“Heartbreak Feels So Good” by Fall Out Boy
First off, let’s agree that the lyrics to “Heartbreak Feels So Good” are very obscure. Also, as of this writing there does not appear to be any official explanation of them readily available. So we will take a comprehensive approach in analyzing it, as tackling it verse by verse may prove akin to opening a can of worms.
AN OBSCURE, ALBEIT MOTIVATIONAL PIECE
Perhaps the simplest way of classifying this track is as it being a motivational song which, in its own creative way, is espousing the practice of not giving up. Usually with messages such as these, we are encouraged to stay strong, with our vision firmly fixed on the goal to be reached. Then, once achieved, all of the hard work, struggle and perseverance results in the sought-after payoff.
But what Fall Out Boy seems to be putting forth is that there are also causes for celebration along the way. Or as relayed in the first verse, “nobody said the road was endless”, and “nobody said the climb was friendless”. In other words, there is an actual endpoint to achieving goals, and along the way friends and allies will be made.
So it isn’t as if pursuing your calling, if you will, is all struggle and misery. Or as relayed in the pre-chorus/bridge, it may be an “uphill battle” but one that serves as a springboard to something better.
HEARTBREAK DOES FEEL SO GOOD, WHEN YOU’RE PROGRESSING
The chorus then goes on to imply that there will be cause to cry along the way, but such can be mitigated by ‘dancing our tears away’. So perhaps the best way of understanding this piece is by recognizing that it contains an implicit as opposed to overt message per se. And that message is that on the journey to achieving something great, if you will, things may get bad but not as terrible as one would presume.
Of course there will be failures and disappointments during the process. But pursuing your destiny so to speak, as challenging as the calling may be, isn’t all misery. Instead, “heartbreak feels so good” also.
And all things considered, what we will take that to mean is that suffering can be progressive or edifying, in a manner of speaking, so long as doing so brings one closer to achieving his or her goal.
A HARBINGER OF “SO MUCH (FOR) STARDUST”
As of this writing Fall Out Boy, the long-standing rock band from the Chicago area, is on the verge of dropping their eighth studio album, a project that has been dubbed “So Much (for) Stardust”. This effort is backed by Fueled by Ramen and DCD2. And with a release date of 24 March 2023, “Heartbreak Feels So Good”, a song produced by Neal Avron, marks the second single issued in advance from that project.
The writers of the track are the current members of Fall Out Boy, that being:
- drummer Andy Hurley
- vocalist Patrick Stump
- guitarist Joe Trohman
- bassist Pete Wentz
The director of the song’s music video is one Whitey McConnaughy.
Fall Out Boy’s debut album, 2003’s “Take This to Your Grave”, did make it onto the Billboard 200 but not in a way you would necessarily want to write home about. Since then, all of their studio albums have placed within the top 10, with three of them also topping the list.
So it can be deemed that Patrick Stump and the boys knows what it means to stick to a goal and see it payoff sooner rather than later, thus making them qualified to drop a song such as this.
And the message theoretically contained in “Heartbreak Feels So Good” is one we come across semi-regularly in a way, which is the journey, at least ideally, being just as rich of an experience as reaching the goal itself. Though what’s also being implied here is that a conscientious effort should be made to appreciate said journey, or that being able to enjoy it is by and large a matter of perspective.