"Poor Jud" and "Lonely Room" -- Oklahoma!"I Won't Send Roses" -- Mack & Mable
Les MisOn my ownBring Him HomeEmpty Chairs Empty Tables.Dear Evan HansenWords FailSo Big So SmallHamiltonIt’s Quiet UptownThe World Was Wide EnoughWho lives Who Dies Who tells...Billy ElliotThe Letter and (Reprise)
-Not My Father's Son- Kinky Boots-Days and Days & Telephone Wire- Fun Home-Lead Us Out of the Night- Come From AwayI'll also throw a strange one in the mix. It's not necessarily "sad" but Where Did the Rock Go from School of Rock always makes me think about several passions of mine that I am unable to live out due to the demands of adult life.
The Gods Love Nubia from Aida made me cry buckets, because they’re all so full of hope while you know things will go sour in act two. Also I’ll Cover You reprise, Flesh failures/Let the Sun shine in, Gold a cappela (from Once - not really sad but just very beautiful) and The Letter.
"If I Loved You" (Reprise) from CAROUSEL"The Letter" (Reprise) from BILLY ELLIOT.
-Words Fail (Dear Evan Hansen)-So Big/So Small (Dear Evan Hansen)-I Am Here (Come From Away)-Something's Missing (Come From Away) - I think that's at the top of the list for me... If you want to cry continually for 5 and a half minutes, that's the way.-Ti Moune (Once On This Island)-A Part Of Us - Once On This Island-Children and Art (Sunday In the Park With George)-Your Daddy's Son (Ragtime)-I Dreamed A Dream (Les Mis)-Higher (Allegiance)-I'd Give My Life For You - Miss Saigonand so many more...
Loving You ~ Passion
"The Hill" from Once.
Tell Me Its Not True from BLOOD BROTHERS
I am going to add "Just Like That" from "A Christmas Story". I love how it starts off as the mother trying to get Ralphie to stop crying by reminding him that these bad times are over "Just Like That", but the song's meaning changes into the mother's lament that her children are growing up so quickly and she wishes they could stay just the way they are; that their childhood will be over "Just Like That". A sentiment most parents can identify with.
IMO Les Mis corners the market here, between Eponine's On My Own and Fantine's I Dreamed a Dream.and Empty Chairs at Empty Tables, as well as Valjean's Bring Him Home. In addition... -- What Would You Do? from Cabaret is heartbreaking, particularly when sung by Lotte Lenya-- All I ask of You from Phantom, specifically as sung by the Phantom at the end of the show;-- To me, Move On is very sad in the context of the show; young George is at the end of his rope; all I could think of was how alone he was at that point, and the song is so haunting.-- Rose'sTurn. It may be bravura, but it is very sad. At that point, she is questioning her whole life.-- Not While I'm Around, in the context of the show.-- When Your Feet Don't Touch the Ground from Finding Neverland.-- Make Them Hear You from Ragtime-- This Nearly Was Mine from South Pacific-- I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face from MFL-- The Party's Over from Bells Are Ringing-- I Never Loved You from Cyrano-- Once Upon a Time from All American-- Send in the Clowns from ALNM-- If He Walked Into My Life Today-- Some Other Day from On The Town-- The Impossible Dream, specifically in the finale-- Far From the Home I Love and Anatevka from Fiddler-- Something Wonderful from TKAI (it is a beautiful song, and always makes me sad when it is well done)-- For Good From Wicked-- Stay Alive and Who Lives, Who Dies, Who TellsYour Story from Hamilton Agree with posters re You'll Never Walk Alone, Tell Me It's Not True, Words Fail, I'd Give My Life For You, Welcome Home, I Won't Send Roses.
I think some people are confusing sad songs with songs that make them cry. For instance, I don't see Back to Before from Ragtime to be sad, but I cry when I hear it. I actually think it to be somewhat joyous song that closes the arc for Mother - she has finally become a full person standing on her own as a result of her experiences and is not the china doll that she was before.There are many others.
The saddest song ever I heard in a musical was "Till We Reach That Day" from Ragtime.
“Sonya Alone”—GREAT COMET
"Surabaya Johnny" (Weill, "Happy End"
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