Do you have a song that brings you to tears?

I think most of it is the voice. When she was young she had such a voice.

Maybe some of it is that I have no memory of my mother. But at least a little of it is the … connectedness? I (sort of) graduated public school at the twelfth public school I ever attended, so I fully understand being rejected by schoolkids because … you’re poor, you’re weird, you’re badly dressed, you have a very consistent habit of doing exactly the wrong thing at exactly the right time. I get that.

But I spent a substantial portion of my whole life trying to wrap my mind around this

My coat of many colors
That my momma made for me
Made only from rags
But I wore it so proudly.

I know, I know. It’s just schmaltz. But you know, the little girl really was the richest one in the room.

Of course a lot of it is just the voice, which is marvelous.

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12 Responses to Do you have a song that brings you to tears?

  1. Robert Evans says:

    Leonard Cohen, “If It Be Your Will”:

  2. Jim Price says:

    She may be old now, but the voice is still awfully dang good.

  3. Joel says:

    And draw us near
    And bind us tight
    All your children here
    In their rags of light.

    In our rags of light
    All dressed to kill
    And end this night
    If it be your will.

  4. Judy says:

    Yup…Amazing Grace.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Love you Phil.

  6. Ben says:

    Oh yes, certainly Amazing Grace.

    But Mark Knopfler, that dour-looking guy with the magic fingers who gave us “Brothers in Arms”, wrote one song that gets me every time “If This is Goodbye “.

  7. The “Star Spangled Banner”… gets me almost every time. That and Lee Greenwood’s “Proud to be an American”.

  8. She lured some of in with her boobs, but then, we stayed for the voice and talent!

  9. Mike says:

    Strangely enough, it’s Roads to Moscow by Al Stewart. The way the song ends, always gets me. “…and the morning answers never”. One of the most powerful and understated lyrics ever. It’s a great example of why a government, any government, should never, ever, be trusted.

  10. zelda says:

    You are young; people who are old enough wouldn’t call those lyrics schmaltz. For many elders that was reality and those lyrics are memories of life for many years in this country and others – and it wasn’t that long ago. Sewing rags together to make clothing, blankets, table cloths, pillow cases, rugs and other fabric items was a common practice. Some rags were nicer than others, but they were still rags. Buying fabric, if it was available, was an unaffordable extravagance. To me that song documents ordinary daily life in America for decades. Whether from choice or necessity life was based on use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.

  11. Tsgt Joe says:

    The song “deportee” Highwayman version

  12. Waependmann says:

    In our family the Coat of Many Colors is not a song.
    It is a history lesson about a skinny, red-headed, white girl living on the Rez.

To the stake with the heretic!