My services are always available to write you a personalized poem, the kind of poem you may wish to dedicate to someone you love; and a poem that is substantial and real verse. Or even a poem you wish to dedicate to someone you loved and lost. Like this poem of mine herewith.
So let us put away courage and cower on the floor,
In the ghastly instances when twilight is on the eve!
For tragedy lurks, and the wolf is always at the door,
And death is everywhere–no matter what you may believe!
For we always assume that we will stay young forever
And all the salient lives we cherish will never die,
And all the ties that bind us–no truth will ever sever,
Since there is nothing–good or evil–we cannot defy!
Then suddenly…the years become an incoherent tide
And we are caught wearing grief about us like a used glove,
While struggling to keep our feelings as strangers outside
Near all the kindred souls we need but need never think of!
(And I? Who seldom ever felt grief when a stranger died?
I, at last, now know how it feels to lose someone you love.)


This is my ultimate list of the 20 Saddest Songs Ever.  But not just the saddest, but the most beautiful saddest songs ever.  Seems like a good time to get the sad songs out of the way at year-end.  Then I’ll get to the 20 happiest songs sometime in 2014.  That’s if I can even find 5 happy songs! lol

Meanwhile, give these gems a listen, have a box of Kleenex nearby and enjoy the beautiful catharsis.  And be happy!

Patrick The Poet

Bread – I Say Again



Lionel Richie – Goodbye



David Gray – Say Hello Wave Goodbye



She’s Leaving Home- The Beatles



Jackson Browne – In The Shape Of The Heart



Jackson Browne – Sky Blue And Black (with lyrics)



Jackson Browne – For A Dancer (with lyrics)



Bruce Springsteen – You’re Missing  (9/11 Tribute)



The Moody Blues – Isn’t Life Strange



John Denver –  Like A Sad Song



Michael Martin Murphy – Wildfire (with lyrics)



Gilbert O’Sullivan – Alone Again



Bobby Goldsboro – Honey (with lyrics)



Bee Gees – The Way It Was



Chris Isaak – Nothing’s Changed



Kim Richey – Didn’t I



Kenny Chesney – A Lot of Things Different



Toto – I’ll Be Over You



Paul Young – Everytime You Go Away


Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World




“The Present” I believe to be one of the greatest albums out of the many incredible ones written by The Moody Blues over the years.  If you’re a Moody Blues fan or not, I highly recommend making this album a part of your musical library.  It is filled with such sonic beauty and melodic splendor.  You will really come to thank me for it, and who knows?  Maybe even come to appreciate my strange, melodramatic ways and wry sense of humor! 

Meanwhile, here is a sample from The Present, written and sung by TMB’s legendary lead singer Justin Hayward–an incredible singer/songwriter in his own right.  It’s called “Running Water” and is a favorite of mine from the band’s entire vast catalog of inimitable music.  Was a favorite of my great novelist father, too, and how I miss the times I used to play this song and the whole album for him.  In times long ago that once was The Present.  And in another meaning…still is!


Link To Running Water: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xMBJ7G7Xy0


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There’s a lot to choose from, but when anyone asks me for further evidence of Don McLean’s songwriting greatness, I tell them to listen to this song: WINTER HAS ME IN ITS GRIP.  I’ve pasted the lyrics hereinbelow so you can sing along and enjoy this master torch songwriter as no other.  Just remember to have a box of Kleenex handy!

Patrick The Poet

LINK TO SONG: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MS3jXZ9uQ-A

Winter Has Me In Its Grip
Artist : Don McLean
Title : Winter Has Me In Its Grip
Album : Homeless Brother

Winter has me in it’s grip
Think I’ll take a summer trip
On a sunny sailing ship
Where the shells lie in the sand.

I feel so lonely
I’m too young to feel this old
I need you and you only
When the weather gets this cold.
That’s why…

Winter has me in it’s grip
Think I’ll take a summer trip
On a sunny sailing ship
Where the shells lie in the sand.

There’s no use in going
Cause it’s cold inside my heart
And it’s always snowing
Since the day we broke apart.

Winter has me in it’s grip
Think I’ll take a summer trip
On a sunny sailing ship
Where the shells lie in the sand.

I tried to run from winter
Like this spring and summer run to fall
But when the weather’s in you
There’s no hiding place at all.
That’s why…

Winter has me in it’s grip
Think I’ll take a summer trip
On a sunny sailing ship
Where the shells lie in the sand.

The Songs of Lobo

LOBOA grand maestro of torch songs from the 1970s was a singer/songwriter named Lobo, who has always held a special place in my heart.  For his songs were and still are for the really young at heart and those who fall in love for the first time.  Or, at least this has always been my sense of him and so many of the songs he wrote.  If Lobo is before your time or the ’70s are just beyond your memory, that’s okay.  Here’s your chance to discover Lobo for the first time!  And here are a few of his biggest hits and most heartwrenching torch songs to keep all of us moving forward through this rap-crap era of melodicless noise!


I’d Love You To Want Me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-pxgUyC_V4

Don’t Expect Me To Be Your Friend: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzftH2eZT_0&feature=related

How Can I Tell Her: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmVrXh4IvLQ&feature=related

A Simple Man: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLw4aj9WovU&feature=fvwrel

Rings: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQZmTyoJ5RY&feature=related


younger JBMight be a hundred ways to describe this song by Jackson Browne.  Deep, philosophical, sensitive, poignant, wise, and bittersweet are several that come to mind.  I consider “For A Dancer” his third greatest written song–which ain’t easy cause almost all his songs are great and incomparable!  But this is definitely one you need to listen to, and read along–for the lyrics are included with this recording on YouTube.  I’d be curious to hear everyone’s feedback and impression after you listen to this lilting torch song about the meaning of life that Jackson Browne wrote for a friend who lost his in the Vietnam War.  What’s also neat is that The Eagles sing backup on the song!

PaTricK ThE PoeT

LINK TO SONG & LYRICS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78AVc2jV4Sg

DELICATE by Damien Rice‏

DAMIEN RICEI recently discovered this folksy pop singer and this beautiful torch song of his.  And I wanted to share with everyone on my song mailing list.  After listening to some of his other songs on the YouTube channel it seems apparent this guy knows how to write amazing songs…that are beautiful, sensitive and inimitable.  And he knows how to sing with feeling, conviction and passion…as only a torch song should be sung, of course.  Anyway, I hope you enjoy Delicate and Damien Rice as I did and intend to keep enjoying!


P.S.  And I wish to welcome all the new people to my list here.  I hope you love melodic music.  And torch songs, too! 🙂

Link To Song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huDIF–HmPU

Link to Lyrics: http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Delicate-lyrics-Damien-Rice/81296F1E98164AD048256DA0000AED2A

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