What song(s) always give you the chills?

I had so much fun working on my GOACA playlist that I’m about to start another, and today, when I was listening to the first and “The Only Living Boy In New York” came on, I was totally transported. I’m curious: what song or songs never fail to reduce you to a weepy mess?

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Kim France

I was born in Houston, Texas in 1964 and have lived in New York City since 1988. I had a long career in magazines, working at Sassy, Elle, New York, and Spin, and in 2000, I founded Lucky magazine, which I edited for ten years.

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161 Thoughts on What song(s) always give you the chills?
    c.c.
    13 Oct 2017
    7:24am

    Without fail, Last Kiss-cover version by Pearl Jam

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    Hilary
    13 Oct 2017
    7:52am

    Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bleecker Street”. It was used to great and effect at the end of an episode of Mad Men and has given me feelings ever since.

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    Lak
    13 Oct 2017
    8:09am

    Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City” – so beautiful.

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    Caroline
    13 Oct 2017
    8:19am

    It’s on your list:)
    Wise up.. Aimee Mann
    Gets me every time!

    Also at my moms Memorial service a couple years back,
    we had a singer sing “Bridge over troubled water” because she loved it.
    And everybody at the service, mostly over 70 or 80 years old sang along..
    Gets me even now as I’m writing this.
    Quite a moment.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      13 Oct 2017
      11:55pm

      That’s so beautiful, Caroline.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      13 Oct 2017
      11:56pm

      That’s really beautiful, Caroline.

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    y.k.
    13 Oct 2017
    8:30am

    California Dreaming.

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    Susanna
    13 Oct 2017
    8:44am

    “Naked as We Came,” Iron and Wine

    “Romulus” and “Casimir Pulaski Day,” Sufjan Stevens

    “Pale Green Things,” Mountain Goats

    “River” and “A Case of You,” Joni Mitchell

    Almost anything by Nick Drake, it’s too hard to choose…

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      Alexa
      13 Oct 2017
      9:25am

      “Casimir Pulaski Day” does it to me, too.
      And “Needle in the Hay” by Elliott Smith.

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        SC
        13 Oct 2017
        10:50am

        Needle in the Hay is brutal.

        “Getting good marks…”

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        Susanna
        13 Oct 2017
        9:16pm

        Speaking of needles–“The Needle and the Damage Done,” Neil Young

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      Mamavalveeta03
      14 Oct 2017
      12:23am

      We have the same musical taste, Susanna. I was just thinking about Joni Mitchell this morning and realizing how torn-up I’ll be when she goes. “A Case of You,” “Blue,” “River,” …I’d forgotten about “Casimir Pulaski Day,” tears me up and reminds me of my 16-yr old niece who died of leukemia at home. Also, the song she chose for her funeral, “Lord of the Dance”(An old Shaker hymn sung to the tune of “Simple Gifts.”).
      And “Laundry Room,” by The Avett Bros.

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        KimFrance
        14 Oct 2017
        9:07am

        Val, I didn’t know you’d lost a child. So sorry to hear it.

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          KimFrance
          14 Oct 2017
          1:58pm

          God, I’m a flake. I read that wrong! Sorry nevertheless, Val!

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            Mamavalveeta03
            16 Oct 2017
            10:23pm

            That’s ok. My niece and I were very close. It’s been 6 yrs and I miss her terribly.

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      Dawn
      21 Oct 2017
      9:05pm

      Casimir Pulaski Day by Sufjan Stevens–just added to my playlist before my trip to Italy to visit my daughter. My mom passed while I was there and as we flew home I listened to this on repeat.

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    Joan
    13 Oct 2017
    8:52am

    Imagine-Lennon
    The Weight-The Band
    Sweet Baby James-JT
    You’ve Got A Friend-Carole King
    Sweet Jane-Lou Reed
    Ohio-CSNY
    Heart of Gold-Neil Young

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      Elle
      13 Oct 2017
      12:14pm

      “Imagine” gets me too

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    Debra
    13 Oct 2017
    9:07am

    Corny, I suppose, but true: Desperado – The Eagles

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      DeDe
      13 Oct 2017
      9:49am

      Have you heard The Langley Schools Music Project ever?? It’s a recording of a public school choir (grades 1-6, I think) in the 70’s singing a variety of pop songs as part of some experimental music thing they were doing in that school district then. There’s a version of Desperado sung by a little girl on there that’s truly beautiful. Also, a full choral version of God Only Knows, which is another weeper for me, come to think of it (their version, not the original so much!) The entire thing is amazing – the album is called Innocence and Despair. I think it’s on YouTube.

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        Cory
        24 Oct 2017
        12:21am

        OMG I LOVE the Langley Project! Those recordings are amazing – I love that you know it!! A gymnasium full of Canadian kids with a four-track performing the hits of the day as taught by their enterprising substitute music teacher – brilliant. It really is the best version of Desperado, but I love the upbeat ones too – Help Me Rhonda and Saturday Night are pretty exciting. (Their spirit lives on in that great kids’ chorus from PS22 on Staten Island.)

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      KimFrance
      13 Oct 2017
      10:50am

      I’m with you on that one, Debra, corny or not.

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    Sarah
    13 Oct 2017
    9:09am

    Stardust by Willie Nelson
    It’s a Hard Rain a-Gonna Fall by Leon Russell
    To Love Somebody by Karl Blau

    I guess I’m a sucker for cover songs that bring a whole new angle to the lyrics.

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    Sarah
    13 Oct 2017
    9:14am

    Last Goodbye by Jeff Buckley. Ugh, just thinking of it makes me get all the feels.

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      Elle
      13 Oct 2017
      12:10pm

      OH MY GOD YES

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    Eloise
    13 Oct 2017
    9:15am

    “Mister Bojangles” made me sob when I was about 6 years old and I don’t think I’ve heard it without tearing up since. And Glen Phillips’ (Toad the Wet Sprocket) “Go” has me bawling every single time.

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    Mary
    13 Oct 2017
    9:21am

    Boys Don’t Cry by The Cure. Reminds me of my great love David who couldn’t get off the junk so he ended it in the only way he knew how. Twenty yrs later I still miss him a bunch.

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    Tammy
    13 Oct 2017
    9:23am

    “Last Goodbye” by Jeff Buckley

    And along Eloise’s train of thought: I cried my eyes out at about age 6 or 7 when I heard “Yesterday Once More” by The Carpenters.

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    DeDe
    13 Oct 2017
    9:35am

    There have to be more than just these two, but Nina Simone’s cover of Where Does the Time Go and Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.

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      DeDe
      13 Oct 2017
      9:50am

      PS, Aw yeah new playlist!!

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    Cola
    13 Oct 2017
    9:56am

    In This World by Sean Alan. It was used as the ending credits for an episode of Better Things – one of the most brilliant shows out there. The lyrics pretty much sum up everything about being a mother/ partner/ friend. Also, California Dreaming. Now and forever.

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    susan piver
    13 Oct 2017
    9:59am

    “A Change is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke always causes me to burst into tears. It is magic.

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      Kate
      13 Oct 2017
      11:44am

      Yes. It’s so good. I listen to it regularly.

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    Diane
    13 Oct 2017
    10:33am

    Alone Again Naturally by Gilbert O’Sullivan
    This song is so sad and true I think that’s why it reduces me to tears every time.

    Song for You-Leon Russell
    A beautiful but sad love song

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    Jill
    13 Oct 2017
    10:36am

    Field of Gold by Sting. There’s also a beautiful versio of it that came out around 9/11 but I can’t remember the name of the female artist that sang it.

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      Jana
      13 Oct 2017
      1:36pm

      Eva Cassidy did a beautiful version of Fields of Gold–released in 1996 (I think?), the same year she died of melanoma at age 33.

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      Jenny
      17 Oct 2017
      3:31pm

      Sting’s “I’m So Happy I Can’t Stop Crying” always gets me. It’s a brutally honest depiction of divorce and how little a role he has in his kids’s life now.

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    SC
    13 Oct 2017
    10:57am

    Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow – The Shirelles

    When the Stars Go Blue – Ryan Adams

    Thirteen – Big Star

    Back To Black – Amy Winehouse

    Feeling Good – Nina Simone

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    Mary Alice
    13 Oct 2017
    10:57am

    Redemption Song, Bob Marley

    How To Save a Life, The Fray

    Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain, Willie Nelson (I’m choking up even as I type this one)

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    Michelle
    13 Oct 2017
    10:59am

    (Don’t You) Forget About Me, by Simple Minds. It’s so angsty and wonderful and reminds me how fleeting time is. *tears up*

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    Frances
    13 Oct 2017
    11:22am

    Boulder to Birmingham – Emmy Lou Harris – brings me to tears every single time

    Blue Sky – Patty Griffin – gives me chills in a more uplifting way – it’s soaring!

    It doesn’t get me every time, but I have a vivid memory of being in high school, driving in my car, listening to Paul Simon’s The Obvious Child, and feeling chills and tears simultaneously. It was thrilling.

    Kim, if you haven’t listened to the Song Exploder podcast episode featuring St. Vincent talking about New York I think you would really enjoy it.

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    moi
    13 Oct 2017
    11:22am

    “Lake Charles” by Lucinda Williams
    “Whiskey Whiskey Whiskey” by John Mayer

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      Jackie
      13 Oct 2017
      12:48pm

      I love Lake Charles. She did a live in-studio version on a radio station here and just killed it. Beautiful song.

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        Andrea
        13 Oct 2017
        3:14pm

        Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchie sang Lake Charles when I saw her in SF a few years ago. A beautiful cover.

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        Mamavalveeta03
        14 Oct 2017
        1:16am

        Lucinda is so good!

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          belle
          15 Oct 2017
          1:05pm

          can’t let go Lucinda williams

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    Kate
    13 Oct 2017
    11:43am

    Zombies — This Will Be Our Year
    Sam Cooke — Change Is Gonna Come

    They’re hopeful but not naive. I listen to them when I need hope.

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    kj
    13 Oct 2017
    11:58am

    Johnny Cash’s version of “Hurt.”
    And “Watching the Wheels” by John Lennon.

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      Stacy
      13 Oct 2017
      3:30pm

      Yes to his version of Hurt. It hurts!

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    sarah d
    13 Oct 2017
    12:01pm

    God Only Knows, covered by David Bowie.
    it was playing in my car when i drove up on a car wreck in the wheat fields of Eastern Washington. Traffic was slowed and there were people standing in the road, watching their car burn. Like something out of a movie.

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      Adrien
      16 Oct 2017
      3:02pm

      Oh, I love this cover too! What a story.

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    kates
    13 Oct 2017
    12:03pm

    Maybe a bit of the cornball facto but especially in these times,
    Nanci Griffith- From a Distance gets me every time!

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      Kj
      15 Oct 2017
      10:24am

      Yes! So many of her songs are timely today. LOVE her.

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    Meg
    13 Oct 2017
    12:09pm

    Elvis Presley Blues by Gillian Welch

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    Elle
    13 Oct 2017
    12:18pm

    Some of these are new to me – thank you!

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    Andrea
    13 Oct 2017
    12:26pm

    “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder

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    ed
    13 Oct 2017
    12:27pm

    Oh, the Langley School Project gets to me too.
    I also think the Beatles’ Blackbird is very moving.

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    lydia
    13 Oct 2017
    12:30pm

    running up that hill — kate bush, or preferably the chromatics cover. the line “there is thunder in our hearts” speaks to me in so many different ways

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      Sara
      13 Oct 2017
      2:06pm

      I LOVE the Chromatics cover of that song. It’s one of my anthems. (Love the original too, of course.)

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    jpete
    13 Oct 2017
    12:36pm

    Lake Song (The Decemberists)
    Our House (CSNY)

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    Jackie
    13 Oct 2017
    12:45pm

    “Both Sides Now” by Joni Mitchell. Especially the later version – her voice carrying the weight of all those years…

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    Susanna
    13 Oct 2017
    12:49pm

    Oh, and how could I have forgotten…”Landslide.” Stevie Nicks, now and forever.

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      DeDe
      13 Oct 2017
      2:04pm

      Oh maaaaaaaaaaaaaan 😭

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      DeDe
      13 Oct 2017
      2:05pm

      Oh maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan 😭

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      S.
      13 Oct 2017
      7:24pm

      God yes. Landslide — I *am* a landslide when I listen to this.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      14 Oct 2017
      1:40am

      Every time I hear it.

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    Joyce
    13 Oct 2017
    12:56pm

    People Have the Power–Patti Smith

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    Tammy
    13 Oct 2017
    1:03pm

    Wild Is The Wind, the Bowie version (and of course the Nina Simone version, too). Always a sucker for sad love songs.

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    Andrea
    13 Oct 2017
    1:38pm

    Here Comes a Regular — the Replacements.
    Ship Without a Rudder — the Lemonheads.
    For Emily whenever I may find her — Simon and Garfunkle
    Because the Night — Patti Smith or Bruce Springsteen

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    Francine
    13 Oct 2017
    2:00pm

    There are so many I’ve not heard of, so thank you!

    Ok here’s my top 3.

    The Living Years, Mike & The Mechanics (if you’ve lost a dad, this hits hard)

    For the Good Times, Al Green (a killer after a breakup)

    I Shall Be Released, Nina Simone (need I say more?)

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    Liz
    13 Oct 2017
    2:03pm

    Cedar Lane by First Aid Kit and I’d Have to Be Crazy by Willie Nelson

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    Kat
    13 Oct 2017
    2:08pm

    Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars” was playing when I realized that it was time to put my cat, Daisy, to sleep. She was curled up in my lap staring at me with those perfect eyes that still make me weep when I picture her.

    THEN, the Beatles “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” was playing at the vet when the procedure happened. I was like, seriously world?????

    Both songs still reduce me to puddles after 10 years.

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      S.
      13 Oct 2017
      7:27pm

      My after the vet, laying on the couch to cry and hurt, go to is Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks. It’s not the lyrics — which are wonderful but don’t quite speak to this loss. It’s the feel of the whole thing. The love that loves to love to love…

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    EW
    13 Oct 2017
    2:10pm

    The Rose, Bette Midler….gets me every time

    I’ve always had a notion to specify it be sung by a full gospel choir at my funeral

    for motivation, The Wheel by Jerry Garcia…a little pep talk

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    Francine
    13 Oct 2017
    2:36pm

    GAH, I have three more!

    I cannot forget…

    – Got You Under My Skin, Frankie Vallie & The Four Seasons
    – Layla, Unplugged version, Eric Clapton
    – I Will Survive, CAKE

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    MAC
    13 Oct 2017
    2:49pm

    Fast Car, Tracy Chapman.
    Anchorage, Michelle Shocked.
    Ho perso le parole, Ligabue.

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    ceejay
    13 Oct 2017
    2:53pm

    Awesome post. For me, Seasons of Love from Rent. Reminds me of all the sweet wonderful young men and women with AIDS who died way too young and tragically when I was a medical resident in San Francisco in the 90’s; so many deaths , so glad that is over.

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    Tamara WINAWER
    13 Oct 2017
    3:28pm

    Landslide (Stevie nicks)
    Thunder road (Bruce Springsteen)
    You can sleep while I drive (melissa ethridge)
    Fire and rain (James Taylor)
    Cats in the cradle (harry chapin) – can’t believe I’m the first to mention that one…

    Gotta stop or I’ll need 10 more comment boxes….

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    Stacy
    13 Oct 2017
    3:29pm

    Learning to Fly, Pink Floyd. It’s so damn emotional!

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    shannon
    13 Oct 2017
    3:37pm

    Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley
    First Day of My Life- Bright Eyes
    Angie- Rolling Stones
    The Waiting – Tom Petty (sort of odd but “You’re the only one that’s ever known how to make me wanna live like I wanna live now” gets me every time.)

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    Jill
    13 Oct 2017
    3:50pm

    Radiohead – Black Star:

    “I keep falling over I keep passing out when I see a face like you”

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      kates
      14 Oct 2017
      12:59pm

      The Gillian Welch cover (complete with Dave Rawlings solo) is beautiful as well.

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    Sandra
    13 Oct 2017
    3:53pm

    Everyday People, Sly and the Family Stone
    Side of the Road, Lucinda Williams
    Solsbury Hill, Peter Gabriel
    I’ll Be Seeing You, covered by Francoise Hardy and Iggy Pop

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    Jennifer
    13 Oct 2017
    4:14pm

    Sara Bareilles covering “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” is gorgeous, haunting, and brings out every nuance of sadness in that song and I CAN’T GET ENOUGH!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAti8JNmJi8

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    Marissa
    13 Oct 2017
    4:15pm

    Strangers by the Kinks!

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      Amanda
      28 Oct 2017
      7:44pm

      thank you for reminding me of this one… SO GOOD

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    Heather
    13 Oct 2017
    4:21pm

    “The Ship Song,” by Nick Cave. Once it was playing while I was driving, and I had to pull over, I was sobbing so hard.

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      Jessa
      15 Oct 2017
      7:57pm

      I second. Also, lots of Leonard Cohen. It just gets me. He got me. May he rest in peace.

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    Kristin
    13 Oct 2017
    5:27pm

    This Woman’s Work- Kate Bush

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      Sharon
      15 Oct 2017
      8:58am

      I can’t help crying when I listen to this one!

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    Cascadia
    13 Oct 2017
    6:17pm

    The Band Played Waltzing Matilda- The Pogues. Maybe the saddest song ever.

    The River- Bruce Springsteen. I’m been huge fan of the Boss for decades, but didn’t think much of this song when I was young. I just needed to stop being so young. 🙂

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      Anne L
      14 Oct 2017
      1:38am

      Yes to both of these!

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    Christiana
    13 Oct 2017
    6:17pm

    Really for “Girls of a Certain Age”: “First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Roberta Flack
    Also: “The River” and “Factory” and “Atlantic City” by Bruce Springsteen
    Also: “Stay with Me Baby” by Lorraine Ellison
    Also: “Unforgettable Fire” and “Love Comes Tumbling” by U2

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      Dana D
      13 Oct 2017
      6:50pm

      OMG…Christiana you nailed it!

      I was reading through this, thinking…I love so many of these, and then there are the ones I don’t know and want to play and then…

      I’ll add Springsteen’s “Walk Like a Man” and then quite a few from the other Bruce, Cockburn.

      And Patty Griffin does it to me, also. “Long Ride Home” and “Nobody’s Crying.”

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      Mamavalveeta03
      14 Oct 2017
      1:45am

      “Killing Me Softly”…Roberta Flack.

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    S.
    13 Oct 2017
    7:35pm

    So many of the above, and more. But the most recent thing to cut right through me is Kate McKinnon singing Hallelujah on SNL on Nov. 12 last year. It was Hilary to us, all of us who loved her and whose souls were just so crushed right then. I still listen to it on particularly bad Trump days — makes me feel worse but also less alone.

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    Julia G
    13 Oct 2017
    7:47pm

    Hallelujah, as sung by Kate McKinnon. (Not kidding.)

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      KimFrance
      14 Oct 2017
      11:20am

      That totally made me cry.

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    Julia G
    13 Oct 2017
    7:49pm

    Ah! I didn’t realize that S., right above me, said the same! Well, I’m glad it’s not just me.

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    I.M.
    13 Oct 2017
    7:59pm

    There are 70’s singer/songwriters whose whole catalogue of songs can turn me into a weeping mess. (Since Tamara Winawer mentioned him – I’m looking at you Harry Chapin!)

    Here are some other songs that get me every time.

    Nat King Cole – Nature Boy
    Nada Surf – Always Love
    John Haitt – Have a Little Faith in Me
    Janis Ian – At Seventeen
    Tom Rush’s cover of Joni Mitchell’s Urge for Going
    Tom Waits – Soldier’s Things

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    Danielle Sakundiak
    13 Oct 2017
    8:04pm

    I Wanna Be Adored – Stone Roses

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    Karin
    13 Oct 2017
    8:55pm

    This Guy’s in Love With You by Burt Bacharach. The perfect combination of joy and heartbreak!

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    Liz
    13 Oct 2017
    9:26pm

    Last Goodbye – Jeff Buckley

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    Tess
    13 Oct 2017
    9:47pm

    Tom Waits “Tom Traubert’s Blues”. You’ll never stop crying

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    Sharon
    13 Oct 2017
    10:14pm

    Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone, Bill Withers.

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    Rebecca D.
    13 Oct 2017
    10:23pm

    The Sundays’ Here’s Where the Story Ends. Makes my heart hurt in the best, nostalgic/painful way.

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      kates
      13 Oct 2017
      10:50pm

      Yes,I totally agree!

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      Kitty
      20 Oct 2017
      8:55am

      Me too Rebecca.

      And Famous Blue Raincoat by Leonard Cohen.

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    Terre R.
    13 Oct 2017
    11:12pm

    The Long and Winding Road- Beatles, Meeting Across the River- Bruce Springsteen, A Case of You- Joni Mitchell

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    Anne L
    14 Oct 2017
    1:39am

    The one that kills me EVERY SINGLE TIME is Dar Williams’s “The Babysitter”

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      Frances
      14 Oct 2017
      11:01am

      Bless you for mentioning Dar! Lots of her songs get me, even silly ones like Teenagers Kick Our Butts – it makes me think of the wonderful kids I teach and my own two little ones, all of whom are or will be awesome, difficult, kick-butt teenagers.

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    Julie Lee
    14 Oct 2017
    1:45am

    I just adopted a baby so This Will Be Our Year by the Zombies and I Must Be In A Good Place Now by Bobby Charles makes me cry instantly. Long December by Counting Crows and Harvest Moon by Neil Young give me the sentimental sobs.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    14 Oct 2017
    1:47am

    Shawn Colvin’s “Riding Shotgun Down the Avalanche”
    And on a positive note: “California Stars” by Wilco (lyrics written by Woody Guthrie)

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    Donna
    14 Oct 2017
    2:11am

    Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground and Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain sung by Willie Nelson. Both bring to mind my daughter who died at age 10.

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      c.w.
      14 Oct 2017
      6:53am

      So sorry, Donna, about your daughter. Heartbreak for life. Willie Nelson does come through when sadness goes that deep.

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      KimFrance
      14 Oct 2017
      11:20am

      So sorry for your loss, Donna.

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        Dana D
        14 Oct 2017
        2:17pm

        Love to you, Donna

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      DeDe
      14 Oct 2017
      6:48pm

      Oh Donna. I am so sorry.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      16 Oct 2017
      10:36pm

      So sorry for your loss, Donna. No words…

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    Linden
    14 Oct 2017
    7:03am

    I love so many of these! And I’d like to add Wake Up, by Arcade Fire.

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    c.w.
    14 Oct 2017
    7:14am

    There are so many good ones mentioned.

    I’d add Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s “You’re All I Need”

    And there are a million jazz songs that do me in––Etta James “At Last” always begins the list

    Patsy Cline..”Crazy” is always good when I’m feeling…crazy.

    Crosby, Still, Nash and Young can send me to a different planet. (I’m that old)

    “Didn’t Leave Nobody But The Baby” EmmyLou Harris, Gillian Welsh, Allison Krause (these three ladies can knock my socks off)

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    Susanna
    14 Oct 2017
    11:14am

    Kim, would you consider curating a GOACA playlist for us from these reader selections?

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      KimFrance
      14 Oct 2017
      11:22am

      There are so many good songs here so I think I might have to! Thanks for the suggestion.

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        Darcy H
        20 Oct 2017
        3:31pm

        Yay. Yes.

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    Tracey
    14 Oct 2017
    10:19pm

    So many good ones already, but these two get me…

    Stand By Me, Ben E. King
    Forever Young, by Bob Dylan

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      Mamavalveeta03
      16 Oct 2017
      10:38pm

      Oh! “Forever Young” by Dylan was the song my husband and daughter danced their Father/Daughter dance to at her wedding. I was crying.

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    Laura
    15 Oct 2017
    12:01am

    This is an amazing thread; thank all of you. I’d have to say:

    Dar Williams’ We Learned the Sea and any of Bruce Cockburn’s live, acoustic versions of Lovers in a Dangerous Time. The original of that one is too driving-80s-pop to really transport or send one trembling, but oh, the acoustic versions …

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    belle
    15 Oct 2017
    1:13pm

    Aimee Mann wise up
    Genesis In the Air Tonight

    It’s weird but I don’t listen to music as much as I used to. Or maybe not in the same way as I used to.

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    belle
    15 Oct 2017
    1:16pm

    The Breeders cover of Happiness is a warm gun

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    belle
    15 Oct 2017
    1:19pm

    Antony and the Johnsons cover of Bey’s Crazy in Love

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    belle
    15 Oct 2017
    1:26pm

    Tortise and Will Oldham’s cover of Thunder Road
    Springsteen’s Thunder Road
    Coltrane Alabama

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    belle
    15 Oct 2017
    1:39pm

    Steppin’ out Joe Jackson-total 80’s nostalgia
    When the Sun Dies Betty Carter
    Angel from Montgomery, Bonnie Raitt
    Bob Dylan, Infidels Sweetheart like you. Hell, the WHOLE ALBUM(and I don’t care if you all don’t like it

    Damn, you got me going here.

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      Elisa
      16 Oct 2017
      8:12pm

      Joe Jackson gets me every time. Fools in Love is the song that really pulls at my heart.

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    Jackie
    15 Oct 2017
    5:29pm

    “The Book of Love” by The Magnetic Fields, particularly the cover by Peter Gabriel. So achingly beautiful.

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    y.k.
    16 Oct 2017
    5:34am

    i don’t know why i didn’t think of this at first.
    Michael Stipe sang Ashes to Ashes w/ Karen Elson @ a Bowie tribute. it’s incredibly moving.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      16 Oct 2017
      10:41pm

      Because Gary Jules version of “Mad World” always makes me think it’s Michael Stipe! So sad.

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    Cassandra
    16 Oct 2017
    11:02am

    Leaving on a Jet Plane by John Denver or anyone else. Immediate tears.

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    Adrien
    16 Oct 2017
    3:13pm

    Bowie:
    Rock N Roll Suicide
    Lazarus
    Life on Mars
    his cover of I Know It’s Going To Happen Some Day

    Tift Merritt: Hopes Too High, Broken
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Despair
    Aimee Mann: Wise Up, This Is How It Goes
    U2: Bad, Running to Stand Still
    Ryan Adams: Lucky Now
    Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova: Falling Slowly
    Cowboy Junkies: A Horse in the Country

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    Elisa
    16 Oct 2017
    8:14pm

    Mother of Pearl by Rory Music

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      Elisa
      16 Oct 2017
      8:53pm

      Of course, I meant RoXy Music.

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    Kathy
    17 Oct 2017
    12:48am

    For Baby, for Bobbie by John Denver
    Darcy Farrow by John Denver
    The first is joyous, the second is tragic. Both are capable of making tears squirt out of my eyes.
    Last Kiss by practically anybody–but lately Pearl Jam
    I first heard a version of it in the very late ’60s or early ’70s while riding with my Dad in our VW Bug. It was the first time I realized a song could tell a story.

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    Gables girl
    17 Oct 2017
    7:26pm

    Lana del Rey Once Upon a Dream. I have goosebumps thinking about it.

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    Kelly
    18 Oct 2017
    12:34pm

    More than This, Roxy Music
    Solisbury Hill, Peter Gabriel
    Straight into Darkness, Runnin’ Down a Dream, Breakdown, anything TP

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    Darcy H
    20 Oct 2017
    4:26pm

    Some that weren’t mentioned:

    Everyday Boy — Joan Armatrading
    Crying — kd lang (cover of Roy Orbison classic)
    Ghost in You — Psychedelic Furs
    Transatlantacism — Death Cab for Cutie
    Call the Days — Nadia Reid
    Under Pressure — Bowie/Mercury (Tears, tears, tears. Such vibrant artists!)
    Song for Zula — Phosphorescent
    Calling all Angels — Jane Siberry and kd lang (kd lang’s restraint is enough to make one weep.)

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      Darcy H
      20 Oct 2017
      4:33pm

      North Dakota — Lyle Lovett
      Holocene — Bon Iver
      Ivo — Cocteau Twins

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        Darcy H
        20 Oct 2017
        4:34pm

        Song to the Siren — This Mortal Coil

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    christine
    22 Oct 2017
    10:26am

    Little Green, by Joni Mitchell.
    100 years, by Five for Fighting.
    If I’m feeling vulnerable, I have to shuffle past these if they come onto my Apple Music. 🙁

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    Scoutito
    24 Oct 2017
    2:21pm

    No Gordon Lightfoot?

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      GT
      25 Oct 2017
      3:12pm

      The Way I Feel and Early Morning Rain

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    GT
    25 Oct 2017
    2:00pm

    Springsteen’s “Racing in the Street”
    Clapton’s “Old Love”
    Pink Floyd’s “Wish you were Here”
    Bowie’s “Rock & Roll Suicide”

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    GT
    25 Oct 2017
    2:08pm

    And THIS cover of “This Guy’s in Love with You” by Sammy Davis, which is sexy, tough, brilliant, vulnerable…did I mention sexy??

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxKtN7m60SA

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    MP
    25 Oct 2017
    8:07pm

    “Paddy’s Gone” – Antony & the Johnsons

    “Revelator” – Gillian Welch

    “Strange Fruit” – Nina Simone

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    Rebecca
    26 Oct 2017
    2:24pm

    Ditto on Song for Zula.. I find that many Nick Cave songs also do it for me. And “Night Windows” by the Weakerthans, a band from my home town…

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    Terre R.
    26 Oct 2017
    9:49pm

    One more, Back in the Highlife Again – Warren Zevon Version!

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    Amanda
    28 Oct 2017
    7:52pm

    Oh man, great question. I have too many!

    The Wind – Cat Stevens
    Something So Right – Paul Simon
    That’s Where It’s At – Sam Cooke
    Staralfur – Sigur Ros
    Day Dreaming – Aretha Franklin
    Amie – Pure Prairie League
    Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show
    Rainbow Connection – Willie Nelson cover

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    Tamara L.
    28 Oct 2017
    8:15pm

    Forgiveness – Don Henley
    Hold On – WIlson Phillips
    Night Swimming – R.E.M.

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    Maggie
    28 Oct 2017
    10:49pm

    Just Breathe – Pearl Jam, playing on the drive home after saying goodbye to my dad.
    Army Dreamers – Kate Bush, puts me in memory of a classmate’s brother, killed in The Troubles. We all had crushes on that handsome, handsome boy.

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    HOLLY
    31 Oct 2017
    3:44pm

    late to this party, but: Pocahontas by Neil Young

    I will never tire of that song.

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    E
    2 Nov 2017
    8:41pm

    There are so many great songs here! Would add
    Common People -Pulp
    All the Umbrellas in London -Magnetic Fields

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