Tear Jerkers

Recently on a board I participate on someone asked:

What’s your 2 or 3 best tear jerker songs?

Hmmm . . . I’m a dude, I don’t cry. Yeah, that’s not the case any longer. Somewhere along the line I have become a wimp with movies. I sometimes get choked up with touching movies. And then there are the children’s books that get to me. That Thank You, Santa book is case in point!

But when it comes to music, the waterworks don’t flow as easily. I suspect it’s because I like upbeat stuff. Nevertheless, there are a couple songs that actually get to me.

I Will Take You Home
This is not your typical Grateful Dead song . . . Brent’s song to his daughter. The first time I heard this was at a show in Philly. I was in the concourse during a pee break (drums > space). The Dead always had speakers set up in the concourse. All of a sudden there was sweet sound. I rushed back in to hear the most beautifully sad song. It brings tears.

Song begins about 1:45 in. This is not the best version of this song . . . Jerry was in his MIDI phase at this point.

What a Wonderful World
It’s hard to argue with Louis Armstrong’s version of this, but Jerry Garcia added some soul that really hits home for me (okay, i’m a deadhead so I tend to gravitate to toward these versions).

I hear babies crying, I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more than I’ll never know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world.

Another song that has found itself on a home video. These great musicians are able to tap into some of those special moments that people can connect to. I loved this song when I saw Jerry sing it. I think the song has taken on magical qualities since I became a father.

Battle Hymn of the Republic
The little church my wife and I were married in used to play this song. Whenever we sing it, it’s hard not to get choked up.

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me:
As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.

I become choked up each time I hear this. How could one not?

Now you know, dear reader. So, what are your favorite tear jerker songs?

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