Seven Year Ache

Album: Seven Year Ache (1981)
Charted: 22
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  • You act like you were just born tonight
    Face down in a memory but feeling all right
    So who does your past belong to today?
    Baby, you don't say nothing when you're feeling this way

    The girls in the bars thinking, "Who is this guy?"
    But they don't think nothing when they're telling you lies
    You look so careless when they're shooting that bull
    Don't you know heartaches are heroes when their pockets are full

    Tell me you're trying to cure a seven-year ache
    See what else your old heart can take
    The boys say, "When is he gonna give us some room"
    The girls say, "God I hope he comes back soon"

    Everybody's talking but you don't hear a thing
    You're still uptown on your downhill swing
    Boulevard's empty, why don't you come around?
    Baby, what is so great about sleeping downtown?

    Plenty of dives to be someone you're not
    You say you're looking for something you might've forgot
    Don't bother calling to say you're leaving alone
    'Cause there's a fool on every corner when you're trying to get home

    Just tell 'em you're trying to cure a seven-year ache
    See what else your old heart can take
    The boys say, "When is he gonna give us some room"
    The girls say, "God I hope he comes back soon"

    Tell me you're trying to cure a seven-year ache
    See what else your old heart can take
    The boys say, "When is he gonna give us some room"
    The girls say, "God I hope he comes back soon" Writer/s: Rosanne Cash
    Publisher: Downtown Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group, WORDS & MUSIC A DIV OF BIG DEAL MUSIC LLC
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Comments: 9

  • Dustin from Nashville, TnThe lyrics are NOT, "splitting your dice" NOR ARE THEY "spending your dimes".

    It is "THERE'S PLENTY OF DIVES". Geez, how do you hear anything else but?
  • Ssssss from Mnshe sang "spending your dimes to be someone your not" not dice
    this song is like all the songs they pick out to bring you down. most of the songs are gibberish except for some cutting remark, meant to bring their target down.
  • Country Till I Die from TennesseeWhat does splitting your dice to be someone you're not mean
  • Lanathesinger.com from Grew Up In Portland, OregonWow! So cool to come across this page and find the comments and little tidbits that I did not know about. The story from Lee from Birmingham, Alabama is so awesome. Thanks, Lee, for sharing that. I used to sing this song all the time when I was in 8th grade because I had this crush on a boy named Andy who did not reciprocate my affinity. It was my favorite song back then. I loved singing it when I owned my karaoke business back in the 90's, Star Entertainment, to start the show and get people up and singing. It was while I was singing country music at Zanzibar on 82nd & Sandy Blvd in Portland, Oregon that somebody came up to me right after I had started the show with a country song and they said to me, "You should sing country." I took that as if it was a message from God. I wasn't listening to country music at that time. I only started to listen to country music after that person said that to me. I figured that if I'm going to start singing country music, I better start listening to it. It quickly became my favorite form of music as new artists were changing the sound of country music at the time. It was the 90's when Faith Hill, Lari White, Lisa Brokop, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, JoDee Messina, Carolyn Dawn Johnson and other great female country artists had music being played on the radio and on CMT (Country Music Television). I fell in love with the country music of the 90's. And in 1993 I decide to pursue country music as a career. My website is LanaTheSinger.com if you wanna check out any of my music.
  • Dave from Wheaton, IlA number of country stations refused to play it, because they thought it had too much of a pop drumbeat.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn April 19th 1981, "Seven Year Ache" by Rosanne Cash entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #89; and on June 12th it peaked at #22 (for 2 weeks) and spent 20 weeks on the Top 100...
    And on May 17th it reached #1 (for 1 week) on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart...
    Was track two of side two on her third studio album, 'Seven Year Ache', and on May 31st the album reached #1 (for 2 weeks) on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart...
    Two other tracks from the album also made the country singles chart and both also peaked at #1; "My Baby Thinks He's a Train" (for 1 week) and "Blue Moon with Heartache" (also for 1 week)...
    Ms. Cash will celebrate her 59th birthday in one month on May 24th.
  • Lee from Birmingham, AlThis is a very long story, that I will try to condense. In 1979, while working, as the Music Director and Asst. Program Director, for the #1 CHR (top 40) radio station, in Nashville, I met Johnny Cash in a grocery store check out line. We had a brief conversation, about the owner, of the station, I worked for, who was the former VP of the country division of Columbia Records, and a good friend of Johnny's. A few months later I had to pick up the owner, at home, and give him a ride to the station. When he got in the station van, he told me he had something, for me to listen to, and a friend wanted me to pick the first single, from the tape. I asked him who it was and all he would tell me was, it was the daughter of a friend. I listened to about 90 seconds, of the very 1st song, and ejected the tape. I said to him, "This is awesome! It's got to be the first single!...WHO IS THIS?"...He finally grinned and said, "Her name is Roseanne Cash."...Almost a year later, I had moved to Birmingham, Alabama, and held the same position, at another radio station, when a record company rep called on me to pitch a single to add to our playlist. I, once again, listened to about 90 seconds, stopped the song, looked at him, and started laughing!...When he asked, what was so funny, I told him, that I had chosen it, to be the 1st single, a year earlier, before the album ever went to press!...The song was, of course, Seven Year Ache!
    -Lee, Birmingham, Al
  • Briar from Hazard, KyThis is a good song. It was used in Texasville, a sequel to The Last Picture Show. Both stared Jeff Bridges and Cybil Shephard
  • Camille from Toronto, OhAt a time when I listened to rock, and top 40 on the Billboard, this song's sublime musical intro and ensuing velvety voice singing a melancholy lyric captured my attention like nothing else at the time. One of the first "country" songs I ever counted as one of my all-time favorite songs. Roseanne sings it to PERFECTION.
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