Tiptoe Thru The Tulips by Tiny Tim is pretty moving.Also anything by the "Japanese Songbird" Yoko Ono.
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Great topic. I have so many, for so many different reasons. Here are but a few, in no particular order:
Bobby Goldsboro - Summer The First Time
Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven
George Michael - Praying For Time (Unplugged Version)
The Beach Boys - In My Room
Ambrosia - I Keep Holding On To Yesterday
All American Rejects - It Ends Tonight
Sade - Bullet Proof Soul
I could fill the page with titles, but these are among my favorites.
I'll have to give that Toussant M'Call song a listen. If it is a cover of the Sinead O'Connnor song of the same title, I'm sure I will like it. Cheers!
These I play guitar and sing to women I want to sweep.
If I Ever Loose My Faith To You...Sting
Fields of Gold
When We dance
Set Them Free
I'm Your Man -- Leonard Cohen
On The Beach -- Chris Rea
When I drive I like
Benzin -- Rammstein
Feuer und Wasser.
Totally inspired by the song
Resurrection Fern- Iron and Wine
In My Life- Beatles
This Land Is Your Land- Peter, Paul, and Mary
Columbus- Mary Black
Love Of My Life- Queen
September When It Comes- Roseanne Cash
The Boxer- Simon and Garfunkel
Tears In Heaven- Eric Clapton
Brothers In Arms- Dire Straits
Blood Of Eden- Peter Gabriel
You Can Never Go Home- Moody Blues
Frozen Charlotte- Natalie Merchant
Into The Mystic- Van Morrison
House Of Cards- Radiohead
Johnny Ace- Paul Simon
"Golden Ribbons" and "Pathway to Glory"...Loggins and Messina
"Lonesome Suzie"...Blood, Sweat & Tears
"Shiver Me Timbers"...Tom Waits
"Blue Ronda A la Turk"...Two Generations of Brubeck
"I Still Can't Say Goodbye" and "Happy Again"...Chet Atkins
"The Dutchman"...Steve Goodman
"Song About the Moon"...Paul Simon
"Joyful Sound"...String Cheese Incident
"Laudate Dominum" from Mozart's Vespers...Christopher Parkening
Brahms, Op.117, No.2...Steven Kovacevich
and Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony 2
Sometimes it's as much the singer as the song.
Warren Zevon's take on "Knocking' on Heaven's Door" as he was dying from brain cancer is pretty moving.
Even tho her voice is largely gone, hearing Stevie Nicks sing Landslide is always a moving experience for me.
Roseann Cash has the ability to make a good song great and does so regularly. I'll go with "500 Miles" and/or "Bury Me Under The Willow Tree".
There's a Bottlerockets song called "Waiting on a Train" that might be the saddest rock n roll song I've ever heard.
I find "The Christians and The Pagans" by Dar Williams a moving plea for tolerance.
Nice idea for a thread. Lots more to save for a follow up post.
"Never Blame the Rainbows for the Rain" by The Moody Blues
"I Dreamed a Dream". From Les Mis
"highway Star". By Deep Purple
"Motherless Child". Van Morrison's version
"What is Truth". By Johnny Cash.
"Uprising" by Muse
"The Unforgiven". By Metallica
"Suppers Ready". By Genesis
"Come Sunday" Mahalia Jackson/Duke Ellington
"Sunday Morning Coming Down". Johnny Cash
"Night Nurse". Gregory Isaacs
"three Little Birds". bob Marley
"Long Goodbyes". By Camel
Martykl: Great point! Just like this thread's topic. It's all in how the question, or in this case, the thread topic is presented. Regarding the importance of the meaning of a song vs, a particular artist's rendering of that same song, well, they kind of go hand in hand but I have a comparison for you... My post of Vic Chesnutt's "Square Room". A great song, IMO,... it is more meaningful sung/interpreted by Margo Timmins. This IS just my opinion. I agree with you as well with Rosanne Cash & Stevie Nicks.
Wilco "Impossible Germany"
Alice n Chains "Nutshell"
Dusty Springfield "Son Of a Preacher Man"
Lenny Kravitz "Mr.Cab Driver"
Bill Withers "Use Me".......
This thread is really the essence of what this community is all about! I'm surprised there are no more than this so far.
This thread should fill up easily and be the longest thread here very soon.
The lack of participation here, may be a sign of who/what this hobby is/has become? Is it more about the equipment or the music?
I ask myself, Why... why aren't the answers flooding in from all of the members here? Really, it's kind of amazing!
This hobby, this thread, is boiled down to "the music". Therefore, why should it be so difficult for us to express the music that "moves us"!?
This should be The one thing that binds us all together.
...and the "Beat Goes On"...
A couple from Todd Rundgren:
Pretending to Care
Love is The Answer
Interestingly, both songs would benefit tremendously IMO from a singer with more range than Todd. Love has been covered by England Dan and John Ford Cooley, but that's probably a step in the wrong direction. There are a few wonderful covers of Pretending (notably by Fred Froom and by Jennifer Warnes), but those are pretty obscure.
Richard Thompson is another songwriter who, like Rundgren, is an excellent singer but lacks the pipes to fully do justice to his own songs. Walking on a Wire is one example.
Interestingly, both guys are hugely skilled and expressive guitarists, so maybe the vocal limitations find outlet in their fingers.
Mapman: You make a point, and I would hope/think the majority of us, me included, would use this site as an outlet to let others, (like-minded), know what kind of music really "moves us". We have this outlet/music that gives us the ability to express the music that "moves us" freely! It really is a great thing.
When I think of the hundreds/thousands of music lovers who log on here on an ongoing basis, supposedly for the love of music, I just wonder what keeps all of our brothers @ sisters from sharing? There IS no wrong answer.
Martykl: It's interesting that you mention Todd Rundgren as he's coming to my town very soon.
I've had the pleasure of seeing Richard Thompson live and while I get your point, he's absolutely wonderful! I actually meant to include a couple from Linda's lp "Fashionably Late", "All I See", @ "Dear Old Man Of Mine". As far as RT is concerned, my favorite lp by him is Pour Down Like Silver.
It's all about what makes you feel good, not what you think others think make you feel good.
Almost too many to list. Here's just a few.
Jackson Browne- Before the Deluge
Matraca Berg- Oh Cumberland
Lyle Lovett- Family Preserve
John Fogerty- Deja Vu (All Over Again)
Patty Loveless- Goin' Back to Harlan
Cowboy Junkies cover of Sweet Jane
Long Black Veil- Anyone (hopefully Wm Shatner never covered it ;-) Or Scarlett Johansson.
Neil Young- Ohio
Townes van Zandt- Tecumseh Valley; Nancy Griffith & Arlo Guthrie cover.
And one that's really hit me lately- I'll just mention a couple that have really hit me lately- Alison Kraus and Robert Plante covering Your Long Journey.