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Best bitter breakup songs

 
Greg Charles
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(Like the alliteration there?)

As a companion to the romantic song thread, how about one about bitter breakups songs? Hey, what goes up must come down!

I nominate
  • You Oughta Know by Alanis Morrissette
  • Don't Speak by No Doubt
  • Walk Away by Bree Sharp


  • I'll also give an honorable mention to The One I Love by REM. It's not clear there's a breakup involved, but it's pretty damned cynical. The fact that most people think it's a romantic song just makes it funnier.
     
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    Salt in my tears by Martin Briley
     
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    Walk Away Renée, the Four Tops

    What can I say? I'm an old fart.
    [ May 31, 2007: Message edited by: Bear Bibeault ]
     
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    "A Man Needs a Maid", Neil Young.
     
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    Not necesarily 'bitter' - but definately a good break-up song:

    "No regrets" Robbie Williams .....

    Tell me a story
    Where we all change
    And we'd live our lives together
    And not enstranged

    I didn't lose my mind it was
    Mine to give away
    Couldn't stay to watch me cry
    You didn't have the time
    So I softly slip away...

    No regrets they don't work
    No regrets they only hurt
    Sing me a love song
    Drop me a line
    Suppose it's just a point of view
    But they tell me I'm doing fine

    I know from the outside
    We looked good for eachother
    Felt things were going wrong
    When you didn't like my mother

    I don't want to hate but that's
    All you've left me with
    A bitter aftertaste and a fantasy of
    How we all could live

    No regrets they don't work
    No regrets they only hurt
    (We've been told you stay up late)
    I know they're still talking
    (You're far too short to carry weight)
    The demons in your head
    (Return the videos they're late)
    If I could just stop hating you
    (Goodbye)
    I'd feel sorry for us instead

    Remember the photographs (insane)
    The ones where we all laugh (so lame)
    We were having the time of our lives
    Well thank you it was a real blast

    No regrets they don't work
    No regrets they only hurt
    Write me a love song
    Drop me a line
    Suppose it's just a point of view
    But they tell me I'm doing fine

    Everything I wanted to be every
    Time I walked away
    Everytime you told me to leave
    I just wanted to stay
    Every time you looked at me and
    Everytime you smiled
    I felt so vacant you treat me like a child
    I loved the way we used to laugh
    I loved the way we used to smile
    Often I sit down and think of you
    For a while
    Then it passes by me and I think of
    Someone else instead
    I guess the love we once had is
    Officially dead
     
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    Kim by Eminem!!
    bwahaha thats the best one!
     
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    Don't go away mad (Just go away)
    - Motley Crue
     
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    Die die die my darling

    - Metallica
     
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    "Cold Shot" by Stevie Ray Vaughan.
     
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    Wonderful, _wonderful_ thread

    at #1 and heavyweight champion of the world, with the perfect title and then just gets better, an all-purpose conflict song:

    "You're Crazy" - Guns n Roses (version on Appetite)

    2. "Would I Lie To You?" - Eurythmics (sp?)

    3. lots by Ani DiFranco... "How Have you Been" etc
     
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    Hurt - Christina Aguilera
     
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    Originally posted by John Meyers:
    Die die die my darling

    - Metallica


    That is a song from The Misfits. Metallica covered it.
     
    David McCombs
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    I'll also give an honorable mention to The One I Love by REM. It's not clear there's a breakup involved, but it's pretty damned cynical. The fact that most people think it's a romantic song just makes it funnier.


    Same thing with Every Breath you Take. Many people take it for a romantic song. I suppose it is if stalking is considered romantic.
    [ June 02, 2007: Message edited by: David McCombs ]
     
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    Somewhat Damaged

    Nice Inch Nails

    Not exactly a break up song, but somewhere near. Very cynical song.
     
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    Originally posted by David McCombs:


    Same thing with Every Step you Take. Many people take it for a romantic song. I suppose it is if stalking is considered romantic.


    did you mean "Every Breath You Take" by the Police?
     
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    Yeah, my fingers are considerably faster then my brain.
     
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    Originally posted by Greg Charles:
    ...The fact that most people think it's a romantic song just makes it funnier.

    Irony is sweet that way -- perfect for bitter sentiments.

    And R.E.M. know how to craft a song.
     
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    "It Doesn't Matter Anymore"
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    I don't know about the songs, but here's 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover
     
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    **** you (I dont want you back), Eamon.

    He's pretty bitter. Not that I blame him though.

    /Svend Rost
    [ June 04, 2007: Message edited by: Svend Rost ]
     
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    Originally posted by John Todd:
    Hurt - Christina Aguilera


    Is that the Nine Inch Nails song, later covered by Johnny Cash? With creds like that available, you attribute it to Christina Aguilera? Why not just say it was performed by some drunk guy at a karaoke bar in Cleveland?
     
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    Originally posted by Greg Charles:


    Is that the Nine Inch Nails song, later covered by Johnny Cash? With creds like that available, you attribute it to Christina Aguilera? Why not just say it was performed by some drunk guy at a karaoke bar in Cleveland?


    As someone who HAS been some drunk guy at a karaoke bar in Cleveland (really), I think I take offense. At least I know what song to do next time.
     
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    [Greg Charles]: Is that the Nine Inch Nails song, later covered by Johnny Cash?

    Not to mention Kermit the Frog.
     
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    [ June 06, 2007: Message edited by: marc weber ]
     
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    Originally posted by Greg Charles:


    Is that the Nine Inch Nails song, later covered by Johnny Cash? With creds like that available, you attribute it to Christina Aguilera? Why not just say it was performed by some drunk guy at a karaoke bar in Cleveland?


    She has her own (unrelated) song. NIN's "Hurt" doesn't really fit into this category; it's supposed to be about the numbing effect of drug addiction I think.
     
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    Originally posted by Ernest Friedman-Hill:
    "A Man Needs a Maid", Neil Young.


    Ugh. I always cringe a little when I hear this song. It's heart-felt I'm sure, but those lyrics...oh dear.

    Dolly Paton's "I Will Always Love You" - when she sings it for the first time on the Porter Wagoner show. Birth of a classic song and a real break up - all live on TV!
    [ June 07, 2007: Message edited by: Paul Sturrock ]
     
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    "Never Had It So Good" by Mary Chapin Carpenter, for this verse near the end:
    So you just go where you go
    And do what you do
    And be who you want to be
    But when she burns you again
    And your phone doesn't ring
    Baby it's me
     
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    Originally posted by Bear Bibeault:
    Walk Away Renée, the Four Tops


    Ricky Lee Jones made a nice (IMHO) of that song.
    A little deeper and moodier than the original.
     
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