is the owner of a lonely heart really that much better than the owner of a broken heart?

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Let's find out. List one song about a lonely heart and one song about a broken heart -- then tell me which song is better (and, if you're so inclined, why it's better).

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 23 January 2003 05:16 (nineteen years ago) link

And fuck, that title was supposed to be "Is the owner of a lonely heart...?" My joke is RUINED. [Title Fixed -- Mod.]

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 23 January 2003 05:17 (nineteen years ago) link

only if your copy of 90125 skips - then they are better.

tom (alternate), Thursday, 23 January 2003 05:20 (nineteen years ago) link

Of course, one can be both lonely and heartbroken -- Elvis lives down at the end of Lonely Street in Heartbreak Hotel.

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 23 January 2003 05:27 (nineteen years ago) link

Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" (lonely heart)
Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me a River" (broken heart)

Hank takes it. He uses the word "whipporwill." So.

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 23 January 2003 05:43 (nineteen years ago) link

According to Roy Orbison, It's Too Soon to Know.

tom (alternate), Thursday, 23 January 2003 06:12 (nineteen years ago) link

Hank takes it.

Hank could take that one from his grave if he was even twice as dead.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 23 January 2003 06:22 (nineteen years ago) link

Is a taste of honey worse than none at all?

jm (jtm), Thursday, 23 January 2003 06:38 (nineteen years ago) link

:-(

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 23 January 2003 07:01 (nineteen years ago) link

"Unfinished Sympathy"
ultimately, a song of a lonely heart
(and one of the greatest song titles known to woman and man, obviously)

"Like An Angel Passing Through My Room"
in spite of the 'peaceful solitude' fleetingly passing through the song, and regardless of whatever interpretations it's been attributed, ever - 'allegedly, a ghost story' (is it fk!), nothing doing - this disquieting still-life of a tune was made by a bunch of broken hearted people
and that they managed to complete that album, where this song's from, the way they did, appears to me a somewhat greater miracle than Fleetwood Mac finishing their (magnificent) Tusk

so it's ...49 points to "Unfinished" and 51 to "Angel"

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Friday, 24 January 2003 01:30 (nineteen years ago) link

sea of heartbreak by leo sayer vs oh lonesome me by neil young and everyone else who done that song. the owner of a lonely heart wins there.

di smith (lucylurex), Friday, 24 January 2003 01:59 (nineteen years ago) link

Lonely = 2
Brokenhearted = 1

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 24 January 2003 02:04 (nineteen years ago) link

arco "at least"

states that not being in love is better than unrequited love

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Friday, 24 January 2003 02:05 (nineteen years ago) link

"But I just can't convince myself
I couldn't live with no one else
And I can only play that part
And sit and nurse my broken heart

So lonely"

How would you score that one?

TMFTML
http://intonation.blogspot.com

TMFTML (TMFTML), Friday, 24 January 2003 02:09 (nineteen years ago) link

I wiggled my ass WAY more to Justin than to Hank Williams and everyone knows that ass-wiggling is the TRUE measure of a songs worth!

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Friday, 24 January 2003 02:14 (nineteen years ago) link

TMFTML, any song where the loneliness is attributed to heartbreak goes in the "broken heart" category.

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 24 January 2003 02:16 (nineteen years ago) link

eight years pass...

boner of a lonely fart
boner of a lonely fart

just johnin' (crüt), Tuesday, 25 January 2011 09:54 (eleven years ago) link

"owner of a lonely heart" is a song by Yes, so it loses by default.

Mark G, Tuesday, 25 January 2011 10:00 (eleven years ago) link

nine years pass...

Maybe it's cabin fever kicking in because I have seen this Yes video before. But suddenly I am wondering what the hell were they thinking? It's not at all what I thought the owner of a lonely heart would be concerned with.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVOuYquXuuc

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Sunday, 17 May 2020 00:40 (two years ago) link

thread topic is very “ask an inceI”

Inadequate grass (morrisp), Sunday, 17 May 2020 01:00 (two years ago) link

I really really vibe with Jon Anderson in that video

brimstead, Sunday, 17 May 2020 01:33 (two years ago) link

I remember watching this video as a kid and being like "adulthood is going to be bad, having to go to work and get hauled before faceless councils but maybe I'll be able to turn into an animal" and I was up for it.

avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Sunday, 17 May 2020 02:06 (two years ago) link

Ha, yeah, I wondered that for a long time. The video is some Kafkaesque dystopia, which is sort of great in its own way but... has nothing to do with the song. xps

Feel a million filaments (Sund4r), Sunday, 17 May 2020 02:17 (two years ago) link

there is some suggestion in the video that he may have murdered his lover, or so the authorities assume, although we are shown that she changes into a frog

avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Sunday, 17 May 2020 02:39 (two years ago) link

LOL at how the actor has to suffer thru a scorpion on his nose, cat dropped on his face, faceful of maggots...

Inadequate grass (morrisp), Sunday, 17 May 2020 02:48 (two years ago) link

It's a great video, precisely because the interpretation is so imaginative and unexpected. Would you have preferred something more literal? Jon Anderson pulling sad faces and hitting a porcelain heart with a mallet?

The multiplying villainies of nature / Do swarm upon him (Vast Halo), Sunday, 17 May 2020 14:18 (two years ago) link

I love that video. Certainly the best most misleading visual representation of Yes on film.

akm, Sunday, 17 May 2020 15:28 (two years ago) link

Storm Thorgerson directed it

Maresn3st, Sunday, 17 May 2020 16:12 (two years ago) link

It's a great video, precisely because the interpretation is so imaginative and unexpected. Would you have preferred something more literal? Jon Anderson pulling sad faces and hitting a porcelain heart with a mallet?

No, I love it. If anything, I wish their music was still as mysterious and ambitious at that point.

Feel a million filaments (Sund4r), Sunday, 17 May 2020 18:57 (two years ago) link

Wtf @ this video

calstars, Sunday, 17 May 2020 19:03 (two years ago) link

thread topic is very “ask an inceI”

― Inadequate grass (morrisp), Saturday, May 16, 2020 9:00 PM bookmarkflaglink

why?

I am a free. I am not man. A number. (Neanderthal), Sunday, 17 May 2020 19:12 (two years ago) link

So when he freaks out in the shower, that's Chris Squire wrapped around his neck?

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Sunday, 17 May 2020 19:33 (two years ago) link

The thread title isn't actually the singer's POV is it? It's more of a Dear Prudence thing.

Noel Emits, Sunday, 17 May 2020 19:48 (two years ago) link

I take it as Trevor Rabin's sheepish emo retort to Jon Anderson's strident positivity.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Sunday, 17 May 2020 19:53 (two years ago) link

Storm Thorgerson directed it

It does look like a Styx album cover brought to life, yes. Needs Steve Howe for the full horror effect though.

zoom séance goes tits up (Matt #2), Sunday, 17 May 2020 20:02 (two years ago) link

Steve Howe is a wood elf

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Sunday, 17 May 2020 20:04 (two years ago) link

yes he doesn't belong in this postmodern dystopia

akm, Sunday, 17 May 2020 20:35 (two years ago) link

British bucolic fantasy weirdness montage is the best part

calstars, Sunday, 17 May 2020 21:06 (two years ago) link

I often thought about which LOTR characters the various members of Yes would be

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Sunday, 17 May 2020 21:29 (two years ago) link

Jon is definitely bilbo

sleight return (voodoo chili), Sunday, 17 May 2020 22:58 (two years ago) link

move yourself

I am a free. I am not man. A number. (Neanderthal), Sunday, 17 May 2020 23:00 (two years ago) link

I hadn't seen that video before but now that I have I love the song even more.

pomenitul, Sunday, 17 May 2020 23:09 (two years ago) link

I always thought of Jon as more of a hybrid of Tom Bombadil and Sauron

zoom séance goes tits up (Matt #2), Sunday, 17 May 2020 23:10 (two years ago) link

I think Jon is more Frodo than Bilbo, and Bill Bruford would therefore be Sam.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Sunday, 17 May 2020 23:11 (two years ago) link

Steve Howe = Elrond
Rick Wakeman = Saruman

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Sunday, 17 May 2020 23:13 (two years ago) link

Chris Squire is probably a Boromir

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Sunday, 17 May 2020 23:13 (two years ago) link

he did what we could not

I am a free. I am not man. A number. (Neanderthal), Sunday, 17 May 2020 23:14 (two years ago) link

Patrick Moraz = Treebeard

zoom séance goes tits up (Matt #2), Sunday, 17 May 2020 23:43 (two years ago) link

bilbo would occasionally break into song about ancient mariners, sounds like a jon anderson move to me

sleight return (voodoo chili), Sunday, 17 May 2020 23:49 (two years ago) link

Steve Howe should not be pegged as Elrond just because he resembles the actor ... he’s more Gollum

calstars, Sunday, 17 May 2020 23:57 (two years ago) link

Or the Lord of the Nazgûl

zoom séance goes tits up (Matt #2), Monday, 18 May 2020 00:12 (two years ago) link

Y'all are being way harsh on poor Steve Howe

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 18 May 2020 00:21 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

the music video

"hang on maybe there's another way to do this..."

the band can all change into animals

| (Latham Green), Friday, 18 November 2022 13:22 (two weeks ago) link


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