Is there a specific Tom Waits song that makes you cry?
If so, I wanna know what it is. I'm making a list of the
biggest tearjerker songs of all time. Waits fans don't
normally want to tie themselves to an individual song,
but I'm asking you to do that.
Thanks for helping me add to my list!
Also up there are the live version of "Train Song" on Big Time and "Pony" and
"Gerogia Lee" from Mule Variations.
Also, though it's not really that sad, I do sometimes have a pretty emotional
response to "Time" from Rain Dogs.
P.S. - Here are some non-Waits songs:
1. Nine Inch Nails - "Hurt"
2. Leadbelly - "Goodnight, Irene"
3. Alice In Chains - "Don't Follow"
4. Soundgarden - "Zero Chance"
5. Ben Folds Five - "Brick"
6. The Verve Pipe - "The Freshmen"
7. Bruce Springsteen - "Highway Patrolman"
8. Live - "Lightning Crashes"
9. G. Puccini - "Un Bel Di, Vedremo" (Madama Butterfly)
10. "Long Black Veil", a traditional song
11. Radiohead - "Fake Plastic Trees" - this is probably the saddest song I've
Smar99 <sma...@aol.com> schrieb in im Newsbeitrag:
It doesn't make me cry, but "A Little Rain" can put a dark funk on things,
especially the bit about the teenage girl dissapearing with the "vagabond" in
the van. The (78) version of "Innocent When You Dream" creates a spooky
melancholy that nearly brings me to tears. Tom's full blast groaning on
"Anywhere I Lay My Head" can also hit me in an emotionally exhausting way.
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For me it has to be 'Who are you' from Bone Machine, the line 'are you still
jumping out of windows in expensive clothes?' used to make me cry all the
time (Not anymore, I'm all grown up now) it just made me think of a lot of
tragic things that have happened. One of the song on 'Tom Waits -The early
years' used to really get me as well, I can't remember what it was called
but it had the line 'The stairs sound so lonely without you, 'aint made my
bed in a week...'
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> "Brettster" <bret...@aol.com> wrote in message
> > Hi,
> > Is there a specific Tom Waits song that makes you cry?
> > If so, I wanna know what it is. I'm making a list of the
> > biggest tearjerker songs of all time. Waits fans don't
> > normally want to tie themselves to an individual song,
> > but I'm asking you to do that.
> > Thanks for helping me add to my list!
Hi! saddest for me right now - "House where nobody lives" and "Broken
Ditto for me on that one. When he played it in concert it was almost too
much for me.
Though I always sort of think it's a sweet and happy song, there's something
about it that gets me.
Yep, 'Who Are You' is the one that does it for me - not a clue what it's
about but it strikes a really deep chord with me. I think it's the ambiguity
of the lyrics that does it - you can twist the meaning around to make it
seem very personal to whatever crappy situation you find or have found
or maybe that's just me!
Brettster wrote in message <20010409023417...@ng-mi1.aol.com>...
> Yep, 'Who Are You' is the one that does it for me - not a clue what it's
> about but it strikes a really deep chord with me. I think it's the
> of the lyrics that does it - you can twist the meaning around to make it
> seem very personal to whatever crappy situation you find or have found
> yourself in.
> or maybe that's just me!
Glad to see that I'm not the only one.
One of the reasons that I've always liked Tom Waits was his ability to draw
an absolute range of emotion, because he is not stuck in one genre you can
laugh, cry or just appreciate him but you could never say that he was purely
depressing or whatever.
Hansel Dunlop Auckland, NZ
FuddyPlum <fudd...@aol.com> wrote in message
>Sometimes, "Ruby's Arms" has been the saddest song I could think of.
When I was dating my wife we were driving into the cities and I had on
a Waits mix tape. She liked Waits (though nothing like me) and had
heard Ruby's Arms before but this time I had a captive audience. I
turned the sound up and told her to listen to the lyrics carefully. At
the end of the song I looked over at her and there were tears
streaming down her face.
"...and the ghost of your memory is the thistle in the kiss..."
I can't remember when I had ever cried from listening to a song but
when I got "Mule Variations" (I pre-ordered it from Amazon) I told the
family to leave me alone for awhile, went into the bedroom, put it on
and laid back and listened. When "House Where Nobody Lives" finished I
actually had tears on my cheeks. We had just moved into our home (our
first) and I think the emotions I was feeling from finally owning my
own home after all these years meshed well with the lyrics of that
a lot of those songs arent really "sad", but more along the line of the "grand
weepers". I think, distinguishing a melancholy mood-piece from pure
sad-hopelessness, the first thing that came to mind was "blue valentines".
the sparse arrangement, the hopeless despair of the lyrics, the awareness of
the tricks memory tries to play, really makes this a standout.
i wish he'd play it more often. --like SOMETIME!
I think it's BLUE VALENTINE, especially performed live.... even the audience
seems to cry...
... and it's so beautiful, beautiful sadness
also on the top: MARTHA
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'Georgia Lee' from Mule Variations. Also 'A Little Rain' from Bone
"Martha," from _Closing_Time_
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Aw, cripes. I forgot "A little Rain." That's up there, too.
"Martha" and "A Little Rain," then, for me.
I find "A Little Rain" more chilling than sad. Now, "It's More Than
Rain" on the other hand...
><< Is there a specific Tom Waits song that makes you cry? >>
>It doesn't make me cry, but "A Little Rain" can put a dark funk on things,
>especially the bit about the teenage girl dissapearing with the "vagabond" in
It has made ME cry.
I guess you didn't notice when I mentioned that one... damn, what a wrencher.
The guts get all tight...
I just listened to it 2 minutes ago (here in Minneapolis, actually), and
I think it's more *pathetic*, which is a different kind of sad than
> bakanalia wrote:
> > Ah you're all wrong--it's "Christmas Card from a Hooker in
> > Minneapolis"--that tune is beyond sad, it's gun-in-mouth time.
> I just listened to it 2 minutes ago (here in Minneapolis, actually), and
> I think it's more *pathetic*, which is a different kind of sad than
> "weepy" sad.
Right. For the latter, do not pass go. Go straight to Kentucky Avenue.
It's funny how you can go through life thinking you've seen
everything... Then you suddenly realize there are millions of things
you've never seen before. -- Linus, to Charlie Brown _~~.
>> Is there a specific Tom Waits song that makes you cry?
>> If so, I wanna know what it is. I'm making a list of the
>> biggest tearjerker songs of all time. >>>
"Georgia Lee" on Mule Variations.
It's the bridge "Close your eyes and count to 10 ..." that describes a
game of hide and seek. This might sound out of place in a murder ballad, but
when he sings "I want
you to find me ..." that is the key to raising kids.
When the album first came out my daughter was about to go off to college. No,
she wasn't completely out of control like "Georgis" - in fact she
turned out be be a fine young lady. But that line croaked by Tom, "I want you
me" just made me suddenly come to a realization about teen-age alienation
and what seemed like wild behavior at the time.
I knew it all along in my heart, but that song articulated it so well.
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