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...
Uncle Tupelo - "Black Eye"
This one definitely covers the whole 'loss of innocence' sadness. I think Dill or Jem from "To Kill a Mockingbird" may have written this one. You guys remember Dill, right? He was the character who was a hobo / train traveler summer friend to Jem & Scout? He wore those awesome "short-overalls" in the movie? What a guy. Anyway - this song evokes images of a quiet, amber farmhouse, a demanding hierarchy of older brothers, longing for your father's approval, rites of passage, and ultimately - longing for what used to be and subtly understanding something that you DON'T fully understand (like outer space). A lot to process and deal with as a young child, alone in the world. - Tim Cahill
Bishop Allen - "Flight 180"
In 2006 I would listen to Bishop Allen whenever I needed to feel light. I'd put on one of their songs and my head and heart would dance. I don't remember when it was, date wise, exactly when I heard "Flight 180" but I do remember everything else. I was stopped in a forever congested Allston, going where I don't remember. It was winter, which made the traffic worse, and I was escaping my city to escape ~*feeling*~ things. I was heartbroken over who I don't recall. Perhaps I was heartbroken over myself, prone to fits of depression. All of a sudden there was a crackle on my car stereo as the song came on. It started with that warm crack of an old record player and I turned it up.
I was searching in songs for a glimpse inside my own hollowness. When the singing starts I knew I had found the song. Now, I don't cry. I am not an overly emotional person. I laugh in the face of emotion. Who needs it? My boyfriend frequently likes to tell me that I, in fact, have no feelings. With this song I was sobbing by the end of the first verse. When I say sobbing I mean full on ugly sobbing. I was all boogers and tears, red faced and unashamed. The song found the one non-black spot on my heart. In this song the narrator is feeling heartbroken? Or Lonely? Or Lost? All of the above? He is trying his hardest to force a smile and carry on. He senses the sadness of these people on the plane, on the ground, around the tree in Rockefeller Center, and takes it in, with his own, to forge a connection to these other human beings. He wants to feel like he belongs to something greater. Who doesn't want, even secretly, to belong to something? Anything?
I think loneliness is the saddest feeling of all. - Kelly Cashman
Winner announced later. Feel free to comment or tweet @TMSDOTORG with your vote, although I don't think it will matter, this is all arbitrary.