History TearJerker / HarryChapin

14th Jun '18 10:37:33 AM Rissis
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* "The shortest story" Is about the 20 day long life of a starving child, barely two minutes into the song the narrator simply states that there is nothing now to do but die which ends the story.

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* "The shortest story" Shortest Story" Is about the 20 day long life of a starving child, barely two minutes into the song the narrator simply states that there is nothing now to do but die which ends the story.
3rd Jun '18 9:15:32 PM Whiplasherman1
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* "Tangled Up Puppet". Written for his daughter, it tells of the sadness a father feels as his sweet little girl grows up into an independent woman who no longer adores her daddy. Particularly sad when you hear the last verse:
-->'''I have watched you take shape from a jumble of parts\\
And find the grace and form of a fine work of art\\
Hey, you, my brand new woman, newly come into your own\\
Don't you know that you don't need to grow up all alone'''
** And you realize because of his early death, his daughter DID grow up without her father.
29th Apr '18 12:01:35 AM BcUltra1990
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** Despite all this, the son looks up to his father, telling that someday he'll be just like him. Sadly, the father never did get to spend some time with his son. Time passes until the day his son graduated from college, and the father wants his son to sit down for a nice talk. This time, his son was too busy with his friends to do so and instead asks to borrow his car keys. Fast forward to present day, when the son has a family and house of his own. This is also when the chorus made a notable change; instead of "when you comin' home, dad" like the previous two times it's "when you comin' home, son" showing the reversal of the situation. The father called his son, asking to visit. The son replied he can't because of his work and new family. The father then realizes that his son really did grow up to be like him. If you listen to it for a few times and keep the meaning of the song in mind, you'll probably cry.

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** Despite all this, the son looks up to his father, telling that someday he'll be just like him. Sadly, the father never did get to spend some time with his son. Time passes until the day his son graduated from college, and the father wants his son to sit down for a nice talk. This time, his son was too busy with his friends to do so and instead asks to borrow his car keys. This is also when the chorus made a notable change; instead of "When you comin' home, dad?" like the previous two times it's "When you comin' home, son?" showing the reversal of the situation. Fast forward to present day, when the son has a family and house of his own. This is also when the chorus made a notable change; instead of "when you comin' home, dad" like the previous two times it's "when you comin' home, son" showing the reversal of the situation. The father called his son, asking to visit. The son replied he can't because of his work and new family. The father then realizes that his son really did grow up to be like him. If you listen to it for a few times and keep the meaning of the song in mind, you'll probably cry.
28th Apr '18 11:59:35 PM BcUltra1990
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** Despite all this, the son looks up to his father, telling that someday he'll be just like him. Sadly, the father never did get to spend some time with his son. Time passes until the day his son graduated from college, and the father wants his son to sit down for a nice talk. This time, his son was too busy with his friends to do so and instead asks to borrow his car keys. Fast forward to present day, when the son has a family and house of his own. The father called his son, asking to visit. The son replied he can't because of his work and new family. The father then realizes that his son really did grow up to be like him. If you listen to it for a few times and keep the meaning of the song in mind, you'll probably cry.

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** Despite all this, the son looks up to his father, telling that someday he'll be just like him. Sadly, the father never did get to spend some time with his son. Time passes until the day his son graduated from college, and the father wants his son to sit down for a nice talk. This time, his son was too busy with his friends to do so and instead asks to borrow his car keys. Fast forward to present day, when the son has a family and house of his own. This is also when the chorus made a notable change; instead of "when you comin' home, dad" like the previous two times it's "when you comin' home, son" showing the reversal of the situation. The father called his son, asking to visit. The son replied he can't because of his work and new family. The father then realizes that his son really did grow up to be like him. If you listen to it for a few times and keep the meaning of the song in mind, you'll probably cry.
28th Apr '18 4:31:56 PM Spacecoyote
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** FridgeLogic takes the song from a complete downer to bittersweet when you realize one of the son's reasons for brushing off his father was that his kids have the flu. He placed his priorities exactly where they belonged, with his sick children who needed their dad, and grew up to be a better dad than his own neglectful father. It's triumphant and heartwarming in that sense, and tearjerking in that the narrator ''still'' doesn't realize this.
28th Oct '17 5:21:45 AM ArgonianLorekeeper
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* If "Last Stand" doesn't turn on the waterworks, you have no soul:

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* If "Last Stand" doesn't turn on the waterworks, you have no soul:Stand":



* "Sniper". Scary, yes. Haunting, yes. Heart rending, very. Anyone who has a dry eye after hearing this obviously didn't understand what the heck just happened.

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* "Sniper". Scary, yes. Haunting, yes. Heart rending, very. Anyone who has a dry eye after hearing this obviously didn't understand what the heck just happened.
2nd Jun '17 3:31:27 PM HeroGal2347
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Little Boy Blue and the Man on the Moon\\

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Little Boy Blue and the Man on in the Moon\\


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** To make things worse, the last verse happens after the dad has been retired for a long time, which increases the feeling one might get from the final chorus that father and son will ''never'' get that time together...
1st Apr '17 5:18:20 AM YankeeDave
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And you know that love had long last died\\

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And you know that love had at long last died\\
1st Apr '17 5:17:31 AM YankeeDave
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Went out there in your soul\\'''

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Went out there in your soul\\'''
soul'''



You found a very deep hole\\'''

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You found a very deep hole\\'''
hole'''



In silence, not in pain\\'''

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In silence, not in pain\\'''
pain'''
1st Apr '17 5:16:24 AM YankeeDave
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* "Last Stand"

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* If "Last Stand"Stand" doesn't turn on the waterworks, you have no soul:
-->'''Well, so it was late last night\\
She left on the final flight\\
You watched as the last light\\
Went out there in your soul\\'''

-->'''Take a look around the top\\
For now you face the final drop\\
You'll go down fast and you won't stop\\
You found a very deep hole\\'''

-->'''Say you're off on the last ride\\
Remembering how she last cried\\
And you know that love had long last died\\
In silence, not in pain\\'''

-->'''You lost your last, your last race\\
Stumbled in last place\\
Too late to find the one last face\\
Waiting in the rain'''
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