Song of the Day #2,024: ‘The Way We Make a Broken Heart’ – John Hiatt

john_hiattOn very rare occasions, the Random iTunes Fairy serves up a song from my collection that I have never heard.

Those songs tend to come from my wife’s albums, or records I’ve collected over the years for free or in bargain sales and never got around to hearing.

Today’s track, from John Hiatt’s <em<Anthology collection, is an example of the former. My wife likes a John Hiatt song or two and bought this compilation at some point through the years. I doubt she’s heard it any more often than I have.

This song is performed as a duet with Roseanne Cash. It’s about a pair of lovers lamenting (or perhaps celebrating) the fact that they’re breaking her husband’s heart.

Ry Cooder recorded the first released version of the song, in 1980, and Hiatt put this one out in 1983. Cash released a solo version a few years later and took it to #1 on the country charts.

Just one more kiss he’ll have to miss
This night with you
Now you’re guilty of this secret love
As I am too
You’ll get used to telling lies
And feeling sorry when he cries
Now that the strings are attached
He’ll catch on
We’ve done our part

Oh, this is the way we make a broken heart

Lesson number one we’ve just begun
To hurt him so
And with lesson two I’ll long for you
When lights are low
And we get to lesson three
When he gets down on his knees
And begs me to stop at the door
Just before
He comes apart

Oh, This is the way we make a broken heart

BRIDGE:
Well we laid a trail of tears
For him to follow
And we’ve thought of every lie
That he might swallow

And with lesson four there’ll be no more
For him to bear
And on some dark night we’ll dim the lights
On this affair

And he’ll find somebody new
And she’ll likely hurt him too
‘Cause there must be millions just like you and me
Practiced in the art

Oh, This is the way we make a broken heart
Oh, This is the way we make a broken heart

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,024: ‘The Way We Make a Broken Heart’ – John Hiatt

  1. Dana says:

    I’ve never heard this song before. It’s a rather dark song to hit number one. Perhaps Cash lightened the tone in her solo version?

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