“Love (Not Love)”
By Molly Marinik
My favorite breakup song is “Just Another Couple Broken Hearts” by Was (Not Was) (download). It’s helped me through many a dumping, and made me feel particularly good after I was dismissed by Mitch, my co-counselor at the summer camp where i worked the summer before my senior year of college. Mitch was from Vancouver and had a really sexy Canadian thing going on.
We were working at an overnight camp in the Poconos and started dating early on in the summer…after three months of a hot summer romance, it became apparent that we were going our separate ways (Mitch to British Columbia, and me back to Ohio to finish school). And since i was hellbent on living in New York and Mitch was never leaving Vancouver, it became apparent that a perpetual 3000 mile long-distance relationship was not going to work. So Mitch did that thing guys do and distanced himself, shut off emotionally, and refused to deal with the impending break-up like a normal person. On the last night of the summer, the staff all went out to a local bar and Mitch picked a fight with me and sat in the corner pouting all night.
We parted ways amicably, but after an intense romance it was a less than fulfilling goodbye. So the lyrics to “Just Another Couple Broken Hearts” consoled me:
“So save your tears for Shakespeare / Because no one’s lost a life here / We’re down and out and lonely / But we’ll be okay.”