Brandy Clark, ‘Love Can Go to Hell’ [Listen]
Brandy Clark's "Love Can Go to Hell" plays upon a double meaning to get to one stark conclusion: love sometimes sucks.
Of course, the singer and her co-writer Scott Stepakoff say it more gracefully. "Love Can Go to Hell" is a sharp lyric packaged inside a soft, understated country arrangement. Clark is a remarkable storyteller, and she takes ownership of this forlorn love story. It's clear there are a few who've shattered her heart.
"Girl Next Door" and several others on Clark's album of the same name are immediate sensory shots. "Love Can Go to Hell" is a slow burn that you'll need to fall for in time. For the first time she's featured as a pure vocalist. It's a new way to look at her, even if it's less dramatic.
Did You Know?: Clark had the song title and suggested it to co-writer Scott Stepakoff. She heard it as "love can fall apart" and he heard it as "love, you can go to hell." The singer says that is the magic of that song.
Listen to Brandy Clark, "Love Can Go to Hell"
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Brandy Clark's "Love Can Go to Hell" Lyrics:
“Love can go to your head / Like a shot of something strong / Love can go to your bed / And stay there all night long / Love can go on and on / Like a Sunday morning sparrow / Love can go to your heart / Like a sweet-talking arrow.”
“Love can go to hell / In a broken heartbeat minute / That's where I am without you in it / Every day is just another night by myself / Love can go to hell /Like roses in a vase of whiskey / Dying for the way you used to kiss me / Heaven knows I only wish you well / Oh, but love, yeah love can go to hell.”
“I can go to church / And fold these idle hands / I can go to work / Call some friends / Make some plans / I can get drunk on a Saturday night and try to fall for someone new / But I'd just wake up hungover / Cursing the day I feel for you.”
“I don’t blame you at all / No I don’t hate you at all / It’s all loves fault.”