I’m taking my heart and I’m setting you free… And, baby, now you’re just another song to me.

A couple months ago, I posted about music and what I considered to be the soundtrack to my life (or, at least a sampling of the soundtrack of my life.) But, with everything that has happened, there has been a whole slew of new songs I’ve found myself relating to. And so I thought I would do a little update, writing about what I consider to be the songs that best describe my current state over the last month or so.

I won’t lie… some of these are sad songs, and some of these are angry songs. And they’re almost all about heartbreak. But what I love is that some of them are hopeful to me and inspire me to believe that someday I’ll look back, and consider these just sad songs. A playlist on my iPod to listen to when I’m inspired to write about heartbreak in a story. Nothing more, and nothing less. And even more importantly, the memories of lonesome nights listening to them will slowly fade away. Someday… someday I will be able to look back on only the good memories, the love, and feel lucky.

(You will notice, I haven’t added on a commentary on why I chose these songs… personally I think the lyrics I’ve sampled stand on there own without having to say another word.)

The Ataris — “All Souls Day”: Wish I could just forget the double lives, the awkwardness. A union scarred by bitterness… a house was built on top of our regrets.

The Dixie Chicks — “You Were Mine”: Sometimes I wake up crying at night… and sometimes I scream out your name. What right does she have to take your heart away… when for so long you were mine.

Taylor Swift — “Should’ve said No”: You should’ve said no, you should’ve gone home. You should’ve thought twice before you let it all go. You should’ve know that word about what you did with her would get back to me…And I should’ve been there, in the back of your mind. I shouldn’t be asking myself why.

Dashboard Confessional — “Screaming Infidelities”: I’m cuddling close to blankets and sheets… But you’re not alone, and you’re not discreet. Make sure I know who’s taking you home.

Britney Spears — “From the Bottom of my Broken Heart”: From the bottom of my broken heart there’s just a thing or two I’d like you to know. You were my first love, you were my true love…from the first kisses to the very last rose. From the bottom of my broken heart. Even though time may find me somebody new… you were my real love, I never knew love…’Til there was you.

Kelly Clarkson — “Never Again”: Does it hurt to know I’ll never be there. Bet it sucks, to see my face everywhere. It was you, who chose to end it like you did…I was the last to know. You knew exactly what you would do, so don’t say you simply just lost your way. They may believe you, but I never will.  Never again.

Good Charlotte — “Dance Floor Anthem”: She’s going out to forget they were together. All that time he was taking her for granted. She wants to see if there’s more than he gave… what she’s looking for. He calls her up… he’s tripping on the phone. Now he doesn’t want her out there and alone. Now he knows she’s moving it… knows she’s using it… now he’s loosing it. She don’t care.

Faith Hill & Tim McGraw — “Like We Never Loved At All”: How can you just walk on by without one tear in your eye? Don’t you have the slightest feelings left for me? Maybe that’s just your way of dealing with the pain… forgetting everything between our rise and fall. Like we never loved at all.

Mandy Moore (feat. Jonathan Foreman) — “Someday We’ll Know.”: Someday we’ll know… if love can move a mountain. Someday we’ll know… why the sky is blue. Someday we’ll know why I wasn’t meant for you. (Yeah, yeah, yeah.)

Lily Allen — “Smile”: I was so lost back then, but with a little help from my friends, I found a light in the tunnel at the end.

Blink 182 — “Dammit”: And it’s happened once again… I’ll turn into a friend. Someone that understands, and sees through the master plan. But everybody’s gone, and I’ve been here for too long. To face this on my own, I guess this is growing up.

Taylor Swift — “Breathe”: And we know it’s never simple, never easy.  Never a clean break, no one here to save me.  You’re the only thing I know like the back of my hand, And I can’t breathe without you… But I have to… breathe, without you. But I have to.

The Philosopher Kings — “Give Back the Love”: I would never give back the love you gave me. I would never undo the past that made me. Even when the memories hurt, it would only make me feel worse if I were to give back the love that you gave me.

S Club 7 — “Say Goodbye”: Sometimes goodbye, though it hurts in your heart, is the only way for destiny. Sometimes goodbye, though it hurts. is the only way now for you and me. Though it’s the hardest thing to say, I’ll miss your love in every way. So say goodbye, but don’t you cry… because a true love never dies.

The Beatles — “With a Little Help from my Friends”: What do I do when my love is away… (Does it worry you to be alone). How do I feel by the end of the day…. (Are you sad because you’re on your own). No, I get by with a little help from my friends. Mmm,I get high with a little help from my friends. Mmm, I’m gonna try with a little help from my friends.

Anna Nalick — “Bleed”: Yeah, yeah. So I’m taking my heart and I’m getting me out. And love’s something that I wouldn’t wanna live without. So I’m taking my heart and I’m getting me out. On my own, my own, my own.


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