Day 27 — Broken Heart

For today’s 30-Day Song Challenge we are asked for “a song that breaks your heart.”

There are so very many songs about broken hearts, but this one, “Piece of My Heart,” sung by Janis Joplin, seems to fit the prompt perfectly. It’s a song about a lovelorn woman so enraptured by her man that she’s willing to break off yet another piece of her heart if only he will take it.

But while it’s about breaking a heart, this song breaks my heart because of the tragic death of an extraordinary young talent at the tender age of 27. Such a shame, such a waste.

Song Lyric Sunday —Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead

Today’s Song Lyric Sunday theme is “danger.” What came to mind for this prompt was the song recorded by the Marvelettes, an American girl group that was popular in the early- to mid-1960s, titled, “Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead.”

The song, written by Clarence O. Paul, Ivy Jo Hunter, and William Stevenson, was released in July 1965 on the Tamla/Motown label. “Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead,” another uptempo single by the Marvelettes, didn’t do that well on the charts. It failed to even crack the top 60.

The song’s relatively poor performance was disappointing for a group that was one of the early successes for Motown Records. The Marvelettes was the first significantly successful girl group after the release of their 1961 single, “Please Mr. Postman.” It was one of the first number-one singles recorded by an all-female vocal group and the first by a Motown recording act.

Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead is a warning to women to be careful in the game of love. Here are the lyrics.

When you give more than you get
You’re in danger (You’re in danger)
You may find that you’re in love with a stranger
(With a stranger)
For who knows what evil lurks within the hearts of men?

It’s vanity
Insanity to play when you can’t win
When you find that you’re losing
It’s time to get on moving
Cause there’s danger: heartbreak dead ahead

It only takes one second, girl, to learn
(To learn)
That playing with fire will get you burned
(Get you burned)
Now girl, don’t you be foolish

They say that love is blind
But it’s clear as the highway sign
That reads “Danger: heartbreak dead ahead”
Heartbreak dead ahead

Read the sign, girl
You’d better mind, girl
Yeah, danger: heartbreak dead ahead

Bonnie Raitt recorded a cover of this song in 1971 that you might enjoy.