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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A Walk Thru the Land of Broken Dreams ~ Vid of the Day

Our Vid of the Day’s featured recording artist, Jimmy Ruffin, lyrically, takes on the role of the brokenhearted man. If you’ve clicked by just to hear What Becomes of the Brokenhearted, that’s cool. However, for those who’ll indulge me, I cannot pass up this opportunity for some brief commentary…

Upon our hearing the opening lyrical couplet, “As I walk this land of broken dreams, I have visions of many things” one senses… well at least I sense… that the theme of love lost runs far deeper than that of a failed interpersonal relationship. I believe such sentiments could also speak of a citizen lamenting over his own country dumping him / dumping on him… his country having never really loved him at all.

Considering how an African American of the turbulent Sixties era had sung of such sorrow, this brings to mind Dr. Martin Luther King’s (then) three summers earlier I Have a Dream speech. Was King not speaking of the land of broken dreams, too?

President Kennedy’s policies had begun to right America’s wrongs… but… to keep it real… the elimination of grotesque racism… the final line of that final chapter… has yet to be written. And the way things are presently trending, this manuscript does not have a publisher’s go-to-print deadline anywhere in sight.

More than half a century later, we are eyewitness to a resurgence of zombies who are walking the Earth, wrongfully rallying on behalf of the racial profiling, trigger happy cops, who are wrongfully enforcing the odious, obdurate, black-lives-don’t-matter Trumpian ‘Tude.

Donald J. Trump’s own inexcusable words and deeds… e.g. his pledge of allegiance to Charlottesville, Virginia’s “Unite the Right” assholes… “the neo-Confederates, neo-fascists, white nationalists, neo-Nazis, Klansmen, Blue Lives Matter and various right-wing militias”¹ … has amply proven that…

America is still the land of broken dreams.

 

¹ quoted passage courtesy of Wikipedia