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September Songs

Its autumn. The days are growing shorter. The nights are growing cooler. Its time to reflect on times past, choices weve made, and how weve grown. And what better way to do all that than with a soundtrack?! So weve come up with some songs you might want to throw on a CD to underscore your autumnal melancholy.

If youre leaving behind a love affair or just having a hard time saying goodbye to summer, you cant go wrong with:

Summer Fling by kd lang
Viva Forever by the Spice Girls
The Good Times Are Over by Caviar
If We Never Meet Again by Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers
When Will I See You Again by The Three Degrees
Summers Over by Spoilsport
The Dance by Garth Brooks
Things Will Never Be the Same by Roxette
When All is Said and Done by Abba
Verdi Cries by 10,000 Maniacs

If youre mourning an old love, you can take solace with:

Strawberry Wine by Deana Carter
The Chill of an Early Fall George Strait
(You and Me) We Wanted It All by Frank Sinatra
The Song Remembers When by Trisha Yearwood
Saying Goodbye to a Friend by Suzy Bogguss

If youre simply feeling old (whether or not you actually are) and youre looking back on life regretfully or even just sentimentally, you should check out:

Both Sides Now by Paul Young and Clannad (yep, the Joni Mitchell classic)
Back When We Were Beautiful by Matraca Berg
The Ballad of Lucy Jordan by Marianne Faithfull (the odds are this will cheer you up because your life probably isnt as dead as Lucys)
Just Another Day by Henry Lee Summer
Being Boring by Merrill Bainbridge (yes, the Pet Shop Boys did it first, but Bainbridges version is so much more heartbreaking)
Moon River by Jerry Butler

And to pull out all the stops, you might as well just grab the September of My Years album by Frank Sinatra. Each song is about reflection, regret, and lost youth. Standouts are It Was a Very Good Year, When the Wind Was Green, and September of My Years.

And, of course, summer songs are even more moving now that its gone, so to keep your mix from becoming too maudlin, toss in:

Summer by Lisa Loeb
Summer Girls by LFO
Summer Nights by Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta (come on, you know you know the words)
Perfect Day by Hoku

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