Music Challenge — Only Love Can Break a Heart

For this week’s Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Music Challenge, Jim Adams gives us Neil Young’s song, “Only Love Can Break Your Heart.” Personally, I’m a big fan of Neil Young. Sure, his voice is not necessarily the best, but his writing and his arrangements are superb, in my humble opinion. There are but a very few songs that he’s recorded that I don’t particularly like.

In my younger days, however, I was also a big fan of another singer and this post is more of an homage to that singer, Gene Pitney. In 1962, Pitney recorded the song, “Only Love Can Break a Heart,” which was written by Hal David (lyrics) and Burt Bacharach (music). It was Pitney’s biggest hit in the U.S., but it was kept from reaching the number one spot on the charts by a song recorded by The Crystals, “He’s a Rebel.” Ironically, Pitney had, himself, written that number one song.

Pitney charted 16 top 40 hits in the United States, four in the top ten, including such classics from that era as “Town Without Pity,” “(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance,” “Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa,” “I’m Gonna Be Strong,” and “Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart.” Pitney was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. He died of a heart attack in 2006.

Here the lyrics to Gene Pitney’s “Only Love Can Break a Heart.”

Only love can break a heart
Only love can mend it again

Last night I hurt you but darlin’ remember this
Only love can break a heart
Only love can mend it again, hmm, hmm
You know I’m sorry, I’ll prove it with just one kiss
Only love can break a heart
Only love can mend it again

Give me a chance to make up for the harm I’ve done
Try to forgive me and let’s keep the two of us one

Please let me hold you and love you for always and always
Only love can break a heart only love can mend it again
Only love can break a heart only love can mend it again

5 thoughts on “Music Challenge — Only Love Can Break a Heart

  1. newepicauthor October 2, 2020 / 3:10 pm

    What an odd coincidence to have a song that you wrote prevent a song that you just recorded from keeping off of the top of the charts. I wonder if that ever happened again. this is really a beautiful song Fandango, thanks for sharing it. I love that mellow whistling.

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  2. Readers Roost (@readersroost) October 3, 2020 / 12:03 am

    I absolutely love this song! Thank you for sharing it.
    I didn’t know that Gene Pitney wrote He’s A Rebel. I guess he ended up being his own rival!
    ~cie from poetry of the netherworld~

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    • Fandango October 3, 2020 / 1:49 pm

      He also wrote the early 1960s hits “Rubber Ball” recorded by Bobby Vee, “Hello Mary Lou” by Ricky Nelson.


  3. leigha66 October 10, 2020 / 12:56 am

    That is one I haven’t heard in a while. My Dad used to listen to the golden oldies station and I would hear all kinds of classics like that.

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