It’s the first of the “ber” months and the start of the fall season (at least, in the other side of the world)!
The coming of September means that the cold breeze is just around the corner, and — on a more serious note –important, tragic events are to be commemorated (e.g. 9/11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina). In music calendar, it appears that this month is also frequently associated with tracks that narrate sad and somber stories.
Have you had your heart broken recently? Have you ever lost something or someone you hold dearly? The following September songs might help you get by with your “hugot” moments!
It Might As Well Rain Until September – Carole King
It doesn’t matter whether skies are grey or blue
It’s raining in my heart ‘cause I can’t be with you
Originally written for singer Bobby Vee, it became Carole King’s first commercially successful hit after Don Kirshner, known as “The Man with the Golden Ear,” decided to release her demo version as a single in 1962.
September Morn – Neil Diamond
Do you remember
How we danced that night away
Two lovers playing scenes
From some romantic play
Released in 1979, the song is part of an eponymous album and is an international hit in America. The melancholic tune becomes more relevant after singer Neil Diamond gets another divorce from his second wife.
September Blue – Chris Rea
I’ll be alright though I may cry
The tears that flow they always dry
It’s just that I would rather be with you now
Taken from the album Dancing with Strangers, September Blue expresses grief and everlasting love for someone who is no longer alive.
Come September – Natalie Imbruglia
She needs to heal
She needs to feel
Something more than tender
Emphasizing the running away is different from moving on, this powerful song shows how difficult life can be when the relationship you have with someone is not working out anymore. The track is off Natalie’s 2002 effort, White Lilies Island.
September When It Comes – Rosanne Cash
I plan to crawl outside these walls,
Close my eyes and see
And fall into the heart and arms,
Of those who wait for me
A song that unexpectedly became a memento, September When It Comes is a duet from father-daughter Johnny and Rosanne Cash. Recorded when Johnny was already ailing, the songs is actually “”culmination of [Rosanne’s] reconciliation with her father’s shadow.” She was earlier pressured with the expectation for her to follow the footsteps of her country star dad.
September – Ryan Adams
They carved your name into the stone
and then they put it in the ground,
I run my fingers through the grooves
When no one’s around
Ryan enraptures everyone with his tear-jerker September, a track from his 2005 record, Jacksonville City Nights. The song was inspired by his girlfriend Carrie Hamilton who passed away because of brain cancer.
Wake Me Up When September Ends – Green Day
As my memory rests
But never forgets what I lost
Wake me up when September ends
Vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong wrote the song as tribute to his father who died of esophageal cancer. According to him, the track, which was part of their critically acclaimed American Idiot album, was “therapeutic but also difficult to perform”.
A Lonely September – Plain White T’s
Well I didn’t mean for this to go as far as it did
And I didn’t mean to get so close and share what we did
And I didn’t mean to fall in love, but I did
And you didn’t mean to love me back, but I know you did
This beautiful Plain White T tune released in 2007 depicts the torment born out of a complicated “relationship.”
September Song – Frida Amundsen
If everything beautiful has to end
Leave me while my arms are still open
So I can love again
The last and the most recently released hit on the list, September Song is part of Frida Amundsen’s debut effort, September Blue (2012). This piece captures how the brokenhearted longs to move on and wishes not to experience love in a lonely way again.
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