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Beautiful Songs

   Discussion: Beautiful Songs
Andrea Krause · 17 years, 7 months ago
What are some beautiful songs to you? Not just simply songs that are great...but ones that strike you with the gorgeousness of the mood or the images or the orchestration. Ones that you close your eyes while listening to because it just needs to wash over you.


Birgit - Peter Mulvey
Pray Your Gods - Toad the Wet Sprocket
Across the Universe - The Beatles
Wrapped in Grey - XTC
Fell in Love - Moxy Fruvous

And many more. You?
angelmusicmaven Back · 17 years, 7 months ago

Cat Stevens- "Father and Son."  Very poignant.  Also from the same album, "Sad Lisa" mostly for the melody and sweeping piano.

Also, from BF5's Reinhold Messner CD, "Don't Change Your Plans" for the simple eloquence and "Narcolepsy" for the orchestration.

Down the Line's "Wait Til Tomorrow" (which they haven't recorded yet) becuase it's very full and sounds like something Jeff Buckley would have recorded if he'd overdubbed himself in doing harmonies, soo pretty.

Monkees' "Porpoise Song" from the Head soundtrack.  Carole King rules.

The Flaming Lips "Waitin' for a Superman."  It wasn't intended this way, but this one gets me down when I drink.  With this knowledge, I steer clear of it ;)

Crowded House's "Fall at Your Feet."  Gaaaaaaah.

Same for Martin Sexton's "Can't Stop Thinkin' Bout You."

Andy Stochansky's "Stutter" for his wispy vocal and the great hook. Gorgeous.

There's tons more, but I have to go be productive

Andrea Krause Back · 17 years, 7 months ago
Oooh, I'm with you on Fall at Your Feet. The original, as well as the Jennifer Kimball cover.
Josh Woodward Back · 17 years, 7 months ago
Three of us for FaYF. Especially the JenK cover. And speaking of amazing cover songs by former members of The Story, check out Jonatha Brooks cover of "Blecker Street". Mindbendingly beautiful.
goovie is married! Back · 17 years, 7 months ago
oh, god, yes. "porpoise song" and "as we go along." both beautiful songs and beautiful scenes in the movie.
Agent Scully Back · 17 years, 7 months ago
I'll have to agree with goovie on those two! :)
It's a girl! Back · 17 years, 7 months ago

Word!!  Another beautiful song by the Monkees is "Sometime In The Morning" 

   I'll add my vote for "I Will" and my other beautiful Beatles songs are "Something", "Here, There, and Everywhere", and "Because"

"Bridge Over Troubled Water" may be hokey, but it gets to me.  So many Simon and Garfunkel songs do- like "El Condor Pasa" and "America"

  Because I can't do a list of beautiful songs without Joni,  I'm adding "A Case Of You" and "Michael From Mountains"

And I certainly cannot leave out The Beach Boys- , "Good Vibrations" , "Add Some Music To Your Day" and um.. pretty much the entire Pet Sounds album, really.

 Last but not least, "Under Your Spell" from Once More With Feeling

goovie is married! Back · 17 years, 7 months ago
*squee* "michael from mountains," "urge for going," "song to a seagull," "blue" (the original or the sarah mclachlan cover). and yeah, pet sounds (esp. "god only knows," "you still believe in me" and "caroline no") and "under your spell."
A girl named Becca Back · 17 years, 7 months ago
Oooh....good call on "America," I forgot that one somehow.  :)
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 17 years, 7 months ago
A Case of You and America are on my list.
goovie is married! Back · 17 years, 7 months ago
"oh very young," cat stevens "here comes the sun," "something," "julia," dear prudence," and "i will," beatles "pablo's lights," vance gilbert "lady lilah," eric schwartz dvn;'s cover of "what a wonderful world" lots more. i gotta get back to this.
Andrea Krause Back · 17 years, 7 months ago
Nnnnnh. Yes. Julia.
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 17 years, 7 months ago
How about the Louis Armstrong version of "Wonderful World?"
goovie is married! Back · 17 years, 7 months ago
"our way to fall," yo la tengo.
Songbill Back · 17 years, 7 months ago
Yea, XTC!

I'd put "Knights in Shining Karma" by XTC on the list. and most of the "David Matheson" CD, especially "Hay" and "You Remind Me"

Paul Simon's "Hearts and Bones," "Train in the Distance"

Quiet, beautiful songs
Sarah Back · 17 years, 7 months ago
Gin Blossoms - 29
Sarah Back · 17 years, 7 months ago
Addinto my list here. Skid Row - In A Darkened Room, Quicksand Jesus, and Wasted Time
J. Andrew World Back · 17 years, 7 months ago

October by Russell Wolff

One Caress by Depeche Mode

Fat Bottom Girls by Queen

theri quite contrary Back · 17 years, 7 months ago
In no particular order..

  • Machine Gun Fellatio - "Unsent Letter"
  • Diamanda Galas - "Keigome Keigome"
  • Captain Tractor - "1000 Goodbyes"
  • Cree Summer - "Deliciously Down"
  • The White Stripes - "Fell In Love With A Girl"
  • Dave Dobbyn - "Beside You", "Slice of Heaven", "You Oughta Be In Love"
  • Danny Michel - "Bones"
  • Zane Campbell - "Post Mortem Bar"
  • Remedios Silva Pisa - "Naci En Alamo"
  • Peter Gabriel - "More Than This"
  • Dire Straits - "Romeo and Juliet"
  • Tori Amos - "Spark"
  • Nakatani Miki - "All This Time"
  • Elton John - "Tiny Dancer"
  • Mazzy Star - "Into Dust"
  • PJ Harvey - "Good Fortune"
  • U2 - "Until the End of the World"
  • Hole - "Jennifer's Body", "Doll Parts"
  • Eddie From Ohio - "20 Thousand Hearts"
  • Heather Alexander - "Stolen Child"
  • Christine Fellows - "20 Bullets"
  • The Cure - "From The Edge of the Deep Green Sea"
  • Wild Colonials - "Coy"
  • Boondock Saints - "Invincible"
  • Boiled in Lead - "Drowning"
  • Cocteau Twins - "Persephone"
  • Bif Naked - "Sophia"
  • Gary Jules - "Mad World"
  • Sleater-Kinney - "The Size Of Our Love"

  • A girl named Becca Back · 17 years, 7 months ago
    Oooh....20,000 Hearts....I forgot that one, too.
    Andrea Krause Back · 17 years, 7 months ago
    Additions made necessary by my morning drive. Yum. Simon & Garfunkel

    Bridge Over Troubled Waters (emphatically NOT the arrangement Clay sand on American Idol last night. Yuck. Whoever arranged that version should be flogged.)
    Josh Woodward Back · 17 years, 7 months ago
    Dude, that show is still on? Are these people that indecisive?
    siobhan's a londoner Back · 17 years, 7 months ago
    They always drag it on for as long as possible to maintain ad revenue and ratings.  They did that over here with pop idol and it seeemed like years before anything got decided with a choice between bland 16 year old boy and bland posh gay man.   The latter one the former has had more sucess due to the fact that 13 year old girls seem to have an unquenchable appetite for cover versions and soulless nonsense.
    Andrea Krause Back · 17 years, 7 months ago
    Oh, AI also reminded me how very much I love Here, There and Everywhere by the Beatles. And Clay did OK on that one. :)

    Ruben butchered Imagine. Grrr. You do NOT put vocal runs into that song. You just don't.

    Um...yeah...I should put Imagine in here too then, because that is a beautiful song. :)
    angelmusicmaven Back · 17 years, 7 months ago
    they were talking about those annoying musical runs on some show I was watching... they're called "melismas," I think?  That's why I couldn't watch the vocalists last season- this season's have been marginally better.  Clay in particular, he knows how to actually hold a note ;)
    Mamalissa! Back · 17 years, 7 months ago
    Melismas!  My favorite winter holiday!
    angelmusicmaven Back · 17 years, 7 months ago
    I knew you'd hop all over that one ;)
    Andrea Krause Back · 17 years, 7 months ago

    Dust in the Wind - Kansas

    My Little Town - Simon & Garfunkel (or just Simon? I never know, because it's on my Paul Simon boxed set which contains both eras)

    Andrea Krause Back · 17 years, 7 months ago
    Oh, and:

    She's Got a Way - Billy Joel
    Goodnight Saigon - Billy Joel
    Annika · 17 years, 7 months ago
    Just about anything from Geggy Tah's - Into the Oh. Like  Holy Oak Tree, Special Someone,  Dumb Submarine, Love is in Love.  Really good stuff!! Really Nate, go buy it!
    Gordondon son of Ethelred · 17 years, 7 months ago
    • La Vie en Rose - Piaf
    • Visions of Johanna - Dylan
    • Yesterday - Beatles
    • Tupelo Honey - Van Morrison
    • From a Distance - Julie Gold
    Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 17 years, 7 months ago
    I guess I should mention my favorite song.

    1952 Vincent Black Lightning - Hoopoe the Clown
    emilie is CRANKY · 17 years, 7 months ago

    damn! 'fell in love' already taken. *sulk* :D

    'how can you mend a broken heart?', al green
    'in the wee small hours', frank sinatra
    'am i the only one?', BNL
    'harvest moon', neil young
    'guinevere', CSN

    there are others, i'm sure.

    (oh, and sorry, gordondon, but i really really dislike 'tupelo honey'. i have to study it in depth for my a-level music exam and it drives me up the wall) ;)

    Songbill Back · 17 years, 7 months ago
    and I thought I was the only one to love "Am I the Only One?"
    A girl named Becca Back · 17 years, 7 months ago
    Kyla Back · 17 years, 7 months ago
    ooh, In the Wee Small Hours! And so many other really good jazz tunes like that, if they're orchestrated well. I'm partial to anything Gershwn :)
    angelmusicmaven Back · 17 years, 7 months ago
    ooh, I know where there's a good little mp3 of Gershwin... Cole Porter too... go to and go to the sound bites... adorable vocalist Dan sounds HOT on "Love is Here to Stay."   I requested it when I saw them and all the women swooned. 
    emilie is CRANKY Back · 17 years, 7 months ago
    also. forgot to mention that des'ree song off baz luhrmann's romeo and juliet soundtrack. i know, i know, it's clichéd, but yeah. it's purty. :)
    Doktor Pepski, kommie · 17 years, 7 months ago


    Across The Universe the Beatles

    No More Lonely Nights Paul McCartney

    Heaven Can Wait Meat Loaf

    Stay (Faraway So close) U2

    How Deep Is Your Love? Bee Gees

    soul groove feline · 17 years, 7 months ago
    • Thirty - Peter Mulvey
    • What A Good Boy - BNL
    • The Mountain, Kate and the Ghost of Lost Love, Bitterroot Valley - Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer
    • What A Wonderful World - both the Louis Armstrong and DVN version
    • S'il Suffisait D'Aimer, On Ne Change Pas- Celine Dion (what?...her old French stuff is good!)
    • Dust, Leaving Here - Josh Woodward
    • Iowa - Dar Williams
    • A Thousand Goodbyes - Captain Tractor
    • The Drinking Song - Moxy Fruvous (of course!)
    Zach · 17 years, 7 months ago
    When I Fall - BNLMorphèe - Moxy Früvous

    The Dangling Conversation - Simon and Garfunkle

    Kid A - Radiohead

    Motorcycle Drive-By - Third Eye Blind

    Only in Dreams - Weezer

    The Rain Song - Led Zeppelin

    Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

    How's that?
    A girl named Becca · 17 years, 7 months ago

    Galileo, Love Will Come to You (Indigo Girls)
    Amazing Grace (Chris & Meredith Thompson)
    Little Spaceman (from Convenience)
    Name, Black Balloon, and Acoustic #3 (Goo Goo Dolls)
    Worlds Apart (Jars of Clay) - I hated this song until I heard it live, now I can't get enough of it.
    Both Sides, Now (Joni Mitchell)
    O Magnum Mysterium (by Poulenc)
    Troubled Times (Fountains of Wayne)
    Blame it on Me (BNL)

    There are a bunch more, but I'm trying to limit myself, here.
    Runners-up are:
    Albany or Writing Again (We're About 9)
    11:11 or Intertwined (Russell Wolff)
    Gulf War Song or If Only You Knew

    These are the songs I wish would be longer...the ones I close my eyes while singing along to...and the ones I always play again as soon as they end.

    I can see the bunny Back · 17 years, 7 months ago
    Y'all are totally not allowed to laugh at me for any of these ;)

    While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Beatles
    Dog On a Chain - Stephen Fearing
    Shine - Junkhouse
    Lace and Pretty Flowers - Willie P. Bennett
    Let's Take the Long Way Around the World - Ronnie Milsap
    All the Time - Barry Manilow
    Massachusetts - Bee Gees
    trunger is counting... Back · 17 years, 7 months ago

    Magic - Ben Folds Five

    Luckiest - Ben Folds

    Cruel Kindness - Inside Out A Cappella

    Old Park Bench - Inside Out A Cappella

    And So It Goes - Billy Joel

    For Me This Is Heaven - Jimmy Eat World

    Andrea Krause Back · 17 years, 7 months ago
    Oooh, count me in on And So It Goes!
    J · 17 years, 7 months ago

    especially Primal and Catch the Breeze....well th whole just for a day cd really.

    Of course there is also Mojave 3

    uh and Tom Waits Closing Time is the best album ever of all time

    lawrence · 17 years, 7 months ago
    Beach Boys - God Only Knows
    R.E.M. - At My Most Beautiful
    Moxy Früvous - Love Set Fire
    Beth Amsel - Simple, This Farewell
    The Nields - Wanting
    Barenaked Ladies - When I Fall
    Ben Folds Five - Magic
    Kris Delmhorst - Damn Love Song
    Arbie · 17 years, 7 months ago

    many great somgs have already been mentioned.... a few others come to mind

    Bob Marley - No Woman, No Cry
                          - Is This Love
    Aaron Neville - Louisiana 1927 (a Randy Newman cover)
    Most Eagles Songs, particularly Love Will Keep Us Alive, and I Can't Tell You Why
    Crosby, Stills, Nash, (and Young) - Chicago, and Sweet Judy Blue Eyes

    siobhan's a londoner · 17 years, 7 months ago
    Hallelujah- The Jeff Buckley verson not the one from Shrek or the original and You Do Something to me by Paul Weller as I like love songs that express real emotions.  It also sends me to summer which is nice as it is consistently drizzling here lately.
    nitsita Back · 17 years, 7 months ago

    re Hallelujah... I don't know the Jeff Buckley one, but I was opting for the Rufus Wainwright cover (from Shrek) and the original Leonard Cohen...

    and for my 0.02$..

    Daddy I'm Fine - Sinead O'Connor
    Kyirié Eléison - Sinead O'Connor
    You Remind Me - Dave Matheson
    Fibber - Dave Matheson
    Cedar Town - Dave Matheson
    Close Your Eyes - Jump, Little Children
    Cathedrals - Jump, Little Children
    Tender Blindspot - Peter Mulvey
    Cedar Tree - Indigo Girls
    Sous la pluie - Brothers Creeggan
    Wednesday Morning 3am - Simon & Garfunkel
    Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
    The Boxer - Simon & Garfunkel
    Poses - Rufus Wainwright
    La complainte de la butte - Rufus Wainwright
    Imaginary Love - Rufus Wainwright
    Barcelona - Rufus Wainwright
    Beauty Mark - Rufus Wainwright
    In My Arms - Rufus Wainwright
    Heartburn - Rufus Wainwright
    Les faux-monnayeurs - Tomás Jensen
    La bandera -
    Tomás Jensen
    Monsieur - Tomás Jensen
    Veinte Anos - Buena Vista Social Club
    These Foolish Things - Jane Birkin and Jimmy Rowles
    Dugenou - Thomas Fersen
    Les malheurs du lion - Thomas Fersen
    Irène - Thomas Fersen
    Elisabeth - Thomas Fersen
    Monsieur - Thomas Fersen
    La chandelle - Thomas Fersen
    Kyoto - Polémil Bazar
    Damné ramdam - Polémil Bazar
    À hue à dia - Polémil Bazar
    Les cigales - La rue Kétanou
    Les hommes que j'aime - La rue Kétanou
    La fiancée de l'eau - La rue Kétanou


    oh.. and When I Fall - BNL


    Gordondon son of Ethelred · 17 years, 7 months ago
    I went back to look at a tape I made of my favorite songs and found these which are also beautiful.

    • Summertime - Sarah Vaughn
    • Stormy Weather - Lena Horne
    • Carpet of the Sun - Rennaisance
    • Jersey Girl - Tom Waits
    • Irene Goodnight - Leadbelly
    • Michelle - Pete Best's old band
    Kentucky Kesia · 17 years, 7 months ago

    Many of these songs have special memories for me.

    For Emily, Wherever I May Find Her - Simon and Garfunkel

    A Most Peculiar Man - Simon and Garfunkel

    Go On - Ookla The Mok

    Home - Ookla The Mok

    My Secret Origin - Ookla The Mok

    The Cat Carol - Meryn Cadell

    The Last Unicorn - America

    When Maribel Runs - Deirdre Flint

    Leader of the Band - Dan Fogelberg

    California Dreamin' - The Mamas and The Papas

    Red Rubber Ball - The Cyrkle

    My My She Cries - Carole King


    That's all I can think of right now. I'm certain I'll think of more later.



    Agent Scully Back · 17 years, 7 months ago

    The Cat Carol - Meryn Cadell

    That song makes me cry every time I Hear it!

    Arbie Back · 17 years, 7 months ago
    I concur on Dan Fogelberg.... the whole double album The Innocent Age is brilliant, but the best of the best was side 2 with Leader of the Band, Run for the Roses and Same Old Lang Syne.
    Samantha · 17 years, 7 months ago

    beautiful songs?...hrmmmmm

    Catch the Wind - Donovan

    Standing at the Edge of the Earth - Blessid Union of Souls

    To Where You Are - Josh Groban

    Adiemus - Enya

    Universal Soldier - Buffy Sainte Marie

    Fly - Moxy Früvous

    Don't Tell Me You Do - Rockapella

    Far Away - Five O'Clock Shadow

    Say Goodnight - Beth Nielsen Chapman


    Dig in deep ;x · 17 years, 1 month ago

    Bella Morte - Whispers & December Dreams  

    Can of Xymox - There is no Tomorrow

    Don't Look Down - Brainwashed

    Erasure - My Heart... So Blue & Rock me Gentaly

    Evanesence - Feilds of Innocence [older stuff, not the new stuff everyone loves ^_^]                  

    From Autumn to Ashes - Short Stories with Tragic Endings [screamy scream mixed with a femme voice, very pretty]  

    Juanes - Nada & La Tierra  

    Kyu Sakamoto - Sukiyaki [Japenese love song]    

    Mr. Mister - Broken Wings [no not "Kyrie" that song makes me hate my name, although I was named after it >.<] 

    OhGr - Lusid & Watergate 

    Selena - Dreaming of you                                               

    Siouxsie and the Banshees - Lost Little Girl & Placebo Effect 

    The Cure - Pictures of You                  

    The Turtles - So Happy Together 

    Collective Soul - Decemeber Dreams

    I love these songs, so very pretty ^_^


    nate... Back · 17 years, 1 month ago
    Dood, I think Pictures of You should be in the "most depressing song" category, even though it is also beautiful.
    Dig in deep ;x Back · 17 years, 1 month ago

    Lol. Never thought it wasn't supposed to be depressing to be beautiful. Just like loves comes with hate, beauty comes with sorrow. ^_^


    dave "buh" · 17 years, 1 month ago
    Ben Folds Five: "Smoke"
    Big Head Todd & the Monsters: "Bittersweet"
    Bruce Springsteen: "Meeting Across the River"
    Counting Crows: the whole of VH1 Storytellers
    Dead Can Dance: "The Carnival is Over"
    Eddie From Ohio: "Jerusalem" "Bookends" "From Dacca" "Fifth of July"
    and the Three Rooms versions of "Step Into the Outside" "Continents of Time"
    Everything But the Girl: "Troubled Mind" "Get Me" "Two Star"
    Charles Mingus: "I.X. Love" "Celia"
    Miles Davis: "It Never Entered My Mind"
    Moxy Fruvous: lots but I didn't see anyone mention their cover of
    "Early Morning Rain" yet.

    When i got up to "M" i hit the musicals...
    Carousel: "Soliloquy" and the pas de deux dance music
    Company: "Marry Me a Little"
    Five Guys Named Moe: "Azure Te"
    Holly Cole Trio: "Losing My Mind" "Color and Light" (Sondheim songs)
    Hair: "Easy to be Hard"
    Hedwig! "Origin of Love" "Wig in a Box"
    Kiss of the Spider Woman: "Anything For Him"
    Once on this Island: whole thing
    Secret Garden: whole thing .. "Where In The World/How Could I Ever Know"

    ok i'll stop.
    Dig in deep ;x Back · 17 years, 1 month ago

    <3 Dead Can Dance.

    You're my new bestfriend ^_^


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