♫ There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry) ♫

I have my favourites, as you all know by now … Elton, Stevie, Lionel, The Four Tops, Stevie, Marvin Gaye, Whitney Houston, Stevie, etc.  Oh, and did I mention Stevie, as in Stevie Wonder?  But I love many other artists from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s … I just forget about them sometimes.  One such is Billy Ocean … I have played 2 or 3 of his before, but I find I have never played this one …

Y’know, it’s funny … if I am feeling down, I look to happy, cheery tunes to try to turn my mood around.  But, I have a couple of friends of the male persuasion who turn to dark or sad songs when they are feeling low.  Is this, I wonder, a ‘guy thing’, or am I the anomaly?

This song was written and produced by Wayne Brathwaite and Barry Eastmond; Ocean was also credited as a co-writer for the song. It appears on Ocean’s 1986 album Love Zone, which was released on Jive Records.

According to Barry Eastmond, the song was inspired by an incident involving Ocean’s hit song of the previous year, SuddenlyEastmond told Fred Bronson in The Billboard Book of Number One Hits about a friend of his wife’s who had recently broken up with a long-term boyfriend. While at a party given by her new boyfriend, the song Suddenly, which reminded her of her previous boyfriend, was played, and she broke down in tears. Eastmond and his co-writers used this scenario as the basis for writing There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry).

This hit #1 in the U.S. and Canada, #12 in the UK.

There’ll Be Sad Songs
Billy Ocean

Sometimes I wonder by the look in your eyes
When I’m standing beside you
There’s a fever burning deep inside.

Is there another in your memory
Do you think of that someone
When you hear that special melody?

I always stop and think of you especially
When the words of a love song touch the very heart of me.

There’ll be sad songs to make you cry –
Love songs often do.
They can touch the heart of someone new –
Saying I love you.
(I Love you)

I often wonder how it could be – you loving me –
Two hearts in perfect harmony.
I’ll count the hours until that day
A rhapsody plays a melody for you and me.

Until the moment that you give your love to me
You’re the one I care for
The one that I would wait for.

[Chorus x2]

You’re my desire
You take me higher
My love is like a river running so deep.

I always stop and think of you especially
When the words of a love song touch the very heart of me.

[Chorus x2]

Sayin’ I love you…
I love you

Songwriters: Charles Leslie Sebestian, Eastmond Barry James, Brathwaite Wayne Anton
AZ Lyrics

13 thoughts on “♫ There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry) ♫

    • Today’s music seems to me just so much noise … no real tune that you could hum along or dance to, no meaningful lyrics … just noise. But then, as I told another reader, my parents said the same about the Beatles and Rolling Stones way back when 😉

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  1. The song is okay, Jill, though I don’t really remember it. I wasn’t much into top 40 radio in those days. But when you talk about dealing with sadness, happy songs are for avoidance. Sad songs are for immersing yourself in feelings. My choice–is it a male choice?–is to look the feelings I the eye, and say, “Try and stop me!”
    I want to explore all my feelings, to know what they are all about. It’s like when my body is in pain, I only take painkillers when the pain interferes with my capacity to function. Gail cannot understand this. Pain is a warning, something in my body is not right. If I block the pain, how can I know if I am making it worse? Pain is my guide back to health.
    Sadness, especially that of heartbreak, needs to be explored. What went wrong? What happened that my heart got broken? What can I do to not repeat another heartbreak in the future? I don’t think it is a guy thing, or a girl thing, but a personality thing. You can go on repeating your mistakes, over and over, or you can learn from them. No one can learn from avoidance, in my mind.
    I have had male friends who don’t want to learn, they want what they want, and damn anything else. They go through girls like geese on a pond. I’m the opposite. I take my time. I have gone 5 years or more between relationships looking for a woman who fulfills my life. When I find them, I build relationships with them. I’ve made some bad choices, I won’t say I haven’t, but for the most part I still love every woman I have given my heart to. Now I’ve been with Gail close to 20 years, my longest ever relationship. So far no heartbreak. One will come, or death will prevent it. But for the living partner, that is heartbreak of a different kind…


  2. What makes me look old (maybe even older than I am in reality) is that I often think: How come that at one time singers were famous because they could sing, had a message and filled their public with feelings….. Nowadays it’s too often ‘just’ another film, another SHOW piece, focus on beautiful staged sceneries, not a real person standing there and singing. This one doesn’t throw me off my chair but I like it well enough. Thank You so much for these great ‘looks’ back to maybe better times in many ways.

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    • I figured when I saw it hit #12 in the UK, that you would have heard it before now. I wasn’t sure if you’d like it, however. No, not one to chase the blues away. For that, you need some Diana Ross and the Supremes!

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