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Break ups are inevitable and unavoidable (unfortunately) but, in the depths of that melancholy, music can be your saviour.
"Well you said that we would still be friends / But I'll admit that I was glad that it was over." Time to pack your books and records up, Kimbra.
"Post break-up sex / That helps you forget your ex / What did you expect / From post break-up sex?" Justin Young explains why you shouldn't go there.
"I would say I'm sorry / If I thought that it would change your mind." Yeah, but it won't will it? Better get over it. Photo: Andy Vella
"Take what you need / And be on your way / And stop crying your heart out." Some sobering advice from Liam, who knows a thing or two about a break-up.
"I won't kill myself, trying to stay in your life / I got no distance left to run." One of the bleakest break-up songs ever... but with a hint of redemption.
"From the moment I wake, / To the moment I sleep, / I'll be there by your side, / Just you try and stop me, / I'll be waiting in line, / Just to see if you care."
"Dry your eyes mate, / I know it’s hard to take but her mind has been made up, / There’s plenty more fish in the sea." Mike Skinner is the best mate you could ever have.
"How can you wake up, / With someone you don't love? / And not feel slightly fazed by it." Alex Turner (metaphorically) slaps you round the chops.
"I will not try to win you back / I do not want you back / I just want to show you / I just need to show you what you fucking walked away from / I will achieve all my goals tenfold / I will achieve all your goals too - casually." YEAH.
"Keep your head up, keep your heart strong. / Keep your mind set, keep your hair long." Long hair will get you through this one.
"I've got another confession my friend, / I'm no fool, / I'm getting tired of starting again, / Somewhere new." Big Dave has finally had enough.
"Say what it is you’re trying to say, / But if you lie to me again, / I'll be the one that walks away. / Is it in you to be honest?" Andrew Hozier-Byrne issues a fairly strong ultimatum.
"You have to leave. I appreciate that, / But I hate when conversation slips out of our grasp." Paul Smith struggles with the small stuff.
"As I climb into an empty bed / Oh well, enough said." Morrissey faces the uncomfortable truth.
"This is the last song that I write / While still in love with you." Oh no! Get ready for a great break-up album, though.
"When routine bites hard / And ambitions are low / And resentment rides high / But emotions won't grow." Well, that sounds like the end of that, then.
"You ask me to remember / A kiss is but a kiss / Well I'd be a fool to want more from you / And I'm gone in a while." SEE YA, says Paolo.
"I wanted freedom, / Bound and restricted, / I tried to give you up, / But I'm addicted." Come on, Matt Bellamy. You're better than this.
"In the morning I'll be with you, / But it will be a different kind, / I'll be holding all the tickets / And you'll be owning all the fines." Brutal stuff from Justin Vernon.
"You went back to what you knew / So far removed from all that we went through / And I tread a troubled track / My odds are stacked / I'll go back to black." The queen of the "troubled track" with one of her finest songs.
"We were lovers / Now we can't be friends." So none of your platonic BS, says guest vocalist Robert Smith.
"Forever we tried to make it right, / But together we saw the end in sight, / I'm tired of fighting the good fight, / If you say the word then I'll say goodbye." Laters then, Haim girls!
"Please keep your hands down / And stop raising your voice / It's hardly what I'd be doing if you gave me a choice." For God's sake, give Gary Lightbody a chance to explain!
"I should have kissed you / When we were running in the rain." Yeah, but you didn't, Damien Rice.
"It's only lies that I'm living / It's only tears that I'm crying / It's only you that I'm losing / Guess I'm doing fine." From the best break-up album EVER, Sea Change.
"When you go / Would you even turn to say / I don't love you / Like I did yesterday." God, Gerard Way is so NEEDY.
"In six week's time / The mess you left / Will end / See you at the bitter end." It's good to put a time limit on these things, says Brian Molko.
"And I've been waking in the morning just like every other day / And just like every boring blues song I get swallowed by the pain." FT goes off the rails spectacularly. But he'll get there, eventually.