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Which songs.... by Spursfan on 20 January 2009 1:18pm
....have made you cry to any degree recently or in the past?

1. When I was about 10 one of my fave albums (or LPs as we called them in those prehistoric times!) - apart from the Beatles - belonged to my Dad and it was Irish rebel songs. They were sung by an Irish woman, and dated from the 1915 era (the songs, not the album!!). They always made me cry.
I forget the title and who sung them - it's in the loft now.

2. When I was a small child my parents and my sister (nearly 15 yrs my senior) would stand round the piano on Sunday evenings and sing songs while my Dad played. Yes this was the late 50s early 60s, not 1910!!

One of the songs Mum and Dad would sing was 'That Lovely Weekend' which always made me cry because I thought it was about them! They had to stop singing it because it upset me so much.

(One of my Dad's specialities was 'Around the World in 80 Days'!! The theme tune from the film I think.)

3. 'I saw Mommie kissing Santa Claus'.

This was because as a small child I thought the Mommie was having an affair with Santa!! Though I didn't know what an affair was, I thought she was kissing him behind the Daddy's back!! It is all to do with believing in Santa, of course. I know now 'Santa' was actually the child's Dad.

Re: Which songs.... by kazzzz on 20 January 2009 1:22pm
Humpty Dumpty (coz it's about broken eggs)
and Happy Birthday (coz I'm a year older)
Re: Which songs.... by peripatetically on 20 January 2009 1:23pm
"Love is a Many Splendored Thing" makes me cry because the movie is a real tear-jerker and makes me cry every single time I watch it.

Also, The Eagles's version of "Desperado," for very personal reasons.
Re: Which songs.... by bIG bLOGGER on 20 January 2009 3:57pm
I defy anyone who has experienced the breakdown of a beautiful relationship to listen to Stevie Wonder's song "LATELY",and not have a rush of emotion. It always works for me.
Re: Which songs.... by Spursfan on 20 January 2009 4:20pm
Another one that is extremely moving (now) is 'Drive' by The Cars. It will be forever, in my mind at least, connected to the film shown at Live Aid.
Re: Which songs.... by canaveralgumby on 20 January 2009 4:24pm
Rhapsody in Blue. My father had an old 78 rpm of it. He passed away in 1991. Whenever it is played near me, he is summoned from wherever he is on the other side and he comes and holds me.

Sibelius #2 in d minor. First time I ever heard it I was driving in Miami which is already a dangerous undertaking!, and then I was crying too.
Re: Which songs.... by elina on 20 January 2009 5:11pm
Phil Collins' "Against all odds". It has followed me through my life, and sometimes, when I really listen to it, it makes me cry. Another one is U2's "Sometimes you can't make it on your own".
Re: Which songs.... by peripatetically on 20 January 2009 5:20pm
I remember another very personal song that brings deep emotion to me--- "Once , Twice, Three Times a Lady". I wouldn't expect it to make anyone cry unless there was a special connection to it.
Re: Which songs.... by Spursfan on 20 January 2009 6:04pm
Puff the Magic Dragon !!!

Streets of London never fails to make my eyes prickle (if you see what I mean!!):

Have you seen the old man
In the closed-down market
Kicking up the paper,
with his worn out shoes?
In his eyes you see no pride
And held loosely at his side
Yesterday's paper telling yesterday's news

So how can you tell me you're lonely,
And say for you that the sun don't shine?
Let me take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of London
I'll show you something to make you change your mind

Have you seen the old girl
Who walks the streets of London
Dirt in her hair and her clothes in rags?
She's no time for talking,
She just keeps right on walking
Carrying her home in two carrier bags.


In the all night cafe
At a quarter past eleven,
Same old man is sitting there on his own
Looking at the world
Over the rim of his tea-cup,
Each tea last an hour
Then he wanders home alone


And have you seen the old man
Outside the seaman's mission
Memory fading with
The medal ribbons that he wears.
In our winter city,
The rain cries a little pity
For one more forgotten hero
And a world that doesn't care


Re: Which songs.... by mrsthing on 20 January 2009 7:02pm
The Moonlight Sonata

Clair de Lune

The Swan from Saint-Saens "Carnival of the Animals"

Puff the Magic Dragon

Into the West, the song sung at the very end of the credits to the last "Lord of the Rings" movies. A lot of people don't know it, because they didn't stay for the credits. It's so beautiful.

In My Life, by the Beatles

Eight Days a Week, by the Beatles, because it stirs deep memories of a time before the depression settled on me.

A lot of Christmas songs make me cry, especially "I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day", because hope and faith are fragile, elusive things for me sometimes, and that's what the songs are all about.

I'm sure there's a raft of others. I'm a cryer.
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