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Nov 18, 2022 - 6:39:53 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

26682 posts since 6/25/2005

My three top ones:

Come All You Tenderhearted
The Water Lily
The Drunken Driver

Others?

Nov 18, 2022 - 6:44:07 PM
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2350 posts since 11/17/2018

Dream of a Miner's Child

youtube.com/watch?v=iP9gdgB_1xI

Bringing Mary Home

youtube.com/watch?v=zRFLZfv7Vw8

A Robin Built a Nest on Daddy's Grave

youtube.com/watch?v=VLU6uMaxvYI

Nov 18, 2022 - 8:17:13 PM

Owen

Canada

12307 posts since 6/5/2011

I'm not prone to being particularly affected by music/song/art/etc.*, and I'm not aware of there being a bluegrass version but Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MS1sJD4SWA0 gets my attention.

* = none of it reaches a quasi-orgasmic level of "...speaks to me."

Nov 18, 2022 - 8:56:21 PM

chuckv97

Canada

67880 posts since 10/5/2013

Wait A Minute - Herb Pedersen,, /,,, Seldom Scene

Too Late For Praying ,,,,, Gordon Lightfoot

By The Time I Get To Phoenix ,,,,,,, Jimmy Webb /Glen Campbell

Nov 19, 2022 - 2:59:14 AM

banjoy

USA

10822 posts since 7/1/2006

You Can Close Your Eyes (James Taylor)
#1 tearjerker for me, this popped up on YouTube when my mom died.

Wind Beneath My Wings (Bette Midler)
#2 tearjerker, this is the tune my mom requested at my dad's funeral

Go Rest High on That Mountain (Vince Gill)
Just an amazing tune to cleanse the tears...

I'm gonna add a 4th, an original tune written by my dear friend Tim Smith, may he Rest in Peace...

Nevernamed (T. Scott Smith)

... a tearjerker for me because Tim was so special to me, and I know the places and people he sings about in this tune. I've put my feet in that ancient creek he speaks of...

Damn, if I'm not tearing up now.

Edited by - banjoy on 11/19/2022 03:04:13

Nov 19, 2022 - 4:46:55 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

28231 posts since 8/3/2003

Teardrops Falling in the Snow. I cannot sing that one through without trearing up.

Nov 19, 2022 - 5:54:49 AM

carlb

USA

2459 posts since 12/16/2007

Ones that brought me to tears, the first time I heard them.

Tear Down the Fences - Ola Belle Reed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vP-sE6eE2uA

 

Alone and Forsaken - Hank Williams, Sr.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8mO6JVAShw

 

Before the Road - Sue Massek

I couldn’t find the Real World String Band version online. I did record it and uploaded it to my media on BHO. I extracted their version from the radio show “Old Kentucky Bound", hosted by Rich Kirby, on

https://birthplaceofcountrymusic.org/radio/programs/on-air-shows/

and so have my own personal copy of their version.

My version:

https://www.banjohangout.org/song/43439

 

Across the Great Divide - Kate Wolf

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2Kn3j7o2yY

 

Nov 19, 2022 - 8:34:49 AM

RB3

USA

1586 posts since 4/12/2004

In My Next Life - J.D. Crowe & The New South

In My Next Life

Nov 19, 2022 - 11:27:55 AM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

26682 posts since 6/25/2005

One I should have listed:

Tom Paxton’s “Cindy’s Cryin’”

Nov 19, 2022 - 12:09:41 PM

1687 posts since 4/29/2013

Idk, Country Roads can hit me the right way at times. 

Nov 19, 2022 - 1:15:44 PM

339 posts since 8/25/2009

She does it a capella, but it appeals to me: Kate Wolf "The Lilac and the Apple Tree"

https://www.bing.com/search?q=kate+wolf+the+lilac+and+the+apple&cvid

Edited by - Half Barbaric Twanger on 11/19/2022 13:17:23

Nov 19, 2022 - 1:53:55 PM

Owen

Canada

12307 posts since 6/5/2011

...and let's not overlook Ned Luberecki's Cabin of Death:

 

Nov 19, 2022 - 2:24:13 PM
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banjo bill-e

Tuvalu

12724 posts since 2/22/2007

I was fortunate to see John Prine at least five times and at most every show I would have a tear in my eye at some point, as he would sing something that would just pierce my heart. I don't cry easily but his words get to me.

Nov 20, 2022 - 3:18:43 AM

heavy5

USA

2547 posts since 11/3/2016

The Hills Of Roane County. Crowe, Lawson & Williams.

The fields have turned brown    The Gents

Edited by - heavy5 on 11/20/2022 03:22:29

Nov 20, 2022 - 3:39:47 AM

heavy5

USA

2547 posts since 11/3/2016

More Gents

Little Bessie

Banks Of The Ohio

Nov 20, 2022 - 3:51:15 AM
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532 posts since 7/13/2008

quote:
Originally posted by Owen

I'm not prone to being particularly affected by music/song/art/etc.*, and I'm not aware of there being a bluegrass version but Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MS1sJD4SWA0 gets my attention.

* = none of it reaches a quasi-orgasmic level of "...speaks to me."


And so I chose to play banjo. LOL

Nov 20, 2022 - 7:31:04 AM

Owen

Canada

12307 posts since 6/5/2011

But, but, but, Brian, I didn't jump directly in.  I had previously tried a strum stick.  The ad says "No wrong notes," but after I had a colleague tune it for me, I was able to produce plenty of wrong (?) notes.   wink

Nov 20, 2022 - 11:26:11 AM

2924 posts since 4/16/2003
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"Echo Mountain"

James King's version:
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGnPj-Ty2Ew

Cedar Hill's version:
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7XfynuvKqk

James did it first, but for me, Cedar Hill's version hits harder...

Nov 28, 2022 - 6:02:54 PM

1943 posts since 4/10/2005

"Last Kind Words" (Geeshie Wiley)
youtube.com/watch?v=oAKfy2W70Qg

"Drunkard's Lone Child" (Doc Boggs)
youtube.com/watch?v=7ooDfYaH08E


"Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?"
My favorite interpreter is the great blues/rockabilly voice Phil Alvin, here with some old-school trad guitar picking:
youtube.com/watch?v=0ML6KZSppZA

Tom Waits gives it soul as well, this clip with vintage photos:
youtube.com/watch?v=uUCVVU1qVdY

Nov 28, 2022 - 6:21:36 PM

1943 posts since 4/10/2005

This relatively late-in-the-day  rendition of "Kentucky" by Sonny and Bobby Osborne with Ronnie Reno riding shotgun always gets me. Encircled by the cream of bluegrass, soaking it in and shaking their heads in wonder. I think it was after Sonny had officially retired from banjo performing, but there's a nice break here:

youtube.com/watch?v=ZgcIHygY9FA

Edited by - ceemonster on 11/28/2022 18:26:23

Nov 29, 2022 - 7:48:05 AM

4442 posts since 3/28/2008

quote:
Originally posted by Bill Rogers

One I should have listed:

Tom Paxton’s “Cindy’s Cryin’”


A great song!

And from that same album, "Jimmy Newman". I can't even describe that one without tearing up.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Seu8YwQl3HA

Dec 3, 2022 - 6:34:06 AM

1695 posts since 7/14/2004

"All the old men in my life are gone"  Pam Gadd.

Dec 3, 2022 - 7:31:13 AM

4303 posts since 9/12/2016

death don't have no mercy in this land--Rev.Gary Davis

Dec 3, 2022 - 7:54:34 AM

Owen

Canada

12307 posts since 6/5/2011

I've lately actually "listened to" the words of Play Me The Waltz Of The Angels, a song one of the guys at jams I attend sometimes sings, .... https://www.google.com/search?q=play+me+the+waltz+of+the+angels+lyrics&oq=play+me+the+waltz+of+the+angels&aqs=chrome.2.0i355i512j46i512j0i512l5j46i512j0i512l2.15916j0j15&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

Dec 4, 2022 - 5:55:42 AM

77162 posts since 5/9/2007

I Overlooked An Orchid because it's about regretting past decisions.
Regret is one of the saddest things.

Dec 6, 2022 - 7:15:15 AM

Buddur

USA

3425 posts since 10/23/2004

I sometimes I get all choked up when I sing a song that a friend wrote, John Lee Smithfield, a side-story to the wreck of the Old 97.

John Lee Smithfield - Well Strung Bluegrass Band


John was an honest man who tried hard to provide for his family. Looking for work he hopped the Old 97 from Monroe to go to Spencer, not telling anyone his plans. The train wrecked, John was unaccounted for, and noone knew that John had died that day.

Edited by - Buddur on 12/06/2022 07:17:56

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