Day 4. (Favorite breakup song)
The Kinks – “Better Things.”
Pop music is littered with break-up masterpieces, but this one rules them all, IMO. I love the generosity and affection expressed in these lyrics, and of course that indelible melody. It’s a rare break-up song that isn’t bitter, and Ray Davies has written at least two (unless “Days” is about something else).
Bonus material: But if you are looking for a bitter, angry, triumphant kinda break-up song, it doesn’t get better than Gladys Knight’s “End of Our Road.” “…I couldn’t CRY if I wanted to…”
Singer-songwriter and American Songwriter contributor Paula Carino lives in Brooklyn, NY. Her latest album, Open On Sunday, is available at paulacarino.com.