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did you say you loved me? i almost forgot.

I'm just listening to the mix CD I made for goovie, and the last song on it is - look away now, goovie - "I Almost Forgot'" by Matthew Sweet. For some reason, although I'm not a huge Sweet fan, I absolutely love that song and the album it's taken from. When I first heard it it always made me think of the boy I stupidly liked at the time, and it still makes me feel a bit teary. It's a combination of

You would never turn around
Laughing at everything
That's bringing me down
Did you say you loved me?
I almost forgot, I almost forgot

And I will never be free
There'll always be something
Stuck inside of me
Did you say you felt that?

I almost forgot, I almost forgot

You knew me
Changed my name
If love leaves us for a moment
Is it gone forever?
Make up your mind

But then you should never have to choose
Whenever you win you know
I'm wishing you'd lose
So you know I love you

I almost forgot, I almost forgot

....and the really sad, twangy guitars. I don't think either would hit me without the other. But anyway, listening to that the day after the Saddest Song hoot night inspired the question: what do you think are the saddest songs in the world? Or the ones that make you want to cry, anyway.

For the record, I feel like bawling (and possibly have, at some stage), to Chet Baker's version of 'Ghost of a Chance' (basically the saddest song ever), Tom Waits's 'Martha' (no wait, maybe it's that), 'Beestung' by Kristin Hersh, 'Halah' by Mazzy Star and REM's 'Country Feedback'. There are many more, but they're the first that spring to mind.

And you?


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Feb. 14th, 2004 08:10 am (UTC)
Embarrassingly enough, the only song that can reliably make me cry is the Pretenders' I'll Stand By You. I'd like to claim it's purely historical, but actually... not so much. Objectively, I think I've decided that the saddest song I own a recording of is Kenickie's And That's Why.

Nobody wants you at the party
On the stairs where you sit lonely
Nobody comes to look you over
All that washing, all that hoping

The whole thing makes me unspeakably glad for my life. Sadness in smug retrospect, because I'm a bad person.
Feb. 14th, 2004 08:17 am (UTC)
- Johnny Cash's version of 'Hurt' by Nine Inch Nails. Even worse when I watch the video.
- 'Collapse the Light into Earth' by Porcupine Tree. Waaaaaah.
- Tori Amos's version of 'A Case of You' by Joni Mitchell.
- 'Independence Day' and 'You Had Time' by Ani DiFranco.
- 'Ghost' by the Indigo Girls.
- 'Dad' by K's Choice. Frankly, anything with dad related lyrics gets to me. And not just songs - I was in floods at the end of Big Fish, which I saw last night.

Oh god, I'm not sure I can admit this one, because it's really, really, really embarrassing and cheesy, but, um, 'Angel of Mine' by any number of r'n'b people (Brandy, Monica, Eternal). I do have an excuse, I swear! It's all because it came on the radio when Mark was in hospital after his car accident four years ago, and I was in a rather fragile emotional state, and now I only have to hear the start of it to start welling up. The shame! If anyone reading this ever thought I might be even remotely cool, I've put paid to that idea.

And from a choral nerd point of view:
- 'The Shepherd's Farewell', by Berlioz, and
- 'I Was Glad', by Parry.
Feb. 14th, 2004 08:24 am (UTC)
Oh God, how could I have forgotten 'Hurt'? Even thinking about the video for it makes me start crying. Ouch.
Feb. 14th, 2004 09:58 am (UTC)
The only song that makes me cry every time I hear it is 'Man is in Love' by The Waterboys. Which is silly, because I'm pretty sure it's intended as a happy I'm-in-love-with-you kind of song, but it makes me weep and hurt. *shrug*
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