It’s not all rainbows, sunshine and unicorns here, people! I was in the throes of making mix CDs and noticed how many of my favorite tunes are about forbidden love/heartbreak – which isn’t difficult since so many songs are about that – and decided to share a selection with you. I think these are a very particular brand of forbidden love/heartbreak songs, don’t you?
1. Love Song (Tori Amos covering The Cure)
It just so happens that this one is my very favorite song of all time. Which is odd, considering I typically don’t have favorite anythings (although I am known to have favorite pants from time to time). Anyway, The Cure’s version is really great, but Tori’s version is transcendental.
2. With Every Heartbeat (Robyn)
Robyn was in my town this past weekend! I missed it because I was busy doing this, which makes me sound a lot cooler than I am.
3. Sophisticated Lady (Cat Power covering Duke Ellington)
Apparently I have a thing for covers that make you want to slit your wrists. I mean, seriously. They oughta outlaw this song it’s that good.
4. Bells for Her – Tori Amos (Trip Hop/Depressing Mix)
I really have no idea who remixed this. The “trip hop/depressing remix” is what it’s called in my iTunes library, which I named to differentiate it from the 12 gajillion other versions I have of the song Bells For Her. Rad song on its own, add slow remixiness and you get something great to drink to while sitting on your kitchen floor looking forlorn.
5. Siren – Tori Amos
Another Tori song! Aren’t I just a walking cliché? Technically this song may not really be about forbidden love or heartbreak. It could be about vanilla or teenage flesh or coquettes or… wait, no, I was right the first time.
6. St. Swithin’s Day – Dubstar covering Billy Bragg
I am apparently not allowed to own this song in the U.S., which is a bummer. And, what is it with me and covers anyway?
7. Romeo & Juliet – Amy Ray covering Mark Knopfler
You didn’t think I’d let you go without forcing you to listen to my favorite half of the Indigo Girls, did you? And that concludes this week’s edition of sad songs and covers!
What’s your favorite cover? What’s your favorite sad song? What’s your favorite song about forbidden love? Heartbreak? Share, share, share!