Failed Love Songs

1x01_-_I'm_Not_CryingLooking toward the upcoming “festivities” of Valentine’s Day, it comes up that there are probably more songs about unrequited love (or at least as many) as there are about falling in love or being in love. In this category you’ve got everything from ‘Layla’ (clapton) to ‘You’re Beautiful’ (blunt) to ‘Girl from Ipanema’, so it’s possible if you’re not really listening to the lyrics there may be a “love” song that is a bit more twisted than you thought it was. Most people are pretty quick to make a song about “them” even when it is completely about something else. Why people play ‘Every Breath You Take’ and the like at weddings is still a complete mystery to people that have actually listened to the lyrics. Hello – a bit creepy to be “our song”, but it’s funny how songs are so subjective to the listener. I for one have always enjoyed the sad, depressing songs just as much, if not, more, than the heart felt happy love song. ‘Lover, You Should Have Come Over’ is probably my favorite song in this category as well as ‘The Scientist’ – though these seem to be rather at one point requited, but not so much anymore. There is also the great Ben Fold Five anthem ‘Song for the Dumped’, but that ends up on the angry after a break-up side of things. So, here’s a smattering of songs that might fall under this category, or at least close. Possibly the greatest of which is the wonderful tune by the fabulous Conchords.

I’m Not Crying|Flight of the Conchords
Breakable|Ingrid Michaelson
Landed|Ben Folds
Lover, You Should’ve Come Over|Jeff Buckley
Now That It’s Over|Everclear


Author: MusicalPirate

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2 thoughts on “Failed Love Songs”

  1. You know how to pick them- holy something. Lover, You Should Have Come Over was so beautifully painful. Intelligently sappy, if that makes sense.

  2. Oh yes, great picks of songs. On some days, Landed is my favourite Folds song (“Down came the reign of the telephone tsar” — what a line!).

    The most spectacularly misplaced wedding song must be James Blunt “You’re Beautiful”. They play it because, you know, the bride IS beautiful. Never mind that she was with another man and that the singer realises, despite an drug-addled fool, that “I’ll never be with you”. I suppose it makes sense if you have the Best Man sing it…

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