To quote Lloyd Cole, 'Are you ready to be heartbroken?' For all his smart and cynical swipes at the foibles and hypocrisy of modern life, Randy Newman can pull on the heart strings like almost no other songwriter. This is from his fabulous 1999 album, Bad Love, which also contains musical and lyrical analysis of imperialism, mortality, celebrity and politics. The man's incredible (and very funny, too).
Dedicated to those I miss more than I can say. Hope you know who you are.