After three consecutive No. 1 singles from their debut album, Meat and Candy, Old Dominion is sharing a highly-anticipated glimpse of their sophomore album with the release of a brand new song. “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart,” might be their most candid and insightful song yet. Written by Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Brad Tursi, and Jesse Frasure, the powerful ballad is balanced with synchronized piano and drum beats and awakened with an electric guitar solo to emphasize the chorus one last time. Lyrically, it raises straightforward concerns about love and the world we live in and follows it up with insights and wisdom from experience along the way.
1. “I wonder if Jack and Diane ever made it, after the drums and the guitars all faded?” If you caught on to the John Mellencamp reference, then you’re on the right track. This is a bold opening lyric, as it sets the tone for the song, essentially as a skeptic of love nowadays.
2. “How did my mom and my dad ever do it?” Relationships in the past seemed to last longer than most nowadays. Old Dominion followed this by stating, “If there were problems, we never knew it.” Maybe there was “no such thing as a broken heart” in those times because they realized that what they already had was enough, without swiping on a dating application looking for more.
3. “What am I gonna tell my kids when they see all of this bullsh!t that goes down on TV?” Between twisted politics and shameless acts of violence that plague our world, this is a recurrent thought, whether you have kids or not. Is the painful solution in the thought that there is “no such thing as a broken heart?”
Integrated with the concerns, there are seven blatant insights that lucidly speak for themselves in the lyrics.
1. “Cry when it hurts, laugh when it’s funny.”
2. “Chase after the dream, don’t chase after the money.”
3. “I guess they had each other and that was enough/Know that we have each other, that’s what’s up.”
4. “When the whole world is down on its luck, I got to make sure they [their kids] keep their chin up.”
5. “You can’t keep the ground from shaking, no matter how hard you try.”
6. “Can’t keep the sunsets from fading, got to treat your life like you’re jumping off a rope swing, cause the whole thing is really just a shot in the dark.”
7. “You’ve got to love like there’s no such thing as a broken heart.”
Though some skepticism was felt in the beginning, an attitude of hope and innocence became the progressive idea in “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart.” The message is that we are broken people in a broken world where anything – good or bad – can happen, and essentially, you have to be fearless with your life and love.
If you enjoy this song, you can call your local radio station to request it starting today and pick up on iTunes!
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