Wednesday, June 21, 2017

"The end of the world": Is this the saddest song ever?



Skeeter Davis was a great country western singer who died in 2004. According to her biography:
"In the early '60s, Davis followed the heels of Brenda Lee and Patsy Cline to become one of the first big-selling female country crossover acts, although her pop success was pretty short-lived. The weepy ballad "The End of the World," though, was a massive hit, reaching number two in 1963."
Her signature song was the tear jerker "The End of the World":
"Why does the sun go on shining
Why does the sea rush to shoreDon't they know it's the end of the world'Cause you don't love me any moreWhy do the birds go on singingWhy do the stars glow aboveDon't they know it's the end of the worldIt ended when I lost your loveI wake up in the morning and I wonderWhy everything's the same as it wasI can't understand,no, I can't understandHow life goes on the way it doesWhy does my heart go on beatingWhy do these eyes of mine cryDon't they know it's the end of the worldIt ended when you said goodbyeWhy does my heart go on beatingWhy do these eyes of mine cryDon't they know it's the end of the worldIt ended when you said goodbye."
Is this the saddest song ever recorded? I think so!

"The end of the world" continues to get a lot of airplay on country and pop stations. It also shows up in movie soundtracks:








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