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Aditu
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Icon 1 posted February 01, 2011 09:16      Profile for Aditu     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
John Grant has a lovely voice, but then you listen to the lyrics
“Baby, you are where dreams go to die
I regret the day your lovely carcass caught my eye”

Oh my

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Icon 1 posted February 01, 2011 11:37      Profile for spungo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
How about "Alone Again", by Gilbert O'Sullivan? Real wrist-slitting lyrics.

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In a little while from now
If I'm not feeling any less sour
I promise myself to treat myself
And visit a nearby tower
And climbing to the top will throw myself off
In an effort to make it clear to who
Ever what it's like when you're shattered
Left standing in the lurch at a church
Where people saying: "My God, that's tough
She's stood him up"
No point in us remaining
We may as well go home
As I did on my own
Alone again, naturally

To think that only yesterday
I was cheerful, bright and gay
Looking forward to well wouldn't do
The role I was about to play
But as if to knock me down
Reality came around
And without so much, as a mere touch
Cut me into little pieces
Leaving me to doubt
Talk about God and His mercy
Or if He really does exist
Why did He desert me in my hour of need
I truly am indeed Alone again, naturally

It seems to me that there are more hearts
broken in the world that can't be mended
Left unattended
What do we do? What do we do?

Alone again, naturally
Now looking back over the years
And whatever else that appears
I remember I cried when my father died
Never wishing to hide the tears
And at sixty-five years old
My mother, God rest her soul,
Couldn't understand why the only man
She had ever loved had been taken
Leaving her to start with a heart so badly broken
Despite encouragement from me
No words were ever spoken
And when she passed away
I cried and cried all day
Alone again, naturally
Alone again, naturally

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Aditu
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Icon 1 posted February 01, 2011 13:47      Profile for Aditu     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Well Gilbert had that flair. He also wrote Claire, which turned out to be about his niece, after you listen thinking it was a love song.
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Icon 1 posted February 01, 2011 15:53      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Then of course, there's Leonard Cohen, the master of the morose.

Can't reproduce the lyrics here (side note: many lyrics web sites are dens of malware, beware) but "Dress Rehersal Rag" is literally music to slash your wrists by, it doesn't get much darker than that.

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Icon 1 posted February 02, 2011 05:45      Profile for Callipygous     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
We do gloom better than any Yanks. How's about Joy Division, and any votes for the arch-miserablist Morrissey?

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Icon 1 posted February 02, 2011 06:08      Profile for spungo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Callipygous:
We do gloom better than any Yanks. How's about Joy Division, and any votes for the arch-miserablist Morrissey?

Ooh, to be fair Mozza has a habit of sounding miserable when he's mostly just having a laugh. You only have to listen to the lyrics of There is a Light that Never Goes Out to realize the lines:

"...And if a double-decker bus
Crashes into us
To die by your side
Is such a heavenly way to die
And if a ten ton truck
Kills the both of us
To die by your side
Well the pleasure, the privilege is mine."

He's taking the piss.

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Icon 1 posted February 02, 2011 07:08      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
____ Leonard Cohen, Suzanne

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Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.


Benjamin Franklin,

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Wow! If we are going to stick precisely to the brief of most morose song I don't think we can top Spungo's suggestion. I've been aware of that song for about 30 years, I think, and never realised how black the lyrics are. It beats LenCo in my book.

If we expand the brief to "deeply sad and poignant" I would suggest The Grave by Don McLean - it reads just as well as a poem rather than a song, and it allways moves me tremendously. Not bad for one of the idiots off Crackerjack! [Wink]


The Grave

The grave that they dug him had flowers
Gathered from the hillsides in bright summer colors,
And the brown earth bleached white at the edge of his gravestone.
He’s gone.

When the wars of our nation did beckon,
A man barely twenty did answer the calling.
Proud of the trust that he placed in our nation,
He’s gone,
But eternity knows him, and it knows what we’ve done.

And the rain fell like pearls on the leaves of the flowers
Leaving brown, muddy clay where the earth had been dry.
And deep in the trench he waited for hours,
As he held to his rifle and prayed not to die.

But the silence of night was shattered by fire
As guns and grenades blasted sharp through the air.
And one after another his comrades were slaughtered.
In a morgue of marines, alone standing there.

He crouched ever lower, ever lower with fear.
"they can’t let me die! the can’t let me die here!
I’ll cover myself with the mud and the earth.
I’ll cover myself! I know I’m not brave!
The earth! the earth! the earth is my grave."

The grave that they dug him had flowers
Gathered from the hillsides in bright summer colors,
And the brown earth bleached white at the edge of his gravestone.
He’s gone.

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Icon 1 posted February 02, 2011 20:31      Profile for quantumfluff     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Aw, fuck all that. Gordon Lightfoot's The Wreck of the Eduond Fitzgerald is always the winner. Everyone dies. The good, the bad, the innocent - not just the whinny depressed souls.
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Icon 1 posted February 03, 2011 04:41      Profile for spungo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by quantumfluff:
Aw, fuck all that. Gordon Lightfoot's The Wreck of the Eduond Fitzgerald is always the winner. Everyone dies. The good, the bad, the innocent - not just the whinny depressed souls.

That's what happens when the gales of November come early!

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Icon 1 posted February 03, 2011 11:30      Profile for Aditu     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
This may be a morose song list, but you guys make me smile
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quote:
Originally posted by spungo:
quote:
Originally posted by quantumfluff:
Aw, fuck all that. Gordon Lightfoot's The Wreck of the Eduond Fitzgerald is always the winner. Everyone dies. The good, the bad, the innocent - not just the whinny depressed souls.

That's what happens when the gales of November come early!
I once had Gail in November, but I was the one coming early.
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Bloodrock: "DOA"

Sick, sick, sick.

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"A Lap Dance Is So Much Better When the Stripper is Crying" (also BHG) was playing once as a pizza delivery woman kocked on my dorm room door. She looked at her feet during the entire transaction. She never looked at my face again, and I was a regular.

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