I Will Let My Heart be Broken

The Bird Sings Oral Tradition Song Library

I Will Let My Heart be Broken

What a song! Another gem from Debbie Nargi-Brown, who manages to make deep, griefy feelings sexy. This song is truly one of my favorites to teach in song circles. Guaranteed to simultaneously open hearts and move hips. Share by the Wholehearted Chorus during the 2019-2020 Winter Mini-Season, with guest songleader Debbie Nargi-Brown.

Composer & Copyright

Words and music by Debbie Nargi-Brown, shared with permission. These songs, like most in the library are designed for sharing freely in your circles. Please credit the songwriters when you share, and ask Debbie for permission to perform or record for profit.

Recording

This song was recorded live at the first Singing on the Edge retreat at Esalen in 2018.
If you listen closely you can hear Lisa G. Littlebird and Barbara McAfee harmonizing in the background

Lead Vocal Debbie Nargi–Brown, Glen Phillips on guitar, Emile Hassan Dyer on drums.

Lyrics

I will let my heart be broken
I will let my heart be broke
I will let my heart be broken

‘Cause, I know it will be put back together again
Yes, I know it will be put back together again
Yes, I know it will be put back together again
Again, Again, Again, Again, Again, Again, Again

I know it’s hard, I know it’s hard, I know it’s hard
When you feel broken

But, I know you will be put back together again
Yes, I know you will be put back together again
Yes, I know you will be put back together again
Again, Again, Again, Again, Again, Again, Again

Take strength from me, I will see you through
Take strength from me

Teaching Notes

When teaching this one I basically don’t teach it. I sing the whole “I will let my heart be broken” section one time through and then invite everyone to join. Then I do the same with each subsequent section and just dive in. Everyone gets it quickly. Despite the four different song sections and larger-than-average amount of lyrics, it’s a pretty quick teach and people just love it. A guitar is not at all necessary to enjoy this song and teach it, but a drum is exceptionally helpful, if not essential. If you don’t have a drum, you’ll have to stomp or otherwise find a loud way to really emphasize the four drumbeat song section delineators. I take liberties with repeating one section over and over sometimes before moving on to the next, especially the “take strength from me” part, which is so good to sing over and over.

4

Level of teaching speed/ difficulty (1 = very easy, 10 = very challenging)

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