the most depressing song: help me find it!

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

Postby screech » Thu Jul 03, 2008 1:47 am UTC

I've just listened to A New Machine (Part 1) by Pink Floyd, and it is very depressing.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Pl4nqsN4QcE&feature=related

Just the first bit.
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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby Maskirovka » Tue Jul 08, 2008 5:43 am UTC

Trembling Blue Stars - Sometimes I Still Feel the Bruise

Last part is the most depressing:

Code: Select all

And why would you think of me
When you were not the one in love
When you were not the dreamer
When you were just the dream?


Full lyrics spoiler'd:

Spoiler:
This is just to say "hello"
And to let you know
I think of you from time to time
I know I never really knew you
But somehow I miss you
And wish that you'd stayed in my life

Making contact gets harder
As the silence grows longer
And isn't it only me
Who'd like us to see each other?
How I would hate to be a bother
The way we left it was you'd ring

I'm under no illusion
As to what I meant to you
But you made an impression
And sometimes I still feel the bruise
Sometimes I still feel the bruise

Now and then I stumble on
What I've misplaced but never lost
An ache I first felt long ago
Though you've appeared and disappeared
Throughout these past few years
I'd be surprised if you now showed

Making contact gets harder
As the silence grows longer
And why would you think of me
When you were not the one in love?
When you were not the dreamer?
When you were just the dream?
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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby kanavazk » Tue Jul 08, 2008 5:45 pm UTC

Radiohead's Creep?

Dunno, just a suggestion.

(I don't really like Radiohead. Heard three albums and a bit and the only one I really like is The Bends.)
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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby MadPoet » Thu Jul 31, 2008 11:48 pm UTC

Meowgan wrote:That duet that Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue did.

"Where the Wild Roses Grow", but I'll raise you "Death is Not The End" from the same album.

Also: The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Dead Can Dance

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

Postby ParanoidAndroid » Fri Aug 01, 2008 5:29 am UTC

Well, since this thread is alive again...

Flowers from the Man Who Shot Your Cousin-"I Do Not Love You Anymore"
Listen here.
Lyrics:
Spoiler:
It was all fake
A long and steep mistake
Like a dream from which we wake
With nothing in our plate
And no words while our worlds quake

Why do you come around my door?
I do not love you anymore
And all the rings, the wedding bells
I gave them all to someone else

It was all you
I never had a clue
Until you drifted from my view
Our happy storm is through
What's left rusts it's broke bust and bruised

Why do you leave notes at my door?
I do not love you anymore
The things you said I did so well
I did them all to someone else

And I know grace
I've seen it's ugly face
Hidden in a lonely place
With lonely gauze and lace
The old joy, the old coy embrace

Why do you dress up like a whore?
I cannot see you anymore
And all the lies you said I told
I have none left to ease your load
You know damn well what is in store
I do not love you anymore


Pretty much anything written by David Bazan (Pedro the Lion). "The Longest Winter" always gets me. And I second Elliott Smith music in general.

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

Postby Flectarn » Fri Aug 01, 2008 5:43 am UTC

And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda- The Pouges

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPFjToKuZQM

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

Postby SirMustapha » Fri Aug 01, 2008 7:00 pm UTC

That's weird - I saw some titles there (e.g. tunes by Damien Rice) that I don't find depressing at all. Damien Rice, in particular, tends to be very soothing and calming - but I do love the outburst of frustration in I Remember. Very cool song, that.

As for my choice of depressing song, I choose Ný Batterí, by Sigur Rós - especially on the eponymous EP, with Rafmagnið Búið as the intro. By the way, that entire EP is dark as hell - when you flip the side, you're greeted by one of the creepiest lullaby tunes ever, Bíum Bíum Bambaló, and then a cover of a song used in funeral announcements. What an EVIL record!

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

Postby Cheeveer » Fri Aug 01, 2008 7:48 pm UTC

Bob Dylan not mentioned once? His Blood On The Tracks album is awfully amazing, fantastic and a bit depressing at once.
The most depressing song on that album is If You See Her, Say Hello. Especially the version he recorded in New York.

"If you get close to her, kiss her once for me
I always have respected her for busting out and gettin' free
Oh, whatever makes her happy, I won't stand in the way
Though the bitter taste still lingers on from the night I tried to make her stay"

The NY sessions version said "If you're making love to her, kiss her once for me"

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

Postby Felstaff » Fri Aug 01, 2008 8:07 pm UTC

Flectarn wrote:And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda - The Pogues

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPFjToKuZQM


I think the thread has just been ended, in the saddest way possible.


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

Postby apeman5291 » Mon Aug 04, 2008 8:26 pm UTC

Radiohead's "Nude" gets my vote, simply for the chorus:

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I don't know what about that phrase sung in a slow, quiet falsetto absolutely crushes my soul every time I hear it. Somehow it always ends up stuck in my head, though.
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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby Vortex » Mon Aug 04, 2008 9:38 pm UTC


there are many songs that were devastatingly beautiful and meaningful to me at some point in my life, but i'm unmoved by the same music if i'm not really feeling it anymore.

on the other hand, i can routinely will myself ecstatic by listening to the right music and dancing fast enough...

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

Postby Sasha » Tue Aug 05, 2008 3:39 am UTC

http://www.imeem.com/zakcover/music/xQWgGQRG/voltaire_lovesong/

Voltaire does Lovesong.
Some of his other songs are uber-depressing..
Anastasia mainly.
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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby Antimony-120 » Tue Aug 05, 2008 4:20 am UTC

I second "The Band Played Waltzing Matilda"

I would also like to put forth "Braille" by Regina Spektor

Spoiler:
She was lying on the floor counting stretch marks
she hadn't been a virgin and he hadn't been a god
so she named the baby Elvis
to make up for the royalty he lacked

And from then on it was turpentine and patches
from then on it was cold Campbell's from the can
They were just two jerks playing with matches
Cause that's all they knew how to play

And it was raining cats and dogs outside of her window
And she knew they were destined to become
sacred road kill on the way
And she was listening to the sound of heaven shaking
thinking about puddles, puddles and mistakes

And it's been turpentine and patches
Now it's cold, cold Campbell's from the can
They were just two jerks playing with matches
Cause that's all they knew how to play (play)

Elvis never could carry a tune
she thought about this irony as she stared back at the moon
she was tracing the years with her fingers on her skin
saying why don't I begin again
with turpentine and patches
with cold cold Campbell's from the can
after all I'm still a jerk playing with matches
it's just that he's not around to play along
I'm still an ass hole playing with matches
Blowing out wishes, blowing out dreams
Just sitting here and trying to decipher
what's written in Braille upon my skin...


There's actually some Pogues song that I usedto have as one of my anti-christmas songs, but I've since lost it. It was kinda depressing.
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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby croft » Fri Aug 08, 2008 1:04 am UTC

I've got a few. Several of Tom Waits actually, but more specifically him singing "Tom Traubert's Blues" is pretty upsetting. In terms of concentrated suicide on a disc though, I wouldn't look further than Good Morning Captain by Slint [spoiler'd cos it's long]

Spoiler:
Let me in, the voice cried softly,
from outside the wooden door.
Scattered remnants of the ship could be seen in the distance,
Blood stained the icy wall of the shore.

I'm the only one left. The storm, took them all,
He managed as he tried to stand.
The tears ran down his face.
Please, it's cold.

When he woke, there was no trace of the ship.
Only the dawn was left behind by the storm.
He felt the creaking of the stairs beneath him.
That rose, from the sea, to the door.

There was a sound at the window then.
The captain started, his breath was still.
Slowly, he turned.

From behind the edge of the windowsill,
There appeared the delicate hand of a child.
His face was flush and timid.
He stared at the captain through frightened eyes.

The captain reached for something to hold on to,
Help me, he whispered, as he rose slowly to his feet.
The boy's face went pale,
He recognized the sound.

Silently, he pulled down the shade against the shadow.
Lost in the doorstep of the empty house.

I'm trying to find my way home.

I'm sorry...
...and I miss you.

I miss you.
I've grown taller now.
I want the police to be notified.
I'll make it up to you,
I swear, I'll make it up to you.

I miss you.

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

Postby clintonius » Sun Aug 10, 2008 8:24 pm UTC

Three pages about depressing music without a single mention of Bright Eyes? Wow. In my opinion, "Easy/Lucky/Free" is among the most crushing songs ever written.

A few artists were already mentioned, but have some songs that I consider to be more depressing than the ones brought up already. "Cheers Darlin" by Damien Rice comes to mind, as does "Everything means nothing to me" by Elliott Smith. Pearl Jam's "Black" is up there. For Radiohead, I think "Videotape," "Last Flowers," and "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" all deserve mention. And "The Drugs Don't Work" by the Verve is a great one for this list (I actually used to put it on repeat when I was a depressed 13-year-old), but I think I like the Ben Harper version better.

But hot damn, good call bringing up A Silver Mt. Zion. That is some serious downer shit, as is anything by their sister band Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

Some further additions (links provided when I can find an acceptable audio rendition of the song. Many of the vids are homemade, so pay attention to the visuals at your peril. A few are great, like the Moloko one, but most are seriously terrible.):

"Speed of Light" -- Joseph Arthur
"The Way to There" -- Au Revoir Simone
"November" -- Azure Ray
"Hallelujah" -- the Jeff Buckley version
"Memory" -- Cats soundtrack
"The Long Black Veil" -- The Chieftains and Mick Jagger
"I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You" -- Colin Hay
[urlhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62i9Sodwp5o]"Flume"[/url] -- Bon Iver
"Blame it on the Tetons" and "The World at Large" -- Modest Mouse
"Statues" -- Moloko
"Nothing Glorious" -- Musee Mecanique (the song is playable on their myspace page, linked)
"In the Aeroplane over the Sea" -- Neutral Milk Hotel (how did nobody mention this one? Also, this video is particularly awful)
"Latter Days" -- Over the Rhine
"Priests and Paramedics" -- Pedro the Lion (really ought to be listened to in the context of the album, but is still pretty god damn depressing on its own)
"Dosed" -- Red Hot Chili Peppers
"The Absence of God" -- Rilo Kiley
"Makers" and "White Daisy Passing" -- Rocky Votolato
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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby Jackpot » Mon Aug 11, 2008 11:11 am UTC

the downward spiral - Nine inch nails.

Something about the woman screaming in the background.
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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby semicolon » Mon Aug 11, 2008 2:25 pm UTC

gavin bryars - Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet

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

Postby just john » Mon Aug 11, 2008 5:18 pm UTC

I've had a stock answer to this question for decades!

And wow, I can not believe the song has made it online.

Christmas Eve in Elmira "Cut My Friend Down" -- based on a true story.


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

Postby ParanoidAndroid » Tue Aug 12, 2008 5:03 am UTC

clintonius wrote:Three pages about depressing music without a single mention of Bright Eyes? Wow. In my opinion, "Easy/Lucky/Free" is among the most crushing songs ever written.

"Everything means nothing to me" by Elliott Smith.


Mhm.

I have to add "Lime Tree" and "Saturday As Usual" by Bright Eyes.

However, Flowers From the Man Who Shot Your Cousin still wins in my book.

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

Postby Invertebrate » Tue Aug 12, 2008 7:08 am UTC

Hm...these are songs plucked from my playlist, 'Songs To Slit Your Wrists To.'

1. Vincent (Starry, Starry Night) by Don Maclean.
2. Space Oddity by David Bowie.
3. I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables.
4. Fred Jones Part 2 by Ben Folds.
5. Four Seasons In One Day by Crowded House.
6. Live Bed Show by Pulp.
7. Hurt - the Nine Inch Nails one is good, but the Johnny Cash one makes me weep.
8. Hamburg Song by Keane.
9. Butterfly On A Wheel by The Mission. (Hopeful ending, but it's so downbeat that one barely notices.)
10. I Don't Love You by My Chemical Romance.
11. Endlessly by Muse.
12. Gollum's Song. (Always, always, always makes me cry.)#
13. Cast No Shadow, by Oasis.
14. Ocean Gypsy by Renaissance.
15. I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face from My Fair Lady.
16. Who Wants To Live Forever? by Queen. (The Sarah Brightman version breaks my heart as well.)
17. Send In The Clowns, by Shirley Bassey, or by Dame Judi Dench.
18. Scarborough Fair/Canticle by Simon and Garfunkel. (It's the Canticle lyrics that make it depressing. Just read them.)
19. The Piano Has Been Drinking, by Tom Waits.
20. Old Red Eyes Is Back, by The Beautiful South.

I know there are quite a few there, but I couldn't choose just one. :)
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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby Guy_At_A_Keyboard » Tue Aug 12, 2008 8:25 pm UTC

I've got a few (Lyrics in spoilers):

Last Boat Leaving by Elvis Costello
Spoiler:
Hush my little one don't cry so
You know your Daddy's bound to go
They took his pride
They took his voice
Don't upset him now, don't make a noise
They said "You're lucky son you've still got a choice"
Last boat leaving

Don't waste your tears
It's not as if I'm in chains
I don't want to go now, it would be better for
you, too, if I don't look back when we sail

Hush my dear, while I whisper it in your ear
We're not going to sail tonight
We're going to disappear
And it feels like a punishment, but I don't know what for
Take care of your mother, son, it's you that she adores
'Cos no matter how long we sail we'll never reach the shore
Last boat leaving

So dry your tears
It's not as if I'm in chains
When you go to school, son, you'll read my story in history books
Only they won't mention my name

So hush now, my darling, my sweet little one
I hope that you never have to do what I've done
Do you know what I've done?
Why I'm going away? On the last boat leaving this stinking town
It's the last boat leaving, it's the last boat leaving

You've had my innocence, you've had my heartbreak
You've taken the place where I once belonged
Now what more can you take?


Day After Tomorrow by Tom Waits
Spoiler:
I got your letter
Today
An' I miss you oh so much here

I can't wait
To see you all
And I'm counting the days dear

I still believe that there's gold
At the end of the World

An' I'll come home
To Illinois
On the day after tomorrow

It is so hard
And it's cold here
And I'm tired of taking orders

And I miss old Rockford town
Up by the Wisconsin border

What I miss you won't believe
Shovellin' snow,and rakin' leaves

And my plane will touch down
On the day after tomorrow

I close my eyes
Every night
And I dream
That I can hold you

They fill us full of lies
Everyone buys
'Bout what it means
To be a soldier

I still don't know how I'm s'posed to feel
'Bout all the blood that's been spilled

Will God on his throne
Get me back home
On the day after tomorrow?

You can't deny
The other side
Don't wanna die
Any more than we do

What I'm tryin' to say
Is, don't they pray
To the same God
That we do?

Tell me
How does God choose?
Whose prayers does he refuse?

Who turns the wheel
Who throws the dice
On the day after tomorrow?

I am not fighting
For justice
I am not fighting
For freedom

I am fighting
For my life
And another day in the World here

I just do what I've been told
We're just the gravel on the road

And only the lucky
Ones come home
On the day after tomorrow

And the summer
It too will fade
And with it brings
The winter's frost dear

And I know
We too are made
Of all the things
That we have lost here

I'll be twenty - one today
I been savin' all my pay

And my plane
Will touch down
On the day after tomorrow

And my plane
It will touch down
On the day after tomorrow


Still Fighting It by Ben Folds
Spoiler:
Good morning, son.
I am a bird
Wearing a brown polyester shirt
You want a coke?
Maybe some fries?
The roast beef combo's only $9.95
It's okay, you don't have to pay
I've got all the change

Everybody knows
It hurts to grow up
And everybody does
It's so weird to be back here
Let me tell you what
The years go on and
We're still fighting it, we're still fighting it
And you're so much like me
I'm sorry

Good morning, son
Twenty years from now
Maybe we'll both sit down and have a few beers
And I can tell you bout today
And how I picked you up and everything changed
It was pain
Sunny days and rain
I knew you'd feel the same things

Everybody knows
It sucks to grow up
And everybody does
It's so weird to be back here.
Let me tell you what
The years go on and
We're still fighting it, we're still fighting it
You'll try and try and one day you'll fly
Away from me

Good morning, son
I am a bird

It was pain
Sunny days and rain
I knew you'd feel the same things

Everybody knows
It hurts to grow up
And everybody does
It's so weird to be back here.
Let me tell you what
The years go on and
We're still fighting it, we're still fighting it
Oh, we're still fighting it, we're still fighting it

And you're so much like me
I'm sorry


She's Bought A Hat Like Princess Marina by The Kinks
Spoiler:
She's bought a hat like Princess Marina's
To wear at all her social affairs
She wears it when she's cleaning the windows
She wears it when she's scrubbing the stairs
But you will never see her at Ascot
She can't afford the time or the fare
But she's bought a hat like Princess Marina's
So she don't care

He's bought a hat like Anthony Eden's
Because it makes him feel like a Lord
But he can't afford a Rolls or a Bentley
He has to buy a secondhand Ford
He tries to feed his wife and his family
And buy them clothes and shoes they can wear
But he's bought a hat like Anthony Eden's
So he don t care

Buddy can you spare me a dime
My wife is getting hungry
And the kids are crying
This poverty is hurting my pride
Buddy can you spare me, buddy can you spare me a dime

She's bought a hat like Princess Marina's
And her neighbors think it suits her a treat
But she hasn't any food in the larder
Nor has anybody else in the street
But to look at her you'd think she was wealthy
'Cos she smiles just like a real millionaire
'Cos she's bought a hat like Princess Marina's
So she don't care, she don't care, she don't care, she don't care


And of course, this wouldn't be complete without Comfortably Numb (I assume you know who it's by.)
Spoiler:
Hello?
Is there anybody in there?
Just nod if you can hear me.
Is there anyone at home?
Come on, Come on, Come on, now,
I hear you're feeling down.
I can ease your pain
Get you on your feet again.
Relax.
I'll need some information first.
Just the basic facts.
Can you show me where it hurts?

There is no pain you are receding
A distant ship's smoke on the horizon.
You are only coming through in waves.
Your lips move but I can't hear what you're saying.
When I was a child I had a fever. My hands felt just like two balloons.
Now I've got that feeling once again
I can't explain, you would not understand
This is not how I am.

I have become comfortably numb.
(solo)
I have become comfortably numb.

O.K.
Just a little pin prick.
There'll be no more aaaaaaaaah!
But you may feel a little sick.
Can you stand up?
I do believe it's working, good.
That'll keep you going through the show
Come on it's time to go.

There is no pain you are receding
A distant ship's smoke on the horizon.
You are only coming through in waves.
Your lips move but I can't hear what you're saying.
When I was a child
I caught a fleeting glimpse
Out of the corner of my eye.
I turned to look but it was gone
I cannot put my finger on it now
The child is grown,
The dream is gone.
but I have become comfortably numb

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

Postby Benfrenchman » Tue Aug 12, 2008 8:57 pm UTC

I can't believe I'm only the thirdish person to mention Bright Eyes. One of his most depressing, and one of my faves by him is Something Vague.

Lyrics:
Spoiler:
Now and again it seems worse than it is,
but mostly the view is accurate.
You see your breath in the air
as you climb up the stairs to
that coffin you call your apartment.

And you sink in your chair,
brush the snow from your hair
and drink the cold away.

and You are not really sure
what you're doing this for
but you need something to fill up the days.
A few more hours.

There's a dream in my brain
that just won’t go away.
It's been stuck there since it came
a few nights ago

and I’m standing on a bridge
in the town where I lived
as a kid with my mom and my brothers.

And then the bridge disappears
and I’m standing on air
with nothing holding me.
And I hang like a star,
fucking glow in the dark,
for all those starving eyes to see,
like the ones we’ve wished on.

Now I’m confused.
Is this death really you?
Do these dreams have any meaning?

No. No, I think it is more like a ghost
that has been following us both.
Something vague that we're not seeing,
something more like a feeling.

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

Postby pooteeweet » Tue Aug 12, 2008 10:22 pm UTC

(Speaking of Pink Floyd,) For some reason I've always found "Wish You Were Here" to be crushingly depressing. No matter where I am when I happen to hear it, I have to make a concerted effort not to pay too much attention to it or I'll suddenly be on the verge of tears.

Also the "Bookends Theme" by Simon and Garfunkel.
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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby clintonius » Tue Aug 12, 2008 11:47 pm UTC

Benfrenchman wrote:I can't believe I'm only the thirdish person to mention Bright Eyes. One of his most depressing, and one of my faves by him is Something Vague.

Lyrics:
Spoiler:
Now and again it seems worse than it is,
but mostly the view is accurate.
You see your breath in the air
as you climb up the stairs to
that coffin you call your apartment.

And you sink in your chair,
brush the snow from your hair
and drink the cold away.

and You are not really sure
what you're doing this for
but you need something to fill up the days.
A few more hours.

There's a dream in my brain
that just won’t go away.
It's been stuck there since it came
a few nights ago

and I’m standing on a bridge
in the town where I lived
as a kid with my mom and my brothers.

And then the bridge disappears
and I’m standing on air
with nothing holding me.
And I hang like a star,
fucking glow in the dark,
for all those starving eyes to see,
like the ones we’ve wished on.

Now I’m confused.
Is this death really you?
Do these dreams have any meaning?

No. No, I think it is more like a ghost
that has been following us both.
Something vague that we're not seeing,
something more like a feeling.

Oh man. That whole album is frighteningly dark -- so much so that it can definitely affect my mood if I'm not careful. And if I'm already down, it turns disillusionment into outright despair. Dark, dark shit.

I just looked up the track list to note one or two others from the album that are especially gloomy, and goddammit, I can't do it. Every single song on that album just makes you want to swallow a bunch of pills and sleep forever.

Still, though, I think Easy/Lucky/Free is worse. Fevers and Mirrors is all about struggle; Easy/Lucky/Free is giving up.
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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby kanavazk » Wed Aug 13, 2008 2:21 am UTC

Not sure if someone had already mentioned this song but Hurt by Nine Inch Nails is pretty depressing. Johnny Cash did a rendition of it that's really good, but I like the original better.

Johnny Cash's version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmVAWKfJ4Go

Original Lyrics (note that the only difference between the original and Johnny Cash's cover is that Johnny Cash used the word 'thorns' in place of 'shit'):

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I hurt myself today
To see if I still feel
I focus on the pain
The only thing that's real
The needle tears a hole
The old familiar sting
Try to kill it all away
But I remember everything

What have I become?
My sweetest friend
Everyone I know
Goes away in the end

You could have it all
My empire of dirt
I will let you down
I will make you hurt

I wear this crown of shit
Upon my liar's chair
Full of broken thoughts
I cannot repair
Beneath the stains of time
The feelings disappear
You are someone else
I am still right here

What have I become?
My sweetest friend
Everyone I know
Goes away in the end
You could call have it all
My empire of dirt
I will let you down
I will make you hurt
If I could start again
A million miles away
I would keep myself
I would find a way


EDIT: And I just realized that Invertebrate already suggested this song. Damn.

EDIT 2: I also just realized that mooninites also suggested this song. Damnx2.
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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby Invertebrate » Wed Aug 13, 2008 6:26 pm UTC

I find the last fifteen minutes of The Phantom of the Opera so disturbingly upsetting that I cannot help but cry wherever I am while playing it. When I saw it at the theatre my mother had to guide me out as I had fused my eyelids together with tears.

Does that count as a song? If not, 'Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again,' always turns me to a soft mound of weepy jelly.

(A quick note - the last fifteen minutes of the musical, not the film. The film is disturbingly upsetting throughout due to how shoddily made it is, and how rubbish all the actors are. *dodges pitchforks*)

Oh, and Rock and Roll Suicide by David Bowie is a rather evocative song, I feel.
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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby steewi » Thu Aug 14, 2008 2:11 am UTC

The most depressing Pink Floyd song, by me, is usually When The Tigers Broke Free. Honourable mentions to Mother, The Great Gig in the Sky.

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

Postby Guy_At_A_Keyboard » Thu Aug 14, 2008 4:51 pm UTC

Hell, if we're really talking "depressing Pink Floyd" why not just say all of Wish You Were Here, all of The Wall, and all of The Final Cut.

(Though, I have to say, Nobody Home, Comfortably Numb, Paranoid Eyes, and Wish You Were Here stand out from those albums. Also, Bring The Boys Back Home goes from forgettable filler to "Oh god, make it stop!" when you watch the film of The Wall. You see Pink as a boy in the train station where soldiers are returning from the war, and he is looking everywhere for his father, who of course isn't there because he was killed in the war.)

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Postby kanavazk » Fri Aug 15, 2008 2:30 am UTC

Guy_At_A_Keyboard wrote:Hell, if we're really talking "depressing Pink Floyd" why not just say all of Wish You Were Here, all of The Wall, and all of The Final Cut.

(Though, I have to say, Nobody Home, Comfortably Numb, Paranoid Eyes, and Wish You Were Here stand out from those albums. Also, Bring The Boys Back Home goes from forgettable filler to "Oh god, make it stop!" when you watch the film of The Wall. You see Pink as a boy in the train station where soldiers are returning from the war, and he is looking everywhere for his father, who of course isn't there because he was killed in the war.)

I couldn't listen to The Final Cut.
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Postby TheAmazingRando » Fri Aug 15, 2008 5:41 am UTC

Bonnie "Prince" Billy - I See a Darkness
It's a kind of hopeful song, which makes it 10x more depressing. Johnny Cash's version isn't bad either.

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Postby Sprocket » Fri Aug 15, 2008 3:10 pm UTC

Elliot Smith - Waltz #2
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it really seems that the thread agrees. I KNOW I KNOW some REALLY depressing music, but whenever I'm here I can't ever think of much.
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Postby Amoeba » Sat Aug 16, 2008 8:14 pm UTC

Elliott Smith - Twilight
Manic Street Preachers - Small Black Flowers That Grow In The Sky

If you're talking dark, bleak albums then The Holy Bible is the peak. I still can't listen to it without it really affecting me (er, possibly because I let it become my album for Bad Times). It's the complete disintegration of Richey Edwards, and is lyrically superb. But also incredibly desolate.
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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby clintonius » Tue Aug 19, 2008 2:46 am UTC

Remembered a couple others.

First, "Hope There's Someone" by Antony and the Johnsons.

And the trump card:

"River" by Joni Mitchell. The saddest song in history. Period.
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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby Fuzzy_Wuzzy.bmp » Fri Aug 22, 2008 3:25 am UTC

Doom II ending credits.

That.

It's unpleasant, to say the least. It won't make you cry, or feel melancholic, it'll just fill you with dread and hopelesness. If you download the midi pack and listen to the old .mid version, it's even worse.

And oh how it fit at the end of Doom II, because nothing makes you feel like you saved a sundered world more like that song.
The most amazing thing is, though, it has none of the sad song characteristics. No sad vocals, no slow tune, no violins, nothing (Oh yeah, if a song needs sad lyrics to be sad, it failed. It should also be sad without a backstory - knowing it was written by a dying-of-cancer kid to his dad-that-couldn't-be-there doesn't do it for me.).

Instant suicide bonus: picture looking at that red melted skeleton sky from Doom II through a window in one of those ultra-depressing light-brown walls (also from Doom II).

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Postby Number3Pencils » Fri Aug 22, 2008 6:30 am UTC

"Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki", by Krzysztof Penderecki. Kills without words.

kellsbells wrote:I agree with a lot of these, but I think we could do with the addition of Eels, most particularly The Stars Shine In The Sky Tonight.

Oh, and maybe Love Love Love by the Mountain Goats.


I'd imagine E has produced some pretty depressing songs, what with all he's gone through in his life. They're a band I've been intending to start listening to more.

I was trying to think of one by the Mountain Goats. "Love Love Love" isn't the first one that popped into my head. I'll have to think more about it, but "No Children" is probably up there. I'm sure there's a great one; the man writes perfect lyrics. Get Lonely has some sad ones. Also, always nice to find another Mountain Goats fan.

Now that I think about it, "Handlebars" is pretty depressing too, especially when you watch the video with it. I'm also going to have to listen to some more of my classical to find some sad ones in there. Grieg was amazing at packing the emotion that most composers take an entire symphony to express into a few notes. Åses Tod is a great example of this. I'll also be listening to my Sibelius and my Bartók.
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Postby TheAmazingRando » Fri Aug 22, 2008 6:51 am UTC

If we're talking Sunset Tree, I find Pale Green Things to be more depressing than Love Love Love.
The Mess Inside, off All Hail West Texas, is kind of depressing, though in a different way. It manages to perfectly express the pain of a failing relationship, the nostalgia for the good moments in the past, the frustration of the present, and hopelessness of the future. It isn't too depressing on its own I suppose, but the feelings it evokes will be familiar to anyone who's ever been in the situation of knowing that they were in a relationship that was going nowhere, and the memories involved with that can certainly be depressing.

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Postby Guy_At_A_Keyboard » Fri Aug 22, 2008 2:11 pm UTC

People Take Pictures Of Each Other is a song by The Kinks, and it's generally not a sad song. It's sort of ditty-ish, but it has one line that just makes me absolutely miserable: "People take pictures of each other/to prove that they really existed." I've just started college, and that line makes me really miss my friends back home.

In a similar vein, a legitimate candidate for this category that deals with this very subject is Bob Dylan's Dream. Go on, guess who wrote it.
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While riding on a train goin' west,
I fell asleep for to take my rest.
I dreamed a dream that made me sad,
Concerning myself and the first few friends I had.

With half-damp eyes I stared to the room
Where my friends and I spent many an afternoon,
Where we together weathered many a storm,
Laughin' and singin' till the early hours of the morn.

By the old wooden stove where our hats was hung,
Our words were told, our songs were sung,
Where we longed for nothin' and were quite satisfied
Talkin' and a-jokin' about the world outside.

With haunted hearts through the heat and cold,
We never thought we could ever get old.
We thought we could sit forever in fun
But our chances really was a million to one.

As easy it was to tell black from white,
It was all that easy to tell wrong from right.
And our choices were few and the thought never hit
That the one road we traveled would ever shatter and split.

How many a year has passed and gone,
And many a gamble has been lost and won,
And many a road taken by many a friend,
And each one I've never seen again.

I wish, I wish, I wish in vain,
That we could sit simply in that room again.
Ten thousand dollars at the drop of a hat,
I'd give it all gladly if our lives could be like that.

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Postby TheMaskedAvenger » Fri Aug 22, 2008 4:00 pm UTC

Anything by Travis just screams 'I'm going off to slit my wrists now!' I recommend Why Does It Always Rain On Me? especially...
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Re: the most depressing song: help me find it!

Postby SirMustapha » Fri Aug 22, 2008 6:57 pm UTC

(Oh yeah, if a song needs sad lyrics to be sad, it failed. It should also be sad without a backstory - knowing it was written by a dying-of-cancer kid to his dad-that-couldn't-be-there doesn't do it for me.)


You're applying semantics to sounds?? Nooooo, arggh, death.

Really, nothing irks me as much as the "minor key = sad / major key = happy" axiom and its derivations. That's a purely Western invention, perpetuated in an endless, vicious circle. Go listen to track no. 1 from Sigur Rós's untitled third album; it's major key, many people think it's depressing as hell, the video is depressing as hell, and the band says it belongs to the "happy" half of the album. Work that one out.

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

Postby Fuzzy_Wuzzy.bmp » Sat Aug 23, 2008 1:15 am UTC

SirMustapha wrote:Really, nothing irks me as much as the "minor key = sad / major key = happy" axiom and its derivations. That's a purely Western invention, perpetuated in an endless, vicious circle. Go listen to track no. 1 from Sigur Rós's untitled third album; it's major key, many people think it's depressing as hell, the video is depressing as hell, and the band says it belongs to the "happy" half of the album. Work that one out.

Well, that's what a mediocre sad song has anyway (minor key). If it's any good, it can be sad without it. And the other things I said.


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