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1. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 7y

Since my days as a Carny, criss crossing Canada, I've made a song selection called NIGHTDRIVER Used to be a cassette tape...Which I still have somewhere. Now it's a playlist on my my little Sansa 4 gig.

The idea behind NightDriver was that I drove one of the trailer games while going from spot to spot. I was driving a Dually Crew Cab with a bunch of tired Carnies in it. We had worked all day, like 14 hours, and had "TORN DOWN", slang for disassembling all the games and getting them ready to travel....which was another three hours. They all piled in and went to sleep and I drove in the convoy for another six hours.

So I made this compilation of all these grim songs. I couldn't play loud music cause it'd bother the six Carnies sleeping around me, but I needed something to stay awake while driving across Saskatchewan. So I styled myself this grim driver in a dangerous world and put myself in a movie driving down a lonesome dark road, and my soundtrack was all these grim tunes. To frame it for you, Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" was the first cut on the tape.

And I found this song by Bonnie Raitt called "I Can't Make You Love Me." I put it towards the end of the tape, because the song always made me mist up, and I wanted my Carny brethren well asleep when I misted up while driving into the night in a convoy of stupid Carny games (I drove the "Bowler Roller"!!!)

That song has been on every NightDriver since the first...And I skip it every time. I just listened to it because it was the only song unlistened to on my Media Player and misted up AGAIN!!!!

I consider it the saddest song I've ever heard.

Anyone else got any ridiculously sad songs?


[ Edit: Edited on 30-May-2009, at 13:34 by Piecar ]

2. Posted by Buzzcock (Full Member 178 posts) 7y

Seasons in the Sun by Terry Jacks I absolutely detest. I mean, give the guy some valium.

3. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

On the depressing side - "Honey" by Bobby Goldboro. The song drives me crazy and enough to make one consider slashing their wrists just to make it stop.

For good sad songs:
"Angel From Montgomery" by either John Prine (who wrote it) or Bonnie Raitt. Even Susan Tedeschi's version is quite good. (Especially if her husband, Derek Trucks, is playing slide guitar.)
"Deportees" by Alro Guthrie

4. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 7y

I love

Runaway train by soul asylum for those seriously glum moments...

5. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 7y

It's weird...The Terry Jacks tune has a very grim idea....But the arrangement is neutral, to me at least. I always found the arranagement there more important than the undeniably grim message.

Just downloading the soul asylum tune,now...

By the way, my second is "A Place Called Home" by Kim Richey

6. Posted by sapphyre (Respected Member 418 posts) 7y

All of Don McLean's songs make me feel sad, especially American Pie. I was going through a troubled patch a number of years back and had his greatest hits CD in my player. So listening to them really gets me down.

I don't think it's really his songs that make me sad, but rather the sound of his voice. But Vincent is the saddest of the lot.

7. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 7y

Quoting mim

I love

Runaway train by soul asylum for those seriously glum moments...

I love that song. It reminds me of my old university days.

8. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

It's not so much a sad song, but it always makes me cry: Morning Has Broken by Cat Stevens.

My Dad used to sing that every Sunday in the church choir, and I used to listen for his big, low voice singing all the harmony. He still sings in a choir, but it's that song I remember best.

9. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

Quoting sapphyre

But Vincent is the saddest of the lot.

That used to play a lot on the radio when I was a kid, and I always thought it was one of those boring, old ballad songs my Mom liked to listen to. Then I found out what the lyrics were actually talking about... definitely a sad, sad song.

10. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

The most political sad song (banned in Britain since it was first released - and still is).... Harvey Andrews - The Soldier.