“And then I’ll let her break my heart ‘cos that’s all that I do well…”

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “This Is Your Song.”
Take a line from a song that you love or connect with. Turn that line into the title of your post.

One of my favourite songs of all time is Ben Lee’s “Ketchum”, which is off his second album, made well before he became famous.

I’ve loved it since the first time I heard it, years and years and years ago, when I was going through my “Ben Lee 4eva” phase.  There’s reasons why it has stayed in my heart long after the phase died out.

Firstly, those haunting strings in the background.  God, I can’t even deal with how beautiful they are.  I know it’s not Mozart-quality, but they get me every time.

Secondly, I can relate to so many of the lyrics.  These ones are my absolute favourite, though I love the whole song:

I’m gonna roam the Ketchum streets to find a Ketchum girl
And then I’ll let her break my heart ‘cos that’s all that I do well

The valley will become my home her hills will keep me safe
I’ll give her songs about my soul when there’s no soul left to take
And I’ll forget, I ever lived in any other place

And these ones:

And it may seem inevitable, I would love this fate
So beautiful and tragic and her heroes can’t escape
And Hemingway he shot himself one July evening late

I know it’s not the most uplifting song in the world, but whenever I’m feeling upset or hurt or alone, I crank this song up.  The last thing I want to hear when I’m feeling that way is something happy and chirpy.  This song is a reminder that I’m not alone, and that it’s okay to feel bad sometimes.  Hell, it’s even okay to wallow in it for awhile, just so long as you come back from it eventually.

I absolutely adore the whole album, and it still blows my mind that he was 17 when it was released!  How mental is that!  It’s not a musical masterpiece in terms of instruments used or anything, but some of the lyrics on the album are so beautiful I can’t even deal.  I wish I was half as talented as he was back then.  So crazy!

5 thoughts on ““And then I’ll let her break my heart ‘cos that’s all that I do well…”

  1. I like the song…he has that voice that draws you in, you wanna listen to what he’s saying…and I have been to Ketchum Idaho…its a fun town for sure…I am like you, I don’t want to hear happy music when I am down….I will seek his music out and have a listen, thanks I love to find new artist….kat

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    1. No problems 🙂 his best stuff is his oldest, he went a bit…experimental for his last couple of albums so I don’t listen to those. Ketchum is definitely on to to-visit list when I finally get the money (and time) to head over to the states.

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  2. OK, so I’ve never heard of Ben Lee. Maybe it’s being Canadian. 🙂
    But what you said about this song being just the thing to listen to when you’re feeling down — for me, it’s Franz Schubert’s song cycle Winterreise. The words are in German, but translations are easily available and it’s surprisingly easy to follow along. I even wrote a novel (still not published) about this music.

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    1. Haha he’s an Australian artist. I’m not surprised you haven’t heard of him, though he’s been trying to make it in the US for years. Not sure how successful that has been though.

      Sounds nice, I’ll check it out 🙂

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