Song of the Day #3,424: ‘Heartbreak’ – Sarah McLachlan

Today’s Random Weekend track comes from Sarah McLachlan’s lackluster 2010 album Laws of Illusion. Released seven years after the decent Afterglow, this album failed to meet mounting expectations.

It was especially disappointing because this was McLachlan’s first work following the dissolution of her marriage, and I love me a good heartbreak album. Instead, we got a boring one.

Over the past seven years, McLachlan released two Christmas albums and one other collection of original material, 2014’s Shine On. I had no idea about that record until reading about it just now, which shows how thoroughly Laws of Illusion pushed McLachlan off of my radar.

Before the night comes, before the city sleeps
I walk a lonely mile
I know you’re out there, I know you’re waiting
For me to make a sign

I know you’d like me to go and crumble
Reveal myself to you
I lost a wing and grew a shell on the wound
Oh so soon

And heartbreak no you can’t catch me
Hot on my heels but I move too fast
I know you think that I would make good company…at last

You always come ’round after your good friend love
Has gone and run aground
A heart in shambles oh it’s just what you need
Your purpose found

You turn the lights down and draw the curtains
You put the kettle on
Come over here, sit down tell me your troubles
You sing the saddest song

And heartbreak no you can’t catch me
Hot on my heels but I move too fast
I know you think that I would make good company…
Yours at last

I’m free to wander so get up off of your knees
And find some other fool
Someone who’ll hold you when you’ve got no one to tease
It won’t be me

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One thought on “Song of the Day #3,424: ‘Heartbreak’ – Sarah McLachlan

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Rather bland. Certainly not as good as her earlier work.

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