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Doc_J
08-17-2011, 09:07 AM
Sometimes I just want to play some sad songs, happy ones don't always fit my mood. Like today. :(

Only sad song I know and play is "Danny Boy".

Got any recommendations (especially ones easy to play)? I guess some blues tunes may be the way to go.

Thanks.

crowsby
08-17-2011, 09:12 AM
"We'll Meet Again" is pretty sad, especially if you consider the circumstances (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We%27ll_Meet_Again) it was often played in.

janeray1940
08-17-2011, 09:14 AM
My favorite sad song on the uke is You Are My Sunshine. People usually play it as an upbeat song, but if you pay attention to the lyrics it's anything but that. I play it in a minor key and slow it down.

ItsMrPitchy
08-17-2011, 09:18 AM
Hurt would be a good one. And what about tears in heaven there is a UU lesson on that one.

70sSanO
08-17-2011, 10:11 AM
Well I think Sting's "I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying" will take most if not all the joy out of your life... and if it is even remotely applicable, I would stay away from tall buildings.

John

Gillian
08-17-2011, 10:18 AM
"Bury Me 'Neath the Willow" and "Last Kiss" .:(

Doc_J
08-17-2011, 10:22 AM
Well I think Sting's "I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying" will take most if not all the joy out of your life... and if it is even remotely applicable, I would stay away from tall buildings.

John

Thanks John. That comment even made me smile today.
Thanks everyone, I'm getting some good sad songs here.
Keep them coming.

nscafe
08-17-2011, 10:23 AM
I like to play "I Will Follow You Into the Dark" by Death Cab for Cutie. It translates very well to the uke, and is a great song to boot. I don't necessarily think it's a sad song, but it is about death so...

23skidoo
08-17-2011, 10:23 AM
'Rex's Blues' by Townes Van Zandt..... he wasn't exactly a chipper guy, and I think there's something especially dark about this one. Plus, its only two chords, I and IV. I play it in F (F & Bb)..... my favorite sad song. There's a cover on my youtube channel.....

Jason Paul
08-17-2011, 11:21 AM
Look to the Irish. :(

I Am Stretched On Your Grave
A Pair Of Brown Eyes
Four Green Fields
Sniper's Promise

Just a few off the top of my head...

Of course, it depends on what you want to be sad about.

Jason

itsme
08-17-2011, 11:42 AM
"Greensleeves" is a pretty mournful sounding tune and the lyrics are actually about the singer being dumped by his beloved.

WhenDogsSing
08-17-2011, 12:20 PM
Sometimes I just want to play some sad songs, happy ones don't always fit my mood. Like today. :(

Only sad song I know and play is "Danny Boy".

Got any recommendations (especially ones easy to play)? I guess some blues tunes may be the way to go.

Thanks.

Whatever it is, my heart is with you and I hope it gets better real fast.

Opa John
08-17-2011, 01:30 PM
One of my favorite sad songs is "Molly Malone".

Ingrate
08-17-2011, 01:44 PM
Another melancholy Irish tune, Slane - better known as Lord of All Hopefulness and other titles. It not only has a mournful melody, but is very pleasant on the 'ukulele.

Here's a beautiful rendition by Mia Rosie.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbnSaapFzKU

Here's wishing for happier times and tunes in your near future..

enzymerich
08-17-2011, 02:24 PM
"death don't have no mercy"
reverend gary davis

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiQfhwWcDkk

guitarman
08-17-2011, 02:29 PM
Desperado by The Eagles!

chindog
08-17-2011, 02:52 PM
"What'll I Do?". Page 258 in the 365.

Lori
08-17-2011, 03:04 PM
Oh My Darling Clementine
Sounds of Silence
Down in the Valley

UKISOCIETY
08-17-2011, 03:10 PM
Robert just posted a great sad song. He even put the lyrics and chords on the vid.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1Kg-B3DX5Q

ksiegel
08-17-2011, 03:17 PM
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry is always a favorite.

. -Kurt

Ukuleleblues
08-17-2011, 03:28 PM
St James Infirmary

Ukulele JJ
08-17-2011, 04:12 PM
"I'm Going to Go Back There Someday (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryEjm3k6uY0)", as sung by Gonzo in The Muppet Movie. No so much sad as it is wistful, which is often worse if you ask me. :-(

Another good tear-jerker is Jack Jones' "Our Song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQ9GjYAOY7Y)". Yeesh... that one kills me.

JJ

GinnyT11
08-17-2011, 04:26 PM
I really like to play Ray Charles' "I Can't Stop Loving You" because the chords are easy and it's in a key I can really sing out at home.

I'm not a country-music fan, but Hank Williams' "Your Cheatin' Heart" is easy to play...and pretty sad too.

poppy
08-17-2011, 04:31 PM
long Black Veil
Blue eyes crying in the rain
Who will buy my memories

and 1000 other country greats !

Kazz3lrath
08-17-2011, 05:03 PM
Lonely Day by System Of A Down translates very well to uke. Plus, other than B7 it only uses very basic chords and the picking pattern is pretty easy.

Doc_J
08-17-2011, 05:53 PM
Whatever it is, my heart is with you and I hope it gets better real fast.

Thanks. Playing sad songs helps, at least for me it does.

TCK
08-17-2011, 09:16 PM
Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out- Bessie Smith...will translate beautifully to the Uke (I think Eugene may have done it)
But the one that comes directly to mind is pretty easy to play and traditionally Irish, but Don Mclean OWNED it...period. My favorite sad tune to play

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEZIKSm78k8

micromue
08-17-2011, 09:27 PM
Rainbow Connection is saaaaad!



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHBu3HGduJg&feature=related

Canuke
08-17-2011, 09:31 PM
When I wanna play a sad song, I play "Waiting Around To Die" by Townes Van Zant. "Racing In The Streets" by Bruce Springsteen is awesome when I'm down. Easy to play, too. It's funny that I always play Tom Waits in an upbeat, positive mood but I still need sad songs to play.

humuhumunukunukuapuaa
08-17-2011, 10:37 PM
Fade To Black by Metallica. Unforgiven, also by Metallica.

NordicUke
08-17-2011, 11:41 PM
I think Goodbye by Eddie Vedder is really sad. And made for Ukulele none the less.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsWAMu7OLjI

BWright
08-18-2011, 01:33 AM
Streets of Laredo

Ron98GT
08-18-2011, 06:07 AM
Tears in Heaven, UU Uke Lesson #37

The Thrill is Gone, by BB King

Stairway To Heaven, by Led Zeppelin

Gallows Pole, by Led Zeppelin (easy chords)

It's To Late , by Carole King:

http://letsplayukulele.com/ukulele/tabs/tab/carole-king-its-too-late:1462/

http://www.loglar.com/song.php?id=3

I just saw a list of the top 25 country music drinking songs, any of these will do:

http://www.theboot.com/2008/03/04/best-country-drinking-songs-br-no-25/

Any of the Blues, starting with:

Uke Minutes 51 - Blues Ukulele Chords

Uke Minutes 54 - Blues Scales

Uke Minutes 56 - 12 Bar Blues

Uke Minutes 57 - Easy Blues Solos

102263
08-18-2011, 08:29 AM
Piano Man by Billy Joel always gets me sad when I listen to the lyrics, and it sounds good on uke too. 100 Years by Five for Fighting is probably the saddest song I know, but I don't think it sounds as good played on the ukulele. Here's some covers to give you an idea (these aren't me):

Piano Man:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhw1gnrH--o

100 Years:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjF7lu23xQo

GinnyT11
08-18-2011, 09:06 AM
Doc_J--
You may be in just the right frame of mind to start writing some of your own blues songs, and here are some rules to keep in mind. You might want low-g tuning on the uke to be more effective. Thank you, internet.


The Blues Explained
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

1. Most blues begin with: "Woke up this mornin'...."

2. "I got a good woman" is a bad way to begin the blues, unless you stick something nasty in the next line like, "I got a good woman with the meanest face in town."

3. The blues is simple. After you get the first line right, repeat it. Then find something that rhymes...sort of...
"Got a good woman with the meanest face in town.
Yes, I got a good woman with the meanest face in town.
Got teeth like Margaret Thatcher, and she weigh 500 pound."

4. The blues is not about choice. If you stuck in a ditch, you stuck in a ditch--ain't no way out.

5. Blues cars: Chevys, Fords, Cadillacs and broken-down trucks.
Blues don't travel in Volvos, BMWs or sport utility vehicles.
Most blues transportation is a Greyhound bus or a southbound train.
Jets and state-sponsored motor pools ain't even in the running.
Walkin' plays a major part in the blues lifestyle. So does fixin' to die.

6. Teenagers can't sing the blues. They ain't fixin' to die yet. Adults sing the blues.
In blues, "adulthood" means being old enough to get the electric chair if you shoot a man in Memphis.

7. Blues can take place in New York City, but not in Hawaii or anyplace in Canada. Hard times in Minneapolis or Seattle is probably just a clinical depression.
Chicago, Houston, St. Louis and Kansas City are still the best places to have the blues. You cannot have the blues in any place that don't get rain.

8. You can't have no blues in an office or a shopping mall. The lighting is all wrong. Go outside to the parking lot or sit by the dumpster.

9. Good places for the blues:
a. highway
b. jailhouse
c. empty bed
d. bottom of a whiskey glass

10. Bad places for the blues:
a. Nordstrom
b. gallery openings
c. Ivy League institutions

11. Do you have the right to sing the blues?
Yes, if:
a. you older than dirt
b. you blind
c. you shot a man in Memphis
No, if:
a. you have a 401(k) or a trust fund
b. you once were blind but now you see
c. the man in Memphis lived

12. Acceptable blues beverages:
a. cheap wine
b. whiskey or bourbon
c. muddy water
d. nasty black coffee

The following are NOT blues beverages:
a. Perrier
b. Chardonnay
c. Red Bull
d. SlimFast

13. If death occurs in a cheap hotel or a shotgun shack, it's a blues death. You can't have a blues death if you die during a tennis match or while getting liposuction.

14. Make your own blues starter kit:
a. Name of a physical infirmity (Blind, Cripple, Lame, etc.)
b. First name (see above) plus the name of a fruit (Lemon, Lime, Kiwi, etc.)
c. Last name of a president (Jefferson, Johnson, Fillmore, etc.)
For example: Blind Lime Jefferson, Jakeleg Lemon Johnson, or Cripple Kiwi Fillmore. (Well, maybe not kiwi...)

15. No matter how tragic your life--if you own a computer, you cannot sing the blues.

hoosierhiver
08-18-2011, 09:07 AM
900 Miles.

uke4ia
08-18-2011, 09:56 AM
Richard Thompson used to be good for about one devestating, buy-a-beer-to-cry-in, song per album. Ones that come to mind immediately are "End of the Rainbow", "You Can't Win", "Waltzing's for Dreamers", "Al Bowlly's in Heaven", "Hide It Away", "Taking My Business Elsewhere", "How Will I Ever Be Simple Again", "Uninhabited Man", and "I Misunderstood".

For sheer, flat-out morbid depressingness, "End of the Rainbow" and Robyn Hitchcock's "Luminous Rose" are my all-time champions.

Deek
08-18-2011, 10:48 AM
Dr Uke has a nice arrangement of "Sunrise, Sunset" from Fiddler on the Roof.

Ted4
08-18-2011, 12:08 PM
It's already been mentioned, but I would go for 'Long black veil' Only three chords in it, and it includes all the classic ingredients of the English folk song- adultery and death! It's in Richard G's mighty and much esteemed on-line songbook. I would also seek out the version as sung by Mick Jagger with The Chieftains. Very straight faced and austere!

Ron98GT
08-18-2011, 12:22 PM
GT3T11, #1 sounds like Boston's "More Than a Feeling":

"I woke up this morning" and the sun was gone
Turned on some music to start my day
I lost myself in a familiar song
I closed my eyes and I slipped away

By the way, great song to play on the guitar or ukulele. Basically, D C G chords and/or arpeggio around those chords. Haven't got the power chords down yet on the uke and thats an important part of the song.

ksiegel
08-18-2011, 12:40 PM
Richard Thompson used to be good for about one devestating, buy-a-beer-to-cry-in, song per album. Ones that come to mind immediately are "End of the Rainbow", "You Can't Win", "Waltzing's for Dreamers", "Al Bowlly's in Heaven", "Hide It Away", "Taking My Business Elsewhere", "How Will I Ever Be Simple Again", "Uninhabited Man", and "I Misunderstood".

Thompson can also take other folks' songs, and make them not only his own, but topical, and bluesy. As seen here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAS4ltt7DzI

ksiegel
08-18-2011, 12:44 PM
Doc_J--
You may be in just the right frame of mind to start writing some of your own blues songs, and here are some rules to keep in mind. You might want low-g tuning on the uke to be more effective. Thank you, internet.


The Blues Explained
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
[stuff deleted]

7. Blues can take place in New York City, but not in Hawaii or anyplace in Canada. Hard times in Minneapolis or Seattle is probably just a clinical depression.
Chicago, Houston, St. Louis and Kansas City are still the best places to have the blues. You cannot have the blues in any place that don't get rain.

I'm pretty sure that you can have the blues when there's a drought - see "I'm Busted", as sung by Ray Charles, or the duet between Roy Clark and Gatemouth Brown.

Or any of Woody Guthrie's Dustbowl songs.

remember:

There's only one way to sing the blues.
I said, there's only one way to sing the blues
Except when there ain't,
And that just means
that there are two.

....-Kurt

ukulele-melee
08-18-2011, 03:11 PM
"Smile" by Charlie Chaplin

zebrastripeduke
12-11-2013, 12:09 PM
Try 'Atlanta moan' an easy blues song by Barbeque Bob, they don't get much sadder. Easy chords...c c7, f c,g7 f c and that's it! Get someone to play open d guitar to accompany and the tears will flow.
Good luck

mds725
12-11-2013, 12:35 PM
If I've been dumped or something, I don't play sad songs per se, but I do play songs that I associate with the person who did the dumping. Not very helpful for this topic, I realize; I end up singing songs meant to be happy, like Jimmy Buffet's "Come Monday" instead of more traditional sad songs.


Doc_J--
You may be in just the right frame of mind to start writing some of your own blues songs, and here are some rules to keep in mind. You might want low-g tuning on the uke to be more effective. Thank you, internet....

That was one of the funniest things I've read in a very long time. I was going to play a sad song later today, but now I don't have to. :)

rem50
12-11-2013, 01:10 PM
Green green grass of home

kohanmike
12-11-2013, 01:24 PM
I started playing the harmonica years ago because I can't sing. One day I got an idea to gather as many lament songs as I could and start learning them to maybe play in the street. Made up a pretty good list, but never got around to learning them;

Hurt So bad - Little Anthony
Goin' Out of My Head - Little Anthony
Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying
Time After Time-Cindy Lauper
Crying - Roy Orbison/KD Lang
Only the Lonely - KD Lang/Carrie Underwood
So Sad - Elton John
Tears of A Clown - Smokey
One for the Road - Sinatra
Since I Fell for You
Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Whithers
What Becomes of the Brokenhearted
The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine
What Becomes of the Broken Hearted–
Shadow of Your Smile
I Wish it Would Rain
Unchain My Heart
By Bye Love
Yes It is
Baby's in Black
Unchained Melody
Mr. Loney - Bobby Vinton
Your Cheatin' Heart - Hank Williams
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - Hank Williams
I Fall to Pieces - Patsy Cline
Crazy - Patsy Cline
Oh Donna - Ritchie Valenz
Walk on By-Dionne Warwick
I'm A Loser-.Beatles
Ain't Misbehavin'
One Less Bell to Answer-5th Dimension
Since I Don't Have You
Lonely Teardrops Jackie Wilson
I Can't Stop Lovin You Ray Charles
What'll l do
Am I Blue-Hoagy Carmichael
While My Guitar Gently Weeps - George Harrison

BillM
12-11-2013, 04:00 PM
Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down - Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson
I Wish I Were Blind - Bruce Springsteen

vonbiber
12-11-2013, 04:17 PM
These cowboy songs:

Red River Valley
Streets of Laredo
Shenandoah

Tootler
12-11-2013, 09:08 PM
Any murder ballad;

Barbara Allen
The Dreadful Wind and Rain
Lord Randall

will do for starters.

In the folk song world over here in England, we say that it's not a proper folk song without a few deaths in it :)

FiL
12-12-2013, 03:11 AM
I love playing sad songs, even when I'm in a good mood. +1 for Richard Thompson (especially "Watzing's for Dreamers" "How Will I Ever Be Simple Again (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yILn3czOaxc)", and "Withered and Died (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B36eiCLO7FA)") and Townes Van Zandt (especially "Rex's Blues"). Neil Young's got plenty of them, too. One of my favorites is "The Old Country Waltz (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JfRw8WpNrk)". And then there's the Velvet Underground's "Pale Blues Eyes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmM2QeJqsIM)" and Jackson Browne's "These Days (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59JSRj5YIjM)". And how about Gram Parsons' "Hickory Wind (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuO20cwrkGk)"? Jeez, there are a million of them!

- FiL

RonT
12-12-2013, 03:50 AM
Just now did 'Four Strong Winds' (Scorpex). Sometime play while watching the Brothers Four vid.
R

ralphk
12-12-2013, 03:53 AM
Country songs come in three basic genre's: falling in love; in love; fallling or out of love.

Any of the hundreds of the country songs in the "falling out of love" is good for a sad song night.

bonesigh
12-12-2013, 04:33 AM
Yeah. It helps me too in fact just recently a little girl in our town committed suicide. She was just 13. When they first announced her death I thought it was of natural causes. Sad yes but natural. When my daughter got home she told me she had killed herself. My daughter is just 10 and was very upset and crying. I felt so incredibly sad about this girls passing. I happened to be sitting playing my uke when my daughter told me and when she left the room this song just came pouring out of me. I put words to it and when I tape it I'll post it here if you like. It's called "Faith and Despair".

I love sad songs. They just have so much feeling. My favorites are.

Blue Christmas
Honey by Bobby Goldsboro
Death Came and Got Me by Rosie Thomas
Ben by Michael Jackson
When She Loved Me (movie, Toy Story 2)
Puff the Magic Dragon, I love the line ((C) His head was bent in (G) sorrow green (F) scales fell like (C) rain,)

Well, these are just a few. If you would like the pdf's let me know (:


Thanks. Playing sad songs helps, at least for me it does.

wickedwahine11
12-12-2013, 05:28 AM
"Smile" by Charlie Chaplin

Ditto. That is my favorite sad song. Another one of my favorites is "Both Sides Now" by Joni Mitchell -- the version on the Love Actually soundtrack in particular.

TG&Y
12-13-2013, 04:55 AM
Man, I'm going to have to go through this old thread and harvest titles - there's some great ones. I've been playing 'Anyone Who Has a Heart', 'Bang, Bang' and Nilsson's 'Without You' the past few days.

Olarte
12-13-2013, 05:02 AM
You want Sad, check out Puddles...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3DXW9q5Gys

He also does a great version of "I who have nothing" and "Royals"

Great voice, great feeling!

On a different note, although not quite "sad" I have a video of me playing and singing "If" by Bread form an Open Mic last month... I hope to post it this weekend... it's a fairly easy song to play...

stevenyoo
12-13-2013, 02:18 PM
Joe Brown - I'll See You in my Dreams (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGivnGv-HXs)

Skinny Money McGee
12-13-2013, 02:50 PM
excerpt from "Down to Seeds and Stems again Blues"... Commander Cody & Lost Planet Airmen

Well, my dog died just yesterday and left me all alone
The finance company dropped by today and repossessed my home
That's just a drop in the bucket compared to losing you
And I'm down to seeds and stems again, too

TG&Y
12-13-2013, 03:53 PM
excerpt from "Down to Seeds and Stems again Blues"... Commander Cody & Lost Planet Airmen

..down to seeds and stems again, too

Harsh.....

bborzell
12-13-2013, 09:42 PM
"i Ain't Broke But I'm Badly Bent" by Ricky Skaggs. Even if you don't like the tune, you gotta love the title.

The Big Kahuna
12-13-2013, 10:26 PM
I have a car full of "sad" mix cd's. For some reason, sad music will always put me in the right state of mind, especially orchestral.

Here's a couple:

Probably one of the best anti-war songs:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL93pseH-04

The Big Kahuna
12-13-2013, 10:26 PM
Not especially sad per se, more because of a particular association it has for me. It also has the added bonus that he's playing a Rick Turner guitar (I think):


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvukKx68_yM

coolkayaker1
12-14-2013, 12:33 AM
I third vote Smile by Charles Chaplin.

And outstanding uke version on you tube by Sophie Madeleine, precious. I'm on my pad, so gives me mobile link or else I'd put it here for you

dkcrown
12-14-2013, 12:59 AM
Hey Doc, interesting when these threads pop up again.

I am a happy guy that likes to play and sing sad songs. I find most sad songs to be beautiful. Two of my favorites are "I Started A Joke" by the Bee Gees and "Diary" by Bread.

NOTLguy
12-14-2013, 02:53 AM
Try "Raining in my heart" by Buddy Holly

Regards,
Bill

bonesigh
12-14-2013, 01:42 PM
Just remembered. This one kills me because it is about a child. Concrete Angel by Martina McBride.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XO5bhAbO9DM

bonesigh
12-14-2013, 01:44 PM
Oh yeah, and Christmas Shoes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfAq7kxHjPk
"When mama meets Jesus tonight" Waahhhhh! ):

Helms
12-14-2013, 01:49 PM
One song that I personally find very very sad is called If Only As A Ghost by Jonas Alaska. It's one of the most beautiful songs I know. Excellent song!
The song is written to Jonas' dad who lost his brother at a young age.

Song can be found here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNfY69w9vFY

Chords can be found here:
http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/j/jonas_alaska/if_only_as_a_ghost_ukulele_crd.htm

Bumgardner
12-14-2013, 02:15 PM
Niel Gow's Lament is my favorite sad song to play on the uke.

angusdegraosta
12-14-2013, 02:22 PM
"I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" is a good one. This gentleman does an excellent job -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRpexVV3oqU
I have my own arrangement as well on my YouTube channel (Ed Luhrs).

UkeCan1
12-14-2013, 03:51 PM
Doc_J--
You may be in just the right frame of mind to start writing some of your own blues songs, and here are some rules to keep in mind. You might want low-g tuning on the uke to be more effective. Thank you, internet.

The Blues Explained

Disclaimer: I don't belong here. I'm all about the happy songs. It's FiL's fault I even know about this thread. Also, I have a tendency to take threads off on tangents, and I don't mean to hijack this one. But Ginny's post about how to write a blues song made me laugh out loud ... especially the "don'ts". And it occurred to me it would be really fun if we were to write a blues song that violated all the rules ... like if too much Red Bull caused us to run our Rav4 over a pothole too fast in the New Jersey suburbs on the way to Nordstrom's to spend our trust fund on Ivy League insignia polo shirts or something.

If you think this idea would be fun to follow up on, please start a new thread about it and let me know! I'm pretty sure any resulting song(s) will not make anybody cry. Besides, I gotta get out of here and go play me some happy songs. Sorry for intruding on your party.

- Just call me ADD Banana Buchanan (the artist formerly known as Wendy)

Tele295
12-14-2013, 05:51 PM
"Wichita Lineman" or "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" - both written by the great Jimmy Webb

Papa Tom
12-23-2013, 02:37 AM
I don't think the uke can play a sad song. No matter how I try to express sadness with my uke, it always makes me smile.

brUKEman
12-23-2013, 03:52 AM
My absolute favorite of the sad songs would be "I'll see you in my dreams" Here is a version of it being played at the tribute to George Harrison
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Mu8D69uxA0
I've often though that if anyone ever asked me to play a song at a funeral, then this would be the one...

UkeCan1
12-23-2013, 04:02 AM
I don't think the uke can play a sad song. No matter how I try to express sadness with my uke, it always makes me smile.

I'm with you, Papa Tom. I think one reason why I chose it ... it chose me ... we chose each other ... was because it's an inherently happy instrument. A smile magnet. Happy medicine. You want sad, play oboe. :-)

D18picker
12-23-2013, 06:10 AM
How about I've lost my Mummy by Rolf Harris.

The Big Kahuna
12-23-2013, 07:02 AM
How about I've lost my Mummy by Rolf Harris.

Considering that Rolf Harris had just (yesterday) been charged with a further 3 offences of rape or indecent assault against a child, in addition to the 13 charges already pending against him, I'd suggest he's persona non grata around these, or any other, parts.

bgrif
03-08-2014, 06:30 AM
My favorite sad song on the uke is You Are My Sunshine. People usually play it as an upbeat song, but if you pay attention to the lyrics it's anything but that. I play it in a minor key and slow it down.

Check out Leftover Cuties version of this song. Slow and haunting.

Olarte
03-08-2014, 07:03 AM
Mr Bojangles...http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?93401-quot-Mr-Bojangles-quot-vocal-instrumental-arrangement-Mya-Moe&highlight=Bojangles

kwall
03-08-2014, 09:53 AM
hey yeah by outkast- though fun can sounds really mellow if you slow it down, and its SO EASY TO PLAY

Cmaj Fmaj (hold this one for awhile) Gmaj A minor

repeat :P

janeray1940
03-08-2014, 09:56 AM
Check out Leftover Cuties version of this song. Slow and haunting.

Coincidentally, they're local to me and I used to see them play this live every Friday at a free show at a bar on the beach! It was always a good time, I miss those days :)

Kevin B
03-08-2014, 11:13 AM
I didn't read this whole current thread but here is an earlier post about "Five Hundred Miles." They don't get much sadder than this. There are some great versions out there on Youtube etc. http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?92593-Five-Hundred-Miles(Justin-amp-Carey-Version)-!&highlight=HUNDRED+MILES

I like this bluegrass version by the Seldom Scene http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMLoJOMIzrA

Icelander53
03-09-2014, 07:39 AM
hear ya go
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_P-v1BVQn8

Really sad.

Ukejenny
03-09-2014, 08:13 AM
You Don't Know Me, by Ray Charles. That's my sad song for the last few weeks.

Camsuke
03-09-2014, 11:06 AM
Here's a sad one, or at least deep & dark. Played on my new W J Herringe Concert Ukulele. https://app.box.com/s/vrspepj1r7yra4ccayck

clayton56
03-09-2014, 07:04 PM
"Everything Happens to Me"

eugene ukulele
03-09-2014, 07:23 PM
The Water Is Wide.

Carica89
05-14-2014, 05:58 PM
Why dont you try Orange Sky by Alex Murdoch ? Not very sad indeed, but the lyrics remind me of childhood. :p

The Big Kahuna
05-14-2014, 07:07 PM
I've been working on Aerith's Theme from Final Fantasy VII on the guitar and Guitarlele recently. I came across this version by Corey on the uke, which is a beautiful rendition of the tune.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2g9eGUzTWUg

Icelander53
05-15-2014, 02:52 AM
Suicide is Painless, the Theme from Mash.

Brutally sad lyrics.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIIqYqtR1lY

coolkayaker1
05-15-2014, 03:27 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMVfa5oAdQE

http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/c/cars/sad_song_crd.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6jaUWAbwDw

dickadcock
05-15-2014, 04:38 AM
A sad and pretty song to sing -- even sadder now that Jesse's gone - is Sham-a-Ling-Don-Ding, sung in E, but he is playing guitar D with capo on 2. Only a few chords. In the video, both Neko Case and Elvis Costello were brought to tears.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uKGWpqnS8E

Ukejenny
05-15-2014, 05:39 AM
Our uke club was amazed when I gave them all the verses to You Are My Sunshine. Another one that is sad is My Darling Clementine - it ends on a really depressing note!

I'm So Lonesome, I Could Cry (Hank Williams - he did a lot of sad ones)
I Can't Help Falling In Love (not sad per se, but the tune is so wistful and heartfelt).
I Go Walking After Midnight (Patsy Cline, also known for soulful songs)
Blowin' In The Wind
Dream (Everly Brothers)
Helplessly Hoping (CS&N)
Love Me Tender
Blues Yodel No. 6 (these are all pretty good)
Smile (though your heart is aching...)
To Make You Feel My Love
Angel (Sarah McLachlan)
Both Sides Now
In My Life
Dream a Little Dream of Me

These are some sad ones from my notebook.

JJFN
05-15-2014, 06:03 AM
Lonesome Town By Rick Nelson Don't have the computer skills to put up a website. Just Google it. Don't get to depressed. LOL

NewKid
05-15-2014, 06:59 AM
Crying by Roy Orbison

Gillian
05-15-2014, 08:02 AM
"Last Kiss" by J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers and "Teen Angel" by Mark Dinning

YorkSteve
05-15-2014, 08:06 AM
One that I only really listened to recently was "Jolene" by Dolly Parton. Slowed down, without the country twang, it's a heartbreaker.

coolkayaker1
05-15-2014, 08:46 AM
http://youtu.be/wOwblaKmyVw

ukantor
05-15-2014, 08:58 AM
"Love Is A Losing Game" by Amy Winehouse. The chords are not too difficult, and it sure is sad.

My favourite sad song is "I'm Through With Love". I associate it with Marilyn Monroe, in "Some Like It Hot". The chords are quite challenging, though.

Cheeso
05-15-2014, 09:15 AM
Just My Imagination - The Temptations

Hero of the Day - Metallica

No Surprises - Radiohead (great lead line to play on a uke, too)

My Wife and My Dead Wife - Robyn Hitchcock

The Ave Maria always makes me sad, such a melancholy song, and it sounds beautiful on ukulele.

kvehe
05-15-2014, 09:58 AM
Richard Corey, I am a Rock, and A Most Peculiar Man - all Simon & Garfunkel

Hard Times for Lovers - Judy Collins

Only Time - Enya

Down Up Dick
05-15-2014, 10:09 AM
This is right up my alley. I love tunes in minor keys, and I play mostly folk music. Lots of Irish and Scottish tunes are in minor keys, and they're sentimental and sound sad. Get a book of old folk tunes, and read the words to the tunes. If they're about death and lost loves and the good ol' times past, then Bob's your uncle!--play on! Murder songs (i.e. "Pretty Polly") are fun to play too. Lot's of old cowboy tunes are about death and lost loves; the 19th Century must been a very sad time indeed. Well, I hope this helps, and you have a good time playing and feeling sad and sentimental. It does your heart good sometimes.

bariukish
05-15-2014, 11:20 AM
Any body mention "Folsom Prison Blues" by Jonny Cash? Very simple chords. Another, though more difficult, is John Denver's "Legend Of Darcy Farrow" . Check it out on Youtube. Some great finger picking here.

Eyeguy
05-15-2014, 02:04 PM
Here's another take - write your own sad song. I did:

http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=12422495

stringy
05-15-2014, 02:31 PM
Christina Perry: 'Jar of hearts'

A Great Big World: 'Say Something"

The Judd's: Grandpa

Radiohead: Creep

I never did like bubbly music. Minor notes get me.

connor013
05-15-2014, 02:40 PM
11 pages before Radiohead tunes crop up?

I'm with you, Cheeso. No Surprises taps into what Poe descibes as melancholia, ie sad+beautiful=compelling art.

Troubled Man
05-15-2014, 06:53 PM
Tom Waits - Georgia Lee. Is the saddest song I play on the uke

Canuke
05-15-2014, 09:40 PM
Townes Van Zandt's "Waiting Around To Die". Man, that's a sad, sad song!

coolkayaker1
05-15-2014, 09:55 PM
God, I pray that Hodge gets on here and picks a sad song soon; this thread could otherwise go on indefinitely.

stevepetergal
05-16-2014, 03:43 AM
I did a John Lennon tribute show for his 70th birthday. One of the saddest songs I've ever played was his "Mother".

ukantor
05-16-2014, 03:57 AM
"I pray that Hodge gets on here and picks a sad song soon; this thread could otherwise go on indefinitely."

He can't hear you, he's got his head in the gas oven.

Doc_J
05-16-2014, 04:30 AM
God, I pray that Hodge gets on here and picks a sad song soon; this thread could otherwise go on indefinitely.


"I pray that Hodge gets on here and picks a sad song soon; this thread could otherwise go on indefinitely."

He can't hear you, he's got his head in the gas oven.

You guys are making me laugh.

The original post (several years ago) was on the day my long time cat and constant companion had to be euthanized, just a few weeks after my dog passed away.

But, many of my favorite songs are typically sad ones (Tears in Heaven, Behind Blues Eyes, The River,...). So, I still enjoy seeing what sad songs folks recommend and try them out. I guess many folks feel the same way.
You don't have to be sad to enjoy a sad song.

BTW I've got an electric oven. :)

1931jim
05-16-2014, 05:02 AM
""BTW I've got an electric oven.""
Medium rare please. But not bloody.
Here is a sad song title......Cut your toe nails you're tearing all the sheets. Gigglegiggle.