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Song of the day is Heartbreak Even by Ani Difranco

Updated on October 7, 2015
Ani Difranco
Ani Difranco
Revelling/Reckoning is Ani Difranco's 11th album.  It was a double album released in 2001.  Heartbreak Even is track number 6.
Revelling/Reckoning is Ani Difranco's 11th album. It was a double album released in 2001. Heartbreak Even is track number 6.

BestEverAlbums.com ranks Revelling/Reckoning as Ani Difranco's 5th best album.

Chart Rankings

 
 
 
2001
The Billboard 200
50
2001
Top Independent Albums
1
2001
Top Internet Albums
2
CMJ New Music Monthly ran from 1993 to 2009.  Each issue came with a CD of new music from established and unknown artists.  It was roughly priced around 5 dollars.  5 dollars got you a magazine and a CD with 15-30 songs.  That's value & it was great.
CMJ New Music Monthly ran from 1993 to 2009. Each issue came with a CD of new music from established and unknown artists. It was roughly priced around 5 dollars. 5 dollars got you a magazine and a CD with 15-30 songs. That's value & it was great.
This is the actual CD where I discovered Heartbreak Even.  It's the best song on the CD in my opinion.
This is the actual CD where I discovered Heartbreak Even. It's the best song on the CD in my opinion.

Heartbreak Even is a single off of Difranco’s album Revelling/Reckoning

Revelling/Reckoning was released in 2001. I actually stumbled across this song. It was on a CMJ New Music Monthly CD. CMJ New Music Monthly was a monthly music magazine that had interviews, reviews and special features. The magazine came with a CD each month that contained new music from established bands as well as unsigned artists. This is going to sound crazy and I’m going to date myself with this next statement. I went into a music store to buy a music single. Holy Smokes! Yes, once upon a time people use to do that. Also, there use to be individual music stores that sold CDs and not just Best Buy, Walmart and Target. Sounds crazy doesn’t it youngsters. The store employee informed me at the register that I could buy this magazine, which was the same price of the single. The magazine came with a CD which the single was on. So for $4.99 I got a cool magazine and CD that had 20 songs, including the one I really wanted. That’s what I call customer service! Seriously, I think customer service went away with music stores, but that’s a discussion for another day.

I bought my first CMJ New Music Monthly in December of 1997. The CD that came with that issue was awesome. Turns out I liked a lot of the songs on the CD. The magazine wasn’t anything special. It wasn’t anything different from any other music magazine. I became a fan because of the free CD and I found so many gems. It was a great way to find new music before all of the free/illegal sharing had become popular. The free CDs are how I came across a song I absolutely love called Heartbreak Even.

It’s a beautifully crafted song lyrically and musically. We all know a song has different meanings to different people. We never truly know until an artist admits what the song is about. Based on the title you would assume it’s about Heartbreak. Duh Randal! Yeah, I get it. It seems obvious with a title like Heartbreak Even. There are so many songs with the title Heartbreak in them. Why? Because heartbreak is one of the most brutal things we go through. Everyone can relate and it’s almost guaranteed it will be a hit if the song is about heartbreak or if heartbreak is in the title. History has shown this to be true. There is Heartbreak Hotel by Elvis Pressely, This Place Hotel aka Heartbreak Hotel by The Jacksons , Heartbreaker by Pat Benatar and Heartbreaker by Mariah Carey to name a few.

It sounds like it’s a song about feelings and complications between two people who feel the same way. It seems that one or maybe both are in relationships. I based that on the first line in the song. It’s a heartbreak even situation. No explanation needed there. Take a look at the second line, Nothing lost and nothing gained. They haven’t acted on their impulsion's. Let’s take a look at the next line in the song. So I’m 10 years old again. Maybe they originally fell in love as kids or maybe this person makes her feel youthful. We’ve all been in those situations where you’ve had to conceal or control your feelings for someone because of fear of rejection, embarrassment or whatever. Look at the third verse. “You try not to let your emotions show, but it ain’t a balloon you can just let go.” Sometimes when you feel so strongly for someone its impossible to hide your feelings or get over them. “The next line is interesting. It’s an ice cream cone dripping in the sun, sticky hands, sticky arms, sticky situation.” I’ve read where people think the song is more about sex than anything and refer to the sticky hands and arms line. I don’t think that’s crazy, but I like to think it’s more than that. To me, the ice cream cone represents something you really want and even crave. You have it in your possession and things are getting messy. I won’t lie, sex did cross my mind with that line, but I just felt like it was too easy. She teases sex early in the song, but it’s more sleight of hand word play. I feel you make love to me slightly, every time you let a little laugh slip too soon. Who knows? Sometimes we over think things. Which is part of the appeal of the song. I suggest you listen. This song is a must have in your play rotation. I hope you enjoy.

What do you think Heartbreak Even is about?

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