Everyone (I suspect) loves music and it seems as if for everyone there are certain songs that just rip them to pieces. Of course I could be wrong about that. I mean it's possible that there are people who are just not that affected by music. Maybe they've never associated a certain song with a certain someone or situation and that there is no song that affects them.
In some ways I sort of envy them, but then I immediately feel sorry for them. It must be nice in some ways to have such control over your emotions so as not to be influenced when you hear the opening chords of a certain piece of music. However, at the same time it must be sad not to be able to be moved by an association with a song with a person that you either once loved or still do. Without that, then I suspect such a person has a hollow, cold, empty spot inside that no one can feel or fill. That's sad.
For me there are three songs that come to mind and (strangely enough) they are all associated with my second wife. The first one comes from when we were dating and is "Urgent" by Foreigner. It describes the passion that we felt in the beginning of our relationship and we used to play it while making love. The second is from Eric Clapton in "Wonderful Tonight". It describes the wonder that I felt that such a lovely woman could be in love with me. The third is "The Heart of the Matter" by Don Henley, which made my survival after our break up possible. For a long time after our break up, it saved me. It's not an exaggeration to say that there were nights when this song was one of the ones that kept the shotgun barrel out of my mouth.
Of course there are other songs that touch other parts of my heart. My father (a career truck driver) once told me that I could never appreciate country music until a woman had broken my heart and he was right. Some types of music can only really be heard after you have been hurt or, much worse, after you have hurt someone else. I mean the blues are only possible to understand after you have been blue.
So, tell me if you dare, what songs rip you apart? What songs make you cry? What songs take you back to a place or a person that you miss badly, but wish you could forget? What songs tear you to pieces?
Here's some of mine and I confess I still get choked up and have a tear or two when I listen to them. Give me yours.