by Lawrence J. J. Leonard
I was recently inspired to examine modern music as an expression of depression in mental health. In pop, rock, and rhythm & blues music the themes are troubled relationships and separation, among a host of others. A song’s melody evokes feeling, too. For the next few weeks I will rank the saddest songs of the rock and roll genre.
I gave weight to the tune, chord progression, melancholy overtones, and the agony in which the singers performed a sorrowful rendition. For some listeners this is a way of acknowledging a depressed state, while others identify with the lyrics or situation.
The Three Degrees had the 1974 hit, “When will I see you again”
but it has such a happy tune. It ranked #1 in the CashBox Top 100, so it is worth recognizing. It is also the only song in music history that asks 24 questions, the basis of its painful longing.
Lyrics: written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff
Hoo-oo ha-a ha-a hoo-oo Precious moments
When will I see you again? When will we share precious moments?
Will I have to wait forever? Will I have to suffer and cry the whole night trough?
When will I see you again? When will our hearts beat together?
Are we in love or just friends? Is this my beginning is this the end?
When will I see you again?
When will I see you again? When will I see you again?
Hoo-oo- a hoo-oo Precious moments Are we in love or just friends?
Is this my beginning or is this the end?
When will I see you again? When will I see you again? (repeat)
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