Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Sad songs

4 of my favourites. I can't vouch for any of the videos though.


sara said...

Hey just because the song is slow, doesn't mean it is sad.

Peter Gabriel only makes happiness.

Also, one of my favourite sad songs:
(don't mind the video)

Asmaa said...

Yeah, the Book of Love is more of a melancholy and nostalgia-type song. Still deserved to be in the top 4 :)

Rizwan said...

Ok, I just blew 20 minutes of my day out of impulsive curiosity. I'm going to have to do something about that.

Overall: excellent taste.

Fix You: What would make this sadder is remembering that you dived into a situation on the lyrics "if you never try, you'll never know" and only really hearing the rest of the lyrics after it all fell apart and "you're too in love to let it go".

Change for You: I hadn't heard of the Midway State before. Really like the song and the video. Made me so angry I wanted to set something on fire. [Note to RCMP/CSIS: metaphorically on fire. figuratively. trust me.]

The Book of Love: Priceless. This one makes me shiver it's so beautiful, but I have to agree it IS melancholy and nostalgic. When he sings "you *OUGHT* to give me wedding rings"--there's a hint of possibility there that the singer is and will forever be in love with somebody he cannot be with--the "ought" suggests the possibility that weddings rings were not or cannot be given between the lovers.

Be Quiet and Drive: THIS is the JEWEL of the bunch. Seriously. I LOVE it. This has been an anthem for years. Have to play it on loops while reading or when unable to do anything in particular. Also when driving.


Anonymous said...

You have a most beautiful du'aa asking Allah to:

"that You make the Qur'an the life of my heart and the light of my breast, and a departure for my sorrow and a release for my anxiety"

how can you join the love of the Quran and these songs in one heart.

Rizwan said...

RE: the anonymous (why so anonymous?) question/statement:

"how can you join the love of the Quran and these songs in one heart."

I hope Asmaa will excuse me for responding. I don't presume to speak for her but the question is one that is interesting to me and I feel compelled to respond.

Maybe it is true that a Muslim who loves the Qur'an ought to have a heart so full of it that there is no room for songs.

But perhaps a different question to ask than the one asked above is: should a human being who "loves"/likes songs NOT also love the Qur'an and listen to it as well?

A qari perhaps has no need of music but doesn't a musician/artist/any human being have need of listening to and loving the Qur'an?

A du`a doesn't indicate a state of being. It indicates a *need* for a state of being that one does not necessarily possess when offering the du`a.

Further: wasn't the Prophet (peace be upon him) the only perfect Muslim? If so, why would he say in a famous hadith "three things have been made beloved to me: women, perfume, and the delight of my eyes is in prayer".

Perhaps the heart is not so small that it cannot contain and love beauty and meaning that is found in God's creation as well as the pages of the mushaf.

Allahu a`lam.

Asmaa said...

Rizwan, thanks for replying so swiftly :) I agree with what you said in reply to anon. I'm glad you enjoyed the songs. I wasted 20 minutes of your life, the satisfaction is great :D

Anonymous, the premise of your argument is that sinners cannot ask of God.

fathima said...

k, these are my four

- rufus wainwright: hallelujah: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMrZ7lChK
- simon & garfunkle: sound of silence: http://soundsuck.com/songs/Sound%20of%20Silence.mp3
- damien rice: 9 crimes: http://www.zshare.net/audio/145155102bfbad1c/
- ryan adams: i taught myself how to grow old: http://www.tinyways.com/media/audio/ryan_adams_-_easy_tiger_-_13_-_13-i_taught_myself_how_to_grow_old.mp3

sigh. this is going to make for a sad night.
thanks especially for the peter gabriel song. i'd never heard of him before and that song was beautiful

moved said...

its the first time i sat and actually listened to the book of love. its really really nice. thanks for sharing, asmaa.

Asmaa said...

Fathima, now will have to listen to those songs and see how they compare to the ones I posted. And, sorry for making it a sad night.

Moved, it's definitely a lovely song. Glad you enjoyed :)

sara said...

Asmaa, my favourite (and possibly the best) Peter Gabriel song:


moved said...


I've always liked this one.

Asmaa said...

Sara, I enjoyed that.

Moved, it breaks my heart every time I hear it.

hajera said...

you forgot the utlimate sad song - not enough by olp