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Deeply personal songs by tragic artists
While the music industry will never be starved of musicians battling their inner demons, there are a few who lay it all bare in their lyrics and songs. These songs are heartbreaking, because we know their battles and recognize their pleas for help.

3 songs that are always in my heavy rotation are what sparked me to start this thread. I'm sure you already know one of them just from the subject matter.


Alice In Chains - Nutshell

The music is perfectly haunting. The lyrics are as raw as you can find, and Layne's singing sells the pain. We all know what he went through, and it hurts my heart every time I hear this son. This is an alltime favorite song of mine. I can never truly pick one song I love best overall, but this is one of the contentders.

Beautifully sad stuff here



Mad Season - River of Deceit

Staley yet again with McCready and some other Seattle musicians. As above, he is laying it all out. This song is more of a cry for help and him seeking hope as opposed to Nutshell. He's admitting he is the only one to blame for his troubles, and he speaks of transcending it to become a better man. Sadly that never happened.


I remember after he died where Al Jourgenson of Ministry, one of the biggest heroin users in the music industry, said that he went to visit Staley not long before his death, and he was floored at how much heroin he was doing. That's like Jordan calling someone else a better basketball player.


Blind Melon - Change

Hoon always stated this was his favorite of all their songs. It's a very upbeat song, and the lyrics are so full of hope while telling the world just how damaged his is. Throughout the song he keeps balancing his depression and drug addiction with his determination to be better. As happy sounding as this song is, it's message is truly sad. He's desperate, and he ultimately lost.






This post was edited on 9/3 at 1:50 pm


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Love Will Tear Us Apart- Joy Division



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Assemblage 23 - Disappoint (Funker Vogt RMX)

About the musician's father's suicide. This remix improves on the original, in my opinion.


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Blind Melon - Change


New Life

quote:

Suddenly everything is fainting
Falling from a broken ladder's rung
There's a jolt exhilarating from the phone I'm holding
I hear the words of what I'll become
How eager the hands that reach for love

'Cause now there's a new life to behold
And its the biggest part of my life to unfold
'Cause now she's telling me she'll have my baby
And a faithful father I am to be
When I'm looking into the eyes of our own baby
Will it bring new life into me?

Deep inside must defy arrangement
I've been a stumblin' from the startin' blocks 'til now
And I'll always try to justify the way I've been behaving
Should I teach one not to know how?
How to live in a world we live in now

'Cause there's a beautiful life to behold
And its the biggest part of my life to unfold
'Cause now she's telling me she'll have my baby
And a father figure I am to be
When I'm looking into the eyes of our own baby
Will it bring new life into me?

Oh please
Oh please
Oh please
Bring new life
Bring new life
Bring new life into me


Unfortunately, he fell back into his old habits and died when Nico was like 4 months old.
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tears in heaven - clapton


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Cover Me Up- Isbell


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It wasn't his own song, but when Kurt Cobain belts-out the final lines of "Where Did You Sleep Last Night" to close Nirvana's "Unplugged in New York" record, it sounds as though he's letting every last bit of air out of his body and saying goodbye to the listener. It was a hell of a note to go out on.


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tears in heaven - clapton


Brutal


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Man in the Box is another good Alice In Chains one


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Cheap Trick- Oh Candy

About their photographer taking his own life


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The whole “Dirt” album.


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Dirt always struck a nerve...

I want to taste dirty
A stinging pistol
In my mouth
On my tounge

I want you to scrape me
From the walls
And go crazy
Like you made me


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The king (queen?) of this category:

John Lennon - "Mother"





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I’ve been spinning Sun Kil Moon’s Benji a ton lately. I feel like it fits this thread well. Such a raw, fantastic album. Unfortunately it seems like one of those situations where you may have to separate the art from the artist though, since more and more evidence is mounting that Mark Kozelek might be a bit of an a-hole.

Carissa

Dogs



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Oh, and the best album from last year (in my opinion) fits perfectly here. A little too perfectly since David Berman killed himself not long after releasing it.

Purple Mountains- All My Happiness is Gone

quote:

Mounting mileage on the dash Double darkness falling fast I keep stressing, pressing on Way deep down at some substratum Feels like something really wrong has happened And I confess I'm barely hanging on


Purple Mountains- That’s Just the Way I Feel

quote:

Well, I don't like talkin' to myself But someone's gotta say it, hell I mean, things have not been going well This time I think I finally fricked myself You see, the life I live is sickening I spent a decade playing chicken with oblivion Day to day, I'm neck and neck with giving in I'm the same old wreck I've always been


Purple Mountains- Storyline Fever


quote:

On occasion, we all do battle with motivational paralysis Unable to perform some simple task Trapped at the stage of analysis Thoughts of the shortness of life may beget Bouts of shortness of breath in your chest Doubts about the worth of the nights you got left Crowding out all the fear and regret


The interesting juxtaposition is that despite the bleak (and brilliant) lyrics the music is often jaunty, catchy alt-country


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Highway to Hell AC/DC.


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Ahead by a Century- Tragically Hip


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“Rape Me” - Nirvana


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Hurt - Nine Inch Nails

For sure.


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