Favorite Love-That-Could-Have-Been Songs

14th February 2013

It’s Valentine’s Day. I never cared about this holiday, even when I was in a relationship. I dated a guy once who would get me V-Day flowers and chocolates a couple of days before or after just because he did like the holiday. And, I guess, me. Then for a number of years, my friends and I hosted Anti-Valentine’s Day parties. Those days are gone, and while for many years, I loved being single, these days I’m a bit more melancholy about it, listening to sad love songs. I know. Feel sorry for me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So on this day of pink and red (I hate those colors together, by the way), candy, hearts, and red roses that don’t smell good, I thought I’d share some of my favorite sad love songs. Enjoy.


The Dixie Chicks – “A Home”

Blind Pilot – “Three Rounds and a Sound”

Rufus Wainwright – “The Art Teacher”

Etta James – “I’d Rather Go Blind”

Linda Ronstadt – “Adios”

Norah Jones – “Wish I Could”

And last but not least, a more hopeful one.
Al Green – “Belle”

  • heidenkind

    How about “Same Old Lang Syne” by Dan Fogelberg? Or “Taxi” by Harry Chapin.

  • I’m not a huge fan of many consumer holidays, but there isn’t much I like at all about V-Day. I don’t like roses (they remind me of funerals), I’m not a fan of chocolate, and Eric and I appreciate each other every day. So we do cards, just because.

    I’m also not a huge fan of flowers as gifts for holidays–flowers should be for “just because” gifts.

  • I’ve always found VDay stressful — whether paired or single — so I’m grateful my wife isn’t sentimental about it. It helps that my workplace has an advocacy campaign connected with VDay so that helps re-frame the day for me.

  • Charlie

    The first Valentine’s day I was able to celebrate (if “able” is having a partner for it) it was quite novel, and it’s nice to go out for the evening, but all the stereotypes and pressures are rather silly.

  • Great post. I have a boyfriend but he doesn’t believe in V-Day so we don’t celebrate it, even if that makes me slightly sad. I think the whole point of V-Day, sometimes, is showing everybody ELSE how wonderful your S.O. is. So I don’t mind because I already know in my heart he is, so why a need to show off? Even if every once in a while the gesture would be nice. ๐Ÿ˜‰