#SLS ~ Free, Not Broken

Thanks to Jim Adams, for hosting Song Lyric Sunday. Have you been to Jim’s site yet? There’s lots of music to go along with his writing. The official rules and upcoming prompts are there too.

The theme this week is Breakup Songs. I had a very difficult time choosing a song. I had about ten different songs that came to mind, but none of them seemed just right to me. I didn’t want a “broken heart” song. They’re fine, I’ve got nothing against them, but I was thinking about the end of my marriage, and I wasn’t broken hearted… I was finally free from the torture of Domestic Violence. It was thirteen years ago last Sunday actually. You can read about here if you’re interested.

Daughter kept telling me to use Kelly Clarkson’s song, and it’s great, but something in me said “Nope!” I decided to go with REO Speedwagon and Time For Me To Fly because it’s about being free from a bad relationship.

The song was written by lead singer Kevin Cronin. It’s about his first love from high school. He went away to see a friend in Colorado to give himself some space from the girl. He was playing around with a guitar that was there, but the tuning was weird, and it sounded awful. He remembered seeing someone wrap their thumb around the neck, so he tried it, and it worked! (I always wondered why he played like that.)

The song is from their 1978 album titled You Can Tune A Piano, But You Can’t Tuna Fish. (That title always cracks me up) It reached number fifty-six on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

I’ve been around for you
Been up and down for you
But I just can’t get any relief
I’ve swallowed my pride for you
I’ve lived and lied for you
But you still make me feel like a thief

You got me stealing your love away
‘Cause you never give it
Peeling the years away
And we can’t relive it
Oh, I make you laugh
And you make me cry
I believe it’s time for me to fly

You said we’d work it out
You said that you had no doubt
That deep down we were really in love
Oh, but I’m tired of holding on
To a feeling I know is gone
I do believe that I’ve had enough

I’ve had enough of the falseness
Of a worn-out relation
Enough of the jealousy
And the intoleration
Oh, I make you laugh
And you make me cry
I believe it’s time for me to fly

Time for me to fly
Oh, I’ve got to set myself free
(Time for me to fly)
And that’s just how it’s got to be
I know it hurts to say goodbye
But it’s time for me to fly

Oh, don’t you know it’s time for me to fly
Oh, I’ve got to set myself free
(Time for me to fly)
Oh, babe, that’s just how it’s got to be
I know it hurts to say goodbye
But it’s time for me to fly
It’s time for me to fly
It’s time for me to fly
(It’s time for me to fly)
It’s time for me to fly
(It’s time for me to fly)
It’s time for me to fly
(It’s time for me to fly)
It’s time for me to fly

I admit after more than twenty years, and two children together, there was some pain in the ending. I put a lot of work into my marriage, but it was time for me, and my daughters, to be free. Do you have a favorite breakup song? Let me know what song you would’ve used, or why not create your own #SLS post. Thanks for stopping by!

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HUGS!

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24 thoughts on “#SLS ~ Free, Not Broken

    1. You’re absolutely right that not all abuse is physical. One of his go to phrases was “Show me the marks. You’re so abused, show me the marks. I don’t see a black eye or busted lip”

      REO Speedwagon is one of his favorite bands. Kinda fitting to use this song😉😆💕🦋

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  1. This is perfect! There are relationships that are not just painful, but also suffocating…. Being out of an abusive relationship is definitely liberating…

    Some breakup songs are victory songs!

    Nice one 💕

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  2. Good choice! I guess I would pick something like Pictures of You by the Cure but that is melancholic and sad. Going the other route of celebrating the break up I think I would choose Gives You Hell by The All American Rejects. That is fun song on any day!

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    1. “Gives You Hell” was on my list😂 This prompt was difficult because there were too many songs to choose from. Even after I got rid of all the sad ones. I almost used Scandal – Goodbye To You, but it was a little to happy🙄😂

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  3. Great song Angie and I remember this from seeing it on Netflix’s crime drama Ozark. I am glad that you were able to start a new life and get out of that abusive relationship. You are a very brave woman.

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    1. I read about Ozark when I was gathering data. I’ve never seen it. I don’t have time for TV and movies anymore, and I know I’m missing a lot of good stuff☹

      I wish I had been able to end the relationship sooner. Him leaving the state was the perfect opportunity. I knew he would’ve followed me and harassed me if I moved out. Leaving an abusive relationship can be more complicated that it appears at first.

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    1. Thank you!🥰 I can’t believe it’s been 13 years! I can still recall that day vividly, like it was yesterday, but it also seems like something I read about… like it happened to someone else.
      I guess in a way it did happen to someone else. A lot of things have changed since then.🦋🎶💃🏼🧘🏼‍♀️

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    1. I had to listen to it… Dang! That is definitely a breakup song😂
      I am free! And I’m blessed to be surrounded by love!
      It’s too bad that the bottle won. Too bad for the girls, and too bad for him.
      💌💌💌💌

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