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On “Love Lost” (An Endless Playlist)

To acknowledge Saint Valentine’s death and burial (or more simply, Valentine’s Day), we asked contributors to Interlude Docs and other writers, artists, and friends to help commence an ongoing playlist on the subject of “love lost”…

A transcript of responses is below. This doc will be updated as new songs are received.

For the most up-to-date tracklist in PDF form, go here.
To listen to this playlist on Spotify, go here.

On Thu, Feb 8, 2024 at 10:19 AM Alex Dimitrov <> wrote:

Cheree by Suicide is a song I’ve fallen in love to and used as a break up song. I can’t think of too many of those. And why I like that it’s both is because. Well. Something is ending and something begins.

Love is everything.

On Thu, Feb 8, 2024 at 10:25 AM Hedi El Kholti <> wrote:

Hi Rebekah,

Yes of course.
Do you need the mp3 or just the title?

I’m kind of hesitating between

Frehel: Ou sont tous mes amants.
Cowboy Junkies: You Will Be Loved Again

But let’s go with Frehel. My grandmother loved this song.

And here’s a collage that goes with Frehel.


On Thu, Feb 8, 2024 at 10:29 AM Sophia Giovannitti <> wrote:

Mazzy Star “Look On Down From The Bridge” at the end of the Meadowlands episode the Sopranos during Jackie’s funeral, while AJ realizes Tony’s in the mob (also at the end of Rick and Morty episode Rick Potion #9 while they bury their own bodies)

the Johnny Cash cover of “Hurt,” especially the music video, filmed in the House of Cash with Johnny and June 3 months before she died and 7 months before he died

<3 </3 <3

xoxo Sophia

On Thu, Feb 8, 2024 at 10:37 AM Tosh Berman <> wrote:

This is easy for me.

My one and only choice

The Honeycombs – “Have I The Right”

Ciao Tosh

On Thu, Feb 8, 2024 at 10:39 AM Amy Scholder <> wrote:

Hi Rebekah,

Sinead O’Connor. Nothing Compares to You.

xx Amy

On Thu, Feb 8, 2024 at 10:43 AM Eugene Yiu Nam Cheung <> wrote:

Hi Rebekah, I’m happy to hear from you! Are you well?

I immediately thought about a pairing of songs: the first is You’ll Never Know by Hi-Gloss, the second, I’m a Bitch by A Bitch Named Joanna.

Cassavetes: “Would love be considered an art?”

Very best— E

On Thu, Feb 8, 2024 at 11:36 AM Sukhdev Sandhu <> wrote:

Oh dear, Rebekah. It’s mid-afternoon but it may as well be 3am. Sadness reigns…

Robert Wyatt, Insensatez
Barbara Mason, Oh How It Hurts
A Girl Called Eddy, Tears All Over Town
Woo, When My Love Goes Away
Jacques Brel, Voir Un Ami Pleurer
Larry Banks, I’m Not The One
Dusty Springfield, I Can’t Make It Alone
Bessie Banks, Try To Leave Me If You Can (I Bet You Can’t Do It)
Alton Ellis, Your Heart Is Gonna Pay
Donnie Fritts, We Had It All

Hope you’re okay
On Thu, Feb 8, 2024 at 11:53 AM Radical Documents <> wrote:

Love this!

Here’s my pick. 
It’s an unreleased song by him. It only seems to appear on YouTube.
JJ Cale – Things Ain’t Simple Anymore
On Thu, Feb 8, 2024 at 11:58 AM Alex Chaves <> wrote:
Do I ever cross your mind – Chet Atkins cover with Dolly Parton on Chet Atkins “the master and his music” (has to be this version)
Bless the telephone – Labi siffre
Lighter – miley Cyrus
This is maybe the best one and deeply important :
You’re the one – Kate bush
I could go on forever but first thought best thought 
On Mon, Feb 12, 2024 at 3:56 PM Rebekah Weikel <> wrote:
These are love songs! I need heartbreak, Alex. (Devastation! Disintegration!)
On Mon, Feb 12, 2024 at 3:58 PM Alex Chaves <> wrote:
Whatever you feel! I think there’s kind of a continuum to heartbreak and love according to me but maybe that’s violating of the principles of your list… 
Love’s bittersweet quality, especially in song and their relationships to our memories: our first loves, great loves … all former, our youth—gone. Sometimes a love song can remind you of these people. The surrender to love is the heartbreak of betrayal of allegiance to our previously held self conceptions. And it’s as heartbreaking to be in love as it is heartbreaking to be without it, or to have possibly never known it. There’s longing in everything IDK. Even crying at a wedding or a beautiful, perfect union or moment or something, people great for each other, there’s something heartbreaking about the temporality of that you know?  
On Thu, Feb 8, 2024 at 12:00 PM Gracie Hadland <> wrote:
The first that comes to mind is 
I Know by Fiona Apple 
On Thu, Feb 8, 2024 at 12:08 PM Lynne Tillman <> wrote:

dearest Rebekah,
Thanks for inviting me… Songs kept coming to me… here’s my list…

  • I’d Rather be a Blind Girl   Etta James
  • Vissi d’Arte   Maria Callas (The 1953 EMI recording of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca conducted by Victor de Sabata, with Maria Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano and Tito Gobbi, is considered by many opera critics to be one of the most notable opera recordings of the 1950s.)
  • Time After Time  Cindy Lauper
  • Tears of a Clown    Smokey Robinson
  • You Know More Than I Know   John Cale
  • Songs for Drella  — Cale and Reed (entire album, love and regret, lost love)
  • I Fall to Pieces   Patsy Cline
  • Non, je ne regrette rien   Edith Piaf
  • I Love You, Porgy   Billie Holiday
  • I’m Your Puppet  James and Bobby Purify

ps if I has to be just one, Vissi d’Arte…can’t beat it. xxx
On Thu, Feb 8, 2024 at 12:18 PM Jack Name <> wrote:
How are you?  I hope you’re doing well.  It’s funny because today I got an email from the label whos putting out my next record asking for some [redacted]
here’s a little list off the top of my head
“I go to sleep – (demo version)” – the kinks
“you never knew me” – magazine
“Walk on by” – dionne warwick
“being lost” – psychic tv
“it’ll never happen again” – tim hardin
“i forgot to be your lover” – william bell
“frankies first affair” – sade
“i count the tears” – the drifters
“who loves the sun” – velvet underground
On Thu, Feb 8, 2024 at 1:07 PM Manon Lutanie <> wrote:
Hi Rebekah,
Sure: Julian Casablancas, Human Sadness, until 5:12. 
p.s. your postcard always on my desk. 

On Thu, Feb 8, 2024 at 2:06 PM Taro Nettleton <> wrote:


Nina Simone, “This Year’s Kisses” from Let it All Out (1966).

About the only thing I could empathize with in Wim Wenders’ Perfect Days (2023) was the last scene of the protagonist weeping listening to Nina Simone.

Take care,


On Thu, Feb 8, 2024 at 2:43 PM Momus <> wrote:
Cliff Richard, The Next Time

Sent from my iPad
On Thu, Feb 8, 2024 at 2:53 PM Larry Karaszewski <> wrote:

Good Luck


Sent from my iPad
On Thu, Feb 8, 2024 at 2:55 PM Molly Lambert <> wrote:

my song contribution for the v-day edition!

“Everything Fades Away” by Mariah Carey
On Thu, Feb 8, 2024 at 3:03 PM Erica Sheu <> wrote:
emi – bubble tea and cigarettes
On Thu, Feb 8, 2024 at 3:37 PM JOHN TOTTENHAM <> wrote:
Here you go…
Debbie Taylor – I Don’t Wanna Leave You

On Thu, Feb 8, 2024 at 5:04 PM Pierce Eldridge <> wrote:

Song: Blue

Artist: Finn Ronsdorf

  • When I was in New York of October 2023, I stayed at the house of a lover. I took a book off a shelf, the Wolfgang retrospective catalogue from MoMA, as a pot of coffee percolated on the stove. I sat on the sofa in the living space, just waking as I began leafing through images of bodies and shorts draped over banisters or trees, as the lover murmured you’re going to love this. I kept focus on the book, hearing typing against keys, unsure of what was to follow. The sun was just beginning to break through the apartment’s wall of windows, between the high rises of Lower Manhattan, and as Finn Ronsdorf began to sing ‘Blue’, I looked up to direct my attention to the source of the music, hearing with my eyes and manoeuvring my shirtless body to lay out, stretching over the two seater I was too long for, letting my legs and head dangle over either armrest. There, I melted. Once it was over, I simply said again until finally it had become the only song I felt I’d ever really heard; until finally I had pooled myself over every surface, moved so purely in the lucid kind of way of having experienced an artist in my lifetime creating music that feels directly made for me.
On Thu, Feb 8, 2024 at 6:50 PM Jack Skelley <> wrote:
I agonized over this decision and landed on two punk-adjacent classics:
  • Buzzcocks: “Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)” 
  • Joy Division: “Love Will Tear Us Apart”
Love to you and all your contributors !!!
Jack Skelley

On Thu, Feb 8, 2024 at 6:53 PM Rachel Valinsky <> wrote:

David Ruffin, I Miss You (Part I)

Zombies – Can’t Nobody Love You


On Fri, Feb 9, 2024 at 12:36 PM Britta Phillips <> wrote:

Oops, scratch that song I just sent. It’s not about breaking up, it’s about staying! Although, the time going always makes me very sad…. so… I’ll pick…

“Walk On By” by Isaac Hayes!
Or if someone already picked that song
“Friday’s Child” by Nancy Sinatra
+1 (xxx) xxx-xxxx / Fri, Feb 9, 2024 / Erik Bluhm:

This one pops in my memory from years back:

Sonny Curtis – How Little Men Care

“She’s knitting sweaters that no one will wear.”

On Sat, Feb 10, 2024 at 2:52 PM Travis Diehl <> wrote:

Hi Rebekah—!

It has to be “Changes” by Charles Bradley…


On Sat, Feb 10, 2024 at 10:44 PM Seokyoung Yang <> wrote:
Dear Rebekah,
would love to share this song with all of you–
이소라 – 첫사랑
Lee SoRa – First Love
On Sun, Feb 11, 2024 at 4:08 AM Juliet Jacques <> wrote:
Hi Rebekah,
Sorry for the slow reply. If it’s not too late:
‘Violence’ by Low. It’s not a break-up song as such, although its single verse does hint at that, but I became obsessed with it during a distance relationship where it was (too) hard for us to see each other. I can’t hear it now without thinking back to that hot, hard, seemingly endless summer and feel all that wistful longing all over again …

On Sun, Feb 11, 2024 at 8:04 AM Travis Jeppesen  <> wrote:

“If You Leave” – Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

+1 (xxx) xxx-xxxx / Sun, Feb 11, 2024 / Adam Ashe:

The first song that came to my mind is Randy Newman “Wandering Boy” but that’s not really the same kind of heartbreak, but it gets me from so many angles.

Aretha Franklin – “Tracks of My Tears” & “(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You Been Gone”
On Sun, Feb 11, 2024 at 1:57 PM Tan Lin <> wrote:

Hi Rebekah

here are a few. First one’s a cover so not sure it counts!

You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When you Go
My Bubba

Silver Jews.
Random Rules

Michael Hurley
When I Get Back Home
On Sun, Feb 11, 2024 at 4:37 PM Shiv Kotecha <> wrote:
errrr, this is just a song about how in love I am —

AR Kane – A Love from Outer Space — sorry!

On Sun, Feb 11, 2024 at 5:28 PM Farid Matuk <> wrote:

I’m sorry I can’t limit the song choice to only one. Here are some heartbreak/disintegration tracks that always put me in a mood:

Noon Rendezvous by Sheila E.

Glory Box by Portishead

Sometimes It Snows in April by Prince

Wild Horses by The Rolling Stones

The Killing Moon by Echo & The Bunnymen

All I Want Is You by U2

Dolly by Tierra Whack

The World’s Smiling Now by Jim James

Savage by The Eurythmics

+1 (xxx) xxx-xxxx / Tue, Feb 13, 2024 / Steph Kretowicz:

Tami T – I Never Loved This Hard This Fast Before
On Tue, Feb 13, 2024 at 2:01 PM Asiya Wadud <> wrote:
For my song contribution, I’d love to include cellophane by FKA twigs. 
On Tue, Feb 13, 2024 at 9:33 AM Dan Fox <> wrote:
If there was any justice in this world, “I Gotta Get Away (From My Own Self)” by Ray Godfrey would be a classic soul standard. That it was lost and overlooked in its day somehow makes it even more poignant. I don’t remember where I first heard the song, but at some point I had found a copy of the seven-inch single going for a dollar or two, scuffed and barely protected in a tatty paper sleeve. Soon after, I was run over by a juggernaut heartbreak and I played the record constantly. Like all the best tunes about being dumped, it pulls an “I Will Survive,” and provides the lovelorn listener with the promise that they will get through the misery, get over the other person, become stronger because of the experience. But the more I listened to the song, the more its existential title resonated, because there’s a point during a breakup when you begin to feel so utterly bored of your own pain, your own moaning and moping, that you do, indeed, want to get away from yourself, and to stop listening to the same songs over and over. During this same miserable period, I also was also cheered by Vernon Green and the Medallions’ ‘Behind the Door,’ a doo-wop ballad of abject proportions, in which the singer, jilted by his lover, declares that he is prepared to offer forgiveness. What I love about this melodramatic song is that its tone hovers on a line between deep hurt and sarcastic anger, between stoic acceptance and an ugly sanctimony. This really comes out during the spoken word section near the end, in which the singer chides the lover for being a careless heartbreaker, and is accompanied by the most astonishing rising falsetto I’ve ever heard. I find it impossible to hear this without laughing, it’s so over-the-top. The falsetto toes a line between irony and sincerity, both in sympathy with the lead vocalist’s pain, but also seeming to say, “c’mon, really?” When you’re feeling hurt it’s hard to recognize your own faults and indulgences, and ‘Behind the Door’—perhaps accidentally rather than deliberately—manages to capture that mixture of pain and self-pity. Of course the only thing that beats listening to a great song about love lost, is to sing one yourself. Soon after this breakup, I bought a digital piano—one of those full-size ones with proper weighted keys—and, blame the delirium, decided I wanted to learn how to play some Kurt Weill songs. I had been struck by a version of Weill’s “Lost in the Stars” as sung by Lotte Lenya, and I managed to get good enough to stumble through my own rendition without sounding too much like an elephant hammering out a lullaby. The tune is gorgeous, but the lyrics are deeply cosmic. The song imagines God holding the stars “in the palm of his hand”, letting them run “through his fingers like grains of sand”. He loses one small star and when he finds it again, promises to “take special care so it wouldn’t get lost again.” The next lines observe how most people assume that we’ll be OK, that God’s upstairs looking after everything. Then comes the kicker. “But I’ve been walking through the night and the day, til my eyes get weary and my hair turns grey, and sometimes it seems maybe God’s gone away, forgetting his promise that we heard him say, and we’re lost out here in the stars…” There is no resolution to the song. God doesn’t reappear. All we have in common—”big stars, little stars”—is that we are all drifting through the universe, lost and looking to be found.
On Tue, Feb 13, 2024 at 10:28 AM Jennifer Krasinski <> wrote:

One song only? At this very moment, it’s Neil Young’s Hold Back the Tears from Chrome Dreams that makes my heart flip. 

But there have been so many others too. . .and probably more to come too. 
On Tue, Feb 13, 2024 at 11:16 AM Alex Jovanovich <> wrote:
How about Ada Ray’s “I No Longer Believe In Miracles” (1962)? It’s a funny mix of lightheartedness and devastation!!!
On Tue, Feb 13, 2024 at 12:32 PM Aaron Rose <> wrote:
Chet Baker
You Don’t Know What Love Is
On Tue, Feb 13, 2024 at 5:08 PM Lily Jue Sheng <> wrote:
Mine is (my go-to-karaoke pick and end of Fallen Angels):
Only You (Yazoo cover) by The Flying Pickets
+1 (xxx) xxx-xxxx / Tue, Feb 13, 2024 / Steven Salardino:

Hang On To Each Other – silver mt Zion.

I was going to send a Low song because that’s my brother’s band and all their songs are special. And goddam those harmonies with Mimi’s breath. But this song is strange because it makes me cry but there is something hopeful in it too. Heartbreak in such a universal sense. Anyways. Xo
+1 (xxx) xxx-xxxx / Tue, Feb 13, 2024 / Corey Lee Granet:

I feel like I used to be better at recalling these things… those heavy songs you think you’ll never forget. But I digress. I can do this.

I only get one song!? That’s an impossible ask.

John Cale – I Keep a Close Watch
VU – Pale Blue Eyes
Linda and Richard Thompson – A Heart Needs a Home

The Bulgarian State Radio & Television Woman’s Choir – Kalimankou Denkou (this has to be one of the most beautifully forlorn sounding pieces ever written)
On Tue, Feb 13, 2024 at 5:35 PM Chris Kraus <> wrote:
Great idea

how about

Julie London – Cry Me A River

x C
On Tue, Feb 13, 2024 at 6:09 PM Christina Catherine Martinez <> wrote:
Dion – Only You Know 


sent from my pants phone
+1 (xxx) xxx-xxxx / Tue, Feb 13, 2024 / Matt Fishbeck:






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