by Chris Bodenner

A reader writes:

The most depressing Christmas song I have ever heard, the one that makes me cry, consistently, every time, is "Wintersong," by Sarah McLachlan.  Sarah was the soundtrack of my high school years and I associate her voice with all the pain and angst of adolescence.  When she released a Christmas album in 2006, at the same time as I was breaking up with a wonderful man (who I am still not over), a perfect storm of depression came together.  Even without that background, I think anyone would agree that this is a seriously depressing Christmas song.

Lyrics after the jump:

The lake is frozen over
The trees are white with snow
And all around
Reminders of you
Are everywhere I go

It's late and morning's in no hurry
But sleep won't set me free
I lie awake and try to recall
How your body felt beside me
When silence gets too hard to handle
And the night too long

And this is how I see you
In the snow on Christmas morning
Love and happiness surround you
As you throw your arms up to the sky
I keep this moment by and by

Oh I miss you now, my love
Merry Christmas, merry Christmas,
Merry Christmas, my love

Sense of joy fills the air
And I daydream and I stare
Up at the tree and I see
Your star up there

And this is how I see you
In the snow on Christmas morning
Love and happiness surround you
As you throw your arms up to the sky
I keep this moment by and by

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