"Heart Like A Sad Song" as written by Arnold Michel Roman and Annie Roboff....
She loves the ones with all that wounded pride
The ones who carry all that hurt inside
Who never seem to find a place they belong
She's got a heart like a sad song

And she will give them all the love she can
Even when love won't give her half a chance
And she will stay with them till all hope is gone
She's got a heart like a sad song

There's a wedding picture she still keeps
Of the girl she was and the man he seemed to be
He left her the house with the picket fence
And walked away with her innocence

There's a wedding picture she still keeps
Of the girl she was and the man he seemed to be
He left her the house with the picket fence
And walked away with her innocence

Now from the moment that love comes to call
She's waiting for that other shoe to fall
Goodbye's the only thing that she's counting on
Oh, she's got a heart like a sad song
She's got a heart like a sad song


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"Heart Like a Sad Song" as written by Arnold Michael Roman Annie Leslie Roboff

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    My InterpretationThis is a sad but beautiful song. The first line is one of the most powerful phrases ever: "She loves the ones with all that wounded pride / The ones who carry all that hurt inside / Who never seem to find a place they belong..." From the very beginning, we know exactly what emotions this woman identifies with and her state of being based on those with whom she empathizes. In the second stanza, we see why she struggles to maintain her strength and remains stoic even in the face of her emotional scars. In fact, we get a clear picture of the tone-- the sadness, by nothing more than the first few seconds of the piano solo itself.

    The woman in the song is broken. That is, her heart has been broken by a man who in the beginning of their relationship caused her to feel the a sense of safety and the beauty of falling in love. The essence of these feelings is now captured only by a photograph which serves as both a sentimental source of transient happiness as well as a physical reminder of its painful outcome.

    We are only given a glimpse of the tragic aftermath of something universally desirable: falling in love, beginning a family, creating a home-- a "house with a picket fence"- but like happens so many times, she and her children are abandoned. Now... love has left her "wounded" ("the girl she WAS"/"walked away with her innocence").

    In spite of this, she doesn't surrender or give up for love of her children. It implies that all hope is gone or rather that she knows it will soon be gone: "Goodbye's the only thing that she's counting on," yet she remains strong for their sake.

    "...she's waiting on that other shoe to fall"-- she is waiting for the inevitable and expected: an end. a goodbye... the nature of this "goodbye" can be left up to the listener. I like to think of it as a common theme of all things coming to an end, the lack of permanence in this world, and the belief that life is circular. "Goodbye" to the sadness and the heartache. She has endured through the sadness, , but once her farewell comes, it is only a farewell to the sadness and heartache, and she will be restored to a whole person again.

    This is what I draw from the song. Maybe it's what I WANT to believe because I can relate to intense sadness and like to believe that a sad heart, much like a sad song, must eventually come to an end.

    Though I am a man, I also can see societal issues within the song. Unfortunately, it is much too common for the father to abandon the mother and children. The mother must often serve as the sole source of strength. I've seen it in my own family.
    elixirison December 02, 2010   Link

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