In dutch it is called a ‘smartlap’. It’s a sad song that brings tears to your eyes. It doesn’t happen often, about 3 to 5 times a year but here’s a list of five songs that have made me cry. Please, cry along with me…

1.) Grateful Dead – China Doll

“A pistol shot at 5 o’clock,
the bells of heaven ring.
Tell me what you’ve done it for.
No, I won’t tell you a thing”

Dedicated to Bart, Anton, Jan & Johan

2.) Vic Chesnutt – Flirted with you all my life

“If the audience is into it,
I feel, yeah, i am worthwhile.”

3.) Natalie Merchant – What’s the matter here

“A song i wrote about a little boy,
who was neglected and abused”

4.) Purple Mountains – All my happiness is gone

A suicide note, each note aches with sorrow and resolve.

5.) Herman van Veen – Weet je nog

Kees is dead and looks from heaven upon earth.
He sees two tracks on all places he has been.
except on those places where life became complicated.
There he sees only one track and he asks his wife:
“why did you leave me when things got complicated”.
No, Kees. His wife answered. That’s where YOU couldn’t cope.
That’s where I carried you !