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Cassadee Pope, ‘I Wish I Could Break Your Heart’ [Listen]

I Wish I Could Break Your Heart
Republic Nashville

The follow-up to Cassadee Pope’s Platinum hit ‘Wasting All These Tears’ is another breakup song, but with a fresh perspective. On ‘I Wish I Could Break Your Heart,’ she plays a lost-in-love girl cheerfully unable to do what’s necessary to have any control of where the relationship is headed.

Any pain or desperation is minimized by an energetic arrangement. Lyrically, Pope implies that the love just ended, but her tone doesn’t quite match her message.

I wish I could break your heart / I wish I could bring you down / Just for a second, teach you a lesson about being alone in the dark / I wish I could make you cry,” she sings to begin the first verse.

As much as her debut single, Pope’s pop-rock influences stand out on ‘I Wish I Could Break Your Heart.’ It’s a theme one finds across the ‘Frame by Frame’ album — it’s her signature. Gordie Sampson, Ashley Monroe and Jon Green inked a nuanced perspective, one that runs counter to many of the female anthems fighting for radio space right now. Her vulnerability is refreshing.

“Well the truth is that I never ever wanna hurt you baby / But it’d be nice to know that I could / Be strong enough to pull you under, throw you back a little thunder / Even though I never would / I wish I could break, I wish I could break your heart,” Pope adds during the chorus.

The singer and former ‘The Voice’ winner spends the chorus and some time between working her high end. It’s more of a vocal showcase than ‘Wasting …’ but both songs swell into catharsis at key moments. Fans who liked one will surely like the other.

Why Fans Will Love It: Pope brings a new perspective to the breakup song, playing a girl not strong enough to break off a relationship, but wishing she had some control.

Key Lyrics: “Well the truth is that I never ever wanna hurt you baby / But it’d be nice to know that I could / Be strong enough to pull you under, throw you back a little thunder / Even though I never would”

Did You Know?: Pope’s debut single became the first debut single from a female country artist to go Platinum since Taylor Swift’s ‘Tim McGraw’ in 2006.

Listen to Cassadee Pope, ‘I Wish I Could Break Your Heart’

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