“How Can You Mend A Broken Heart” Lyrics
A Classic Hit From 1971
It’s pretty amazing, that, when you look-up the lyrics to this song – anywhere on the Internet – they’re not totally correct. There’s one line that’s completely wrong – and it is the basis of the song.
Around 1970, Barry Gibb had a crush on Sue Morrow – wife of (then) WABC New York DJ Bruce Morrow. Apparently, they met at an industry function. The song was written about that forbidden relationship.
When asked by former CBS-FM DJ Bob Shannon – Bruce Morrow himself confirmed that – it’s her name used here.
The line is, “I Could Never See Sue Morrow.” That line appears only once, in the first lyric paragraph. Later in the song – Barry Gibb cleverly uses, ”I Could Never See To-Morrow” in its place. The song is no-doubt, about this crush and how – it was never meant to be.
What’s fascinating – Barry Gibb (himself) changed the lyric in subsequent live appearances. . He uses, “I Could Never See To-Morrow” twice. Bruce Morrow and WABC were pretty famous. Did that have something to do with the change? The original version is still played on oldies stations.
I always wondered, was this “built-in?” He used her name once on the original version, but he had “an out” by repeating “to-morrow?” You have to admit – it’s brilliant. Do it once. But, it’s that version that became the mega-hit.
Subsequent “cover” versions eliminated the Sue Morrow reference. It only exists on the original hit version. And, it does not appear on any lyric sheet.
Sue and Bruce divorced around 1973 and she passed away at a relatively young age.
Listen to the song again – then put it all together. You’ll clearly hear her name the first time around – and the second, it’s, “to-morrow.”
Barry Gibb poured his heart out and, he must of had a real hunger for this very special person.
First paragraph lyrics:
“I can think of younger days when living for my life
Was everything a man could want to do
I could never see Sue Morrow,
But I was never told about the sorrow…”
Here’s The Original Hit Version:
Gary West – www.mrpopculture.com