Mix Tape Friday: The Heartbreak Tape
The beautiful and Bewitch-ing Jacy recently suggested that I do a breakup mix tape. I’ve had a blog crush on Jacy for quite a while, so I was happy to oblige the girl. But I more than obliged her — Jacy selected many of the tunes on this mix tape. She threw some very cool songs into the mix, many I hadn't considered. Methinks she's been listening to her heartache playlist too much this year. [How stupid is he to let a prize like her get away?]
This week’s theme isn’t part of my life at the moment (thank God!). I published an in-the-moment brokenhearted playlist a couple of summers ago. I looked at that list after I put together this one — and was amused at how many repeats there are, and ticked that I missed some good ones.
But back to this week's mix tape. This seems to be the current playlist throughout my circle. Seven or eight of my beloveds hit the breakup stage this year (must be something in the nonexistent Georgia water). This mix tape goes out to those dear friends.
This mix tape may be a discussion-only post. MyDataBitch is acting pissy ... again ... and the support team has yet to return my calls. I’ll let you Cupettes know when the site gets it uploading/downloading act together again.
Whether or not you’re suffering from a broken heart, you still probably enjoy a good sob over a sad song. I know I do. Folks take their heartbreak tunes seriously. Had dinner last night with David C, the long-lost high school buddy, and he kicked me under the table when I told him that, no, there were no Tom Petty songs on this breakup tape.
So I’m curious: What’s on your playlist when the heart’s been stomped?
Bonnie Raitt: Cry Like a Rainstorm
Jeff Buckley: Last Goodbye
Johnny Cash: Hurt
Beck: Lost Cause
Ryan Adams feat. Chris Stills: Harder Now That It's Over
The Replacements: Sadly Beautiful
Me'shell Ndegeocello: Fool of Me
eels: It’s a Motherfucker
Joy Division: Love Will Tear Us Apart
The B-52's: Give Me Back My Man
Ben Folds Five: Song for the Dumped
Kelis: Caught out There
The Minus 5: I’m Not Bitter
Spoon: Everything Hits at Once
The Temptations: (I Know) I’m Losing You
Hüsker Dü: Never Talking to You Again
The Ramones: Glad to See You Go
Grant Lee Phillips: Sadness Soot
R.E.M.: Near Wild Heaven
Billy Bragg: Wish You Were Her
American Music Club: Goodbye to Love
Broken Social Scene feat. Feist: Lover’s Spit
Aimee Mann: One
Lyle Lovett: Nobody Knows Me
Glen Campbell: By the Time I Get to Phoenix
Gregg Allman: These Days
Guy Clark feat. Nanci Griffith: Dublin Blues
Wilco: How to Fight Loneliness
Sheryl Crow: My Favorite Mistake
Johnette Napolitano + Marc Moreland: Hurting Each Other
Elvis Costello: Indoor Fireworks
Frank Sinatra: One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)
Warren Zevon: Accidentally Like a Martyr
Bob Dylan: Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
Cat Power feat. Eddie Vedder: Good Woman
Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes: The Love I Lost (Part 1)
Angie Stone: Wish I Didn’t Miss You
Love & Rockets: Haunted When the Minutes Drag
Cracker: I Can’t Forget You
The 5th Dimension: One Less Bell to Answer
Gram Parsons feat. Emmylou Harris: Love Hurts
Sinead O’Connor: Nothing Compares 2 U
Ricky Fanté: Love Doesn't Live Here No More
Shelby Lynne: Your Lies
Tower of Power: So Very Hard to Go
Patsy Cline: I Fall to Pieces
Dire Straits: Romeo and Juliet
Emmylou Harris: Goodbye
Liz Phair: Divorce Song
Willie Nelson: Sad Songs and Waltzes
Nanci Griffith: Late Night Grande Hotel
In case you’re so heartbroken you need every damn song, here’s the zipped heartache for your sobbing soundtrack.
I opened and closed this mix tape with my two favorite heart-wrenchers. “Cry Like a Rainstorm,” in my opinion, is the best Bonnie Raitt ever sounded; her voice evokes that feeling of crying until it hurts. Nanci Griffith’s “Late Night Grande Hotel” rips me apart every time, especially the line ’Cause living alone is all I’ve ever done well; she’s talking to me. And don’t get me started on Warren Zevon’s Never thought I'd ever be so lonely / After such a long, long time.
Pissed off at the bastard who bruised your heart? Sing along with Kelis’ “Caught out There.” Got me through some rough days. “It’s a Motherfucker” is another good one. But you may want to be careful; I was playing it at my desk one day when my CEO stopped by (luckily, he laughed).
Jackson Browne’s “These Days” is one of those songs everyone covers. Nico’s original is cool, but I’ve always preferred Gregg Allman’s version (so does Lucinda Williams). His voice brings the hurt to the song. Speaking of hurt, who can stay dry-eyed when listening to Johnny Cash’s cover?
Which songs bring tears to your eyes and aches to your heart?
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