Song of the Day #4,950: ‘Why Do They Leave?’ – Ryan Adams

It seems crazy to me that I’ve written nearly 5,000 Song of the Day posts and yet this is only my fourth featured track from Ryan Adams’ 2000 alt-country album Heartbreaker.

I love this album enough to have posted a track from it all the way back in 2008 for Song of the Day #2. I posted another nine months later. And then nothing, save for a Random Weekend appearance in 2018.

Three years ago, Adams was accused of sexual misconduct by seven women, including ex-wife Mandy Moore and a then little-known Phoebe Bridgers, so I can see why I haven’t been rushing to post his songs since then.

At any rate, Heartbreaker remains a wonderful collection of sweetly miserable acoustic folk rock.

[Verse 1]
Oh, why do they leave?
Oh, why do they leave?
On the day that you needed them the most

[Chorus]
Simple cards and things
Rose-colored sunsets, no flowers for me
Simple cards and things
Rose-colored sunsets, no flowers for me
Lover, why do you leave?
Lover, why do you leave?
On the day I want you for me?

[Verse 2]
Say, say it ain’t so
That he will take you tomorrow
And I will sit here today the worst

[Chorus]
Simple cards and things
Rose-colored sunsets, no flowers for me
Simple cards and things
Rose-colored sunsets, curtains for me
Lover, why do you leave?
Lover, why do you leave?
On the day I want you to be the one?

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,950: ‘Why Do They Leave?’ – Ryan Adams

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Should he be canceled from your blog?😀

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