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The girl I am secretly in love with but have never spoken to is dancing to The Jam whilst I lurk just off the dancefloor trying to work up courage. As the DJ drops Culture Club, she turns and kisses the biggest dickhead in the sixth form, and Boy George soundtracks a teenage heart breaking. Either way, his memories of the damage he saw drink do to his family, his community and himself are nauseatingly vivid. When his conscience stages an intervention in the rapidfire second verse, we see him as he suddenly sees himself: drowning in poison.
Potent stuff. Her vocals are exquisite, the orchestral arrangements by movie composer Michael Kamen are stirring without being schmaltzy, and the song itself builds beautifully to a devastating final two verses.
When Bush starts singing about her late mother who succumbed to cancer in , the year before 'Moments of Pleasure' was released , you might find you need to take a moment. I know I always do. Nick Levine. Numbed by years of addiction and paranoia and recently divorced, in Bowie laid his former selves to rest.
Thompson dives deep into his process here. Thursday 24 October We may provide additional information that we have collected about you both directly and automatically to these third parties. Thursday 10 October This song has had many interpretations, but the one that keeps popping up relates to having strong feelings for someone, and that no matter how much you want to hate them, you know that you never will. Two years later it was carjacked by the velvet-voiced Isaac Hayes and driven all the way to Soulsville. The Ataris are a punk rock band from Anderson, Indiana formed in
Only Thomas de Quincey never made a snazzy music video where he dressed up as a clown and marched in front of a bulldozer. Yes, 'Young Hearts Run Free' shimmers with disco glitz, but the lyrics detail Staton's struggle to extricate herself from an abusive relationship. This is one of his earliest compositions, an old-fashioned but overpowering tale of hardship, cruelty and drug addiction.
MJB's Grammy-winning ballad hits home because, like all of her best work, it's completely real. Yes, she and her man have been written off by others. Yes, they've been through some sh But she knows she just can't be without him, and she wants us to know it.
A modern-day classic. The song accidentally turned into an accomplished bit of genuine heartbreak and a cult hit to boot: a happy accident for something so self-consciously miserable. Until the last verse, this never feels like Ian Dury is doing anything other than listing memories of his once-absent father in a wistful stream of consciousness.
Rob Greig. That album was never finished: in November that year Drake died, aged 26, from an overdose of amitriptyline. Let it all out, Roy! A rare own-name outing from increasingly controversial emperor of sadcore Kozelek, better known for releases as Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon.
In , suffering from a collapsed lung and TB, Cat Stevens was told he had only had a few weeks to live. Is it about the end of an affair? An era? A dream? Following a weary, last-post trumpet salvo, Otis enters the song moaning like a dying man, clutching at the straws of promised change while clearly not believing a word of it. Fatalism never sounded so lush and lovely. Two years later it was carjacked by the velvet-voiced Isaac Hayes and driven all the way to Soulsville. This is technicolour heartbreak on scale so epic it makes Glen Campbell sound like a kid in a pedal car.
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J ames Manning. Whoever the subject, the lyrics are an elegant narrative of grief and carrying on: the way the weather stays stubbornly lovely and coffee still tastes good. Never has something so incoherent inspired so many feels. Andrzej Lukowski. Tristan Parker.
The song tells of a woman asking her lover what she should bring back for him from her travels. All he wants, he replies, is her back safe and sound. Those Spanish boots are the death knell to their relationship and a potent symbol of a horribly broken heart.
Harry Chapin – 'Cat's in the Cradle'. Nirvana – 'Something in the Way'.
Daisy Bowie-Sell. Damon Albarn was locked in to sensitive mode for this one, stripping away all the beery bravado for a long and hard look at the end of his relationship with Justine Frischmann. The song became deeply personal for her when, on the day of recording, she heard that her ex-lover Jeff Buckley had drowned in Memphis. No mean feat.
Alexi Duggins. Like a handful of other singers on this list, Elliott Smith passed away tragically young. From the impossibly sad sweeping strings that introduce the song, you know this is going to be a dark one.
There are various theories as to what and who the song is about, but as Waits growls through weird stories of alcoholic nocturnal street roaming, it hardly matters. Apparently misery is something that a lot of people relate to. Who knew?