You're Breakin' My Heart
Harry Nilsson Lyrics


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You're breakin' my heart
You're tearing it apart so fuck you

All I want to do is have a good time, now I'm blue
You won't boogaloo
Run down to Tramps, have a dance or two, ooh
You're breakin' my heart
You're tearing it apart but fuck you

You're breakin' my heart
You're tearing it apart, boo-hoo

You stepped on my ass
You're breakin' my glasses too
You won't drive my car
Buy a lot of stuff
I've had enough of you, ooh
I'm goin' insane
There's no one to blame so fuck you

You can't have your way
There's nothing left to say
There's nothing left to do, ooh
You're breakin' my heart
You're tearing it apart so fuck you

You gotta have your way
There's nothing left to say
There's nothing left to do, ooh
You're breakin' my heart
You're tearing it apart but I love you

Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo
Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo




Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo
Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo

Overall Meaning

The song "You're Breakin' My Heart" by Harry Nilsson is a frustrated lamentation of a person who is fed up with their significant other's behavior. The lyrics openly express the singer's grudge with the object of their affection. The song starts with a hurtful accusation: "You're breakin' my heart/You're tearing it apart so fuck you." The singer feels that their heart is being ripped as they say that all they wanted to do was to have a good time, but "now I'm blue." The phrase "You won't boogaloo" means that the significant other refuses to dance, which the singer finds frustrating. The song continues as the singer lists the grievances with their significant other.


The singer sings about how their significant other won't drive their car or buy things, and the final verse is a much stronger expression than the previous ones: "You're breakin' my heart/ You're tearing it apart but I love you." In this paradoxical finale, the singer expresses their frustration and anger, but the final line shows that despite all the difficulties and problems, the love they have for this person still persists.


The song showcases a theme that is common in a lot of Nilsson's work: the common man's frustration with love and relationships. The straightforward lyrics and the catchy, upbeat melody made the song very popular. The song was written by Harry Nilsson himself and was released in 1972 as a single from the album Son of Schmilsson.


Line by Line Meaning

You're breakin' my heart
You are causing me intense emotional pain


You're tearing it apart so fuck you
You're destroying me and I am angry with you


All I want to do is have a good time, now I'm blue
I wanted to enjoy myself, but you ruined my mood


You won't boogaloo
You refuse to dance with me and have fun


Run down to Tramps, have a dance or two, ooh
Let's go dance and have a good time


You're tearing it apart but fuck you
You're still causing me pain and I am still angry with you


You're tearing it apart, boo-hoo
You're causing me so much pain that I'm crying


You stepped on my ass
You hurt me physically


You're breakin' my glasses too
You caused me to break my glasses


You won't drive my car
You refuse to help me out and do me a favor


Buy a lot of stuff
You spend too much money recklessly


I've had enough of you, ooh
I can no longer tolerate your behavior


I'm goin' insane
You are driving me crazy


There's no one to blame so fuck you
The situation is out of control and I am still angry with you


You can't have your way
You cannot always get what you want


There's nothing left to say
We've said everything that needs to be said


There's nothing left to do, ooh
We've exhausted all options to fix the situation


You're tearing it apart but I love you
Despite all the pain you caused me, I still love you


Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo
The sound of the music continues to play on.




Lyrics ยฉ BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: HARRY NILSSON

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Comments from YouTube:

@robertplent8663

I'm 69 years old I've OWNED 3 copies of the album. SOLID GOLD!!

@steveschultz4407

I too am 69 and have had this album as an LP when it came out, then on cassette, then on CD. Somehow I managed to duck the 8-track craze!

@SlickChick.

64 here and I still have mine

@dennischristian6622

I still have my copy at 72 years young๐ŸŽ‰

@frankiefelinesalwayswelcom5825

This song makes me smile each and every time I play it. Harry had such a comedic style in some of his music. This whole album is a gem. So sadly missed.

@buttkid3548

Always loved his sense of humor.

@frankiefelinesalwayswelcom5825

The Dark Lord Satan Harry used to party with Alice Cooper at the Rainbow Bar in Hollywood in the 70s. Their drinking club was called โ€œ The Hollywood Vampiresโ€ same as Aliceโ€™s second band. Alice was the president for the club as he was a severe alcoholic back then. Harry used to party for 3 day binges with Ringo Starr.

@animaladvocate8938

Absolutely. What a powerful release.

@vickie3176

So are you btw. A real gem

@anitastewart1148

I agree I play it in my car really loud and sing along to it

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