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    Song lyrics that will always tear your heart out/make you wistful

    What song (or songs) will always trigger you emotionally and for what reason? As in, as soon as you saw this thread title, which lyrics immediately came to mind?

    To me, it's always the songs about wishing for life hereafter and songs about longing, and/or living a life you didn't lead. Four key songs do that for me, all by The Cure -- listed in the order to which they affect me: Where The Birds Always Sing, Spilt Milk, Out Of This World, The Loudest Sound, all with similar themes as mentioned above.

    The lyrics that cut me deepest and will always resonate are these. Play these at my funeral and everyone will probably drop dead from depression! @allegate @allegro , interested to see what yours are.

    Where The Birds Always Sing (I just had this on now and heard these lyrics, which prompted me to start the thread. The bits in italics I find particularly impactful):

    But the world is neither just nor unjust
    It's just us trying to feel that there's some sense in it
    No, the world is neither just nor unjust
    And though going young
    So much undone
    Is a tragedy for everyone

    It doesn't speak a plan or any secret thing
    No unseen sign or untold truth in anything...
    But living on in others, in memories and dreams
    Is not enough
    You want everything
    Another world where the sun always shines
    And the birds always sing

    >

    Spilt Milk

    I don't think I ever know
    That I ever really need it
    Could be why I'm never sure
    That I ever really feel it
    And I think it's maybe easier
    To guess I really mean it...
    A house! A car! A family and friends!
    Yeah all it means to justify the ends
    But sometimes... I wonder...
    A girl! A smile! A holiday and sex!
    Yeah all it takes
    To make sense of the rest


    But sometimes... I wonder...
    In the back of my mind
    Sometimes... I wonder...
    If I'm killing all my time
    Sometimes... I wonder...
    If I'm giving up my real life...

    What I could've done
    Where I could've been
    When I should've gone
    Why I should've seen
    Who I would've loved
    How I would've dreamed
    And if it's always, always too late...

    >

    Out Of This World

    And we always have to go, I realize
    We always have to say goodbye
    Always have to go back to real lives
    But real lives are the reason why
    We want to live another life
    We want to feel another time
    Another time

    >

    The Loudest Sound

    Side by side in silence
    His thoughts echo round
    He looks up at the sky
    She looks down at the ground
    Stares down at the ground

    Side by side in silence
    They wish for different worlds
    She dreams him as a boy
    And he loves her as a girl
    Loves her as a girl

    And side by side in silence
    Without a single word
    It's the loudest sound
    It's the loudest sound
    It's the loudest sound I ever heard.

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    It's not a song per se, but that final quote from Rutger Hauer in Blade Runner, paired with Vangelis' score, always tears me up, because it's just so fucking true for every one of us: everything we experience, take to heart, cry about, laugh about, discover, think about, read about, achieve, learn, see, feel or sense will be lost in the fucking sea of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by r_z View Post
    It's not a song per se, but that final quote from Rutger Hauer in Blade Runner, paired with Vangelis' score, always tears me up, because it's just so fucking true for every one of us: everything we experience, take to heart, cry about, laugh about, discover, think about, read about, achieve, learn, see, feel or sense will be lost in the fucking sea of time.
    That always gets me too. So perfectly executed.

    Have you heard the Gary Numan song inspired by that scene?



    And I have seen wonders
    And I have seen miracles
    Oh, I have seen some things
    It's all lost to me now
    Like tears in the rain

    And I have seen sadness
    And I have seen time run out
    I've even seen men cry
    It's all lost to me now
    Like tears in the rain

    And my memories
    I can't give them away
    So it's easy
    Like a long, long sleep
    I'm so tired
    Now it's my time to die

    Welcome home
    Welcome home

    No exhibition
    No screaming war songs
    No conversation
    No more opinions here

    And I have seen new wars
    And I have seen things
    That you wouldn't believe
    And I have seen my days
    It's all lost to me now
    Like tears in the rain

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    More Taylor Swift lyrics than i'm comfortable admitting.

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    The Bed Song by Amanda Palmer



    Exhibit A: We are friends in a sleeping bag
    Splitting the heat we have one filthy pillow to share
    And your lips are in my hair

    Someone upstairs has a rap that we laugh at
    And people are drinking and singing the scarborough fair
    On a ukelele dare

    Exhibit B: Well we found an apartment
    It's not much to look at
    A futon on the floor
    Dirty desktop for a door
    All the decors made of milk crates and duct tape
    And if we have sex they can hear us through the floor
    But we don't do that anymore

    And I lay there wondering what is the matter
    Is this a matter of worse or of better
    You took the blanket so I took the bed sheet
    And I would have held if you'd only let me

    Exhibit C: Look how quaint and how quiet and private
    Our pay checks have bought us a condo in town
    It's the nicest flat around
    You picked a mattress and had it delivered
    And I walked upstairs and the sight of it made my heart pound
    And I wrapped my arms around me

    And I lay there wondering what is the matter
    Is this a matter of worse or of better
    You walked right past me and straightened the covers
    And I would still love you if you wanted a lover

    And you said: "All the money in the world
    Won't buy a bed so big and wide
    To guarantee that you won't accidentally touch me in the night
    Then I said: "You must be right"

    Exhibit D: Now we are both mostly paralyzed
    Don't know how long we've been lying here in fear
    Too afraid to even feel
    I find my glasses and you turn the light out
    Roll off on your side like you've rolled away for years
    Holding back those king-sized tears

    And I still don't ask you what is the matter
    Is it a matter of worse or of better
    You take the heart-failure I'll take the cancer
    I've long since stopped wondering why you don't answer

    Exhibit E: You can certainly see
    How fulfilling a life from the cost and size of stone
    Of our final resting home
    We got some nice ones right under a cherry tree
    You and me lying the only way we know
    Side by side and still and cold

    And I finally ask you what was the matter
    Was this a matter of worse or of better
    You stretch your arms out and finally face me
    And said

    I would have told you if you'd only asked me
    you'd only asked me
    you'd only asked me

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    The brightest of lights when I close my eyes
    The lowest of highs I feel inside
    One day I'll show you I'm broken
    My love, for you is unspoken


    Hoping we can start again
    Praying you escape this pain
    Hoping we can start again
    Go be the man that I wish I'd been


    If only we could swim to the edge of the world
    I'll let the tide take me if it means you can be
    If only we believe through the depths and the deep
    I'll let the tide take me if it means you can be


    The darkest of times in the back of my mind
    Give me the strength to forget, to rewind
    Today I tell you I'm broken
    My love, these words I have spoken


    Hoping we can start again
    Praying you escape this pain
    Hoping we can start again
    Go be the man that I should have been


    If only we could swim to the edge of the world
    I'll let the tide take me if it means you can be
    If only we believe through the depths and the deep
    I'll let the tide take me if it means you can be


    Go on, go on, I know it's not enough
    Go on, go on, just know it's out of love, you should just
    Go on, go on, I know it's not enough
    Go on, go on, just know it's out of love, you should just
    Go on, go on, I know it's not enough
    Go on, go on, just know it's out of love, you should just
    Go on, go on, I know it's not enough
    Go on, go on, just know it's out of love, you should just
    Go on


    If only we could swim to the edge of the world
    I'll let the tide take me if it means you can be
    If only we believe through the depths and the deep
    I'll let the tide take me if it means you can be

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    Particularly
    "When you tell me you loved me, I wanted so bad to believe you..."

    but the whole song is absolutely killer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erneuert View Post
    What song (or songs) will always trigger you emotionally and for what reason?

    @allegate @allegro , interested to see what yours are.
    The song and lyrics that make me cry every time:

    "Vincent" by Don McClean, which is about Vincent Van Gogh

    Starry starry night, paint your palette blue and grey
    Look out on a summerís day with eyes that know the darkness in my soul
    Shadows on the hills, sketch the trees and the daffodils
    Catch the breeze and the winter chills, in colors on the snowy linen land

    Now I understand what you tried to say to me
    How you suffered for you sanity
    How you tried to set them free
    They would not listen they did not know how, perhaps theyíll listen now

    Starry starry night, flaming flowers that brightly blaze
    Swirling clouds in violet haze reflect in Vincentís eyes of china blue
    Colors changing hue, morning fields of amber grain
    Weathered faces lined in pain are soothed beneath the artistís loving hand

    Chorus:
    For they could not love you, but still your love was true
    And when no hope was left in sight, on that starry starry night
    You took your life as lovers often do,
    But I could have told you, Vincent,
    This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you

    Starry, starry night, portraits hung in empty halls
    Frameless heads on nameless walls with eyes that watch the world and canít forget.
    Like the stranger that youíve met, the ragged man in ragged clothes
    The silver thorn of bloody rose, lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow

    Now I think I know what you tried to say to me
    How you suffered for you sanity How you tried to set them free
    They would not listen theyíre not listening still
    Perhaps they never will.

    Last edited by allegro; 11-22-2020 at 02:36 PM.

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