5 Great Classic Songs That Came Out Of Horrible Tragedies
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Sometimes, tragedy speaks to us in a manner that we can no longer forget. While we see it as a burden that cannot be controlled, to others, it’s a mere inspiration in creating something beautiful to share with the world. Immortality is observed in songs that were born from tragic events, and the legacy will remain the same. Below are some of them.
“A Day In the Life” – The Beatles
John Lennon and Paul McCartney had songs that were left unfinished so they decided to merge the two to create this masterpiece of a song. For McCartney, he was on a positive note with his lyrics, but for Lennon, it was eerier. The first two verses were inspired by Tara Browne’s vehicular accident. Browne was a friend of Lennon’s, as well as the heir to the Guinness fortune.
“He blew his mind out in a car
He didn’t notice that the lights had changed
A crowd of people stood and stared
They’d seen his face before”
Sunday Bloody Sunday” – U2
Aside from the militaristic orchestration, “Sunday Bloody Sunday” became a statement taken from the inspiration of the horrors of the 1972 Bloody Sunday incident in Northern Ireland where troops killed several civil rights protesters.
“I can’t believe the news today
Oh, I can’t close my eyes and make it go away
How long, how long must we sing this song?
How long? How long?”
“Tears In Heaven” – Eric Clapton
Everyone knows that this Eric Clapton classic was inspired by the devastating death of his 4-year old child, Conor, by falling from the 53rd-floor window. The lyrics spoke the raw emotions of Clapton that he felt from the incident.
“I must be strong
And carry on
‘Cause I know I don’t belong
Here in heaven”
“People Who Died” – The Jim Carroll Band
Jim Carroll’s keen observation of the people that surrounded him encouraged him to write this song. He noticed that several of his classmates from high school died in Vietnam War, his friends died in drug and alcohol-related deaths, and many more. The title speaks about it all.
“Teddy sniffing glue he was twelve years old
Fell from the roof on East Two-nine
Cathy was eleven when she pulled the plug
On twenty-six reds and a bottle of wine”
“Jeremy” – Pearl Jam
When Eddie Vedder, the band’s vocalist, was reading a daily newspaper, he came across the story of Jeremy Wade Delle, a high school student who shot himself in front of his English class. Vedder knew he needed to write a song about it, to raise awareness for the parents to never neglect their child’s attention.
“Daddy didn’t give affection, no
And the boy was something that mommy wouldn’t wear
King Jeremy the wicked
Oh ruled his world”