The 30-Day Song Selection Spectacular: #7, A Song That Breaks Your Heart With The First Few Notes

Mary Margaret O’Hara, “Help Me Lift You Up”

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Ugh. Not only does this beautiful song seem to be about a painful love affair (“So sorry if I can’t stop pretending/So sorry if I don’t let you go”) but it is a visceral reminder of a doomed love affair of my own for which this entire album provided the soundtrack. Mopers, listen at your own peril!

Bonus material: this used to make me feel vapory and morose when I heard it on the radio as a little kid, even though I loved it (and still do)

Paul Simon, “Mother & Child Reunion”

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Singer-songwriter and American Songwriter contributor Paula Carino lives in Brooklyn, NY. Her latest album, Open On Sunday, is available at

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