Hell Bent for Leather (Judas Priest).
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Only two songs have ever made me literally cry: Peter Gabriel's 'Father and Son' (from the import "Story of OVO" disc) and Five for Fighting's 'Love Song' (from "Message from Albert"), a song about a couple splitting up sung from their child's perspective. And my parents were very happy...I can only imagine what this song would do to a person who actually went through this.
Estmad; have you ever heard "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" by Roberta Flack-- beautiful, sad, but also sensuous (sensual?). "Walkin' the Backstreets" by Koko Taylor. Also, Cowboy Junkies "Powder Finger".
Then there are a bunch of country/western songs that I refuse to listen to because of the "tear jerk factor"-- certain George Jones, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash songs etc. Cheers. Craig
Hey, what about "One More Minute," Weird Al's spoof of tear-jerkers -- sometimes I spew tears from laughing too hard, and it's especially funny to see him perform it. As for my real choices, I have to admit that the following have brought tears on occasion:
Cat Stevens: "Oh Very Young," and "Father and Son," and a few others.
Karla Bonoff: "Falling Star," and "Lose Again" (late 70s)
Lately, Tull's "Too Old to Rock & Roll/Too Young to Die," hits a soft spot; and of course I just can't stop the floodgates whenever I hear Ted Nugent's tender love ballad, "Wango Tango". :)
Craig-- Yeah, Roberta Flack's version of "First Time Ever" is good, but as mentioned in first post I really like the gentler version of Mary Travers, and the ambiguity she wraps the ending in... she thought it would last 'til the end of time (it didn't, did it?).
I sense a bit of denial in the jokier responses... if you're not getting emotionally involved with the music, maybe you're just a hardware junkie, hmmmm??
Well, that's interesting. Off topic I think, but I'll admit that anything by Nicolette Larson brings tears to my eyes because of her untimely passing. My favorite song of hers is Leon Russell's "Say You Will," which isnt on the recent greatest hits cd, but the tearjerker from the same lp is Andrew Gold's "Still You Linger On."
To be perfectly honest, the mention of her name reduces me to tears.