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Tear Jerker / Manic Street Preachers

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This Welsh alternative rock band has some very heartbreaking songs.

  • "4st 7lb" is a graphic account of a girl with anorexia, filled with some of the most heartbreakingly beautiful lyrics Richey Edwards (who struggled with anorexia himself) ever wrote, in particular:
    "I want to walk in the snow and not leave a footprint
    I want to walk in the snow and not soil its purity."
  • "The Intense Humming of Evil", naturally - it is a Holocaust song, after all. It is clear that Richey Edwards was deeply impacted by his visit to Auschwitz.
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  • "Nobody Loved You". A song written by Nicky Wire (bassist/lyricist) about the loss of Richey Edwards (former lyricist/guitarist, now missing). Example lines. "Cherry blossom tree/but at least you are free/Nobody loved you/Like me" can make one tear up.
  • "Sepia". A B-Side, also about Richey.
  • "Cardiff Afterlife", another one about Richey.
  • "William's Last Words" was written by Richey himself. "Leave me go Jesus, I love you yeah I love you, just let me go"... "I'm really tired, I want to go to sleep and wake up happy"... it sounds rather like a suicide note. It's sung by Nicky Wire, who doesn't have a particularly strong voice, but the strained and cracked sound of his singing just makes it hit that much harder.
    • Why's it sung by Nicky? Because James genuinely couldn't will himself to sing something that he considered to be his friend's suicide note.
  • "Ocean Spray" was written about James Dean Bradfield's mother's battle with cancer, and his visits to her. The lyrics are all heartbreaking.
  • "If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next."
  • "Small Black Flowers That Grow In The Sky."
  • "This Is Yesterday."
  • The music videos to "Rewind The Film" and "Anthem For A Lost Cause".
  • Any interview where Nicky Wire is talking about Richey, usually holding back tears.
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  • "Little Baby Nothing", a hopeless rail against 20th century media misogyny;
    "No god reached me, faded films and loving books
    Black and white TV
    All the world does not exist for me
    And if I'm starving, you can feed me lollipops
    Your diet will crush me
    My life just an old man's memory

    Little baby nothing
    Loveless slavery, lips kissing empty
    Dress your life in loathing
    Breaking your mind with Barbie Doll futility

    Little baby nothing
    Sexually free, made-up to breakup
    Assassinated beauty
    Moths broken up, quenched at last
    The vermin allowed a thought to pass them by

    You are pure, you are snow
    We are the useless sluts that they mould
    Rock 'n' roll is our epiphany
    Culture, alienation, boredom and despair"
  • Their cover of "This is the Day" can also become one to longtime fans of the band, especially when combined with the montage video for it.

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