As a counterpoint essay on a subject opposite of the “fix” post, I thought that it
would be fun to use the word, “broke” and all of its variations. This will follow the
pattern that I used last time, analysis, wordplay and include a popular song, which
has an unusual use of ‘broke’ within its lyrics. Like last time, I would like you to
help me to determine if this detracts from the friendly, caring tone it is trying to
set. I feel the One Direction’s song, “The Story of My Life,” is quite lively and goes
at such a quick pace, that you may not have noticed the words I heard the other
If you watched, “American Idol,” 2014, you may have caught Alex Preston
singing this song. I am not sure, since they edit the song to fit a timed format,
if it included the phrase that concerns me. I will show the passages before this
and let you know by using *s to indicate the phrase which include the word,
“The Story of My Life”
The story of my life,
I take her home
I drive all night to keep her warm
And time is frozen
(the story, the story)
The story of my life,
I give her hope
*I spend her love
until she’s broke inside.”*
I found myself pondering this long and hard. It seems that the author loves
and cares for the woman, but then that just feels like hurtful words to say
in amongst the love messages. It seems rather ‘cold’ instead of depicting
What do you think? Let me know…
The words, “break, broke, break-up and broken” all have a variety of
definitions. Most have emotions and feelings attached. I allowed myself
to add “Heartbreak” to this post, while listing positive and negative
meanings. I had several positive reactions to the “fix” post, so hope
you will like some of the brain-storming that my coworkers did between
the first post and this one.
POSITIVE uses of the variations of “Break, etc.”
We all enjoy ‘breaks!’
From school- Summer Vacation!
From work- Vacation!
At work in an office- The Water Cooler.
Almost all jobs have Vending Machines for snacks.
Some of us wished we lived where “Siestas” were a daily afternoon event!
Breaking bad habits (always a positive)
Break from Ordinary Routines = Extraordinary Experiences.
Making a “clean break” is good from a bad relationship.
When two people are having some rough patches, they may wish to “take a break.”
When two people are in a committed relationship and are raising children, they
may wish to have a “break” which is otherwise known as, “Date Night!”
A “break” during a long movie or play is called “Intermission.”
When you are putting all your money into the Pot, in a game, you may say these
words, “I’m going for Broke!”
“Breaking barriers” is a good way to allow communication and relationships
between cultures, countries or other situations to grow and develop.
“Breaking Bad” was a good and entertaining television show.
“Breaking the Ice” is also good, to allow people to have more fun. One game
that was an “ice breaker,” in the old days, while a teenager, was “Spin the
Bottle.” One my parents ‘approved of,’ was “Twister!”
NEGATIVE uses of the word, “Break, etc.”
Being “broke” (when not playing a game of Monopoly) is a bad thing.
Being ’emotionally broke’ may mean you are empty inside or possibly
“The Break Up” was the title of a not so funny movie with Jennifer Anniston
and Vince Vaughn. (Maybe it was just me!)
Melvin mentioned that one of his favorite Clint Eastwood ‘war themed movies,’
was “Heartbreak Ridge.”
Broken hearts are so sad.
Broken engagements may leave one of the two parties involved, happier. One
Cars broke down or breaking down.
Broken bones do hurt.
(Sticks and stones may break your bones,
And words DO hurt you, too!)
Marriage Break Up’s:
Unplanned, fall out of love, curiosity or boredom
may lead to an affair. Lack of interest with partner.
Situational and sometimes out of anger or a rash
Separation. One or both parties chooses to leave.
Counseling ‘didn’t work.’ Too many problems, wide
disparity in personalities.
Grow apart. Reaching a breaking point. Some habits
that are not mutual, possibly addictions. The statistics
for two people, raising a child with disabilities, chances
of divorce goes from the “norm” of 50% up to 75%.
Stress and depression can be part of this ‘break up.’
When you ‘tame a horse,’ you have to ‘break’ them of
their freedom. I put this under negatives, but can see
it going either way. Depends on the perspective, the
horse or the owner.
I loved the way my coworkers helped me to compile a
list of songs with ‘heart break’ as its core. If you wish to
add some more, please do so in the comments section.
1. “How Do You Mend a Broken Heart?”
This song was released in 1971, by the Bee Gees. Robin
and Barry Gibb mainly are the ones who wrote the lyrics.
2. “Heartbreak Hotel”
This song was released on January 27, 1956 by Elvis Presley.
3. “Heartbreak Hotel”
This song, totally different from Elvis’ in its lyrics and melody,
was released in 1998 by Whitney Houston.
4. “I Can’t Make You Love Me”
Sung by Bonnie Raitt, more recently by Adele. Written in 1991.
This was an exciting title for many famous songs!
a. Led Zeppelin, in 1969, English rock band.
b. Pat Benatar in 1979, totally different song.
c. Dionne Warwick in 1982, another song.
d. Mariah Carey in 1999, another song.
e. Justin Bieber in 2013, his own song.
Lastly, when googling this subject, I had no idea it would include
such a diverse group of performers singing the one I knew best,
Pat Benatar’s, which also was sung by Jena Irene, on “American
Idol,” 2014. We cannot go too far on this, it would generate a
whole other post!
5. “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”
a. First title song, one I did not remember was Dionne Warwick’s
singing this in 1976. This was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.
The one that I saw performed in Cincinnati at what was then called,
Riverside Stadium was written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin. It
was with two ‘youngsters’ born in the same year of 1947:
Elton John and Kiki Dee.
Sung by Simon and Garfunkel. This song was on their album in 1970.
An ‘oldie but goodie!’
The first line in the song goes like this, “Cecilia, you’re breaking
my heart. You’re breaking my confidence daily….”
(Notice two uses of the word, ‘breaking.’)
The part where the man gets up to use the bathroom and comes
back to bed, to find someone else taking his place; made us all laugh
hysterically, thinking that we had gotten away with listening to this
rather wild, risqué song! (And our parents had all liked S & G!)
7. “Achy Breaky Heart”
First sung in 1991, by the Marcy Brothers. Don Von Tress wrote this
song, that was later made famous by Billy Ray Cyrus, of course!
What song would you include from the band,
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers?