13 Songs That Make You Feel Worse When You Hear Them
"For The Good Times"
by Ray Price
Makes me feel worse when I hear it because it tells about a couple who are obviously splitting-up. Divorcing. Or just parting. I hate all three situations. I think that anyone who has met 'the' one. For them. Hates parting as much as pulling a tooth. Do you know anyone who actually loves pain? Well, this song, to me, is pain in lyrics.
Tom T. Hall
"Old Dogs, Children, and Watermelon Wine"
By Tom T. Hall
If you listen to this song carefully, your focus is slowly taken off of Hall, who is in a barroom in Miami, Florida, and put on this old, gray black gentleman, who was cleaning up the lounge. Mid-way through the song, Hall has been 'schooled,' on what life is really all about. What and whom is really important. I always feel depressed at the black man's saga in this song for I feel that he's telling Hall, and us, of all he has had. And lost. And now survives with tips by cleaning up the lounge where Hall is pouring blended whiskey down.
"Tip Toe Through The Tulips"
By Tiny Tim
Do I really have to explain why this "song," and "artist," makes, or made me feel worse when I would accidentally hear this song on the radio? Tim, pardon my harsh tone, was a freak, a lovable freak, who made it big for a while during the turbulent sixties. The drug culture. And just a rebellious time in our country. Tiny Tim appeared several times on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson which made Tim a star overnight. In all candor, Tim was a gentle man. I cannot say with a clear conscience that I ever hated Tim, the person, but this awful song. Maybe his version, made me nauseous.
Ronnie Van Vant
By Ronnie Van Vant and Lynyrd Skynyrd
I would always listen to Free Bird in the days when I loved to drink beer on weekends. Jam out with my huge stereo system. And get lost in Van Vant's lyrics. Until one day, I heard this super-standard in a sober mind. I listened carefully to the lyrics. Then one more time, I felt worse than if I had a massive hang-over for the song tells about a man leaving a girl who loves him. Why? I mean, I'm all in for travelling. Seeing the country. But leaving a beautiful girl who loves you? This boggles my imagination. And makes me feel worse.
"Killing Me Softly"
By Roberta Flack
is a haunting song about a man who has literally touched the soul of the girl who Flack is singing through in this song. The song speaks to an air of mystery. Is the girl leaving the guy who is 'killing her softly with his words,' or is the man leaving her after he 'kills her with his words?' Maybe she is just fan of the nameless guy celebrity and is adoring him from afar in the audience of his concert. Who knows? I do know that I cannot listen to this song for it speaks of pain and having relationships. I've suffered from both. Thus, I feel worse when I hear this song. Actually I don't. I have learned to just change stations.
Lacy J. Dalton
By Lacy J. Dalton
honestly, is a great song. If you love pain. Heart ache. And misery. Dalton literally 'nails it' as she spins a very-believable tale about how nameless writers and musicians 'come to town with all they own in a hundred-dollar car,' to make a name for themselves on "16th Avenue," which is Music Row in Nashville, where all of the famous music publishers are located. I feel worse for the people in this song who DIDN'T make it. Who had to go back home. Broke. Depressed. Suicidal. And on the mercy of the world. Dalton is a wonderful talent, but her song drives to painful feelings that I'd rather just move past.
"Send In The Clowns"
By Judy Collins
Here we are again. Another haunting song, I guess, about life. Changes. Options. What do clowns have to do with these junctures? I guess when you are Judy Collins, and have had as many hits as she has, anything fits. I feel worse when I hear this song because the 'clowns' remind me of me when I was dating. I just know that the girls I 'did' date would say, 'send in the clowns,' to her parents when I'd drive up in her yard in my '64 Chevy. And those are the girls who tore my heart out. But in my day, I guess it was fine for girls to lie. Need I say more?
Johnny Cash "The Man in Black"
"Ghost Riders (In The Sky)"
By Johnny Cash
Okay. Shoot me. I'm not a cowboy. Never was. Never will be. And I do like 'some' of Cash's gold hits he has released, but this one, "Ghost Riders," which makes me feel worse for the poor souls of the 'lost' cowboys the old cowpoke Cash sings about who sees these ghosts chasing a herd of cattle that belong to the devil. What a play on the after life. I guess the songwriter went easy on his depiction of hell. Still, the music and lyrics, plus Cash's dark voice makes me feel worse even today when I hear this song. I am totally-sorry, all Johnny Cash fans.
"Are You Lonesome Tonight?"
By Elvis Presley
And once again, a pain song. Probably in my estimation, 'the mother of all pain songs,' that Elvis recorded. And it will make a person feel from bad to worse as Elvis, as the lonesome man in the song, asks the once-love of his life, 'are you lonesome tonight?' hoping that she will say 'yes.' But she never answers. You see. I like happy endings. And yes, I know that life does have sad endings. This is one of them. I cannot stand to listen to this song. So I don't.
"Starry, Starry Night (Vincent)"
By Don McLean
The same guy who wrote and scored huge with "American Pie," in the early 70's. But in this song, McLean breaks my heart into little fragments. My soul into shreds. As he croons about the master of master painters, Vincent van Gogh, who loved art so much, that he believed that he could make his paintings come to life. But failed. Vincent van Gogh was a troubled man. As most creative people are. I used to love this song. But in years to come, it always reminds me of the things (and people) I've lost. Failed. And now I just sit idly on the side of the road as the parade of life marches by. I admit. It was tough giving up listening to this song. But I did. Even that doesn't help with the depression I still feel at the failures in my life.
"Roses Are Red"
By Bobby Vinton
Does it ever end? The pain songs? Guess not. I blame myself. I was the doofus who chose these songs that make me feel worse when I hear them. Vinton sings about a guy who is now an adult who is reading what his 'girl,' maybe gal-pal, in high school, wrote in his yearbook. The guy, like all us guys, finds himself being sentimental. Lonely. Depressed. Wondering where this girl ended up. Another song that I cannot listen to and I think you know why.
"Me And Mrs. Jones"
By Billy Paul
honestly, is a smooth-sounding song. Its mellow orchestral background and hypnotic vocal tone of Paul almost makes adultery seem like a worthwhile venture. And here it comes. "The Heart Ache Express," even for two married people who are in love, but have to part, for who knows why? Maybe fear of being found-out by their spouses. Or maybe the guy's Visa is maxed-out on roses, chocolates and fancy dinners. I don't know, but I know this. I've not listened to this song since 1990. Great track record. I want to keep it that way.
By Arlo Guthrie
the son of American balladeer, Woody Gutherie, made me cry numerous times with this song. And some of the times, I was sober. Arlo's dad wrote songs for and about the hobo's of his day and took up for them as best he could for 'riding the rails' was the only means of transportation they had to get from one town to another to find work. If you listen to "Hobo's Lullaby," with focused attention, you will feel the desperation in the hobo that Arlo is singing about. You can see the hobo's ragged clothes. White hair. Weakened hands. As the last hours of his life silently drift away. I cannot write anymore about this song. This is another song on my "Don't Listen To" list. And I am sad. And glad at the same time. I like Arlo Guthrie. But hate being depressed.
WRITER'S NOTE: (this hub was inspired by and dedicated to Tammyswallow. Thank you, Tammy, for the idea.--Kenneth)
Tammyswallow is a very-talented Hub-writer. Dear friend. And valued follower. Of mine. She wrote this amazing hub sometime back entitled, "20 Songs To Listen To When You Are In A Bad Mood," it was amazing. Interesting. Very well-written. And spot-on in her song selections. I've read this particular hub of Tammy's twice and came away with the same reaction, "Impressed." I loved this hub. Savored each word. Music and songs always get to me. And Tammy is right. Listening to the songs on her hub does make a person feel much better when they are in a bad mood.
This is not a rip-off of Tammyswallow's hub. And this is not stealing an idea from my friend, Tammy. I discussed this hub (you are now reading) with her before I wrote it because that was the noble, right thing to do. And I am no thief. Just needed to get that out of the way.
The songs in my hub entitled, "13 Songs That Will Make You Feel Worse When You Hear Them," can also be listened to when you feel bad, but because as life has it, good and bad moods come in degrees--sometimes when we 'think' we are feeling really bad, we look to the sky and say, "Can things get any worse?," and sadly, the answer is 'yes.' Our mood can easily fall from (what we believe is) bad to a far-worse. Darker mood. I've been there. And I wouldn't wish it on any of my enemies.
Frankly, I do not know why listening to the songs in this hub makes me feel worse. I guess each song resurrects an old, hurtful memory that I've tried-but-failed to bury. For good. Or maybe the songs reminds me that life is not always 'peaches and cream." And that pain knows no boundary. Race. Or relationship status. People besides "me" can hurt too. Many times, worse.
The songs on my list may be to you, a delightful experience, for the songs are by the masters (some are not) of the recorded song. In other words, what you read in this hub about these 14 songs, are my thoughts. My opinions. My feelings when I hear "these" songs. I am in no way trying to compete with my friend, Tammyswallow. That's a battle I lose from the start.
In all respect to Tammyswallow, I just wanted my hub to be a masterpiece. Like hers.