Broken Hearted

Album: Pilgrim (1998)
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Songfacts®:

  • Eric Clapton said he wrote this song during a tropical storm on Antigua while looking across the water to the island of Montserrat. He told BBC Radio: "I thought I had discovered three new chords that man didn't know about. But actually, they're just ordinary chords, which I found out when I tried to show them to someone - a keyboard player - and he told me what they were and that they were very normal. But to my ear, they created an atmosphere and I began to sing in the atmosphere that was already existing. And again, it was quite a specific set of circumstances I was talking about a lost love." >>
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  • Clapton wrote this song with Greg Phillinganes, a name known to many who looked over liner notes to albums in the '80s and '90s. As a songwriter and keyboard player, he's contributed to albums by Patti LaBelle, The Pointer Sisters, Lionel Richie and many others. His most notable work might be on Michael Jackson's Thriller album.
  • "Broken Hearted" is part of Clapton's album Pilgrim, his first of new material since Journeyman nine years earlier.
  • That's a tin whistle on the track, played by the Irish musician Paul Brady.

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