Sounds

Brokenhearted

This song is an oldie. I wrote it in Dunedin in the late seventies, and in 1980 I recorded a four track demo of it at Radio Avon in Christchurch. Thirty five years later it’s the first track to be recorded on my BOSS BR-1600 multi-track: Sophie Wham provided the backing vocals.

Fado sculptures outside a central Lisbao building

Fado sculptures outside a central Lisbao building


You ask me if I’m brokenhearted
I thought you knew that Leos don’t have hearts
Except on their sleeves.

You tell me you’re sad to be leaving
Uh-huh – I know how hard it must be for you
To leave someone like me

But as you can see I smile through the tears I wear to help you bear the pain
Of walking out on a lover like me again
I couldn’t have hurt you, you didn’t complain

You tell me I’ll soon find another
I tell you another will find me
Before you’re down the stairs

You hope that I don’t find it too hard
Huh! You found it to hard most every night
It’s an easy goodbye

But as you can see I smile through the tears I wear to help you bear the pain
Of walking out on a lover like me again
I couldn’t have hurt you, you didn’t complain

You say that I should show more feeling
‘Cos you had lots of love to give to me
What’s new? So do I

You ask how I keep myself smiling
I just carry a mirror around with me
And a photo of you

And as you can see I cry through the smiles I wear to help me bear the pain
Of watching another lover walk out again
You shouldn’t have hurt me – it was only a game

© APRA 1979