The Pains of Losing a Loving Relationship

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Howie Day – Ghost
Bonnie Raitt – I Can't Make You Love Me
Coldplay – The Scientist
Avril Lavigne – Why
Kelly Clarkson – Behind These Hazel Eyes

The five aforementioned songs are meaningful in telling us something important about the American experience; however, they are certainly not your traditional blues songs. They are songs that many people have heard recently on the radio, and would probably be considered mainstream pop music. Regardless of genre, they can be considered be blues songs because they are relatively slow, sad songs in which the artist displays some sort of despair. You can almost feel their pain while listening to their lyrics which reflect their feeling of unhappiness and low spirits. All of these songs tell a story of what it is to have love or a romantic relationship and the pains of losing it.

Howie Day – Ghost: Day is singing about his relationship that has gone sour. While he once thought that this relationship would last forever, he now notes that he actually never wants to see his partner again because of the pain she has caused him. He realizes to a certain extent how pathetic he thinks he is and even says in the song "take yourself a photograph and laugh at me" (I know there's little use in crying/It's more wide awake and dying then I'm used to/I thought we'd walk these streets together/Now I'm hoping that I'll never have to meet you).

Bonnie Raitt – I Can't Make You Love Me: In this song, Raitt tells of a relationship in which she is currently still in, however, realizes that her significant other no longer feels the love for her as she does for him. She still loves this man, but recognizes that she will have to end the relationship (I'll close my eyes, then I won't see/The love you don't feel when you're holding me/Morning will come and I'll do what's right/Just give me till then to give up this fight).

Coldplay – The Scientist: In The Scientist, Chris Martin (lead singer), sings about doing something to upset...
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