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Linda M

Carly Simon's recent album "Into White" is a guaranteed cry generator, she herself even acknowledges it. It is also beautiful and her voice on it, with and without her kids accompanying her, is just wonderful.


I think the word you are looking for is retronym. Does that sound familiar?


A great one from the 60's - "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted" by Jimmy Ruffin. If you broke up with your boyfriend, that was the song to listen to 50,000 times.


I second "Bridge Over Troubled Water"... also any of the songs sung on that CD by Eva Cassidy that I listened to after dropping off Katie for her first day at college and driving all the way back to Wisconsin (whose idea was that, anyway?), "Who Knows Where the Time Goes" and especially "Early Morning Rain"... let's see, "Let It Be" and "Hey Jude"... Art Garfunkel's "I Only Have Eyes for You." There are only a couple of others, but I can't think.


The first time I saw the Names Project Quilt the song Orinoco Flow by Enya was playing. Hearing that song will reduce me to a puddle of tears no matter where I am.


anything that is a yearning for home or the past that you can't get back, sitting here welling up at 10am on a sunny Scottish morning, need to walk the dog that'll sort me out!


Carol King's "You've Got a Friend" does it for me...I think it's the whole "they'll hurt you and desert you" thing.


I think you are discussing Retronyms. Rotary dial, manual transmission, IRL, and a bunch more in the Wikipedia entry. EX-cellent word. (For that matter, 'spoken word.')


I have an actual Itunes playlist called "Sad mix". Seriously! What can I say, it's been one of those years. Here it is:

Bad - U2
Tomorrow Wendy - Concrete Blonde
Come Around - Rhett Miller
Best I ever Had - Vertical Horizon
Why Does My Heart - Moby
Nothing COmpares 2 U - Sinead O'Connor
You May Feel my Crying - Roy Orbison
I try - Macy Gray
Please let that Be You - The Rentals
Far Behind - Candlebox
Never Said Goodbye - Matthew Sweet
How Lucky Am I - Maggie Gyllenhaal
Somebody's Crying - Chris Isaak
Baby did a Bad Bad Thing - Chris Isaak
Actually, the entire "Forever Blue" Album -Chris Isaak
All Good things come to an end - Nelly Furtado
Porcelain - Moby
Baby can I hold you - Tracy Chapman
I do - Jude
Isn't it over - Jude
Here without You - 3 Doors Down
Turpentine - Brandy Carlile
Release me - Fall of Snow
Swans - Unkle Bob

Let me know if you want me to burn you a CD. I also have a list of "Sad Quotes" and "Sad Poems" that I can provide you with.


Big grrls don't cry;-)
Actually I get a little verklempt with some classic music and opera rather than songs.


Ooh, thanks for asking the question. ;)


The songs that make me cry change over time but the latest one that gets to me is "Empty Garden" by Elton John. It makes me think of Debbie and then I'm sobbing.


I'm more about the situation (wedding, funeral, kids Christmas concert)than the song. But I will say if I hear a song later from a situation that made me cry I'll cry all over again. Of course if you throw in PMS I'll cry standing in line at the grocery store looking at the photos on the cover of the Enquirer.


Amazing grace... gets me every time. Also, "imagine" by John Lennon... my godmother used to sing it all the time. "imagine all the people, living life in peace...."


If I haven't heard Kathy Mattea's "Where've You Been" in a while, I will bawl when I hear it. After I've heard it several times I get desensitized and I'm OK.

Ditto for Michael W.Smith's "God of Wonders", which was played as a wake-up call earlier in the week for one of the astronauts in the Columbia shuttle disaster.


interesting question, but I never WANT to cry. I get all clogged up and the whole face swells and turns red and the eyes burn and geez, I can't imagine someone wanting that. Now, that said, I cry almost every time I go to church - I think I'm too sensitive, our church has an awesome musical director and program and their music is so good it brings the tears on - even if it's in another language - they are that good. Other than there, I don't think I ever cried at the hearing of music.


"Have a Little Faith In Me" by Joe Cocker. "Love Has No Pride" by Bonnie Raitt. Oh, and, inexplicably, "Cell Block Tango" from the Chicago movie soundtrack (the Broadway version doesn't have the same effect.)


Two songs, both from Peter Gabriel's 'Us':

Come Talk To Me and Secret World...

Laura S

What a great question for a blog titled "Knitting the Blues"!

My cry song is "Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding. "Crying" by Roy Orbison and "Shattered Dreams" by Johnny Hates Jazz are good, too.


A couple of songs that remind me of my Dad and the movie Man in the Moon (with prepubescent Reese Witherspoon): Man in the Moon and Matthew. Just reading the lyrics makes me sad.


Oh yes, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, particularly the sail on silver girl.

Also, It's a Wonderful World, and Time in A Bottle, the old Jim Croce song. It reminds me of being a young teenager in love (it was "our" song!)

'scuse me, gotta get some kleenex...


Not much gets me crying.

I hate opera. HATE IT. But Paul Potts singing Nessum Dorma (sic?) on Britain's Got Talent? That gets me crying each time. I have no idea why. I love that man's voice.
(Available on Youtube if you haven't seen it yet.)

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