25 Songs: Day 2 The Ex




Day 2 – A song that reminds you of your most recent ex.

My most recent ex was actually a long time ago since Male and I have had a very complicated non-relationship relationship thingy for many years now. My last boyfriend who wasn’t Male was awesome. He was smart, talented, adorable and probably one of the funniest people I’ve ever known.

Why did we break up then? Well, he broke up with me. I was in the throes of a very serious depressive spell, and bless his heart, when I finally started to come out of it, he dumped me. He waited for me to be less depressed first, which was very sweet, if a little misguided. We dated for about 11 months, out of which, at least 2 of them involved me crying for no reason.

I loved him in my fucked-up, half-assed, noncommittal way, but I wasn’t in love with him. We remained friends for a long time afterwards, but we naturally drifted apart and I haven’t talked to him in a few years. Breaking up with me actually broke his heart more than mine.

I harbor absolutely no ill feelings towards him. He deserves better than me. Well, I don’t mean better than me, since clearly, I am better than everyone, but he deserves to be with someone who loves him as much as he loved me and who isn’t broken all the time. I hope he found a nice normal girl to settle down with and that he’s happy.

Anyway, being dumped sucks, even if you’re not all that into the person dumping you. It’s kind of like being fired; you can’t help but feel inadequate. This was our breakup song:

Well, it ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe
Even you don’t know by now
And it ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe
It’ll never do somehow

When your rooster crows at the break of dawn
Look out your window, and I’ll be gone
You’re the reason I’m a-traveling on
But don’t think twice, it’s all right.

And It ain’t no use in turning on your light, babe
The light I never knowed
And it ain’t no use in turning on your light, babe
I’m on the dark side of the road

But I wish there was somethin’ you would do or say
To try and make me change my mind and stay
But we never did too much talking anyway
But don’t think twice, it’s all right.

So It ain’t no use in calling out my name, gal
Like you never done before
And It ain’t no use in calling out my name, gal
I can’t hear you any more

I’m a-thinking and a-wonderin’ walking down the road
I once loved a woman, a child I am told
I gave her my heart but she wanted my soul
But don’t think twice, it’s all right.

So long honey, baby
Where I’m bound, I can’t tell
Goodbye’s too good a word, babe
So I’ll just say fare thee well

I ain’t a-saying you treated me unkind
You could have done better but I don’t mind
You just kinda wasted my precious time
But don’t think twice, it’s all right.

I listened to the original a lot, but really, I preferred the Mike Ness cover since he changed the lyrics from “you could have done better” to “I could have done better,” and it’s just generally got more attitude.

In hindsight, it was a little mean to assign this song to him and it would have made more sense had I been the one to do the breaking, so I guess I did have a few hurty feelers at the time.