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But Pa, that one always makes me cry...

There's something about music that can make us soar or dash us against the rocks.

In my family, we have definitely love affair with the sad songs. Folksy or more contemporary, when we gather on Sunday afternoons and the guitars come out, it's on. The sadder the better. Even on Christmas Eve we go through the Silent Night and Away in a Manger and then? Well, after my grandmother requests Margaritaville, we sing Kristofferson, Cash, Jones, Willie, Waylon and the boys and more than a few selections from the Cokesbury Hymnal. Below is a list of some of the songs that always bring a tear to the eye...

In no particular order...
1. Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Really, there's very few songs that have such an ability to move a person so completely.


2. Why Me Lord? (Kris Kristofferson at his best thanking God for blessings during the times he was at his worst.The Gaither Vocal Band always does a moving performance, too.)

3. He Stopped Loving Her Today - George Jones

4. Taps

5. Danny Boy

6. The Band Played Waltzing Matilda (Just a sad soldier song. I have a real soft spot for those songs...)

7. Casimir Pulaski Day - Sufjan Stevens (Childhood sweetheart and bone cancer...)

8. O Night Divine (A moving song especially when you think about the tiny little baby it was written for.)

9. Man in Black - Johnny Cash ("'til things are brighter, I'm the man in black...")

10. Hurt - Johnny Cash (His palsied lisp gives the song a much richer quality than NIN's version)

11. Give My Love to Rose - Maybe Johnny should have his own list.


12. Whiskey Lullaby - Alison Krauss and Brad Paisley (Another soldier song...)

I'm sure there are tons of others...what gets you all teary?

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