Tear Jerker: Simon & Garfunkel

The music (and harmony vocals) of Simon & Garfunkel is often considered to be so hauntingly beautiful, much of their output can really move one to tears.

  • "Seven o'Clock News/Silent Night". There's just something in the juxtaposition of the calm and peaceful melody and all the violence in the news report.
  • Just stop and really pay attention the next time you hear "The Sound of Silence".
  • "Bridge over Troubled Water" can absolutely kill some people (not literally), as does the beautiful cover version by Eva Cassidy.
  • "Scarborough Fair/Canticle" becomes really depressing when you listen to the lyrics and realize what it actually says. Sarah Brightman's version is particularly haunting.
  • "Old Friends/Bookends" can bring a tear to many a person's eye — and, as time goes on and he keeps getting older, it just gets sadder and sadder.
    Preserve your memories,
    they're all that's left you.
  • "He Was My Brother", made worse by the fact that it's based on a true story.
  • "The Boxer".
  • "For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her", especially the version found in their 1972 Greatest Hits album.
  • "The Sun Is Burning".
  • "Sparrow." My God, "Sparrow."
  • "April Come She Will"
  • "My Little Town"
  • Their version of Daniel Robles "El Condor Pasa".
  • "The Only Living Boy in New York," another autobiographical song.
  • Their cover of Jackson C. Frank's "Blues Run the Game" manages to out-sad the original, which is no mean feat.
  • Not to mention Garfunkel's solo tune "Bright Eyes", from the Watership Down soundtrack.
  • The last verse of "A Most Peculiar Man":
    He died last Saturday
    With the windows closed, so he'd never wake up
    to a silent world in his tiny room
    And Mrs Reardon says he has a brother somewhere, who should be notified soon
    And all the people said
    "What a shame that he's dead, but
    Wasn't he a most peculiar man?
  • "I am a Rock"
    Don't talk of love
    Well, I've heard the word before
    It's sleeping in my memory
    I won't disturb the slumber of the feelings that have died
    If I'd never loved I never would have cried
    I am a rock
    I am an island.
  • "A Most Peculiar Man". Aside from the subject matter (a lonely man who kills himself), this line:
    Mrs. Riordan says he has a brother somewhere / Who should be notified soon.