Embarassing admissions - What songs make you choke up?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Steamtronic, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. This has been a dark secret of mine for a looooooong time. Thank god for the anonymity of the interwebz!

    There are some songs that effect me emotionally to the point where I actually choke up on the lyrics when trying to sing them. I've never actually teared up (well.......maybe once or twice) but I can get an emotional rush so powerful out of some songs that I have a physical reaction. No pharmaceutical/adult beverage/religious/significant other/regretted ex- connection - I just find the combination of lyric and melody so powerful it moves me deeply enough to react emotionally.

    And I've got to say its a really nice & very powerful feeling; just its not the kind of thing thats easy to share with your mates, especially when you play classic rock as your first preference.

    The one that gets me every time - "A Case Of You" - the version by Diana Krall (the Joni Mitchell original is OK but there's something about Krall's piano arrangement....). I also get a bit chokey with "Message To My Girl" by Crowded House, and the old jazz standard "All The Way". Thankfully I dont have to sing them on gigs or anything, just noodling around on my keyboards at home.

    Now I've put it out there......who else gets effected by powerful songwriting?:bag:
  2. shackled


    Jun 25, 2009
    Western NY
    Hmm, nope. I can't think of any. :)
  3. GigJones


    Jun 10, 2009
    Almost every aspect of music moves me on some level (emotionally or physically): the notes, the lyrics, and the performance.

    There are songs, whose lyrics (message) connect with me very deeply that, depending on if my emotions are riding closer to
    the surface than normal, I’ll tear-up.

    Some instrumental pieces create such a strong vibe, within me, that I am easily taken away to another time or place.

    And, I will openly admit that I cried the first time I saw Stevie Ray Vaughn play. I have never, ever, seen anyone pour that
    much sincere heart-felt emotion into every note played -- body and soul.
  4. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    Really can't say why this song gets me. I heard it the first time flipping through channels on the TV, and I stopped on a soap opera where it was the background music... I believe the guy's woman had just died. Song busted me up then, and for some reason I still can't listen to it without choking up and/or actually crying. And I'm not a cryer. Far from it in fact
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  6. Is it wrong to get moved more by music than by what you feel for people?
  7. Kazoo_Legend

    Kazoo_Legend Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2012
    Central Valley CA
    Whatever's playing when Rudy runs out onto the field.:bawl:
  8. Sir, you have no soul.
  9. lowfreq33


    Jan 27, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    Most recent was Highway 20 Ride, Zac Brown Band. The lyrics hit pretty close to home regarding a good friend of 20+ years and his current custody situation.
  10. AuntieBeeb


    Dec 12, 2010
    I have to admit, I'm amazed that Krall can move you that much. She's a superb pianist, and her band do get a fantastic groove going on some tunes, but I just find her voice lacking - to me it sounds really sterile and emotionless, and I think it's the thing that lets her down. But you know, each to their own.

    To answer your question, there are a few songs which I find quite cathartic to sing, but the one that comes closest to moving me to tears is one I don't sing - could never sing, for that matter:

    "Eden" by Hooverphonic. I think it's a combination of the wonderfully bleak arrangement and the slightly vulnerable sound of her voice, but it really gets me.
  11. This is not one I've ever actually sung publicly, but Honey, by Bobby Goldsboro.

    My first girlfriend, back in high school died when I was 16. She was 15. Even though it was over twenty years ago and my life has moved on, the incident left a big enough mark on me that that song still gets me everytime. I doubt I could get through it if I tried.
  12. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    The Beatles- In My Life and anything slow by Taylor Swift that girl has my number :)
  13. Chazinroch


    Feb 2, 2003
    Ontario N.Y.
    Yes there are a few that move me quite deeply...some to tears.
  14. edmidlifecrisis

    edmidlifecrisis Registered mediocre bass player

    I have a hard time listening to Tears In Heaven. This cranky, cynical, atheistic old coot just can't take hearing EC sing about his lost son. As I have two sons now, it gets to me.
  15. sloasdaylight

    sloasdaylight Banned

    Feb 4, 2009
    Tampa, Florida, US
    Call me a Dog - Chris Cornell's solo acoustic version more so than the album version. His voice is just so, I dunno.
    Hunger Strike - The album version of this. Eddie Vedder's voice is so powerful in it, and the general tone of the song.

    They don't make me tear up every time I hear them, but every once in a while I'll have to swallow hard.
  16. 1958Bassman


    Oct 20, 2007
    Depends on how badly people have treated you or what you have seen. People have potential, but they often disappoint. Music is something that was created by someone, for some reason but the music itself can't hurt someone in the same ways.

    As much as I think people suck on a lot of levels, if you aren't seeing how good they can be, I think you need to look harder or in different places.
  17. JoZac21


    Nov 30, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    "Nothing Compares 2 U" - as performed by Sinead O'Connor (written by Prince).

    After all these years, that song still is the musical equivalent of chopping an onion...
  18. chef wong

    chef wong Banned

    Sep 15, 2012
    Hey Jude is a choker upper.
  19. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
  20. AuntieBeeb


    Dec 12, 2010
  21. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    Oh! You evil person! I clicked the link.

    Well played. :ninja: