Tear Jerker / Amanda Palmer
, be it with or without The Dresden Dolls, can make some pretty sad songs
- Let's talk about the Dresden Dolls for a moment. Even the name is depressing. Highlights include about ninety percent of their debut album (listen to the lyrics of "Half-Jack" closely and marvel at what you're hearing), "Delilah," "Sing" (which manages to be both one of the most somber songs ever written and one of the most triumphant), and "Me & the Minibar," the last line of which will make your jaw drop with depression overload. Imagine something so depressing you can't help but laugh and dial it back exactly enough to keep it completely serious.
- "The Point of it All" from Amanda Palmer's solo album, Who Killed Amanda Palmer? "But no one can stare at the wall as good as you, my baby doll/and you're aces for coming along/you're almost human, after all..."
- Obnoxious title aside, "Strength Through Music" can still make some people bawl. How many songs are there about school shooters? How many artistic works in any medium that make you pity them?
- The cover of "What's the Use of Wond'rin'?" puts the song in a whole new (and disturbing) perspective.
- Pretty much the entire album of Who Killed Amanda Palmer? counts. It was produced by Ben Folds, for whom this trope may be an actual superpower.
- "Trout Heart Replica" a song Amanda wrote while on tour after seeing a dead trout's still beating heart. At several shows when she played this, the entire audience was in tears.
The Art of Asking
- This blog post, written in the aftermath of the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. If Mrs. Palmer's tour was on time, she would have been right at ground zero. The tone, the content, the links to the NZ Red Cross, the poem at the end... well, it can really get you sobbing.
- Off of the new collaboration, 8in8, we have "Because the Origami," a duet between Ben Folds and her about a runaway son. Grab a box of tissues, and take a listen.
- The final verse of Amanda's parody of Friday.
- "The Bed Song". Just reading the lyrics can make you sob.
- This may be a bit of a given, considering the song, but her cover of 'Hurt' is heart-wrenching.
- "Coin Operated Boy". It is about a girl who wants a coin-operated boy because she has grown bitter after several failed relationships.
- "The Thing About Things".
- "A Poem for Dzhokar" because a lot of people outside the Amanda Palmer fandom mistook it for a poem that did Cry for the Devil. The poem itself is quite sad, with stream of consciousness lines that question how can an ordinary person do such a terrible thing like bomb the Boston City Marathon.
- "Bigger on the Inside". Written after the backlash from "A Poem for Dzhokar," where Amanda talks about the hurt from the aftermath, especially "You’d think I’d learn my lesson/ From the way they keep on testing/My capacity for pain/And my resolve to not get violent".
- Anthony Martignetti's death. Amanda loses her best friend and mentor and blogs about it.
- Especially poignant is that her at-the-time unborn child continually kicked during Anthony's final days and hours. When introducing the child to a friend shortly after Anthony passed on, the friend greets it with "Hello, little Anthony." Thus, Amanda and Neil knew what to call their son.
"It's a boy, by the way.
We found out.
It's a boy."
- Piggy-backing off of that, "A Mother's Confession" is a 10 minute song about all her fears about being a mother, the biggest of which is that her child will die.
- Amanda entire relationship with Anthony, especially when she details him succumbing to cancer.
- On the chapter about Christchurch, Amanda reveals that a journalist found out that Earthquake Girl had made up her story about losing her entire family. She was hurt and yet marveling by everyone who came together to support Earthquake girl.
- Amanda choosing to terminate her Surprise Pregnancy because of the baby suffering birth defects from an antibiotic she took. Even worse is how Neil doesn't know how to comfort her