Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?
by Moby

Album: Play (1999)
Charted: 16


  • The sampled vocals were by The Shining Light Gospel Choir. It was taken from a recording originally made by them in the 1950s. Moby sampled the choir again on a track on his 2002 18 album, ''In My Heart.''
  • When Play first came out, the reviews were mainly negative. LA Weekly, for instance, scoffed: "There's a song on this album which asks Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? and the reason is because I'm listening to this album."

    Play only began to sell when it started being played in clothing shops and appearing on adverts.
  • The New York Times March 17, 2002 asked Moby what drew him to vintage recordings. He replied: ''With older recordings, most of which were simply recordings of live performances, you get the quality of the room it was recorded in, this ghostly kind of presence, which I like. Also, you can take a source vocal that's very neutral and by changing the chord progression underneath it make it take on a whole other character. You know the song on Play 'Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?' The song I took the woman's vocal from actually goes 'glad,' not 'bad' - it's an upbeat, happy song. But me being me, I guess, I put these minor chords under it and manipulated the vocal, and it became something else.''
  • Moby told Rolling Stone that this was written in 1992 "as a really bad techno song. Just mediocre, generic techno." He added: "At some point I rediscovered the song and I tried doing it considerably slower, tried to make it mournful and romantic." Moby went on to say that his manager, Eric talked him into including this song on Play.
  • This song reached #3 in the German single charts, before sales of Play began to take off. Moby said to Rolling Stone that this song, "for some reason struck a nerve in Germany and became a big hit single over there. I thought that was as far as any success for Play was gonna go."

Comments: 4

  • Mjn Seifer from Not Listed For Personal Reason, EnglandWhen I was a kid, I used to think the "These open doors" line said "Bleed like a nun" - I dunno why...
  • Dave from Melbourne, AustraliaI love this song. It's quite sad. Makes me wanna cry nearly. Very soulful. Mob is a great artist.
  • Yos from Santo Domingo, Dominican RepublicShow's how much LA WEEKLY knows about music.
    Great song.
  • Joycemorrison from Phwas LA Weekly kidding? i think this is a cool song. Moby has never been wrong. =)
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull

Ian Anderson of Jethro TullSongwriter Interviews

The flautist frontman talks about touring with Led Zeppelin, his contribution to "Hotel California", and how he may have done the first MTV Unplugged.

80s Video Director Jay Dubin

80s Video Director Jay DubinSong Writing

Billy Joel and Hall & Oates hated making videos, so they chose a director with similar contempt for the medium. That was Jay Dubin, and he has a lot to say on the subject.

Bryan Adams

Bryan AdamsSongwriter Interviews

What's the deal with "Summer of '69"? Bryan explains what the song is really about, and shares more of his songwriting insights.

Barry Dean ("Pontoon," "Diamond Rings And Old Barstools")

Barry Dean ("Pontoon," "Diamond Rings And Old Barstools")Songwriter Interviews

A top country songwriter, Barry talks about writing hits for Little Big Town, Tim McGraw and Jason Aldean.

Tony Banks of Genesis

Tony Banks of GenesisSongwriter Interviews

Genesis' key-man re-examines his solo career and the early days of music video.

Shaun Morgan of Seether

Shaun Morgan of SeetherSongwriter Interviews

Shaun breaks down the Seether songs, including the one about his brother, the one about Ozzy, and the one that may or may not be about his ex-girlfriend Amy Lee.