Post by Sid Nuncius
Following the Fleetwood Mac thread, I would be interested in otherrats'
nominations for The Saddest Song Ever Written. For me it's a toss-up
between Fleetwood Mac's Man Of The World
and Nymphes Nappées by Josquin Desprez, roughly 450 years earlier
YM will almost certainly V.
(This thread will run and run!)
"Teen Angel" by Mark Dinning
was apparently on the blacklist of some radio stations because it was so
sad (some claims it increased suicides, though I suspect that's hype).
Myfanwy (pronounced muvanu), though I do have a personal reason for that
one - it was delivered by several members of the male voice choir of
which he was a member; that, in a confined space - well, not a dry eye
in the house doesn't begin to convey it.
gives a fair impression, and
has the advantage of having English subtitles.
Honey ("see the tree, how big it's grown"), by Bobby Goldsborough,
is another good contender.
(AKA "Tous ler arbres sont en fleurs".)
At the moment, I think the best contender I can think of is "If You Go
Away" - but it _has_ to be the Dusty Springfield version, such as
- right to the spoken end.
As a small child, I couldn't listen to that one.
(I've deliberately chosen YouTubes for those last two that _aren't_
videos of the performer.)
Unfortunately, all of the above four could be described as "corny",
meaning that the composers/lyricists/arrangers - and even performers, to
some extent - press all the right buttons, to _manufacture_ the emotion
of sadness; however, I suspect that if you want a song that is sad of
its own accord, then it will be such a song. Other songs will mostly be
sad because of what memories they provoke or what they are related to -
"Pack up your troubles" as they sang as they marched to their deaths,
"Lili Marleen/Marlene"/"We'll Meet Again"/etc. for general wartime
connections, or any one that has a personal connection for you.
(My blind friend always refers to that last one as "Whalemeat again",
which as he says must have been sometimes said during the war!)
J. P. Gilliver. UMRA: 1960/<1985 MB++G()AL-IS-Ch++(p)***@T+H+Sh0!:`)DNAf
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go. - Oscar Wilde