Thursday, August 7, 2008

Feel like a good cry?

Depression is a serious thing that’s hard to explain to someone who’s never experienced it themselves. I’ve never been clinically diagnosed with depression, mainly due to my aversion to doctors, but one doesn’t have to be a genius to see it pop out once in a while within my personality. These songs explain every emotion depression can show when simple words can’t.

Just a Thought – Gnarls Barkley “I’ve tried everything but suicide/But it’s crossed my mind.”

Does He Love You – Rilo Kiley “All the immediate unknowns are better than knowing this tired and lonely fate.”

The Scientist – Coldplay “Nobody said it was easy/No one ever said it would be this hard/Oh, take me back to the start.”

Personal – Stars “Twenty-eight and bored/Grieving over loss/Sorry to be heavy/But heavy is the cost.”

Why – Annie Lennox “Some things are better left unsaid/But they still turn me inside out.”

Cheers Darlin – Damien Rice “And I die when you mention his name/And I lied, I should have kissed you/When we were running the reins.”


chris said...

Why? - "Rubber Traits" (Elephant Eyelash)

"I want to dump early on and be empty the rest. I want a patch of blue sky to follow me. Unfold an origami death mask and cut apart my DNA with rubber traits. Pull apart the double helix like a wishbone. Always be working on a suicide note."

Lee said...

Another Rilo Kiley, "A Man/Me/Then Jim":

I'm sorry I'm hard to live with, living is the problem for me
I'm selling people things they don't want when I don't know what you need

He said the slow fade of love
And its mist might choke you
It's my gradual descent
Into a life I never meant
It's the slow fade of love

Trouble said...

Choux Pastry Heart - Corrine Bailey Rae

I just had a serious weep-fest to this song...

Erin said...

Evaporated- Ben Folds Five

"Don't you know I'm numb, man?
I can't feel a thing at all
Now it's all smiles and business these days
I'm indifferent to the loss
I have faith that there's a soul somewhere
That's leading me around
I wonder if she knows
Which way is up and which is down

I poured my heart out
I poured my heart out
It evaporated ... see?"

Megan said...

Back when I was an angst-y high schooler I would listen to Tori Amos' "Little Earthquakes" on repeat again and again. The part that did it for me was at the end when she just keeps singing, "Give me life, give me pain, give me myself again" God I loved crying to that song.

David said...

I used to drive around all night listening to "Full of Grace" by Sarah McLachlan in high school.

"I'm pulled down by the undertow. I never thought I could feel so low. Oh darkness, I feel like letting go."

Felicia said...

Chris-I've never heard of it, but will check it out. I think deep down inside I like being depressed and the music that goes with it!

Lee-Rilo Kiley is great for a cheery depressed feeling...if that makes any sense.

Trouble-I do like Corrine Bailey Rae. I'll have to check that one out.

Erin-I LOVE Ben Folds Five!

Megan-Tori makes me want to be angry depressed, and I like that.

David-Sarah is a good one too. She is a defining part of my high school years as well.

Henry said...

A list of sad bastard music and nay a mention of Bright Eyes or Elliot Smith.

Color me impressed.

benpen said...

we can't forget jeff buckley

Videotape by Radiohead is brutal. head in the oven brutal.

penny said...

Oh, so much sad bastard music... but my favorite remains Ryan Adams's "Call Me On Your Way Back Home"

Call me on your way back home, dear
Cause I miss you
And I just wanna die without you
Honey I ain’t nothing new

Jez said...

"Lonely Sinking Feeling" by Cowboy Junkies. Actually, the entire "Pale Moon, Crescent Sun" CD is good downer music.

Verveman2k8 said...

When were talking about sad depressing songs you might do good to check out Kenna's "Hell Bent." Ugh...

TK said...

No list is complete without Jeff Buckley. I cast my vote for "Lover, You Should've Come Over."

Nate said...

Needle in the Hay - Elliot Smith -- I've loved the song ever since the Royal Tenenbaums.

Lee said...

One of the songs that got me through a major heartbreak was "Coming Back to You" by Leonard Cohen. I'd drive around crying my heart out to that song. Very cleansing.

"Maybe I'm still hurting
I can't turn the other cheek
But you know that I still love you
It's just that I can't speak
I looked for you in everyone
And they called me on that too
I lived alone but I was only
Coming back to you"

MelodyLane said...

Death Cab - "I Will Follow You Into The Dark"

Ben Harper - "Picture in a Frame"

"I would gladly trade
All of my sympathy for sorrow
If I could have you, If I could have you here with me to my own"

Dixie Chicks - "Top of the World"

"I wish it had been easier
Instead of any longer
I wished I could have stood where you would have been proud
But that won't happen now"

Joshua Radin - "Winter"

"But I don't have to make this mistake
And I don't have to stay this way
If only I would wake"

"Full of Grace" is my favorite Sarah McLachlan. I happen to love sad music though.

Very nice list.

Adrienne said...

Might I add...

Radiohead (oh yes, kings of head in the oven, as one of you mentioned) - "No Surprises"
Mercury Rev - "The Dark is Rising" ("I always dreamed I loved you / I never dreamed I'd lose you / in my dreams I'm always strong")

God I love me some sad bastard music!

Lezowski said...

I think the saddest/best Sarah McLachlan song is "I Don't Know How To Let You Go". Damn. That song eats.

Of course Damien Rice's "9 Crimes", but that's an easy one...

Sarah Slean "I Know" is a relatively unknown gut wrencher.

Ben Harper's "Morning Yearning" is sad too, and the video was directed by Heath Ledger

On the Tori Amos side, her cover of Leonard Cohen's song "Famous Blue Raincoat". Killer.

I love this thread, I am a depressing song junkie (even though I'm a smiley happy person...weird) and I've already found some great stuff to add to my music collection!

thejodester said...

Bob Marley -- 'I'm Hurting Inside'

This song is so heartbreakingly beautiful.

'When I was just a little child
Happiness was there a while.
Then from me, it slipped one day.
Happiness, come back, I say
'Cause if you don't come
I'm gonna go looking
for happiness'

Just hearing that song in my head makes me tear up a little.

Felicia said...

Henry-Bright Eyes is so grossly overrated, which is another list that needs to be compiled.

Ben Pen-Agreed.

Jez-Good addition.

Verveman-I've been meaning to check out more of Kenna.

Penny-Another good addition!

TK-You're right, all Jeff Buckley is pretty depressing.

Nate-One of my favorite movies!

Lee-Ah Leonard. You should check out Brandi Carlile's version of Hallelujah. I know it's been redone time and time again, but it's probably the best.

Melodylane-I might get pummled for saying this, but that Dixie Chicks song Travelling Soldier makes me weep.

Adrienne-I love bastard music too! And I also love bastards!

Lezowski-I adore Damien Rice.

The Jodester-Great addition as well!