A Heartbreak Cliche

October 6, 2016 10:13 AM

I've been cranking out a lot of songs almost involuntarily lately and many of them seem to sort into a genre I think of as "Tragicomic Americana," a traditional mode of American blues, country, and folk songwriting that ruminates on heartbreaks and losses exaggerated to such dramatic extremes, the effect becomes darkly comic, like Hank Williams's "There's a Tear in my Beer," for example. Well, FWIW, here's my latest attempt to make a minor contribution to that grand tradition...

Lyrics:

Every time I think of you my darling
My heart just starts to hum a sad refrain
I can't believe we walked through such tall flames

To end up here: a heartbreak cliche.

The heart loves to be broken
Like the rain loves a parade
We'd be worth a million dollars,
Getting paid by the mistake

To end up here: a heartbreak cliche

Oh I'd be lying if I said I don't still love you
But I guess it's time to find somebody new
So I hope my lonely heart can stand
To take the chance again

So overused, this heartbreak cliche...

posted by saulgoodman

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