I’m not a crier. I don’t cry at weddings, funerals….but play this song, and I’m sobbing like a baby. It’s hard to immediately explain why it makes me cry as much as it does. Jeff Buckley died young, but I wasn’t a fan of his at the time, I’d never even heard of him. I know it’s been used quite a bit in TVs and movies to be the background for moments when someone has died or is dying, but off-hand, I can’t think of any of them. There’s just something about the music that touches me, combined with the lyrics that paint a very vivid picture, and we can thank Leonard Cohen for that. Because it makes me so emotional, I don’t intentionally set out to play it, knowing I’d just be in ball on the floor crying before too long, but if I do happen to come across it on the radio or on the Internet, or even on TV/in a movie, the floodgates open up.
The last time I had a good cry incidentally, it had nothing to do with this song. As I said above, I’m not a crier. I was having a very frustrating day, the stress of trying to find work weighing on me more and more until I finally just snapped and started bawling. It didn’t last long, just enough to get all the upset and anger out of my system. I have to admit to feeling better afterward, and I think part of the reason I can be closed off emotionally is because I don’t cry, and just let everything internalize until I finally snap.