Top Ten Saddest Songs
Many guitarists these days with a few years of experience can pick up a guitar and play famous riffs of so many great guitarists and perfect them but no one will ever be able to replicate how Clapton plays because they lack one simple thing - emotion. I don't mean emotion in general. His "Unplugged" album was so perfect precisely because it was so real. He had the courage to share what he was going through with the world. The loss of one's child is the most painful thing a person could ever go through, and he persevered. He turned his pain into something so beautiful which will stay with me forever. The acoustics on this album are just sheer perfection. This is so much more than a "sad" song, it's the deepest and most personal song on this list. He wrote it. He performed it. He went through it. We know his story and it means something to us - something we can't even begin to describe with our vocabulary and he captured the essence of it so perfectly with this song. His live albums in ...more
In my opinion, this song is the defining work of Eric Clapton's career. Sure, "Layla" is a fun song to listen to, but it's something of a light pop song and gets boring after the first half. "Tears in Heaven" captures the emotions of a deviating personal tragedy: the loss of not just a friend, but of a son. Few songwriters could channel their emotions into music so beautifully.
M y best song is the main theme song of the amazing spider man. The cast peter Parker is the best superhero I ever seen. I request him, that this he make more than 5 parts of the amazing spider man and add more science fiction, I am sure if you will do so Andrew Garfield then your movie will e the highest grossing movie. I am your fan. I am first time an fan of any actor.
I think I was pregnant with our first child, when the news of his little boy dying made news, and then this song comes along, with him pouring his heart out... There were times like in the car and I had to change the station, so I wouldn't be a blubbering baby in public. An amazing and sad tribute.
At the bottom of everything, extreme emotion is surprisingly void. Instead, a numb calmness takes over. The only way to know if emotion even exists is to hurt, metaphorically or literally, as Johnny sees all fake people living fake lives, lies called Society. He produces artificial happiness to fit in with society, taking drugs to feel happy. At least he used to use heroin. His old vices and cruelty give him long flashbacks. He can not erase what has happened In the past. He once had problems with these drugs. He wants to give everything he can to his wife, making up for his ruined heart. His fame is not important, because of these bad decisions. He wants to warn them, he will! Hurt them! He thinks he is entirely worthless. If he could have a second chance, he would do it all over again being pure and whole as a man.
Even though I prefer the original version a little more, I will admit that this cover is...Absolutely one of the best covers I've ever heard (To the point where I cry even more than the original). From the dying, frail voice of Johnny Cash, the clean and happy-but-sad chords of the guitar (mixed in with perfect atmosphere of the piano), the change in the original's meaning, to the tear-jerking (and I don't mean this in a bad way) music video it is, undoubtedly, hard not to love this cover almost as much as the original (and in some ways even more)
Can’t express how much I love it. It makes me cry every time. It’s another one of those eerily relatable songs; every word just hits really deep for me.
1. I would like to say that some of the songs on this list are total bull... I mean where r u now?!? that is one of the most lifeless and generic songs I have ever heard. Songs like snuff by Slipknot, Jeff Buckley's hallelujah, or so far away by a7x are power ballads where you can feel the emotion that the artists put in the songs, making them capable of putting you in another place entirely. this is one of those songs. the lyrics and video tell the story of a legend who was a shell of his former self before his death 7 months after its recording. songs like these are the true emotional powerhouses, not the garbage that makes up the some of this lists.
I've always liked this song, but I didn't really find it sad until I found out what it really was about.
I'm so sorry, Billie, may your father Rest In Peace.
Green Day is my all time favorite rock band. I remember the first time I heard this song was in the morning before going to school. I was probably in first grade and my mom changed the channel on the T.V. to MTV Hits and that's when I heard this song for the first time. I really liked this song even though I was small and didn't really understand the meaning of it. After that I would always turn on MTV and hope that they would show the video. Today I love this song even more because I understand the true meaning of it and it's so touching. Whenever I listen to this song in September I think about 9/11... One of the best rock songs out there. Love it! Amazing!
Maybe I'm too passionate about Green Day but I absolutely despise those people who think this is a love song, too many people sing the words but don't know what they mean, those people who on October 1st, post on their social medias "Wake up Billie" as if its funny, Billie Joe Armstrong was ten years old when his father died, he locked himself in his room and said "wake me up when September ends" and that is not something to laugh about, Billie Joe Armstrong is my idol, so please people, respect this guy.
This is one of the saddest songs ever, its is about Billie Joe Armstrong's father who died of cancer when Billie was 8. I cry every time I listen.
No doubt the song struck me to my heart and a brief story. I loved being at the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida as an extra WITH host Mindy. For years we were the very best of friends and by March, 2020 we were on the verge of something special in our lives when the coronavirus hit Disney and shut everything down and broke up our friendship. This song when I think of Mindy and that show, I broke down to Nonstop uncontrolable tears. Let's hope this show re opens so that we can finish some unfinished business.
This course of this song makes me sad because its basically saying that she has been with this one person for a long time and now she just lost him and can't get him back. Which makes me feel really sad because well whenever someone passes away you can never see them again and if you had something really important to say to them you can't anymore, because what if you wanted to say sorry for something you accidentally did or if you wanted to tell them something ex-termly special or what if it was a family member or your own child. You wouldn't be able to apologize for what ever you did by accident, you couldn't say that special thing that you wanted to tell them, You probably might not have been able to say goodbye to that family member of yours, and if it was your own child you would be heart broken because there supposed to live longer than you are and they probably weren't able to try new things or even completely grow up. Now I know this because of to many T.V shows and because I ...more
I first heard this song when I was very little- probably only three years old. It became my favorite song, and the line "time cannot erase" stuck in my mind forever. Whenever it came on on the radio, I would cry- and I was just a tiny toddler. "Time cannot erase" was etched in my mind for my whole life, and I've never remembered the artist, name of the song, or any other parts of it until I came across it in this list. Thank you, you have made my day.
One of the rare songs that could make me cry more than once. Out of Imagine, Numb (piano version), and Bring me to life..
Every time I hear this song it feels like someone is pulling the trigger of a gun loaded with an infinite amount of emotions, right in front of your head.
But, indeed in a beautiful, melodic, peaceful and not over-dramtic way of (literally) emotional overkill. (As in Bring me to life)
This song brings me to tears because of certain memories that while sad, made my life seem just a little better and brighter. Four years ago, my great grandfather had passed away due to terminal illness. Before he was sent to the hospital, he got up at the middle of the night and played this song on the guitar while singing it to my great grandmother (who he woke up. She sleeps in the rocking chair for whatever reason) I remember waking up at the middle of the night to hear the sound of the guitar for one minute, then recording the whole scene on my phone while sobbing and choking on my tears the next. They saw me and told me to come in and we proceeded to finish the song and then sing blackbirds and let it be. When I went home (my family lives in another part of the country), I learned how to play the songs that we sang that night, and now I'm pretty good at those songs and I can proudly say that I'm really skilled with a guitar. Last year, my great grandmother died because of ...more
I honestly feel this song isn't as sad as people say it is though. Listen to For No One or Elinor Rigby, or even Julia if you want a really sad Beatle song. To me, Lazarus is the one of the saddest songs. Bowie kniws he's going to die, and he makes the song to say goodbye to his fans. You can hear the emotion in his voice.
If there's anything that can break your heart, it's nostalgia. Like in the third verse of Firewood by Regina Spektor... Nostalgia is a very powerful subject and a nice change from damn love songs. There's too many.
Let it be written in stone that the Beatles are one of the rock bands that shaped the minds and hearts of today with there lyrics and tune. "Yesterday" could ring in my ears forever.
Definitely the best. This song is about the iconic ex-guitarist for Pink Floyd Syd Barret. It is about how though Syd was alive at the time it was as if he was dead. His brain was dead from all the psychedelic drugs he took and he was clinically insane. He lived out the rest of his life in his mothers basement by law. So sad
I've never understood how this song is sad. Yeah, the lyrics are pretty deep but the tune to me doesn't sound sad at all. This song is so overrated. High Hopes, which wasn't even on this list until I added it, has moved me more.
How I wish
How I wish you were here
We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl
Year after year
Running over the same old ground
What have we found?
The same old fears
Wish you were here
I thought this song was sad before I knew what it was about... Then I learned what it was about and it's sad looking at pictures of the band just before Syd left and he just looks vacant
I honestly don't really like this song, but it's a song with a story and a meaning. Eminem tells us about a fan Stan who clearly has some issues and a whole sad story enfolded around that
Well this song is sad hell yeah it is but the way Eminem described the feeling of a fan feels he is singing for me or us... All don't we feel like this for our favorite. band or artist you wanna live with them, smoke up with them... The lyrics written are so intense in this no body wrote something like this in last 28 years... He is god of rap yes but songwriting is above all... No one can have even thought to write a masterpiece because he is that sick... Though I listen to metal Eminem may be a rap god but he is metal as hell... This song takes all the emotion and wanna rap like hell... The masterpiece of emotions
A song with a story.
Basically a fan of the artist Eminem named Stan writes letters to Eminem. He really can relate to Eminem in the first verse. As the song goes on, he begins to get more distraught, naming his daughter after one of Eminem's songs, (Bonnie) talking about his Uncle Ronnie, who he hasn't sung about at all, and other things. On verse 2, he gets a bit more crazy, saying that he thought it was messed up he didn't answer fans, though Eminem gets ton of fan mail every week. Stan gets angry when Eminem does not give his little brother, also a fan of Eminem, an autograph they stood in the cold to get. At the end of verse 2, Stan makes the threat that he will no longer be a fan of Eminem if he doesn’t get a response. This is clearly an empty threat, as he has shown deep levels of obsession so far. However, it does demonstrate that Stan is ready to take action if he doesn’t get a call, which foreshadows the ending. As it turns out Em does lose Stan.
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I hate this song, because every time I hear it it brings me to tears. in my opinion the greatest song he ever wrote. The raw emotion put into every single word, the way he visualises the fall of stan from an ordinary fan into a horrible horrible person makes this a pure masterpiece. I don't care about your opinion of Eminem and his controversial ways. You cannot deny he is a genius.
I think that this song is much more depressing than "my immortal" because a its about a young child at first in denial about a loved ones death, then they see the body for themselves, and my tears start forming.
This song is a song that only a few people know... But it is amazingly beautiful... I would say that it's my favourite Evanescence song... You will just love this song if you don't know this song.
I was having a bad day & I ended up balling my eyes out pathetically when I first heard this song. I actually learned it on the piano.. I still listen to it and play it all the time.
I think this song is really sad, but I loved it so much I had to listen to it over and over, it made me cry 5 out 7 times I would watch it in one day.
This song is absolutely incredible. The lyrics are very meaningful. The singer Isaac Slade has a very very unique voice that's not like any other. We can feel his emotions through the time that he sings this song in.. This song is definitely the saddest song of all time and it is absolute genius. How to save a life is my favorite song ever.
This song makes me want to cry. It’s nostalgic now, but I remember all the times I’ve been hurt, even physically, and remember the times I really wanted to die, I felt worthless. This song makes me feel sad, but I remember it all. I do regret wanting to die. Although I do feel foolish, because now as I sit, I want to fall asleep forever.
This song is very sad because its discussing death, whether from disease or suicide. I can relate because I have lost someone very close to me. One of my parents actually. This definitely triggers tears even if you haven't lost someone.
This isn't the saddest song here, but I think it's depressing. So catchy for all those people who considered suicide or people with friends who attempted suicide. Also, you can feel the pain when The Fray sings it.
I love this song. Everyone at one point has probably felt like a loser, someone who doesn't fit in. Creep is also beautiful in the sense that it captures how you feel like everyone around you has perfect lives and are literal angels compared to your rotten, stinking self.
This song isn't sad.
And Radiohead has more depressing tunes like:
Fake Plastic Trees.
I don't get why this song about someone that can't show his feelings to the one that he love is depressing.
There are plenty of Radiohead songs sadder than this one. Fake Plastic Trees, Street Spirit, Let Down, and No Surprises are much more depressing.
Expresses the feelings that everyone gets at some point in their lives. If you haven't heard it yet, listen to it and you'll understand.
This song makes me sad but also very excited. I just love it! It's easily one of the best Rock songs. And the lyrics feel so passionate! If you watch the live version, Robert (the lead singer) says, "You know, I feel like this song's about hope." Then the famous guitar riff hums it's way in and the crowd is bawling and screaming their lungs out. And the live version is amazing as well. But this song overall is just so beautiful that it's sad. I think that's why I vote for it. It's about the natures of life and how precious life itself is! Stairway to Heaven in my opinion is easily one of Led Zeppelin's best works, and one of the best songs of all time.
I don't know why this is even ON this list. How on earth can you take this for a sad song? And if you listen very hard, the tune will come to you at last: To be a Rock, and Not to Roll?
Stairway is, quite possibly, the most powerful rock and roll song of all time. It's all there, the whole package- I remember it being voted the #1 song by radio station listeners in San Diego (on KGB's yearly poll back in the day) several years in a row. With good reason. DEFINITELY not SAD or DEPRESSING WHATSOEVER!
If you really pay attention the the mode and beginning lyrics it is very sad should be # 2 beside Bohemian Rhapsody which is about someone innocent being executed and it is there final thoughts.
Wow! This song like has adrenaline in th solo! Robert plant's best work! No need to mention Jimi Page's guitar solo which symbolizes rock guitar! Great song with great lyrics and guitar!
Freddie Mercury recorded this song when he was terminally ill. Other mediocre men would just give up and enjoy the last of their days But not Freddie Mercury, with barely the strength to even walk took the stand and did any ways. Listen closely to his vocal runs at the end of the song, it's almost painful to hear. It's the sound of the great Freddie Mercury ignoring the pain to deliver one last masterpiece for the world. It's not the song that is saddening, it's the fact that it's the last song Freddie Mercury sang that made it so saddening. Every time you listen to this song, be reminded that this is his last gift to the world, his last message to the world.
I used to listen to this song on the bus after school but I had to stop I cried too much. This is one of my go to songs. The fact that it was one of the last songs Freddie sang for queen, if not THE last one, makes it even sadder.
Oh my God. I just listened to this song, and I have a tear in my eye. He's saying that he would never give up and wants to keep going even under the circumstances he is going through. He loves the world. The world needs to show more love for Freddie. I love you Freddie.
Long Live Queen. Long Live Freddie Mercury.
This is so sad. Freddie’s AIDS was severe. He was losing his eyesight and he couldn’t even walk at the time, so, he had a hard time recording it. I love you, Freddie. Rest In Peace.
It's 2013 and I still cry during this song, remembering my father. I cry, cry and cry even if I've listened it around 100000 times and half. I cry. And it's Christina who made me cry because she's so amazing, so perfect and so stunning even after all these years of living. My father would have loved the song and I wished there was a way I could show it to him.
Me and my best friend performed this at our talent show at school and everyone loved it. It is amazing and strong inside out and now every time I hear this song, I remember all those beautiful memories and I just can't help myself but crying.
A deep song. At first, I thought it was about a love relationship. Later I did know that this song telling us to appreciate the ones who always behind our back; keep supporting and guiding us. Thank you christine for making Hurt beautifully with your undoubtful voice!
This song touches me in many ways, as I am young and recently lost my mother to heart. when I hear this song it reminds me of the times I had friends
This, Wake Me Up When September Ends and I miss you. I picked this song because it is the untold story of a soldier and the horrors that you face if you were or currently are a soldier. I think the most emotional part of this song is the first line and then the refrain at the end "He said son, have you seen the world? And what would you say if I said that you could? Just carry this gun. You'll even get payed I said that sounds pretty good" just a masterpiece and one of RA's best songs. Wake me up when September Ends deserves its top 5 spot because it has a double meaning, it is a tribute to the loved ones of the victims of 9/11 but it is also a tribute to Billie's dad that died when he was seven "like my father's come to pass seven years has gone so fast. Wake me up when September ends." Both really great and emotional songs
This song brought tears to my eyes with it's beautiful lyrics and message.
This song is much different to Rise Against's usual stuff, and it is by far Rise Againsts best. The guitar, Tims voice, and the lyrics are what makes this song so powerful.
This song is sad because it is true, war is depicted as cool and awesome, when really, it is everything but that. This shows a soldier learning this the hard way. No one see's the dark side of war."Is that all they see? Just medals and scars. So damn proud of me"
This is personally my saddest song.
The first time I heard that song, I found it pretty boring because of the lack of speed and guitar an drums in it. Then the second time, I listene to the lyrics and aat the end I burst out crying in my pillow, cause I didn't want my parents to see me. It's the first time I cried in years! The lyrics are so powerful!
ONCE I saw this title and began to play it. It made me cry, truly it so hard to be a soldier, and a keeper of peace. Right now the are here in our country helping out our devastated people hit by TYPHOON HAIYAN. Salute to these heroes.. and thank you for the quick response.. EAGLE is alway watching..
I was waiting for this to show up. It honestly saddens me that it's so low on the list (52). Just listen and tell me it doesn't leave an impact. In a short few minutes everything about life is reflected and we realize just how much we've had to go through in this Mad, Mad, World...
Such a sad song, most will know this from gears and Dom's death, gears incorporated this song greatly. Its just such a sad but good song, and at the same time it gives me a good feeling that's unexplainable.
Every time I hear this song it makes me want to curl up in a ball. The words are so thought provoking and really makes you think. It is a mad world, definitely. Just take a moment to reflect...
This song is really sad. Look I know everyone has their own problems to be sad about but then there are big things happening on earth. These things makes me sad, world is mad. This song has the best explanion for that... Gotto be higher!
Come on already. Tears in heaven is still a sad song, but not many people can relate to it. Fix you has lots of different verses that can relate to lots of different people. Plus the organ and piano help to make it sound even more depressing, instead of just Chris' voice. The guitar part helps make it even more emotional and motivating, like you've got up to the thing that's making you sad. This should be in the top 10, and maybe even 1st, but that's a bit too much to be honest. - mathyfox441
It's an okay one... but there are WAY more beautiful and depressing songs by Coldplay than this one (Spies, We Never Change, Trouble)... it's honestly kinda infuriating that people always seems to skim Coldplay's surface and then call it the cream of their crop. It's no wonder people consider them to be so overrated...
Parachutes>A Rush Of Blood To The Head> Everything Afterwards
Yes this song is sad in the beginning, but it soon becomes inspiring at the end. I think that Amsterdam should replace this song. That song is filled with suicidal thoughts and depression. Don't get me wrong though, Fix You makes me cry every time, but it comes when the guitar comes into play, just because that sudden change in mood is so powerful.
It's so sad- shows the desperation at the start (when you try your best/ but you don't succeed/ when you get what you want/ but not what you need). This gives way to hope for the future that makes this song at once heartbreaking and uplifting, in classic Coldplay style (lights will guide you home... / and I will try/ to fix you)
Such a nostalgic song, and an incredibly deep one at that. But once you begin to connect all the lyrics, it’s so sad; Don McLean is good at making songs like that.
I'm not sure how sad this song is but it carries a lot of emotional memories for me. In school, we would sing a song at the end of each year and this is the one we sang the year that my friends all moved away.
I listened to this with my grandfather (it was one of his favorites) when I was little... All the time. He died 3 years ago and I miss him so much. I can't listen to the song anymore, because I couldn't stand the pain.
I really ❤ this song but I just can't take this song seriously. Why? I'll give you 3 hints.
1." Saying soon I'm gonna be a Jedi"
2." Did you know that this junkyard slave isn't even old enough to shave? "
3." Look do you see him hitting on the Queen? Yeah he's 9 and she's 14 yeah he's probably'ly gonna marry her SOMEDAY."
Thanks Weird Al
This is one of the saddest songs I've ever listened to. If you listen to the version with lyrics, you will know what I'm talking about: the singer is talking about how he was abandoned at the altar, and he's remembering how his father died and how his mother became distant and detached after that. A truly sad song that makes me cry every time I hear it!
Brings tears to my eyes yet I can't stop playing it over and over. We all have feelings deep inside that emerge when we hear certain songs and this song stirs those sad, melancholy feelings like no other for me.
Really sad-I listened to it over and over after my mom died-she told me many years prior that she used to listen to it after her dad died!
Melody isn't particularly sad, but the lyrics are unbelievably sad. Definitely one of the saddest ever.
This song is about the passing of the Reverend Tholemew Plague (jimmy Owen Sulliven), who passed in 2009. The band, Avenged Sevenfold, decided they will not go on without Jimmy. But, they might possibly have another album coming out (for all you A7X fans out there! ) Jeez, I'm such a fangirl! But anyways, that's why I voted for the song. Because it's about an ACTUAL PERSON and well, I LOVE AVENGED SEVENFOLD!
Keep calm and Listen to avenged sevenfold people. They have a son in black ops 2 called "Carry On". LOOK IT UP IT"S AMAZING
Ok, the fact that it's #48 makes me fell sad. This is a terribly sad song, because the Rev is one of the greatest drummers of all time. The fact that the music video only makes it more sad is something that I'll always remember. RIP Rev. A7X foREVer
This song is about the passing of the rev, originally written by syn for his dead grandpa, when the rev died, the band and syn decided to write this as a tribute to the rev. this was a tossup between warmness on the soul and so far away, but so far away is more depressing. foREVer
You simply feel it there, that painful loss of The Rev. This song is actually full of life for me, because it is about someone, who really lived. It has soul. And that's the reason why I vote for So Far Away.
"When the day is long, and the night, the night is yours alone. When you're sure you've had enough of this life." It's a beautiful and touching song from one of the best albums of the 90s and of course one of the most influential bands in the past 30 years.
This is the saddest song ever. I've listened to most of the songs on this list, and this is the only one which has me steadily crying throughout the whole song. Maybe it's just me, but this is by far the saddest song I've ever heard.
No it is not depressing song. It delivers a message that "Folks do not lose heart because bad times are a part of everybody's lives and everybody hurts no matter who you are." The message is quite clear.
This is definitely one of the most saddest songs in history! Makes me cry every time, not to mention it is head to head with ' You Raise Me Up '.
Really? It's only really sad during the bridge (haha) part of the song, the rest is about the city of Los Angeles. Also, the song itself is really upbeat.
The city references were only there as a metaphor to the loneliness to the world. This is one of the saddest songs when you reflect on the lyrics.
I like this song but it is not that sad yet it is sad but in a different way from most songs
Probably the best song of RHCP. The best lyrics which touches my heart every time I hear it!
The only reason why this isn't higher is b/c nobody knows about Technique. In this song, he's not a rapper but a storyteller. This song just moved me to tears and I hadn't cried in years. Dance with the devil is about how far you gonna go to look cool for the public. Ridiculously sad and inspirational at the same time.
How is this not at least in the top 10? If this isn't the saddest song ever written, I don;t know what is. First time I heard this song, a friend showed it to me and by the end I was speechless. When people hear this song, it gets to them. It tears at your heart and you feel for the guy. No song even comes close to this one.
During the last verse when that line comes (I don't want to spoil), better hear it yourself, you will be stunned! It's not at the top because people doesn't know about about this song and Immortal Technique. Another sad song by him is 'You never know'
Guarantee that everyone who has heard this song voted for it... I love Eric Clapton and Tears in Heaven is beautiful, but this should be number 1. The only reason it isn't is because not enough people have heard it.
This song holds a special place in my heart because my mom left me when I was 3 months old and now I see her barely. She would sing this song though, and it always reminds me of her, and takes away all the pain and how mad I am at her.
I want to cry every time I hear this, and there isn't even a reason. Later my best friend played this on the guitar and sang it too and I was filled with such a deep hurting longing feeling.
Saddest song. A lot of people can relate to it, and you can hear the hurt in the singer's voice.
This song makes me want to cry every time I hear it- it reminds me of sad childhood memories.
Actually I would have picked 'Teaching Angels How To Fly' but it is not listed. Written by James Breedwell and given to a then 9 year old Jackie Evancho to sing about a girl named Kimberly who died very young. The parents wanted a song dedicated to their daughter. There are several youtube clips of it.
From her latest album "Awakening", this piece will bring tears - especially if you're recently lost someone near and dear to you. More so than "To Where You Are". Guaranteed.
Jackie is the Princess of Beautiful Sad Songs.
No words to describe it...
This song tears away even the toughest person's fear of crying in public. Upon hearing the lyrics I am reminded of every lost love that will never return to me and how terribly sad I am to have been left behind with nothing but pictures and videos that haunt me. To my son who just passed away I say, Hold the lamp high Matt. I'll be there soon.
Country music has always had a major role in expressing sorrow along with Blues. This is the quintessential sad song of the South. Nothing is more Country than this sad song of "love her 'til you die."
This song has to be #1, I am not a country fan but this song is unbelievable. If you click and listen to this song it will definitely move up the charts where it belongs.
This song always makes me cry. My grandma always plays it because wit hits home for her. Her husband died and this was her th song of sadness