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All I write is depressing stuff it seems. We're losing a custody battle for our granddaughter whom we raised her first seven years. Her biological dad who wanted little to do with her now wants her. Tough Christmas season for my wife and me... Rough draft needs polish. For Maddie: http://www.soundclick.com/player/single_player.cfm?songid=11271895&q=hi&newref=1

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Nobody did depression like Townes Van Zandt. Half of his catalog is depressing , but for depression:

 

 

A Song For

 

 

Ribbons of love

Please keep me true sane

Until I reach home on the morrow

Never never to wander again

Im weak and Im weary of sorrow

 

London to dublin

Australia to perth

I gazed at your sky

I tasted your earth

Sung out my heart

For what it was worth

Never again will I ramble

 

Theres nowhere left

In this world where to go

My arms, my legs theyre a-tremblin

Thoughts both clouded and blue as the sky

Not even worth the rememberin

 

Now as I stumble

And reel to my bed

All that I've done

All that I've said

Means nothin to me

I'd soon as be dead

And all of this world be forgotten

 

No words of comfort

No words of advice

Nothin to offer a stranger

Gone the love, gone the spite

It just doesn't matter no longer

 

The sky's getting far

The ground's gettin close

My self goin crazy

The way that it does

Ill lie on my pillow

And sleep if I must

Too late to wish Id been stronger

Too late to wish Id been stronger

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Hurt written by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails and covered by Mr. Johnny Cash.

 

- Reznor video.

 

- Cash video (I can't watch this without crying).

 

I play the Cash version and substitute EAD# for EAC in the A Minor chord - gives it a real haunting sound. Sorry, don't know how to make the chords position over the words correctly.

 

Am C D Am C D Am

I hurt myself today, to see if I still feel

C D Am C D Am

I focus on the pain, the only thing thats real

C D Am C D Am

The needle tears a hole, the old familiar sting

C D Am C D G

Try to kill it all away, but I remember everything

 

Chorus:

 

Am F C G

What Have I become, my sweetest friend

Am F C G

Everyone I know, goes away in the end

Am F C G

And you could have it all, my empire of dirt

Am F G Am

I will let you down, I will make you hurt

 

 

Am C D Am C D Am

I wear this crown of thorns, upon my liars chair

C D Am C D Am

Full of broken thoughts, I cannot repair

C D Am C D Am

Beneath the stains of time, the feeling disappears

C D Am C D G

You are someone else, I am still right here

 

Chorus with this Outro

 

C D Am C D Am

If I could start again, a million miles away

C D Am C D Am(hold)

I would keep myself, I would find a way.

 

Peace,

 

LCB

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Hurt written by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails and covered by Mr. Johnny Cash.

 

- Reznor video.

 

- Cash video (I can't watch this without crying).

 

I play the Cash version and substitute EAD# for EAC in the A Minor chord - gives it a real haunting sound. Sorry, don't know how to make the chords position over the words correctly.

 

Am C D Am C D Am

I hurt myself today, to see if I still feel

C D Am C D Am

I focus on the pain, the only thing thats real

C D Am C D Am

The needle tears a hole, the old familiar sting

C D Am C D G

Try to kill it all away, but I remember everything

 

Chorus:

 

Am F C G

What Have I become, my sweetest friend

Am F C G

Everyone I know, goes away in the end

Am F C G

And you could have it all, my empire of dirt

Am F G Am

I will let you down, I will make you hurt

 

 

Am C D Am C D Am

I wear this crown of thorns, upon my liars chair

C D Am C D Am

Full of broken thoughts, I cannot repair

C D Am C D Am

Beneath the stains of time, the feeling disappears

C D Am C D G

You are someone else, I am still right here

 

Chorus with this Outro

 

C D Am C D Am

If I could start again, a million miles away

C D Am C D Am(hold)

I would keep myself, I would find a way.

 

Peace,

 

LCB

 

thanks LCB

 

I play this song all the time . I have been a big J.Cash fan for a long time :D .

but great contribution.

 

thanks to all who have posted too !!!!

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Creep - Radiohead

 

When you were here before

Couldn't look you in the eye

You're just like an angel

Your skin makes me cry

You float like a feather

In a beautiful world

I wish I was special

You're so very special

 

But I'm a creep

I'm a weirdo

What the hell am I doing here?

I don't belong here

 

I don't care if it hurts

I want to have control

I want a perfect body

I want a perfect soul

I want you to notice when I'm not around

You're so very special

I wish I was special

 

But I'm a creep

I'm a weirdo

What the hell I'm doing here?

I don't belong here

 

She's running out the door

She's running out

She runs runs runs

 

Whatever makes you happy

Whatever you want

You're so very special

I wish I was special

 

But I'm a creep

I'm a weirdo

What the hell am I doing here?

I don't belong here

I don't belong here

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Depression is a clinical problem for some folks. Most people have times in their lives when they are depressed, but do not suffer depression. Singing songs about depressing subjects sometimes helps deal with these times when we are depressed. Some say it helps keep us from falling into clinical Depression.

 

Bluegrass music is full of depressing themes.

 

I Wonder Where You Are Tonight

 

Bury Me Beneath The Willow

 

The Old Home Place

 

Green, Green Grass of Home

 

Wreck of the '97

 

Will You Miss Me (When I'm Gone)

 

The Chatsworth Wreck

 

House of the Rising Sun (sung from a woman's perspective)

 

There is a Time

 

1949

 

come quickly to mind.

 

 

Bluegrass isn't all depressing. There are plenty of pick-you-up songs. These will clutch you. [sad]

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Depression is a clinical problem for some folks. Most people have times in their lives when they are depressed, but do not suffer depression. Singing songs about depressing subjects sometimes helps deal with these times when we are depressed. Some say it helps keep us from falling into clinical Depression.

 

Bluegrass music is full of depressing themes.

 

I Wonder Where You Are Tonight

 

Bury Me Beneath The Willow

 

The Old Home Place

 

Green, Green Grass of Home

 

Wreck of the '97

 

Will You Miss Me (When I'm Gone)

 

The Chatsworth Wreck

 

House of the Rising Sun (sung from a woman's perspective)

 

There is a Time

 

1949

 

come quickly to mind.

 

 

Bluegrass isn't all depressing. There are plenty of pick-you-up songs. These will clutch you. [sad]

 

Tommy

 

Even though you neglect your Gibson forum friend Matt - as it is Christmas here, is a plus one! :)

 

Matt

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Tommy

 

Even though you neglect your Gibson forum friend Matt - as it is Christmas here, is a plus one! :)

 

Matt

 

PLUS YOU! [tongue]

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Nobody encapsulated depression in quite the same way as Townes Van Zandt.

 

'Nothin'' is his defining moment in this arena. I've never heard a song touch so shiveringly accurately on a subject. Perfect bullseye, if you can bear to listen to it.

 

'Flyin' Shoes' is another great Townes song about depression, as is 'A Song For'.

 

As Townes grew older and sank more deeply into chronic alcoholism and drug abuse, he revisited his older songs often, and the recordings of his ravaged older self singing these songs are almost heartbreakingly unbearable. There is a recording of him performing 'Nothin'' in the weeks prior to his passing away, wherein he gets halfway through the song and, too drunk to sing and too shaky to play straight, he stops playing guitar altogether and performs the second half of the song as a spoken word piece. If you can handle it emotionally, it's probably the most brutally honest piece of recorded music of all time.

 

The darkest of the dark stuff, indeed...

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I would instantly point you to Nick Drake or Tim Harding

 

I think there is some sad stuff in both of their works that might do

 

Whilst not directly related to depression, there are melancholic undertones that could be what you seek

 

I guess a few hours on youtube might be in plan !

 

Madman Greg

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Depression is a clinical problem for some folks. Most people have times in their lives when they are depressed, but do not suffer depression.

 

So true my friend, people often say they are depressed, but really they are just a bit down.

 

If you have had clinical depression, as I suffered following the loss of a loved one for a long time.

 

Then you will know that the dark spiral pulls you down and no matter how hard you try to escape there is no way, or no will that can make that happen

 

 

Should I write some words for you after that [biggrin]

 

Madman Greg

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Hurt written by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails and covered by Mr. Johnny Cash.

 

 

IMHO, Cash's cover of this is one of the best things he did late in his career. I still can't watch the video and listen to it without tears running down my face.

 

There are some really good songs about loss and depression--if the whole concept of a good song about depression isn't a contradiction in terms--on Jesse Colin Young's first album, "Soul of a City Boy", from 1964. I used to do "Four in the Morning" back in the day, and it's still a great song about scraping the bottom of the barrel.

 

Buffy Sainte-Marie's "Cod'ine" is a great song about drug-induced depression. Proud to say that performing it got me kicked out of the auditions for the 1967 Mississippi Folk Festival (the first). And, no, it wan't just my playing and singing. They said "we don't want songs about drugs". What they didn't realize is that half the songs that were being performed were about drugs: they just didn't understand the meaning of the words. It taught me the value of subtlety and irony.

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Blues, to me leads to catharsis. Depression themed songs lead you down and leave you there.

Doc Watson's " gonna lay down my old guitar" may not depress you, but it is instructive and possibly therapeutic.

Hard to pick from the many, fine Johnny Cash songs. But I'm going with "A Boy Named Sue."

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