Tuesday, April 9, 2013

H is for...

Hard Habit to Break...Chicago, 1984.

Angsty 80's songs, from the soundtrack of my life, is my theme for the A-Z challenge this year.

Oh my fifteen year old heart! This song was performed as a trio in my mind. Peter Cetera and Bill Champlin crooned the verses to me as if they were the most recent silly boy to crush my feelings. Alas, he had realized that I would not be there forever, and didn't know what he had until I was gone. Just when he thought I had no idea how much he cared, I would burst in with the chorus:

Now being without you
Takes a lot of getting used to
Should learn to live with it
But I don't want to
Being without you
Is all a big mistake
Instead of getting easier
It's the hardest thing to take
I'm addicted to ya babe
You're a hard habit to break

In my perfect musical world the chorus reflected how heartbroken I was as well, and certainly it was all a big mistake. (Oh, and it would've been super swell to have had someone else, equally as savory no doubt, to run to.) Yes, I was a sucker who'd have taken back anyone who could bust rhymes like those. Now, I am sitting here alternating between singing and laughing, while in some corner of my mind is a girl sobbing, in a very unladylike fashion.

I fear that deep in the night will be an endless fight and I won't be able to get this song out of my mind!


  1. I admit that I love this song...and I can remember thinking of one young man who would regret breaking up with me, oh, YES! he would....yep....still waiting, LOL! Oh, wait.....methinks I married that guy.....

  2. oooo....I LOVE me some Chicago!! Steve DeRenzo, 1976.

  3. Peter Cetera was good for Chicago. He brought them into the limelight again. I loved singing this song at the top of my lungs. No reason, I just liked it.

  4. Ahh memories!!! :)
    *happily singing along in my head* "I'm addicted to yoouuuuuuuuuu"
    "You're a hard (you're a) hard (hard) habit to break (just can't go)..."
    -Heather the Evil Twin with love from the A-Z challenge @thewinetwins.blogspot.com

  5. Hahaha isn't it funny that we all have songs like that. :-D

  6. Oh yes, this song figured prominently in my heartbroken world. If I'd had an iPod back then, I'd have had a play list called "break-ups"...but no, I had a record player and a mother who objected to the same song being played 100 times in a row. She did OK around 25...but then she's just come knock on the door. I'd play ONE different song. Then get back to the one I wanted...

    Tina @ Life is Good
    Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge Blog
    @TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge

  7. Okay, that was sad, the fact that I screamed when I read the title of this post. In the words of my 4 year old nephew, this is one of my favouritess song everer. :)

  8. I refuse to sing those lyrics or hear that song on the likelihood of it bringing back all my early teen angst. Slow dancing with Robert at arms length at a middle school dance.

  9. I remember these awesome 80s songs! Fun theme for A to Z, except you're making me feel a little old here, girl.

    Jenny at Choice City Native

  10. I swear you're going through my mix cassette tapes.


  11. I don't know that song. But right now I Love It is stuck in my head.

    Sonia Lal

  12. This is a great one...gotta love Chicago! :)

  13. Chicago was one of my favorite bands back in the day. So many great (sad) songs. How can you not love Peter Cetera's voice!

  14. I was a bit too young for this song to resonate at the time. In fact, I'm having a hard time conjurining the tune for this song. Maybe that's good? Because then I won't have it stuck in my head all day? Goodbye to You is still residing there currently. ;)

  15. I totally learned to play this on the piano. Ah, sweet band, Chicago.