Sometimes, you just need a good sad song.  I don’t know why this is true, and it may not be universal, but I find that every once in a while, you need to hear Johnny Cash make Trent Reznor’s music actually work.  I don’t know why Ben Folds explaining how his partner is slowly drowning him or Toto explaining how they love a girl and also ‘THX-1138’ with haunting piano melodies is so relaxing and fulfilling for me, but it at least leads us to today’s minor-key query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) finds that a good melancholy song can be very helpful in decompressing after bad days at the office, asking: What’s your favorite go-to sad song?


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  1. Oh boy. Pretty much pick anything out of Elliott Smith’s discography. “I Didn’t Understand” is up there, just a really simple, barely over 2 minute acapella song that sounds like a last breath.

  2. Daniel Langsdale on

    “Five Room Love Story” by the Cowboy Junkies. Though much of their library could be suitable, this one about an old widower reminiscing and missing his wife just tugs.

    Dar Williams’ “February” is a close second.

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