- "Life And Death" with its angst-tastic lines of
"I came into this world a screaming infant,
Forced entry into this life,
As I grow the pain sustains deep inside my soul,
But hate will never leave me."
- "Solitude" from their first album is a very melancholy acoustic tune, as are "Before The Vision" and "Reaching The End" from Night Of The Stormrider.
- "Dracula" from their album Horror Show, especially at the beginning.
- There's a smattering of very powerful moments in the "Gettysburg (1863)" trilogy ("The Devil To Pay", "Hold At All Costs" and "High-Water Mark") that may induce tears.
"The last time we were together,
- But the beginning of "Hold at All Costs", where Confederate Brigadier General Armistead speaks about his dear friend, Union Brigadier General Winfield Hancock may be one of the strongest. Even more powerful because it's TRUE HISTORY!
I grabbed his hand and I pledged,
'If I ever draw my sword on you,
May the Good Lord strike me dead'."
"On their next wave we charge at them,
- Also includes a Crowning Moment of Awesome: In order to buy time for Union reinforcements to arrive, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain orders an almost suicidal bayonet charge against the rebels.
There is no other option.
Disconcert them, force submission, on my command, fix bayonets!"
(Armistead) "We're almost there my boys
- Also tear-inducing, from "High-Water Mark".
I've never served with finer
We must push forward boys
And bayonet the Yankee tyrants!
To the copse of trees we charge
To crush the union center
And when they turn and run
An open road leads us to freedom!"(Lee) "It's over now, we are retreating
I never thought that we'd be beaten
All this blood is on my hands
The thousands dead due to my plan
I am responsible
All of this is my fault
I thought us invincible
Is this God's will, after all?
I look across this blood-soaked land
All this blood is on my hands!
God forgive me, please, forgive me!
It's all my fault! The blood is on my hands!"
- "Watching Over Me" was written by Schaffer as a tribute to his best friend, who had died tragically about a decade prior. Additionally, said friend was the one who suggested the name "Iced Earth" to Schaffer, as the band was known as "Purgatory" until 1988.
- "A Question of Heaven". Yes, it's about Spawn — but it's really sad.
- "Hollow Man"
- "When The Eagle Cries".
Tear Jerker / Iced Earth
This heavy metal band has a few sad songs.