There are good reason these 10 songs about leaving someone you love includes so many country songs. Country artists love to tell sad stories–they drink, cheat and are consequently asked–or forced–to leave many times. In other words, they know what they're talking about.
"Leaving on a Jet Plane" Peter Paul and Mary The drag thing about jet plane departures is that once the planes are up in the air, you can't call your lover and ask him/her to turn around. Back when Peter Paul and Mary recorded this song, jet plane travel was more of a luxury than it is now. Airlines didn't charge passengers for every little thing either.
- "Nothing Compares to You" Sinéad O'Connor Prince wrote this song, but O'Connor nailed it. It became her signature song. She hasn't had many big hits since then. Bald was good for Kojack, but not so good for female Irish rock singers.
"I Will Always Love You" Whitney Houston Let's hope Houston never sang this song to Bobby Brown. While Brown is a bad boy, Houston's no angel herself. She may go the same obscurity route as O'Connor at this rate.
"I Miss My Friend" Darryl Worley Worley even says he misses the fights with his girl. Yikes! He's really deluded. That happens sometimes when someone misses another person a lot.
"Purple Rain" Prince Prince never meant to be your weekend lover. Yeah, right! This is the same guy that threw his guitar on stage. These days, he's a JW married guy, believe it or not, but you have to suspect he still longs for weekend lovers.
- "Goodbye My Lover" James Blunt The new white soul guy hates to say goodbye. But the girls still swoon whether he's saying howdy or see ya later.
- "I Would Have Loved You Anyway" Trisha Yearwood We don't believe what Yearwood says either, but she sings so sweetly we readily believe her lies. How can women do that to us?
"I'm the Only One" Melissa Etheridge This song came out before we all knew Etheridge was referring to chick-on-chick action. Yet, she has one of those great, rough voices. She spoke for us, even though she was playing for the other team.
"Watching Airplanes" Gary Allan Watching planes take off and land, as Allan does here, is not the fun experience of boarding one to some far off place. Winners fly, losers watch.
- "Silver Wings" Merle Haggard Yep, it's those darn planes again. This is a wonderful, sad song. And if you can't find it, get The Knitters' version. John Doe captured its sadness perfectly.