Main Grief Song Discussion

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Madrugada
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04:26:58 PM Aug 22nd 2017
edited by Madrugada
Moved these ZCEs from the main page here. Please don't restore them without providing context. Look at the remaining examples to see what "context" means in this case. — at the very least, identify who or what is being grieved over.

  • "In Loving Memory", "Blackbird" and "Wonderful Life" by Alter Bridge.
  • "Summergirl" by The Mayfield Four (the lead singer, Myles Kennedy, is also the front man for Alter Bridge.)
  • "Paperthin Hymn" by Anberlin.
  • "Emily" by Mary And The Black Lamb
    • "Straight From My Heart", also by Richard Marx,
  • Hitomi Yaida's "Over the Distance"
  • "One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men.
  • "Dance with my Father" by Luther Vandross
  • "How to Save a Life" by The Fray
  • Hello! Project and its related artists do this quite a bit. They also subvert it, too.
  • "Hurt" by Christina Aguilera.
  • If the song is not about heroin, chances are any given Alice in Chains song is this. Special mention to "Would?" "Died" and "Get Born Again."
  • Sarah McLachlan, unsurprisingly, has at least three of these - "I Will Remember You", "Angel" and (one for the Buffy fans) "Full of Grace".
  • "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen (but more often its cover versions).
  • "Wake Me Up When September Ends" by Green Day from American Idiot.
    • "J.A.R." (written to a friend of Mike Dirnt who had died) as well, even though that's more upbeat.
  • "Breakfast Table" by Chris Rice.
  • "4am Forever" by Lostprophets
  • "He Was My Brother" by Simon & Garfunkel
  • "My Best Friend" by Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris, for exactly the same reason as above.
  • "My Lover's Gone" by Dido.
  • "Think of Laura" by Christopher Cross.
  • "Aubrey" by Bread.
  • "Gone Away" by The Offspring.
  • "Come Back" by Lesley Roy
  • "Why" by Rascal Flatts. "What Hurts The Most" also qualifies.
  • "You're Gone" by Diamond Rio.
  • "The Thing About Grief" by Clare Bowditch and the Feeding Set.
  • "Elle G." by the Newsboys
  • "When You Go", "Summer's Over", "I Hate California", and a number of others by Jonathan Coulton
  • Many Type O Negative songs, including "Everyone I Love Is Dead", "Everything Dies", and "Red Water (Christmas Mourning)".
  • "The Duel" and "Is Heaven Good Enough for You" by Allison Moorer.
  • "Night Comes Down" by Judas Priest. Even metalheads grieve.
    • Which brings us to "Watching Over Me" by Iced Earth.
  • Pretty much the entirety of Eels' Electro Shock Blues album.
  • Kamelot's "Don't You Cry" and "The Mourning After".
  • "KKK Took My Baby Away" by The Ramones.
  • "Harvest of Sorrow" by Blind Guardian.
  • "He hasn't returned from the battle" by Vladimir Vysotsky.
  • "Moonlight Shadow" by Mike Oldfield (and later Missing Heart and Groove Coverage, especially the piano version of the latter).
  • 'In My Darkest Hour', 'Foreclosure Of A Dream', 'A Tout La Monde' and 'Promises' by Megadeth.
  • "He Was A Friend Of Mine", which was covered by Bob Dylan and The Byrds (on Turn Turn Turn), among others.
  • Space have 'Bad Days' and 'Avenging Angels' (no, really).
    • "Speechless"
  • "May" by James Durbin.
  • "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday", as made famous by Boyz II Men.
  • "Last Kiss" by Wayne Cochran, but Covered Up (to the younger crowd, anyway) by Pearl Jam.
  • "Another Loss" by Decoded Feedback.
  • VNV Nation's lonely piano ballad "From My Hands".
  • Florence + the Machine: "Never Let Me Go" and "Heavy In Your Arms".
  • "From Where You Are" by Lifehouse.
  • The Smashing Pumpkins had a number, particularly on Adore. Notable examples include "For Martha", "Tear", and "Once Upon a Time".
  • "You Can Still Be Free" by Savage Garden.
  • "Ghost" by Indigo Girls
  • "Yellow Butterfly" by Meg & Dia.

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