Going For A Song: ‘Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken?’

Lloyd Cole and The Commotions – Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken?

It used to be after no reply to two texts, and just as the third text was sent, came the sense of a little bit of pride or whatever disappearing. The development of other mediums of communication has meant that for those who feel inclined they can now delay this a little longer. Songwriters have frequently used this kind of anticipation as a subject for their songs – ‘Please Mr Postman’, ‘Hanging On the Telephone’ – but it’s on the chorus of this Lloyd Cole and the Commotions’ song that the one question that inevitably has to be asked is asked; and it if can be done against the backdrop of backing vocals and acoustic guitars all the better – “Are you ready to be heartbroken?”