"Are you ready to be heartbroken?" as written by and Lloyd/clark Cole....
Looking like a born again
Living like a heretic
Listening to arthur lee records
Making all your friends feel so guilty
About their cynicism
And the rest of their generation
Not even the government are gonna stop you now
But are you ready to be heartbroken?
Are you ready to be heartbroken?

Pumped up full of vitamins
On account of all the seriousness
You say you're so happy now
You can hardly stand
Lean over on the bookcase
If you really want to get straight
Read norman mailer
Or get a new tailor
Are you ready to be heartbroken?
Are you ready to be heartbroken?
Are you ready to bleed?

What would it take
What would it take to wipe that smile off of your face?
Are you ready to be, are you ready to bleed?

Are you ready to be heartbroken?
Are you ready to bleed? (heartbroken)
Well you better get ready now baby
Are you ready to bleed? , ready to bleed?


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"Are You Ready to Be Heartbroken?" as written by Neil Robert Clark Lloyd Cole

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    General CommentAnd we only need to listen to the rest of the album to realise that the friend who is feeling guilty about their cynicism is Lloyd. I also read that Lloyd also said that everyone in Glasgow at the time was listening to arthur lee records, that line seems to be about cliques and the inner debate between joining them or ignoring them.
    green viion July 07, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's Lloyd singing about a young adult (maybe an earlier version of himself) unscarred by life, full of untrammelled hope, optimism and joy; and telling them that failed love will come to them at some point, it will hit them hard and change their outlook forever. Another slice of joy from a great songwriter! :)
    Paegaon June 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbeautiful song. typical literate song from Lloyd.
    Someone that appears to wallow in being depressed
    CharmingManon April 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsubject of a recent 'retort' song with camera obscura's 'hey lloyd, i'm ready to be heartbroken'

    i think it's more about someone who is pissed off at those around them seemingly being very happy with themselves and their lives, whereas he's still stuck in a rut not knowing where to go so his friends being happy is really annoying him
    artlesson June 30, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti should add that he believes all his friends happiness will eventually end, and they should be prepared for heartbreak, as it's iminent
    artlesson June 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHis ex, she'smoved on.
    kat6993586on June 25, 2014   Link

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