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Sad Songs Quotes


"Songs are as sad as the listener." - Jonathan Safran Foer

"I don't really do sad, depressing songs." - Olly Murs

"Generally I don't listen to sad songs if I'm sad. I listen to happy songs." - Sinead O'Connor

"I think I drift toward sad love songs." - Benmont Tench

"I don't wanta do any Blues or any sad songs." - Bob Livingston

"I love sad songs. They say so much. I love country music but even the happy songs sound really sad." - Beth Ditto

"It's fun to sing sad songs. And it's fun to listen to sad songs. Enjoyable. Satisfying. Something." - Richard Thompson

"Most people like the sad songs. Some of the oldest songs known to man are sad. Listening to a voice singing something sad is a really great way to help you to feel sad when you need to." - Patty Griffin

"Nobody wants to experience sad events but people like to listen to sad songs. That's the beauty of music." - Hiromi

"When I am dead, my dearest, Sing no sad songs for me" - Christina Rossetti

"I know for works for me - those wonderful sad love songs." - Toni Braxton

"I am sad, sad as a circus-lioness..." - Jean Rhys

"Sad company is bad company." - Milan Kundera

"I'm sad, but I'm laughing." - Alanis Morissette

"I want to write songs that are so sad, the kind of sad where you take someone's little finger and break it in three places." - Nick Cave

"With sad music, or music that's perceived as sad, there's a sense of solidarity that can be really powerful. My songs are all joyful to me." - J Tillman

"There're songs to make you smile, there're songs to make you sad. But with a happy song to sing it never seems as bad." - Stevie Wonder

"That's what is so great about being able to record a 13-song album. You can do a very eclectic group of songs. You do have some almost pop songs in there, but you do have your traditional country, story songs. You have your ballads, your happy songs, your sad songs, your love songs, and your feisty songs." - Reba Mcentire

"Even if my songs are a bit low-spirited, they make me happy. I become happy when I hear sad songs. When you sing about sad things in a beautiful way, the atmosphere turns upside down" - John Frusciante

"Even in the sad songs, I want people to know that it won't always be like that." - Rayvon Owen

"Why do beautiful songs make you sad? Because they aren't true. Never? Nothing is beautiful and true." - Jonathan Safran Foer

"It's really a sad story, and I liked that. The songs on this album talk about relationships in every aspect." - Aaliyah

"Why do beautiful songs make you sad?' 'Because they aren't true.' 'Never?' 'Nothing is beautiful and true." - Jonathan Safran Foer

"I write about heartbreak because I like writing about sad things, but I'm writing happy songs, too!" - Jackie Evancho

"I like 'Bewitched' off the first album because it's one of the happiest songs I've ever written and, as any writer will tell you, happy songs are a million times more difficult to write than sad songs." - Malcolm Wilson

"We are born sad and we die sad, but meanwhile we love bodies whose sad beauty is a miracle." - Mario Benedetti

"It's a rule that we never listen to sad music, we made that rule early on, songs are as sad as the listener, we hardly ever listen to music." - Jonathan Safran Foer

"It's a rule that we never listen to sad music, we made that rule early on, songs are as sad as the listener, we hardly ever listen to music." - Jonathan Safran Foer

"It's a sad, sad world when a girl will break a boy, just because she can." - Fiona Apple

"It is perhaps sad books that best console us when we are sad..." - Alain De Botton

"Try not to sing too many sad songs for yourself. The universe already hates you. Self-pity isn't going to help." - Richard Kadrey

"Be On Your Way is one of the favorite songs I've ever written. What a terribly sad song, but what a beautiful melody." - Dan Fogelberg

"I appreciate when people listen to the sad songs, because it's almost like telling someone your problems and having them listen with a compassionate ear." - Jhene Aiko

"For my money, insecurity, depression, etc, can be healed by way of El Morocco, sad songs at 4am, and the pop of a champagne cork" - Elaine Stritch

"Sad songs seem to work for me, but I don't want to be redundant; I want to add a little flavor." - Toni Braxton

"I think one of the best things you can do is write really sad songs that touch some semblance of... I guess 'hope' is the right word?" - Eric Bachmann

"My songs, well, they are sad, but in all of them the person singing them - me or whoever - is actually still trying and hasn't given up yet." - Eric Bachmann

"The great Gaels of Ireland Are the men that God made mad, For all their wars are merry, And all their songs are sad." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"I like singer-songwriters, and I find sad songs comforting rather than depressing. It makes you realise you're not alone in the world." - Natalie Imbruglia

"The great Gaels of Ireland are the men that God made mad, For all their wars are merry, and all their songs are sad." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"Even when I'm in quite a happy state of mind, I like writing really sad songs. I think a lot of people do." - Ellie Goulding

"For me, singing sad songs often has a way of healing a situation. It gets the hurt out in the open into the light, out of the darkness." - Reba Mcentire

"I love the sad songs with their maudlin, self-deprecating, almost funny lyrics. As an Englishman, they make a lot of sense." - Teddy Thompson

"I think a lot of people think that my parents' deaths is why I write such sad songs, but that's not true. Those songs may just be the woman I am." - Shelby Lynne

"I was captured by the songs as much as the singer. They grabbed my heart. The reality of Country Music moved me. Even when I was a kid, I liked the sad songs... songs that talked about true life. I recognized this music as a simple plea. It beckoned me." - Harlan Howard

"... a nation without humor is not only sad but dangerous." - Abby Aldrich Rockefeller

"Life possesses an amazing array of profoundly sad faces." - Aberjhani

"Our lives are songs; God write the words And we set them to music at pleasure; And the song grows glad, or sweet or sad, As we choose to fashion the measure." - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

"With your silhouette when the sunlight dims Into your eyes where the moonlight swims, And your match-book songs and your gypsy hymns, Who among them would try to impress you? -Bob Dylan, "Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands" (1966)" - Bob Dylan

"With your silhouette when the sunlight dims Into your eyes where the moonlight swims, And your match-book songs and your gypsy hymns, Who among them would try to impress you? -Bob Dylan, "Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands" (1966)" - Bob Dylan

"Our lives are songs; God writes the words And we set them to music at pleasure; And the song grows glad, or sweet or sad, As we choose to fashion the measure." - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

"Certain songs just feel a way that's hard to put into words and it's not happy and it's also not really sad but I couldn't say what it is" - Elliott Smith

"It is true that the present is powerfully shaped by the past. But it is also true that ... insight at any age keeps us from singing the same sad songs again." - Judith Viorst

"In terms of love, you're not in control and I hate that feeling. I seem to write a lot of sad songs because I'm a very tragic person. But there's always an element of humour at the end." - Freddie Mercury

"In the meantime [1965-67], [Bob] Dylan was again writing some of the best love songs in the genre, like "Visions of Johanna," "Just Like a Woman," and "Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands."" - Bob Dylan

"Even the sad roots songs have a lot of good stories to them, and the murder ballads are good too. I mean, who doesn't like to watch a nice gory murder film on TV?" - Valerie June

"Most of the time I write my best songs just from feeling a strong emotion, so whether I'm just really angry or really sad or really happy, I immediately sit down at a piano and I begin writing a song." - Ella Henderson

"I like to write sad songs. They're much easier to write and you get a lot more emotion into them. But people don't want to hear them as much. And radio definitely doesn't; they want that positive, uptempo thing." - Alan Jackson

"I try to make an album that reflects what I love about country music. It's not just all about happy parties all the time. There are some sad songs." - Dierks Bentley

"My loving sister Mary has always shared the pain and pleasure of my heartbeat in a unique and special way. We have sung our sad and warm songs together." - John Henrik Clarke

"I didn't want to be on the losing side. I was fed up with Jewish weakness, timidity and fear. I didn't want any more Jewish sentimentality and Jewish suffering. I was sickened by our sad songs." - Lionel Blue

"When my dad passed, there's a lot of sadness right below the surface, and I think there will be until the day I die. So, writing sad songs helps it. And when I sing them, it's pure therapy for me." - Ashley Monroe

"Well the country songs themselves are three-chord stories, ballads which are mostly sad. If you are already feeling sorry for yourself when you listen to them they will take you to an even sadder place." - Willie Nelson

"The passing of time and all of its crimes is making me sad again. The passing of time and all of its sickening crimes is making me sad again. But don't forget the songs that made you cry and the songs that saved your life.. Yes, you're older now and you're a clever swine. But they were the only ones who ever stood by you" - Steven Morrissey

"I think there is something beautiful in reveling in sadness. The proof is how beautiful sad songs can be. So I don't think being sad is to be avoided. It's apathy and boredom you want to avoid. But feeling anything is good, I think. Maybe that's sadistic of me." - Joseph Gordon-Levitt

"I think there is something beautiful in reveling in sadness. The proof is how beautiful sad songs can be. So I do' think being sad is to be avoided. It's apathy and boredom you want to avoid. But feeling anything is good, I think. Maybe that's sadistic of me." - Joseph Gordon-Levitt

"The songwriting style, to me, is superior... there was a certain amount of joy in it, no matter how sad the song is. You get joy in listening to these Buddy Holly or Roy Orbison sad lyrics. I'm attracted to songs that have balance between the darks and the lights and giving them all equal opportunity." - M Ward

"I always think of the live show first, where the song is gonna go in the show. That's why they aren't sad songs. When I play, I want to make people happy, not sad. It's such a pleasure for me to do what I do, and I want other people to feel some form of that pleasure, too." - Jason Mraz

"Irish music is guts, balls and feet music, yeah? It's frenetic dance music, yeah? Or it's impossibly sad like slow music, yeah? Yeah? And it also handles all sorts of subjects, from rebel songs to comical songs about sex, you know what I mean, yeah? Which I don't think people realize how much innuendo there is in Irish music." - Shane Macgowan

"I chose the songs for the music more than for the lyrical content and it wasn't until the end of the recording and when we were trying to decide running order that I realized how sad a lot of the songs could sound." - Vashti Bunyan

"The history of a people are found in its songs." - George Jellinek

"Singing your own songs is all about individual expression" - Lyle Lovett

"Most of my songs are about insensitivity of some kind." - Randy Newman

"I have a recording that I did of instrumental songs." - Joanna Newsom

"In Spring the Poet is glad, And in Summer the Poet is gay; But in Autumn the Poet is sad, And has something sad to say." - Byron Forceythe Willson

"I think if you listen to our records, they come at different points in your life. When people say to me that Stars records have themes, I think what they mean is we write songs - or try to write songs - that are timeless. We try to write songs that catch you at the right time in your life, and that you can hold on to. We write kitchen sink songs. If you're doing the dishes or you're driving to your mom's funeral, or if you're getting over having done MDMA and you feel sad, you can listen to Stars because we're not going to demand of you that you be cool." - Torquil Campbell

"There's lots of sides. The CD doesn't really create a mood. It creates more of a journey. It starts out with a simple bluegrass tune, sort of melancholy and sad, like "Lovin' and Lyin'," then it's sexy and there's some funny songs in there where I'm talking, like "Designated Drunk." There's a humor side, a sexy side, but there's also a pretty sad side, the country side. It's the backwards side of me!" - Laura Bell Bundy

"Bad as I wanna be. She aint bad, she a sad little wannabe." - Nicki Minaj

"When you're happy you enjoy the music, but when you're sad you understand the lyrics." - Frank Ocean

"Talk happiness. The world is sad enough without your woe. No path is wholly rough." - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

"I never understood the point of being sad when I could choose to be happy" - Megan Mccafferty

"Medicine makes people ill, mathematics make them sad and theology makes them sinful." - Martin Luther

"The sad truth is that truth is almost irrelevant in a court of law." - Joy Fielding

"It's sad when our daddies die. Makes us one less person inside." - Pamela Ribon

"Looking backward at what has been lost, I feel sad, then indifferent, and at last relieved." - Mason Cooley

"What do sad complaints avail if the offense is not cut down by punishment." - Horace

"Our hearts are breaking... We are lonely and deserted, sad and sick." - Alexander Murdoch Mackay

"There is a sad forgetfulness of Christian modesty, especially in the life and dress of women." - Alice von Hildebrand

"Philosophical discussions habitually make men happy and joyful not frowning and sad." - Michel De Montaigne

"Some sad news from Australia... the inventor of the boomerang grenade died today." - Johnny Carson

"How can you lose something you never had, I tell myself when I'm feeling sad." - Elvis Presley

"My sad conviction is that people can only agree about what they're not really interested in." - Bertrand Russell

"loveliness is infernally sad." - Virginia Woolf

"It's sad when friends become enemies. But what's even worse is when they become strangers." - Hayley Williams

"Whenever I'm sad I just imagine if babies were born with mustaches." - Liam Payne

"One can't stay sad very long in such an interesting world, can one?" - L. M. Montgomery

"With close-lipp'd Patience for our only friend, Sad Patience, too near neighbour to Despair." - Matthew Arnold

"It's a sad house where the hen crows louder than the cock." - Proverbs

"Never shall my sad eyes again behold Those pleasures which my thoughts did then unfold." - Emilia Lanier

"Sad thing is, you can still love someone and be wrong for them." - Elvis Presley

"One should be either sad or joyful. Contentment is a warm sty for eaters and sleepers." - Eugene O'Neill

"When you put biblical truth to the songs used in churches, you'll have the congregation leave singing the sermon. You'll have God's thoughts, things that are God-breathed, stuck in their heads. It's sad to think about a really catchy tune paired up with bad theology because that could, honestly, do a lot of damage in church." - Laura Story

"Gentle lady, do not sing Sad songs about the end of love; Lay aside sadness and sing How love that passes is enough. Sing about the long deep sleep Of lovers that are dead, and how In the grave all love shall sleep: Love is aweary now." - James Joyce

"The unhappiest people I know, romantically speaking, are the ones who like pop music the most; and I don't know whether pop music has caused this unhappiness, but I do know that they've been listening to the sad songs longer than they've been living the unhappy lives." - Nick Hornby

"Believe it or not, people went so far as to suggest that I might not be able to write songs anymore because now I am married. I tried to explain again that there are other things to write about besides boy meets girl, girl meets boy, boy breaks up with girl, girl is sad." - Lucinda Williams

"It was November-the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines. Anne roamed through the pineland alleys in the park and, as she said, let that great sweeping wind blow the fogs out of her soul." - Lucy Maud Montgomery

"It was like those songs I'd heard as a child, each so familiar, and all mine. When i got older and realized the words were sad, the stories tragic, it didn't make me love them any less. By then they were already part of me, woven into my conciousness & memory" - Sarah Dessen

"I love songs, and I love songwriting, and there's a standard of songwriting within Chicago blues in particular. I don't like the sad blues, necessarily; the Chicago blues is what I like, which is the kind of blues you can dance to." - Sinead O'Connor

"I think I've gotten a pretty fair shake in the music press over the years. The only think that kind of irks me is when people assume that I must be really depressed person because they find my songs to be sad." - Thalia Zedek

"When I am dead, my dearest, Sing no sad songs for me; Plant thou no roses at my head, Nor shady cypress tree: Be the green grass above me With showers and dewdrops wet; And if thou wilt, remember, And if thou wilt, forget." - Christina Rossetti

"Everyone was saved once by music. So I decided to REALLY work on my songs and not just "play" - to make something really good, more "professional." Something which makes you feel better; a song who says: "I know how much you're sad, and you're not alone, this is a song made for you." I really wanted to help with my music." - Marilou

"I don't want to die and leave a few sad songs and a hump in the ground as my only monument. I want to leave a world that is liberated from trash, pollution, racism, nation-states, nation-state wars and armies, from pomp, bigotry, parochialism, a thousand different brands of untruth and licentious, usurious economics." - George Jackson

"What is to be done? We who are still half alive, living in the often fibrillating heartland of a senescent capitalism - can we do more than reflect the decay around and within us? Can we do more than sing our sad and bitter songs of disillusion and defeat?" - R D Laing

"I think that there are a lot of really beautiful Christmas carols, and then sometimes there are horrible renditions of them that are played to death in malls that make me sad. I try to avoid stores where they're playing bad versions of Christmas songs on repeat." - Gillian Jacobs

"Falling in love is awesome, but I'm never drawn to happy songs per se, so whenever you sit down to write a heartbreak song and you're happily in love, it's like, 'OK, now I have to go back to a sad place to get something good.'" - Miranda Lambert

"I'm part of the party, getting the crowd fired up, singing songs, pouring drinks, whatever it takes to get them to have a good time. When I walk into the meet-and-greet, someone's always going to have a story, a sad story or a happy story." - Dierks Bentley

"Unfortunately, we are living in an era where plenty of songs with vulgar, objectionable lyrics are also becoming popular. It's a disturbing trend, and I feel really sad when I see small kids dancing to such numbers in television shows. In my career so far, I have refused any song whose lyrics I haven't been comfortable with." - Shreya Ghoshal

"Falling in love is awesome, but I'm never drawn to happy songs per se, so whenever you sit down to write a heartbreak song and you're happily in love, it's like, 'OK, now I have to go back to a sad place to get something good." - Miranda Lambert

"If I could be more vague I'd write more about people in my life, but I hate hurting feelings or making people feel uncomfortable. I've done that before. Unless they're sad songs. Those get finished fast, but the mean ones often end up at the back of the bottom drawer and it's probably for the best." - Caitlin Rose

"In their heyday, the Pet Shop Boys were the Interpol of the Eighties, dressing up to sing really weird pop songs about lust and loneliness in the big city. They're low-pro now, not retro-worshipped in the manner of Depeche Mode, New Order, or The Cure, but you can hear the reason why - these guys are too sad." - Rob Sheffield

"I don't write songs, songs write me." - Sammy Cahn

"A song is a song. But there are some songs, ah, some songs are the greatest. The Beatles song Yesterday. Listen to the lyrics." - Chuck Berry

"I want to sing more in Spanish. I want to sing the songs of Granados; the songs of Montsalvatge. To do things that truly I've not done before." - Jessye Norman

"Yes, I am sad, sad as a circus-lioness, sad as an eagle without wings, sad as a violin with only one string and that one broken, sad as a woman who is growing old. Sad, sad, sad..." - Jean Rhys

"Poor child of danger, nursling of the storm, Sad are the woes that wreck thy manly form! Rocks, waves, and winds, the shattered bark delay, Thy heart is sad, thy home is far away." - Thomas Campbell

"Life is sad enough without people writing sad books." - James T Farrell

"Often sit alone happy happy Thoughts somewhat far gone gone Clouds circle mountain soft soft Wind through valley swish swish Ape in tree bounce bounce Bird in forest chirp chirp Time turns hair gray gray Winter is here sad sad" - Hanshan

"The sad truth is the truth is sad." - Daniel Handler

"Love songs last because they are about feelings that don't change." - Diana Krall

"My job is to write songs that have emotional meaning to me." - Branford Marsalis

"I'm singing background on one of Blondie's songs on her new album" - Melissa Joan Hart

"RULERS should be careful about what songs are allowed to be sung." - Pete Seeger

"In the songs that I write, that's where I get to be really brave and outspoken." - Emily Kinney

"Language is like songs, like food, like dance-it is the expression of what we think." - Holly Near

"I can understand someone not liking the voice or the songs." - Joanna Newsom

"I have writing songs on my own for about six years." - Joanna Newsom

"My aspirations aren't to sell millions of records, but to write really good songs." - Tom Odell

"Songs are about just being totally honest and putting those words to music." - Tom Odell

"I think songs and visuals are so evocative of each other." - Aleksa Palladino

"I write love songs!" - Kris Allen

"I don't write songs." - John Corbett

"I love bummer songs." - Ben Gibbard

"I've copyrighted 3,000 songs." - Dolly Parton

"I love writing songs." - Sade Adu

"Our idea is simply to play the songs and to emphasize our musicianship." - Krist Novoselic

"You can tell an honest artist from one who's just given all their songs." - Rita Ora

"We used to say "Ah Hell, we're young" But now we see that life is sad And so is love." - Kate Bush

"The loves and hours of the life of a man, They are swift and sad, being born of the sea." - Algernon Charles Swinburne

"Dear as the light that visits these sad eyes, Dear as the ruddy drops that warm my heart." - Thomas Gray

"How sad now never to see men holding hands, while everywhere one looks they are holding guns." - Alice Walker



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