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Tear Jerker / The Bee Gees

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If you think this group can only sing disco songs on falsetto, then think again.

  • "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart" to start with.
    • From the same album, "Don't Wanna Live Inside Myself."
  • "First of May" qualifies, as does "I Started A Joke".
    • Even sadder on May 20, 2012, when Robin Gibb died. His son played "I Started a Joke" on his phone. He later said the following in an interview:
    Robin-John Gibb: "When he passed away we went out, they took the equipment away and we came back in, I picked up my phone and found "I Started A Joke" on YouTube and played it. I put the phone on his chest and that was the first time I broke down. I knew that song and its lyrics were perfect for that moment. That song will always have new meaning to me now."
  • "Tragedy", which opens their 1979 studio album, Spirits Having Flown. Lyrical Dissonance sets in on this one, as it's an upbeat song about a man who is about to cross the Despair Event Horizon out of loneliness.
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  • "Until", which is a lesser known track that ends Spirits Having Flown. The song is a short but ominous sounding song that features Barry singing maudlin lyrics while an electric piano plays in the background. Have a listen.
  • "The Longest Night." A song that appeared on their 1987 studio album, E.S.P. It features Robin in one of his finest moments with the group.
  • "Wish You Were Here", which appears on their 1989 album One. Even more so when you take into account that Barry, Robin, and Maurice wrote this song as a tribute to their brother, Andy, who died in 1988 at the age of 30. The album itself is dedicated to him.
  • Another song from One, "Tears."
  • "Above And Beyond" may not sound sad at first, but try listening to it while watching this video, which serves as a tribute to Maurice Gibb, who died suddenly in 2003.
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  • "Fallen Angel", which appeared as the closing track (in most regions) on the group's 1993 album Size Isn't Everything. Similar to "Tragedy", the singer is on the Despair Event Horizon due to being lonely. It's a rather sad song to close the album with.
  • Also from Size Isn't Everything, "Blue Island." According to the album's linear notes, the song is "Dedicated to the children of the former Yugoslavia." And as anybody who knows as to how things in the former Yugoslavia were at the time, it really hits hard.
  • "Rings Around The Moon", which appears as a bonus track on the brothers' 1997 album, Still Waters. This song is a maudlin sounding song which features Robin singing on high vocals, and in some points (particularly the chorus), he sounds like he's going to break down in tears.
    • Try watching this tribute to Robin Gibb, which features the song.
  • Then you also have "Islands In The Stream", which originally was written by the trio as a song for Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. The group themselves did a few versions of the song. First, there's the live version from their One Night Only show in 1997, in which Maurice and Barry share the lead. And then there's their studio version which was recorded for their 2001 compilation album, Their Greatest Hits: The Record, featuring Robin on lead vocals.
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  • "Promise The Earth", a song that appears as a bonus track on their final studio album, This Is Where I Came In. More Lyrical Dissonance occurs here, as it's a fast-paced song with rather sad lyrics, Listen to it here.
  • In fact, a majority of the songs in which Robin sings the lead.


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