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    Oooh, Whiskey Lullaby. That's a killer.

    Being a Country-Western fan, I've got a ton of 'em!

    Nobody sings a sad song like the Possum.

    -Tom N.

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    For this forum Gloomy Sunday is a prime candidate as already stated, along with the Mel Torme vocal arrangement of Harlem Noctourne (one of my all time favourite selections, regardles of the focus). In more modern folk I would suggest Gordon Lightfoot's version of "Bitter Green". On the all time English folk list for gloomy twists The Ash Grove, and for songs spiraling downward from bad to worse perhaps Barbara Allen should be added to the list.

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    How come no one mentioned The Saddest Music In The World, a surreal movie set in Winnipeg, in the Depression, in winter. It doesn't get much more depressing than that.

    The song is you:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54I30...eature=related

    Trailer:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsc4Y...feature=fvwrel

    It should be in both threads, Saddest Music and Saddest Movie.
    Last edited by Stanley Doble; 05-04-2012 at 07:03 AM.

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    Spun this vinyl today and boy is it a sad song.
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    I'll Never Smile Again - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra with Frank Sinatra. It was always sad, but when I found out the story behind the song, I could no longer listen to it without choking up.
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    I tend to make a distinction between sad songs, like Strange Fruit, and songs about heartbreak, like I'll never Smile again, and just plain nauseating songs, like Stand By Your Man, and the king of the nauseators, Honey. But for pure I-Think-I'll-Just-Go-Shoot-Myself-for-No-Good-Reason depressed, it's Billy Joel's "Just The Way You Are". Especially when it's wafting semi-audibly from a ceiling speaker in a drearily lit Manhattan drug store on a dark raw winter evening. It's just depresssssing.
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    Sit down some night with a stack of Vernon Dalhart records and you'll find plenty of tearjerkers:

    "Please Mr. Conductor
    Don't put me off of this train
    The best friend I have in this world sir
    Is waiting for me in pain
    Expecting to die any moment sir
    And may not live through the day
    I wanna reach home and kiss mother goodbye
    Before God takes her away"
    Go out and fight so life shouldn't be printed on dollar bills. -- Clifford Odets

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    Gene Watson -- Paper Rosie



    The sun goes down in Calvin County
    Neon lights from an old beer sign
    Shone through the window
    Out on the sidewalk as I walked in to pass the time
    I looked around, sat down at a table
    Ordered beef on rye and a glass of wine
    And through the door came a little old lady
    She was selling paper roses and they only cost a dime

    Paper Rosie
    Paper Rosie
    She sold you paper roses
    But they only cost a dime

    Silver hair that's lost its gold
    Trembling hands as she passed a rose
    Red crepe paper made nature's bouquet
    Help a little old lady, buy a rose today
    I took the rose from her trembling hand
    With eyes of age she smiled and walked away
    Like a breath of spring I could smell the rose
    It came alive and her I heard her say

    Buy my Roses
    Pretty Roses
    They're only made of paper
    But they only cost a dime

    I went to look for her outside
    A spray of roses lay by her side
    The sky lit up and a choir sang
    A thousand voices as the church bells rang

    They sang Rosie
    Paper Rosie
    She sold you paper roses
    But they only cost a dime
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    Quote Originally Posted by LizzieMaine View Post
    The only way it could be more depressing is if "Strange Fruit" was on the other side of the record.
    Strange Fruit was the first song to pop into my mind.

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