25 Breakup Song Lyrics That Explain Your Pain Better Than You Ever Could

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Song lyrics have the power to say exactly what we’re feeling or what we wish we could say to another person. Here are some gems for when you’re going through a heartbreak and just want to remember that you’re not alone in your pain. 

1. “I’ve been waiting on you, just to say something real. There’s a light on the road and I think you know. Morning has come and I have to go. I don’t know why, I don’t know why, we need to break so hard. I don’t know why we break so hard.”

–RHODES & Birdy, Let It All Go

2. “Cause it used to be my life and soul, keeping everything in tune. What the heck man, last time I checked man we had it all, it was just me and you. So what happened to you? Thought I knew you, no more chances. I’m gone, gone, gone.”

–Lianne La Havas, Gone

3. “Gone are the days when the wind would brush my face. Gone are the days when you’re the wind. And gone are the days when my heavy heart is worn on my sleeve.”

–The Head and the Heart, Gone

4. “But if you loved me, why’d you leave me? Take my body. Take my body. All I want is, and all I need is, to find somebody. I’ll find somebody like you.”

–Kodaline, All I Want

5. “Throw me in a landfill. Don’t think about the consequences. Throw me in the dirt pit. Don’t think about the choices that you make. Throw me in the water. Don’t think about the splash I will create. Leave me at the altar, knowing all the things you just escaped.”

–Daughter, Landfill

6. “It’s really over, you made your stand. You got me crying, as was your plan. But when my loneliness is through, I’m gonna find another you.”

–John Mayer, I’m Gonna Find Another You

7. “It’s unfair that I still care and I wonder where you are tonight. Thinking it could be different. But maybe we missed it.”  

–Tori Kelly, It Should’ve Been Us

8. “She said I don’t want to lose you, but I’m close to giving up. There’s always a trade off, and there’s never enough of you to go around when I need you the most. Nothing lasts forever but it can last a long, long time. I’ll be the wind of summer in retreat, you’ll be the leaves burning at my feet.”

–Rogue Valley, The Bottom of the Riverbed

9. “In time I will fade away. In time I won’t hear what you say. In time, but time takes time you know.”

–Ben Folds, Time

10. “If you’re gonna let me down, let me down gently. Don’t pretend that you don’t want me. Our love ain’t water under the bridge.”

–Adele, Water Under the Bridge

11. “I still think that we were meant to be. Ooh-oh, lie to me now. I still dream that you were meant for me. Yea, why would you doubt?”

–Elizaveta, Meant

12. “How do you soften the thought of carrying coffins? We were so alive, only to see us wither and die. Oh, why must soil run dry.”

–Misterwives, Coffins

13. “I tried to be everything you’d ever want and sometimes I even stood on my heart and stomped. Now I’m finally alone and dressed for the show but going nowhere. They don’t need to see me crying.”

–Sara Bareilles, Little Black Dress

14. “How come you don’t want me now? Why don’t you want to wait this out? How come you always lead me on, never take my call, hear me out? Why don’t you want to win me now? Why don’t you want to show me off? Tell me why you couldn’t try, couldn’t try and keep me.”

–Tegan and Sara, How Come You Don’t Want Me

15. “I wish I meant something to you, like you did to me. I wish I could stay as new as when you first found me. Oh my head is tight from just tryna hide my views. Oh when I keep trying my best just to keep you. Place me in the corner, inside your heart. So that you remember, baby when I’m gone.”

–Yuna, Mountains

16. “These streets are yours, you can keep them. I don’t want them. They pull me back, and I surrender, to the memories I run from. Oh, we have paved these streets with moments of defeat. But even if we won’t admit it to ourselves we’ll walk these streets and think of little else. So I won’t show my face here anymore. I won’t show my face here anymore.”

–Bastille, These Streets

17. “So I would choose to be with you. That’s if the choice were mine to make. But you can make decisions too, and you can have this heart to break.”

–Billy Joel, And So It Goes

18. “Oh, if I could go back in time when you only held me in my mind, just a longing gone without a trace. Oh, I wish I’d never ever seen your face. I wish you were the one, wish you were the one that got away.”

–The Civil Wars, The One That Got Away

19. “No light, no light in your bright blue eyes. I never knew daylight could be so violent. A revelation in the light of day. You can’t choose what stays and what fades away. And I’d do anything to make you stay. No light, no light. No light. Tell me what you want me to say.”

–Florence + The Machine, No Light, No Light

20. “And I don’t blame you dear for running like you did all these years. I would do the same, you’d best believe. And the highway signs say we’re close but I don’t read those things anymore. I never trusted my own eyes.”

–The Lumineers, Stubborn Love

21. “I can’t take it. From the day I saw my heart start breaking. No one saved me. I can’t take it. Can’t believe I really lost you, baby. Earth keeps shaking all around, oh, you let me down. And I can’t take it.”

–Ryn Weaver, OctaHate

22. “I am sorry this is always how it goes. The wind blows loudest when you’ve got your eyes closed. But I never changed a single color that I breathe. So you could have tried to take a closer look at me. I am tired of punching in the wind. I am tired of letting it all in. And I should eat you up and spit you right out. I should not care but I don’t know how.”

–Of Monsters and Men, Organs

23. “Long, long time ago, you and I put on show, then we ran it in the ground. You said it’s not enough. Don’t want a broken love. You were nowhere to be found, even after something’s gotta hold on. Did any of me stick at all?”

–Ingrid Michaelson, Stick

24. “You were red and you liked me cause I was blue. You touched me and suddenly I was a lilac sky, and you decided purple just wasn’t for you.”

–Halsey, Colors

25. “I will survive and be the one who’s stronger. I will not beg you to stay. I will move on and you should know I mean it. Wild horses run in me.”

–Birdy, Wild Horses Thought Catalog Logo Mark

I’m handing you my box full of darkness.

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