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Whats the Saddest Blues Song you ever heard...
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I dont know if you'd count it as blues, but Bob Dylans version of 'Dont think twice its alright' (from the album) is incredibly sad. Its got this kind of mournful 'im gunna leave you' thing going on.
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Quote by CheckOutSerafin
I dont know if you'd count it as blues, but Bob Dylans version of 'Dont think twice its alright' (from the album) is incredibly sad. Its got this kind of mournful 'im gunna leave you' thing going on.


I second that. Not really blues, though.

Still probably the saddest song I've ever heard.
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yeah a lot of dylan, because the lyrics really are miles ahead of anybody that did blues (well actually any music i've heard), and he has an incredibly expressive voice. some robert johnson stuff as well.
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Have You Ever Loved A Woman? - Derek and Dominos

Most pain EVER in one song, not to mention that whole album.
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#6
a Dylan tune, but not Dont Think Twice It's Alright...

IMO its If You See Her Say Hello
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'life by the drop' by stevie ray vaughan.

it's not so much the lyrics (which are little difficult to make out at times) but more so the emotion in his voice.
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Quote by redwing_suck
Have You Ever Loved A Woman? - Derek and Dominos

Most pain EVER in one song, not to mention that whole album.



How could I have forgotten?

Jesus, such a good answer. Damn you and your remembering really good songs, redwing_suck!
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Blue Jean Blues - ZZ Top

Not so much because of the lyrics, but I just love the way Gibbons makes the guitar scream in pain. One string bend from that song can say more than any lyric every written IMO...
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Lenny by Stevie Ray Vaugahn is pretty sad.
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Have you Ever Loved A Woman- Freddie Kings Version
Life By The Drop/Life Without You- SRV
Alot of Robert Johnson's stuff is sad.
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Quote by StratRat13
Have you Ever Loved A Woman- Freddie Kings Version
Life By The Drop/Life Without You- SRV
Alot of Robert Johnson's stuff is sad.


Definately Life Without You by SRV.
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Tin Pan Alley. I don't understand how anyone can say Lenny is sad. Maybe it's just me. Life without you is sad, (about his guitar tech that died I think), until you hear the live version on instep, which is one man just so happy to be alive. Listening to that song when I'm down never fails to cheer me up.
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On the nirvana box set, kurts solo recording of where did you sleep last night is really sad. I think if he had finished it off with the yelling like he did live it would have been better.

Mostly its the tune, but also the pain in his voice, its amazing.

Never heard the leadbelly version though.
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yeah i'd have to say Life Without You is sad, that was the song that i was playing in my car on the way to my friends funeral =(
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Quote by pistols
On the nirvana box set, kurts solo recording of where did you sleep last night is really sad. I think if he had finished it off with the yelling like he did live it would have been better.

Mostly its the tune, but also the pain in his voice, its amazing.

Never heard the leadbelly version though.



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Quote by mr_chinnery
Tin Pan Alley. I don't understand how anyone can say Lenny is sad. Maybe it's just me. Life without you is sad, (about his guitar tech that died I think), until you hear the live version on instep, which is one man just so happy to be alive. Listening to that song when I'm down never fails to cheer me up.


Stop talking balls mr chinnery, it's clearly either Floating Bridge by EC or Nobody loves but me my mother by B.B. King.

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I second mr_chinnery on saying that "Life Without You" is NOT sad. It's a remembrance song. That live version is incredible!

I stick to my guns: Have You Ever Loved A Woman?
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#23
Eric Claptons "Tears In Heaven" not really blues but good song
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There's a song called "Trouble In Mind." I have no idea who it's by, I learned it from a couple older blues players. It's incredibly sad, imo.
Also, I second Blue Jean Blues and Tin Pan Alley.
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Quote by redwing_suck
Have You Ever Loved A Woman? - Derek and Dominos

Most pain EVER in one song, not to mention that whole album.


YES! Especially on the Live at the Fillmore 1970 album. Key To The Highway is a very sad song too.
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#27
wow, this thread is way off. a lot of delta stuff is sad

"Hard Time Killing Floor Blues" by Skip James, "A Man and the Blues" by Buddy Guy and Elmore James' version of "The Sky is Crying" come to mind, but I could sit here and list 50 more that are more sad than the stuff you guys are naming.
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Quote by redwing_suck
Have You Ever Loved A Woman? - Derek and Dominos

Most pain EVER in one song, not to mention that whole album.


If you think that has pain, go check out the Freddie King album...


Also Fleetwood Mac - Jumping At Shadows.

This version in Particular: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nB6zg05CxYg
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#29
Gary Moore's version of 'Need Your Love So Badly' from the Blues for Greeny album. If I want a good ball, that's the one I listen to. Gets me every time.
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Quote by Ancient Jello
Gary Moore's version of 'Need Your Love So Badly' from the Blues for Greeny album. If I want a good ball, that's the one I listen to. Gets me every time.

what about peters origial?
does that do anthing for you, cause ive always considered his playing much more emotional
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I have just listened to each twice and both are really great. I think I'm emotionally attached to Moore's version because when I broke up with my boyfriend last year I played it over and over (which made sure I was miserable for much longer!). So when I play it now, it brings back memories of that time and makes me sad all over again.

And now have listened to the song four times in a row I really do have the blues!
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Quote by Ancient Jello
I have just listened to each twice and both are really great. I think I'm emotionally attached to Moore's version because when I broke up with my boyfriend last year I played it over and over (which made sure I was miserable for much longer!). So when I play it now, it brings back memories of that time and makes me sad all over again.

And now have listened to the song four times in a row I really do have the blues!


Ah.
When the songs have personal emotion invlved they're always a tad more bittersweet.
Been there, done that with a loot of songs. Five Long Years in particular. (I always get the shakes when playing it.)
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I just finished listening to Green's Albatross and now Black Magic Woman ... wow, when your feeling emotional this is just such powerful stuff - not depressing, just takes you right into yourself and taps the basic and raw feelings.

I haven't listened to Moore's album 'Old New Ballads Blues' until tonight and the track 'No Reason to Cry' hits some sad spots too.
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#34
Worried Dream by Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac. By the time the solo has ended if you're not in tears you officially have no soul.
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strange fruit- billie holiday. listen to it, and listen to the words closely. she sings about fruit on a tree, but it represents lynchings. it nearly makes me cry.

and of course blind lemon jeffersons "one kind favor"
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#36
Oh I just remembered another one.

Blues For The Homeless - Ronnie Earl.

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'as the years go passing by' always gets me for its hopeless desperation, i especially like the santana version which has a slightly off key organ which gives it a strange other-worldly vibe.
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Nobody loves me but my mother-BB King? more depressing though...
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B.B.'s The thrill is gone... and i loved another woman by fleetwood mac, i think it has a really sad feel to it...