Songs That May Bring You To Tears

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Songs That May Bring You To Tears

Postby Steven » Thu Sep 08, 2011 5:23 am

Which Leonard Cohen songs may activate your tear glands?
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Re: Songs That May Bring You To Tears

Postby friscogrl » Thu Sep 08, 2011 7:15 am

If It Be Your Will. Without a doubt!

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Re: Songs That May Bring You To Tears

Postby Cheshire gal » Thu Sep 08, 2011 7:35 am

For me it has to be 'Dance me to the end of love'.
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Re: Songs That May Bring You To Tears

Postby John Etherington » Thu Sep 08, 2011 9:39 am

"Anthem" and "Coming Back To You" are the ones that spring to mind.
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Re: Songs That May Bring You To Tears

Postby musicmania » Thu Sep 08, 2011 11:14 am

Mmm interesting question. Practically every song from the 2nd last concert in Vegas had me in tears. For some reason I was more composed on the final night but the one song which always brings me to tears is Hallelujah.
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Re: Songs That May Bring You To Tears

Postby Stamatina » Thu Sep 08, 2011 12:27 pm

Well, here's a list of songs I remember crying to, in no particular order:

Dance me to the end of love
If it be your will
Famous blue raincoat
Suzanne
Seems so long ago, Nancy
Queen Victoria

and above all:

I tried to leave you
Take this longing

and there are others, I'm sure, but these are songs I remember crying to on more than one occasions - however, please, do NOT let this statement give you the impression that I cry a lot! :roll: :roll:
"Oh chosen love, Oh frozen love
Oh tangle of matter and ghost
Oh darling of angels, demons and saints
And the whole broken-hearted host
Gentle this soul..."
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Re: Songs That May Bring You To Tears

Postby MaryB » Thu Sep 08, 2011 7:27 pm

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Re: Songs That May Bring You To Tears

Postby Stamatina » Thu Sep 08, 2011 8:55 pm

MaryB wrote:Born in Chains
that, too.
"Oh chosen love, Oh frozen love
Oh tangle of matter and ghost
Oh darling of angels, demons and saints
And the whole broken-hearted host
Gentle this soul..."
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Re: Songs That May Bring You To Tears

Postby stella s. » Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:41 am

Who by Fire and Bird on the Wire
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Re: Songs That May Bring You To Tears

Postby abby » Mon Sep 12, 2011 7:33 pm

Whenever I hear A Singer Must Die from the tour, & I only have the last show's version, I'm moved. Usually to tears. But I remember the penultimate show's version being the one that challenged my ability to hold my shit together. Did you hear him, going on about somebody's warm breast? How about the knee in his balls & the ladies go moist, hearing Leonard (Leonard!) sing, 'I'm sorry for smudging the air with my song'? And he sings goodnight & I think oh he's so old, God care for him.
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Re: Songs That May Bring You To Tears

Postby holydove » Tue Sep 13, 2011 9:48 pm

The ones that do it to me most frequently: Bird On The Wire & So Long Marianne.

Good question, Steven! And what about you - which ones wash your eyelids in the rain?
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Re: Songs That May Bring You To Tears

Postby annmarie » Tue Sep 13, 2011 11:58 pm

"So Long Marianne"..............for personal reasons too painful to mention. :(
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Re: Songs That May Bring You To Tears

Postby LisaLCFan » Wed Sep 14, 2011 12:22 am

In concerts, almost every song had that impact on me. I was actually sobbing through First We Take Manhattan last December in Las Vegas! That was the first Leonard Cohen song I ever heard, so seeing him sing it, right in front of me, was rather overwhelming on that particular night.

On recordings, Hallelujah does it almost every time. If It Be Your Will, So Long Marianne, Bird on the Wire, and Joan of Arc (those la-la-las!) are also frequent tear-jerkers. At various times, there are others, but those are the main ones.

I'm with abby about Singer Must Die in Las Vegas (both shows), and really, any live version of that song from 2010, just amazingly heart-wrenching!
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Re: Songs That May Bring You To Tears

Postby Steven » Wed Sep 14, 2011 7:57 pm

Hi holydove,

"If It Be Your Will" and "Hallelujah" have done that. Probably "Anthem" has also. They've done so by virtue of
their strengths. Longtime classics such as "Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye," "Sisters of Mercy,"
"So Long, Marianne," "Bird On The Wire" are among songs that have or might have done so. -- Of these, it's
because of their strengths and their powerful presence in my life for decades now. Not that I'm particularly
prone to tearing up.
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Re: Songs That May Bring You To Tears

Postby lightasabreeze » Wed Sep 14, 2011 11:08 pm

What brings me to tears is ' Hey that's no way to say Goodbye ' It just sounds so sad that something good is ending.

Also 'Alexandra Leaving'

'Bird on The Wire' the early recording because it reminds me of a time long past with memories.
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