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June 13, 2016 5:19 am  #1


Best Tear Inducing Music

How many have a special song that inevitably makes them misty, or maybe that they know will help someone else cry when the tears are coming but just won't spill? 

In the former category, this tune always gives me a little gleam in the eye. Reminds me of my high school sweetheart (who was really sexy when she cried, of course). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PMqzN4mn4c

Also this lovely instrumental, which bears some significance in important local history for me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_qIhrB73Uo 

In the latter category, the elephant lullaby song, "Baby Mine," from Disney's "Dumbo," was this for a girl who I was in a relationship with back in college. It became our comfort song, when she needed to cry in my arms but she just couldn't get her tears out, I would take her into bed, hold her close against me and whisper-sing the song into her ear, and it would always leave her sobbing, hard and refreshing and beautiful. 

What are your magic tear tunes?

Last edited by NeedHerSobs (June 13, 2016 5:21 am)


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June 13, 2016 4:56 pm  #2


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"No One is Alone" from Into the Woods.
"For Good" from Wicked
"The Old Man" as sung by John McCormick

The latter one especially lately. It's a song about his father, and since my father died in January, it still makes me teary.
 


"We have our stalking memories, and they will demand their rightful tears."
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June 13, 2016 6:35 pm  #3


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A lot of songs can make me cry just once, but then they lose their effect the second time around.  One of the biggest pleasures in life is ending an enormously stressful day by lying down, closing your eyes, putting on a sad song and just crying. It's even better if your spouse is there crying with you.http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/wink.png
Here are a few of my go-to's that are good for repeat tear-jerking.

https://youtu.be/A-Tod1_tZdU -  "I need my girl" by The National. Discovered this a month ago.

https://youtu.be/XP4clbHc4Xg - "Make it stop" by Rise Against. This is the only loud spunky rock song that I'll cry to. It's usually just tears in the eyes with this one. 

https://youtu.be/9xlwpf8u4aw - "Forever and Always" by Parachute. I know it's really cliche. But this song works and I've had tears down the cheeks three different times with this one already.

https://youtu.be/fCNvZqpa-7Q - "White wine in the sun" by Tim Minchin. I cried to this one last night. It worked on my wife too who was lying beside me, partially because she was so surprised to hear this kind of song coming from a comedian. It was funny because she started the video as if she expected to laugh, but by the end she was looking at me with a kind of stunned expression and quickly wiped the tears from her cheeks.

These are the songs that are able to bring us to tears when we start off completely composed and happy. If I was already emotional, then often a simple instrumental can set me off.


I'm a woman and I think women are beautiful when they cry.
 

June 13, 2016 6:43 pm  #4


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I enjoyed Tim Minchin. Humor is often about feeling bad about something and feeling glad about feeling bad. 

P.S. Were you able to enjoy your wife crying? 

Last edited by NeedHerSobs (June 13, 2016 6:47 pm)


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June 13, 2016 8:24 pm  #5


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NeedHerSobs wrote:

P.S. Were you able to enjoy your wife crying? 

Yes, the first two tears dropped all the way down her cheeks, she wiped them, and then one more tiny one fell to her lips which I then kissed. Unfortunately I really doubt she'll cry to this one again.


I'm a woman and I think women are beautiful when they cry.
 

June 13, 2016 11:53 pm  #6


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I can't relate to the "making yourself cry" thing.

I'm naturally not very easily reduced to tears and when I am, I've gotten good at fighting it. I don't think I'd ever be comfortable making myself cry intentionally. Obviously somehow related to my fetish

 

June 14, 2016 12:04 am  #7


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Ella wrote:

I can't relate to the "making yourself cry" thing.

I'm naturally not very easily reduced to tears and when I am, I've gotten good at fighting it. I don't think I'd ever be comfortable making myself cry intentionally. Obviously somehow related to my fetish

Honestly, I'm not into that either, but I'm curious as to what might have this effect on people and how they feel about it. 


"Bless me now with your fierce tears..."
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June 14, 2016 1:57 am  #8


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Two that come immediately to my mind are the aria "Tu, Tu, Piccolo Iddio" from Puccini's opera Madama Butterfly (the title character, a young, unwed mother, is about to commit suicide in order to give her young son freedom) and the music that accompanies Schindler's "I could have got more" scene from Schindler's List.  I can't listen to either of these pieces of music without tearing up.

Caircair, I can relate to your choices, with the exception of "The Old Man" which I've never heard, though I am familiar with John McCormack.

I am sorry about your father.

 

June 14, 2016 3:25 am  #9


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I saw him sing it in a live performance once, and it was clearly a song that was hard for him to do. If you watch at the very end, you can see the tears on his face.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNL_wGZgV5Q


"We have our stalking memories, and they will demand their rightful tears."
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June 14, 2016 3:45 am  #10


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caircair wrote:

I saw him sing it in a live performance once, and it was clearly a song that was hard for him to do. If you watch at the very end, you can see the tears on his face.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNL_wGZgV5Q

Oh!  I actually thought you were referring to John McCormack, the late 19th and early 20th century Irish opera tenor!  No, I'd never heard of the singer in the video -- though he does do a lovely job with the song.  I like Scottish accents. 
 

 

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