The following is not bagpipes, but the uilleann pipes, which I'm sure you have heard of too. A little more versatile than the bagpipes.
A song I heard by Planxty when I was in my teens and it bowled me over, though I didnt know why at the time. I was a rocker. Weird.:huh:
Years later as my Dad (an Irishman from Kerry) lay dying, it came to symbolize his death in my mind, much like the eloquent posts of Ragu have alluded to.
When the synthesizers come in at about 2:00, it kills me. Great with headphones.
The entire song is like a journey through death, recovery and redemption to me.
Alot to lay on one song, but thats the beauty of this thread, we all do it with music.
Just when I'm sure you guys are all dooshes you have to go post this stuff.
Having said that, this song rates among the saddest amd nost depressing...(included a version with lyrics for accuracy)...
We get sub-mediocre quasi-show tunes galore yet no Ave Maria or any of Roy Orbison's majestic unhappy endings. :dunno:
Lonesome Town however is a great song - the writer, failing to grasp the brass ring that had been within his reach on a few occasions was down to his last .36 and the song was a reflection of his disillusionment with Tinseltown-although fame was just around the corner...and one can hardly quibble with anything by the Hillbilly Shakespeare, although Elvis' live version is much too jaunty compared to B. J. Thomas'.
As for my cousin Frank I would nominate such as In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning- in fact that eponymous lp- or even There Used To Be A Ballpark as sadder FS songs...
Sad song thread and no Hank snr. This makes me :(
Here is the clip of the movie with Del Rio singing it.
My vote goes to the man in black. His version of "Hurt" arouses some deep sadness. I also give a nod to "Ode to my Family" by the Cranberries. I would post a youtube link, but I still don't know how. If anyone thinks it is worth it, please post it.