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"Hello In There" by John Prine just makes me weep every time I hear it, weep weep weep, as do "Old Friends" by Simon and Gurfunkel and that song from Working that Charles Durning sang in the TV version, meaning that anything about sad old people just makes me fall apart.

What song or kind of song automatically makes you cry?

-- Kymm Zuckert (, July 29, 2001


"The Circle of Life", from the Lion King. I saw it first when i was single, in my early thirties,and sure that like my mother, I would have uterine cancer, and like her,have a hysterectomy, and I would never be able to be a part of The circle myself. I had also not been asked out on a date in about 14 years, which made it worse, and I was a virgin, which was even more painful. (Note: I had opportunities to relinquish my condition, but was waiting on marriage) I so dreadfully wanted children. I felt like i was looking in a vast window at something that i could never be a part of. I heard the song on the radio the other day, and it made me cry all over again, even though now I am married and have two children now, 3 and 15 months.

-- Christi Stratton (, July 29, 2001.

"You Needed Me" sung by Anne Murray, dissolves me every blessed time. Yeah, I know, schmaltzy, but you did ask. It came along at a time in my life when it was exactly and precisely about me and my relationship with my then-lover, now-husband. He *did* turn my lies into truth again. He *did* need me then, and that did turn my life around totally. He even called me 'friend' *soft smile*


-- Catherine (, July 30, 2001.

Mary Chapin Carpenter's "A Place Where Time Stands Still." It was on a mix tape that was playing in my brother's hospital room before he died. I can't hear it now without becoming a tearful mess.

"I'll Be Home for Christmas" is another one, because it reminds me of all the people in my life who can't be there.

And, for no good reason at all that I can determine, "Bill," from Showboat.

-- Laura (, July 30, 2001.

Without the question, the sextette from "Lucia di Lammermoor," by Donizetti. This grand machine moves forward with such stately emotion I get teary.

And there was a period of about a year when Dinah Washington's recording of "My Devotion" would make me lose it.

Not strictly a song either ('cause no one is singing yet), but the introduction to "The Carioca" in "Flying Down to Rio" brings the tears, too, but from excitement, not schmaltz.

This just shows that I can form a sentimental association over just about anything at the drop of a hat.


-- Robert (, July 30, 2001.

I have several, "Walkaway" by Geri Halliwell is really touching for me, I just recognise soo much in the lyrics. Then "Love Can Build A Bridge" is very emotional - it was playing when I came out to my parents. The song that really gets me has to be "Something Inside So Strong" - that sung by a large choir is soo moving.

-- Fozzy (Mathew O'Marah) (, July 31, 2001.

The only songs that can get my tear ducts working are Irish. "Danny Boy" is first - someone I met in Ireland told me it was written by a father after he lost his third son in WWI, although the lyrics don't exactly say any of that. It still tears your heart right out of your chest. Also, "I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen", and finally "The Fields of Athenry".

-- john (, July 31, 2001.

“Lean on me” I suppose that is because we always sing it at Special Olympics. “He ain’t heavy He’s my brother” it just has always made me cry. “Memories” from CATS , I am a sucker for musicals. Okay the last one is really stupid. “How do you mend a broken heart” by the Bee Gees, the first love lost.

-- alice (, July 31, 2001.

Can't think of any that make me cry each and every time, but I can tell you that I get very still inside whenever I hear Asia's "Heat of the Moment." And Dar Williams' "Iowa" and "It Happens Every Day" and "I Love, I Love" are all songs that push that place where I'd be wanting to cry if I didn't feel so compelled to sing along, what with lines such as "And every day will happen without you

-- Mechaieh (, August 01, 2001.

"Helplessly Hoping" by Crosby, Stills and Nash. Gets me every time.

-- Roger Bixby (, August 06, 2001.

"Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper gets me every time (no pun intended). For me it isn't just the quality of the lyrics, but when she gets that slight 'catch' in her voice - well then, There Will Be Weeping.

"The Man With The Child In His Eyes" by Kate Bush used to effect me strongly when I was younger, particularly before I came out. As much as I still love it as a song it doesn't quite have the same impact that it used to. We move on I guess.

-- Andrew (, August 06, 2001.

"26 Cents" by the Wilkinsons. Man, I'm tearing up just thinking about it.

-- WriterGirl (, August 08, 2001.

the song that makes me sad is "Always" by Bon Jovi.... that reminds me of my 1st love, and how much i fought for it, and in the end i was put down and i lost....

-- Youssef M. (, November 01, 2001.

There's enough 3 hankie material in my collection to have a radio show of tearjerkers, but for starters: Dinah Washington, "Look to the Rainbow" - Dinah's is "the" version of this song from Finian's Rainbow Anita O'Day, "A Nightengale Sang in Berkeley Square" - maybe it's the celeste that opens and closes the song, or maybe it's the smoky intimacy of Anita's voice David Bromberg, "Watch Baby Fall" - cannot be listened to with dry eyes Los Lobos, "Little John of God" - with guest vocals from Levon Helm Joe Williams, "Heritage" - an Ellington paean to his family sung by the master

Prine's "Hello in There" does it for me too, as well as his "Sam Stone"

-- Sean McGuire (, January 21, 2002.

"Bird Alone" by Abbey Lincoln always makes my throat get tight and my eyes prickle. For some reason I had this (completely unfounded) idea for a while that it was a very obscure song and this made it all the more special to me. I remember being really shocked when I heard it playing in a cheese shop one day.

-- jen orf (, January 26, 2002.

Brian Eno - An Ending (Ascent) from the Traffic soundtrack.

-- empyrian (, May 06, 2003.

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