SEA OF HEARTBREAK

Rosanne Cash and Bruce Springsteen's version


Rosanne Cash:The lights in the harbor
Don't shine for me
I'm like a lost ship
Adrift on the sea

Cash and Springsteen:The sea of heartbreak, lost love and loneliness
Memories of your caress, so divine
I wish you were mine again, my dear
On the sea of tears
Sea of heartbreak

Rosanne Cash:How did I lose you?
Oh, where did I fail?
Cash and Springsteen:Why did you leave me
Rosanne Cash:Always to sail?

Cash and Springsteen:The sea of heartbreak, lost love and loneliness
Memories of your caress, so divine
I wish you were mine again, my dear
I'm on the sea of tears
Sea of heartbreak

Bruce Springsteen:Oh, what I'd give to sail back to shore
Back to your arms once more

Rosanne Cash:Come to my rescue
Oh, come here to me
Cash and Springsteen:Take me and keep me
Away from the sea

Cash and Springsteen:Sea of heartbreak, lost love and loneliness
Memories of your caress, so divine
I wish you were mine again, my dear
On the sea of tears
Sea of heartbreak, lost love and loneliness
Memories of your caress, so divine
I wish you were mine again, my dear
On the sea of tears
Rosanne Cash:Sea of heartbreak
Cash and Springsteen:Sea of heartbreak
Bruce Springsteen:The sea of heartbreak



Page last updated: 27 Feb 2010

Intro

SEA OF HEARTBREAK is a song written by Paul Hampton and Hal David and originally recorded by Don Gibson in 1961. See the original Don Gibson's version for more details. Rosanne Cash recorded the song and released on her 2006 album The List. Her recording features Bruce Springsteen backing her on the verses and singing lead a the short bridge. The above lyrics are for Rosanne Cash and Bruce Springsteen's version.

Release

Rosanne Cash's SEA OF HEARTBREAK was first released by Manhattan Records as a download-only digital single on 25 Aug 2009.

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The List album was officially released on 06 Oct 2009 (U.S. release date) on the Manhattan Records label.

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The Album

In 2009, Rosanne Cash told Terry Gross: "When I was 18 years old, I went on the road with my dad after I graduated from high school. And we were riding on the tour bus one day, kind of rolling through the South, and he mentioned a song. We started talking about songs, and he mentioned one, and I said I don't know that one. And he mentioned another. I said, 'I don't know that one either, Dad,' and he became very alarmed that I didn't know what he considered my own musical genealogy. So he spent the rest of the afternoon making a list for me, and at the end of the day, he said, 'This is your education.' And across the top of the page, he wrote '100 Essential Country Songs.'"

On another occasion Cash also said: "If my father had been a martial arts master, he might have passed a martial arts 'secret' on to me, his oldest child. If he had been a surgeon, he might have taken me into his operating room and pointed out the arteries and organs. If he were a robber baron, he might have surveyed his empire and said, 'Honey, some day this will all be yours!' But he was a musician and a songwriter, and he gave me 'The List'."

The List became Rosanne Cash's first-ever covers record. It contains her contemporary interpretations of 12 songs she picked from the list her father gave her in 1973. The album features vocal duets with Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Jeff Tweedy, and Rufus Wainwright. An iTunes Store-only 13th song features a duet with Neko Case.

When WHYY's Terry Gross asked Rosanne Cash why she wanted Springsteen to sing on SEA OF HEARTBREAK, she replied, "Because he's just a dream date... the embodiment of the perfect male voice."

Charts

The Sea Of Heartbreak single did not chart, but The List album peaked at #5 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, Cash's first top ten album on the chart in 22 years, and hit #22 on the general Billboard 200, topping her previously most successful album on that chart, 1981's Seven Year Ache which peaked at #26. It is also her first entry on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart, where it debuted and peaked at #8.

Country Chart Peak position Weeks in chart Charting period
USA Billboard 200 22 16 Oct 2009 to Feb 2010
USA Billboard Top Rock Albums 8 15 Oct 2009 to Jan 2010
USA Billboard Top Country Albums 5 56 Oct 2009 to Jan 2011
USA Billboard Top Digital Albums 8 1 October 2009
USA Billboard Top Folk Albums 2 38 Dec 2009 to Jan 2011
USA Billboard Top Tastemaker Albums 3 3 Oct 2009 to Nov 2009
Canada Canadian Albums Chart 35    
Canada Canadian Top Country Albums 3    
Germany   88    
Norway   39    
Sweden Sverigetopplistan 19 11 Oct 2009 to Jan 2010

Grammy Nomination

SEA OF HEARTBREAK was nominated for a 2009 Grammy Award for "Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals". It lost for the Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat's LUCKY. Springsteen did not attend the award ceremonies which took place on 31 Jan 2010 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.

Available Versions

List of available versions of SEA OF HEARTBREAK on this website:

Credits

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for the lyrics help.