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« Reply #50 on: June 24, 2017, 05:27:43 PM »

Im not sure if this counts, but the score to Field of Dreams gets me. 

The Baltimore Orioles used the music during the closing ceremony at their original home, Memorial Stadium, in 1991.  Granted, I was 11, and only went to about 10 games there.  But to this day, if I watch that ceremony, its Niagra Falls.

Plus, the ending of the movie.  Good god.  Is there any other movie other the last 30 years that brings more grown men to tears?
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« Reply #51 on: August 29, 2017, 11:32:05 AM »

Piano music to "Harry & Tonto", film about old New Yorker who lives with cat & travels to see his adult kids. The cat in the end dies. Sad
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« Reply #52 on: August 29, 2017, 01:17:41 PM »

Hmm. Good topic and posts so far!



"Got To See If I Can't Get Mommy (To Come Back Home)" - Jerry Butler. Ironically David and Jimmy Ruffin did a shorter but nice version of this too. It pains me, but I have to side with Jerry on this. His deep, aching voice suits this song better than anyone else's. And geez, the lyrics tell just about the saddest story I've ever heard. What hardship.

"Mother and Child Reunion" - Paul Simon. Great poetic lyrics, but sad. I think any song about the relationship between a parent can be sad (see Simon's "Father and Daughter" as well, a much later but equally good companion).

"Since I Lost My Baby" - The Temptations. I don't know if Smokey ever wrote better 'sad' lyrics in his early days than here. And of course David Ruffin's lead is perfect. That call and response bridge just breaks my heart. I could listen to that part a hundred times, like Brian Wilson and Be My Baby.

"Fatherless Son" - The Four Tops. An obscure, previously unreleased track that surfaced fairly recently I believed. Yeah, like some of their stuff, it gets to be a bit overblown by the end, but it's still pretty, and sad. I mean, it technically has some silver linings, but even a happy part in a sad story can reduce you to tears, right? Levi Stubbs delivers the vocals in his usual classy but dramatic fashion.

"Sleep Walk" - Betsy Brye. The vocal version of the famous instrumental hit by Santo and Johnny. Breathtakingly haunting, I actually like it more than the original, but it's certainly a close call. But you want sad? Listen to this part: "Sleep talk/Instead of dreaming I sleep talk/While the memory of you lingers like a song". That would be a part where she could, how do they say nowadays, 'drop the mic'?

"I'll Bet He's Nice" - The Beach Boys. I've always struggled with my feelings with Love You, but this song is in my view undeniably great. A bit simple in it's lyrics, but that's the point too, I guess. The sentiment is melancholy: I'll bet your new boyfriend/husband just rocks, he's probably richer and handsomer and funnier than me. And that crushes my soul. I love the demo of this song better than the studio version, though both are good. I can picture Brian playing this song in one of those sandboxes with a piano in the middle, singing in that raspy, throaty mid-70's voice of his in a big, dark empty room all by himself. So touching.
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