Friday, June 18, 2010

When was the last time a song made you cry?

Posted by lea at 4:01 PM
In around 1976 (when I was two years old), Billy Nicholls wrote a song called Can't Stop Loving You, which was sung by Leo Sayer in 1977 and reached #7 in the UK singles chart.

In 1980 it was covered by the Outlaws, then again in 2002 by Phil Collins and then in 2008 by Keith Urban.

I mention this because although I'm sure I've heard at least one of those variations in my lifetime, I heard it afresh on the radio a while ago and it brought me to tears. Not the sobbing kind, but the wipe-away-a-tear kind. It's so beautiful and sad... especially the verses. Not so crazy about the chorus.

Call me a dag, but I'm providing the Phil Collins version because that's the one that reduced me to tears, and although Keith Urban's version is fresher, this one has that slow steady build up that kicks you in the guts. If you really listen to the lyrics and you're still not moved, you're made of stone.

What's the last song to make you cry? In fact, has a song ever made you shed a tear?


Can't Stop Loving You

Verse 1
So you're leaving in the morning
On the early train
Well I could say everything's alright
And I could pretend to say goodbye

Got your ticket
Got your suitcase
Got your leaving smile
Oh I could say that's the way it goes
And I could pretend and you won't know 
That I was lying

Cos I can't stop loving you
No I can't stop loving you
No I won't stop loving you
Why should I (even try)

Verse 2
We took a taxi to the station
Not a word was said
And I saw you walk across the room
For maybe the last time I don't know

Feeling humble
Heard the rumble on the railroad track
Oh when I hear the whistle blow
You'll walk away and you won't know
That I'll be crying

I'll always be here by your side
I never wanted to say goodbye
I'll always be here if you change, change your mind

So you're leaving in the morning
On the early train
Well I could say everything's alright
And I could pretend to say goodbye
But that would be lying


Caesar on June 21, 2010 at 1:30 PM said...

I'm not much affected by music so I can't really say that I've ever shed tears over a song, but Les Mis is one of only 2 books I've ever cried over, and so I guess it's appropriate that the nearest music has come to moving me is "A Little Fall of Rain" from the musical, which I wrote briefly about a couple of years ago:

lea on June 22, 2010 at 5:08 PM said...

LES MIS!!!! That's one that's worth bawling over. The songs are so affecting and I shed a few tears over the book as well.

Although it's now been Susan Boyled, I love 'I Dreamed a Dream' and 'On My own' and... oh most of the songs in the musical. It's wonderful.

Nat on July 15, 2010 at 2:32 PM said...

I cried when optimus prime died

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