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.
- Their cover of Jackson C. Frank's "Blues Run the Game" manages to out-sad the original, which is no mean feat.
- The last verse of "A Most Peculiar Man". As if hearing about the title character having no friends - his neighbours shunned him for being unfriendly and, worse, different to them - isn't bad enough, he is hurting so much below his surface anger that he finally decides he can't take it anymore, and it becomes clear that no-one will truly miss him once he's gone:
He died last Saturday
He turned on the gas and went to sleep
With the windows closed, so he'd never wake up
to a silent world in his tiny room
And Mrs Riordon 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". As happy as the singer claims to be living in complete isolation from other people, the reasons for this choice - not wanting to be hurt again as he has been in the past when his friendships and romances have gone sour - add a solemn edge to the song.
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.
- "America" sees two lost souls making their way by bus from Pittsburgh to New York, with no idea where they're going next:
"Kathy, I'm lost," I said,
Though I knew she was sleeping.
"I'm empty and aching and I don't know why."
- "Richard Cory", where the narrator still desperately wants to be the rich titular character even after Richard Cory kills himself.
He freely gave to charity, he had the common touch,
And they were grateful for his patronage and thanked him very much,
So my mind was filled with wonder when the evening headlines read:
But I work in his factory
And I curse the life I'm living
And I curse my poverty
And I wish that I could be,
Oh, I wish that I could be,
Oh, I wish that I could be
- "The Dangling Conversation" and "Overs" are painful somgs about one partner knowing his relationship has run its course, but has no idea how to end it, and is willing to stay in a loveless relationship out of habit.