Heartbreaking Songs

To continue on yesterday’s heartbreaking love songs, today I thought I would talk about ALL heartbreaking songs. I was 100% blind to heartbreak before my first year of college, but I did know about the emotion of sad. So at least I knew about sad- one of the emotions part of heartbreak. Heartbreak is basically a more devastating form of heartbreak. What are the other emotions associated with heartbreak? The ones I have found are anger, guilt, and loneliness among others. Heartbreak can hit you like a pile of breaks and can reduce you to tears. So now here is a list of the heartbreaking musical theatre songs.

  1. I’m Not That Girl 
  2. On My Own 
  3. I Dreamed a Dream 
  4. Come to Me 
  5. Empty Chairs at Empty Tables 
  6. Drink With Me 
  7. A Little Fall of Rain 
  8. Bring Him Home
  9. All I Ask Of You (Reprise)
  10. Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again 
  11. If I Can’t Love Her 
  12. If I Can’t Love Her (Reprise) 
  13. Evermore 
  14. Endless Night 
  15. Letter From the Refuge
  16. This Nearly Was Mine 
  17. Somewhere
  18. Will I
  19. Your Eyes 
  20. Without You 
  21. Memory

These heartbreaking songs come from a number of musicals- Wicked, Newsies, Les Mis, Lion King, West Side Story, Beauty and the Beast, Rent, and Cats. Some of these songs are more devastating than others. Some of him hit me harder than others. Some hit me like a pile of bricks, and some don’t. Some of them make me tear up while others don’t.  Heartbreak is one of the most beautiful emotions in musical theatre and one of the strongest. 

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Heartbreaking Love Songs

If a musical theatre song is both a love and sad song, it will ALWAYS be heartbreaking. That is always the truth- that’s for sure. These songs can be ironic or non-ironic. Those songs fall under unrequited love songs, breakup songs, or if the plot is a tragic love story. What are examples of these songs? Below I will list some of those songs. 

  1. I’m Not That Girl/ I’m Not That Girl (Reprise)
  2. On My Own 
  3. Somewhere 
  4. As Long As He Needs Me 
  5. This Nearly Was Mine 
  6. If I Can’t Love Her/ If I Can’t Love Her (Reprise) 
  7. Evermore
  8. All I Ask Of You (Reprise) 

I’m Not That Girl was the FIRST heartbreaking love song I was emotionally connected to, but was sad in the beginning. I never called I’m Not That Girl a sad love song- I never combined emotions together- I called it sad. On My Own, just like I’m Not That Girl, began as a sad song, but after a year I realized it was heartbreaking- On My Own was key to realizing I’m Not That Girl was heartbreaking. As a matter of fact, On My Own made me realize all sad love songs were heartbreaking. The heartbreaking love songs have a combination of emotions- they can be home to sad, anger, and loneliness: it depends on the song and the actor and actress who is playing the character. Some of those heartbreaking love songs are much more heartbreaking than others: for instance, On My Own is more heartbreaking than I’m Not That Girl. 

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It sounds crazy how some of them are ironic- that means the love situation improves in the end or you don’t expect the character to sing it. I’m Not That Girl is the best example- after all the unrequited love shifts from Elphaba to Glinda, which is why the song is sung twice. In addition, the spell gets broken in Beauty and the Beast, which makes If I Can’t Love Her/ If I Can’t Love Her (Reprise), and Evermore ironic. The same situation happens with This Nearly Was Mine because Nellie goes back to Emelie in the end. 

Non ironic- that means the situation NEVER improves in the end. That would mean that character might have unrequited love the entire time. In Les Mis, Eponine has unrequited love for Marius till the end of her journey in Les Mis- she does have a tragic ending, but at the same time, her fate is touching and moving and is home to joy. Eponine’s fate is death, but she gets to die in the arms of Marius after getting shot- that is where the joy comes from. So On My Own is not ironic at all. So the heartbreaking love songs are both ironic and non-ironic. 

The heartbreaking love songs are some of the most beautiful songs in musical theatre. They are fragile, vulnerable, and some of them are home to innocence. It just depends on the character and how much they love the person they are in love with at that point in the story. 

Ranking Characters who Deal with Unrequited Love

For this post, I am going to take a small break from favorite couples. This time I will be grading characters based upon unrequited love situations. These unrequited love situations come from Phantom of the Opera, Les Mis, and Wicked. Criteria has to do with response, acceptance and their unrequited love song if they have one.

Major and Minor Spoilers:

Phantom- F

Acceptance: He never accepts the unrequited love at all, which is part of why he gets that F.

Response: He deals with it in both anger and revenge. He does not show true love towards Christine. After realizing that both Christine and Raoul love each other, he seeks revenge. He plans to kill Raoul so his response is very poor. In the end, he makes Christine choose between staying with him or killing Raoul. But does let Christine and Raoul go, but letting them leave does not excuse the rest of actions when he responds to unrequited love. So due with how extreme he poorly deals with unrequited love gives him a F.

Unrequited Love Song: All I Ask of You (reprise). Yes, you can feel bad for the Phantom in this song, but not enough to get him higher than a F ranking.

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Nessa- D

Acceptance: does not accept it either

Response: her response is a bit better than Phantom’s, but is still poor. She falls in love with Boq during “Dancing Through Life”, but doesn’t realize Boq’s feelings for Glinda. So it isn’t until act II when she figures that out. Responds by imprisoning all the Munchkins so Boq is not allowed to leave. But right after realizing his feelings for Glinda, she tries to use the Grimmarie to cast a spell on him to get to him to stay, but things go wrong. That scene happens when Elphaba is there. Her spell caused his heart to shrink so all Elphaba could do is turn him into tin. Her response is poor, but more on a D level.

Unrequited Love Song: doesn’t have one

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Boq- B

Acceptance: yes, he accepts that Glinda doesn’t love him

Response: the problem is it is hard to know how he responds. He appears to stay faithful towards Glinda. For whatever reason it is harder to tell how he responds compared to Nessa. But he responds in a better way. He just gets a B due to it being hard to figure out how he responds in the first place.

Unrequited Love Song: doesn’t have one

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Glinda- A-

Acceptance: yes she does, but unexpected

Response: she responds by not stealing him back. I don’t blame her since Elphaba is her best friend. That goes to show how far Elphaba and Glinda will go to keep friendship alive. Yes, she originally responds by telling the Wizard and others that to arrest Elphaba the best way is to use Elphaba’s sister, but to me that is not a factor into how she responds. She still doesn’t steal Fiyero away from Elphaba.

Unrequited Love Song: “I’m Not That Girl (Reprise)”, well this song is quite unexpected. It is so short so it is hard to feel for her situation. But it allows you to realize that she does accept the situation, but is hard to feel the unrequited love song since it only is four or so lines.

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Elphaba- A

Acceptance: yes she does rather quickly

Response: responds very similar to Glinda. She chooses to not pursue Fiyero since Glinda is in a relationship with him. So with Elphaba, it shows just how far the two girls will go to keep friendship. Due to that level of loyalty, it makes since that Elphaba gets an A in the first place.

Unrequited Love Song: “I’m Not That Girl”. Elphaba gets the full “I’m Not That Girl” so you feel Elphaba’s unrequited love stronger than Glinda’s. She even accepts the situation right after realizing she is falling in love with Fiyero. She even admits she is not good enough for Fiyero since she is green.

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Eponine- A+

Acceptance: yes she does

Response: she stays loyal towards Marius and loves him so strongly that she responds by true love. She makes sure that Marius stays safe and happy. So she helps him find Cosette. She risks her life several times to do everything she does for Marius. At one point, she screams to protect Marius when her father and his gang try to rob Valjean’s house. At the time, Marius and Cosette were with each other. Even though it is her family she goes against, she cannot bear to see Marius hurt.

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She decides to go the barricade to make sure Marius stays safe. She does another favor for him when Marius sends her away with a letter to Cosette, but Marius does it to protect her. But she goes back and when Marius is about to get shot, Eponine takes the bullet herself. So up until her death, she makes sure Marius is safe and happy. She is able to die in the arms of Marius. Despite being a Thenardier and living in extreme poverty and dealing with unrequited love, she shows true love towards Marius.

Unrequited Love Song: “On My Own”. Of all the unrequited love songs on this list, “On My Own” is the strongest. That goes to show how deep and strong Eponine love for Marius is. It gives you an idea of what her life is like outside of Marius. Through lyrics like “without a home, without a friend, without a face to say hello to” and “a world thats full of happiness that I have never known”, you know her life is quite dark. It goes to show that she gets through the day by imagining that Marius loves her. She is constantly beaten at home and is forced to participate in her family’s schemes. It shows that she will always love Marius no matter what. Due to this song, it helped me realize “I’m Not That Girl” is a heartbreaking song.

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Letter to Eponine

Major Spoilers:

Dear Eponine,

I just want you to know that I have a growing love for you. I know reasons why I love you, but don’t know where this growing love comes from. I saw myself falling more in love with “On My Own” and even saw myself falling in love with the touching “A Little Fall of Rain”.

I still cannot believe your life had to be so dark and full of so much misery and sadness. I just love how you still manage to thrive despite all of that. You once were spoiled by your parents, the Thenardiers and your life was not as bad in your younger years. But once you became a teenager, you life became even worse. You had parents who used you to your advantage and terribly abused you. They dragged you into the criminal world and you had to be involved in your father’s schemes. Most people you are were around never once showed you an once of kindness. But for some reason, you were able to see the good in others despite who your parents are.

Than one day you fell in love with a revolutionary student, Marius. He was the only source of light in your miserable existence. You saw the good in him and that is why you fell in love with him. You have not once felt love from anyone and at least you are capable of falling in love. I know it truly hurt you when you saw him falling in love with Cosette. This love may have been unrequited, but Marius means the world to you. You just wanted to make sure he is happy and you showed true love despite never feeling love yourself.

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You allowed him to have his relationship with Cosette. I love how you still showed him where she lived. You even helped protect him from your father and his gang. When they tried to rob Valjean’s house, you stood up to your father in order to protect Marius and the love of his life. I know this made your father disown you. You had to completely fend for yourself because you had parents who never once cared about you.  You had to struggle through extreme poverty. You did eventually accept the fact that Marius will never be yours. Even though you hoped to be loved in return, at least there was some kind of light in your life.

This sounds crazy, but even your fate is wonderful. I find it so heartbreaking that you are going to die at the barricades. But the thing is at least it is going to be in the arms of Marius himself. You did everything you can be to be near Marius even if it means dressing up as a boy to be with him at the barricades. When Marius realized you were fatally shot, he stayed with you till the end. He offered you peace and comfort during these unfortunate moments and you were happy for once in your miserable life. True, this was not easy on Marius, but you finally realized just how much you mean to Marius. Marius truly cared about you and was completely aware of just how unhappy your life was. I just wish things could have been easier for you. You lived such a very short and miserable life. Even though you had to put up with extreme poverty, horrible parents, and unrequited love, you are still strong and still showed true love.

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Love Triangle of Wicked

Major Spoilers

The love triangle in Wicked is the best love triangle in all of musicals. I even love this love triangle more than the one in Les Mis. The love triangle in Wicked has some major plot twists, which is what makes it quite interesting.

The love triangle starts to develop when Fiyero first arrives at Shiz. He arranges for the students to go to the OZdust Ballroom for a school dance. At this point, Elphaba thinks he is quite annoying and kind of rude. Galinda( AKA Glinda) decides to ask Fieyro to the dance. Originally Boq asked Galinda, but she wanted to go with Fiyero. So she asked Boq to take Nessa to the dance instead and she only did that so that she can go with Fiyero. At this point, Fiyero and Galinda believe that they are meant to be a couple.

Later that same evening, Elphaba and Galinda were hanging out in their dorm room. The two girls have bonded at this point and a beautiful friendship begins. Galinda confesses to Elphaba that she and Fiyero will get married. But Fiyero never proposed. Elphaba has not yet developed a crush on Fiyero at this point.

One day in class, a new teacher came in after Doctor Dillamond was fired. They were doing an experiment with a scared lion cub. This maddened Elphaba and she put a spell on the entire class. But for some odd reason, it didn’t affect Fiyero. The two ran off together to free the cub. It was in this scene when Elphaba actually realized that she has a crush on Fiyero even though she still does not like Fiyero at times. Fiyero was trying to ask Elphaba to explain why the spell did not affect him. Elphaba was not able to get herself to say that she loved him. There are actually clues in this scene that show that Fiyero might have a crush on Elphaba. The two were flirting in this scene and in a way it makes you wonder if Fiyero has developed a crush on Elphaba. But Elphaba does not realize how Fiyero feels. She does not think any one can love her just because she is green.

After this scene, it was where the unrequited love song, “I’m Not That Girl”, comes into play. Elphaba is perfectly aware that Fiyero is in the middle of a relationship with Galinda. She is so heartbroken, lonely, and sad during this scene. This song is where it proves that there is a love triangle in Wicked.

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There is even the scene after this one where you begin to wonder more about Fiyero. He can’t stop thinking about the incident with the lion cub. That is another clue that he might have a crush on Elphaba. Before heading to Emerald City, Fiyero hands Elphaba a flower before she goes.

Well, in act two there is a major plot twist. It is during the song, “Thank Goodness”. Fiyero has to listen to all of the mean things that people are saying about Elphaba. This upsets him a lot and he actually realized that he is in fact in love with Elphaba and never has loved Glinda. He breaks up with Glinda and he is mad at Glinda for being a voice for those who are oppressing and discriminating Elphaba because the wizard made them believe she is in fact wicked.

Fiyero does sneak into the wizard’s palace to find Elphaba. He disguises as a guard to sneak in. Elphaba has learned that Fiyero actually has broken up with her best friend. Glinda saw the two together during this scene and feels betrayed by both of them. The two share their love for each other in a nearby forest. They know that they are both outcasts at this point and know this might be the only time they can be in a relationship.

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Fiyero does come to Elphaba’s rescue in a scene following this. Elphaba’s sister has been killed by a house falling on her during a tornado. Elphaba goes to this scene to say goodbye to her sister. Glinda kind of arranged for Nessa to die because she was so heartbroken at Fiyero leaving her and without thinking that the best way to capture Elphaba is to use her sister. The guards find Elphaba there and was about to arrest when Fiyero arrives and demands that they let Elphaba go. As punishment, they send Fiyero to the field and will torture him.

Well, seeing all of this leaves Elphaba with a lot of frustration and anger. She tries spell after spell in “No Good Deed” and feels like she has failed. She thinks she was not able to rescue Fiyero at all. She reflects on the death of her sister, the torture of Doctor Dillamond, and the possible death of Fiyero. She starts to believe she is truly wicked even though deep down she knows she is not. Society placed a false label on her and she is so lost at this point in the show.

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In the very last scene of the show, Elphaba realizes that she in fact did save Fiyero’s life. She was able to turn him into a scarecrow and they escape OZ together because they know they are wanted in OZ.

The reason why I am so fascinated by this love triangle is because of how the unrequited  love jumps. It starts with Elphaba getting unrequited love, but later Glinda ends up with it. These two best friends just happened to fall in love with the same man. You wouldn’t expect Fiyero to leave Glinda and fall for Elphaba. But like I said, there are clues throughout act one that shows that Fiyero has always loved Elphaba.

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Path of Kindness

One simple act of kindness can go a long way. What it truly means to be a Christian is to show love, compassion, and kindness. Doing those acts will help fix this broken society. Have some people forgotten about everything God has done for us? Why has the devil gotten too much in control of other people’s lives? God shows unconditional love towards everyone even the ones where the devil has constantly been in control.

That is part of human nature and what it means to stay faithful to God. Never let the devil control your life and don’t let the fears of life destroy you. It takes great courage to let go of your fears and love and live more. Love is greater then fear, which means God is more powerful then the devil. The devil wants you to hate, destroy, and fear and that is not what it truly means to truly be human. The devil wants you to not follow the path you were meant to take. The devil has gone a bit too far and that is why so many tragedies keep on happening. We respond to them through hatred and anger , but those who are good respond to them through love and come together and try to help people heal from those dark times.

My strong spirituality allows me to not let the devil take control of my life. It takes great courage to face your fears and yes there will be times that will make you be fearful. But once again don’t let the fear stop you from following the path you were meant to be on. If more people stayed faithful to God and kept Him a part of their life, then the world will be filled with less hate, fear, and anger and instead be filled with more compassion, love, and kindness.

I know most people are good, but there are times when news makes you feel the complete opposite. That is due to the fact that the news hardly shows good news and that makes some people forget about the true value of humanity. You can see the good all around you everyday by everyday interactions. Why should we completely judge society based off of the news? Humanity is still mostly good despite all of the hate, anger, injustice, violence, and tragedies. But never forget that God has called you to do good and that you never should listen to the devil.

Don’t forget we all are connected through the Holy Spirit. All of us were made in God’s image. Everyone is connected through the love of God. Continue to trust God no matter how broken society is. Yes, society is way out of control, but never let God leave your life. If one person shows kindness to someone, that could help break the endless cycle of violence. The more compassion we show, the more fixed the society will become. Continue to help those in need and see everyone as human. We are all human and some of us are not objects. We may all be different, but we are exactly the same.

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The Energy found in Musicals

When I first came across this, I had no idea what it meant. Zing is basically “energy, enthusiasm, and liveliness”. Zing reminds me of the world of musicals. The definition reminds me mostly of the exciting numbers, but can relate to other emotions as well. Excitement was the emotion I cared about the most growing up. There is a certain Broadway sound that comes to mind when I think musical and that usually is reflected in the exciting numbers. Usually there might be dance or spectacle involved. Songs such as “dancing through life”, “seize the day”, “your’e never fully dressed without a smile”, and “wells fargo wagon” fit under this category. These are songs that I consider to be show-tunes and I described them as lively and then decided to use full of life.

But what about the other songs. The other songs do reflect zing as well, but just in a different way. There even can be a strong energy in the heartbreaking songs or any song that is not exciting. Those can be beautiful love ballads such as “something to believe in” or “something good” or “as long as your’e mine”.

In fact the heartbreaking and the love songs are linked strongly together, which explains why both of those emotions tend to be reflected in beautiful songs. Heartbreak, loneliness, anger, and sad  happens in love situations of unrequited love, break-up, or a tragic love story. So it makes sense that love and heartbreak have a wonderful relationship to each other. But the strongest love in a musical will always be your love of the show.

All musicals are full of life because every musical is conveying a story that is being brought to life. Even the death scenes would be considered full of life, which sounds a bit ironic, but once again the story is still being told. It is much harder to describe why songs that are not exciting have an incredible energy to them. That is reflected based off of the nature of the song. There can be a moment where these songs begin to gain power, strength, or insight. Like during a love duet, the energy starts getting in there once another character joins in. The same thing happens when the song has a sudden key change or where the song starts to gain power.

The energy of musicals is reflected differently due to the fact that every musical is different. Also, you can see the same musical more then once and you get a different experience each and every time. There is an energy that is reflected off of the audience and the cast. You react based off of the actor’s portrayals of the character and they react based off of your reactions.

There is a two way sort of emotional nature as well. The emotions you are feeling belong to the characters, but at the same time you have your emotions. That has to do with your experience and what you make of it. It also has to do with weather or not you are watching it and are becoming a fan of the show. So there is pleasure feeling negative emotions if you have fallen in love with a heartbreaking song or the story or character itself.

I describe musicals based off the light and not off of the dark. That is how I view musicals. I want sources of light and dark to be present. I want joy and sad to exist at well. But the only way I even can appreciate feeling the negative emotions is if the positive emotions are there as well. Sometimes you have no pleasure feeling the negative emotions at all and that can lead to a negative experience even if you truthfully feel them. But seeing through the light actually gives me a better understanding of the negative emotions.

The happy and the sad songs need to work together in order to have a positive experience. Joy and sad rely on each other so much and there needs to be a nice balance between the two. The only way there can be too much sadness is if the positive emotions or a source of light never show up. All musicals have a piece of light and positive emotions in them.There is great beauty in both joy and sad. The musicals that have both tend to have the strongest plots and the best emotional connections. Musicals are not unrealistic in my opinion because they just convey a story in a different way and the songs helps you connect stronger to the characters then words alone.

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