Monday, March 26, 2012
Sad Song Blogfest
Image courtesy: D Sharon Pruitt: Sad Clown
Today is L. Diane Wolf’s Sad Song Blogfest! Huzzah! Let’s get things rolling, in reverse order, with a blast from the past:
10. Elton John’s Sad Songs Say So Much (The title says it all.)
9. Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse Of The Heart (Turn around, bright eyes, ’cause every day I fall apart, sniff)
8. Billy Ray Cyrus’s Achy, Breaky Heart
Image courtesy: gl0ri
Hold on . . .
Oh, crap. That’s my top ten BAD Song List. Let’s try this again, shall we? And yes, I’m gonna keep on misbehavin’. I could narrow it down to eleven, but no further.
11. Riders On The Storm (The Doors)
Morrison sounds pretty despondent on this one. That voice, the spooky lyrics referencing a homicidal hitchhiker, and the literal thunderstorm in the background always leave me feeling like a lost, little kid.
10. It’s Alright (Baby’s Coming Back) / Eurythmics
If you’re promising to be someone’s destiny, dignity, storm at seas, and everything else under the sun, it’s not all right. Baby’s not coming back, and I think you know it.
9. Heartbreaker (Rolling Stones)
With a depressing social commentary on street violence this 1973 classic still rings true —consider the Trayvon Martin case.
8. Driver 8 (R.E.M)
The musical equivalent to Frost’s “miles to go before I sleep”. The conductor says take a break, we can reach our destination. But, replies the exhausted driver, we’re still a ways away.
7. Bittersweet (Big Head Todd and the Monsters)
A tale of love gone wrong but still going—more sweet than bitter, baby.
6. The Wind Cries Mary (Jimi Hendrix)
The psychedelic lyrics are as awesome as the guitar playing.
5. Interstate Love Song (Stone Temple Pilots)
It was tough to pick between this and Plush, but Interstate is more mournful, so it wins.
4. Major Tom (David Bowie)
Spaceman urges ground control to ‘tell my wife I love her very much’ just before something goes catastrophically wrong.
3. Badge (Eric Clapton)
She cried away her life since she fell off the cradle—now that’s sad.
2. Burden In My Hand (Soundgarden)
According to Wikipedia, this song’s about a man who murders his woman and leaves her body in the desert, a 1990s “Hey Joe” (that’s Hendrix for you young’uns).
1. I Got ID (Pearl Jam)
The lyrics are about unrequited love, but it’s the guitar bridge that slays me. It makes me want to learn how to play even at my age.
Done! Now, why do I have the sinking feeling I’ll get more comments on that faux bad list?
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