Songs that can reduce a squaddie to tears (and why)

OK, I'm ready for a slating but hey! I'm just being honest. I've got over 5000 tracks on my ipod and tonight I had it set on random, sat back with a beer and got ready for a mixture of Motorhead to Mozart. The second track to come on was "Hello Again" by Neil Diamond. After about 30 seconds I was bubbling like a baby.

This song was played at the funeral of a very good friend (Simon Bennett AAC, Ex Welsh Guards) a few years ago as the coffin was carried in, I haven't listened to it since and it really hit me.

Simon, if heaven has got broadband, I hope you are surfing porn mate.

So come on, fess up lads (and lasses), or am I the only one?
Not at all.
Funeral songs are the worst by far, especially if not heard since.
The one for me is 'Wires' by Athlete.
Its about his son who was born premature.
I used to think it was a good song until I was in that situation. Now i cant get past the intro without blubbing.
I am always reduced to tears by Highland Cathedral. Tears of frustrated, impotent, red-mist coming down, where is my axe collection, rage that is...
Bit predictable perhaps but I listened to Army Dreamers by Kate Bush the other day for the first time in years. Still pertinent and probably means more to me now than it did then.
Iris by Goo Goo Dolls, one of my most favourite songs.
I saw a little movie about Remebrance day set to that music, made me get quite emotional. Every time i hear the song i always get a lump in my throat and a tear in the corner of my eye.
"Travelin Soldier" by the Dixie Chicks, its blue grass country western, about a poor young lad, strikes up a correspondance with a young lass before he goes to Vietnam, never to return. Not a British war, or a british tale, but you can see the tragedy that it is each time you listen to the words and then on the news there is more tragic news from Iraq or Afg and your hoping it was not some one you knew
"(I was only ) Nineteen by 'Redgum' another song about the Vietnam war, this time from an Australian Constripts point of view.CHILLING!!!!
Gallipoli as sung by the Dubliners...hackles up and everything.
Now don't laugh...Alone again ... naturally... By Gilbert O Sullivan, reminds me of when I was a nipper and my beloved Gran died. Still gets to me now!
Harry's game, by Clannad saw/heard it used on U Tube recently about Iraq in slow mo black and white heli extraction, brilliant.
Check out one for the Brits Tribute on UTube videos.
Tell Me There's a Heaven by Chris Rea - saw it in pre-Grapple 3 training as the soundtrack to press footage of Sea Kings evac'ing injured children. Never heard a room of soldiers go so quiet.

Can't say it moved me as far as tears, but I did find No Bravery by James Blunt pretty effective too.
Wish you were here by Pink Floyd. A good mate of mine died in a car accident and the first time I ever heard that song was the day I found out.



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'When the Tigers broke free' by Pink Floyd. Lump in throat stuff. I've always thought that it would (or should) go down well at the Festival of Remeberance. Never will, takes p1ss out of the Monarchy (slightly) :cry:
Lost Prophets -Last Train Home when put to the video tribute to the late Private Christopher Rayment PWRR. It is very good editing work, and a very poignant and fitting tribute.

But the real killers for me, Jerusalem and Abide With Me, both cut me down like a knife, played at the funerals of both my parents within months of each other!
Going Home by Runrig gets me, as does Who Wants To Live Forever by Queen (played at the funeral of Major D*** H*** RAMC). No Bravery with Capt Blount gets me as well, I'm ashamed to admit.


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VerminWA said:
Lost Prophets -Last Train Home when put to the video tribute to the late Private Christopher Rayment PWRR. It is very good editing work, and a very poignant and fitting tribute.
Absolutely, it almost sneaks up on you as most of the vid deals with the action.

For my part, may i recommend Adagio for Strings. Think i saw it to a montage of bosnia atrocities. Cant really listen to it properly now.

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