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What's your favorite mournful-sounding tune?

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Jul 2, 2022 - 6:35:52 PM
7 posts since 5/5/2019

I tend to like the more melancholy/haunting tunes and I'm just curious if any of you folks have a favorite that you gravitate towards for that kind of sound. I'd like to expand my repertoire in order to keep me and my depression's relationship spicy. Thanks!

Edited by - this_machine_is_out_of_tune on 07/02/2022 18:37:41

Jul 2, 2022 - 7:20:51 PM
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1389 posts since 1/9/2012

My guess is that it was 1994 that I heard Dr. Ralph et al.  They were touring with the "National Tour of Traditional Banjo Styles.  (Tony Ellis was on that fantastic bill, too.)  At intermission, I asked Dr. Ralph, "Do you have that song on one of your CDs?"  "Why, yes, young man," and he made the sale then and there of Saturday Night & Sunday Morning.  The song was Rank Strangers, e.g., https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eLxTZIDP_o  and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqpOdKMrZS0 .

Jul 2, 2022 - 7:31:27 PM
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2838 posts since 5/2/2012

Tony Ellis' Trail of Tears was the first to come to mind.  Knowing the backstory is important.  

Jul 2, 2022 - 7:33:15 PM
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2935 posts since 3/30/2008

"I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry",

 " Oh Death", 

"Hush Little Baby, Don't You Cry",

 "Donna Donna". 

Edited by - tdennis on 07/02/2022 19:36:37

Jul 2, 2022 - 8:05:03 PM
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blazo

USA

396 posts since 5/16/2017

Darlin' Cory
Little Sadie
Streets of Laredo
Pretty Polly

Jul 2, 2022 - 10:34:30 PM
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665 posts since 4/1/2009

Definitely got to add Earl Scruggs’ “Nashville Blues” to the melancholy tune list… to me many tunes that have a minor type of key/sound represents that emotion pretty well.

As far as songs with lyrics… man. I agree with the above and would add…
Dock Boggs’ “Country Blues”… and his “Danville Girl”…
There are many by The Stanley’s… old mountain songs… “The Lovers Quarrel”… if you want lonesome and sad I don’t think “The Fields Have Turned Brown” can be beat… “The White Dove”…

Some of Ralph Stanley's  would be “The Midnight Storm”… “I Only Exist”… “Hot Night In August”… “The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn”… etc.

Edited by - Pick1949 on 07/02/2022 22:36:03

Jul 2, 2022 - 11:14:46 PM
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chuckv97

Canada

65057 posts since 10/5/2013

Blue Night
Love Please Come Home
Body and Soul

Jul 3, 2022 - 3:21:57 AM
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Bill H

USA

1934 posts since 11/7/2010

Lonesome River, Ralph Stanley
Banks of the Ohio
Sally in the Garden

Jul 3, 2022 - 4:10:21 AM
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39502 posts since 2/28/2006

O Death
Drunkard's Lone Child
Drunkard's Doom
I'm Dying, Mother
Cold Blows the Wind

Edited by - TheLastWord on 07/03/2022 04:10:49

Jul 3, 2022 - 4:28:28 AM
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Eric A

USA

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Tunes in G modal tuning (aka Sawmill or Mountain Minor) have a spooky character. There's a ton of them, so it's a rabbit hole you can down a long time.   Here's a thread:

https://www.banjohangout.org/archive/358187

If you are in open G, just tune your B string up to C and there you have it.


 

Edited by - Eric A on 07/03/2022 04:28:57

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Jul 3, 2022 - 4:45:03 AM
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3153 posts since 9/5/2006

Let's not forget LIttle Glass of Wine or Caleb Meyer.

Jul 3, 2022 - 4:45:29 AM
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carlb

USA

2402 posts since 12/16/2007

Oh Death
Alone and Forsaken (Hank Williams, Sr)
There'll Come a Time (Ernest V. Stoneman and sheet music by Charles K. Harris, 1895)

Jul 3, 2022 - 5:24:13 AM
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Foote

USA

591 posts since 3/25/2009

Rock Salt and Nails

Jul 3, 2022 - 5:31:21 AM
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93 posts since 2/25/2020

Dark as the night, Blue as the day

Jul 3, 2022 - 5:56:42 AM
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lapsteel

Canada

799 posts since 8/13/2015

Undone in sorrow

Jul 3, 2022 - 6:09:24 AM
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1655 posts since 7/14/2004

Alison does haunting better than anyone I know of.

Without Anastasia   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCxfZMpouZ4

Drawing Down The Moon  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLWzjmyw1uA

Carrowkeel  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXqpVnoGw60

The Devil Went Down To Berkley  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekkcfGMR9HE

Edited by - Sheenjack on 07/03/2022 06:17:05

Jul 3, 2022 - 7:06:39 AM
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RioStat

USA

5845 posts since 10/12/2009

What would you give in Exchange for your Soul:  Stanley Brothers

Jul 3, 2022 - 7:33:44 AM
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5503 posts since 5/9/2007

Oh no! Not liver and onions.

Okay, not a mournful tune but, to this once young kid, it sure as hell outta been.

Edited by - mrphysics55 on 07/03/2022 07:36:27

Jul 3, 2022 - 8:04:15 AM
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Eric A

USA

1544 posts since 10/15/2019
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Red River Valley
Bury Me Beneath The Willow
Little Cabin Home On The Hill

Jul 3, 2022 - 12:07:21 PM
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18 posts since 7/24/2021

Rock salt and nails Bed by the window. Pretty green hills. Poor Ellen Smith

Jul 3, 2022 - 1:45:54 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

26168 posts since 6/25/2005

It seems to me that most posters are listing songs, not tunes. Also seems to me that lyrics can influence judgment of a tune as mournful. So, herewith a few mournful tunes, only one of which has lyrics: 900 Miles (the minor version, lyrics notwithstanding, via Woody Guthrie); the aforementioned Nashville Blues; Clinch Mt. Backstep; Sally in the Garden.

Jul 3, 2022 - 2:24:07 PM
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18 posts since 7/24/2021

Bill, you are correct. And now for some reason I can’t think of a mournful tune…. Now that’s sad .

Jul 3, 2022 - 2:47:03 PM
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7848 posts since 8/30/2004

Good point Bill. Aren't most folk or bluegrass tunes and lyrics usually about sorrow or death or sadness? I'm personally not a big on lyrics person but more of a tunes petson...My wife listens to the lyrics first and then the tune. So funny ha!
 
Originally posted by Bill Rogers

It seems to me that most posters are listing songs, not tunes. Also seems to me that lyrics can influence judgment of a tune as mournful. So, herewith a few mournful tunes, only one of which has lyrics: 900 Miles (the minor version, lyrics notwithstanding, via Woody Guthrie); the aforementioned Nashville Blues; Clinch Mt. Backstep; Sally in the Garden.


Edited by - Jack Baker on 07/03/2022 14:49:32

Jul 3, 2022 - 3:19:35 PM
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3799 posts since 7/12/2006

If youre talking instrumentals , the first section of NGR's Bigfoot is hauntingly beautiful and lonely

Jul 3, 2022 - 7:57:56 PM
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AGACNP

USA

306 posts since 10/12/2011

Speaking strictly instrumentals:

Crossing the Cumberlands, sounds kinda haunting…

Edited by - AGACNP on 07/03/2022 19:58:44

Jul 3, 2022 - 8:23:46 PM
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DWFII

USA

435 posts since 1/9/2022

quote:
Originally posted by Will Frady

Rock salt and nails


You wouldn't by any incalcuably small chance have a 2F tab of Rocksalt and Nails?

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