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04 March 2010

What's the first song you associated with romantic pain? [More:]I was 12 or 13 when "What A Fool Believes" by The Doobie Brothers was a hit. And when I heard it on my Panasonic Toot-a-Loop radio, I thought about Varda - which she said was not an uncommon name for girls in her native Israel, where it means "rose".
"I Love You" by The Climax Blues Band. It's actually about happy love, not unrequited love, but the timing was right (I was 15). I liked the line about "Thanks again for being a friend" since the person in question was a friend- but was never going to be anything more.
posted by BoringPostcards 04 March | 20:46
"Girl" by the Beatles. Though I first heard it when I was only eight years old (my older sister bought Rubber Soul for me, it was the first album I ever owned), and therefore knew little of "romantic pain", I still felt it, you know? The meaning came through.
posted by flapjax at midnite 04 March | 20:54
I lost my high school sweetheart sometime after college. That was, and in a way, continues to be the deepest love I've ever felt in this life and mostly the only love I had felt, up until that point, from another person.

At the time, Songbird by Fleetwood Mac would just bring the pain of loosing him right home. Now, so many years later, the song stirs strength and affection for what two people can have, if they are both unafraid to simply be in love.
posted by MonkeyButter 04 March | 21:00
Black, by Pearl Jam.
I know someday you'll have a beautiful life,
I know you'll be a sun in somebody else's sky, but why
Why, why can't it be, can't it be mine
posted by signal 04 March | 21:38
Probably an old Everly Bros. song called Lord of the Manor. About the ranch hand having to just take it while the owner had his way with ranch hand's woman.

The girl I was in love with was in love with one of my best friends, who was indifferent towards her but led her along anyway.
posted by danf 04 March | 22:01
The Cure - End . in fact the whole album ,'Wish', is all about every facet of relationships
posted by rollick 04 March | 22:11
Either Stinkfist or Prison Sex by Tool. Don't ask.
posted by Eideteker 04 March | 22:20
Sailing, by Christopher Cross. Or anything from Sound of Music. Stupid fucking youth.
posted by JanetLand 04 March | 22:35
The soundtrack for Moulin Rouge. My first real boyfriend and I saw that movie on our very first official date. (I've since gotten over it and we remain LJ friends.)
posted by sperose 04 March | 22:52
Nazareth's version of Love Hurts.
posted by Ardiril 05 March | 00:11
Blinded By The Light.
posted by arse_hat 05 March | 00:24
Thunder Road. Hey, I was a teenager.
posted by sysinfo 05 March | 00:48
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone by Bill Withers
posted by mightshould 05 March | 08:51
Troy, Sinead O'Connor.

With or Without You, U2.

I had no idea how bad the pain of being cast off by a lover could be. No idea. I'm shaking just thinking about how I felt at that time in my life.
posted by rainbaby 05 March | 09:11
Oh man, I can't even bring myself to go there.
posted by Specklet 05 March | 10:25
Wow, I can't recall anything from my youth. WEIRD. I'm 99% sure it was there, but...I can't remember.

I've said it all over the place recently, but...Willie Nelson's Red Headed Stranger has been a godsend in the last year. Something about that record has been the best thing ever while going through this split.

Oh, and I've found some enjoyment in Dylan's Idiot Wind too :-)
posted by richat 05 March | 11:20
I listened to a lot of oldies until we got cable (and thus, MTV) at the ripe old age of 14, so the saddest song of my pre-high-school years was "Boys of Summer", which was on my favorite mix tape that my mom's best friend made from her record collection. I listened to this obsessively and cried every time after I broke up with my summer camp boyfriend at the ripe old age of 13.
posted by muddgirl 05 March | 11:38
Against All Odds.
posted by Stewriffic 05 March | 13:55
Uh. I'm not entirely sure. Does longing count? Not sure it's the FIRST but 'smooth' (santana)
posted by Firas 05 March | 16:51
Oh God. In a real-to-me, emotional sense? No doubt it was "Careless Whisper", so help me. Then I went through a Dylan-Petty-Springsteen phase and I think the answer there is the Palinesque "all of them". The first "our song" I had was "Time After Time".
posted by dhartung 05 March | 17:50
Only slightly off-topic: A friend of mine was just telling me that he's only just now getting to the point where he can listen to banjo music, any banjo music, because a long-ago ex of his used to play.
posted by tangerine 05 March | 18:35
What do we need health insurers for anyway? || Lady Gaga