow I'm gonna slip in a PFunk song.
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    What's an "Octomom" ??? I'd be surprised if I could be any kind of a "Mom"!!! Does this mean I'm like 8 Moms? Or One eighth of a Mom? Or does it mean I'm already an 80 year old?-I'll admit that I am old, but not THAT old!!!

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    Robb....you're most def closer to being the rocket scientist of SDF than most peeps....... As the former prez once said:

    "Use the google...."

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    Quote Originally Posted by robb_k View Post
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    What's an "Octomom" ???
    Let me help you:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nadya_Suleman

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    Jesse - Roberta Flack

    Summertime - Diana Ross

    The perennial sad song - Honey - Bobby Goldsboro

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    Quote Originally Posted by jobeterob View Post
    Jesse - Roberta Flack
    Hmmm...I never listened to the words. I guess I will now.

    Summertime - Diana Ross
    How is this a sad song???

    The perennial sad song - Honey - Bobby Goldsboro
    This song makes me wanna throw up.

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    First of all, happy to be back with you guys. Resetting my password was a royal pain.

    Speaking of pain, I agree with the person who just suggested Jesse as an all-time sad song. I had not thought of it. But for me the all time saddest song ever has to be "How Can I Help You Say Goodbye?" I think it was originally a country hit for someone, but I am more familiar with the pop version by Laura Branigan on one of her final albums. It is a certified tear-jerker!

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    Aretha Franklin - Good to Me As I Am To You
    Aretha Franklin - Call Me
    Aretha Franklin - Sit Down And Cry
    Aretha Franklin - I Wonder
    Aretha Franklin - Dark End Of The Street

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    I see now! Ha! Ha! Destruction-Because you didn't use commas, I thought you were calling me an Octomom! (Them's fightin' words!) Who you callin' an Octomom, Willis?

    Now I see that you had listed 4 sad songs, and "like Octomom, you were gonna come back with 4 more.

    Now I see how easy it is to have an Internet forum misunderstanding. No wonder people get so touchy around here sometimes! I guess I shouldn't worry about my decision to not use testosterone replacement drugs. I wouldn't want to turn the clock back 50 years and be running around with my fists cocked, ready for a fight in case someone says the slightest thing I might "interpret" as "possibly" provocative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robb_k View Post
    Now I see how easy it is to have an Internet forum misunderstanding. No wonder people get so touchy around here sometimes! I guess I shouldn't worry about my decision to not use testosterone replacement drugs. I wouldn't want to turn the clock back 50 years and be running around with my fists cocked, ready for a fight in case someone says the slightest thing I might "interpret" as "possibly" provocative.
    It also helps if people take a bit of time to carefully word their posts instead of just hoping the other people will just "figure it out". This is not directed to any specific person. It's a general guideline.

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    Have your tissues handy. I could put together a whole CDs worth of George Jones songs that are all nearly as sad as these. These are probably the saddest. I know, I know…this is a soul forum. If this isn't soulful singing, then there is no such thing.

    50,000 Names Carved on The Wall - George Jones
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7sODPMUK8M

    Wild Irish Rose - George Jones
    Bear with the commercial. Talk about painting a picture in song…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfAPhJW5fOY

    The Visit - George Jones
    He kills me
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLXf6xA6O_E

    He Stopped Loving Her Today - George Jones
    A classic.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poueMAJjOxE

    Chiseled In Stone - Vern Gosdin
    Vern has a bunch sad ones as well.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTrPJvEzmwQ

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    These songs come to my mind:

    1. The Beginning of My End - Unifics
    2. He'll Be Back (Viet Nam) - Help me out somebody, I can't recall the group name!
    3. Since I lost My Baby - Temptations
    4. Sad Girl - Jay Wiggins
    5. The Love We Had Stays On My Mind - The Dells

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    Some more sad songs I found mellow for his lyrics and / or the feeling - tempo, etc.

    - Eddie Kendricks: "The Newness Is Gone"
    - Le Cirque du Soleil (Musical Direction by Benoit Jutras): "Quidam" (all the tracks, specially the ones in "carousel" style made cry to a bit of ice!)
    - Salsoul Orchestra: "Alpha Centaury"
    - People's Choice: "Mellow Mood" and "Opus-de-Funk"
    - Leon Huff: "No Greater Love"
    - Teddy Pendergrass: "Cold Cold World"
    - Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. "There's A Will,There's A Way" (most mellow HM & TBN's tune, IMHO, from "Reaching For The World" album)
    - Little Anthony & The Imperials: "Love That Dies" (my fave and most mellow of "Out Of Sight Out Of Mind" album)
    - Cat Stevens: "Morning Has Brocken"
    - Joe Simon: "You Are Everything" (IMHO, most mellow than the Stylistic's version)
    - Bob James: "You're As Right As The Rain"
    - Bob James: "Woman Of Ireland"
    - Chick Corea: "Crystal Silence"
    - Ronnie Dyson: "Something"
    - Nancy Wilson: "Lonely Lonely"
    - Carlos Nez (spanish-galaican bag-pipe player): "A Irmandade das Estelas"
    - Mary Hopkins: "These Were The Days" (I think is the string section so mellooooowwww, not the lyrics)

  42. #42
    There's not much that's sadder than Alone Again, Naturally, but Janice Ian's, At Seventeen comes pretty close.

    Cats In The Cradle is another one that comes to mind

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    RossHolloway Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by caliluv View Post
    Aretha Franklin - Good to Me As I Am To You
    Aretha Franklin - Call Me
    Aretha Franklin - Sit Down And Cry
    Aretha Franklin - I Wonder
    Aretha Franklin - Dark End Of The Street
    If I had a dollar and you had a dime,
    I wonder if I could borrow yours as easy as you could mine,

    If there water in the pitcher,
    and we both need a drink,
    to stay alive my darling,
    I need less water than you think..

    Those lyrics just kill me. And throw in Aretha singing Prove It off her Aretha Arrives album and throw up a mess break up and they'll have you on suicide watch.

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    RossHolloway Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by destruction View Post
    "Billie Jean"......Who said a sad song had to be a slow song?

    "Death Letter" - My all time fave Blues song.

    "Looked like there was 10,000 people standing round the burying ground.
    I didn't know I loved her.....till they let her down....."

    Toby and Brandy were always a bit to saccharine for my taste.
    Here's my fave Pet song:

    "Old Dog Blue"....or something like that.....I have it on a 3 cd compilation.

    "I dug his grave wid a silver spade
    I let him down wid a golden chain
    And every link I called his name;
    Go on Blue, you good dog, you!"

    Then there's "Strange Fruit"......nuff said.

    I'm gonna come back like Octomom Robb K and name 4 more....and somehow I'm gonna slip in a PFunk song.

    5 bux to the first funkateer that can name it.....3 guess each. One hint....Funkadelic


    Hat tip to RossHolloway for the Bonnie Raitt joint. I can no longer play that in the car because my 13 year old grand declared it the saddest song she'd ever heard, about 3 or 4 years ago.....and asked me to never play it again.

    Other personal faves include: "Ain't No Way"......which is on just about every list I make.

    And "If I Were Your Woman".....another Perfect Record.

    Back in graduate school, I'd get drunk in the local dive bar with friends and play the hell out of I Can't Make You Love Me on the jukebox during a breakup. So much so, that my friends would have to damn near sit on me to stop me from playing it 3 or 4 times during a night. Ahhh, the memories...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nysister View Post
    These songs come to my mind:

    1. The Beginning of My End - Unifics
    2. He'll Be Back (Viet Nam) - Help me out somebody, I can't recall the group name!
    3. Since I lost My Baby - Temptations
    4. Sad Girl - Jay Wiggins
    5. The Love We Had Stays On My Mind - The Dells
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    "He'll Be Back" was sung by The Players (Chicago group).

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    Interesting that when I started this thread most of my selections revolved around sad life situations...a girl killed by a stray bullet, a boy taking tghe weight of the whole world on his shoulders, a tragic plane crash, a daughter too embarrased by her mother to reveal her existance, etc. Many of the responses involve love gone bad, people getting dumped by their lovers, etc. I guess there are two types of sad songs. The ones that get to me are the life tragedys...not the foolishness of stupid lovers. We've all been dumped at some point. Get over it and move on lol.

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    "He'll Be Back" was sung by The Players (Chicago group).
    Thank you!!

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    For me, If We Hold Together OST Land Before Time, sung by Diana Ross, is the saddest song. I sat and watched the film with my daughters (under 10 years old at the time, now early 20s) and became choked when Little Foot lost his Mother and then the shadow scene. I played the song to my parents when Diana Ross' album Force Behind The Power was released, they have now passed away. So this song, so beautifully sung by Diana Ross, now gives me the biggest lump in my throat imaginable.

    From the comments in this Youtube link it seems that many others find the song sad too.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaRPQ...eature=related
    Last edited by rovereab; 06-26-2012 at 02:08 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StuBass1 View Post
    Interesting that when I started this thread most of my selections revolved around sad life situations.
    Stu-did you listen to mine? Talk about sad situations! Delivered by singers who can make the news sound pitiful. haha

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    C'mon folks. take a lesson from the master DAVID RUFFIN - THE LETTER

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ew5WhX75v1Y

    Or what is sadder than My Whole World Ended by David

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-91TV9tHng

    or even I Miss You, either by David or Harold

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLssxFQo9ck David



    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REdEUoLYBQw Harold

    And finally Swamp Dogg / Jerry Williams Jr if you can take it and not break down

    Nothing sadder than war

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCRN-5yU1pQ

    oh, and one that has lasted forever and sums up affairs of the heart

    Bettye Lavette Let Me Down Easy
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYONs2hR2YQ
    Last edited by MIKEW-UK; 06-26-2012 at 03:50 PM.

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