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Ben Gibbard and Zooey Deschanel’s breakup playlist

Actress Zooey Deschanel and her soon-to-be ex-husband, musician Ben Gibbard. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty)

The pain! The heartbreak! The side-swept bangs! Just because Gibbard won't need it, there's no reason why the rest of us mourning the end of another Hollywood marriage can't indulge in some melancholia. Here's a Zooey-Ben breakup playlist:

“You Can Do Better Than Me”

There's times I think of leaving
But it's something I'll never do
'Cause you can do better than me
But I can't do better than you

“Crooked Teeth”

Cause I built you a home in my heart,
With rotten wood, it decayed from the start.
Cause you can't find nothing at all,
If there was nothing there all along.

“The Ice is Getting Thinner”

We're not the same, dear, as we used to be.
The seasons have changed and so have we.
There was little we could say, and even less we could do
To stop the ice from getting thinner under me and you.
We bury our love in the wintery grave
A lump in the snow was all that remained.
But we stayed by its side as the days turned to weeks
And the ice kept getting thinner with every word that we'd speak.

“Someday You Will be Loved”

You'll be loved you'll be loved
Like you never have known
The memories of me
Will seem more like bad dreams
Just a series of blurs
Like I never occurred
Someday you will be loved


I can't keep up
'Cause you're so far gone
And it's all too much hindsight
Three wasted years, wasting time

And for good measure, some breakup lyrics from She & Him, Deschanel’s band:

“Sentimental Heart”

Cried all night 'til there was nothing more
What use am I as a heap on the floor?
Heaving devotion but it's just no good
Taking it hard just like you knew I would
Old habits die hard
When you've got
When you've got a sentimental heart
Piece of the puzzle you're my missing part
Oh, what can you do with a sentimental heart?

Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts.


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