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Best Ballad Ever

Best Ballad Ever  

  1. 1. Best Ballad Ever

    • Yes
      Yes
    • No
      Yes
    • I have no soul and hate ballads
      Yes


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erik meade
Townes Van Zandt  - Pancho and Lefty -

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The greatest bluegrass song of all time - Peter Rowan - The Walls of Time

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I forgot Van the man...Van Morrison - Saint Dominics Preview or Tupelo Honey

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NC Quailhunter

What about Woody Guthrie or Guy Clarke. I was introduced to them in Iraq last year and I feel they are amazing. I have some song on a disc but none of them are labeled so the names elude me. They have my vote.

I do, however like the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

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Ben Hong
The Wreck is good.  Very good.  I'm with Erik in liking Bob's ballads.  My favorite is Lily, Rosemary and The Jack of Hearts.l

Lily, Rosemary...as sung by Joan Baez in her "Live From Every Stage" album.

The Wreck is absolutely the best pure ballad...the story line, the dirgelike music, the pertinence, the drama, etc., etc.

"The City of New Orleans", as sung by Arlo Guthrie.

"Mr. Bojangles" as sung by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

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Too Dogs
Jamis Joplin; Me and Bobby Magee....Is that a ballad?

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L. Gallagher

A song that tells a story that could apply to a lot of people...

Piano Man-Billy Joel

"the waitress is practicing politics, while the businessmen slowly get stoned......and put bread in my jar, and say man, what are you doing here...

now, that's America.

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erik meade
Jamis Joplin; Me and Bobby Magee....Is that a ballad?

Yes it is.

Like "Sunday Morning Coming Down"  "Me and Bobby McGee" is another exceptional Kris Kristofferson ballad made famous by someone else.

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atticus
I like that song a lot, but American Pie would get my vote.  Or The Stones "you can't always get what you want" or even Buffett's "Changes in Latitudes/Changes in Attitude".

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Phred
For a dirge type ballad try on The Stones "Sister Morophine."

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gonehuntin

For me, that ballad is too haunting. Thinking of what those guys went through when they were dieing..... I knew 2/3 of the men on that ship. Many were at my wedding. We were riding the west shore of Lake Mich. that night and clocking winds of 100mph.

We heard Coast Guard Station Whitefish Bay send out the alerts to watch for the Fitz. We all thought they'd find him in Whitefish bay the next morning with his antenna's torn off.

The hero of that night was Joe Cooper, the Captain of the Arthur M. Anderson. That was the sister ship to the Fitz. Cooper was eight miles behind him when the Fitz went down. He made the shelter of Whitefish Bay, turned around, and he and a Canadian ship went right back out into those teeth of Hell looking for any survivors.

Cooper had a visual on it when it went down. The blip disapeared from the radar screen and they lost sight of his running lights. Tough nite.

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Ben Hong
We all thought they'd find him in Whitefish bay the next morning with his antenna's torn off.

Ken, this is slightly off topic, but it is intriguing to me that you called a ship (the Fitz) "he". I always thought that all ships were designated in the feminine. Please edify this landlubber. Thanks.

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erik meade
For a dirge type ballad try on The Stones "Sister Morophine."

Or for just a good old country/ blues heart ripped out ballad try "Dear Doctor"

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Craig D

What version of the "wreck" are you guys referring to?  I think it's been done a few times, but if you haven't heard the cover by Brian Burns, it deserves a listen.  One of the best storytellers in Texas these days.  He's got some other great songs, El Llano Estacado is a great one, as is The Train Wreck at Kiowa Creek, and lots of others.  I can't recommend him enough.

- Craig

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Ben E. King: Save the Last Dance for Me.

George Jones: He Stopped Loving Her Today.

Louie Armstrong: What a Wonderful World.

Frank Sinatra: Summer Wind.

Van Morrison: Into the Mystic.

John Prine: The Torch Singer.

Dwight Yoakam: The Heart That You Own.

Elvis Costello:Alison.

Ray Charles: Here We Go Again.

Aretha Franklin: Do Right Woman, Do Right Man.

Edmund Fitz...not so much.

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