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The Popes of Mope...your favorite 'woe is me' songs

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Michedelic, Nov 17, 2017.

  1. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    Time to wallow in misery, peoples, let's hear about your pet 'feeling sorry for myself' epics. Now, to clear the deck, let's leave out any Smiths/Morrissey or Cure sobfests, those are waaaay too easy. While there will be some obvious ones, I'm more interested in the more obscure. The tune that got me thinking along these lines is The Who's "Behind Blue Eyes"; The Beatles' "Help" and "I'm A Loser" are definitely there(John's insecurity at its best), but other than hardcore Bowie fans, who knows this one?

    How about the original "Nabob of Sob"...

    Even without The Cure, there's still plenty of doomy, gothy gems to wade through...

    I once went through a breakup that was so rough that I put this album on frequently to cheer me up(to remind me things could be way worse)...it was a toss up between this and "The Bed"

    Let's have chirpy Karen lift our spirits as she kisses it all goodbye, because...guitar solo

    However, it doesn't get any lower than when B.B. King sang, "Nobody loves me but my mother, but she could be jivin' me too".

    Watchu got?
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  2. biguglyman


    Jul 27, 2017
    Rochester, NY
    Hatesong - Porcupine Tree

    "This is a hate song just meant for you
    I thought that I'd write it down while I still could
    I hope when you hear this you'll want to sue

    Oh it's a lonely life in my empty bed
    And it's a quiet life that leaks from my head
    These are the last rites
    The line is dead

    Yes, I'm hearing voices too
    And I'm more cut up than you"
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  3. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    Black by Pearl Jam always brings me down
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  4. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    "Makes No Difference" by Robbie Robertson, from The Band's album "Northern Lights". The line "...old love letters I just can't keep, like the gambler said, read 'em and weep" scans a little lame when you see it written out, but the anguish with which Rick delivers it hits like Dick Butkis.

    "Love Hurts" by Boudleax Bryant and recorded hy The Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, Gram Parson & Emmylou Harrsis (and utterly butchered by Nazareth) pretty well plumbs the depths too.

    Stephen Stills' "4 + 20" is another great one- 'though I'm curious how Stills feels about it sounding so world-weary at such a young age now 40 some years later.
  5. Oof, I have so many. I like the darker side of art in general.

    "Take yak ti" by Okean Elzy
    "51" by TSA

    And then for English language ones:

    "Wake Up" by Mad Season
    "Nutshell" by Alice in Chains
    "Plastic Man" by Seether
    "Doesn't Remind Me" by Audioslave

    "All Apologies" by Nirvana
    "Concern" by Holy Mammoth *Edited: Wrong song originally.
    "Black Fissure" by Bernelius
    "Soldier Song" by Shotgun Sawyer
    "Move Me" by Badflower
    "Black Honey" by Thrice
    "Moth" by HELLYEAH
    "Shake Me Down," and "Aberdeen" by Cage the Elephant

    And even one instrumental:

    "And There By the River I Lost My Glasses" by Krobak

    Sorry for the long list. I highlighted the ones that stand out to me as incredibly dark and moving in atypical ways. Not your usual breakup or rough life sob stories.
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  6. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space

    good bye :crying::crying::crying::crying::crying: need to get some hankerchieves :crying::crying::crying::crying: :D

  7. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    Lost Wages, Nevada
    Stick with the classics, I say - this one's pretty mopey...:whistle:
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  8. Just about anything off "First & Last & Always" - Sisters of Mercy, but especially this one:

    BTW, on the bonus tracks of the re-issue there's one called "Bury Me Deep" & they pulled no punches with that one. No more metaphorical darkness, it's dark!
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  9. friskinator

    friskinator Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Montreal, QC
    "Lover, You Should Have Come Over" by Jeff Buckley. Heard it for the first time years ago when I was going through some heavy relationship stuff, and it felt like it was written for me personally. Powerful song, and not as sad as some, but I have a difficult time listening to it now.
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  10. jackstraw316


    Nov 17, 2017
    from the movie Mash

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  11. I think that song was written by a teenager, pretty strong content for a kid.

    add - yep!

    Suicide Is Painless - Wikipedia

    "14 years old when he wrote the song’s lyrics"


    "Robert Altman said that while he only made $70,000 for having directed the movie, his son had earned more than $1 million for having co-written the song."
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  12. jackstraw316


    Nov 17, 2017
    Self prophecy... "one day I'm going to lose the war" RIP Bradley

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  13. FilterFunk

    FilterFunk Everything is on the ONE! Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2010
    "Alone Again (Naturally)" - Gilbert O'Sullivan

    "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" - Rose Royce

    "Toby" - Chi-Lites

    "All In Love Is Fair" - Stevie Wonder

    "At Seventeen" - Janis Ian
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  14. vvvmmm


    Dec 6, 2016
    Almost anything by Nick Cave or Mark Lanegan.

    Most things offa the Rubin-produced Johnny Cash albums.

    NIN's "Hurt".

    Tom Petty's, "She's a Woman in Love" ("... and it's not me.")
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  15. This song is extremely sad if you know how Lita was separated from her kids.

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  16. 9Thumbs


    Jul 3, 2013
    Near Boston
    Shel Silverstein wins this one. No one could ever pen such misery as this Dr Hook classic.,Don't click on it unless you have a rag to wipe your eyes and nose
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  17. Kelly robinson

    Kelly robinson

    Dec 30, 2014
    BB King - I forget the exact title [ Chains and Things - perhaps ? ] but the best line is " nobody loves me but my mother and she may be jiving too " or the obvious Albert King beauty " Born under a Bad Sign " where he sings " If it wasn't for bad luck I wouldn't have no luck at all " These songs have sad lyrics but don't really make you feel sad so maybe not the best examples per the OP's intent - still great songs anyway - Kelly
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  18. ELG60

    ELG60 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Gilbert O'Sullivan: "Alone Again...Naturally"
  19. DavC

    DavC Supporting Member

    May 17, 2005
    Tallmadge , Ohio
    The Sky is Crying ... SRV
  20. At first I thought this was a sweet song - that he was remembering someone so nice that he hoped to meet someone else just like her. But then I listened more closely and realized it's such a whiny and passive aggressive song and he's actually saying "you are such a crud, I hope you find somebody who treats you just as badly as you treated me".
    One great line is "I hope you meet someone your height so you can see eye to eye with someone as small as you"

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