[[Music/PeterGabriel This former front man of]] Music/{{Genesis}} [[TearJerker has a lot of incredibly depressing songs]].
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* "Blood of Eden", especially the ''Carnivale'' fanvid, is cover of The Magnetic Fields "The Book of Love". The song earns extra points by being pretty darn hilarious as well.
* One Word: "Biko".
* "Father, Son".
* The quiet, ending section of "Family Snapshot" (a song about Lee Harvey Oswald, or someone similar; Gabriel has sourced inspiration to Arthur Bremer, the attempted assassin of George Wallace).
-->All turned quiet. I have been here before\\
A lonely boy, hiding behind the front door\\
Friends have all gone home... there's my toy gun on the floor\\
Come back Mom and Dad\\
You're growing apart, you know that I'm growing up sad\\
I need some attention\\
I shoot into the light.
* "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjEq-r2agqc Don't Give Up]]" is a prime example. Sounds like a cheesy title, but the lyrics, melody and Music/KateBush doing supporting vocals all make it really work.
** And then there's Shannon Noll and Natalie Bassingthwaighte's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMUmfWh9_tk cover]]...
* "My Body Is A Cage", originally by TearJerker/ArcadeFire, has always been a tearjerker. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15E0swZPoQE Peter Gabriel took it]] and made it a ''triumphant'' one.
** Pretty much all of Scratch My Back.
* "Here Comes the Flood".
** The acoustic/piano version [[UpToEleven makes the song even more heartbreaking]].
* "I Grieve". First released in 1998, the song took on more poignancy when in an interview in 2002 he revealed both of [[AdultFear Gabriel's daughters were in New York City during the 9/11 attacks, and he had no way of contacting them to make sure they were okay.]] He dedicated the song to people who have been in similar situations.
** Also sad in that it was one of the last songs to feature Gabriel's friend, Pakistani vocalist Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, who died in 1997 before the song's first appearance on the Film/CityOfAngels soundtrack.
* "Red Rain" as well.
* "Sky Blue".
* "[[LonelyPianoPiece The Drop]]".
-->One by one, they're going out\\
You watch them dim\\
One by one, you watch them fall\\
And wonder where they're falling to.
* "Wallflower" from ''Security'' veers between this and [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Heartwarming/Music Heartwarming Music]].
* "Home Sweet Home".
* "Mercy Street".
-->[[Creator/AnneSexton Anne]] with her father\\
Is out in the boat\\
Riding the water\\
Riding the waves\\
On the sea...
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