Rarely is there a day goes by that Old Dominion’s “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart” isn’t played on the radio. (At least I hear it almost every day.) Every time the track plays, I feel like they are singing right to me.
What songs out there grab you this way?
There are so many positive elements to this song that I don’t know if I could effectively convey its power in one post so I’m going to just give the chorus some attention here.
“You can’t keep the ground from shaking, no matter how hard you try, you can’t keep the sunsets from fading, you gotta treat your love like you’re jumping off a rope swing maybe ’cause the whole thing is really just a shot in the dark.”
The chorus says it all. The earth is gonna shake with joy, war, and weather. We can’t stop nature or human nature. We can only rock with it.
The sun is going to rise and fall. There isn’t anything we can do to prevent it. We just can’t let our happiness shine or fade because of things that are beyond our control.
Love. It’s one thing we can’t control, but it’s the one thing we can show to everyone. Love is the entity that allows us to put it all out on the line or share a sliver of simple, genuine charity. We are called to let our love flow in all direction. It may come back to us in a tidal wave or it may be sucked up never to return, but we have to put it out there. The image of the rope swing flying and letting go without hesitation is probably the happiest and scariest depiction of love I could ever muster, so way to go, Old Dominion, for making the vision a reality with your words.
Every action, every intention, every ambition, they are all shots in the dark. The future has not revealed itself to us. We can’t see past the moment we are in and that is terrifying, but thanks to this song we have the reassurance that we can and must live and love like there’s no such thing as a broken heart.
By: Melanie A. Peters
P.S. The bigfoot in the video needs love too. There is not a better poster monster for this song because belief in Sasquatch is a shot in the dark, but loving a bigfoot, that’s a cannon blast in the dark.