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Tomorrow is Breaking (with John Doe)


Tomorrow is Breaking

After the fall

The music begins

We dance to our luck

We are already sinners

We never think the sun will rise

We just keep burning through the night

Tomorrow is breaking, tomorrow is breaking, tomorrow is breaking my heart

Lay by my side.

The orchestra’s still playing

Before you go

Just tell me one more lie

Everything is gonna be the same

Nothing that we are will ever change

We’ll Never change

Tomorrow is breaking, tomorrow is breaking, tomorrow is breaking my heart

We never think the sun will rise

We just keep burning through the night

Tomorrow is breaking, tomorrow is breaking, tomorrow is breaking

(Sobule/Eaton)

A few years ago, I was asked to write songs for a new version of the1975 play, “Yentl” (adapted from the beautiful Isaac Bashevis Singer short story - not, mind you, the Babs movie). "

"Tomorrow is Breaking" is a breakup song, but one where romance is still very much alive. It could be the mutual end of an illicit affair, the end of a passionate Summer fling, the soldier in the WW2 era movie that has to say goodbye to his lover on the train platform, or in the case of “Yentl”, where our protagonists (living in a small shtetl in1890s Poland) don’t quite have same the LGBTQ wokeness as we do.

In the musical, this comes towards the end of the play after the initial shock of the great reveal - Yentl is not a cis-guy. The relationship between her and Avidgor must end - it's an impossibility. But love is intact.

I wanted the song to be really romantic in an almost cinematic way, and that's why I wrote it as a waltz, like a song from a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.

I've had in my life something that was just a passionate affair, and even if it ended and there was a trove of trouble, you're still left with something great -- you really experienced passion and love. You did it, and maybe you're a richer person for it. That's why at the very end of the song I sing""tomorrow is breaking" without the "my heart" tag at the end. As bittersweet as it is, there is hope for a different or newer love ahead.

I decided, when thinking of what songs to put on the latest record, that "Tomorrow is Breaking" should see the light of day beyond the four small runs at various theaters.

I could not think of a more romantic duet partner than John Doe. His voice can be so badass and powerful on, say, a classic X song. But then he can also be so dreamy and almost crooner-like when he sings a ballad.

I also have another version of the song, by the way, on the album with Nicholas Ford on vocals. He is a very talented fan who donated at the "sing a duet with me" level on my Kickstarter.

Oh, and the fabulous Robin Eaton co-wrote this with me. We have written some winners, I have to say.

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