The entire Back to Black album is dedicated to the struggle of a break up and wishing for that make up. Amy covers so well the rollercoaster of emotions we can all in some way relate to. There’s the drinking binge many of us will likely try out first in the early break up stages, ‘I’m gonna lose my baby. So I always keep a bottle near,‘ Infidelity, regret and self-deprecation, ‘I cheated myself, like I knew I would. I told you I was trouble, you know I’m no good.’ Anger, self bargaining and compromise on Me & Mr Jones and Just Friends. Deep sadness, resentment and attempts to come to terms with a love lost on Back To Black, Love Is A Losing Game and Tears Dry On Their Own. They are all too brilliant to choose just one. The way she describes that desperate need to keep busy so you don’t crack apart during the day, but how all defenses are lost come night, in Wake Up Alone, stunningly accurate, no?
Run around just so I don’t have to think about thinking, that silent sense of content that everyone gets, just disappears soon as the sun sets…
Amy has that rare knack of making profound observations without being over-complicated and one of my favourite lyrics is from the title track, Back To Black, ‘We only said goodbye with words.’
Over futile odds, and laughed at by the Gods, and now the final frame, Love is a losing game. – RIP Amy Winehouse.