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The Saddest Songs of Rock and Roll – #25

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by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Sometimes we ask a question and hope anyone listening will give the answer. Other times we ask a rhetorical question because we know the answer, but a friend will answer it anyway. We tell them to ‘shut up’ and to go away, but we hope they really don’t.  We just cannot win at pushing away people who care about us. How ironic it is that we do that to them when someone we loved just pushed us away.

The Brothers Gibb: Barry, Robin (1949-2012) and Maurice (1949-2003) Gibb, AKA the Bee Gees music group, pose a question for the ages and put it to music. In the start of the new year in 1971 they were in London, England,  recording their seventh international album, “Trafalgar“. The Battle of Trafalgar was a British naval victory against the French and Spanish fleets in 1805. You would think the song themes of the album would be about glory and fame. Not so – many of the tracks deal with heartbreak and loneliness.

At the time, Maurice was going through some personal trials with heavy drinking and   accusations of extramarital affairs. He had been married to the highly popular Scottish singer Lulu. Since they both abused alcohol and partied too much their young marriage ended after only four years. Barry and Robin could see the decline happening to their brother. They expressed his pain and their helplessness in song. How bad does it have to get before we ask for help?

Number 25
The song “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?” was the lead track for “Trafalgar” which hit #34 on the Billboard 200 Album charts. The song was released as a single at the same time the album was released. It was a hit at #1 in the Cash Box chart and the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US. A lot of people wondered the answer to that question.

How can we help someone who is hurting from heartbreak? We need to give them some space. Like any other personal problem, we could intervene, but . . .  The only way to get over heartbreak is for that person to make the choice to pick up and move on.

Lyrics: written by Barry and Robin Gibb

I can think of younger days when living for my life
Was everything a man could want to do.
I could never see tomorrow, but I was never told about the sorrow.

And
how can you mend a broken heart?
How can you stop the rain from falling down?
How can you stop the sun from shining?
What makes the world go round?

How can you mend a this broken man?
How can a loser ever win?
Please help me mend my broken heart
and let me live again.

Da da da da da

I can still feel the breeze
that rustles through the trees
and misty memories of days gone by

I could never see tomorrow,
no one said a word about the sorrow.

And
how can you mend a broken heart?
How can you stop the rain from falling down?
How can you stop the sun from shining?
What makes the world go round?

How can you mend this broken man?
How can a loser ever win?
Please help me mend my broken heart
and let me live again

Da da da da da
Please help me mend my broken heart
and let me live again

Da da da da da

If you are feeling depressed, do something about it. Please find help before making any rash decisions.  Click here: the National Institute of Mental Health.

If you or someone you know has an eating disorder (ED) CLICK HERE to get more information from the NIMH.

Read up on PTSD – post traumatic stress disorder Click Here.

Copyright © 1960-2017 Lawrence J. J. Leonard All rights reserved.

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Author: SpindoctorUSA

American poet, songwriter, and novelist; publishing poetry and short stories in print and online since 1998. Native of Houston, Texas, and former Marine (although there is no such thing as a former Marine). Family roots reach back to Mexico, Spain, Native America, France and Ireland. This promotes a worldview rich in family love, emotion, storytelling, and truth finding. Really enjoys well-written and well thought out verse, and backs away from over-used common and vulgar expressions. Words are music – just find the best “beat” and it will “sing” for you. “Knowledge may be power, while power certainly is love, but love is knowledge. Know who you are.” ~ Lawrence J. J. Leonard (1984)

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