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Subject: Re: Songs That Make Men Cry Wed Oct 06, 2010 8:36 pm
“Nothing Compares 2 U,” Sinead O’Connor
Really? Maybe they're crying because that song is so bad.
Is it cuz you're Catholic? Personally, I don't care their religious beliefs. But I'm listening to Sinead sing Last Day of our Acquaintance.
I'm not Catholic. I'm an Evangelical Christian; but no that has nothing to do with it. I've just never liked that song. That whiney, "Nothing compares to youuuuuuuuuuuuu," is like fingernails on a chalkboard to me.
Subject: Re: Songs That Make Men Cry Fri Oct 15, 2010 2:29 pm
"Everybody Hurts"? Really? Actually that is my reaction to all of those songs except for "Tears in Heaven". That is the only song on that list, in my opinion, that I can see getting someone to become emotional. I just can't visualize a man crying to REM. Knowing the story behind "Tears in Heaven", and listening to the lyrics - along with the melody - that song is horribly sad and depressing.
Never said I was crying. Just listening. But one cries to a song that's sad that they can relate to. And I think I qualify as a man on all levels.
But then, you didn't actually single me out, you just made a general statement.
But I have shed a tear to Everybody Hurts a time or two. Depends on what's on my mind.
No, I was speaking in general. All I think of when I hear about this song is this from "The Office". Unfortunately the clip here is short, but if you know anything about the show, Dwight was upset because Michael showed more attention to Ryan, the temp. Shame this is so short, though, because there are some good comments made during this clip that make it all the funnier.
I know what you are saying, though. There are some songs that just kill me. And "Tears in Heaven" is one of them. "Everybody Hurts", while a song I do happen to like, is just not one that does anything to me emotionally. Of course, they are talking about how men feel. And I am not a man.
Here is a song that gets to me. It is called "Sarah" from the Broadway musical "The Civil War". It is supposed to be a letter written by a soldier to his wife. The lyrics kill me. The melody is such a downer. And the notes of the final lyrics aren't the happiest for me to listen to, "I love you my Sarah forever and always. And always my heart will be there". I remember when I first played this song for my brother, and the last lines were song, he just sat there and said "This is pretty bad, isn't it?". I think I put him in a funk over it! PLEASE IGNORE THE FACT THAT THEY USED IT FOR A VIDEO FOR GIRL FROM THE SHOW "CHUCK"!!! THEY RUINED THE POINT OF THE SONG WITH THAT NONSENSE! But this is the BEST version of this song (from the original concept album).
Anyway, it is based on the now famous letter by the union major, Sullivan Ballou. If you want a good cry, read his letter here. There is no reason for something as depressing as this. If I am ever in a good mood, I try to avoid this letter. It always brings me down. And if I am not too happy to begin with, I avoid it because I don't need to feel worse. Yet, it is so beautifully written, and so painfully sad, that I have read it more than once. THIS is what makes me cry. http://www.civilwardads.com/CivilWarArchives/SullivanBallou.htm He died a week after this was written. And the letter was never mailed to his wife. I don't know if she ever eventually received it, but I know she never remarried. I don't know how someone could knowing that this man felt the way he did about her.
Subject: Re: Songs That Make Men Cry Sat Oct 16, 2010 2:46 pm
I remember that Sullivan Ballou letter from Ken Burns' documentary The Civil War. Incredibly moving.
I was 11 years old when Ken Burns' documentary was first on TV. I watched it the original showing of it every night (what other 11 year-old girl had such a keen interest in the Civil War? I don't know - I was a little odd compared to the others I knew ). But this letter ended the first episode and it made such an impact on me even at 11. The version in the documentary is abridged, but the most emotional parts are still left in the show.
Subject: Re: Songs That Make Men Cry Wed Oct 20, 2010 4:38 am
I served with a guy from OZ (Australia), and he was one tough dude. Especially when I needed him. He's the reason if I have another daughter, she'll be named Matilda. He always sang "Waltzing my Matilda" when we were sitting around cleaning it up. He did me favors, he had my back. God bless the land of OZ...