Total Tearjerkers - Sad Songs Blogfest

Friday, March 30, 2012


Diane at Spunk on a Stick is hosting the Sad Songs Blogfest today. Diane, you rock!

Being a fan of tearjerkers, I went TOTALLY overboard. This compilation will help me to create a particular mood like the list here. Putting this together brought back some good memories and even made me think about doing some kind of music-related blogfest of my own. Someday maybe.


When you’re done here, hop on over and visit the other people in the Sad SongsBlogfest. Hope these strike a chord with you!

A Working Man's Prayer by Arthur Prysock
As Soon as I Hang up the Phone by Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn
Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel
Daniel by Elton John
El Paso by Marty Robbins (who I’m convinced had nine lives)
Goodnight Saigon by Billy Joel
Hurt by the Manhattans
I Went to Your Wedding by Patti Page
I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston
If Only for one Night by Luther Vandross (Not strictly a sad song. Just makes me sad for 
personal reasons)
In the Ghetto by Candy Staton
Last Time I Saw Him by Diana Ross
Loving Arms by Millie Jackson
Lucille by Kenny Rogers
My Eyes Adored You by Frankie Valli
Neither One of Us by Gladys Knight & the Pips
Oh How I Miss You by Jimmy Cliff
One of Us by Abba
Patches by Clarence Carter
Radio Lover by George Jones
Ruby by Kenny Rogers
Separate Lives by Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
Sitting In Limbo by Jimmy Cliff
Sorry Doesn’t Always Make It Right by Gladys Knight & the Pips
Sweet Music Man by Millie Jackson
Take a Message to Mary by the Everly Brothers
Tell Laura I Love Her by Ray Peterson
The Lost Penny by Brook Benton (Not a sad song, but somehow it makes me sad each time I 
hear it)
The Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel (I think of this one as abstract art that makes me wanna cry)
The Words Get in the Way by Gloria Estefan
They’re Hanging Me Tonight by Marty Robbins (That’s two lives already! See El Paso above)
Til I See You Again by Gladys Knight & the Pips
Waterfalls by TLC
Weekend Lover by Odyssey 
I love me some old music. Can you tell?

88 comments:

  1. Wow what an excellent list I knew everyone. I too chose The sound of Silence. well done on bringing the tears to my eyes just remembering your chosen songs.

    Yvonne.

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    1. Hi, Yvonne, I saw that on your blog. :)

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  2. Ha, you make me look like a slacker! What a fabulous list, some brilliant songs there! :D

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    1. Kyra, it might not be that you're a slacker, but that I might be little nutty. :)

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  3. So many great choices! I adore Elton John, Billy Joel, Whitney, Simon & Garfunkel,Phil Collins... Awesome list :)

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    1. Some of these I'd forgotten, but once I started choosing, things got out of hand.

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  4. You went all out! That's okay. I know quite a few of those.

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    1. Oh yeah, this was such fun, I kept adding to the list.

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  5. Holy cow! That's quite the play list. I definitely recognize a few of those, but am not nearly organized enough to figure out that many! I do love sad songs, though.

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    1. One thing led to another and before I knew it, the songs from way back when kept popping into my mind.

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  6. Wow! And I felt slightly naughty for including eleven songs. Simon and Garfunkle--awesome.

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    1. Tamara, when I first started doing this, I wasn't sure, but thought I'd seen a limit of ten somewhere, but the music took over and next think I knew... :D

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  7. Hi! how could I have forgotten Bridge Over Troubled Water - your list is amazing.
    Karen

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    1. Thanks, Karen,
      One song led to another and another.

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  8. Great list. Some of that old Elton John still tugs at my heart.

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    1. Elton John is one of my all time favourite artistes.

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  9. you are going to have to make me a mp3 cd so i can listen to these in my car, just cause the list is strong and long... i will be waiting for my cd, right here... good thing i brought something to read.

    Please Check out My Sad Song List...
    Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]
    Visit The Madness:
    iZOMBIE

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    1. Jeremy, it's a good thing this wasn't an exam. I'd have gotten a failing grade. CD coming up...sometime. :)

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  10. teeheehee! you really do love your sad songs, huh?
    :D
    WATERFALLS! i haven't heard that song in FOREVER! and i loved it sooooo much in jr. high!

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    1. Waterfalls wouldn't strike everybody as a sad song, but if you listen to it...And yes, I like sad song.A lot.

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  11. As a suggestion, don't listen to too many of these at a time, they can really bring you down. Well, I know it really effects me that way! Great choices, JL.

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    1. Clarissa, that's for sure. Only got some snippets of each while putting them together.

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  12. You totally went overboard. But I expect nothing less from an overachieving person.

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    1. TOTALLY, Mike! Apart from overachieving, I think someone who can't follow instructions. :D

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  13. Browsing the Sad Song Blogfest list. You have some great song choices listed

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    1. Thanks for dropping in and sharing your thoughts.

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  14. Fantastic list. I ALWAYS cry at "Sound of Silence"!

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    1. Thanks, Julie. You know I looked at the words last night and I believe it's the hopelessness that comes from both words and delivery that makes it such a powerful song.

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  15. Holy cow! What a list! I've heard so many of these songs, some I had forgotten until I saw them on your list.

    I see you're also eclectic in music. :-)

    Sia McKye OVER COFFEE

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    1. Hi, Sia,
      The good thing is I now have a shortcut to them when I'm feeling nostalgic.

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  16. Wow! That's a lot of sad songs. I've gone from sad to depressed. Well, not quite. But I need to find wifey and kids to hug.

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    1. Stephen, you made me chuckle. It's good when we can listen to these knowing this stuff isn't par for the course.

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  17. Oh, "Tell Laura I Love Her" is a GREAT one! The 50s-60s were so full of teen-angsty they'll-be-sorry-when-a-train-hits-my-hotrod songs! You can really belt "Tell Laura" out, and it'll do you worlds of good.

    Thanks for the memory!

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    1. Hi, Marian,
      Yep, that's one of the oldies, but goodies from when I was a little girl. I think it was probably an oldie even then.

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  18. Elton John sang a lot of melancholy tunes. I almost included him. Great picks.

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    1. Thanks, Mary, Elton is one of my favourite artistes. He's super-talented.

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  19. Whoa, that was an epic list! I actually know a lot of these. I know what you mean about songs that are not actually sad, but have sad memories attached. I had some of those as well.


    Lee
    Sad Songs Blogfests—Places I Remember
    Wrote By Rote
    An A to Z Co-host blog

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    1. Arlee, I suspected that anybody over 40 would probably know a lot of these. Yep, I do have a few songs that raise bittersweet memories.

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  20. I see a songs and artists names that are familiar. Yay for me!

    Great list. Your love of music shines through. :)

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    1. Thanks, Emily. Funny thing is that I don't enjoy much of what is produced today.

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  21. Lots of oldies :) I thought I was the only one who thought Elton John's songs were sad.

    Happy Weekend!

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    1. I bet I could find some more sad songs from him if I think about it some more. :) Nikita strikes me as another one.

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  22. And I thought I'd gone mad with a list of eleven!

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    1. Bull in a China shop comes to mind on mine. :)

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  23. Bridge Over Troubled Water is one of my favorites!! Have a great weekend.

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    1. That's such a beautiful song. The words are comforting and yet they make you want to bawl anyway.

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  24. That's quite the list. My problem is I can't always remember the artist or the name of the song. I will hear it on the radio while driving and then it is gone with the wind from my rolled down window.
    Nancy

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    1. Nancy, that made me chuckle. Sounds like my memory on a bad day .

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  25. Whew, lots of sadness. :) Great list.

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    1. I guess it isn't so bad because they don't all have significance for me.

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  26. Holy Shnykees what a list! Glad to see I know most of them. You've got me stumped with why Marty had nine lives??

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    1. I have a weird sense of humor, but since he was dying or about to in every other song, it occurred to me that he had to have at least nine lives.

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  27. OMG! Great list.
    Love Elton John. Simon & Garfunkel! Can't believe I forgot Separate Lives from Phil Collins!
    Great job!
    HMG

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    1. I'm happy to help bring good songs back to mind.

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  28. Your list is a blend of old school, new school, eclectic, diversity and all around "tissue begging" to wipe the tears away.

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    1. Angela, the strange thing is, I thought about having a reggae recording in there, but couldn't think of one song. Not good.

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  29. What a great list of songs!

    There are so many of them on there that I love too for various reasons and also some that reminded me of others I could have put on my list. ABBA's 'The Winner Takes It All' for example. Great to see the Everly Brothers in there and also 'Take a Message To Mary'

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    1. ABBA made such good music! Really like listening to the harmony in Take a Message to Mary. Beautiful sound.

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  30. "The Sound of Silence" gets me in the gut, too.

    "All I Ask of You" from Phantom of the Opera and Metric's "Help, I'm Alive" usually trigger my tears.

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  31. Mina, thanks for dropping in. Amazing what a powerful impact music has on us. Guess that's why it's such a popular art form.

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  32. J.L, thanks for stopping by my blog earlier to see my list. I could tell you've spent a lot of time putting together yours. Bridge Over Troubled Water is a good one.

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    1. Hi, Cynthia, I remembered BOTW on the back end and couldn't believe I almost forgot to put it in. :)

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  33. I haven't stopped singing Bridge Over Troubled Water since I read your list earlier, thanks...I think/

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    1. Happy to bring back the memory of some really good songs. :)

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  34. What a great list!! I discovered Simon and Garfunkel in the 5th grade - I had a teacher who was a fanatic and we used to play Sound of Silence over and over on Fridays. I think we scratched more than one record!

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    1. Thanks, Jennie, I had a blast putting it together. Sounds like your teacher made listening to music almost a religious experience. :)

      I used to hear most of the older ones on the radio on a Sunday evening. I think I wore out a few tapes on people like Elton John.

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  35. You got one heckuva list there!

    I dare anybody to listen to all those songs in one sitting and not need an hour with their therapist!

    Larry

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    1. Larry, you're right. This stuff will sink you in depression!

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  36. I like how you went "Old School" in so many instances.

    Gosh, there are several Simon & Garfunkel songs I could have added to my list. You pegged a couple of them right here.

    Speaking of "Nine Lives" have you ever heard the Marty Robbins follow-up to 'El Paso'? If not, it's called 'El Paso City', and it connects with 'El Paso' in that he sings it as if he's the reincarnated soul from the original song, flying in a jet plane over modern El Paso. It's really good!

    And, incidentally, I happen to FIRMLY believe in "reincarnation". Heck, it's in The Bible, for crying-out-loud, if only people would grow "eyes to see" it!

    Anyway, I'm sure you could find 'El Paso City' at YouTube. Check it out! What a unique and interesting sequel to the original hit.

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. Hi, Stephen,
      Haven't come across that follow-up. I definitely will be checking that out. I was fed on Marty Robbins, Sam Cooke, Skeeter Davis, Patti Page and Jim Reeves. It was a Jamaican tradition to dust off the oldies and play every one of them on Sunday morning. My love of old music developed from there.

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  37. This is a brilliant collection, love it. That Everly Brothers one gets me too,can't believe I missed it on my list lol. When Will I be Loved used to get me as well :)

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    1. Anna, thanks for dropping in. I've seen some on other lists that I would have added if I'd remembered them.

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  38. I listened to some of these. So sad. This was a great blogfest. *sniffle*

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    1. Yes, it was. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing what other people chose.

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  39. Good list, but you forgot "I Won't Stand in Your Way" by the Stray Cats and "He stopped Loving Her Today" by George Jones.

    Thank You.

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    1. Anthony, thanks for coming by. I'll have to check out these songs. Don't know them.

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  40. Wow you have a lot of great choices here!

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    1. I think I'm a sucker for punishment. :D

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  41. Joy what a fabulous list. So many wonderful songs - especially pleased to see My Eyes Adored You - I think that song gets way overlooked when people are talking about Frankie Valli - and there are some here I didn't know, so I'm going to check them out :-)

    I would have loved to take part in this blogfest, but I had a prior commitment with Patsy's release - I thought about asking her to change her release dte but I didn't think that would work out too well ;-)

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    1. I knew this would have been a blast for you as you always choose such interesting songs on your blog. I remembered Goodnight Saigon because I came across it on your blog the other day.

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  42. So many great ones listed here. I grew up listening to Kenny Rogers 'cause of my dad. That brought back memories of taking two week driving trips across the US.

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    1. Hi, Ciara,
      I was a huge fan of Kenny Rogers when I was growing up. Glad that brought back some memories for you.

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  43. I stopped by your blog as part of the A-Z Blogging Challenge 2012. There are so many people to meet :) Great list of songs! And what a neat blogfest idea.

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    1. Thanks, K.C., I've popped by your blog too. Thanks for visiting.

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  44. So many sad songs. I totally missed this blogfest.
    I'll stop back later for your A to Z posts. Hope you're still doing them.

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