3 Songs About Regret That Make You Want To Hug Somebody

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If you’re a parent, or remotely human, keep some tissues handy.

Yes, we could have added more than three songs, but we just had to stop. There was something in our eye. (Tears. So many tears.) But let these tearful tunes serve as a lesson rather than becoming your reality.

Cat’s In The Cradle

It doesn’t get much sadder than Harry Chapin’s classic about a busy dad missing all the important moments of his son’s life. When he finally has time to spend time with his son, it’s just too late.

One-To-Grow-On Lyric: “He learned to walk while I was away, and he was talkin' 'fore I knew it, and as he grew he'd say: ‘I'm gonna be like you, Dad. You know I'm gonna be like you.’"

Waterworks Lyric: “My boy was just like me.”

Bottom Line: Spend time with your kids because they grow up fast.

The Living Years

Mike & The Mechanics yanked every possible heartstring when they sang about the communication gap between parents and children.

One-To-Grow-On Lyric: “It’s too late, when we die, to admit we don’t see eye-to-eye.”

Waterworks Lyric: “I wasn’t there that morning, when my father passed away. I didn’t get to tell him, all the things I had to say.”

Bottom Line: Discuss unresolved issues with your loved ones or regret it forever.


Since this Fleetwood Mac song sung by Stevie Nicks could be interpreted in a bunch of different ways here's some common ground on which we can all agree: It can turn anyone into whimpering mess. Especially when it comes on while you’re ordering at Subway. “I’ll take a five dollar footlo…*sniffle* why must sadness exist??? Of course I want the combo!”

One-To-Grow-On Lyric: “I've been afraid of changing, 'cause I've built my life around you.”

Waterworks Lyric: “Time makes you bolder, children get older, and I'm getting older too.”

Bottom Line: Don’t listen to too many sad songs while you’re at work or else you’ll get stares from co-workers wondering if you’re okay. Yes, co-workers, I’m fine… *lonely teardrop*

Gene Newman

Editorial Director, Everplans

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