Saddest song in existence is…
Hurt – Johnny Cash
Everything about this song is heartbreaking – but, in the best possible way. His voice, for one, is reflective of the emotions that he’s feeling, and also of his age. Reinforces the idea that he’s looking back on his past, and regrets. It is a cover of the Nine Inch Nails song, but of course Johnny Cash has truly made it his own song, embraced it, and made the song famous in his own right. The lyrics… just magnificient.
I think my favourite part, and the most haunting part, is the guitar at the beginning. Wonderfully understated tune = perfect! I could listen to that part on loop, mannnn.
I’ve been lucky enough to hear this played live (along with my Mum! ), by Tex Perkins who has a show called ‘Man In Black‘ in order to play Johnny Cash’s music. I was a bit worried that he might ruin Johnny Cash, but he was totally convincing, and a brilliant musician!! I truly believed him when he said “Hai, I’m Johnny Cash” with that special twang But yes, I had a silent, internal SQUEE when they played this song, because I honestly wasn’t expecting it! (or perhaps not so silent and internal, as I do recall elbowing my Mum furiously!) Very exciting
But yes. This is THE song to listen to when you’re looking for something utterly depressing. But, remember, in a good way
Any other ideas, people? The more sad songs, the merrier, right…??