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Heartfelt Songs By Musicians From The Boomer Generation

Updated on July 1, 2016

Men Hurt Badly When They Lose The Girl They Love

During the boomer generation, women and men were, as the book said, from Venus and Mars. Love was a driving passion, but it could sear the heart when it didn't work. Here are four boomer songs by men who expressed how it feels to lose love.

Marvin Gaye knew boomer heartbreak when he heard it through the grapevine.
Marvin Gaye knew boomer heartbreak when he heard it through the grapevine. | Source

I Heard it Through the Grapevine

Released in the year 1968, the song, I Heard it Through the Grapevine reached to the top by December of that same year. The song was about a man who loved his girl so much, later to find out that she was constantly cheating him. “I heard it through the grapevine” was a phrase oftenly used by people at that time. This is how I knew the song will surely break anyone's heart. Marvin Gaye had to sing this song a notch higher than usual to create that emotional feeling. In the first part of the song, he tells her, “I bet you're wonderin' how I knew ‘bout your plans to make me blue”. This can happen to anybody, especially when the girl you love becomes cold to you. In this song there was a guy who was making a comeback, and he tells her that he has more affection for her. The man in this song was feeling that she was having a rebound with another guy.

Original Marvin Gaye Grapevine Song

“Losin' you would end my life you see, ‘cause you mean so much to me"

Anybody would be surprised if they found out from other people or friends that their girl was cheating on him. That's what happened in this song. He felt that she was going to break up with him. This can happen to us. Any guy can find out from common friends that our girl can break up with us. Let's make sure that the information is credible. Sure, it's hard, especially on any man if the girl he loves will just leave him flat. The man in the song must have loved her so much because the words Marvin Gaye uttered in the song, “Losin' you would end my life you see, ‘cause you mean so much to me. You could have told me yourself, that you love someone else.” I would have felt devastated but I wouldn't hurt myself, but of course, I would feel so down. That's life. Sometimes you get hurt, but all you have to do is stand up again.

You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling by The Righteous Brothers

This song was the biggest hit that the Righteous Brothers released. It was in 1965 when this song became so popular. This song is about heartbreak and the fear of losing someone you love. The first part of the song sets the mood with the words, “You never close your eyes anymore when I kiss your lips, and there's no tenderness like before in your fingertips.” We all have feelings. A man knows when the love from his girl is slipping away. Girls do not show it right away because they do not want to break a man's heart. But men have emotions, and they know.

The Righteous Brothers

He'd get down on his knees for her...
He'd get down on his knees for her...

"Now there's no welcome look in your eyes when I reach for you"

The song continues with the words, “Now there's no welcome look in your eyes when I reach for you, and now you’re starting to criticize every little thing I do”. I guess every man has felt this way when love is slowly fading away. We have to experience heartbreaks because it makes us stronger. So cry it out so that you are releasing all that's inside you. Even if you get down on your knees, if the love is gone, then it's gone. Here, the man goes down on his knees, hoping the love will come back. Going down on your knees will never bring back the love. It's gone and we have to accept it. It may take time, but time heals the wound in our heart, and we get to be stronger.

You've Lost That Loving Feeling

When A Man Loves A Woman

This song was recorded on February 17, 1966, and released in April, 1966. This song was composed by two band mates of Percy Sledge, namely: Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright. There was a controversy regarding this song because according to Percy Sledge, he also co – wrote this song. According to him, he didn't mind if he wasn't given the credit of co – writing this song. This song reminded him of his former girlfriend. It's about a man who falls deeply in love with a woman and gives in to whatever she wants. The man in this song will give up anything he has for her. The woman in this song was insensitive and uncaring. She made the man in this song a virtual slave to her whims. These lyrics sum up the meaning of this song. “Well, this man loves you, woman. I gave you everything I have, Tryin' to hold on to your heartless love. Baby, please don't treat me bad.”

When a Man Loves A Woman
When a Man Loves A Woman | Source

True love is about giving and taking

Love between a man and a woman must be mutual. There is no way that love is a one-way street. True love is about giving and taking. Don't fall into a relationship that will bring misery into your life. Being a fool is not worth it. Blind love will ruin all facets of your life. This love is useless and you can never achieve anything with it. The result will be failure.

There is no way that love is a one-way street.

Love between a man and a woman must be mutual. There is no way that love is a one-way street. True love is about giving and taking. Don't fall into a relationship that will bring misery into your life. Being a fool is not worth it. Blind love will ruin all facets of your life. This love is useless and you can never achieve anything with it. The result will be failure.

Percy Sledge original

Cherish, by The Association

Cherish is a song written by Terry Kirkman, a band member of the singing group, The Association. It was released in 1966 and it became a hit song in the U.S. It's all about holding someone so close to you. It could be a girl that you wish you could love, but you can't have her. The lyrics of this song really speaks out for itself. “Cherish is the word I use to describe, all the feelings that I have hiding here for you inside. You don't know how many times I've wished that I had told you. You don't know how many times, I've wished that I could hold you. You don't know how many times I've wished that I could mold you into someone who could cherish me as much as I cherish you. Perish is the word that more than applies. To the hope in my heart each time I realize that I am not gonna be the one to share your dreams. That I am not gonna be the one to share your schemes. That I am not gonna be the one to share what seems to be the life that you could cherish as much as I do yours.” The man is so frustrated because he can't get involved with the girl because there seems to be a big fence that separates them. Probably the girl is already attached to another man and eventually he realizes that he cannot have her.

The Association

Cherish by The Association
Cherish by The Association | Source

Hold Dear to a Woman who can Love you Back

For me it is better to hold dear to a woman who can love you back the same way. It could be your wife and family. These are the people who will show great affection for you. Do not make the mistake falling in love with a person who does not feel anything for you . It's better to love the one you are with.

Cherish, by The Association

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Boomer Love

Love is a never ending, as long as both the man and woman work harder at the relationship than their passion drives it. Love has ups and downs, and what Boomers didn't always know was that it is in staying through thick and thin, that relationships rediscover the thickness and one grows old together satisfied and very much in love together.

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      Boomer Music Man 13 months ago

      Thank you very much word55. I really hope you liked id. You are very encouraging

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      Boomer Music Man 13 months ago

      Thank you very much billybuc. You're also a boomer like me. I hope these songs continue to touch your heart.

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I was there, and I can't even begin to guess how many hours I spent listening to these performers while doing homework and cruising the streets during summertime. Thanks for the memories.

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      Boomer Music Man 13 months ago

      Thank you Charito

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 13 months ago from Manila, Philippines

      Yeah, men sure feel awful about losing the women they love. And so do women with the men they love.

      That’s how crazy love is, I guess.

      I’ve always loved the melody of The Association’s “Cherish”.

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      Word 13 months ago from Chicago

      Very good hub. Thank you for sharing. Don't forget "My Whole World Ended The Moment You Left Me" by David Ruffin of The Temptations.

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      Boomer Music Man 13 months ago

      Thank you FlourishAnyway.

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      FlourishAnyway 13 months ago from USA

      What a great music hub! One of my all-time favorities is When A Man Loves a Woman. You write about these songs beautifully!

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      Boomer Music Man 13 months ago

      Thank you very much for your comment. It is very encouraging.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 13 months ago from Philippines

      I love the songs you chose, and the way you write about them. It is very different when a woman sees a man put his heart down the way these guys did in the boomer generation. I am recommending your article to all my followers:)