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Jan 13, 2022 - 11:17:43 AM
8 posts since 12/10/2021

I love to hear a sad fiddle tune. The kind that'll make you stop and think and bring a tear to your eye. I'm currently learning faded love. What are some of the saddest tunes y'all have heard?

Jan 13, 2022 - 11:47:15 AM
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13318 posts since 9/23/2009

I don't know if it's exactly sad, but pensive at least...Yew Piney Mountain.

Jan 13, 2022 - 12:16:14 PM
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2191 posts since 8/27/2008

I don't know if it's the saddest, but Ashoken Farewell is known to lot's of people, and it's wistful, at least. When you play it you will get attention because so many know it from the Civil War series on PBS.

Jan 13, 2022 - 12:22:45 PM
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carlb

USA

2434 posts since 2/2/2008

Elk River Blues
About the loss of farm to eminent domain and the building of dam.
https://www.slippery-hill.com/content/elk-river-blues

Jan 13, 2022 - 12:23:08 PM

DougD

USA

10589 posts since 12/2/2007

"General Lee's Surrender," although not many people know it, and I don't really know its history.

Jan 13, 2022 - 12:49:01 PM

39 posts since 12/26/2021

Sad? Kind of off the reservation here, but how about "Crying", Sugarcane Harris with John Mayall:
youtube.com/watch?v=2xrPJxDs-X...l=Folkovy

Jan 13, 2022 - 12:55:43 PM
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2430 posts since 10/1/2008

The Irish melody Star of the County Down has a sad feel to it's playing. R/

Jan 13, 2022 - 1:43:08 PM

Swing

USA

2136 posts since 6/26/2007

Slight addition to the subject.... Fiddler Brian Duckworth (New Braunfels TX) wrote a song called 'Fiddle Don't Cry' Try and find it...

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Swing

Jan 13, 2022 - 1:44:21 PM
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98 posts since 1/28/2018

Lonesome Moonlight Waltz

Jan 13, 2022 - 2:21:38 PM
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3163 posts since 6/21/2007

Lorena
The Blackest Crow, aka My Dearest Dear.

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Jan 13, 2022 - 2:32:08 PM
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10166 posts since 3/19/2009

Many years ago I wrote a tune called, "We barely knew you" after we had a stillborn son.. I always cried when I played it.. ..and am near tears just telling this..No, I haven't posted it.

Jan 13, 2022 - 2:55:26 PM

2640 posts since 10/22/2007

Ook Pik Waltz. We jokingly used to call it the Eskimo death march.

The Blackest Crow is a not-so-cheery tune. Indeed.

Jan 13, 2022 - 3:42:30 PM
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Earworm

USA

335 posts since 1/30/2018

Donnez Moi Pauline. I'm told that the story of the lyrics is that a soldier returned from war, and is crying at the gravestone of his lover, who died giving birth to his child. The sadness of the tune bears this out. It just sounds like wretching raw grief to me, and yet so beautiful. It does have lyrics, en Francais.

Edited by - Earworm on 01/13/2022 15:48:26

Jan 13, 2022 - 3:46:39 PM
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742 posts since 3/1/2020

The Minstrel Boy
Barbara Allen

Many of the Appalachian ballads are rather sorrowful. It’s hard to separate the tunes from the lyrics, though. Some of the tunes mentioned above that don’t have a lyrical setting don’t strike me as especially sad, but I think they can affect people in different ways.

Jan 13, 2022 - 3:47:40 PM

DougD

USA

10589 posts since 12/2/2007

If we're considering songs, I've always found "Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow" to be strangely chilling:
"Don't you hear that banjo ringing,
Don't you hear that mournful sound.
Can't you hear those pretty girls laughing,
Dancing on the cold, cold ground."

Jan 13, 2022 - 3:56:42 PM
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98 posts since 1/28/2018

ahhh...yes, songs would be a different thing for sure, having lyrics involved. Guess I should've gotten the "song" hint when the PO mentioned "Faded Love"...the "fiddle tune" reference threw me.

Sitting alone in the moonlight
The Prisoner song
I Just Think I'll go Away
High on the Mountain Top

The Rebel Soldier

Bringing Mary Home

My Darlin' Corey is Gone

...just so many

Edited by - fiddlewood on 01/13/2022 16:09:39

Jan 13, 2022 - 4:10:03 PM
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2191 posts since 8/27/2008

Well, what is it here, song or tune? If you count lyrics it's a different catagory, and not as interesting IMO.

Jan 13, 2022 - 4:19:06 PM
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DougD

USA

10589 posts since 12/2/2007

Or is it about the instrument itself? I've seen some pretty sad fiddles in auctions and junk stores. Sometimes tried to cheer them up with jokes, making funny faces and even juggling, but it never worked.

Jan 13, 2022 - 5:52:31 PM

504 posts since 7/18/2014

South Wind

Arran Boat Song

Fool in the Rain (led zeppelin)
You swore that you never would leave me baby
Whatever happened to you

Jan 13, 2022 - 5:54:24 PM

doryman

USA

320 posts since 2/10/2020

There are sad tunes because the lyrics are sad and there are sad tunes because the melody is melancholy. Sometime you get a sad song with a melancholy melody, and that's really sad, but sometimes you get songs with an up-beat melody but sad lyrics, and that's confusing (i.e., Footprints in the Snow).

Merle Haggards song, Holding Things Together is about the saddest song I know. Our bass player likes to sing it when he takes an occasional lead and I just about want to kill myself after he sings it.

Jan 13, 2022 - 6:02:41 PM

DougD

USA

10589 posts since 12/2/2007

Doryman - What is sad about "Footprints in the Snow?"
"Bless that happy day, when Nellie lost her way,
For I found her when the snow's on the ground."

Jan 13, 2022 - 8:28:07 PM

doryman

USA

320 posts since 2/10/2020

quote:
Originally posted by DougD

Doryman - What is sad about "Footprints in the Snow?"
"Bless that happy day, when Nellie lost her way,
For I found her when the snow's on the ground."


In the Bill Monroe version, which most people play and sing, the next verse goes...

"Her mother said she just stepped out but would be returning soon
I found her little footprints and i traced them in the snow
I found her when the snow was on the ground
Now she's up in heaven she's with the angel band"

Which I, and others, take it to mean that they found her dead and frozen in the snow.  

Edited by - doryman on 01/13/2022 20:36:54

Jan 13, 2022 - 8:48:49 PM
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2191 posts since 8/27/2008

Should’ve stuck to fiddle tunes, what makes a melody sad. Lyrics is a whole other thing. Maybe a thread for each, but not together.

Jan 13, 2022 - 8:54:43 PM
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doryman

USA

320 posts since 2/10/2020

quote:
Originally posted by Brian Wood

Should’ve stuck to fiddle tunes, what makes a melody sad. Lyrics is a whole other thing. Maybe a thread for each, but not together.


Sorry.  The OP mentioned Faded Love and I was thinking of the Bob Willis version which of course has sad lyrics and sad fiddle. 

Jan 14, 2022 - 7:48:31 AM
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8 posts since 12/10/2021

I had no lyrics in mind. Only the sound of the fiddle. Let's not get mean about it. There's no need for that.

Jan 14, 2022 - 8:47:22 AM
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doryman

USA

320 posts since 2/10/2020

quote:
Originally posted by Zac

I had no lyrics in mind. Only the sound of the fiddle. Let's not get mean about it. There's no need for that.


I you are suggesting that I was being mean, then I apologize.  If you are suggesting that someone was mean to me, I didn't notice it!  

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