by stop me in my tracks, given the description you had for your song, I suppose you mean something very thought provoking to you. I have a few songs that do that. A good example would be 'Leaving the End Open' by Hardline. Reminds me of old friends and the life I had when I was younger when I bid farewell to a lot of people.
Conversely I have some songs that have me completely raring to go
Several for me.
Ellington's Satin Doll
Charlie Robison's My Hometown
Guy Clark's Coat from the Cold
Townes Van Zandt's Pancho & Lefty
the Flatlanders' South Wind of Summer
Ol' Willie's Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
I have to agree with Charlie Robison. "My Hometown" was my high school graduation song (Pflugerville TX). Robison's "Lights of Loving County" gets me too. I love "Poncho and Lefty," but "Drunken Ira Hayes" gets me as far as Van Zandt goes.
Also, "Songs About Texas" by Pat Green. "Front Porch Song" by Robert Earl Keen, too.
Ever hear the slow version of "Songs About Texas", at the end of the George's Bar CD (which everyone needs to stop in to when going through Waco TX, the bar, not the CD)? It's more of a lament, one can almost hear the whippoorwill. That song is The Truth. Period.
Well yeah, cause he sings of Ol Jerry Jeff. Totally agreed, the slowed down version is far superior.
Yes, the slow version. I absolutely love it. I'm born and raised in Austin, but have lived in San Diego and now Boston. I do miss Texas.
Just a heads up, kinda related to the original trend, but Robert Earl Keene & Lyle Lovett are doing a show together, at Bass Hall in Ft Worth. They may be touring like this, so keep an eye out. It's being billed as "College Days at A&M".
I saw Robert Earl Keen and Charlie Robison play a free show at Texas State back in 2002. It was awesome.
"Take it with Me" by Tom Waits - Used this song in a memorial video I made for my dad's funeral.
"It Did" by Brad Paisly - Last dance at my wedding
"Brothers on a Hotel Bed" by Death Cab for Cutie - A thought-provoking song about fleeting youth and coming to terms with it.
"Transatlanticism" by Death Cab for Cutie and "The Hazards of Love 4" by the Decemberists - Both just haunting, stirring, beautiful songs.
"Always the Very Last Time" by the Alan Parsons Project. It doesn't say so explicitly, but it has to be a parent grieving a dead child.
So now I remember the day
When we said goodbye for the very last time
But no one can take you away
'Cause here in my memories, there's never a very last time.
I'm crying right now as I think about it. Not, thank God, by personal experience, either. The real twist of the knife is the denial at the end: that "no one can take you away," when that's exactly what's happened. The Alan Parsons Project often writes from an atheist perspective on such things (Time is flowing like a river/To the sea/Where it's gone forever), in very beautiful, if despairing, poetry.
Dreadful selfish crime by Robert Earl Keen