I'm talking about those songs, usually of 1950s/60s vintage, where boy meets girl, they fall in love, and at least one of them dies horribly to an accompaniment of wailing violins, usually from a surfeit of sheer cheesiness.
Do you love these songs as much as I do? If you can identify all of the following, maybe you do.
Not all of these are bona fide Weltschmertz, but they're all guaranteed to contain at least one stiff. All were, I believe, hit singles, which proves only that teenagers like death an awful lot.
I'm after song title, artist, who died and how.
- 'We had a quarrel, I was untrue on the night he died.'
- 'Up to heaven her soul ascended, all the church bells they did ring.'
- 'He didn't say much, kinda quiet and shy.'
- 'And with her head upon his shoulder, his young and lovely fiancée.'
- 'They told me he was bad, but I knew he was sad.'
- 'In the moonlight he could see her blowing kisses 'cross the waves.'
- 'I'll have another piece of apple pie, you know it don't seem right.'
- 'He wanted to give her everything: flowers, presents, but most of all a wedding ring.'
- 'On a weekend pass I wouldn't have had time to get home and marry that baby of mine.'
- 'They left him lyin' in a pool of blood, and laughed about it all the way home.'
Answers after the weekend, assuming I don't get the urge to ride my scooter off a cliff, or go to 'Nam or anything.
Edit: OK, I've removed the embargo on Papa - we're running out of songs.