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Songs that make you sob

I'm a giant wuss. A total crybaby. Tito, get me a tissue!

Those twisted folks at Rhino Records recently reissued the heart-squishing works of Jim Croce. And I'm telling you, I could barely get past six seconds of Time in a Bottle — "If I could save time in a bottle …" — before losing it. Total sobathon. If a co-worker had strolled by, they would have thought I had just dropped an anchor on my toe.

But in considering my own Kleenexian tendencies, I realized that a lot of you are big beautiful ninnies, too. Misery digs company, and when I asked readers for their saddest songs of all time, the waterworks opened with startling honesty. Wow, you guys are a mess … and I love it.

You unloaded all five of the classic caterwauling categories: breakup songs, pet owners mourning Fido, bride and groom first-dancers, losing battles with the Grim Reaper and, of course, the atom bomb of tissue tunes, the daddy's little-girl lullabies.

Because we all need a good cry now and then (or, you know, every time we drive to work or go home for Thanksgiving), here's a sampling of Times' readers favorite weepers. Fair warning: If you're a big softie like me, this is a minefield of malaise. Go on, tough guy, squirt a few …

You're Going to Die Soon … Now Sing Along!

The Dance, Garth Brooks

I Hope You Dance, Lee Ann Womack >>

Live Like You Were Dying, Tim McGraw

Under Pressure, Queen and David Bowie

Time in a Bottle, Jim Croce

The Living Years, Mike + the Mechanics

When I Get Where I'm Going, Brad Paisley & Dolly Parton

(Says Sherrie: "My son actually changes the radio station as soon as he recognizes a tune that will reduce me to mush. Jim Croce, Bread. The list is endless.")

Father-Daughter Devastation

Cinderella, Steven Curtis Chapman

There Goes My Life, Kenny Chesney

Father and Daughter, Paul Simon

You'll Be in My Heart, Phil Collins

Goodnight My Angel (Lullabye), Billy Joel

, Wind Beneath My Wings, Bette Midler

(Says Marissa: "Wind Beneath My Wings … reminds me of my dad who passed away in '99. It was our father-daughter dance at my wedding reception.")

Nobody Loves You

Aubrey, Bread

And So It Goes, Billy Joel >>

Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word, Elton John

Baby Come Back, Player

The Smile Has Left Your Eyes, Asia

I Can't Make You Love Me, Bonnie Raitt

Both Sides Now, Judy Collins

Send in the Clowns, Frank Sinatra

Keep on Loving You, REO Speedwagon

(Says Guy of listening to REO: "Driving to college after saying farewell to my then-gal pal, I was shocked to discover I actually had tear ducts, as I felt a solitary drop run down my face.")

Your Dog Is Dead

Shannon, Henry Gross

(Little Deb says: "Shannon, the 1976 worldwide hit by Henry "Sha Na Na" Gross, was a song written about the passing of Beach Boy Carl Wilson's Irish setter dog of the same name.")

I Now Pronounce You Man and Wife ... Until You Croak or Get Divorced. Sucks, huh?

Forever and Ever Amen, Randy Travis

, When You Say Nothing at All, Alison Krauss

Walking Her Home, Mark Schultz

(Says Bassnote: "That last verse of Walking Her Home causes uncontrolled sobbing.")

Sean Daly can be reached at sdaly@sptimes.com or (727) 893-8467. His Pop Life blog is at blogs.tampabay.com/popmusic.

See 'em and weep

We've thoughtfully provided YouTube links to many of these weepers on the PopLife blog. Just look for the sad songs entry at blogs.tampabay.com/popmusic.

Songs that make you sob 10/27/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 3, 2008 7:10pm]

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