It might have taken 2 weeks, but here we are on day 4, a song that makes you sad.
I had to think really hard about this one, because songs, books, films, TV don’t tend to affect me like that – Gem more than makes up for me though, last week’s Benjamin Button tearfest being a prime example. That said, I couldn’t help but have a lump in my throat at the opening of Up, so it’s not like I have a heart of stone, right?
Anyway, after a lot of thinkings, I actually came up with two songs that would fit this category. Honorable mention goes to Who Wants to Live Forever? by Queen, which might well have been today’s choice if not for them already having featured. Oddly enough, today’s featured song is by another band who were pretty big in the 80’s, and whose front man is no longer with us.
Step forward Big Country, and their haunting ballad Come Back To Me, from the 1984 album Steeltown. The song is a tale of heartache and loss, told from the perspective of a pregnant war widow, watching as the rest of the street celebrates the end of a war her husband/boyfriend will never return from.
I’m guessing from its release date the song was written with the Falklands Conflict in mind, but really the sentiment is timeless – it’s as relevant today as it was over 25 years ago.
Come Back To Me is actually the second of two war-related songs on Steeltown, the previous track being Where The Rose Is Sown. Told from the point of view of a young man full of bravado as he heads off to war, it’s a great set up for what is to follow.
I’ve linked both songs below for full effect, but do at least listen to Come Back To Me. It really gets me every time.