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ART & CULTURE > MOOD SWINGS > 3 songs to… look back in anger Date posted: 8th February 2013

3 songs to…
look back
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best songs for valentine’s day 2013 from rihanna to Robbie Williams

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and Mood Swings is being cynical, predicting upset and heartache from lovers and singletons the world over. Here are 3 songs that reflect his thinking…

It's that time of the year when the cheesiness is at its cheesiest and the cynics are at their most cynic; a time when happy couples are all "Oh, it's THAT day again, I hadn't even noticed" while chuckling and shaking their head at their single friends with a look of pity (while secretly being devastated because their better half didn't get them a present - again); a time when single girls would do just about anything in order to say they were with someone on that special night (so far I've seen: taking a plane, phoning an ex from middle school, chatting up strangers on Twitter…the list goes on).

Me being one of the cynical ones, I've decided to talk about my favourite songs about love stories that have gone bad. Those songs you listen to while crying over his photograph or waiting for a call that will never (ever) come.

One of my favourite songs regarding love gone terribly wrong is 'Love the way you lie' by Eminem and Rihanna. I find Eminem's lyrics to be very close to the truth of what happens in relationships (ok, the song is about a girl getting beaten up and possibly killed but you know what I mean): "I apologize even though I know it's lies" and "I know we said things, did things that we didn't mean then we fall back into the same pattern, same routine".

Rihanna – Love the Way you Lie

 

Second in this list of tragedies is "La Canzone dei Vecchi Amanti" by Franco Battiato, probably one of the greatest musicians/singer-songwriters we have in Italy. He is one of the few mainstream Italian artists who have strayed from the comfort zone of pop and has meddled with a number of different genres, from electronic to folk, from progressive rock to lyrical opera, always maintaining an incredibly high standard.

This particular song is an Italian cover of a '60s song by Belgian singer Jacques Brel, from Battiato's album 'Fleurs' (1999).

"Ma dimmi, c'è peggiore insidia che amarsi con monotonia?" (But tell me, is there a worst danger than a monotonous love?)

Jacques Brel - La Canzone dei Vecchi Amanti 

 

The list of great tracks about break-ups is a long one, but the final choice for this week is a song containing what I think is one of the cruelest lines that can you can hear from your ex - especially if the person voicing the thought is Robbie Williams…someone you really don't want to let slip away. I'm talking about Sexed Up, and specifically "Saturday I'll go out and find another you" - nobody ever wants to feel replaceable.

Robbie Williams - Sexed Up

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