1. “Lady in Red” by someone or other came out right when my father was dying. Something about that song made my stepmother and me cry like babies in a sandwich shop a day or two after he died.
2. “Mandolin Rain” by Bruce Hornsby also came out at the same time. “A sad song drifting low. Listen to the tears roll down my face as she turns to go.”
3. “Wreck on the Highway” by Springsteen. “There was blood and glass all over. And there was nobody there but me.” I wasn’t the only one around when my dad died, but I felt like I was.
4. “You’re Missing” by Springsteen. Yes, I think of 9/11, and I also think of my former colleague who was widowed last year – right about this time – when her husband Shawn was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and dead within three months. Five children, they have, and only one is an adult.
5. “You Were Always on My Mind” by Willie Nelson. My father’s tribute song to his wife to try to atone for many things. We played it at his funeral.
6. “Tears in Heaven” by Eric Clapton. The incredibly tragic death of his 4-year-old son brought to mind every time I hear this.
7. “The Living Years” by Mike and the Mechanics. “I wasn’t there that morning when my father passed away. I didn’t get to tell him all the things I had to say. I think I caught his spirit later that same year. I’m sure I heard his echo in my baby’s newborn tears.” What else can I say?
8. “Amazing Grace.”
9. The National Anthem. I’ve cried every time I’ve heard it from the time I was a wishy-washy adult.
10. “In the Arms of the Angels” by Sarah McLachlan. Heard this song right after my German Shepherd was killed. I’ve since extrapolated to others around me.
[This week’s Ten on Tuesday prompt has depressed me to no end. I think I’d better keep away from my iPod for the foreseeable future. Just imagine the play list I’d create! Want to shed a few tears? Check out others’ lists here.]