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Koota  (Level: 189.4 - Posts: 2123)
Tue, 14th Oct '08 10:24 PM


When you read this title, you have to read the "EVER" in your best Valley Girl voice.

That done ... my other half and I had a discussion on this topic and I don't think that any rock & roll song can beat the "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" ... but you're welcome to add to this list!


Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 854)
Tue, 14th Oct '08 10:39 PM

Nazareth... "Love Hurts"

Bowie... "Space Oddity"

Anything by The Smiths

Texlewee  (Level: 34.1 - Posts: 599)
Tue, 14th Oct '08 10:43 PM

Koota, don't know if this beats it, as the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald is in a league of its own in depressing sad R&R songs, but how about:

The Night Chicago Died by Paper Lace

Do country songs count? Aren't a good portion of them depressing?

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4183)
Tue, 14th Oct '08 10:44 PM

"Perfect Day" Lou Reed
and like the Smiths, anything by Lou Reed.
God, I love them both.

Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1139)
Tue, 14th Oct '08 11:06 PM

Blasphemous Rumours lyrics

Girl of 16
Whole life ahead of her
Slashed her wrists
Bored with life
Didn't succed
Thank the lord
For small mercies

Fighting back the tears
Mother reads the note again
16 candles burn in her mind
She takes the blame
It's always the same
She goes down on her knees and prays

I don't want to start
Any blasphemous rumours
But I think that God's
Got a sick sense of humour
And when I die
I expect to find
Him laughing

Girl of 18
Fell in love with everything
Found new life
In Jesus Christ
Hit by a car
Ended up
On a life support machine

Summer's day
As she passed away
Birds were singing
In the summer sky
Then came the rain
And once again
A tear fell
From her mother's eye

I don't want to start...

Yonux  (Level: 190.0 - Posts: 37)
Tue, 14th Oct '08 11:23 PM

"Seasons In the Sun" by Terry Jacks. However, "Wreck" is more depressing by far.

Texlewee  (Level: 34.1 - Posts: 599)
Tue, 14th Oct '08 11:25 PM

How about

Freshman by Verve Pipe

Fudypatootie  (Level: 207.7 - Posts: 1301)
Wed, 15th Oct '08 12:12 AM

"Leader of the Pack"
"Last Kiss"
"Deadman's Curve"
"Detroit Rock City"
"18 and Life"
"Fly to the Angels"

There are so many levels of sad....

Suzannec  (Level: 260.3 - Posts: 616)
Wed, 15th Oct '08 12:27 AM

Don't forget "Gloomy Sunday", the Hungarian Suicide song. (This is REALLY depressing, please read with caution)

My hours are slumberless
Dearest the shadows
I live with are numberless
Little white flowers
Will never awaken you
Not where the black coaches
Sorrow has taken you
Angels have no thoughts
Of ever returning you
Wouldnt they be angry
If I thought of joining you?

Gloomy Sunday

Gloomy is Sunday,
With shadows I spend it all
My heart and I
Have decided to end it all
Soon therell be candles
And prayers that are said I know
But let them not weep
Let them know that Im glad to go
Death is no dream
For in death I'm caressing you
With the last breath of my soul
Ill be blessing you

Gloomy Sunday

Dreaming, I was only dreaming
I wake and I find you asleep
In the deep of my heart here
Darling I hope
That my dream never haunted you
My heart is tellin you
How much I wanted you
Gloomy Sunday

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Wed, 15th Oct '08 12:29 AM

"Blind Man In the Bleachers"

"One Tin Soldier"


Asdibbens  (Level: 159.4 - Posts: 423)
Wed, 15th Oct '08 1:09 AM

"D.O.A." by Bloodrock

Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Wed, 15th Oct '08 5:08 AM

"Suicide is Painless" - any version
"Girlfriend in a Coma" - The Smiths
"Hurt" - NIN/ Johnny Cash (But the latter version if watching the video)
"The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" - Walker Brothers version
"Pictures of You" - The Cure

I could go on but - *sob* - I'm not sure I can go on...

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Wed, 15th Oct '08 5:36 AM

Tell Laura I Love Her, from about 1961.

Mplaw51  (Level: 185.5 - Posts: 1580)
Wed, 15th Oct '08 6:05 AM

Honey (what the heck did she ever die from anyway?)

Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Wed, 15th Oct '08 6:15 AM

"DOA" takes the cake.

Ladyvol  (Level: 213.0 - Posts: 5678)
Wed, 15th Oct '08 6:18 AM

Let's see...Teen Angel by Mark Dinning...Strange Things Happen In This World by Dickey Lee...Patches also by Dickie Lee...Teddy Bear by Red Sovine....(not all country songs are depressing)....Moody River by Pat Boone...the list goes on and on....and to answer the question about Honey in the song by Bobby Goldsboro she had cancer...
at least I remember reading that somewhere....

Mistymented1  (Level: 26.0 - Posts: 163)
Wed, 15th Oct '08 6:22 AM

Not really rock, but, a sad one, anyways!

Let's Just Kiss and Say Goodbye...The Manhattans

Scifidwarf  (Level: 149.1 - Posts: 249)
Wed, 15th Oct '08 7:52 AM

Two depressing rock 'n' roll songs I can think of are "Last Kiss" by J. Frank Wilson and "Tell Laura I Love Her" by Ricky Valence. Both about love and death. Pretty sad.

Mistymented1  (Level: 26.0 - Posts: 163)
Wed, 15th Oct '08 1:04 PM

This subject has been on my mind all morning, since I first came across it, and it's been hard for me to ignore the clutter of songs that keep sneaking into my pea-brain while I've been trying to get at least one thing (out of many) finished, from those I started before reading this thread! LOL ...

My short-term memory(RAM) needs frequent defragging since it crashed (with me and a Harley) five years ago. So, here goes a few that are among my sad /depressing /time to cry songs ...
Every Rose Has It's Thorns
Have You Seen Her
Don't Think Twice (It's All Right)
For The Good Times
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Lyin' Eyes
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Have You Seen Her

o-kay defrag is complete...

Davidf  (Level: 102.1 - Posts: 746)
Wed, 15th Oct '08 2:08 PM

November Rain Guns n Roses
Hate Me Blue October
Don't Cry Guns n Roses
Unintended Muse
Starry Starry Night Don McLean

Papajensai  (Level: 203.6 - Posts: 1025)
Wed, 15th Oct '08 2:25 PM

Sunday Morning Comin Down

Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 854)
Wed, 15th Oct '08 2:47 PM

Thought of another:

"The Needle and the Damage Done" by Neil Young

Asdibbens  (Level: 159.4 - Posts: 423)
Wed, 15th Oct '08 3:07 PM

Yes, needle is definitely a downer.

Ladyvol  (Level: 213.0 - Posts: 5678)
Wed, 15th Oct '08 5:33 PM

I've came up with a few more...Sound Of An Angel's Wings by Conway Twitty , Star Spangled Heaven also by Conway...Giddy Up Go by Red Sovine...Knoxville Girl by The Louvin Brothers...Jenny's Afraid Of The Dark by Dolly Parton and Porter Wagner....Fire and Rain by James Taylor...Whiskey Lullaby by Brad Paisley and Allison Kraus...
I'll probably think of some more later on

Joshua1  (Level: 4.6 - Posts: 42)
Wed, 15th Oct '08 5:59 PM

"Wishing You Were Here" by the group Chicago comes to mind.

Kaufman  (Level: 270.2 - Posts: 3942)
Wed, 15th Oct '08 6:27 PM

Maureen, I think she overdosed on sap.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2812)
Wed, 15th Oct '08 6:52 PM

Any groaning dirge from the Moody Blues.

Sorry, fans.

Asdibbens  (Level: 159.4 - Posts: 423)
Wed, 15th Oct '08 7:54 PM

I remembered this line from a Leonard Cohen song.

"That's a funeral in the mirror
and it's stopping at your face."

Had to look it up to find out what the song was called and found a site that not only has lyric, but song plays as well.

It's soooo overdone, it's hilarious.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4183)
Wed, 15th Oct '08 8:02 PM

what was that "someone left the cake out in the rain" song? It even depressed me when it came out when I was about 12 or so.

Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1139)
Wed, 15th Oct '08 8:05 PM

Remember that song "My name is Luka" by Suzanne Vega - that was depressing - catchy little ditty about child abuse!

Lettermanfan1  (Level: 88.3 - Posts: 486)
Wed, 15th Oct '08 8:07 PM

It's not rock, but if you've seen the video of Stay by Sugarland you will be depressed for days.

Papajensai  (Level: 203.6 - Posts: 1025)
Wed, 15th Oct '08 8:25 PM

"MacArthur Park" was the one with the cake in the rain, Sandy. Recorded in the sixties by Richard Harris, who memorably played King Arthur and was the original Albus Dumbledore.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2812)
Wed, 15th Oct '08 8:56 PM

Back in the early 70s I used to go to the dentist once a week and get the happy gas, and for some mysterious reason it made everything that came out of the office Muzak system sound like MacArthur Park. Gave me a sense of deja vu that lasted the rest of the day. I still flashback to the dentist's chair whenever I hear that song.

Good stuff, that happy gas.

Tuzilla  (Level: 146.7 - Posts: 3847)
Wed, 15th Oct '08 9:18 PM

I planned on nominating D.O.A. by Bloodrock, but it is already well-represented. So..................

I nominate "Heroin" by Lou Reed w/without The Velvet Underground.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4183)
Wed, 15th Oct '08 11:11 PM

And I second the nomination. One of my favorite songs. I really like depressing songs, books and movies. hmmm..

Yonux  (Level: 190.0 - Posts: 37)
Mon, 20th Oct '08 11:12 PM

Lest we forget "Eleanor Rigby".....

Ladyvol  (Level: 213.0 - Posts: 5678)
Tue, 21st Oct '08 8:36 AM

I thought of another one and it's one of my favorite songs...What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted by Jimmy Ruffin....

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Tue, 21st Oct '08 10:29 AM

I have always thought the theme song to the TV series Angel, was the saddest song I had ever heard....

She F****** Hates Me by Puddle of Mud

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