Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Distraction Needed

I'm packing my week with plans, projects, and activities. If I make lots of plans, it's less likely that I'll end up a puddle of mush next to an empty sixer of Bud Light, crying about my failed relationship.

So distraction it is. To that end, S in Minnesota sent me this painting game, which made me really happy. (Try it: You'll see.)

Also, my friend S in D.C. sent me this story from the Times about hella expensive weddings, and the thought that I will be exempt from shelling out $50,000-plus for a New York wedding in the near future made me happy for about two seconds. Until I realized I'm back to square-frigging-one dating-wise.

But unfortunately I can't play the painting game or cackle about shopaholics all week, so I need help from you guys. I need some suggestions for classic, listenable breakup songs. They can be empowering, sappy, or kick-ass, but "listenable" is key: no Britney or similarly sucky Hillary Duff crap, and, for God's sake, no "I Will Survive."

Here's the list I've been working on:

1. "Here I Go Again," Whitesnake (a surprisingly good breakup song)
2. "Greenville," Lucinda Williams
3. "On My Own," Peach Union
4. "Smile," Lily Allen
5. "Song for the Dumped," Ben Folds Five
6. "Ex-Girlfriend," No Doubt

Now's your chance to shine, dear readers. Take some pity on me, put a good song in the comments, and if you're in a relationship, take a second to appreciate it. Before it implodes. Kidding. ("But it all was buuuuulllllshiiiiit!" --Adam Sandler's little ditty in "The Wedding Singer")

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11 Comments:

Anonymous S in Minnesota said...

I'm not sure I'm interpreting it correctly, but Rilo Kiley's "More Adventurous" seems appropriate right now. Mostly for the line, "I've read with every broken heart, we should become more adventurous." I like that. Read the rest of the lyrics here:
http://www.stlyrics.com/songs/r/rilokiley3283/moreadventurous1107225.html

10:32 AM  
Anonymous s in minnesota said...

Crap, it cut off the web address!! I'll break it up and see if that works:

http://www.stlyrics.com/
songs/r/rilokiley3283/
moreadventurous1107225.html

10:34 AM  
Blogger Dr. Blogstein said...

Do you have anything in a Journey?

12:37 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

You're too young, but here's a classic from, I think, the Sixties:

Alone Again, Naturally

(Gilbert O'Sullivan)

In a little while from now,
If I'm not feeling any less sour.
I promised myself, to treat myself,
And visit a nearby tower ..........
And climbing to the top,
Would throw myself off,
In an effort to, make clear to whoever,
What it's like when your shattered .......
Left standing in a lurch,
In a church with people saying .....
My God, that's tough, she stood him up,
No point in us remaining .......
I may as well go home,
As I did on my own,
Alone again, naturally.

To think that only yesterday,
I was cheerful, bright and gay.
Looking forward to, and who wouldn’t do,
The role I was about to play.
But as if to knock me down,
Reality came around,
And without so much as a mere touch,
Cut me into little pieces.
Leaving me to doubt, all about God and His mercy,
Oh, if He really does exist,
Why did He desert me?
And in my hour of need,
I truely am, indeed,
Alone again, naturally.

It seems to me that there are more hearts,
Broken in the world that can’t be mended,
Left unattended, what do we do?
What do we do?

Now looking back over the years,
And whatever else that appears.
I remember I cried when my father died,
Never wishing to hide the tears.
At sixty-five years old,
My mother, God rest her soul,
Couldn’t understand why the only man,
She had ever loved had been taken.
Leaving her to start, with a heart so badly broken,
Despite encouragement from me,
No words were ever spoken.
And when she passed away,
I cried and cried all day,
Alone again, naturally .....
Alone again ................................. naturally.

7:09 PM  
Blogger neild said...

Here's a slightly unconventional one - Message in a Bottle by the Police. Not strictly speaking a "breakup" song, but an ostensibly depressing song about being alone with an uplifting message.

If that fails, you know what else is a good breakup song? Baby Got Back!

8:11 PM  
Blogger NewbietoNYC said...

You guys are too great. Thank you! I will take all of these to heart.

10:09 PM  
Blogger Madame X said...

How about this one by Annie Lennox:
"Erased"

I'm gonna put it all behind me
Like nothing ever happened between us
Nothing ever took place between you and me...
Yes
Nothin' ever happened
And if you see me walkin' down the street
I won't even recognise you
I'll just erase you from my memory
Put it all behind me
Because you are erased
All erased...

12:45 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

Hi Darlin,

Sent you some songs, I hope that you will enjoy them, some from way back in my era.

5:39 PM  
Blogger Anndi said...

Jane.. this might help...


Scissor Sisters - Kiss You Off

You say you see what's under me
That the gloss has washed away
But you're the one whose colour's gone
From love to dirty grey
Questions come alive in the middle of the day
Over and over again
Watch me start a fire in the middle of your shade
That's why I'm telling you I'm gonna

Kiss you off my lips
I don't need another tube of that dime store lipstick
Well I think I'm gonna buy me a brand new shade of man
Kiss you off my lips
It's standing room only for a piece of my pigment
So excuse me a minute while I supply demand
Kiss you off these lips of mine
Kiss you off for a custom shine
Pissed yours truly off this time
It's why I ain't just kissin' you I'm kissin' you off

Spare this child your sideways smile
That crack in your veneer
Some blue broad will spoil your rod
It just takes patience dear
They rush you for your life
But you'll never beat the game
Older and older you get
Cruch you like gyre
But the gimble's all the same
Oh no I think it's happening

Kiss you off my lips
I don't need another tube of that dime store lipstick
Well I think I'm gonna buy me a brand new shade of man
Kiss you off my lips
It's standing room only for a piece of my pigment
So excuse me a minute while I supply demand
Kiss you off these lips of mine
Kiss you off for a custom shine
Pissed yours truly off this time
It's why I ain't just kissin' you I'm kissin' you off

You did retain the right to veto Doc and Vinny on the Dating Jane... right???

6:12 PM  
Blogger Tisha! said...

BIG hug!

By the way, just love what you bring to the Show and so enjoyed your singing :)

Here's one: "I'm coming out" Diana Ross

5:03 AM  
Blogger NewbietoNYC said...

Again, you guys are AWESOME. Madame X: I looooove Annie Lennox. I've been known to sing a tune or two of hers in karaoke.

8:38 PM  

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