Earlier in the year I did a post about what I’d like my funeral playlist to be. I know that it sounds really sombre and shit and that’s probably because it was. It’s for my funeral after all? I can’t have them scattering my ashes to Skrillex’s Bamarang. (Actually that would be kind of boss – lets add that to the list.)
ANYWAY – I suppose that this is sort of similar in the sense that I will again be making playlists but it’s also not the same, because it’s not for my funeral. (I feel like I might be saying the word funeral too much? Is this weird? Has everyone stopped reading by now?)
AAAAANYWAY! (Good lord why can’t I focus!) This time around I’m doing break up playlists – the only thing is that literally every second song is about ‘breaking up’ so one can only imagine my predicament given the giant pool of choices I am saddled with.
Not all of these songs can be lumped together though, because even though they might all be about breaking up, they’re not all the same. So I’m doing ‘my playlists’ in phases, namely:
- Phase one: The lead-up
- Phase two: The Follow Through
- Phase three: Dealing
- Phase four: Dealt
I am sure that there are lots of other ‘in-betweeny’ phases but let’s not delve in too deep, because really who even cares. (Please note: The names of the above mentioned phases are subject to change.)
Now the ‘lead-up’: This represents that pre-break up phase where you know it’s not right and you know where things are heading and this small selection of songs all touch on that. So Let’s go!
- Rooney – Losing all control
This is, without a doubt, my all-time favourite Rooney song. That intro, those lyrics and the guitar – just perfection.
This, too me, sounds like an on/off type of thing where it doesn’t work, but still they keep trying. Then again how would I know? I didn’t write it, I’m just making assumptions again. Feel free to make your own – or don’t. (No pressure.)
Stand out lyrics – Once again we’ve gone off track and lost all hope of coming back. / It’s time to work – the work is useless now.
- The Hoosiers – Clinging on for life
Doesn’t the intro sound a bit like Hey there Delilah by The Plain White T’s? Moving on.
This song really is short, sweet and simple. It says all it needs to say in a quick 2.44 minutes and I love the way the lead singer goes all falsetto at the end.
He starts out so calm and collected like ‘Hay, I know this has to happen’, but then at the end it’s a little more tortured, like ‘Hay! Shits getting real and now I can’t deal.’ And then there’s that whistling at the end man – shcweet.
Stand out lyrics: Made enough mistakes between, the two of us to sink this thing – We’re still clinging on for life.
- John Mayer – Slow dancing in a burning room
Not a big fan of this guy, but here he makes the guitar wail and it is just SO. GOD. DAMNED. BEAUTIFUL. (Sigh)
Stand out lyrics: We’re going down, And you can see it too. We’re going down, And you know that we’re doomed. My dear, We’re slow dancing in a burning room.
- Maroon 5 – Nothing lasts forever
It’s kind of nice to hear something that’s a bit more ‘up-beat’. It is sad, but it doesn’t bring you down and it’s actually just a nice ‘sing-along’. Adam is obviously a lot happier about breaking up with people.
Stand out lyrics: I love you, but I’m letting go. / It hurts but it might be the only way
- Taking back Sunday – New American classic
Something about Taking back Sunday that makes me feel like I’m back in high school, discovering good music and thinking that Adam Lazzara is the bee’s knees.
Needless to say, they have got to be on the list and this raw acoustic tune is just beautiful.
Stand out lyrics: Try to avoid it, but there’s not a doubt and there’s one thing I can do nothing about. / Just ask the question come untie the knot – say you won’t care.
- Dashboard Confessional – Ghost of a good thing
I’ll admit that I’m not sure whether this song really belongs in this phase or any of the others even, but I am inclined to think it does. I also feel like any playlist would be all sorts of incomplete without the likes of some Chris Carrabba making his appearance.
Again, just simple acoustics, simple – pretty lyrics. If its good, you really don’t need much else.
Stand out lyrics: Maybe it’s love but it’s like you said, Love is like a role that we play. / Just bend the pieces ’til they fit, Like they were made for it. But they weren’t meant for this. No they weren’t meant for this.
That’s a wrap on phase one, please add some of your own suggestions in the comments!