ONE BROKEN HEART
According to US
This song has me back in my teenage room, sitting on the floor with my records. Rick was comforting me once again. Once I "discovered" Rick, I listened to his music when I was sad, or when I was happy. That basically covers your whole spectrum of emotions as a teen - so in a nutshell I listened to Rick constantly. As opposed to now, when I only listen to Rick continually.
This is my sloth song. By sloth, I don't mean physical laziness though, more like apathy and idleness. Here is a young girl so paralyzed by the sting of a broken heart, she can't move on, she can't carry on. She is literally lazy with grief. So I see it as a kind of emotional sloth.
As for the music on this one, I go back and forth. There are some places that I really like - the more melodic sounds of the verses, again, the sort of piano bar feel. I also love the pounding piano in the beginning keeping time with the drum-it sounds like a fast pounding and painful heart. However, I can do without the guitar solo, it just makes me loose the emotional feeling of the song. However, it was a 70's rock song staple, so I understand why it is there. I also wish the "Ahh" sound after "One Broken Heart" was not there. It is the only cheese factor in the whole song for me and I just keep getting annoyed with it.
As for the lyrics, love em!!! And it is not just what he is saying, but how he is saying them, as if he is speaking from experience. I once wrote that one of the things that keeps me coming back to Rick as a big brother figure is that he taught me through his songs about the hard lessons to come in life before I even understood what was ahead. One Broken Heart is a perfect example. When my first real boyfriend broke up with me days before he went off to college, I had two songs playing constantly: One Broken Heart and Wasted Time (The Eagles.) Now, when I hear this song, I can still see that bloke's face as we stood beside his car, me in tears and him looking like he swallowed something nasty. But strangely, that does not keep me from liking the song. It was there when I needed it, and I finally got what Rick had told me about years earlier through these lines. He was so right, it does cut like a knife, but he was also right when he said new love would come along.
Heartbreak is a real bitch, but misery loves company, and when I was in pain, there was no better company than Rick.
Favorite parts? I love the way he says "morning" you can hear that accent as it sounds like moaning, I love the way he sounds all grungy on the first "I know." And my absolute favorite moment in the song is when the kind of grunts between "give up on life" and "girl be waiting." That one tiny grunt makes me so convinced that he feels this pain with me. It is also the reason I will always prefer to hear this song through headphones so I can hear those little nuances.
SIGH-what a great song to teach all us sweet young things about the lonely and horrible moments between the loves in our lives. - Anna C.
I'm going to go with my first impression of this song that Rick wrote this song for someone who's heart he broke. (At least I hope he's broken a few hearts and not always just had his heart broken! LOL) Maybe he was trying to express the pain he was feeling because he really did care for this girl and he wants her to move on and find real love someday.
- Charlotte P.
This is my favorite song on this album. I have probably listened to it about a million times in the past 20 yrs. or so. I love the piano
parts and could just imagine Rick sitting there pounding out those notes and singing his heart out. As a young girl listening to this
song, I always wanted to believe that he was singing to me :-) (wishful thinking!!) The lyrics were perfect to listen to when I
was going through some sort of heartbreak or guy trouble. Rick and his music (especially this song!) carried me through some rough