“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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