Song of the Day #2,967: ‘The Breakout’ – John Mellencamp

mellencamp_dance_nakedJohn Mellencamp’s 13th album, 1994’s Dance Naked, was recorded and released by Mellencamp in a rush to spite the record company.

He was unhappy with the suits’ lukewarm response to his previous album, the excellent Human Wheels, so he aimed to deliver the sort of mindless rock-n-roll record they preferred.

Mellencamp was on enough of a creative roll at this point in his career that he ended up delivering a solid album despite himself.

He even scored a top five Billboard hit with his cover of Van Morrison’s ‘Wild Night,’ which he performed as a duet with Me’shell Ndegeocello.

Mellencamp followed up Dance Naked two years later with a non-traditional release, the ambitious Mr. Happy Go Lucky.

Why do I think there’s nobody out there?
No one who wants me and no one who knows
I wait in this place, no one can see me
After all this time could I be so alone?
I walk through this old town and still feel lonely
The wind plays sad songs high in the trees
The sun never shines this deep in the forest
Am I in the darkness or is the darkness in me?

I wanna break
I wanna break out
I wanna break
I wanna break out
I want to taste the tears of a lover
Warm as my blood, as wet as a kiss
But it’s only dark rain that falls in this old town
Old as my memory and as cold as my lips

I wanna break
I wanna break out
I don’t wanna fake it
I want to break out
And when I feel lonely
And when I feel lonely
You fly me to the sun

Above this old town
From the top of the tower
I forget about living, I forget about pain
At the edge of the platform
At the edge of a heartbeat
Above this old town I flew away

I wanna break
I wanna break out
I don’t wanna fake it
I want to break out
I wanna break
I wanna break out
I want to break
I want to break out

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,967: ‘The Breakout’ – John Mellencamp

  1. Dana says:

    I never knew this was a “spite” album. I’ve always enjoyed it, though not as much as Human Wheels.

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