As far as I’m concerned, when someone writes a song for their lover/spouse, the relationship is doomed. It’s the songwriting equivalent of jumping the shark. I include songs written for or by people who died prematurely.
Obviously, I can’t give a comprehensive list, but, to start….
|Billy Joel||Just the Way You Are||Elizabeth Weber||Divorced|
|Buddy Holly||True Love Ways||Maria Elena Holly||His death at age 23|
|Eric Clapton||Layla, Wonderful Tonight||Pattie Boyd||Divorced|
|George Harrison||Something||Pattie Boyd (according to her)||Divorced|
|Graham Nash||Our House||Joni Mitchell||Broken up|
|John Denver||Annie’s Song||Annie Denver||Divorced|
|Jonathan Cain||Faithfully||Tane Cain||Divorced|
|Paul McCartney||multiple||Linda McCartney||Her death at age 57|
|Ritchie Valens||Donna||Donna Ludwig||His death at age 17|
|Shania Twain||Still the One||Mutt Lange||Divorced|
|Sonny Bono||I Got You Babe||Cher||Divorced|
|Steve Perry||Oh Sherrie||Sherrie Swafford||Broken up|
|Steven Stills||Suite Judy Blue Eyes||Judy Collins||Technically, it was written about their imminent breakup, so the curse doesn’t necessarily apply|
|Dennis DeYoung||Lady, Babe||Suzanne DeYoung||Still married!|
And for the record, Shania Twain’s song ticks me off. It starts with “looks like we made it….”. Um, unless you’re singing that on your deathbed, I’d say that’s a little premature and presumptuous. And, guess what happened? He boinked her best friend and they split up. She’s now remarried to her ex-best friend’s ex-husband. Whatever you do, Shania, don’t write a song for him!
I’m just sayin’.