December 30, 2009

13 songs that have made me cry at least once

"If I Could" - For Stars

"Jesus was a Cross-maker" - Judee Sill

"This Time Tomorrow" - Kinks

"Plea from a Cat Named Virtute" - Weakerthans

"Shake Some Action" - Flamin' Groovies

"Disney Girls (1957)" - Beach Boys

"This Will Be Our Year" - Zombies

"Whisky in the Jar" - Thin Lizzy

"Some Broken Hearts Never Mend" - Don Williams

"You Say You Don't Love Me" - Buzzcocks

"Celebrated Summer" - Husker Du

"Surgery" - Robyn Hitchcock

"Aguas de Marco" - Tom Jobim/Elis Regina

Posted by Dr. Frank at December 30, 2009 11:30 PM | TrackBack

At least six of those songs have had the same effect on me.

Posted by: COOP at December 31, 2009 12:04 AM

"If You Change Your Mind" by the Raspberries has always done me in, no matter how good a mood I might be in. Plus, while MTX has never made me cry, the "Love Is Dead" CD saw me through a horrendous break-up and I thank you sincerely for that. Happy New Year!

Posted by: Mike NYC at December 31, 2009 03:08 PM

Bobby McFerrin doing Wizard of Oz always gets me.

Posted by: Les at December 31, 2009 07:58 PM

You know, I feel like crying just looking at some of those titles.

Posted by: Leah at December 31, 2009 08:14 PM

I would've never guessed you were a Weakerthans kind of guy, Frank.

Posted by: Cpt. at December 31, 2009 09:46 PM

What about the MTX song "You today"

Posted by: Brian at December 31, 2009 10:21 PM

It took years for the Thin Lizzy version of WItJ to grow on me because I'm used to folky, traditional renditions. It's pretty great, as it turns out, and I can imagine it bringing someone to tears.

But, I'm surprised to see that particular Hitchcock song on this list--not because it not great, but because there are many other RH songs that I consider more tear-jerking. (Off the top of my head, I can think of 3 songs a-piece songs off of Trains, Eye, Luxor, and Spooked.) Must be a had-to-be-there kind of thing, I'm guessing.

Happy New Year.

Posted by: eamon de valera at January 1, 2010 12:29 AM

Whiskey in the Jar is kind of an odd one. I'm curious as to how an Irish drinking song makes one cry.

Posted by: Zaphod` at January 1, 2010 07:44 PM

The only song that makes me cry is "Organism" from The Residents' Black Barry. It builds up to a crescendo of organ noise and the only lyrics are "Two white horses, A' runnin' side by side. Me and my Lord, We gonna take a ride"

I lost someone special to my heart at a very young age, and when when I hear this song I picture her being taken to a magical place of no pain and only love.

Posted by: Emerson at January 2, 2010 02:43 AM

Love love love the Weakerthans.
The one song that ALWAYS makes me cry is Billy Bragg, Tank Park Salute. The last time I saw him live he played it and I cried like a baby in the front row. Gets me every time.

Posted by: Melissa at January 2, 2010 09:05 PM

thank you for not being one of them

Posted by: farmerbread at January 6, 2010 07:07 AM

This blog is kind of like a musical education.

Posted by: Nate Pensky at January 6, 2010 07:49 PM

For some reason "Fairy Tale of New York" by the Pogues gets me almost every time.

Posted by: Trey at January 7, 2010 05:53 AM

This line gets me every time:

"A world of our own, sounds so trite, but that's almost all right."

Posted by: Mr. Ramones at January 7, 2010 06:31 PM

The Queers cover of "It's Cold Outside".

Posted by: Rob at January 8, 2010 04:19 PM

How could I forget: "Achin' To Be" by the Replacements.

Posted by: Rob at January 10, 2010 01:20 AM

Hmm, more interesting would be a follow up or companion piece listing, in as few words as possible, why those songs made you cry.

Otherwise, this thread's nothing but a crytease.

Posted by: Paula at March 1, 2010 06:10 PM