Please, tell me there’s a song that makes you cry every time you hear it!
For me, there are several:
- Jim Croce, Time in a Bottle
- James Taylor, Fire and Rain
- Fievel & Tanya, Somewhere Out There (An American Tail)
- Michael Joncas, On Eagles’ Wings
- Bone Thugs N Harmony, The Crossroads
I could go on, especially now with the pregnancy hormones, but you get the picture. The other day I popped in my James Taylor Greatest Hits not even thinking. Five minutes in I furiously blinked back tears not wanting my son to see me cry for no apparent reason. That experience got me to thinking. What is it about certain songs that syphon tears out of our heads and hearts?
I suppose the answer is different for every person and every song. Often, it’s a melancholy or happy but extinct memory we’ve attached to the tune. Sometimes it’s the strum of the guitar, the beat of the drum, or the perfect voice carrying into our ear. Other times, it’s the lyrics.
The words of songs transport us to different times and specific emotions. What novelist try to do with eighty thousand words, lyricists can accomplish in two hundred fifty with nearly one hundred of the count repeating in the refrain.
I’m amazed at the ability.
What song(s) make you grab the tissues?