The ABA Family Law Listserve has a recent thread on songs relating to divorce. There are many to add to the posting of country music divorce songs we did a few weeks ago. Thanks to all for permission to reprint!
The top 25 according to Charlie Abut, New Jersey, publisher of the New Jersey Family Law blog:
25. Get Your Tongue Outta My Mouth 'Cause I'm Kissing You Goodbye
24. Your Teeth Was Stained, But Your Heart Was Pure
23. How Can I Miss You If You Won't Go Away?
22. I Don't Know Whether To Kill Myself Or Go Bowling
21. I Just Bought A Car From The One That Stole My Love, But The Car
Don't Run, So I Figure We Got An Even Deal
20. I Keep Forgettin' I Forgot About You
19. I Liked You Better Before I Knew You So Well
18. I Still Miss You, Baby, But My Aim's Gettin' Better
17. I Wouldn't Take You To A Dog Fight, Not Even If You Had A Chance To
16. I'll Marry You Tomorrow But Let's Honeymoon Tonight
15. I'm So Miserable Without You, It's Like Having You Here
14. I've Got Tears In My Ears From Lyin' On My Back and Cryin' Over You
13. If I Can't Be Number One In Your Life, Then Number Two on You
12. If I Had Shot You When I Wanted To, I'd Be Out By Now
11. Mama Get A Hammer (There's A Fly On Papa's Head)
10. My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink, And I Don't Love You
9. You Ran Off With My Best Friend And I Sure Do Miss Her/Him
8. Please Bypass This Heart
7. You Got The Ring And I Got The Finger
6. You Done Tore Out My Heart And Stomped That Sucker Flat
5. You're The Reason Our Kids Are So Ugly
4. If The Phone Don't Ring, You'll Know It's Me
3. You're Actin' Single and I'm Drinkin' Doubles
2. You're Looking Better After Every Beer
1. I Haven't Gone To Bed With Anybody Ugly But I've Sure Woke Up With A
From Kristin Schuler-Hintz:
"To this I add:
50 Ways to leave your Lover
After the Love is Gone
Ain't No Sunshine
All by Myself
Paradise by the Dashboard Light (Meatloaf)
Another one bites the dust (Queen)
Every Day a Little Death (from A Little Night Music. Actually come to think of it, add the whole soundtrack "Now Later Soon" Glamorous Life; Remember? You Must Meet My Wife; Liaisons, In Praise of Women, Every Day a Little Death, Weekend in the Country, It Would Have Been Wonderful, Perpetual Anticipation, Send in the Clowns, Miller's Son
La Boheme - We all meet, fall in love, use other people, and eventually die
Madama Butterfly - Marry the wrong guy, get left with nothing, give up your son and die
And the one that we all think every day "People are Strange" The Doors.
I actually have a playlist on IPOD of "Office Music" all the music that is break up related. I play it softly in the background. I thought of suggesting that we put in our hold music................."
And from David Schaffer,Naperville, Ilinois:
"Need songs with lyrics, too, please."
From John Crouch, Arlington, Virginia
"There's a pop song called "I won't pay". I think it's British. It expresses vehemently the modern attitude that spouses have an obligation to support themselves, not each other.
Louis Jordan, "Somebody done changed the lock on that door."
Ray Charles, 'Hit the road, Jack."
[above are performers, not necessarily the songwriters]
"Don't you want me baby" -- prissy, annoying song that begins, 'She was working as a waitress in the local bar'
Then there's the one where the tag line is "That Ain't My Truck." That's my house, my kids, my woman, my dog, but that ain't my truck.
Bob Noone -- who should be required listening for anyone who has read this far, has recorded "Breakin' Up Is REALLY Hard To Do", "UPWARDLY MOBILE LOVE", "BLAME IT ON THE VIAGRA". See http://www.lawsongs.com/
Finally, my cousin Philip Heald, former deejay/family lawyer/general practitioner in Ironton, Ohio, has a great song about domestic violence called "I am the Man in Charge of You." I don't know if he has recorded it. "
Thanks to all!