Why does singing make me cry?

Seriously, some songs, regardless of the situation make my eyes water when I sing them. Why do you suppose that is?

One example is ‘My Fidelity’ by Heather Nova…here I am in the lab doing some mind-numbing spreadsheet nonsense when this song comes around on iplayer and I quietly sing along – and predictably the tears start to fall.

perhaps its the lyrics?

“My Fidelity” ~ Heather Nova

Is it something ritual
I’m caught in, can’t break the spell?
Is it moving in my body
Is it biological?
I gotta hand it to you
You’ve got one heart ten times divided.
Did you cut yourself in pieces
To get them all inside?

You dream about her, can’t you see?
She’s only shining bright
’cause she’s so out of reach.
You dream about the seven seas
While I’m staying home each night,
Making love to my fidelity.

I’m rocking in my bed
I can’t talk can’t think can’t sleep.
And nothing’s jumping fences,
I only count what I cannot keep.
I lick my wounds,
I chase my instinct like a cat.
I don’t know how I got so good
Or why my heart’s a trap.

Why I love you, why I love you
Why I love you I don’t know,
Why I love you, why I love you, why.
Taking sides with my enemy
Making love to my fidelity.

I’m landlocked, stuck in here,
I don’t want to take my freedom.
I can’t change what makes me high
And I can’t change what I believe in.
I’m not pleasing no guru,
I’m not out to look for Jesus.
I’m not afraid to break the rules
It’s just, one love keeps me breathing.

Why I love you, why I love you
Why I love you, I don’t know
Why I love you, why I love you, why.
Taking sides with my enemy
Making love to my fidelity

well I guess the lyrics are kind of sad but the song itself is so sweet and bare, about comparing herself to some unattainable beauty…or that’s how I see it.

What other songs make me cry when I sing along?

Silent all these years – Tori Amos

Cooling – Tori Amos

Doubled up – Heather Nova

hmm I shall ponder on this.

 

Incidently – I started singing to myself the piano intro to ‘silent all these years’ (having not heard it for weeks or months) and then just for fun listened to it and guess what? perfect pitch! I could remember precisley (or as precisley as my ears will allow) the note which it starts on 🙂

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