Song Lyric Sunday: What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?

The prompt for Song Lyric Sunday from Jim Adams is Breakup Songs.
The song must contain a reference to breaking up in the title or the lyrics.
If the song does not meet these criteria, please explain why you chose it.


Hmm, are we looking for a song about a broken romance or the song that does the breaking?

People: Beware the curse of the breakup song – it does exist! Just ask John Denver, Billy Joel, George Harrison, and Eric Clapton, among others. Yup, if you compose a song in praise of your spouse, partner or muse: Chances are, that relationship is doomed.

Pattie Boyd must hold the record for the most songs written in her honour. George Harrison penned at least three about her, including the beautiful Something, but she still left him for Eric Clapton.

Who had already poured his unrequited love for her into Layla. Before going on to torture the world with Wonderful Tonight. Sorry, Slowhand fans, but I cannot stand that song. Obviously, Patti couldn’t either; she divorced him. However, her third marriage is very much alive and kicking. Probably because her third husband has never written a song for, or about, her.

The moral of the tale: if your partner offers to write you a song unless you are Linda McCartney, say no.

But enough of laughing at breakups. They are painful and devastating. And here is a song that always reduces me to a snivelling wreck as it brings back hideous memories of the breakups in my life.

The Sunshine After the Rain was written and recorded by Ellie Greenwich for her 1968 album Composes, Produces And Sings. It’s a pretty pop-piece, but if you want a version that will put your soul through the wringer, the cover by Elkie Brooks is the one for you. Released in 1977, the re-titled Sunshine After the Rain was a UK Top Ten Hit for the “British Queen of Blues.”

Everywhere I go
I see a face we used to know
I pass a place we used to go
When you were mine

Since you went away
My heart’s not free
It keeps on raining down on me
Will there be a day when the sun will shine?

I want to see the sunshine after the rain
I want to see bluebirds flying over the mountain again
Oh, where is the silver lining shining at the rainbow’s end?

When I hear your name
I start to cry
Each day’s the same since your goodbye
It’s like a game, forgetting you

Every night I pray
Tomorrow brings a sunny day
And happy things
Just like the way it used to be
For you and me

I want to see the sunshine after the rain
I want to see bluebirds flying over the mountain again
Oh, where is the silver lining shining at the rainbow’s end?

Everywhere I go
I see a face we used to know
I pass a place we used to go
When you were mine

Since you went away
My heart’s not free
It keeps on raining down on me
Will there be a day when the sun will shine?

I want to see the sunshine after the rain
I want to see bluebirds flying over the mountain again
Oh, where is the silver lining shining at the rainbow’s end?
I want to see bluebirds flying over the mountain again
Oh, where is the silver lining shining at the rainbow’s end

Songwriters: Ellie Greenwich
©UMG (on behalf of EMI), Sony ATV Publishing

There is also a Eurodance cover by Berri, which samples I Feel Love by Donna Summer. Frankly the less said about that one, the better.

8 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?

  1. Ellie Greenwich wrote some great music Da Doo Ron Ron, Then He Kissed Me, Hanky Panky, Leader of the Pack, Chapel of Love, Do Wah Diddy Diddy, Be My Baby, Baby I Love You, River Deep Mountain High and others. I love this song also, great choice Ella.

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