52 Songs About Regrets, Apologies, and Feeling Sorry

Updated on October 6, 2018
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Here is an apology and regret playlist for those who have been wronged and those who need to step up and make amends.  "Sorry" is such a hard word to say.
Here is an apology and regret playlist for those who have been wronged and those who need to step up and make amends. "Sorry" is such a hard word to say. | Source

Does Sorry Always Make It Better?

If you think infidelity happens among only young lovers, think again. It occurs among 85 year-old couples, too.

An elderly relative — a kind, decent career Army veteran who cherished animals, children, and fishing — died recently after a protracted illness. He lasted only a few days in hospice, withering sadly in his bedroom sanctuary as a result of pneumonia complications. Extended family gathered to say tearful farewells.

You would have expected his wife of 57 years to have been by his side in his final moments. Instead, she was engrossed in conversation with her male "friend." The two have shared an on-and-off romantic history longer than her marriage.

For years, the male friend has been a frequent visitor at family gatherings, her ailing husband's birthday party and even the hospital where she and her husband shared rooms across the hall from one another. A recent widower himself, her friend calls every night at the same time. Unfortunately, the husband died during their nightly call. There would be no last minute apologies.

Apologize before the chance slips away.
Apologize before the chance slips away. | Source

Apologies Are A Place To Start

We've all caused others to suffer — both intentionally and by accident — and been hurt by them, too. Sometimes the damage is deep and irreparable. Does sorry always make it better? Sadly, no. Regret is like a boomerang. You never know when it will come back and strike you. Some misdeeds are more challenging to make right than others.

Apologies, however, are at least a place to start for those strong enough to face the consequences of their own hurtful actions. Say what you need to before the opportunity for "sorry" slips away forever.

When you realize you have hurt someone you care about, do you apologize?

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Songs About Apologies

1. "Hello" by Adele

In this 2015 song, an old lover attempts to reconnect after years apart so that she can apologize for long ago transgressions. Unfortunately, her former sweetheart won't pick up the phone. Instead, she must pour out her heart into his voice mail. So many songs about regret are about breakups and heartbreak.

2. "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" by Chicago

The guy in this classic 1982 Chicago song has royally screwed up. Now he's trying to grovel his way back into his lover's heart. She's given him the old heave-ho, so it won't be easy. Romeo promises that

After all that we've been through
I will make it up to you, I promise to
And after all that's been said and done
You're just the part of me I can't let go.

3. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" by Elton John

When you've hurt the one that you've loved the first step to bridging the divide is saying, "I'm sorry." But sometimes it's easier said than done.

This 1976 song describes the lonely, desperate feeling of trying to make amends. Come on. Just man up and say the freakin' words.

"Right actions in the future are the best apologies for bad actions in the past." -  Tryon Edwards, American theologian
"Right actions in the future are the best apologies for bad actions in the past." - Tryon Edwards, American theologian | Source

4. "Sorry" by Justin Bieber

One more shot at forgiveness. That's all Justin Bieber needs to reedem himself in his lover's heart, according to this 2015 song. Although both parties are at fault, he agrees to take all the blame. (So then why is he bringing that part up?)

He says he's missing more than Selena's—I mean his lover's—body. Dude, move on. It's getting unhealthy.

"Never apologize. Never explain. Just get the thing done, and let them howl." - Agnes Macphail, Canadian politician
"Never apologize. Never explain. Just get the thing done, and let them howl." - Agnes Macphail, Canadian politician | Source

5. "Please Forgive Me" by Bryan Adams

I don't know what Bryan Adams did, but his 2010 apology song is so earnest that even I want to forgive him. He wants to make it all better, reminding his lover how they fit like two perfect pieces of a puzzle. He wants to let his lover know how much he needs them, which is the heart of any sincere apology.

Please forgive me if I need you like I do.
Please believe me.
Every word I say is true...
Please forgive me
I can't stop loving you

6. "Baby Come Back" by Player

This 1977 hit oozes the desperation of being left by someone you love. You're a mess without them around. You try to forget them. You're ready to take all the blame if they'll just come back, please come back into your life. (Not healthy, but that's another story.)

Baby come back, any kind of fool could see
There was something in everything about you
Baby come back, you can blame it all on me
I was wrong and I just can't live without you.

7. "Too Late to Apologize" by Timbaland featuring One Republic

Sometimes you reach a point when enough is enough. Your lover plays too many games, hurts you too many times and it's too late to apologize. You're done.

This 2007 song shows backbone in the face of being jerked around by a sweetheart.

"Being sorry is the highest act of selfishness, seeing value only after discarding it." - Douglas Horton
"Being sorry is the highest act of selfishness, seeing value only after discarding it." - Douglas Horton | Source

8. "Don't Love You No More (I'm Sorry)" by Craig David

Sometimes apologies describe the brutal truth we need to hear. In this 2005 song about a relationship that has run its course, a man offers this sad but bitter truth to his lady friend:

I don't care babe who's right or wrong
I just don't love you no more.

"Love in the real world means saying you're sorry 10 times a day" - Kathie Lee Gifford, American tv personality and singer
"Love in the real world means saying you're sorry 10 times a day" - Kathie Lee Gifford, American tv personality and singer | Source

9. "I Still Believe In You" by Vince Gill

It's unfortunate how sometimes those who are closest to us you often get the least of our time and energy. In this 1992 song, Vince Gill sings that he's sorry it took him so long to realize the situation, and he wants the chance to make it right.

9. "Forgive Me" by Evanescence

This 1999 ballad describes a couple in which one partner is on a losing streak, uttering mean words she really doesn't mean. As soon as she blurts them out, she wants to snatch them right back, but the damage is done. It makes the other partner feel sad and broken and the speaker begs forgiveness.

We've all felt sad and broken at times, and music can really help.

11. "Sorry" by Ciara

Blowups and misunderstandings need to be corrected immediately before they lead to major repercussions. This 2012 song by Ciara emphasizes the urgency of working it out.

12. "I'm Sorry" by Blake Shelton (featuring Martina McBride)

Sometimes by the time you apologize too much damage has been done. That's the message that Blake Shelton imparts in this 2011 song. I wonder if he ever sang this to Miranda during their troubles?

Oh, you're sorry,
So sorry,
And you want it back the way it was.
Well I'm sorry,
But sometimes sorry,
Just ain't good enough.

"It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them." -  P. G. Wodehouse, English humorist
"It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them." - P. G. Wodehouse, English humorist | Source

13. "Sorry For the Stupid Things" by Babyface

This 2005 song by Babyface is a cold dose of reality. The protagonist admits to his sweetheart that sometimes we do stupid things, and when that's the case please just overlook it in the spirit of "no harm intended."

Sometimes a man
Is gonna be a man
It's not an excuse
It's just how it is
Sometimes the wrong
Don't know that they're wrong
Sometimes the strong
Ain't always so strong.

14. "So Sorry" by Feist

This 2007 Indie song asserts that instead of fighting and crying, maybe it's better to say "I'm sorry" and just hold one another tight.

"Apologizing does not always mean you're wrong and the other person is right. It just means you value your relationship more than your ego." - Mark Mathews, Australian surfer
"Apologizing does not always mean you're wrong and the other person is right. It just means you value your relationship more than your ego." - Mark Mathews, Australian surfer | Source

15. "All Apologies" by Nirvana

In a sense this 1993 Grammy award-winning song was prophetic. Kurt Cobain mused about apologies and absorbing all the blame. In 1994, the famous singer who shaped the the music of the 1990s and beyond committed suicide.

16. "Sorry" by Madonna

Don't even try to tell Madonna "sorry" because she's downright bitter about all this apology crap. In this 2005 song, she says she's heard it all before, so save your precious breath.

I don't wanna hear, I don't wanna know
Please don't say you're sorry
I've heard it all before
And I can take care of myself
I don't wanna hear, I don't wanna know
Please don't say "Forgive me"
I've seen it all before
And I can't take it anymore.

"Looking back, I have this to regret, that too often when I loved, I did not say so." - Ray Stannard Baker, American journalist
"Looking back, I have this to regret, that too often when I loved, I did not say so." - Ray Stannard Baker, American journalist | Source

17. "Butterfly" by Weezer

With references to Madame Butterfly, this 1996 song is about taking advantage of innocence and someone who loves you and apologizing for promises that you've made that won't be kept. Some things were never meant to be.

18. "Back to December" by Taylor Swift

Usually Taylor Swift's songs are about how she's been wronged, but this one from 2010 is different. (Some say it's about her ill-fated relationship with Taylor Lautner.)

The song is an apology for mistreating a former lover and causing a dramatic conflict that ended the relationship in a hurtful way: "You gave me roses and I left them there to die." Since then, the protagonist has replayed the love affair and regrets her behavior, wishes she could press rewind. She goes back to December all the time, and this is her apology.

19. "Why" by Jason Aldean

The man in this 2008 song by Jason Aldean is really beating himself up for his relationship mistakes. He's waited until 3 a.m. to apologize, but only after his lady threatens to leave.

Why do I always use the words that cut the deepest
When I know how much it hurts you?
Oh baby why do I do that to you?

How To Apologize

Step
1) Express remorse: Say that you are "sorry" or that you "apologize".
2) Accept responsibility: Put yourself in the other person's shoes and acknowledge that your behavior caused harm and/or hurt feelings to the other person.
3) Make amends: Offer to make the situation right. Be specific.
4) Promise it won't happen again. This rebuilds trust between you.
Hey, put on your big boy britches (or big girl panties) and just do it. You got this!

20. "I Apologize" by Anita Baker

The woman in this 1994 song had a fight with her lover and made hurtful remarks. They had a shouting match, and she was very unkind. Now it's eating her up, and she's phoning him to make amends.

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21. "I'm Sorry" by Brenda Lee

In this 1960 hit, Brenda Lee asks for forgiveness for whatever she did. She claims that youth and blind love caused her make blind mistakes.

22. "Always on My Mind" by Willie Nelson

No one is the perfect mate—attentive, kind, or expressive enough. However, this 1982 classic by Willie Nelson says that it's the intent that counts. He reminds his beloved: "You were always on my mind."

23. "Let's Be Us Again" by Lonestar

In this 2004 country hit, a man apologizes to his darling after losing his temper and saying a lot of mean-spirited things. He's reaching out for her, begging for forgiveness, wanting for the relationship to return to what it was.

Songs About Regret

22. "If I Could Turn Back Time" by Cher

Cher is feeling mighty regretful in this 1989 classic in which the protagonist wishes she could just press "reset" and take back all the mean words and things that she did to hurt her lover. Her actions drove her lover away because she was too proud to say "sorry."

She confesses:

I don't know why I did the things I did
I don't know why I said the things I said
Love's like a knife it can cut deep inside
Words are like weapons, they wound sometimes.

Reader Perspective

In the Comments Section below, tell us what you regret the most in your life. Leave your comment anonymously if you'd like.

23. "Don't Think I Don't Think About It" by Darius Rucker

In this 2008 song, the protagonist left his sweetheart standing in his rearview mirror, swearing never to return. She faded from his life, married and moved on.

But he has regrets. She's the "what if" girl, the one he's always wondered about. But she's someone's else's wife. That's regret, buddy. Sorry.

24. "The Greatest Man I Never Knew" by Reba McEntire

This 1991 song is a regretful ballad about never truly connecting with a loved one who lives in the same house. A girl grows up with a stoic father who never takes the time to tell her how much he loves her. He's always got his attention diverted elsewhere, and the daughter separates herself in her room.

Little does she know that she means everything to him. Now that he has been dead for a year, the opportunity to build a true, meaningful relationship has passed along with him. Don't let this happen to you. Say what you need to say now.

25. "Help Me Hold On" by Travis Tritt

This 1990 song expresses the remorse and desperation of a lover at the moment he knows he's being moved out on. She's packing her suitcase, and he can no longer ignore the warning signs that their relationship is in trouble. He admits he took her love for granted and now the regretful fella will do anything to make it right again. Too late?

26. "Cat's In the Cradle" by Harry Chapin

This folk rock song from 1974 has stood the test of time because it conveys a powerful message: relationships are investments, built in small moments, over lifetimes, and you get out of them what you put into them.

The father in this song never had time for his son growing up. When he finally did, his son had a family of his own and was too busy for him. Worst of all, he had taught his son to be just like him.

Even More Songs About Sorrow and Regret

Song
Artist
Year Released
27. I'm Sorry
All 4 One
1995
28. So Sorry
Brian McKnight
2003
29. I'm Sorry To Myself
Alanis Morrisette
2002
30. Just Say You're Sorry
Black Crowes
1993
31. Purple Rain
Prince
1984
32. Million Years Ago
Adele
2015
33. Who's Sorry Now?
Connie Francis
1957
34. So Sorry
Feist
2010
35. Sorry For Love
Celine Dion
2002
36. Cold
Crossfade
2004
37. Sorry
Buckcherry
2006
38. When I Was Your Man
Bruno Mars
2012
39. Walk on Water
Eddie Money
1998
40. South Central Rain (I'm Sorry)
R.E.M.
1984
41. The Apologist
R.E.M.
1998
42. Suedehead
Morrissey
1988
43. Jealous Guy
John Lennon
1971
44. 4:44
Jay-Z
2017
45. Two Dozen Roses
Shenandoah
1989
46. I'm All Out of Love
Air Supply
1980
47. F*ck Apologies
JoJo (featuring Wiz Khalifa)
2016
48. I Was Wrong
Social Distortion
1996
49. I Want You Back
Jackson 5
1970
50. Fall
ODESZA (featuring Sasha Sloan)
2017
51. Let You Down
NF
2017
52. On Bended Knee
Boyz II Men
1994
Have a suggested regret or apology song? Feel free to recommend it in the Comments Section below. You don't have to be a HubPages member to leave a comment.

Questions & Answers

  • I cheated on the man I love. He is my everything, and it was the biggest mistake of my life. How can I fix it? How do we save us?

    We all make mistakes, and you have violated this man's sacred trust. This rejection cuts deep, but affairs can sometimes be forgiven. Go to him and ask him to hear you out. Look him in the eye, hold his hands, and pour out your heart. Accept all responsibility for violating his trust. It doesn't matter if he was working too hard, didn't give you the attention you needed, or whatever else allegedly caused you to seek the affections of another man. You are the one who violated the bond between you, so own it fully and ask for his forgiveness. It may or may not come.

    Ask how you can make this right between you. Tell him it was the worst mistake you've ever made. Tell him what he means to you. Offer to go to a counselor to work on any communication issues between you and rebuild trust. Allow him to express his anger and sadness and ask questions.

    If he won't talk to you in person, call him, FaceTime him or write him a heartfelt letter. Whatever his answer is, respect it. Either way, you have learned an important lesson.

  • I made the biggest mistake of my life. I cheated on the love of my life, and now she won’t look at me or talk to me. I can’t live without her. How do I fix this?

    Choices have consequences, and it's possible that you've lost her for good. Whether you can repair the broken trust between you depends on many things -- for example, the formality of commitment between you two, the length of your relationship, was the cheating a one-time tryst or a longer affair, who it was with (hopefully, not her best friend!), and the emotional baggage in both your relationship and her past.

    If she won't discuss the matter with you in person, or via phone or FaceTime, try writing a letter with a heartfelt apology -- yes, the old-fashioned handwritten kind. Perhaps include it in a card or have a florist deliver it along with a dozen roses. People don't write letters anymore, and it takes an investment of time and heart, so you'll get her attention. Mail it if to her, if needed.

    You get ONE shot at this so make it good! Don't make excuses or give any justifications or rationales. Own how wrong you were and express how you let both her and yourself down. In your own words, validate how cheating must have made her feel (second best, unwanted, rejected!). Remember that emotional cheating and physical cheating both hurt like hell. Tell her WHY she is the only one for you and why you realize that now that she isn't in your life. Paint the picture of where you want the relationship to go, any dreams you have for the two of you, and (if it's true) say that you're willing to do the hard work to rebuild her trust if she gives you another chance. Be warned that this involves answering a lot of questions about the cheating, a lot of anger and tears, and having to account for your whereabouts.

    Don't expect instant forgiveness, even under the best of circumstances. Why? One of the great relationship insecurities is whether a partner will continue to be faithful when one's good looks fade, health or wealth declines, luck turns sour, or they're at their most vulnerable. She probably questions that if you cheated now why you wouldn't do it again?

    You own causing her this pain. Spill your guts, then tell her the decision is all hers if she wants to take it slow and try to work it out. Then, if her answer is no, stop. That's unwanted attention. Chalk it up to a lesson learned the hard way.

  • When someone apologizes for mistreating you, what can you say other than, "It's okay"?

    Good question because it is NOT okay to treat others poorly, so why say that? Here are some other options:

    1) "Thank you." You're thanking them for recognizing that they hurt you or acted poorly. You're thanking them for making a sincere apology. You are not excusing the behavior, however. This is the most empowering choice to me.

    2) "I accept your apology. Let's move on" or "I forgive you," but only if that's truly the case. If not, then state the opposite and discuss why. If you still need time to process the situation, you can say that instead. Avoid saying that all is forgotten because that is hyperbole at best, a lie at worst.

    3) If you doubt the sincerity of the apology, you can reiterate how their behavior impacted you. For example, a pseudo-apology may contain words such as "If I said," "If you thought/felt," or "If I did anything." Clarifying that yes, they did say/do something and that yes, you did consider it offensive gives them the chance to understand the impact of their behavior, own it, and have an apology redo right there on the spot.

    Teach people how to treat you.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 weeks ago from USA

      Alyssa - Great addition. I appreciate you.

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      Alyssa 

      4 weeks ago

      A suggestion I have is NF Let You Down

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      FlourishAnyway 

      7 weeks ago from USA

      Msdg - You must have had some reason to make the accusations, even though they turned out to be untrue. Once his anger subsides, ask him to hear you out. Explain rationally how you came to your conclusion, ask for understanding, and apologize for making an unfounded accusation. Ask for a second chance to rebuild trust between you. That's about all you can do.

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      Msdg 

      7 weeks ago

      I wrongly accused my boyfriend of cheating. And now he aint talking to me and said hes done. What can i do or say..

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      Gwynfryn Williams - First, I love your name! Second, thank you for the song recommendation. I've added it to not only the current playlist but also several other related playlists. Have an awesome day!

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      Gwynfryn Williams 

      4 months ago

      Recommendation: “Fall” by Sasha Sloan (2018). The narrator regrets breaking up with her ex and she wants to get back together and apologize, regardless if the other person has moved on.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      5 months ago from USA

      Thomas Meadows - Good regret song. Thanks for the suggestion! It's #49 now. Have a great weekend.

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      Thomas Meadows 

      5 months ago

      How about "I want you back" by Jackson 5

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      FlourishAnyway 

      5 months ago from USA

      Andrew - Thanks for that addition! It's now #48. Have a good weekend, no regrets!

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      Andrew 

      5 months ago

      I was wrong-social distortion

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      FlourishAnyway 

      5 months ago from USA

      swiggerlaps - Friends forgive, and you should make the humblest of apologies, given that you said some awful things and she's blaming herself. Apologize without making excuses then have a good talk about how to have a better friendship in which you treat one another with respect.

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      swiggerlaps 

      5 months ago

      I said some awful things to my bestfriend earlier today, that I wish I could just snatch right back up, because she never deserved any hurt or pain I caused her. I'm trying to make it right and it's 12:12 am right now, but she always says she'd give me another chance, this is the time where I should change myself for the better, before I do this again, she said what I told her will make her work on herself, but I did the opposite and said it in a vulgar/rude way. I wanna snatch those words back right now, but I really can't. I can just make the situation better by sorting it out, and realizing what I did was absolutely wrong.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      9 months ago from USA

      Friend of only a shadow - I hope this means Rita is doing better. Thank you for the update.

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      Friend of only a shadow 

      9 months ago

      My friend posted on here just over a year ago, she went by the title 'only a shadow'. I wanted to thank you to you & everyone else who was able to help her even in a small bit.

      After her conversations with you she had a better few months, however there was times I thought I would lose her. Finding different songs in your posts for her has really helped her.

      To everyone: Music can save lives. Especially the right kind.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      10 months ago from USA

      Country girl - Best of luck.

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      Country girl 

      10 months ago

      Thanks i hope that with the little bit of lyrics i took from these so gs that my bff will forgive me.

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      Maddy 

      11 months ago

      Thank you. I'll do that. I just hope he forgives me. And I hope nothing changes between us. Because he means so much to me. And I would never forgive myself if I ruined our friendship

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      FlourishAnyway 

      11 months ago from USA

      Maddy - That's so sad. You've already apologized to him, but it may be necessary to do so again. Don't go into lengthy explanations or justifications. Say you were wrong, acknowledge how it made him feel, tell him you want to make it right, and ask for forgiveness. If he will not talk with you, write a letter. Less is more.

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      Maddy 

      11 months ago

      Hi, my name is Maddy and I'm 15. I really hurt my best friend today. And Now I feel like we'll never be the same. I have apologized to him. But now I feel like I messed up our friendship. And i dont know what to do. Or how to fix this. Because I value our friendship and I don't wanna lose it or him.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      13 months ago from USA

      Anto - Thanks so much for these suggestions! Have a great day, no regrets.

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      Anto 

      13 months ago

      A few suggestions...

      So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry) by R.E.M.

      The Apologist by R.E.M.

      Where You'll Find Me Now by Neutral Milk Hotel

      Suedehead by Morrissey

      Jealous Guy by John Lennon

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      FlourishAnyway 

      14 months ago from USA

      Shawn - Thanks for the suggestion! I've added it at #39. Much appreciated.

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      Shawn 

      14 months ago

      Eddie Money-walk on water

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      FlourishAnyway 

      16 months ago from USA

      Gin M. Court - Thank you for your quote. Have a lovely weekent.

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      Gin M. Court 

      16 months ago

      I vow to commit the best and worst to memory.

      Then I will be able to choose better times,

      knowing the path to take.

      Practicing to always shine on!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      21 months ago from USA

      Fabio - How sad and honest. Thank you for sharing your story. I hope others learn from your experience and decide not to hold back what they feel.

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      Fábio Rafael Teixeira Pereira 

      21 months ago

      I regret not showing that one girl how much I love her when I had the chance. I lost her, and it was all my fault, I know I didn't try hard enough to give her the attention and affection she deserved. I'm sorry Joana, amo-te.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      23 months ago from USA

      L. - You certainly poured your heart out. It's obvious that you have learned a lot about yourself and others over the last 18 months or so. During this time, you and your friend have grown in different ways, grown apart. People do that. Perhaps she is not the angel you thought she is, just as you are not the demon you believe she portrays you to be. She may have quite a few issues of her own. She's also accustomed to playing a certain role in your old relationship; you both are and you both have changed. Give yourself permission to get to know one another again.

      With over 7 billion people in the world, this is not the only person who can be your friend. Give her and others space, and branch out a little. Look forward to what you seek to become rather than looking back to who you were. Consider what you are interested in, whether hobbies, sports, educational endeavors, career or vocational interests, volunteer opportunities, your faith/philosophy/politics. Join groups or volunteer in order to widen your social circle. Take classes if that's what strikes your fancy. Practice meeting new and different types of people. When you feel more satisfied with yourself and who you are, you will begin attracting other people as friends. You can always check back with your old friend periodically to see where she is emotionally.

      Hope this helps. Thanks for sharing your story.

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      L. 

      23 months ago

      Ok third take!! So as I was saying...

      I think this is a great article and I am glad I came across it. Chicago, Adele, Elton John, Chapin, and Cher are some of my all-time favourites. In fact, "If I Could Turn Back Time" is one of the songs on the 'playlist of my life'. I spend entirely too much time obesessing over the past and im aware of that, but its hard not to when my present is so horrible and all the greatest moments of my life were in the past. Also, my past is where I made those horrible mistakes (and horrible things were done to me by fate, it seems)...all of which has led me here to this incredibly dismal present where I am virtually friendless and more alone than ever, and it really just keeps getting worse. What I want more than anything is just to go back in time and 1. relive all of my amazing memories and 2. stop myself from doing the regrettable things I did/try my best to not let the forces of life control me, so that I wont end up where I am now, and my present can be just as great as my past. But of course I know thats (currently) not possible, so for the last year or so ive been trying so hard to make amends with everyone that is so precious to me, but it seems like everyone's forgotten how to forgive.

      You invited us to post our greatest moments of regret, so here's mine:

      For a very long time I'd been BESTEST FRIENDS IN THE WORLD with someone who was so good, so saintly, she was like an angel on earth. I dont even think Mother Theresa fully compares, just for perspective. She was the one thing that gave me hope for all of humanity. I called her 'my one miracle'. So long story short, we were best friends for a really long time and everything was great, until the last couple years of high school, when I was having a really hard time even getting through a single day, let alone an entire school year. I started heavily depending on my friend to do things for me because I was incapable of doing them without all of my thousands of mental issues taking over and throwing me into the depths of despair. So she did them of course, because she was so selfless. Even though I really needed help and I know I wouldnt have made it through high school without her, it was still wrong to take advantage of her kindness, and I fully acknowledged that to her. She and I did have some disputes, but we were able to resolve them pretty well, and we started the summer still intending to follow through with our plan of working and saving up money for two years to move cross country and start our careers. Then the most unexpected thing happened. I went to a friend's house, came back home, and proceeded to have a complete mental breakdown. It was so bad I had to call all my friends and tell them I needed to take a hiatus from my life because I couldnt deal with anything anymore. I still think that was the right thing to do in order to restore any semblance of sanity (which it thankfully did) but after a year and a half, when I was finally able to talk to her again, we got off on a rocky start because she felt abandoned, which I can understand, even though she knew and truly understood the situation. I had taken all that time to work on bettering myself so that I could be the person I wanted to be, and be the best friend she deserved. It seemed like we were ultimately going to be able to work it out, but I kept sensing there was something odd about her behavior towards me, so when I finally confronted her about it, I realized that she had created a really bad stigma around me, which granted, wasnt unfounded, but in that time apart she had finally developed a healthy self-esteem, and she was much more confident and assertive, and she had now come to associate me with that meek, submissive, self-depracating person she used to be and wanted so desperately to stop being. Well, she got her wish, and I was so truly happy for her, but it seemed like in this new version of her there was no room for me, because she had demonized me somewhere so profoundly in her primal subconscious that even her rational understanding of the fact that I had drastically changed for the better and even swore on my life I'd never hurt her again werent able to shake the feeling of dread she now associated with me. I apologized and begged for forgiveness until my words became lost in my tortured sobs, but it was like that part of her was completely gone. It was like she had gained new self-confidence but had forgotten the virtue of forgiveness. I know I messed up really bad, but I dont know, I guess I just feel like everyone deserves a second chance. Especially someone who cares so much about her and has worked really hard to be a better friend for her. But she never gave me that second chance. And she was my last and only friend. And now im miserable and friendless with a bunch more problems and no one to share my life with anymore. I dont make friends easily and I dont want to. My friends were very few in number but they were perfect; it was me who had all the problems and I finally worked them all out with myself just in time to realize they had finished with me and didnt care about me anymore. All my amazing, out-of-this-world lifelong friendships are now over. A couple were my fault, others werent. Pretty ironic thing to happen to someone who values and cherishes true friendship above all else. I guess you cant make even one mistake. So as far as things that were my fault, what I regret most is spending that year and a half apart from my best friend. If I had tried to remain in contact with her maybe she wouldnt have developed that villainous image of me and we'd still be friends. Even more so, I wish I had never taken advantage of her back in high school in the first place, and not just because it would come back to haunt me, but because I love her more than anything I would never ever want to hurt her...and it hurts me deeply to know that I did.

      So a lesson that comes to mind is: if you know youre going to be sorry about it later, dont do it in the first place. Words I try to live by every day on my path to becoming a better person.

      Unfortunately, its not always that simple. I know.

      Also, another concept I find important to note: sometimes, recognizing you did wrong and apologizing profusely isnt enough. The other person must find it within themselves to be able to forgive you, if not for you, then at least for themselves. And it cant be forced. So I'll be perpetually waiting I guess. The alternative option is just too harsh to bear.

      Wow okay sorry that was so much. Its just that this article really resonated with me, so thank you for that Lady Flourish :)

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      FlourishAnyway 

      23 months ago from USA

      L. - Thank you for your kind comment. I am humbled by your kind words.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      23 months ago from USA

      Rita, Although it's unfortunate that you have to struggle to get the help you need, I salute you for pressing on. You know you are too important to give up on. Depression is often referred to as the "common cold" in the mental health community -- not to make it seem less important but because it happens so frequently and there's a journey back. Depression and anxiety often go hand in hand. Persist in talking out your feelings with helpful people you know and trust until your parent authorizes the assistance that you seek. And look for ways to treat yourself kindly and look forward to your future. There are so many good things in this world. Although maybe they don't always show themselves now, you'll one day want to enjoy them. Best wishes to you.

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      Only a shadow 

      23 months ago

      I've talked to mum a bit more, she has agreed to take me to the doctors 'soon', she has promised and i know she never goes back on her word.

      I've done lots for research to understand depression & anxiety more.

      Thanks for listening {and helping}. i really appreciate people like you:)

      ~ Rita (Australian)

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      FlourishAnyway 

      24 months ago from USA

      Only a shadow - You did the right thing by sharing the information with your parent. Concentrate on keeping yourself healthy and positive. Focus on the future. And don't give up.

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      Only a shadow 

      24 months ago

      We spoke to mum (the adult friend & I), mum took it better then i thought she would. however she believe i don't have to see a doctor or psychologist. I'm gonna keep trying to get her to take me, but she says "They wont magically fix you" and i know that, but they might be able to help.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Rita - I wish you well.

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      Only a shadow 

      2 years ago

      I've asked a Adult friend of mine to help me tell my mum. she is gonna come over sometime next week. I hope this works *fingers crossed*. i need help and i can only get it if mum understands what i'm going through.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Rita, Please make telling your parents and getting help a priority. Make you, your health, and your future an urgent priority even though this is uncomfortable and difficult. Give the people who love you and brought you into this world a chance to get you the help you need. Don't let them feel regret and sorrow that they didn't know. Don't let them play the coulda woulda shoulda game for the rest of their lives.

      If this isn't possible, then reach out to emergency services in a crisis or to a crisis intervention helpline. Or talk to your school guidance counselor. Keep talking to responsible adults you trust until you get the medical/psychological intervention you absolutely need. You are too important to delay this or drop it. Relying on friends who may also be in the same boat is not the answer.

      I have a firm sense that you are not American-based but rather from Australia or the UK (just guessing) and I don't know what the resources are there.

      You cannot continue to cut and to feel worthless and dejected. The world needs you, however imperfect that may be, and all your gifts and talents. It's very possible that you have a biochemical imbalance so stop blaming yourself, sweet girl. Love yourself and take the important step of getting the help you need. You are in my thoughts.

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      Only a shadow 

      2 years ago

      Though i have never met you, your words are so nice to hear. thank you for taking the time to respond:)

      i guess i try to help others because i feel i have lost in helping myself..

      i worry so much about others because I want others to be happy first, that's what I've always done, put others first. I know to a degree that's good but on the whole i need to look out for myself first. I spend most of my day, replying to people who are down, who are like me, but in the end your right i need to put myself first and work on getting my life back on track, not pushing it into second place.

      my closest friend, she tries so hard to help me. Today she cried in front of me for the first time cause she said she felt like she was failing. i felt so bad like I've let her down, i keep telling her she hasn't failed, that she has been helping, that i didn't know what i would do without her. i hated seeing her cry, she never cries.she's one of the few things/people that keep me going.. i wish i never relapsed and i wish i didn't think of suicide almost everyday...

      i shall try -soon- to talk to my parents about my depression and anxiety, but i just can't bring myself to tell them about me self-harming, till i know how they respond to me saying that i think i have depression and anxiety. does that make sense??

      I've told a trusted adult already, and she said she's gonna help me tell my parents about my depression & anxiety. i feel better with a trusted adult -also a close friend of mum's - there, helping me tell my mum.

      having a friend die by suicide i think is one of the hardest things, you feel useless, like you didn't do enough, i rather go my whole life without music then have another friend die by suicide! i guess..then since i know how much it hurts, i don't want to kill myself because i don't want my friends & family to feel that way. which makes me even more depressed cause i really just want to end it all, but i hate causing people pain. i guess that, that's a good thing, it's stopping me. {for now at least}

      i'm tired of being strong to help others or so others wont be upset because of me showing another side of me, a darker side.

      you might not know how much your replies help me, they make me smile a bit more, i really appreciate the time you take to reply.

      i shall try to get help,to stop cutting, refusing to eat, to tell my mum, to maybe even see a doctor/therapist. sure this won't happen all in next month, but it will happen.

      From today i shall start taking more care of myself, and try to focus more on helping myself.

      also call me 'Rita'.

      I'll try to be strong.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Only a shadow - You sound like a sensitive and trustworthy person, a giver, who could use some support developing some psychological boundaries so that other people's issues -- their problems and worries -- don't drag you down along with them. Friends who are cutting, wanting to die by suicide, and running away are major issues that you're tackling. While it's important to intervene in other people's emergency situations, leave the ongoing stuff for a professional for your own health and the best overall outcome. This is especially the case since you have attempted to die by suicide yourself, as this makes you especially vulnerable. Take care of you first. You have primary responsibility to yourself. Try to talk with your parents or another adult for perspective (teacher you trust, coach). The teenage years can be brutal but there is a life beyond. I promise.

      In order to be healthy and to flourish yourself, you may find it helpful to talk to a professional counselor you can trust. As a teenager, I had a male friend who died by suicide and it took me years to feel normal and whole again. However, I was able to learn new communication strategies and found that education was my ticket out of an environment that was not good for me. I hope you find solace. My heart goes out to you. Be strong and healthy.

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      Only a shadow 

      2 years ago

      FlourishAnyway ~I would like to thank you for responding to my post. I am but a teen, and it hurts because though i am not even close to twenty i have experienced so much, even stuff my parents haven't. and they find it hard to help and they don't know what to say.

      I try to help as many people as i can, I find by helping others, and listening to them, helps me.

      I am trying to forgive myself, and i am getting better.

      (In my short life i've, had 4 close friends die, i've attempted suicide once, had 18people betray me. helped 3 friends stop cutting, helped 2 not commit suicide, listened to 27 people telling me their problems and worries, stopped 2 friends from running away from home. and many more the list could go on for a long time)

      yes i've had lots of people betray me, but you know how many of them actually said 'i'm sorry'.....1..just one.

      I can't trust people anymore. why? because people don't apologize anymore, because people don't care how their actions affect others.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Only a shadow - You cannot apologize to your friend because they are gone now, but I hope you forgive yourself as a part of healing. Thank you for sharing your story. I think it will help others.

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      Only a shadow 

      2 years ago

      All these songs and really great. some though make me cry because they remind me too much of the people who never apologized. some people care more about their pride, their ego then about their friendship with others.

      If you have wronged a person, apologize. just say the words, "I'm sorry", thats all i want to hear.

      Sure i did once no apologize for something, i once didn't say sorry. and now...its too late to apologize, even though i really want to i can't, she's gone. completely.

      Don't make the same mistake i did, apologize before it's too late, i lost my bestfriend because of my pride, and i can't go back and fix it.

      Now i apologize as soon as i can. don't wait till it's too late, till you can't go back.

      Because the feeling of regret never leaves, it will haunt you and crush you and make you blame yourself for the rest of your life.

      Don't make the same mistake as i did.

      Apologize.

      Say, "I'm sorry"

      Before it's too late...

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Peggy - Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate the visit. Have a terrific weekend!

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      You surely came up with a long list of songs for this subject. I know some of them but not others. I'll have to spend some time listening to them. Thanks!

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      Subhas 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      It is always soothe our own heart more than anyone else's by at least whispering the word sorry into the ears and if it could be done with the help of a song than nothing is better than this. Thumbs up for sharing all these.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Shyron - I like Martina McBride too! Thank you for stopping by and the suggestion.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      2 years ago from Texas

      I was just listening to a CD and heard another song you may like to add to this list. it is by Martina McBride - I Still Miss Someone.

      Have a blessed weekend.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Jo - Thank you for stopping by, and I'm glad you enjoyed it! Hope you are doing well. Enjoy your weekend!

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      Jo Miller 

      2 years ago from Tennessee

      "Always On My Mind" immediately popped in my head when I saw this list. Love that song.

      Great list!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      rajan - I agree. The relationship, if you value it, needs to come first. Sorry is so hard to say for some.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      A wonderful compilation. Saying sorry is probably the hardest of things but as the quote by Mark Mathews sums up it's all about valuing one's relationship over one's ego. Great quotes as well.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Ann - I like that someone tried to use a song to help apologize to you. Not everyone is good with words, and sometimes songs can help grease the wheels. Thanks for your comment!

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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      I love 'Always on my mind' and 'If I could turn back time' - the latter has been used to say sorry to me!

      Great songs; again, there are many I didn't know. I believe one should say sorry if we truly mean it; it can heal a little but not always completely.

      Ann

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Peg - Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are well. Chicago is one of my old favorites. Have a great week!

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      Peg Cole 

      2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      What a treasure to find this list of valuable and useful songs. I watched the wonderful video from Chicago and never realized they were so handsome. I guess I could forgive any one of them. Hahaha. On a serious note, saying I'm sorry is tough and yet so necessary from time to time. Great advice. Great songs.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      poetryman6969 - No one can make someone feel sorry and some people prefer to look forward rather than back. Thanks for stopping by!

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      poetryman6969 

      2 years ago

      Even though it does not fit in with your theme, these songs and the idea of them remind of the lyrics:

      "You have no right to ask me how I feel".

      Sometimes the regret and apologetic attitude backfires.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Shyron - This is a great addition! Thank you. Totally missed that one. Adding it. Have a great weekend!

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      2 years ago from Texas

      Flourish, here I sit with the tears rolling down my face, all the songs I use to sing along with, that I loved listening to, Brenda Lee was a special with I'm Sorry.

      I'm sorry, I did not see Connie Francis on your list, with

      Who's Sorry Now

      Connie Francis

      Who's sorry now

      Who's sorry now

      Who's heart is aching for breaking each vow

      Who's sad and blue

      Who's crying too

      Just like I cried over you

      Flourish these songs will be playing in my head all night.

      Blessings and Hugs my dear friend.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Larry - Thanks for the support. Have a great weekend!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Genna - Thanks so much for your kind words of support. Elton John is one of my favorites, and he's even better in concert! Have a great weekend!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Sha - How right you are! Hope you are well. Have a great weekend!

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      Genna East 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      What a terrific hub! I'm loving this. Elton John and Harry Chapin are my favorites in this amazing, comprehensive collection of music and poetry. Thank you for this gift. :-)

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      These are all great songs. Sadly, our mouths are the most volatile weapons we possess. Words can hurt and can't be taken back. We may forgive, but can never forget. We should take care to think before we speak.

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      Larry Rankin 

      2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Long time no see. Wonderful as always.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Linda - Yes, it sure is. Thanks for stopping by and for always being so supportive. I hope you are staying warm this winter!

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for sharing another great playlist as well as the important information about apologies, Flourish. The story that starts this hub is very sad.

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      Shadrack2 

      2 years ago

      Great songs indeed. I would like to purchase some of them.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      agusfanani - It's interesting to me which American songs friends in other countries have heard of before. Thanks for sharing that. I hope you are well and have a lovely week ahead.

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      agusfanani 

      2 years ago from Indonesia

      An awesome list of songs about sorry and apology. I'm familiar the ones "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" by Chicago and I Still Believe In You" by Vince Gill and played those songs often because of their nice melody and match the generation I belong to.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Savvy daring - Wouldn't it be great to know where a person stood on that long before you married them? I worry about people who rush into things for exactly this type of reason. Some people never apologize, no way, no how.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      MsDora - No matter the age many human mistakes repeat themselves so thankfully apologies can help heal the divides. The trick is taking that first step and expressing contrition. Thanks for being so supportive. Have a wonderful week.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Heard Willie Nelson's "Always on My Mind" playing on the department's store intercom today. I like the mix of old and new on your list. People in every decade have made the same mistakes and have had to say the same word--sorry. This is really good work.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      CarbDiva - Thank you for your kind kudos. Stay warm and have a great week!

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      Yves 

      2 years ago

      I love "Always On My Mind" even though it's a lame excuse for being inattentive. The song still gets me right here (in the heart). As for P.G.'s quote that "it's a good idea never to apologize....." Huh? On what planet! Maybe in hell, I guess.

      Great list, Flourish. I happen to like "I'm sorry songs."

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      Linda Lum 

      2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Flourish - As soon as I saw the title (1) I smiled because I have been looking forward to your next compilation--you are great at doing these--and (2) I could hear Brenda Lee singing. Thanks for another great list.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Swalia - Thank you for reading. Have a wonderful week!

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      Shaloo Walia 

      2 years ago from India

      A great compilation! 'Please forgive me' is one of my favorite songs and makes me cry whenever I listen to it.

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Mark - Thank you for stopping by. Sorry is such a hard word to say, and Elton John captures the sentiment perfectly.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Bill - Thanks for reading. Glad you found something you enjoy.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great list....I'll be humming "Always On My Mind" the rest of the day. Thanks a lot for that distraction. :)

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      Mark Sammut 

      2 years ago from Malta

      Great list. Sorry seems to be the hardest word is one of my favourite Elton John songs too, so nice to see.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Devika - Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful week ahead.

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      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome! I like the list and some I am not familiar with you always present your hubs in a creative way.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Frank - Thanks for being the first to comment. Hope you are doing well.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      2 years ago from Shelton

      great list .. on Cats in the Cradle.. I thought he was proud of his son.. and his son came out just like him.. I never really thought about it as a sorry or even regrets... hmmm you made me think about that song..:)

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