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I picked a print copy of The Onion yesterday (and yay! for the print version of The Onion) and read this article about songs the make the writer cry.

"Well, that's a blog just waiting to be written," I said to myself, so here is my list of 10 songs that always make me tear up. God forbid I should try to sing these songs; I get all choked up.

1. Patchwork Quilt, by Sweet Honey in the Rock
This haunting a capella song reminds of my dear, dear, dear departed friend Tommy.

2. What Do We Do Now? by John Hiatt
A blunt, short song about the end of a relationship, you can hear the weariness and pain in Hiatt's voice. We heard him do this live, and he told the audience that he wrote this song at a particularly bad time in his marriage. Happily, he and wife were able to work it through.

3. Louise, by Bonnie Raitt
A simple, sad song about a local whore who dies alone.

4. Sugar Pie, by the subdudes
Not really a sad song, but wistful -- it's a parent singing about his now-grown son, and longing for the times when he was still a little boy. (Swallow. Sniff.)

5. Old Friends, by Simon and Garfunkel
What it's like to be old and lonesome.

6. Angel from Montgomery, by John Prine (my fave version is the duet with Bonnie Raitt)
More longing from a woman grown old, remembering her past. (Good Holy Christ, John Prine is good at that!)

7. Coat of Many Colors, by Dolly Parton
I know, I know! I share this one with The Onion.

8. Souvenirs, John Prine and Steve Goodman
Oh brother, this longing crap is getting old, but I sure do love this song.

9. Old Smoothies, Steve Goodman
A sweet, sweet tune about a pair of figure skaters called the Old Smoothies. Lovely.

10. The Dutchman, by Michael Peter Smith (but sung by Steve Goodman)
This one reminds of my Pop, and how my Mom took care of him during his last years. It's a love song, when you get right down to it.

Well, shit; this certainly turned into a downer of an entry, didn't it? I didn't mean for it to, really. So while I go get a tissue and blow my nose, let me ask you:

What songs make you cry? Let's all snuffle together!