5 Songs That Helped Me Through My Break-up

5 things Friday! So, you might be wondering, Laura, your break up was three months ago, why are you talking about this now? Am I right? Well, let me explain. This week was the first week back at school, and it was hard to imagine how two months ago, I left, totally crushed, heartbroken, letting my depression take advantage of what my ex did to me. And, I truly believe in the healing power of music. In those days when I didn't want to get up and go sit in a class for two and a half hours with him sitting right behind me, knowing that nothing I could do or say would change anything, the bus ride home was thirty minutes I could plug my headphones in and just forget about everything. I could hope that the summer and the fact I'd never see him again would help me, and it did. But for those three weeks of school after he dumped me, music was my savior.
 1. "A Little Bit Stronger" by Sara Evans Okay, I've talked about this song before, and the title says it all. I heard it the night I got dumped and I burst down in tears, because I wanted that. I wanted the feeling that everything was going to be okay. Sure, I was telling myself, "suck it up, Laura. It isn't the end of the world." I knew that it wasn't. But what your head tells you and how your heart feels are two totally different things. This song is about the feeling of when you've been pushed to the bottom after a break up, you can still become a little bit stronger, even on your weakest days. And how you don't need that person to live your life, because you'll be better off without them anyways.

And I'm done hoping that we could work it out 
I'm done with how it feels, spinning my wheels 
Letting you drag my heart around 
And, oh, I'm done thinking that you could ever change 
I know my heart will never be the same
 But I'm telling myself I'll be okay 
Even on my weakest days I get a little bit stronger
2."Love Done Gone" by Billy Currington The title once again explains it, how sometimes Love just runs out and there's nothing left. This song reminded me that sometimes things don't always work out, and everything will be okay. Also, this song has a really catchy tune
I don't know where the good times end 
when It ain't nothin' we ever said or ever did wrong 
It's just love done gone

3. "Every Time I Hear Your Name" by Keith Anderson
Now, I'm not a big fan of slow, sad songs. But this was the first sad song I heard after my break-up that I didn't bust into tears. It talks about how there are still things that will always remind me of my ex, and life goes on. But one little memory can take me back to a time with things were good between us. 
But when I hear your name, 
I feel rain fallin' right out of the blue sky. 
And it's the fifth of May, and I'm right there starin' in your eyes. 
And nothin's changed, and we're still same. 
And I get lost in the innocence of a first kiss, 
And I'm hangin' on to every word rollin' off of your lips: 
And that's all it takes, and I'm in that place, 
Every time I hear your name

4. "Nothin' Burns Like a Memory" by Heidi Newfield
I wish I could burn away all the pain like she does, but this song was my anger song. It still is. She talks about how she's going to burn away the memory and move on after her first relationship. The lyrics are genius, and I totally related to wanting to burn everything up.This was the song, if live were really like High School Musical, this would be the song I would have sung to his face. In a very sarcastic manner. Because that's how I roll, with sarcasm. 
it's a can or two of gasoline 
one match and a mighty big flame
 all the heartache and suffering is going to melt inside of me 
a picture book and a pile of you're clothes
 you and me going up in smoke 
a sure fire way of letting go
 yeah nothing burns like a memory

5. "Kerosene": by Miranda Lambert
Of course I'd have to feature the Queen of Done Wrong. She has a whole slew of songs that talk about being done wrong by a man, just like her new song "Baggage Claim" which has a really good line: "For every woman scorned is a man who made her that way." I think that line just speaks volumes about being dumped and all. But that's not this song. "Kerosene" was the song that established the "steryotype" of Miranda Lambert. A little hellbent, Texas girl who was a no-nonsense girl. The song talks about how she was left for another woman, and life is hard, but she isn't going to let him get her. She's just going to blow it all up in kerosene.
I gave it everything I had and everything 
But I got was bad 
Life ain't hard but it's too long livin' like some country song 
Trade the truth in for a lie, cheatin' really ain't a crime 
I'm givin' up on love 'cause love's given up on me
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Anonymous said...

I love this post, Laura! I listen to music all the time and I find when I'm not in the best of moods, a song will pop up on my iPod that captures everything I'm feeling. The funny thing is, once the mood leaves me, I continue on my merry way until months later, when I'm at a Wal-Mart, and the song pops up again on the in-store speaker system--I'm instantly propelled to back that time and place a few months prior where I first heard the song, and all those feelings rush back to me when listening to it! To me, that is a powerful testament to the wonder of music!

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