Friday, March 26, 2021

Music & Lyrics: "Used to Bad News" by Boston (Don't Look Back, 1978)

 

 
 
 
 
Boston


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I've been used
But I'm takin' it like a man
I'm confused
But I'm doin' the best that I can

I've been tossed around plenty before
I've had this heart of mine broken and more
I can't find a reason for sure
But I've gotten used to bad news

Don't tell me why
It's over I can see the end
But please don't lie
If you're leaving, leave me like a friend

I've been tossed around plenty of times
And I've read between all the lines
You're just another in the grand design
And I've gotten used to bad news

I know what you're sayin' is bad
It's not what I wanted but I'm ready for that
I'm ready for that

I've been used
But I'm takin' it like a man
I'm confused
But I'm doin' the best that I can

I've been tossed around plenty before
I've had this heart of mine broken and more
I can't find a reason for sure
But I've gotten used to bad news


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I didn't know that at sixteen,
listening to this song over and over
on my 8-track boom-box,
how friggin' deeply I'd be living
each and every friggin' word of this song.
 
Heartache and heartbreak are part and parcel
of this life, no doubt.
But if I had to do it all over again,
I think I'd be much more cautious,
not to mention selective,
in who I chose
to potentially visit them upon me.
The ones who did
were unworthy of my pain.