It didn’t take long to get responses. “Flirted With You All My Life” is sobering, addressing death directly: “Oh death, oh death, oh death / Really, I’m not ready.” It relates his own experience with dying, whether through his lifelong flirtation with suicide or his mother’s battle with cancer, and it’s that honesty paired with Chesnutt’s colorful past that will make you question and almost certainly cry—in public, for the public or for life’s adventure in general.—Brittany Joyce, Mike Hadreas’ songwriting is unabashedly raw, the kind that speaks about the dirty and the unsightly in a way you can’t ignore. Radiohead – ‘Street Spirit’. The second song on ‘Hospice’, the concept album about the relationship between a hospice worker and a patient dying of bone cancer, doesn’t take any prisoners. Jeff Buckley – ‘Morning Theft’. You only have to hear the first line of Anthony’s most famous song to want to go to bed and cry and eat yoghurt for weeks. Like most great songs, the lyrics alone don’t tell the story, but the simple refrain gets at the heart of the temporary nature of our lives contrasting with our human urge for permanence: “Please remember me.” Beam’s voice is at its most nostalgic here, and he tells the story of a boy and girl who connected and blew apart, complete with circus imagery, snippets of memory, and the bright, painful moments of consummation and separation. Top 50 Country Songs from the 2000s - Top Music of the Decade The lyric sheet could read like a musing on death, an invitation from an estranged family member to mend broken ties, a note from a longtime lover or partner post-conflict, or, if you’re of the spiritual type, even the call to return to one’s rightful home with God. If anyone tells you Leonard Cohen is music for depressives, they’ve probably heard this song. Malin sounds resigned as he sings about lingering “funny memories” and contrasts them with a bleak present and hopeless future. It’s not looking up for the Walker Brothers is it? A tragic character himself, Nick Drake’s glorious music tapped into a beautiful, calm and very English form of melancholy. If David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ was a song about the terror of floating uncontrollably into space, this song was about what happens when you land, the reminiscences of a space traveller lost in a desolate world. Listen to Top 100 Country Songs of the 2000s now. His wife, June Carter Cash, died six months later—followed four months after by Cash himself. On the face of it, a laserquest should be a great day out. While our end of year lists looked at works from Canadian artists only, we have decided to open things up as we stand at the gateway to the twenties. She was distanced, but he didn’t ask why. Written about her experience at the height of her previous battle against substance abuse—“there’s more whiskey than blood in my veins/ More tar than air in my lungs”—all she wants is for someone, anyone, to provide a helping hand and get her safely back into her bed for the night. But the bittersweet chorus is the best encapsulation in this young century of the misery of lost love—that particularly feeling of loneliness when someone you care for chooses to be with someone else. The minor-key piano chord that opens the tune is the musical equivalent of a catch in your throat, as if to prepare you for what is to come. “Trying hard to breathe, head between my knees/ take my hand and squeeze, say I’m alright,” says Van Etten in one of the most wrenching songs on her desolate album ‘Tramp’. It’s always a pleasant surprise how good the Twilight soundtracks are. in 2021. Sharon Van Etten: “Afraid of Nothing”, 40. Even at home, her friends have reason to still worry (“‘Cause I know you’re still worried I’m gonna get scared again/ And make my insides clean with your kitchen bleach/ But I’ve kissed enough bathroom sinks to make up for the lovers that never loved me”). “The older I get, you know/ Truth, it gets harder to find,” Moreland sings, describing a life lesson that never stops being true. Bat For Lashes – ‘Laura’. “I miss my beautiful friend”, he sings, before the song changes gear sweetly and unexpectedly. “You could have your choice of men, but I could never love again,” it says, crushingly. —Steven Edelstone, It’s probably safe to assume that Robyn advocates dancing your worries away, so it makes sense that she’d write a song that’s empowering in its self-awareness. Luke Bryan earned another career achievement this week when he was named Billboard's top country artists of the 2010s, earning the distinction thanks to his 11 No. By Melinda Newman. Was it about recreational drugs or medication? Grandaddy – ‘Everything Beautiful Is Far Away’. “I know myself, I’ll never love anyone else.” Ah, to be young. —Loren DiBlasi, Justin Vernon recorded this song one winter in a cabin in the woods of northwestern Wisconsin, and it sounds like it: His acoustic guitar and double-tracked falsetto vocals are hushed and intimate, like the glow in a distant window in the midst of a snow-covered landscape. It’s been called “the saddest song ever,” and while it’s certainly not chipper, there’s something very beautiful about the ease with which Isbell sings about life-altering topics such as grief, death and cancer. Though she’s watching her former love get frisky with his “new friend” in the club, the chorus doesn’t come across as self-pitying. The central conceit – “Oh I could drink a case of you darling/ Still I’d be on my feet” – is overshadowed by the first line – “just before our love got lost you said I am as constant as a northern star”. 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