Friday, October 19, 2007

Songs for a broken heart

No worries, bloggie land, my heart remains intact.
However, broken hearts have been a topic of conversation in bloggie land as of late. One such conversations discussed the importance of having a good playlist during such events, as music can sometimes be such an important resting place when the mind is weary.

Lisa of her very own Lisa Show was the originator of this idea, and put together a pretty damn spectacular list. However, I spent such a substantial of a period of time responding to her post whilst going through my iPod that I decided it may be worth of a post of it's own.

Without further ago, here is my semi-comprehensive list of songs to nurse you threw heartbreak. Please notice the conspicuous absence of Alanis Morisette's "You Oughta Know", which was my #1 break-up song in adolescence.

Amy Millan- Baby I
Baby you turned a clear night sky into a dark, dark hole
And when I see a sunset now I'm just looking at a painting in a cheap motel.

Be Good Tanyas- In the Past

I was trying to wave to you but you wouldn't
Wave back
Now you know I understand you're with me only
In the past

Beck- Guess I'm Doing Fine
It's only lies that I'm living
It's only tears that I'm crying
It's only you that I'm losing
Guess I'm doing fine

Ben Harper- Another Lonely Day
Yes indeed I'm alone again
And here comes emptiness crashing in

Damien Rice- Delicate (or pretty much every single one of his songs)
So why do you fill my sorrow
With the words you've borrowed
From the only place you've known

David Ford- I Don't Care What You Call Me
Rain it on down,
What else can you throw at me?
I haven't heard before?

Feist- Let It Die
The saddest part of a broken heart
Isn't the ending so much as the start

Fiona Apple- O' Sailor
Everything I have to look forward to
Has a pretty painful and very imposing before

Frou Frou- Hear Me Out
I'm a slow motion accident
Lost in coffee rings and fingerprints
I don't wanna feel anything but I do
And it all comes back to you

Kathleen Edwards- Back To Me
A little depressed so far? This one is a nice confidence building interlude.
I've got ways to make you hear me
Just by whispering your name
I've got ways to make you think
You'll never be happy again
I've got ways to make you come back to me

Martha Wainwright- Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole
Bet you can guess the sentiments of this one!
And you have no idea
No idea how it feels to be on your own
In your own home
with the fucking phone
And the mother of gloom
In your bedroom
Standing over your head
With her hand in your head

Matt Costa- These Arms
The salt burns my skin
And your eyes were cold as the ocean
This is our day today
Can you find the way back to these arms

Norah Jones- In the Afternoon
I tried to quit you
But I'm too weak
Waking up without you I can hardly sleep at all

Ray LaMontagne- Empty
I never learned to count my blessings,
I choose instead to dwell in my disasters.

Tristan Prettyman- Breathe
Cause you're only taking inches
When I'm giving you miles
Did you maybe think that I wasn't worth your while?

Tori Amos- 1000 Oceans
I can't believe
I could keep you from flying
And I would cry
1000 more
If that's what it takes
To sail you home

What would you add to the list?


A total aside...
I am about to conduct my first experiment of extending bloggie friendships to the real world. Tomorrow I am meeting that ever-so-charming Scottish blogger Ant.

I am excited and curious about what the day will bring. Ant is one of the folks I have known the longest since I began writing, and thus I feel as though I have at least some sense of him. I am intrigued to see what it will be like to interact with someone who knows some of my more innermost thoughts, but yet not my most basic of mannerisms.


eric1313 said...

Good of you to up the ante by posting lyrics along with the songs.

Gawd, I hope I don't completely date my existence with some of my choice of songs...

Soma--Smashing Pumpkins,
from Siamese Dream

Nothing left to say
and all I've left to do
is run away from you
She led me on
with secrets I can't keep

Close your eyes and sleep
Don't wait up for me
Hush now don't you speak--
to me...

Indifference--Pearl Jam,
from Vs.

I will hold the candle
till it burns up my arm
Oh I'll keep takin' punches
until their will grows tired
Oh I will stare the sun down
until my eyes go blind

How difference does it make?

Breaking the Girl--Chilli Pepers
from Blood Sugar Sex Magik

Twisting and turning
your feelings are burning
you're breaking the girl

She loves no one else...

How Many More Times?
Led Zepplin, from Led Zepplin

How many more times?
Treat me the way you wanna do
Well I give you all my love
Please, please be true...

Patience--Guns 'n ef'n Roses
from Lies

I've been walkin the street tonight
Just tryin' to get it right
Hard to see with so many around
you know I don't like being stuck
in the crowd
And the streets don't change
but maybe the names
I ain't got time for the games
'cause I need you.

Run To the Hills--Iron Maiden


My bad!

Crushed by Ingsoc said...

Take care of yourself!

Hope it works out OK!

eric1313 said...

Sorry to get carried away...
I forgot about...
'Don't Speak'--No Doubt
'Jane'--Bare Naked Ladies
'Burning of the Midnight Lamp'--Hendrix

Ant said...

I'm looking forward to it immensely! My current bloggy endeavours have been most interesting and an awful lot of fun too!

I'll now freak you out completely by saying that the heartbreak songs from my past that I would add to that list would be pretty much anything from Radiohead's OK Computer - "We hope that you choke, we hope that you choke!" or "When I am king, you will be first against the wall..."

See you tomorrow then! :-)

Lisa said...

Excellent taste in music. I heart you SO. VERY. MUCH.

Yoda said...

Great taste in music :-)

As I said on some other blog, two of my all time fave "breakup" songs are

The End - The Doors
Coming Back to Life - Pink Floyd

Although Coldplay is coming close, very close to being included in my all time fave list.

Airam said...

N'Sync -- It's Tearing Up My Heart

It's tearin' up my heart when I'm with you
But when we are apart I feel it too
And no matter what I do, I feel the pain
With or without you

Pure genius.

Beth said...

Good heartbreak songs. (Although I'm currently more into the thoroughly pissed off ones.)

If your meeting with Ant is anything like the meetings I've had with bloggers, it'll be great. It's refreshing meeting someone you already have sense of knowing - and who knows a bit about you.

Princess of the Universe said...

Have fun- let us know all about it!
I'll have to put some thought into the break up songs...

Princess Extraordinaire said...

I loved your list - I have something to add..

Todd Redgren - *Can We Still Be Freinds*

We cant play this game anymore
But can we still be friends
Things just cant go on like before
But can we still be friends
We had something to learn
Now its time for the wheel to turn
Grains of sand, one by one
Before you know it, all gone

Jocelyn said...

Great songs, especially Feist and Damien Rice. I love angry break-up songs, too.

So how'd the meeting go?

Ultra Toast Mosha God said...

Good luck with the meet!

I am jealous of both of you.

Mim said...

I love moving blog friendships from the invisible world to the real world. Although my family thinks I'm crazy!

NamesAreHardToPick said...

Natalie Imbruglia - Torn. Hands down, best break-up song ever. No truer words have ever been spoken. Goodluck!

the frog princess said...

My ultimate break-up song from adolescense?

"Something I Can Never Have" -- Nine Inch Nails (how's *that* for showing my age?)

I still recall the taste of your tears,
Echoing your voice just like the ringing in my ears

Ah yes, I believe that track played on Repeat for hours at a time... probably still gives my parents nightmares :)

Libby said...

love the lyrics idea - great list! also, have fun with your meet up tomorrow - and let us know how it goes!

Michelle said...

oh yay! i hope the meeting went well.

and this is another good mix of breakup songs. i especially love ben harper. one of my alltime faves.

brandy said...

It's pretty mainstream but "Goodbye my lover" pretty much was led to massive kleenex use during one horrible break up. And "Untouchable face" by Ani Difranco was absolutely brilliant to listen to when I was sad, but also sort of pissed off. I think it's the f-bomb that did it for me.