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Prompted by a slow work day…

January 5th, 2009 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Personal

And the strange decision to use Space Oddity in an ad for the Lincoln Navigator, I present my list of songs that never fail to make me cry:

1) Space Oddity – David Bowie
I think it’s the “And there’s nothing I can do” line that brings the tears every time.

2) In the Ghetto – Elvis Presley
My sister tells me that she can’t think of this song without hearing Eric Cartman from South Park, but I just hear Elvis singing one of the only songs of his I actually like.

3) Butterfly Kisses – Bob Carlisle
I always wanted to have a Daddy and to be a Daddy’s little girl.

4) The Luckiest – Ben Folds
One night my boyfriend and I were on MSN Messenger and he said he was listening to this song and thinking about me. I hadn’t heard the song so he sent me the file. When we got engaged we knew that this song would be the one we used for our first dance.

Songs that used to make me cry, by I got over it:

1) We are the Champions – Queen
Yes, I was way too attached to my Memorial Cup Champion hockey team when I was in high school, what of it?

2) Everybody Hurts – REM
It may be that this song just isn’t as sad without the video, it may be that I’ve become immune to it, or it may be that I’ve gone from thinking that the sentiment is very sad to knowing that it’s true.

3) Stop Crying Your Heart Out – Oasis
My sister put this song on a mixed CD that I was listening to while I left home and drove across the country to a job I wasn’t sure I wanted and it happened to be the one that was playing as I was catching my last glimpses of Ottawa. The lyrics – particularly the line “You’ll see them someday” fit the moment a little too perfectly.

4) A Bad Dream – Keane
A year ago I got on a plane and flew across the country and away from my husband in an effort to find a job and get a new life started for us while he continued working here. One day my mother and I were at the mall and HMV was playing Keane’s Under the Iron Sea and I decided to download it when we got home. From that point until the day I flew back to Ottawa, Keane filled my days, particularly this song, which brought tears every time I got to the line: “Wouldn’t mind it / If you were by my side.”

Alternatively – Songs guaranteed to make me smile:
ABC – Jackson 5
City of Blinding Lights – U2
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz (Also Lucky – his duet with Colbie Caillat)
Dancing Queen – ABBA
What You Own from Rent
Defying Gravity from Wicked

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