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Break up songs
16 January 2013
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I've recently been reminded of some great break up song (best not listened to while breaking up)

For No One (Beatles) [Your day breaks, your mind aches, You find that all the words of kindness linger on When she no longer needs you]

If You Could Read My Mind (Gordon Lightfoot) [But for now love, let's be real I never thought I could act this way And I've got to say that I just don't get it  I don't know where we went wrong   But the feelin's gone  And I just can't get it back]

Babe I'm Gonna Leave You (Led Zeppelin)  [I said baby, you know I'm gonna leave you. I'll leave you when the summertime, Leave you when the summer comes a-rollin' Leave you when the summer comes along.]

We Just Disagree (Dave Mason)   [So let's leave it alone, 'cause we can't see eye to eye.There ain't no good guys, there ain't no bad guys.
There's only you and me and we just disagree.]

We Used To Know (Jethro Tull)  [Take what we can before the man  Says it's time to go  Each to his own way I'll go mine
Best of luck in what you find  But for your own sake remember times  We used to know]

No Action (Elvis Costello)  [I don't wanna kiss you. I don't wanna touch. I don't wanna see you 'cause I don't miss you that much.]

We're Going Wrong (Cream)  [Please open your eyes   Try to realize   I found out today we're going wrong  We're going wrong]

I'll Follow The Sun (Beatles)  [One day    You'll look to see I've gone  For tomorrow may rain  So I'll Follow The Sun]

 

Any other 'take out the gun and shoot yourself' songs?

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16 January 2013
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Funny Paper
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Since you mentioned Gordon Lightfoot, while "If You Could Read My Mind" is a classic and a good example of a "breakup" song, I think his song "I'll Do Anything" is subtler and more poignant.  In fact, I never realized it's a breakup song until late in my life.  The giveaway is the searing penultimate line:  "Though it might grieve me, I'll do anything that you say."

Down in the warm dark part of my heart you stay
I've been on my own for so long as I stand here today
I'd never leave you, I'll do anything that you say.

I've been around some walking on down the street
Feeling as low as the shoes on the soles of my feet
Taking dead aim on fortune and fame you might say
Playing guitar doesn't make you a star anyway...

You may testify about me, you might rest your weary head
You might even try and make me change my mind.

Many's the time I've wished that I were free
But my love for you was too deep for my eyes to see
I'd never leave you, I'll do anything that you say.

Whenever the thought seems better off left alone
I think of you then in a way that is ten times as strong
Taking dead aim on fortune and fame you might say
Playing guitar doesn't make you a star anyway...

I'd never leave you, I'll do anything that you say
Try to believe me, I'll do anything that you say
Though it might grieve me, I'll do anything that you say
Please understand me, I'll do anything that you say...

Faded flowers, wait in a jar, till the evening is complete... complete... complete... complete...
16 January 2013
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Not sure if they're all really break up songs, but these are some songs I just CAN'T listen to during the break up:

3 Doors Down-Here Without You

Rise Against-Savior

Christina Perri-Jar of hearts

Demon Hunter-Driving Nails

Breaking Benjamin-Give me a sign

There's probably more but that's all I can come up with right now. I'm supposed to be studying, but I'm procrastinating a bit ghehe

16 January 2013
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I forgot the classic "I Will Survive" and perhaps the sexiest break up song "Wicked Games"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....AOxCqSxRD0

 

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16 January 2013
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Richard and Linda Thompson broke up around the time that Shoot Out the Lights was being recorded.  Richard wrote this song, Linda sounds heartbroken singing it...a real "unknown" classic:

Walking on a Wire

I hand you my ball and chain
You just hand me that same old refrain
I'm walking on a wire, I'm walking on a wire
And I'm falling

I wish I could please you tonight
But my medicine just won't come right
I'm walking on a wire, I'm walking on a wire
And I'm falling

Too many steps to take
Too many spells to break
Too many nights awake
And no one else
This grindstone's wearing me
Your claws are tearing me
Don't use me endlessly
It's too long, too long to myself

Where's the justice and where's the sense?
When all the pain is on my side of the fence
I'm walking on a wire, I'm walking on a wire
And I'm falling

Too many steps to take
Too many spells to break
Too many nights awake
And no one else
This grindstone's wearing me
Your claws are tearing me
Don't use me endlessly
It's too long, it's too long to myself

It scares you when you don't know
Whichever way the wind might blow
I'm walking on a wire, I'm walking on a wire
And I'm falling
I'm walking on a wire, I'm walking on a wire
And I'm falling
I'm walking on a wire, I'm walking on a wire
And I'm falling

It's gotta be rock and roll music if you wanna dance with me
16 January 2013
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I'm dating myself here ("I did a lot of that during college", David Letterman once quipped), but I fondly remember an experience I had years ago that now, with the distance of time, only amuses me.  I was breaking up with a girlfriend at the end of summer (it only lasted one summer) -- actually, she knew it was already broken up, and she was trying to convey it without hurting my feelings. 

She was driving me home (she had a car, I didn't -- I used to think our relationship embodied the lyrics of that Stephen Bishop song: "Well, she's kind of pretty, drives a big car too, and when I hold her in my arms I never know what to do..."), and while we were talking -- and not talking -- with a bittersweet pall hanging in the air between us, the car radio was on.  And I vividly recall that when the radio began to play that Chicago song that has to be the quintessential gold standard of the break-up song (with apologies to Neil Sedaka) --

"If you leave me now, you'll take away the very heart of me, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh NO, BABY PLEASE DON'T GO-HOO..."

-- she took her hand off the steering wheel at the speed of light and switched off the radio.

Ha!

 

Faded flowers, wait in a jar, till the evening is complete... complete... complete... complete...
17 January 2013
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Gerard
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Don't forget You Won't See Me, it's another break-up song which receives little attention.

"And in the End the Love you take is equal to the Love you make"
"When I was a robber *Piano Chord* in Boston Place"
"Let's hope this turns out pretty darn good huh"
"Pete may be the best, but Ringo is the star"
Paul:"Don't be nervous John"
John:"I 'm not"
17 January 2013
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Funny Paper, yeah Chicago's "If You Leave Me Now" is a good one.

Gerell, you're right, "You Won't See Me" counts, and come to think of it, so would "No Reply."

So what Beatle wrote these break up lyrics:

I tried to get over you
I tried to find something new
But all I could ever do
Was fill my time
With thoughts of you

I tried to go somewhere old
To search for my pot of gold
But all I could ever hold
Inside my mind
Were thoughts of you

I hear your music
And it's driving me wild
Familiar rhythms
In a different style
I hear your music
And it's driving me wild again

Don't want to let you take me down
Don't want to get hurt second time around
Don't want to walk that lonely road again

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17 January 2013
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OK - by popular demand here it is:

 

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"You Keep Me Hangin' On"

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10 February 2014
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What about that Frank Zappa one "Broken Hearts Are For Assholes"? ahdn_ringo_09

Seriously though, I would say "MacArthur Park" by Jimmy Webb, who, in my opinion, is a very underrated songwriter.  You always see Rock magazines fawn about "the genius of Brian Wilson" but Jimmy Webb never seems to get mentioned for some reason.

10 February 2014
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I always thought "MacArthur Park" was just a nonsense song.

I'll nominate another breakup song from yesteryear:

Faded flowers, wait in a jar, till the evening is complete... complete... complete... complete...
17 February 2014
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Here's a different kind of break up song. Can't Stand Me Now by The Libertines detailed the break down of the friendship between frontmen Carl Barât and Pete Doherty because of Doherty's spiralling drug use. It reflects on how things had gone from a cast-iron friendship to a love-hate relationship that would destroy the band.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?f.....qM11bt9QvI

 

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17 February 2014
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Here's one from Nickel Creek, done in 2005. Not a breakup song in the classic sense, but it fits the mood:

 

"There's no such thing as bad student... only bad teacher."
17 February 2014
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17 February 2014
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^^ Haven't heard that song in ages.

Also, this:

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

17 February 2014
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Would 'The Breakup Song' by The Greg Kihn Band be too obvious a choice? If so, how about my favorite song by The Band?

It makes no difference where I turn
I can't get over you and the flame still burns
It makes no difference, night or day
The shadow never seems to fade away

And the sun don't shine anymore
And the rains fall down on my door

Now there's no love
As true as the love that dies untold
But the clouds never hung so low before

It makes no difference how far I go
Like a scar the hurt will always show
It makes no difference who I meet
They're just a face in the crowd
On a dead-end street

And the sun don't shine anymore
And the rains fall down on my door

These old love letters well, I just can't keep
'Cause like the gambler says "read 'em and weep"
And the dawn don't rescue me no more

Without your love I am nothing at all
Like an empty hall it's a lonely fall
Since you've gone it's a losing battle
Stampeding cattle they rattle the walls

And the sun don't shine anymore
And the rains fall down on my door

Well, I love you so much and it's all I can do
Just to keep myself from telling you
That I never felt so alone before

To the fountain of perpetual mirth, Let it roll for all its worth.

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