♫ Where Do Broken Hearts Go ♫

A night or two ago (I’m old, the mind fails, and I cannot remember my name some days), I played a Mariah Carey song.  In an ensuing comment thread, I made the comment that while I do like some of Carey’s songs, there are more I don’t like because she seems somehow fake to me.  And that led my poor mind down the path of singers, particularly female singers, and I landed … or rather my mind landed … on Whitney Houston who I never sensed an insincere word from her mouth.  And in looking back through my archives, I discovered that I had played no less than 21 songs either by or including Whitney Houston!  Nonetheless, I found one that I like and that I haven’t played …

Written by Broadway composer Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde) and ’60s R&B singer Chuck Jackson, this ballad was the last in a string of seven consecutive #1 hits for Houston, smashing the 6-hit record held by The Beatles and The Bee Gees.

Wildhorn had been itching to write a song for Houston ever since he heard her duet with Teddy Pendergrass, Hold Me, four years earlier. When Jackson called him with the song title, the rest came together quickly.  Says Wildhorn …

“I sat there at the piano, and in about 40 minutes, 90 percent of the sketch of the song was done. I called Jackson back and said, ‘You gotta come over here tonight because I think we’ve got something.'”

The duo finished the song that night.

Houston didn’t think a song about a woman trying to convince her boyfriend to come back to her had enough depth, but Arista Records president Clive Davis assured her it would be a hit. Not only did it top the Hot 100, but the song was also #1 on the Adult Contemporary Chart and #2 on the R&B chart.

Interestingly, the Peter Israelson-directed music video finds Houston in her dressing room after receiving roses and a goodbye note from her boyfriend. She remembers the happier times in their relationship before reuniting with him at the end. Because the race of Houston’s onscreen boyfriend wasn’t apparent, the clip caused a bit of controversy among black audiences who accused the singer of moving further and further away from her roots to appease white audiences.  Sigh.  Only in the United States would it even matter.  

Interestingly, according to SongFacts, this one charted in the UK at #14, while Wikipedia tells me it did not chart at all in the UK.  Gary … David … Frank … Roger???  

Where Do Broken Hearts Go
Song by Whitney Houston

I know it’s been some time
But there’s something on my mind
You see, I haven’t been the same
Since that cold November day
We said we needed space
But all we found was an empty place
And the only things I learned
Is that I need you desperately

So here I am
And can you please tell me, oh

Where do broken hearts go
Can they find their way home
Back to the open arms
Of a love that’s waiting there
And if somebody loves you
Won’t they always love you
I look in your eyes
And I know that you still care, for me

I’ve been around enough to know
That dreams don’t turn to gold
And that there is no easy way
No you just can’t run away
And what we have is so much more
Than we ever had before
And no matter how I try
You’re always on my mind

So here I am
And can you please tell me, oh

Where do broken hearts go
Can they find their way home
Back to the open arms
Of a love that’s waiting there
And if somebody loves you
Won’t they always love you
I look in your eyes
And I know that you still care for me

And now that I am here with you
I’ll never let you go
I look into your eyes
And now I know, now I know

Where do broken hearts go
Can they find their way home
Back to the open arms
Of a love that’s waiting there
And if somebody loves you
Won’t they always love you
I look in your eyes
And I know that you still care

Where do broken hearts go
Can they find their way home
Back to the open arms
Of a love that’s waiting there
And if somebody loves you
Won’t they always love you
I look in your eyes
And I know that you still care for me, for me
You still care for me

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Chuck Jackson / Frank N. Wildhorn
Where Do Broken Hearts Go lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, BMG Rights Management

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