The Land of Broken Dreams

What Becomes of the Brokenhearted”, written by William Weatherspoon, Paul Riser and James Dean, was recorded by Jimmy Ruffin and released on Motown Records’ Soul label back in the summer of 1966. It’s a passionate ballad, which stirs our universal memories of love lost.

Yet, it’s the lyric, “As I walk this land of broken dreams”… so applicable to our present-day, worldwide, civil unrest… which intimates a much deeper meaning… which requires a second interpretation of this soulful selection. How can true blue, stateside commoners, such as I, not equate this to the broken American dream?

This doth, indeed, beg an updated to 2020, situated to all troubled nations, question…

What becomes of the brokenhearted when the love each of us feels for our homeland is unrequited?

Give a listen to Grace Carter’s impassioned cover of this Motown classic.


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Heaven Help Us All! (Vid of the Day)

Considering the Coronavirus Pandemic and how a pathetic, idiotic, myopic, specific (stateside) leader has failed us all… I’m certain that even agnostics and atheists would not find fault with some of us for harboring an apropos, specific lyric within our heads and hearts… for maybe even muttering such words under our collective breath… perchance uttering them aloud… perhaps even shouting this phrase, in desperation, toward the sky above…

Heaven Help Us All!

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A Walk Through the Land of Broken Dreams…

What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted serves as both song title and question posed to us all. We are invited to traipse alongside singer Jimmy Ruffin and song composers James Anthony Dean, Paul Riser and William Henry Witherspoon as… together… we walk through the land of broken dreams.

With each subsequent, soulfully, dolefully sung lyrical couplet, memories of our own failed interpersonal relationships are inevitable. Caring souls, everywhere, can relive and relate to the universal feelings of loss… identify with those tearstained, heavyhearted moments from our past.

Several days ago, while playing back this Sixties era, Motown musical masterpiece / classic, I realized that… as is true with all superbly crafted poetry… these lyrics cast their spell on more than one level.

The addressed feelings of emotional distress are not unlike what transpires following the actual death of a loved one… even the death of one’s country… the death of Lady Liberty.

Indeed, patriotism… the love of one’s homeland… is no different.

And what description more aptly sums up the breakup of our relationships with our present-day, troubled world… indeed, the breakup of my relationship with my ideologically fractured, broken down homeland… other than “the land of broken dreams”… the end of the American Dream?

While my love of country has not wavered in the least and I’ve always sensed that my country has loved me in return (well… at least up until January 20, 2017), there IS a diabolical political force afoot and his wicked intent is to make damned sure that my love… my compatriots’ love… shall forever remain unrequited.

In a sense, America’s oppressor is not unlike a narrow-minded, stone hearted, selfish, egotistical, domineering father figure who… just to ensure relationships never blossom between suitors and his daughter, Lady Liberty… imprisons, shackles and gags her in the depths of his dingy, dank, stone walled and iron barred dungeon.

To extend this… he does so just to prevent patriotic love relationships between country and countrywomen / countrymen.

“Daddy” is flat out denying us all the opportunity to experience sweet Libby’s delightful aspect… the freedom gleaming in her eyes, the warmth of her welcoming smile… her soft whispers of unconditional patriotic love.

I can only hope that you, my international readers, are never forced to share in my anguish… in all true Americans’ anguish… experience our heavy hearts and eyes welled up with tears.

And folks… to now quote Dean, Riser and Witherspoon… “I can’t stand this pain much longer!”




Since in our online lives there can be breakups with / breakdowns to musical links, I’m also including a more enduring presentation of these compelling song lyrics which have now… at least for me… taken on a even deeper meaning. Maybe you feel the same way, too?


What Becomes of the Broken Hearted

Songwriters: James Anthony Dean / Paul Riser / William Henry Witherspoon




As I walk this land of broken dreams
I have visions of many things
But happiness is just an illusion
Filled with sadness and confusion

What becomes of the broken-hearted
Who had love that’s now departed?
I know I’ve got to find
Some kind of peace of mind

The roots of love grow all around
But for me they come a-tumblin’ down
Every day heartaches grow a little stronger
I can’t stand this pain much longer

I walk in shadows searching for light
Cold and alone, no comfort in sight
Hoping and praying for someone who’ll care
Always moving and goin’ nowhere

What becomes of the broken-hearted
Who had love that’s now departed?
I know I’ve got to find
Some kind of peace of mind
Help me please

I’m searching, though I don’t succeed
For someone’s love there’s a growing need
All is lost, there’s no place for beginning
All that’s left is an unhappy ending

Now, what becomes of the broken-hearted
Who have love that’s now departed?
I know I’ve got to find
Some kind of peace of mind
I’ll be searching everywhere
Just to find someone to care
I’ll be looking everyday, I know I’m gonna find a way
Nothing’s gonna stop me now
I’ll find a way somehow
And I’ll be searching everywhere
I know I gotta find a way
I’ll be looking



May BlogCast ~ Spring Thoughts Of Love


Welcome to my monthly BlogCast.

To say the very least… back in the 19th Century, Great Britain’s poet laureate Alfred Tennyson observed…

“In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.”

To say much more… to modernize that passage with some much needed inclusiveness… such an emotional state certainly does span the vast spectrum of gender identities and seasons.

On this fine May Day, there’s a smile on my face and feelings of renewal throughout my body. TMI? Well… uh… not really. Let me explain. You see, my Michigan compatriots and I have been freezing our butts off for the past, SIX LONG WEEKS (ever since the alleged vernal equinox). But now? WOW! With today’s temps predicted to soar into the 80° Fahrenheit / 27° Celsius range, at last, it’s safe to say that spring has sprung… even the trees and shrubs have finally started to leaf out.

But enough about meteorology. Instead, how about a merger of psychology with musicology? In other words… let’s blend our love of love into the musical mix.

My three featured selections, when segued in the presented order, below, do work out well on a multitude of levels.

Beyond the fact that all are Sixties era love songs, we find that, within the Temptations’ lead track, My Girl, songsmiths Smokey Robinson and Ronald White actually have given a lyrical nod to the “month of May”. Additionally, their musical arrangement calls for a concluding, key signature shift… in this instance… from C to D major… which means everything plays out with plenty of chords in common with Mercy’s Love Can Make You Happy and the Troggs’ Love Is All Around.

You’ll also discover that, while the Beats Per Minute do slow down after the lead track, there’s still a similar percussive style… most noticeable being the Troggs’ tick-tock quality.

Hmmm… having just said, “tick-tock”, that does remind me that it’s time to allow the music to speak for itself. So… start clicking onto those playback buttons and enjoy. Even if your weather may not be springlike wherever you may reside in our world, lest you’ve forgotten that apt Robinson / White lyric…

“I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day. When it’s cold outside, I’ve got the month of May.”


The Temptations ~ My Girl

Song Facts and Chords

Mercy ~ Love Can Make You Happy

Song Facts and Chords


Troggs ~ Love Is All Around

Song Facts and Chords

I thank you for your listenership and cordially invite you to click back here for my next monthly BlogCast, which typically features anywhere from 3 to 5 songs that, when segued, transform everything into a variety of appealing themes. My next program is slated to hit the www during the first week of June 2018.

FYI, my past musical presentations are archived within my BlogCast and music categories.

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