Music is what feelings sound like, and for some, those feelings revolve around divorce. Below are a few songs–some surprising, and some not so surprising–that epitomize the famous Hans Christian Andersen quote, “When words fail, music speaks.”
“D-I-V-O-R-C-E,” by Tammy Wynett
Perhaps the most obvious songs about divorce is “D-I-V-O-R-C-E,” the 1968 single by Tammy Wynett off of the #1 album of the same name. This tearjerker of a song is the essence of Tammy’s traditional twang. It describes the emotions of a woman’s divorce through a reflection of its effect on her young son, in front of whom the couple spelled out words to protect him. The song was extremely popular, and was quickly covered by Dolly Parton, Dottie West, Duane Allman and the Hour Glass, and Alex Chilton. Wynett herself re-recorded the song in 1973, a version that was used in Brokeback Mountain.
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