Created By: TheTannedOtaku on July 9, 2011 Last Edited By: TheTannedOtaku on July 19, 2011

Sing A Song of Sorrow

When a group or character sings to display their mourning

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A great tragedy occurs within the Five-Man Band, or just a single Hero and it even appears that someone near and dear to them may either be Killed Off for Real or suffered from a Disney Death, or something else tragic. To truly express their state of grief and sadness, this can only call for...

...a song

That's right, (usually) the whole group will Sing A Song Of Of Sorrow to mourn their fallen comrade

May overlap with Amazing Freaking Grace

Examples:

  • In episode 24 of My Bride Is a Mermaid a large group can be seen singing sadly after hearing about Kai's "diagnosis"
  • Suburban Knights has a solo example with Linkara's Ma-Ti tribute
  • Rugrats Tales From the Crib: Snow White has this after Snow White/Susie falls asleep
  • Tangled has this near the end resulting in a Dark Reprise
  • An American Tail has "Somewhere Out There" between Fievel and Tonya
  • Subverted in Pooh's Grand Adventure has "Wherever You Are" as Christopher Robin isn't "gone" but "missing"
  • Annie has several having to do with her (deceased) parents
  • At the end of West Side Story, Maria sings the reprise of a love song from earlier in the movie while she's holding Tony and chokes up before she can finish.
  • In Dragon Age, after you finish the Dalish quest (where no happy ending is possible), if you Talk to Leliana in camp, she will sing In Uthenera, a traditional Dalish song about the death of an elder.
  • In Iroh's chapter of Tales of Ba Sing Se in Avatar: The Last Airbender, he sings a song throughout the cheery short. At the end, he sits down and cries over the death of his son, still singing. The scene ends with a still frame honoring the death of Iroh's voice actor, Mako.

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  • July 9, 2011
    ThePope
    I say expand this to just be anyone singing a song in mourning. It seems from the description that the song must come instantly; however, it would work better if the tragedy could be recent, and not right before.

    One example that came to my mind was from Valkyria Chronicles with fhe funeral of Isara, in which Rosie fulfills a promise to sing to her.
  • July 10, 2011
    Acebrock
    If we go with the above...

    In Dragon Age, after you finish the Dalish quest (where no happy ending is possible), if you Talk to Leliana in camp, she will sing In Uthenera, a traditional Dalish song about the death of an elder.
  • July 11, 2011
    Psychobabble6
    I imagine this is more common in musicals than in any other medium.

    • At the end of West Side Story, Maria sings the reprise of a love song from earlier in the movie while she's holding Tony and chokes up before she can finish.

    If we're going with just singing in mourning in general, then here's an Avatar example.

    • In Iroh's chapter of Tales of Ba Sing Se in Avatar The Last Airbender, he sings a song throughout the cheery short. At the end, he sits down and cries over the death of his son, still singing. The scene ends with a still frame honoring the death of Iroh's voice actor, Mako.
  • July 13, 2011
    TheThirdSet
    The beginning of Pirates of the Carabian: At worlds End.
  • July 13, 2011
    Generality
    • In The Lord Of The Rings, after the death of Boromir, Legolas and Aragorn have a mournful duet of sorts.
  • July 15, 2011
    Chlstarr
  • July 15, 2011
    Acebrock
    Maybe organize it by medium?
  • July 16, 2011
    BraveHoratio
    Speaking of The Lord Of The Rings, does "Frodo's Lament For Gandalf" count? Eomer does a bit of this sort of thing from time to time at the battle of the Pelannor fields as well. Really, Tolkien has his characters sing pretty much all the time.

    • In one episode of Stargate Atlantis, Teyla spends the second half of the episode singing a funeral dirge after her mentor figure passes away.

  • July 19, 2011
    Acebrock
    Bump

    Edit: Thinking bout it, I think [[http://dragonage.wikia.com/wiki/Leliana's_Song_(soundtrack) this]] would be a better link for In Uthenera

    Or not...
  • July 19, 2011
    FastEddie
    Sorrow Song is more concise.

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