“The Man That Got Away”-Breakdown


This song is from one of my all time favorite movie musicals, A Star is Born. You might already know this but Judy Garland is one of my all time favorite singers/performers and can leave me knocked on the floor from the power and emotion behind her voice, which can be heard in this particular ballad.

Just the pain and frustration that is heard in her voice can convince you that it’s real, this pain or this lost love.  You never know who or what she’s talking about in this song.  Could it be an ode to her career at MGM or her past lovers (aka Vincente Minnelli, David Rose, her father)?  There seems to be some emotion she’s gripping on to because she is truly singing from her heart, her voice can’t lie.

Just take a look at the lyrics and listen to this song and see for yourself that there’s some deep rooted pain that makes any heart ache.

The night is bitter,
The stars have lost their glitter;
The winds grow colder
And suddenly you’re older –
And all because of the man that got away.

No more his eager call,
The writing’s on the wall;
The dreams you dreamed have all
Gone astray.

The man that won you
Has gone off and undone you.
That great beginning
Has seen the final inning.
Don’t know what happened. It’s all a crazy game!

No more that all-time thrill,
For you’ve been through the mill –
And never a new love will
Be the same.

Good riddance, good-bye!
Ev’ry trick of his you’re on to.
But, fools will be fools –
And where’s he gone to?

The road gets rougher,
It’s lonelier and tougher.
With hope you burn up –
Tomorrow he may turn up.
There’s just no letup the live-long night and day!

Ever since this world began
There is nothing sadder than
A one-man woman looking for
The man that got away…
The man that got away.


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