A To Z – Kleenex, Please

I’m a sap. I’ll admit it. It doesn’t take much for me to tear up. Movies, songs, books–whatever.
You may notice that most of the songs I list are country. Even though I’m not the biggest country fan, to me they seem to have the best sad songs.
Ships That Don’t Come In by Joe Diffie – This is such a beautiful, sad but also inspiring song that says to me that no matter how hard life is, there are always others who’ve had it worse. This song doesn’t just make me tear up, it totally makes me cry.
This is one of my favorite lines: And as he ordered one last round he said, I guess we can’t complain. God made life a gamble, and we’re still in the game.

The Walk by Sawyer Brown – I love these guys, and they have so many terrific songs, but this one always gets to me.
It’s a touching story about a son talking about how his father was there for him all his life. As a child going off to school for the first time and as a young man going off to Vietnam. And when his father is getting older and has to leave his home, the son is there for his father. It’s also impossible for me not to cry at this song when I hear it. This is the official video from Sawyer Brown and it’s a fantastic video, so you should check it out.

Love Me by Collin Raye – He has so many sad but beautiful songs, it was hard to pick. This one is about a grandfather telling his grandson about the love of his life (the boy’s grandma, of course) after she passed away. Also impossible not to cry.


Cats in the Cradle by Cat Stevens – Another sad song of a father and son. The father realizes how much of his son’s life he missed because he was always too busy with work and whatever–there was always something. This one doesn’t make me cry as much as the others, but it’s such a great reminder of what children want and need the most: your time.


Are you the type to cry at sad songs? Which sad songs do you love and why?

4 Responses

  1. I was listening to Say Something in the car one day and started bawling because it was the perfect sad song for one character I was writing about at the moment. So embarrassing.

  2. There are a few songs that will always make me cry for personal reasons. I remember shortly after my uncle died, I was out with my friends at a karaoke night, and someone sang The Wonder Of You by Elvis. My uncle was a massive Elvis fan, and I broke down.

    Also, more recently, the song How Long Will I Love You by Ellie Goulding gets me. I reminds me of my book, Sidelined, and it makes me howl when I hear it lol.

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