10 Songs About Divorce
After you have officially separated, it may take time to really realize that the relationship is over. At one point, you thought that you would spend your life with your ex. Now, you have to start healing and move on. After a break up, these songs about divorce can help you work through the pain. It is time to get your independence and confidence back as you take on the world.
1. King of Anything by Sara Bareilles
You’re finally free. You can have your own opinion and live your life again. If your ex seems to think that they still know best, then this song is for you. It is all about a guy who has an opinion about everything and feels like his thoughts matter the most. As Sara sang, “Who made you king of anything?”
“You’ve got opinions, man
We’re all entitled to ’em, but I never asked
So let me thank you for your time,
And try not to waste anymore of mine
And get out of here fast.”
2. Mr. Know-It-All by Kelly Clarkson
Sometimes, the divorce happened because the relationship soured. When you were first together, it seemed like you knew everything about each other. You instantly understood what the other person was thinking. At some point, this started to change. This is all about a guy who kept bringing her down and thought that he was a real know-it-all. No one can handle being with this type of person for long, which is why the protagonist in the song eventually left him lonely.
“Oh you think that you know me, know me
That’s why I’m leaving you lonely, lonely
‘Cause baby you don’t know a thing about me
You don’t know a thing about me.”
3. Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye
This song was really popular a couple of years ago. It has such a catchy, uplifting beat, but the actual lyrics are fairly dark. Gotye sings about how you can get addicted to a certain kind of sadness. He thought it was love, but it wasn’t. After the relationship ends, she became someone that he just used to know. Her friends collected her records, she changed her number and Gotye had to move on in life. If you are still struggling with the break up and divorce, this song can be played on repeat over and over again.
“You can get addicted to a certain kind of sadness
Like resignation to the end, always the end
So when we found that we could not make sense
Well you said that we would still be friends
But I’ll admit that I was glad it was over.”
4. Wide Awake by Katy Perry
When your marriage isn’t going well, it can feel like a nightmare. At first, it felt like you viewed the world through rose-colored lenses. Everything about the relationship felt like a wonderful dream. Then, you woke up from that dream to realize that you were in an nightmare. This song by Katy Perry is all about how she eventually woke up to realize that he wasn’t the one for her and she was actually living in a terrible nightmare.
“I wish I knew then
What I know now
Wouldn’t dive in
Wouldn’t bow down
You made it so sweet
Till I woke up on
On the concrete.”
5. F*** You” by Cee Lo Green
This is another one of the songs about divorce that can ring true. After the divorce, one of you will start dating first. If the other person is already dating, then you have to watch them go out with someone new. This song by Cee Lo Green is all about watching his ex ride around with a new guy. He realizes that he never had enough money to make her happy and tries to warn the guy in the song. He talks about how much he had to borrow, lie and steal to keep her, but all of that work was wasted now since she is riding around with someone else.
“Yeah I’m sorry, I can’t afford a Ferrari
But that don’t mean I can’t get you there
I guess he’s an Xbox and I’m more Atari
But the way you play your game ain’t fair.”
6. Payphone by Maroon 5
When you are with someone you love, you don’t mind spending money on them. This song by Maroon 5 is about him trying to call home on the payphone, but he already spent his money on her. He wasted all of his money and time on her, but she threw away all of the dreams that they shared together.
“I’m at a payphone trying to call home
All of my change I spent on you
Where have the times gone, baby it’s all wrong
Where are the plans we made for two.”
7.You Oughtta Know by Alanis Morissette
You know that you are awesome. Now, your ex is moving on after saying that they would spend a lifetime with you. This song is all about that feeling. Alanis sings about all the things she did in the relationship and wonders if the new woman is the same. More importantly, does she know about Alanis and all the promises that he made to stay with her forever?
“Does she know how you told me
You’d hold me until you died
‘Til you died, but you’re still alive.”
8. Landslide by Fleetwood Mac
This is an older one of the songs about divorce, but it is still a good one. After building her life around someone, a metaphorical landslide swept away the relationship. If you are working to move on and rebuild after a divorce, this song is for you.
“Well, I’ve been afraid of changin’
‘Cause I’ve built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I’m getting older, too.”
9. Irreplaceable by Beyonce
The divorce might have shaken your confidence, but you are truly irreplaceable. Your ex may have thought that you would just spend the rest of forever wallowing, but you have already made your date for next Saturday. Sing this song as you get him to pack his things and move out!
“Everything you own in the box to the left
In the closet that’s my stuff, yes
If I bought it please don’t touch.”
10. Blow Me One Last Kiss by Pink
This song is about wanting the relationship to work and holding on desperately. At some point though,you realize that there is nothing you can do to make your partner stay. You could be the perfect spouse, but they still want a divorce. In the song, Pink makes the same realization. Life is too short to hold onto something that you know is not working for you anymore. In some cases, a divorce is the best option. This is one of the songs about divorce that works well as your separation starts and you come to terms with the approaching divorce.
“I think I’ve finally had enough
I think I maybe think too much
I think this might be it for us
Blow me one last kiss.”