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13 Songs That Make You Feel Worse When You Hear Them - Part 2

Updated on January 2, 2012

The Beatles, "You Won't See Me" . . .

always. And I emphasize always, makes me think of single teen guys like I was at one time. Or maybe a single adult guy who has fell for this really hot girl. Talked to her once. On the phone. Set up a 'dream date' with her, and for no reason, she stands him up. No phone call of explanation. No letter of apology. Truth is. This is probably the ONLY Beatle song that I dislike.


"Graveyard Train"

by Creedence Clearwater Revival

is a 12-minute (or so) long song that is about one subject: DEATH. And written from a deceased person's viewpoint, this person who has crossed from this world to the next is singing his lonely. Haunting. Blues-saga about the Graveyard Train loaded with caskets. Yeah, John Fogerty and band. This is real way to pep-up any party. I pass.


"Tight Fittin' Jeans,"

by Conway Twitty

tells the tale, by a self-proclaimed "love god," Conway Twitty, about his character, (of course), visiting his favorite watering hole one night and in comes this gorgeous lady who is dressed fit to kill. Lonely (of course) and again, (of course), looking for Twitty's character that I am not sure is really Twitty's self-centered view of himself as he fulfills (of course), this rich girl, who by the way, is married, but not happy (duhhh!), and her fantasies about being (actual lyric) "a good ol' boy's girl," as the two guzzle beer and dance whatever dance is popular at this time and she leaves a fulfilled woman. Yeah, this happens every night. Somewhere in the United States. I am not, nor will I ever be, a Conway Twitty fan. Because no man, no matter how talented, cocky, self-confident, is always 'the man,' in all of the songs that he releases. This is the real world.


"Auld Lang Syne,"

by Dan Fogelberg

could easily be the anthem of lost (and accidentally) reuniting loves. Simple and realistically written, Fogelberg captures the essence of the loneliness his character feels as well as his "true love' has felt over the years since they parted after high school. I admit this to you. And before God Himself. As beautiful as the music is in this masterpiece song, I cannot. Will not listen to this song at anytime. Anywhere. Or anytime. It churns up too much personal pain for me. Need I say more?


"Don't Take Your Guns To Town, Son,"

by Johnny Cash

is one of the saddest songs ever released in Cash's early career. The song talks about a young man in the wild, western days, who was in-love with his guns that he wore with pride. Obviously the song is set on a Friday or Saturday evening and the young guy is getting 'duded up' to go to town for some fun, but his mother pleads, "don't take your guns to town, son. Leave your guns at home," but the head-long young man doesn't pay his mom any attention. And ends up dead. I found myself yelling at the radio (when I was younger) when this song came on, "do what your mom says, buddy!" Did he listen? Does any head-long young man?


"Crippled Inside"

by John Lennon

is found on Lennon's "Imagine" LP. It's a countrified, blues-guitar, piano, dobro ditty that is really a song telling off on hypocrites. And the hypocritical society they built across the world. Lennon's 'hook' lyric says it all, "one thing you can hide, is when you're crippled inside," which doesn't make sense, but after all, a song by such a genius as Lennon doesn't have to make sense. Why this song makes me feel worse when I (used to) listen to it, was it nailed a time in life when I had no direction. No goals. No ambition. I was content to just sit on the, that is way too corny. I was completely satisfied to just watch as my friends 'made it' bit in their chosen fields.


"Skid Row Joe,"

by Porter Wagoner

pulls no punches with the listener. Wagoner released a lot of narrative songs in his long and illustrious career in Country Music. But none more depressing. Heart breaking. And sent me on a "one way trip" to Bluesville, than "Skid Row Joe." Wagoner is very decisive in his description of "Joe," who lives on the streets. In the alley ways. And never complains for his lot in life. This song wrecks me inside. And out. Although I respect Wagoner's honesty in telling "Joe's" story, I guess that I am way too emotionally-weak to withstand the painful words coming from "Joe's" lips.


"Phantom 309,"

by Red Sovine

is also a touching narration about a local truck driver named, "Big Joe," who in a flash of a moment, became a local legend of folklore. Sovine, a master storyteller, tells the story of "Phantom 309," in first-person. He, Sovine, is the hitch-hiker going from the east to the west coast to find his fortune, but he meets with misfortune and is found walking in a cold rain when a truck stops to pick him up. "Big Joe," is driving his truck that is respectfully-named "Phantom 309," for as the hitch hiker later find out, is a mirage. And "Big Joe," is a ghost. "Big Joe," in a typical working day as a truck driver, topped a hill only to see a school bus load of kids at the bottom of the hill, stranded. And couldn't move. "Big Joe," on purpose, chose to wreck his truck, that he later named, "Phantom 309," to save the school kids. I cannot listen to this song without tears coming to my eyes. The LP with this song lies safely in my closet today. And always will.


"(Don't They Know) It's The End of The World,"

by Skeeter Davis

hurts me. Or once hurt me when I was accustomed to listening to Country Music Classic stations, something I don't do anymore. Davis's heart breaking song talks of, you guessed it, a lost love. Hers. She marvels at why the birds keep on singing. Why does the sky still turn blue? She asks, "Don't they know, it's the end of the world? It ended when you said goodbye," and her voice is so soft, yet pain-filled, that I got tired of piecing-back together my heart when I would hear this song for it reminded me, you guessed it, of 'some' girls in my past who loved to lead me on, and then, just leave. Oh yeah. Later, these same girls would see me and claim to be born again. Free of sin. Oh well. Guess my broken-heart never mattered anyway.


"Sunday Will Never Be The Same,"

by Spanky And Our Gang

starts off nice. Really nice. Then like an American dive-bomber from World War II, the theme of the song hits you like a run-away coal truck. The girl in this song is telling about how she and her lover would spend carefree hours on Sundays in the park--watching butterflies. Kissing. Holding hands. You know. The happy stuff. Poor girl. Next verse talks of the girl's lover disappearing. What pain this girl feels as she belts out, "Sunday Will Never Be The Same," and I agreed with her when I first listened to this song. So many girls vanished on me that I could write a song for every day of the week. Naaah. I do not promote self-punishment.


"The Pusher,"

by (John Kay) and Steppenwolf

from the first time I listening to this controversial song, (written by Hoyt Axton, by the way), really got to me. The controversy in this song arose from Axton using God's name in vain in the chorus of the song. Most FM rock stations refused to play this song, only the ultra-liberal stations who had nothing to lose. Drugs. And people who make and sell illegal drugs will always bother me. It's not myself I care about so much, but the innocent children and gullible adults who think that 'doing' drugs is cool. And an easy way to gain acceptance. The last time I listened to this song was in 1990. I've not missed it.


"See You In September,"

by The Lettermen

broke my heart in numerous pieces in 1967. And you would think that my world had ended. It did. I had found my first 'love,' and had corresponded with her throughout the fall and winter semesters at the high school we attended. But doggone it! Here came summer vacation. Long, heart breaker story short. She had her uncle to call me and tell me that it was over between us. Would you know it. A team of devil-possessed creatures took over the only rock and roll station for us teens in this era, WVOK, The Mighty 690, Birmingham. This song was popular on the day. Hour. And moment that my heart was broken by this low-life. Cowardess-of-a-girl. Since that time, Ive hated this song. With a fiery indignation. No more being taken-in with the Lettermen's suave. Smooth looks. Clean, shaven faces and gelled hair. I am now a wiser man in spite of the heart break in 1967. I'm still around, but where, pray tell, are the Lettermen? And for that matter, who really cares?


"Old Rivers,"

by Walter Brennan

is a sad song. A very sad song. Just like Porter Wagoner's narrative, "Skid Row Joe," this was Walter Brennan's, yes, the famous Hollywood actor, Walter Brennah's one and only song. If you can call it that. Brennan talked about a man named, "Rivers," in this depressing disc. Brennan, in first-person, talks about following "Rivers," around as a lad--bursting dirt clods behind "Rivers'" plow. "Rivers" had a mule named "Noah," but that's not important. Brennan as the kid, grew up and had left his country paradise for the big city and where he found is fortune. He received a letter from home, as you would guess, telling him about who and what had happened in his former home. The ending of the letter said, "guess you knew that 'Rivers' died," and that pretty much summed it up. I cannot listen to this song at the age I am now. The chorus, "one day soon. And it won't be long. I'll be walking among them clouds. In a place where there are no fields to plow," "Rivers'" motto for life, cut me like a Boston butcher's knife. And to think I used to love Walter Brennan as Grandpa McCoy on the Real McCoys.

This is the last, and hopefully all, of the songs that I want to write about that make me feel worse when I (used) to hear them.

From now on, and since it is the new year, 2012, I've made only one resolution: To only listen to songs that make me feel good. Positive. Happy. Light as a goose feather in a Kansas wind.

And to start with, I think I will find, "Mac, The Knife," by recording legend, Bobby Darrin. Compared to the songs on this list, and the one before, "Mac, The Knife," is a Broadway chorus designed to cast waves of happiness at me. And you.



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    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      16 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, Robert,

      As for the Skeeter Davis thing, I did like her one hit, "(What Does it Take) to Keep a Man Like You Satisfied," but like you, as for "One Tin Soldier," I wish now that I had included this one in this hub.

      Robert, thanks. You literally made my week. Now to explain this comment.

      My family and I have spent a few days near Huntsville, Ala., at Joe Wheeler State Park and our family has frequented this ideal vacation spot for years, but to make a long story short, I know now that not just time changes, but age. Mine.

      Now that I am older, I can tell it--with every ache of my Fibromyalgia-infected bones, joints, and never endings.

      What did all of this have to do with Skeeter?

      Nothing, but it took your mind off of my songs.


      Write me anytime.

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      Robert Levine 

      16 months ago from Brookline, Massachusetts

      How about "One Tin Soldier," which was once recorded by, among many others, your beloved Skeeter Davis?

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Shyron,

      Thanks so very much, sincerely, for your sweet comment. I loved it. And your song, "She's Got You," I should have used on this list. Thanks for bring this to my attention. I believe that later, Loretta Lynn re-recorded this song and did very well, but I give the winning edge to Brenda Lee.

      I am so glad that you do not feel bad when hearing (these) songs. I may write another hub of this nature when I fully-recover from a heart cath that I had due to congestive heart failure in mid-October.

      The doctors drew off 57 pounds of fluid from and around my heart. Our Lord spared me for a reason and I have prayed and prayed over the years just what "that" purpose is, but I haven't received any answers.

      But I am a persistent guy. I will continue to pray and wait.

      OH, and you, dear friend, have a Very Merry Christmas.

      Love you Lots, Kenneth

    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 

      2 years ago from Texas

      Ken, I like the songs you have listed here and I don't feel bad after hearing them.

      I am with Susan on Suspicious Minds, but to that you could add She's Got You, Connie Francis, which I like but it make one feel blue and lonely.

      Hope all is well with you.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      January 8, 2012,10:21 p.m.,cst

      Dearest Susan: Wow, thank YOU dear friend for this warm comment that is MUCH-appreciated! Elvis, never thought of him, but the Ol'Shep, about a boy and and his dog that had to be put down...I think Shep is on the first hub of songs...I will check. And I Never liked Suspicious Minds either. Thank YOU DEAR Susan for the votes too. And compliments. All of them!!! And YOU have a good evening, week and "Be Careful," . . .Sincerely, Kenneth :)

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      6 years ago

      Hi Kenneth,

      This is a great list of feel worse songs.

      One I would add to the list is Suspicious minds. Yes, I am an Elvis fan and this song is supposed to be a fan favourite, it is not mine.

      To me this song is not a suspicious woman, it is about a woman that has the gut instinct that her boyfriend is cheating on her. He says, "You know I never lied to you." No not much.

      Voted up and awesome.

      Have a good evening and good week. :-)

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Thank YOU very MUCH, RG! I mean it. You are a very special soul. DO NOT change. And if you post anything funny from YouTube, please do NOT post the infamous "Baby Smoking a Cigarette," that caught fire a year ago. Horrible. Have a great weekend and visit again.


    • RGNestle profile image


      6 years ago from Seattle

      It's my pleasure. I really enjoy the unique topics you bring to Hub Pages and your enthusiasm for writing.

      We all need a laugh here and there, so I try.

      God bless you too!

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hey, RG...that song about Kitty Eating Things She Shouldn't Eat was fantastic! I laughed and felt good, not worse. Why didn't you post this on one of your hubs maybe talking about Unusual Hubs That Cheer Us, that would be great. The cats were very nice. I am a devoted cat-lover. Thank you, RG, for making my day. God bless you.


    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, RG...Im going to hear that AFTER I thank you first, for commenting on this, the last of two parts, of songs that make us feel worse. RG, thanks so much for ALL of your encourgement, laughs, smiles that YOU have given me. Thanks for the compliment on this hub. I seriously thank and appreciate it. And YOU.


    • RGNestle profile image


      6 years ago from Seattle

      Here's a little known song that will make you feel worse after you hear it too. You have been warned!

      Make sure your sound is on.

      Seriously though, nice Hub!

      Best to you all!

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Debbie,

      thank you very much...for the sweet comment. And vote. I do my best to provide quality hubs with the resources that I have. And I have YOU and my other followers to thank for supporting and encouraging me. God STILL keeps perfect records of YOUR kind acts, Debbie. You are a good soul.

      Sincerely, Kenneth

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow now that I think of it these songs did and still do make me sad.. I like most of them but you are right sad sad..Love your hub.

      I voted up


    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear, rmcrayne, first of all, may I wish for You and Yours, a Very Happy New Year? And I do so admire your comments. They are a definite reflection of the talent you possess. I (used to) love Phantom 309, G. Jones, He Stopped Loving Her Today, Bojangles, and yes, there are millions more, but they all point back (for me) to that ONE, GORGEOUS, SPECIAL LADY that I fell in love with, and now she is out of reach. That might be a good song title. "If My Heart Had Arms," LOL. Thank you SINCERELY, for your comment, friendship and following. Stay warm.

      Your friend, Kenneth

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      6 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      You gave me a little chill with Phantom 309. There are tons of songs that fit in your category. There are also tons of what my dad calls "cry in your beer songs", many of which are very sad, but I love them just the same. Like: He Stopped Loving Her Today, Mr. Bojangles, and One for My Baby (and One More for the Road). I could go on and on.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Good Friend, picklesandrufus...Thank you sincerely for this comment. I don't blame you for not remembering these. And from now on...THESE songs are in my "mental trash bin. To stay." Thanks for the sweet comment. And votes.

      Have a Great New Year.

      Sincerely, Kenneth

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      6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Had forgotten about many of these songs...maybe because they depressed me! Good hub. vote up

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Evening, mljdgulley, first, I want to THANK YOU For your warm comment. I appreciate it a lot. And I agree. I too like uplifting songs, happy tunes and that great country gospel always makes me feel better. Thanks, dear friend. Do have a Happy New Year.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, snakeslane, thank you for stopping by and leaving your warm comment. I honestly forgot Tom Dooley, which IS a sad folks song and those by Gene Pitney. Wish that you had been here to help with the writing of this hub. Thanks for your support. Kenneth

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      6 years ago

      You sure bring back the memories Kenneth. I used to listen to songs like you mentioned and would feel worse. I like happy songs or at least uplifting songs like hymns perferably gospel

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Hi Kenneth, I have to find preceding page, maybe there you have 'Town Without Pity" by Gene Pitney (just about any Gene Pitney song.) 'Seventeen' by Janis Ian. 'Tom Dooley" (various artist) 'Greensleeves', "Make Believe' Conway Twitty. I am an expert on sad songs, sounds like you are too. Cheers, snakeslane


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