The Most Heartbreaking Songs Of 1969
With so many great songs released in 1969, we compiled those that just break your heart. Check them out:
Crosby, Stills & Nash – Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
It’s getting to the point where I’m no fun anymore
I am sorry
Sometimes it hurts so badly I must cry out loud
I am lonely
Stephen Stills wrote it about his relationship with Judy Collins and their imminent breakup. He played it to her in a hotel room. They dated for two years until she fell in love with someone else and left Stills. It devastated Stills and he poured his emotions into this song.
David Bowie – Space Oddity
Tell my wife I love her very much she knows
Ground Control to Major Tom
Your circuit’s dead, there’s something wrong
David Bowie wrote this after watching Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”. Although it was used during the coverage for the moon landing, the lyrics are actually inappropriate for such event because the narrator gets stuck in space. Bowie explained, “Thematically, I have always dealt with alienation and isolation. I have often put myself in situations where I am isolated so I can write about that.”
Blind Faith – Can’t Find My Way Home
Well, I’m near the end and I just ain’t got the time
And I’m wasted and I can’t find my way home
A timeless masterpiece sung by Steve Winwood. Blind Faith’s career as a group was short-lived but they did have unforgettable releases – one of which is “Can’t Find My Way Home”.
The Hollies – He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother
And the load
Doesn’t weigh me down at all
He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother
One of the most heartbreaking songs of all time, it was first recorded by Kelly Gordon. It’s about a little girl or little boy carrying a big baby boy on his/her back. The title was also the slogan for Boys Town – a children’s home formed by Father Edward Flanagan.
Neil Young – Down By The River
Down by the river
I shot my baby
Down by the river
Shot her dead, ooh
Neil Young wrote this while he was delirious with fever. From the lyrics, it’s about someone who shot his girlfriend and over the years, Young offered various explanations as to its actual meaning. Although he initially said that “there’s no real murder in it. It’s about blowing your thing with a chick. It’s a plea, a desperate cry”, he also explained in another interview that the narrator “had a lot of trouble controlling himself”.