January 22nd, 2010

Of all the songs I’ve written, a great favorite of mine is this one I wrote with Steve Singer. What made me think of it and want to feature it in this chapter was listening to Dave Morgan singing on “Dream Girl” in the previous chapter. Dave sang this song, too, and brother, he sang the livin’ bejeezus out of it!

“The Sound of One Heart Breaking” is torch ballad about a great love lost and the bittersweet matyrdom of wasting away, trapped in the painful and poignant memory of it. (is that dramatic enough for you?!). Anyone who has a heart knows this story.

And so, with no regard whatsoever for whether this song would be cut or not (it never has), I tried to tell that story in the most eloquent and heartfelt imagery I could muster. Dave really got it, and he owned the song with this vocal. I don’t believe any singer on the planet could do a better job than he did — then or now.

Details: Dave sang lead and all the backgrounds, of course. Dan Sawyer (see chapter 4) played acoustic guitar, and I did all the rest in my North Hollywood studio circa 1986. I wrote it during my tenure as a staff writer for Warner/Chappell, and those useless peckers own it still.

THE SOUND OF ONE HEART BREAKING

By: Skip Adams & Steve Singer

Once I knew your kiss
Now I’m nothing but a whisper
On the lips of some
Forgotten memory
To feel but never touch
Like a lonely ghost in love
I hover over you
In your dreams

Out there in the night
A million heart are yearning
Why should one more matter more or less?

(Chorus)

It’s only the sound of one heart breaking
It’s nothing but an echo from your past
Just a noisy memory
Of a love that used to be
It’s only the sound of one heart breaking
The cry as the lonely die of a broken heart

Something that you heard
Sent a ripple through your world
It’s just the gentle distant thunder
Of a falling tear
Please don’t be alarmed
It can’t do you any harm
Just close your eyes and it will leave you
Like a childhood fear

It’s only the sound of one heart breaking
It’s nothing but an echo from your past
Just a noisy memory
Of a love that used to be
It’s only the sound of one heart breaking
The cry as the lonely die of a broken heart

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2 Responses to “chp 23: The Sound of One Heart Breaking”

  1. James Adams says:

    Hmm…so I DID get my sad- song-writing skills from somewhere!

    The imagery in this song really stirred up my dusty pile of sad memories. Beautiful work all around.

  2. Terri says:

    Perfect example of how beautiful sadness can be. Excellent job all around – melody, lyrics and the voice delivering the message.