This summer has been quite the bummer, right? We here at Tell Me Something got to thinking: What is the biggest bummer song? You know, that song that you put on and to make yourself feel sad and super Zach Braff-y. Well, there's really only one way to find out and that's an incredibly sad, deeply depressing and somewhat biased look at the songs that bring us down the most presented in a confusing and, again, biased form. Here we go...
Leonard Cohen - "Bird on a Wire"
Bird on a wire, Leonard Cohen. That should be all I have to say. Every Leonard Cohen song breaks my heart but this one does so just a little bit more. This song gets covered endlessly and each cover is more heartbreaking than the next, although the Johnny Cash one gets to me, a knife right through my heart. But I am here to talk about Leonard. "I have tried in my way to be free" just catches the air right in my throat, especially the last time he sings it. Who doesn't want to be free?
This song is like standing on the side of a building, wanting to end it all, but feeling the wind against your cheek and realizing that you are free, you just need to allow yourself to be. "Like a baby, stillborn; like a beast with his horn; I have torn everyone who reached out for me" Oh man does that line hit home; falling into a deep, deep depression and pushing away everyone who means anything to you- anyone who loves you and tries to help. If you haven't felt that I hope you never have to. Leonard, you have my heart. - Kelly Cashman
Spiritualized -"Ladies and Gentleman We Are Floating in Space"
How do I describe this song? Seriously. I mean, should I get real personal with this and tell you that this one of the few songs that I've probably cried to the most... Oh God! I've said too much! I'm a grown man, 26 years of age, with a job and an apartment and responsibilities and I admitted that I cry occasionally to this song. Oh my dear, what're we gonna do? Did I mention I'm a MAN!
Okay, with that out of the way, I'd like to talk about how utterly depressing and lonely this song is. Seriously, I cannot think of a song that better represents how it feels to be 26 years old, a grown man, with a job and responsibilities, but above all else, alone. They say that Jason Pierce, the lead singer of the band, was fresh off of a breakup when he started recording the album. Yeah, if that wasn't obvious. And really, the man perfectly captured what it feels like to feel utterly alone with that constantly repeating line "All I wanted was a little bit of love to take the pain away." I mean, life is sad, it's very sad, people die, you go about your boring day, kids in far off lands are starving, their stomach distending as rich war lords eat their food, and you grow up, your parents die, the war lords are still eating their food, and then your body starts to give out, a tsunami in some poor, poor country kills millions, you watch your kids grow up, a bomb goes off, a plane goes down, the terrorist level is rising, and then you die. But that one thing that saves you, and me, and all of us from going bonkers is love. Or that special somebody. Your friends, your family, but mostly that special someone.
I'm gonna go ahead and ruin the end of a great book for you: Silver Linings Playbook ends with an exchange between two characters in which the girl says to the guy "I need you Pat Peoples, I need you so fucking bad." To which Pat replies eventually after some thought, "I think I need you too." Not, "I love you." But, "I need you." Which it turns out is more true than we realize. We NEED people. We need mom and dad and brother and sister and friend, but most of all we need that special someone, that "love", that person that makes everything alright. And NOTHING is more crushing than loneliness. Because without people to help us up when we're down, well, we turn into assholes. Like Donald Trump. - Chad Foltz