"Favorite" songs about forlorn women??

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"Favorite" songs about forlorn women??

Postby TontoBronto » Wed Apr 29, 2009 5:04 am

I was listening to "Sweet Lorraine" lately and had just listened to Townes Van Zandt's "Tecumseh Valley", both songs about the trials and tribulations of a particular woman's life. Made me also think of Leo Kottke's "Louise".

What are folk's other favorite songs about similarly forlorn women???

(I was thinking of women whose LIVES are consistently miserable rather than someone like Kathleen Edwards' Alicia Ross whose life ends terribly but relatively quickly, but feel free to post whatever comes to mind.)

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Postby SecretSanta » Wed Apr 29, 2009 5:22 am

You're not the boss of me, Tonto. Eschew your rules. :P

Kathleen Edwards' "Alicia Ross".
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Postby Rongrittz » Wed Apr 29, 2009 9:00 am

Beth Amsel's "Louise".
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Postby Annika » Wed Apr 29, 2009 11:11 am

I think of:
Emmylou Harris' Red Dirt Girl
Gillian Welch - Annabelle
Gillian Welch - Caleb Meyer (or the song about how Nellie Kane survived... :-) )
Anne McCue - Ballad of an Outlaw Woman
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Postby keith from ny » Wed Apr 29, 2009 12:06 pm

Townes Van Zandt's "Marie", the girl in David Bromberg's "Nobody's", and of course there's Cleopatra in Pam Tillis' country classic "Queen of Denial".
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Postby Arlene » Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:05 am

Annika wrote:I think of:
Emmylou Harris' Red Dirt Girl
Gillian Welch - Annabelle
Gillian Welch - Caleb Meyer

That's almost creepy. I had just started to type a post in which I listed those SAME THREE SONGS!

I'd add
Joni Mitchell's Magdelaine Laundries (even though its about a group of women)
James Taylor's Millworker
The Band's Evangeline

(anyone notice a pattern here....?)
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Postby Annika » Sat May 02, 2009 12:42 am

Arlene wrote:
Annika wrote:I think of:
Emmylou Harris' Red Dirt Girl
Gillian Welch - Annabelle
Gillian Welch - Caleb Meyer

That's almost creepy. I had just started to type a post in which I listed those SAME THREE SONGS!

I'd add
Joni Mitchell's Magdelaine Laundries (even though its about a group of women)
James Taylor's Millworker
The Band's Evangeline

(anyone notice a pattern here....?)


That's so cool! Since we seem to share a lot of other favorites I'll listen to the songs you've listed too.. :-)

Anyway, I think I can list more songs about struggling women (especially by Gillian Welch), just give me some time to write them down. :-)
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Postby Rob » Sat May 02, 2009 12:00 pm

I'll go with some different ones...

The Girl With The Weight of the World in Her Hands -- Indigo Girls (about as forlorn as you're going to get)

Women's Prison -- Loretta Lynn (about a woman about to be executed for killing her husband. Forlorn? Depends on your perspective. But certainly haunting)

Country Girl -- CSNY (as with many Neil songs, can't really be certain what it's about. But these lines have always stuck with me):

Find out that now was the answer
To answers that you gave later
She did the things that we both did before, now,
But who forgave her.

If I could stand to see her crying
I would tell her not to care.
When she learns of all your lyin'
Will she join you there?

On the flip side, Shaking The Tree by Peter Gabriel. About women's empowerment.
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Postby Annika » Sun May 03, 2009 1:39 pm

What about:

Dolly Parton - Little Sparrow (but I usually listen to Kasey Chambers' version)

... and here's some more Gillian Welch songs:
Orphan Girl
No One Knows My Name
Look at Miss Ohio
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Postby Gretzky » Tue May 05, 2009 9:12 pm

-woman with the strength of 10,000 men -peter himmelman
-ella mae -greg brown
candle in the wind -elton john
betterman -pearl jam
factory girl -rolling stones
step up and bless the mic
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Postby Annika » Wed May 06, 2009 12:36 am

Gretzky wrote:factory girl -rolling stones


Sinead O'Connor does a song called Factory Girl; is that the same one?
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Dolly's....

Postby Grif_fan » Thu May 07, 2009 8:19 pm

Jolene

Enjoy Paula Cole's version also.
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Postby sfboy » Thu May 07, 2009 10:37 pm

Behind the Walls by Tracy Chapman (no specific name)
I've Got to Go Now by Toni Childs (again, no specific name)

and this is my all time favorite forlorn woman song......

Mountain Angel by Dolly Parton. (no specific name, but you guys HAVE TO hear this song!)

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Postby Russell » Fri May 08, 2009 5:50 pm

sfboy wrote:Mountain Angel by Dolly Parton. (no specific name, but you guys HAVE TO hear this song!)

Kevin

I agree Kevin.

I'll add Julie Miller's "Maggie". And then there's this Julie Miller song about a particular group of very real "forlorn" women (and I don't think we need Marybeth to translate):

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Postby TontoBronto » Fri May 08, 2009 6:43 pm

sfboy wrote:...Mountain Angel by Dolly Parton. (no specific name, but you guys HAVE TO hear this song!)

Kevin

Ahem, HOW would we DO that?? :wink:
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