Over the years I’ve mentioned one or two contenders for the saddest song ever. The song “The Living Years” by Mike and the Mechanics was mentioned in a book I was reading today. It’s a pretty good contender. So here’s are my nominations for saddest song ever:
1. “Tomorrow is a Long Time” – Bob Dylan (lyrics)
Here’s a YouTube version, but only the first minute or so is Bob’s version:
2. “The Living Years” – Mike and the Mechanics (lyrics)
This one is actually about the writer and his father.
3. “Closer to the Light” – Bruce Cockburn (lyrics)
A song written by Cockburn in response to the death of Mark Heard.
A cover version (unfortunately I couldn’t find Bruce’s version, which is much cleaner and personal, on YouTube):
4. “Seasons in the Sun” – Terry Jacks (Lyrics
5. “John Wayne Gacy, Jr.” – Sufjan Stevens (lyrics)
This is about the Chicago serial killer.
“Season in the Sun” was overdone on the oldies radio stations, but it’s still pretty sad in terms of lyrics. I was also going to include David Meece’s version of “We Are the Reason”, but I think I’ll save that one for the “Most Guilt-Inducing Song Ever“. In fact, let’s forgo that ballot and just give the man the award right here and now. Back in the day when I was a big David Meece fan, I used fast forward through that song, I just couldn’t listen to it. In fact, I’m not even sure how the rest of the lyrics go anymore–it might well be an uplifting song, for all I know.
Anyway, I’m giving a strong vote to “The Living Years” for Saddest Song Ever, with “John Wayne Gacy, Jr.” in a fairly close second.
What do you think? Do you have any other contenders you’d like to add to the list (perhaps with some linkage)?