- "I said, 'Kiss me, you are beautiful; these are truly the last days.' You grabbed my hand and we fell into it. Like a daydream. Or a fever." from "The Dead Flag Blues" is particularly heart-wrenching. This is, arguably, the most bleak and depressing piece of music ever written. The cheery bit at the end can actually make it worse.
- The whole track has a feeling of a person despairing and slowly succumbing to nihilism and depression. The name of the song even implies this - flags imply meaning and order. If the flags are "dead", what happened to those things?
- "They don't sleep any more on the beach" from the intro to "Sleep." Just the man's voice alone with nostalgia for the good old days is heartbreaking.
- To say nothing of the song itself. The entire second half of it is just so ethereal that it can make one tear up.
- "Love Song for 15 Ontario" by Godspeed side-project Set Fire to Flames manages to be heartbreaking with no vocals at all.
- The song was used on the soundtrack of the equally heartbreaking movie Tout est parfait, that centers around a teen whose four closest friends all kill themselves, leaving him out of their pact...
- "Wanda" by another Godspeed side-project, A Silver Mt. Zion, is already somber enough... Then you discover it was written in memory of Efrim Menuck's dog, who died while he was away on tour.
- "Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven" features a beautiful build-up to a crash that feels like dawn... It can make one tear up every time.
- The end of "Storm" with the sampled speech.
- "Chart #3," with its incredibly somber violin solo over which appears a sample of a preacher talking about dying and seeing the face of God, can be extremely depressing.
- It's already mentioned on the heartwarming page, but "Antennas to Heaven" has been known to move people to tears of joy, between the sounds of children playing, and the highly emotional instrumental passages that follow.
- The beginning of "East Hastings," featuring a street preacher accompanied by bagpipes playing the melody from Dead Flag Blues. There is something about it that makes it absolutely heart-wrenching.
- "The Sad Mafioso" certainly merits the "sad" part of its title.
- "Anthem for No State", just because of how beautiful it is.
- "09-15-00" from Yanqui U.X.O. is particularly slow and somber, invoking images of a ruined battlefield.
- The penultimate segment of "Motherfucker=Redeemer (Part 1)", the one from about fifteen minutes through about eighteen minutes in, is very emotional. The placid, major-key segment that follows it can, in the very best tradition of "The Dead Flag Blues", make it even more of a tear jerker.
- The beginning of "Moya." If loneliness and despair could make a sound, this is definitely what it would be.
- The final track on G_d's Pee at State's End!, "Our Side Has to Win (for D.H.)", is so ethereal it can be tear-inducing. It becomes a million times more so when one becomes aware of the context behind the song: it is an elegy for a friend of the band who passed away in December 2018 after a long illness. Efrim Menuck's written tribute to him (found in the link) can be a tear-jerker by itself.
Tear Jerker / Godspeed You! Black Emperor