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Saddest Songs of Rock and Roll – #50

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by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

The countdown begins with one of the most curious songs eliciting empathy and confusion at the same time. While many lament the loss of a loved one, sometimes that loved one is a pet. We all know that connections with creatures can be very comforting and deserve to be recognized as true and an important part of the Human experience.

In 1975 songwriter Henry Gross became aware of the death of Shannon, the pet Irish Setter of Beach Boys member Carl Wilson. The loss inspired Henry to create. The song “Shannon” became an international hit, reaching #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on Cash Box Top 100. This type of sorrowful homage is not often expressed but is a legitimate reason that we grieve.

Number 50
Shannon is the only song about a pet to make the list. Click the link and it will make you want to hug your dog, or your cat, or bird, or snake, or gerbil . . . .

Lyrics: written by Henry Gross

Another day’s at end Mama says she’s tired again
No one can even begin to tell her. I hardly know what to say.
But maybe it’s better that way
If Poppa were here I’m sure he’d tell her.

Shannon, is gone I heard she’s drifting out to sea
She always loved to swim away. Maybe she’ll find an island with a shaded tree.
Just like the one in our backyard

Mama tries hard to pretend that things will get better again.
Somehow she’s keepin’ it all inside her, but finally the tears fill our eyes.
And I know that somewhere tonight
She knows how much we really miss her

Shannon, is gone I heard she’s drifting out to sea
She always loved to swim away. Maybe she’ll find an island with a shaded tree.
Just like the one in our back yard
Ah, just like the one in our back yard Ah….
Just like the one in our back yard

If you are feeling depressed, do something about it. Please find help before making any rash decisions.  Click this resource, the National Institute of Mental Health.

Copyright © 1960-2017 Lawrence J. J. Leonard All rights reserved.

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