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Bonnie Raitt"I Can't Make You Love Me"Etta James"One Night"Sheryl Crow"My Favorite Mistake"I guess I identify with the chick heartbreak songs. I'll think of more.
"He Stoped Loving Her Today" George Jones
Not sure "Why" is a romantic relationship breakup song. Didn't she have a child that died and "Diva" was a grief album? Very intense...and came in a grief-filled time in my life too.
#1. Together Again by Emmylou Harris#2. Play Together Again Again by Buck Owens
Hank wrote another song that's even better (more heartbreaking) than that one. "Wild Side of Life".
@Dust Bunny Queen: +1 for the Possum and "He Stopped Loving Her Today."
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Allison Krauss"Ghost in this House""New Favorite"Her haunting lovely voice
Ghost in this house lyrics:I don't pick up the mailI don't pick up the phoneI don't answer the doorI'd just as soon be aloneI don't keep this place upI just keep the lights downI don't live in these roomsI just rattle aroundI'm just a ghost in this houseI'm just a shadow upon these wallsAs quietly as a mouse I haunt these hallsI'm just a whisper of smokeI'm all that's left of two hearts on fireThat once burned out of controlYou took my body and soulI'm just a ghost in this houseI don't care if it rainsI don't care if it's clearI don't mind stayin' inThere's another ghost hereHe sits down in your chairAnd he shines with your lightAnd he lays down his headOn your pillow at nightI'm just a ghost in this houseI'm just a shadow upon these wallsI'm living proof of the damage that heartbreak doesI'm just a whisper of smokeI'm all that's left of two hearts on fireThat once burned out of controlAnd took my body and soulI'm just a ghost in this houseOh, I'm just a ghost in this house
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - great choice. Hands down, that's it. Did you ever see a night so long? Bob Dylan's version of Delia is one of the most heartbreaking songs I've ever heard. "All the friends I ever had are gone."
What the hell were these people smomoking to leave this Linda Ronstadt song out??? And what about Desperado, Hurt so Bad, Down so Low? My girl's been dissed. bad. But they include John Lennon - Sheesh. At least it wasn't Imagine.
"Change of Heart"The JuddsWhen you were mineI was still playingAnd promises that I madeWere just words I was sayingI was playing you for a foolBreaking love's precious ruleI did you so wrongGuess you knew all alongThat I had my boss lie for meTo say I was working lateMy friends alibied for meWhen I'd slip out to meet a dateBut, baby, now I seeI was only cheating meBefore you goI just want you to know(Chorus)That I've had a change of heartI've had a change of heartI see what I put you throughAnd I'll make it up to youI've had a change of heartI've just got to show you How differently I feelThat I can be true to youThat my love is realBut my past will forever haunt meIf you say that you don't want meI'm down on my kneesI'm beggin' you please, won't you?Have a change of heartPlease have a, have a change of heartI see what I put you throughI'll make it up to youPlease have a change of heartPlease have a change of heartPlease have a change of heart
What the hell was I smomoking?
I Fall to PiecesHe's Got YouDon't Worry ('bout me)Born to LoseMiss Patsy Cline, of course.
DBQ @ 7:31 p.m. hands down.
"Angel From Montgomery," written by John Prine, as sung by Bonnie Raitt.Here's a list of 19 tracks I did back in 2006. Good list, except Loudon Wainwright's "A Year" is not about Martha. Not sure how I made that mistake and I should fix it.I'd add at least one new song to that list, Bob Mould's angry and bitter suicide letter ofAgain and Again.It began sometime last week The feeling that most everything was changing for the worse All the triggers pulled at once So begins my ugly fall from grace - again I made myself delusional, the noble stab at staying upbeat But it was only for a whileI tried my best to radiate through hurricanes and double eights The pair split into two
Patsy Cline's I Fall To Pieces is the saddest sad song from the 50+ years ago category.
bill - yes, John Prine, thanks for thinking of him. How about "Hello in There"?
Ahem.... can we get any more heartbroken than CryingTHIS..(suggested by my husband 'the dumbplumber'. I drug him into this thread kicking and screaming)Roy Orbison ftw
Roy Orbison.... Adam Lambert Eat your heart out Adam!!
DBQ, you were almost right on your first comment -- ditto to Helen and Bob.I'd put "He Stopped Loving Her Today" at #2 and put "Concrete Angel" at #1. There can't be anything more heartbreaking than an abused child.
Nobody mentioned dog dying songs.
What, no "She Ran Calling Wildfire"?Glad they included "The Needle and the Damage Done", though. That's a tough song.The one that always leaves me in tears: "How To Save A Life", by The Fray.
"4. R.E.M., "Everybody Hurts" (1993)Michael Stipe sounds like a bleating lamb who lost his mother on this overplayed but still devastating song, which keenly summarizes a universal truth atop a swooning string section."?!?!?!This is a terrible, stupid song!
"Nobody mentioned dog dying songs."If Henry Gross's "Shannon" had been on that list I think I might have gone on a killing spree.
"4. R.E.M., "Everybody Hurts" (1993)Michael Stipe sounds like a bleating lamb who lost his mother on this overplayed but still devastating song, which keenly summarizes a universal truth atop a swooning string section."Universal truths are almost never keenly summarized atop swooning string sections.
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The carpenters "Superstar".Long ago and oh so far awayI fell in love with you before the second showYour guitar, it sounds so sweet and clearBut youre not really hereIts just the radio(*) dont you remember you told me you loved me babyYou said youd be coming back this way again babyBaby, baby, baby, baby, oh, baby, I love you I really doLoneliness is a such a sad affairAnd I can hardly wait to be with you againWhat to say to make you come againCome back to me againAnd play your sad guitar
Seven Spanish Angels, Ray Charles and Willie Nelson.
"God Only Knows" Beach Boys. "Don't Worry Baby" was also sweet and a little heartbreaking. My Linda Ronstadt might be "Keep Me from Blowin' Away." I always thought "Desperado" was a little too obvious, but I get it. Some of Lou Reed's stuff was a little heartbreaking, particularly from Berlin, but even some stuff from VU. Johnny Cash doing "Hurt". PP Arnold's version of "First Cut is the Deepest". "Take This Waltz" from Leonard Cohen is in my top three. "The Water Is Wide" and "I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen" and it doesn't matter who does them. "Joey" Concrete Blonde - mebbe cause I know a Joey it always hurts. Another Roy Orbison bid - that live thingy they always show on PBS where he does E Costello's "The Comedians." Costello could sure write a heartbreaker now and then. "Wonderful Life" The Felice Bros. And the Everlys knew a thing or two about squeezing a tear out from out of an eye. "Do the Freddy"..... Oh, great Kukamuka, can't cha hear me talkin' to ya?
Oh yeah, "Joey" is a great song. A noir opera in three minutes.
And "Not An Addict" by K's Choice is another great tragic song about addiction.
"He Stoped Loving Her Today" starts out sad but doesnt end sad.
Feng wins the thread.
Another vote for He Stopped Loving Her Today.Honorable mentions not yet mentioned here:When I Call Your Name (Vince Gill)'Til Each Tear You Cry Becomes a Rose (Keith Whitley)And how could they leave out Sunday Morning Sidewalk (Kristofferson or Johnny Cash)?
Allison Krauss: "Ghost in this House", "New Favorite".My vote goes to "It Doesn't Matter", another Krauss song (with Union Station, of course).This is a terrible, stupid song!Ok, I can see thinking it is a terrible song, although I personally like it. Tastes differ and all that. But "stupid"? What's stupid about it?Universal truths are almost never keenly summarized atop swooning string sections.So you would argue that "everybody cries, and everybody hurts sometimes" is not a universal truth? Come on. The song is aimed at teenagers. When you were a teenager did you never feel miserable and completely alone in the world?
"Joey" would definitely be on my list. It was the favorite song of a good friend of mine who died too young.But really, this list needs some Jim Croce. You could pick just about any one, but I'll go with "Photographs and Memories"Photographs and memoriesChristmas cards you sent to meAll that I have are theseTo remember youMemories that come at nightTake me to another timeBack to a happier dayWhen I called you mineBut we sure had a good timeWhen we started way back whenMorning walks and bedroom talksOh how I loved you thenSummer skies and lullabiesNights we couldnt say good-byeAnd of all of the things that we knewNot a dream survivedPhotographs and memoriesAll the love you gave to meSomehow it just cant be trueThats all Ive left of youBut we sure had a good timeWhen we started way back whenMorning walks and bedroom talksOh how I loved you then
Concrete Blonde's cover of "Tomorrow, Wendy" would be my second-favorite pick for heartbreaking songs.
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"everybody cries, and everybody hurts sometimes" is not a universal truth?Sure. So is "everybody shits almosy once a day". That doesn't make it a convincing or interesting proposition for a lyric."Come on. The song is aimed at teenagers. When you were a teenager did you never feel miserable and completely alone in the world?"Yes! In those instances I listened to Bruckner.
Most heartbreaking song...
The Cowboy Junkies did an awesome cover of the Hank Williams song. The most haunting song I've ever heard is "Cold Missouri Waters," written by James Keelaghan. Sung here by Richard Shindell.
To paraphrase O. Wilde, a man would have to have a heart of stone to listen to Bruckner without laughing.
What a stupid list.No links to the songs?What's the point?This is 2009, people. Get with the times.
Thanks Palladian ... I wanted to post this b4 but I thought maybe it was not allowed.O mio babbino caroO my dear papaI like him, he is handsome, handsomeI want to go to Porta Rossato buy the ring!Yes, yes, I want to go there!And if my love were in vain,I would go to the Ponte Vecchioand throw myself in the Arno!I am aching, I am tortured!Oh God, I'd like to die!Father, have pity, have pity!Father, have pity, have pity!It gives me goosebumps
Mary Hopkins: "Those were the Days"
Good choice, Palladian. I can't seem to find it, but there's a moment when Tannhauser is singing to Elisabeth -- is it when he sees her funeral procession? I can't remember. Anyway, his crying "Elisabeth" always gets me.
Tomasio Albinoni Adagio for Strings and Organ, La Fortuna.Powerfully sad piece of music.You'd recognize it from the film Gallipoli.(For the classical category)No words, none needed.
The Pogues version of Dirty Old Town. Ray Acuff's version of Wreck on the Highway.
Tanita Tikaram - Valentine Heart
I told you guys about the canon before and this matches perfectly with it. I first discovered "I'm so lonesome" through Al Green's version, and then - deeply moved - had to discover who wrote it. That started my life-long love of Hank Williams, Sr.I never would've made it through my divorce without him:"Your cheatin' heart" gave me strength.
The Pogues' "Pair of Brown Eyes" hits me worse that "Dirty Old Town".Beck's entire "Sea Change" is pretty melancholy & all about breaking up.But still, Hank Williams "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, and a slew of Patsy Cline numbers already mentioned pretty much do me in.
Whiskey LullablyAllison Kraus and Brad PaislyNotice how many of these HeartBreak songs are of the "country' genre?
DBQ, do you know Raul Malo?Fool #1 from "Trampoline", a live performance doesn't do his voice justice. Malo's Orbison covers are smooth as silk.Lem, Yes! Good call!BTW- The Leonard Cohen I was hoping for showed up last night, in spades. Catch him on tour if you can.
@dbq - +1 on Whiskey Lullaby, and dern near any other Allison Kraus ballad.
Chickenlittle, this one, maybe not so much.WTF was he thinking?
This one gets me teared up.Watch it all the way through.
John Denver, Seasons of the Hearthttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5KL4h6KrysBob Dylan, Desolation Rowhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMMZvbvUcAk
@BJM Wow! I didn't know Raul Malo before but I sure as shit know him now!! How could I have missed this guy and this group?Thank you for the lead.Damn! 'Teh' internets are incredible. Look at what we can do, hear and see.
Olita Adams covering Elton John's Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me sort of as a gospel.I saw her once in a small restaurant in Manhattan when I was a little kid. I recall thinking at the time, "Bloody hell. She's awesome." My all time favorite yearning love song that I like to sing along with because it's in my key is Martin Gore'sSomebody aqui subtitulado en Español.
Cool thing about "Cowgirls Don't Cry" is that it's about Reba's real-life dad. Ronnie Dunn and Kix Brooks wrote it for her.
BJM - you saw Leonard last night? How great. My daughter has tickets for a May concert. A few more: Tom Waits "Tom Traubert's Blues"And I heard Marshall Crenshaw on a Terri Gross radio program a few years back do an acoustic version of "Brother Can You Spare a Dime" - he really got it.And I know this one's girly but I was driving the first time I heard Tori Amos, it was the song "Winter" - I had to pull the car off the road it was so sad and beautiful.
Don't rely on EW for anything, much less a list like this.
Gillian Welch can turn an otherwise sad song into something uplifting.
A pair of Beatles songs:"Yesterday,"and"Eleanor Rigby"
"everybody cries, and everybody hurts sometimes" is not a universal truth?Sure. So is "everybody shits almosy once a day".Yes, emotional pain is just like a bowel movement. How clever of you to notice.
Oh Darlin' Why Don't you care for me no more"I still feel what I feelI still love what I loveI still want what I wantI don't understandOh Darlin why don't you care for me no more"I love the 'close harmony' similar to the Everly Bros style.
How comes nobody mentions the Mothers of Invention, "Go Cry on Somebody Else's Shoulder"You cheated me baby And told some dirty lies about me Fooled around with all those other guys That's why I had to get my khakis pressed I sure don't need you now And I don't love you Anymore
BJM - Thanks for that great link to Raul Malo. Like DBQ, I hadn't heard him before this, and I am also amazed. Wonderful singer, he just needs some black framed sunglasses.
For something a big different:Denez Prigent and Lisa Gerrard - Gortoz A Ran (From the Blackhawk Down Soundtrack.)Les Miserables - A Little Fall Of RainJustin Hayward - Forever Autumn
I lost track, but put me down for the Possum, He Stopped Loving Her Today.I remember watching him perform it on a late night talk show the year it won the Grammy - 1981? I think it was the Tonight Show? Country hadn't gone uptown yet and I recall thinking the reception was somewhat cool on the part of Carson and the audience. Then he delivered the song. The applause was over the top - they were stunned. What a master of the art - a real showman.
What a great thread. Lots of music I love and recommendations for more.Orphan Girl - excellent.I love Raul, love the Mavericks.Put me down, too, for Allison Krauss, the one Revenant mentions. That was used beautifully on an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer once. Go figure.
Something has to restore "Crying" to my appreciation.For many years, we'd have a block party on my street the Sunday before Mardi Gras. There's a parade that passes by the nearby Children's Hospital.A resident at Children's had a little throw-together band, and they'd play a day on his porch. The lead singer was terrible. These were doctors, entertaining themselves, but with a full PA system. His schtick, and I'm not sure if he was even aware of it, was that he'd imitate the singer of the songs he covered, starting out with Van Morrison "Brown-Eyed Girl" and moving through Willie and Waylon and Jimmy Buffett and god, it went on al day, with more and more drink consumed. His big finish was always "Crying," and no, he couldn't reach the notes. That didn't stop him from trying.
Beach Boys"I Just Wasn't Made for These Times"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hz7hPArVUqM"Til I Die"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcUeSDMll5s&feature=relatedThe Smiths"Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KDm1Hf1rQkPrefab Sprout"Desire As"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqZKcpOYZMERide"Vapour Trail"http://www.clevver.com/music/video/139373/ride-vapour-trail.htmlGary Allan"Best I Ever Had"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVsAtCu6KQsTodd Rundgren"It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmvensksyYkThe Pixies"Monkey Gone to Heaven"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHVKndMZIwIRighteous Brothers"Just Once in My Life"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2vMp0kJHyoFinn Brothers"Edible Flowers"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Bo2txSycyAThe Waterboys"The Whole of the Moon"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4NoZtmxf6oJars of Clay"Fly"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ds2Kiy6c7jMLloyd Cole"No Blue Skies"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzsCmQhUlcoRed"Pieces"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBdm69fRUps&feature=relatedGodley and Creme"Cry"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7Np1NxeVP4&feature=relatedThe Carpenters"Maybe It's You"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZytwSexOSwk
@phx, your daughter is in for a treat; here's a review of opening night.
Well, it doesn't have many of my favorites on there. No Tori Amos, Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Bjork, or Kate Bush. I will nominate a saddest song by each of my five favorite artists:Tori Amos, Putting the Damage On. I also really like this guy's youtube cover, which I just found.Tom Waits, Invitation To the Blues.This isn't 100% sad, but for Nick Cave I gotta go with There She Goes, My Beautiful World. He seems to get tired of singing at the end of this performance, for some reason.Bjork, Hyper-BalladAnd, finally, Kate Bush (who never performs live), All the Love.
Alone Again Naturally - Gilbert O'Sullivan
My vote for most 'heartbreaking song' would be Concrete Blonde's (You're the Only One) That Can Make Me Cry.But, that's only cause I saw her do it live with the co-writer (and her ex) Steve Wynn at the Whisky, about 20 years ago.if you think it's being sung to someone the singer is with, then it's a love song, if you think she's singing to someone she's no longer with, then it's heart shattering.(which is what made the performance I saw especially poignant, given that the duet was between ex-lovers)(also, there's at least eight Prince songs more heartbreaking than #9 on their list, Purple Rain)
So take heed, take heed of the western wind,Take heed of the stormy weather.And yes, there's something you can send back to me,Spanish boots of Spanish leather.-----------One more time at midnight, near the wallTake off your heavy make-up and your shawl.Won't you descend from the throne, from where you sit?Let me feel your love one more time before I abandon it.------------Sign on the window says "Lonely,"
Mille RegretzA thousand regrets at deserting youand leaving behind your loving face,I feel so much sadness and such painful distress,that it seems to me my days will soon dwindle away
Sorrow StaySorrow stay, lend true repentant tears,To a woeful wretched wight,Hence, despair with thy tormenting fears:O do not my poor heart affright.Pity, pity, pity, help now or never,Mark me not to endless pain,Alas I am condemned ever,No hope, no help, there doth remain,But down, down, down, down I fall,And arise I never shall.
That's funny. I was just writing about sad songs. Or one in particular.Elton John's "Empty Garden (Hey, Hey Johnny)" always makes me tear up.Sad songs? How about Buzz Lightyear's song in Toy Story: I Will Go Sailing No Moer.Or if that doesn't do it for you, how about Sarah Mclachlan singing "When She Loved Me" from Toy Story 2? To this day, my children will not throw out their old toys.James Taylor, Our Town.All courtesy that depressing fat f&** Randy Newman, God love 'em.
Oh, "Empty Garden" isn't the song I was writing about. I was writing about Loudon Wainwright III, who's got 4-5 songs that should probably be in any top 50 for heartbreaking.Sometimes I forget that you are goneI remember and I feel the acheHow could it happen? How could it be?It's not true, there must be some mistakeMementos and memories: tell me what good are they?Only Youtube I can find here.That's for his father, "Homeless" was one of several for his mother:When you were alive I was never aloneSomewhere in the world there was something called homeHere's a cover of "You Can't Fail Me Now" which LW3 did for Knocked Up, but which was written by Joe Henry:We're taught to love the worst of usAnd mercy more than life, but trust me:Mercy's just a warning shot across the bow
Also, seriously, "Sound of Silence" from the Paul Simon catalogue? How about "Bookends"?"How The Heart Approaches What It Yearns"? "Maybe I Think Too Much (b)"?Pfeh.
Hey, I pulled a Lem!
"Now it's time to say goodbye, to all our company,M-I-C, See you real soon!K-E-Y, Why? Because we like you!M - O - U - S - E"
All of these crying my eyes out songs are too obvious.Send In The Clowns
I can't argue with the #1 selection. I like Leonard Cohen's sentiment about HW in the "Tower of Song""I said to Hank Williams: how lonely does it get?Hank Williams hasn't answered yetBut I hear him coughing all night longA hundred floors above meIn the Tower of Song"
"Hello in There" by John Prine
For understated pain, I believe in the June Christy version,HERE’S THAT RAINY DAY (Van Husen – from Carnival in Flanders) Maybe I should have savedThose leftover dreamsFunnyBut here's that rainy dayHere's that rainy dayThey told me aboutAnd I laughed at the thoughtThat it might turn out this wayWhere is that worn out wishThat I threw asideAfter it brought my lover nearFunny how love becomesA cold rainy dayFunnyThat rainy day is hereFunnyHow love becomesA cold rainy dayFunnyThat rainy day is here
Sunday Morning Coming Down by Kristofferson for sure, the Cash version was to damn cheerful.On the Sunday morning sidewalk,Wishing, Lord, that I was stoned.'Cos there's something in a Sunday,Makes a body feel alone.And there's nothin' short of dyin',Half as lonesome as the sound,On the sleepin' city sidewalks:Sunday mornin' comin' down.
There's a dead man trying to get outPlease help me stay awake, Im falling...Asleep in perfect blue buildingsBeside the green apple seaGonna get me a little oblivionTry to keep myself away from myself ...and me.adam, you know who you are,Love ya,signed Eve
I also thought immediately of I fall to Pieces by Miss Patsy Cline.How about something like Cat's in the Cradle by Harry Chapin?
Super thread!Still Got The Blues For YouGary MooreEven his guitar is crying. If you like the blues and you like listening to an awesome guitar player.BUY the albums
Sarah McLachlan "Angel"Leeann Rimes "Blue"Dan Fogelberg "Another Auld Lang Syne"
As I said last night: #1 is "Concrete Angel." If your heart doesn't break at the thought of a little child dead due to child abuse you don't deserve to live yourself.#2 is "He Stopped Loving Her Today"#3 and #4 are a rough tie, but both are by Vince Gill: "Go Rest High On That Mountain" and "I Never Knew Lonely."
I have to say that I found William Shatner's It Hasn't Happened Yet to be pretty heartbreaking. It seems like a very personal song for him.
Are you serious? Another Auld Lang Syne? That's not a sad song, that's a dreadfully treacly abomination.
I vividly remember this scene in my own life from my school days at UW..."I was crossing the snow fields in front of the Capitol building.It was Christmas, and I was alone.Strange city.Strangers for friends.And I was broke."As the carillon sang its song, I dreamt of success. I would be the best. I would make my folks proud. I would be happy..."It hasn't happened yet. It hasn't happened yet. It hasn't happened.
"Eleanor Rigby" - if done by Ray Charles. (Absolutely brilliant)"I can't stop loving you" by either the Mills Brothers or Conway Twitty. (For my money, Conway. Nobody can tear your heart out like he could)"I wonder if they ever think of me" "You take me for granted" and "Looking for a place to fall apart" all by Merle Haggard.Still, the best will always be the Possum.
"Veronica", by Elis Costello always gets to me. "This Street, That Man, This Life" by the Cowboy Junkies."Lord, you play a hard game, you know we follow every ruleThen you take the one thing we thought we'd never loseAll I ask is if she's with you please keep her warm and safeand if it's in your power please purge the memory of this place"From EW's list, I'd have to put "Tears in Heaven" at #1, although more because of the backstory than the song itself.And I heartily endorse all three of the Concrete Blonde songs mentioned previously.
Hands down - "Hurt" by Johnny CashI hurt myself todayTo see if I still feelI focus on the painThe only thing that's realThe needle tears a holeThe old familiar stingTry to kill it all awayBut I remember everything[Chorus:]What have I becomeMy sweetest friendEveryone I know goes awayIn the endAnd you could have it allMy empire of dirtI will let you downI will make you hurtI wear this crown of thornsUpon my liar's chairFull of broken thoughtsI cannot repairBeneath the stains of timeThe feelings disappearYou are someone elseI am still right here[Chorus:]What have I becomeMy sweetest friendEveryone I know goes awayIn the endAnd you could have it allMy empire of dirtI will let you downI will make you hurtIf I could start againA million miles awayI would keep myselfI would find a way
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