the most depressing song: help me find it!

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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby cypherspace » Wed Jan 07, 2009 1:23 am UTC

viscusanima wrote:Mad World by a chap whose name eludes me. it was Christmas Number One in the UK a few years a go, which was really, really strange.

Gary Jules. Originally by Tears For Fears.
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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby Rhubarb » Wed Jan 07, 2009 11:35 am UTC

I disagree with Radiohead being in this thread so much. I don't find them depressing at all, just morose, and I think there's a difference. I find Radiohead don't really affect me much. They're quite good, but I definitely wouldn't class them as depressing.

Günter: that Scroobius Pip track was heavy (not in the metal sense), good one.

The most depressing track ever ever ever is Persuasion by Throbbing Gristle. It is basically impossible to be happy whilst listening to it. Although it's kinda funny in a way. Definitely creepy: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=qOZJ0GLrEDY

Here are the lyrics:
Spoiler:
Persuasion
You gotta get some
Persuasion
You gotta get some
Look at me I touch your breast
Look at me I touch your knees
And I persuade you
Like always I persuade you
Like always I persuade you
Persuasion
Look at me I touch your head
I say the words and you go to bed
My sister and my mother
My father and my son
Do everything I want them to
With persuasion
One lot of persuasion
Like always persuasion
Now there's lots of ways to persuade you
I could do it with money
I could look at you
I could show you all that
You might as well do it anyway
You might as well choose to play the game
After all you've seen yourself before
What difference does it make if I take your photograph?
What difference does it make if someone else sees it too?
All your friends do it
I mean nobody will know it's you
Anybody, it could be any body
I mean, these magazines, you know,
They only go to middle aged men
So why don't you do what I suggest
I persuade you
With words I persuade you
Persuasion
I've got a little biscuit tin
To keep your panties in
I've got a little biscuit tin
To keep your panties in
Soiled panties, white panties, school panties, Y-front panties
By the canal, by the canal
And I persuade you
Like always I persuade you
Look at me
Look at me
There's a certain word and a certain touch
A certain way and a way too much
There's a little bit here
And a little bit there
When you've done it all it's too late to care
Oh I persuade you
Like always I persuade you
Look in my eye
Under your covers
I touch you
And tell you what to do
Do it because I tell you
Do it because I love you
And I persuade you
Persuasion

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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby TheAmazingRando » Wed Jan 07, 2009 3:55 pm UTC

Spiderland, by Slint, is one of the quietest, heaviest albums I've ever heard.

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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby EvilDuckie » Wed Jan 07, 2009 7:40 pm UTC

"Navy Blue" by Elliot Murphy always succeeds in making me sad.
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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby gmm » Sun Jan 18, 2009 6:41 pm UTC

Grapevine Fires by Death Cab for Cutie always makes me a bit down, it's such a beautiful song with the drum beat, and the keyboard and everything, and the perfect melody and the lyrics. And then the three last songs on the same band's album Plans; What Sarah Said, Brothers on a Hotel Bed and Stable Song. Those three songs in a row, it's just ... wow.

Imogen Heap's The Moment I Said It has that impact on me too, as well as The Postal Service's cover of Against All Odds. In this context, The Funeral by Band of Horses needs to be mentioned too.
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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby Gamma Ray » Sun Jan 18, 2009 7:56 pm UTC

I second Mad World by Gary Jules. Does anyone have a link to that Gloomy Sunday one? I quite wanna hear it...

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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby Gamma Ray » Sun Jan 18, 2009 7:57 pm UTC

Dietro Casa by Ludovici Einaudi (from This is England) has to be up there too.

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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby jacob » Tue Jan 20, 2009 8:39 am UTC

But seriously folks, the most depressing song is John Prine's "Hello In There."

the hook:

old trees, just grow stronger
rivers grow wilder every day
old people, just grow lonesome waiting for some one to say
"hello in there. hello."

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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby ParanoidAndroid » Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:22 am UTC

I have a new nominee.

"So Come Back, I Am Waiting" by Okkervil River
link:http://www.imeem.com/jukeboxmusic8/music/WKAmo5h6/okkervil_river_so_come_back_i_am_waiting/

A black sheep boy revolves over canyons and waterfalls.
A black sheep boy dissolves in syringe or in a shower stall.
He says “there’s plenty of time to make you mine tonight,
there’s plenty of time to make you mine.”
He says “there’s plenty of ways to know you’re not dying, all right.
Hell, there’s plenty of light still left in your eyes.”
A black sheep boy grows horns, breathing smoke through his microphone.
The airwaves stretch and they groan, bleeding, birthing his black diapason.
He says “there’s plenty of things to wear when you come to me,
every color of sleeve to be rolled.
There are millions of rolling eyes that still cling to me.
Every language of king is concerned.
So why did you bawl from the spell of some old holy song,
that some liar laughed as he composed - some liar I loved to control?”
A black sheep boy dissolves in hot cream, in sweet moans,
in each dead bed and empty home, in each seething bacterium.
Killing softly and serial, he lifts his head, handsome, horned, magisterial.
He's the smell of the moonlight wisteria.
He’s the thrill of the abecedarian.
(See the muddy hoofprints where he carried you?)
And there’s plenty of ways to claim his crimes tonight,
and there’s plenty of things to do on his dime.
And there’s plenty of ways to wear his hide tonight.
You’ve got yours and I’ve got mine. So why did you flee?
Don’t you know you can’t leave his control, only call all his wild works your own?
So come back and we’ll take them all on.
So come back to your life on the lam.
So come back to your old black sheep man.
He says “I am waiting on hoof and on hand. I am waiting, all hated and damned.
I am waiting - I snort and I stamp.
I am waiting, you know that I am, calmly waiting to make you my lamb.”

At first I didn't find it too depressing. That changed after I discovered that the speaker in the song is heroin trying to woo a person back to addiction. It gets even more depressing when you figure out that the person in question is Tim Hardin, who fought a losing battle with his addiction to heroin and eventually died of an overdose. So yeah, this song is about heroin successfully begging a man to come to his death.

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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby Skizzle » Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:23 am UTC

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=IGPzxTlkigA
not sad, but very very depressing, the recurrent laugh can make a clear azure sky seem like the mouth of hell.
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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby SirMustapha » Wed Jan 21, 2009 2:03 pm UTC

Selected Ambient Works Volume II has quite a couple of really screwed up tracks. Matter of fact, I think the very last track is the scariest of them all. Here's a video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0150zQM7Cqs

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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby LukeSimm » Wed Jan 21, 2009 4:42 pm UTC

Günter: I was gonna mention that song untill you mentioned it. Urgh. Damn you! :)

I've seen lots of Tori Amos mentions, but not either Hey Jupiter or Me and a Gun. Hey Jupiter has been the only song to make me cry... and I was on the bus at the time. And me and a gun is a throughly depressing song sung without instruments, just her voice, singing about her rape.

I couldn't find youtube videoes for these I'm afraid other than live versions.

Strength though music and blake says from Amanda Palmer's solo album also depress me... and in my opnion are some of the weaker songs on the album.

Maps by the yeah yeah yeahs - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYJjHCZN46U . Don't know why, it's just generaly depressing.

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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby SinUnNombre » Thu Jan 22, 2009 3:51 am UTC

It's been said before, but Mad World is just a sad damn song. Also, Hello by Evanescence can be pretty depressing if I hear it at just the right time. I Still Remeber and Flux by Bloc Party as well.

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Edit: I forgot to add Let Go by Frou Frou. I think it's more Imogen Heap's delivery than anything else that makes this song as sad as it is.

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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby TheAmazingRando » Thu Jan 22, 2009 6:25 am UTC

Reckless Burning - Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter
Melancholy folk music is quickly becoming one of my favorite types of music.

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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby teh_gurkerer » Thu Jan 22, 2009 6:53 am UTC

You pussies: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AQTMCmVu8k

This is the shortest track he has by the way so the only one that fits on Youtube fully, generally, alba from this strange but very cute Czech consist of two tracks topping the twenty minute mark, endlessly monotonous and repetitive music, this is one of his brighter tracks though, the title is Czech for 'Daydreaming' I've been told. I'd recommend: 'Sebevražední Andelé' (Suicidal Angels)
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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby TheAmazingRando » Thu Jan 22, 2009 7:12 am UTC

I love depressive black metal, but I usually find it much more relaxing than depressing. Good stuff, though, I'll have to keep a look out for them.

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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby teh_gurkerer » Thu Jan 22, 2009 7:30 am UTC

You listen to depressive black metal and do not know Trist, quaint.

But I concur that I find it relaxing as well, in fact, I don't think any music I like is 'depressing', why listen to it then? I just recognise the depressed emotions it translates, I'm not saying it makes me feel that way. Depression and nostalgia aren't that far apart I have to say, I'd contend that from a third party view, my own birth defected emotions are quite 'romantic', though at times rather cumbersome to walk around with.

More music in the vein of Trist:

Life is Pain
Lajlia
Trancelike Void
Austere
Amesoeurs
Vinterriket
Coldworld
Ancestral
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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby TheAmazingRando » Thu Jan 22, 2009 7:44 am UTC

I've only listened to Amesoeurs out of those, but their EP is up high on my list of nearly flawless albums.

If you like the general tone/texture of Trist, especially in the song, you'd probably like The Angelic Process quite a bit.

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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby teh_gurkerer » Thu Jan 22, 2009 7:57 am UTC

The EP was very good, own it as well as the shirt, the follow up sounded like pop punk to me.

I heard some rumours that Neige wanted to part ways with Audrey because he felt she was too racist and nazi [citation needed], ironic how he was in Peste Noir when it was a nazi band and later on found out that you cannot take black metal imagery and culture seriously and it's best to stay away from it. I never was into the 'black metal scene' thank god, it's always funny to tease your friends who now have gotten some sense when you find some old site of them when they were still idiots.

Angelic Process I know and is a quite original project, shame he died.
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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby aging.child » Sat Jan 24, 2009 3:54 am UTC

The only songs that have succeeded in making me cry are "Cat's in the Cradle" by Harry Chapin and "Never be One" by Alabama. Sadly I can't find any good links for either...
Most people I've talked to know "Cat's in the Cradle", but here are the lyrics to "Never be One":
Spoiler:
Drift off and dream in your paper-doll world.
Play with the presents from the boys and the girls.
You big day is over, the cake is all gone.
We sang you to sleep with the birthday song.

Chorus:
No. you'll never be one again.
The twos are tumbling on in.
Daddys little girl is growing up in the world.
Youll never be one again.

The toy piano is quiet in the hall as kermie the frog sits watching it all.
And soon your legs will grow and make the tricycle go and take you away from us all.

Chorus
Goodnight, baby. goodnight, daddy.

So "Cat's in the Cradle" is talking about how he missed his son's childhood, then "Never be One" basically comes out and says that it doesn't matter if he missed it or not, nobody's getting their childhood back. :( I think those two songs contributed vastly to my fear of getting older (as you can tell from my username). Alas, psychiatrists are too expensive.
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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby Jonjon » Sat Jan 24, 2009 9:04 pm UTC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zo4JdTfDw0

The story goes that Ian Curtis hung himself shortly after recording this.


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