Barenaked Ladies/Tear Jerker

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This Canadian alternative rock band has a lot of tear-triggering songs.


  • "Tonight is the Night I Fell Asleep at the Wheel", which plays a tune that sounds like it belongs on a cheerful carnival calliope, but whose lyrics tell the story of a car crash and the futile attempts to save the titular driver whose love is the "last thing on my mind". The narrator? Ed Robertson's brother, who died in a motorcycle accident.
    • In the same vein, "Am I The Only One" and "Leave". The former was originally going to be about Ed's (at the time) fiancée, but changed.
  • "War On Drugs" being another big one.
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"She likes to sleep with the radio on
So she can dream of her favourite song
The one that no one has ever sung
Since she was small"

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  • "Celebrity" is somewhat of a downer, too. The narrator talks about his goal in life, and then (presumably) achieves it and realizes how horribly hollow being a celebrity is.
  • Then there is "What A Good Boy".
  • For a song about a window washer who's afraid of heights, "When I Fall" does a great job at cuing the waterworks.
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"I look straight in the mirror
Watch it come clearer
I look like a painter
Behind all the grease
But painting's creating
And I'm just erasing
Chrystal clear canvas
Is my masterpiece.

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  • Common consensus on singing along to "Break Your Heart" is impossible because of two things.