How Do You Mend A Broken Heart?


Every week, we give away a voucher worth Twenty Five Euro to spend at any of the many Golden Disc stores nationwide.

All we ask from you is a tune we can play at an unspecified time next week.

This week’s theme: Break-up songs.

in the aftermath of a protracted split, what song soothes your soul, balms your heart and puts you back on your feet in ‘no time’.

To enter, complete this sentence:

‘At the close of a relationship,, to make sense of it all,  I usually reach for______________________________owing to its____________________________’

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86 thoughts on “How Do You Mend A Broken Heart?

  1. Janet, I ate my avatar

    ok ok I’ll type de long ting
    at the close of a relationship I usually reach for M People, Moving on up due to its flamboyant F you I’m outa here to greener pastures fooooool

  2. Cian

    At the close of a relationship, to make sense of it all, I usually reach for vodka owing to its memory numbing effects.

    1. Janet, I ate my avatar

      sure nothing makes sense
      that’s the beauty of it all
      that’s why I ommited that part
      logic has no place in love or lust

    1. Marklar

      …At the close of a relationship, to make sense of it all, I usually reach for Song for the Dumped by Ben Folds Five owing to its blah blah blah

  3. Slightly Bemused

    At the close of a relationship,, to make sense of it all, I usually reach for ‘You To Me Are Everything’ by the Real Thing owing to its proof that to her, I was only a clown.

    1. Janet, I ate my avatar

      I have a feeling this won’t be a happy thread
      PS I have a theory Irish wemon are a bit tough on the lads since I moved back,
      but the lads are also a little not assertive enough
      thoughts ?
      definitely different to Paris, flirting, dating all that,

      1. Slightly Bemused

        Actually, I hope it is a happy thread, or at least a hopeful one :) What I was trying to get across was not being pathetic, but actually that I do not regret the relationships.I have a beautiful daughter because of one of those, and I can never regret that.

        When my marriage broke up, one of my best friends put together a mix tape (ok, on CD, but the same principle) with songs that ran the gamut from pain of heartache (The Thrill Has Gone – BB King) through a few others (like American Woman -my ex was from the States) to eventual hope for recovery (interestingly, the theme from Greatest American Hero)

        It helped me also look at what I did to cause the breakup, and learn. And so, hopeful of a better next relationship, helped by my learning about myself and what I bring there,

        So this begs the question: what song at the start of the relationship?

        1. Janet, I ate my avatar

          now that’s a nice comment and question
          I’m gonna have a think because it’s hard to narrow it down
          you have that heady cocktail of hope and joy…

          1. Brother Barnabas

            with that lingering worry in the back of your mind – “hope she doesn’t turn out be a psycho when I get bored and start avoiding her”

        2. Uncle Albert

          Lovely sentiment, Slightly Bemused. The beginning of a relationship is butterflies, fire, and passion, Damien Rice’s The Blower’s Daughter embodies these feelings superbly.


  4. Bertie Blenkinsop

    Kate Bush – You’re the one

    “It’s alright I’ll come ’round when you’re not in,
    And I’ll pick up all my things,
    Everything I have bought with you,
    But that’s alright too,
    It’s just everything I do,
    We did together,
    And there’s a little piece of you,
    In whatever,
    I’ve got everything I need,
    I’ve got petrol in the car,
    I’ve got some money with me,
    There’s just one problem,
    You’re the only one I want……

    Bring a tear to a glass eye

  5. gorugeen

    At the close of a relationship, to make sense of it all, I usually reach for They’re coming to take me away by Napoleon XIV because it’s completely bonkers and makes me smile.

  6. gorugeen

    Or, if it’s been an amicable breakup then Days by the kinks because it’s a rather lovely appreciation of time spent with that person.

  7. Bertie Blenkinsop

    Billie Holiday – You’ve changed

    You’ve changed
    That sparkle in your eyes is gone
    Your smile is just a careless yawn
    You’re breaking my heart
    You’ve changed
    You’ve changed
    Your kisses now are so blase
    You’re bored with me in every way
    I can’t understand
    You’ve changed
    You’ve forgotten the words, I love you
    Each memory that we’ve shared
    You ignore every star above you
    I can’t realize you’ve ever cared

    1. Janet, I ate my avatar

      ah hear
      he might go up and kill his friiiiiend
      thanks for worst earworm to hum on dart ever

  8. Daithi

    Say It Right – Nelly Furtado.

    You know what you did, J…

    (Value Added Pain: bought an iPod along with the album the song was on and it was stolen a week later from my bag in the YMCA on Aungier St.)

    1. Brother Barnabas

      yonks ago i interviewed here. i had a massive crush on her afterwards, even though she was horrendously rude to me.

  9. small ads

    At the close of a relationship,, to make sense of it all, I usually reach for Serge Gainsbourg singing Je suis venu te dire que je m’en vais owing to its brutal realism (sob)
    Je suis venu te dire que je m’en vais
    Et tes larmes n’y pourront rien changer
    Comme dit si bien Verlaine au vent mauvais
    Je suis venu te dire que je m’en vais
    Tu te souviens des jours anciens et tu pleures
    Tu suffoques, tu blêmis à présent qu’a sonné l’heure
    Des adieux à jamais… et feckin cetera (sob)

    1. Janet, I ate my avatar

      Le temps est un grand maître, dit-on. Le malheur est qui’il tue ses élèves. -Hector Berlioz

  10. Happy Molloy

    I usually reach for Lover, You Should have come over by Jeff Buckley as it hits precisely the right notes, literally and figuratively.

    1. Happy Molloy

      “Too young to hold on
      And too old to just break free and run
      Sometimes a man gets carried away,
      When he feels like he should be having his fun
      Much too blind to see the damage he’s done
      Sometimes a man must awake to find that, really,
      He has no one”

      too true, too true

          1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            I, for one, am totally confused by this. Whose gee and mickey? Harry/Happy? Whut?
            Anyway, hope everyone’s happier now.

  11. Hank

    The Cure, A Letter to Elise. I cried for hours one night drinking whisky and listening to that on repeat. Good times..

    1. Bertie Blenkinsop

      Great choice :)
      If I was picking a Prefab Sprout song I’d say “we let the stars go”…

      “There was a boy I used to be,
      I guess that he was cold,
      If she came to buy him now,
      How cheaply he’d be sold”

  12. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

    I like to do a Chandler Bing and listen to Endless Love by Diana Ross and Lionel Ritchie.

    Obv this is hypothetical as I’ve never been dumped, being far too adorbs.

  13. realPolithicks

    Its not a song but it is a beautiful poem by Leonard Cohen the poet:

    For Anne.

    With Annie gone,
    whose eyes to compare
    with the morning sun?

    Not that I did compare,
    But I do compare
    Now that she’s gone.

  14. Verbatim

    ‘At the close of a relationship, to make sense of it all, I usually reach for Motown music owing to beautiful yet simple lyrics’
    As I walk this land of broken dreams,
    I have visions of many things.
    But happiness is just an illusion,
    Filled with sadness and confusion.
    What becomes of the broken hearted
    Who had love that’s now departed?
    I know I’ve got to find
    Some kind of peace of mind

  15. Danny

    Nobody mentioned the big O – it’s over

    Your baby doesn’t love you any more
    Golden days before they end
    Whisper secrets to the wind
    Your baby won’t be near you any more
    Tender nights before they fly
    Send falling stars that seem to cry
    Your baby doesn’t want you any more
    It’s over
    It breaks your heart in two, to know she’s been untrue
    But oh what will you do? then she said to you
    There’s someone new we’re through we’re through
    It’s over it’s over it’s over

  16. scottser

    At the close of a relationship, to make sense of it all, I usually reach for the saturday boy by billy bragg for the lines
    In the end it took me a dictionary
    To find out the meaning of ‘unrequited’
    While she was giving herself for free
    At a party to which i was never invited

  17. Otis Blue

    The late Grant McLennan of the Go-Betweens was pretty reliable in such matters. Exhibit A: Stones For You

    “I can almost touch the stars
    Shining wild and bright
    I could hold a comet’s tail
    Like a brilliant kite

    Through the back fence by the river
    Over stones to you
    Simple, yes, but never easy
    Over stones for you

    I could chase the sunset down;
    Beat it to its rest
    I could steal the highest clouds
    And wrap them around your breasts

    Through the back fence by the river
    Over stones to you
    Simple, yes, but never easy
    Over stones for you

    Tonight the constellations whirl;
    The moon hangs just above
    All these things don’t mean a thing
    Because you doubt our love

    Through the back fence by the river
    Over stones to you
    Simple, yes, but never easy
    Over stones for you”

  18. Otis Blue

    Make room too for Elvis Costello’s magisterial cover of the old George Jones C/W classic, A Good Year for the Roses.

    Sample lyric:

    “I can hardly bear the sight of lipstick on the cigarettes there in the ashtray
    Lyin’ cold the way you left ’em, but at least your lips caressed them while
    You packed
    Or the lip-print on a half-filled cup of coffee that you poured and didn’t drink
    But at least you thought you wanted it, that’s so much more than I can say
    For me”

  19. It was all a dream

    At the close of a relationship, to make sense of it all, I usually reach for Ding Dong the Witch is Dead from The Wizard of Oz owing to its ability to feed my bitterness!

  20. Papi

    St. Paul and the Broken Bones-“Broken bones and pocket change”
    If I was to be dumped now, this is what I would listen to. So it’s a -“break glass in case of emergency” back up oh jesus maybe now I’ve jinxed it don’t leave me I’m all on my own -kinda song.
    If you know what I mean.

  21. Amorphous Kerry Blob

    Is One by U2 too obvious?
    same for Nothing compares to you
    I Want You Back by the Jackson 5
    Love will tear us apart.

    Crying by Roy Orbison.
    Idiot Wind, the internet tells me, is a breakup song.
    Oh yeah, the entire Blood on the Tracks album.

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