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    Quote Originally Posted by Loony BoB View Post
    Don't know how this one slipped my mind.

    Eric Clapton - Tears in Heaven

    Was waiting to say that one tbh.

    Though people keep on saying Johnny Cash's Hurt is starting to annoy, its actually a Nine Inch Nails song. The Cash video gives the song a new context, makes it seem its a eulogy of his life and a focus on (what soon became) death, whereas its really about Reznor's drugs battle.

    Think i'll come back to this topic in a bit when i can be arsed flicking through my music catelogue
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    Another worth mentioning would be...

    Tori Amos - Me and a Gun

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpr View Post
    Was waiting to say that one tbh.

    Though people keep on saying Johnny Cash's Hurt is starting to annoy, its actually a Nine Inch Nails song. The Cash video gives the song a new context, makes it seem its a eulogy of his life and a focus on (what soon became) death, whereas its really about Reznor's drugs battle.

    Think i'll come back to this topic in a bit when i can be arsed flicking through my music catelogue
    Yeah, but Cash's version is sadder than the NIN's one.
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    Saddest interpretation of a song mebbie, but not saddest song written. I'm being extremely pedantic, but meh.


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    Iris isn't sad imo.
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    Don't understand the distinction you're making - if that interpretation is the saddest song you've heard, that's the answer to the question. If somebody did a really sunny version of Tears in Heaven, with happy puppy-dogs and smiles all around, would Clapton's version cease to be sad?

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    Haha, that point reminds me of a lovely little song called I'll Say Goodbye (Even Tho' I'm Blue). Classic. Happiest sad song I know.

    But as for what makes a song sad, it's the lyrics, the sound, the emotion and the meaning behind it. Oh, and how the listener can relate, I suppose, too. But mostly the former stuff. So if you get Tears in Heaven with puppies and all that, then the emotion changes, the sound changes and I would imagine (?) the meaning changes as well because I certainly don't think someone would do that about their dead son.

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    That's my point. But in that scenario, Clapton's version remains as sad.

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    Yeah, i suppose so. Me just being finicky with the wording really.

    Anyway, my sad songs

    Badfinger - Without You
    Bee Gees - The Singer Sang His Song
    Jeff Buckley - Last Goodbye
    Sammy Davis Jr - Mr Bojangles
    Elton John - Dont Let The Sun Go Down on Me
    Elton John - Someone Saved My Life Tonight
    Pearl Jam - Better Man
    Pogues - Streets of Sorrow/Birmingham Six
    Queen - No One But You (Only The Good Die Young)
    REM - Everybody Hurts
    Simon & Garfunkel - The Boxer
    Cat Stevens - The first Cut is the Deepest

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    Last Goodbye by Jeff Buckley is the saddest song I have on my ipod.
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    This Mortal Coil - Song to the Siren

    Originally by Tim Buckley, but I like this version better. Also Radiohead's 'How to Disappear Completely'.

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    Speeding Cars by Imogen Heap maybe?

    Quite like it but it's pretty sad.

    Challengers by The New Pornographers makes me feel sad, although it is also a gun song.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loony BoB View Post
    Haha, that point reminds me of a lovely little song called I'll Say Goodbye (Even Tho' I'm Blue). Classic. Happiest sad song I know.
    A Kiwi classic (even though both the tune and lyrics are so basic that this could be a children's nursery rhyme)

    Surely Pink Frost by The Chills would be a better Kiwi tune for this thread??

    Anyway, my nomination would be Bright Eyes by Art Garfunkel.
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