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How Nick Kamen’s “Each Time You Break My Heart” Is Related to the Queen of Pop Madonna

Happy #SongLyricsSunday! Today’s prompt is about finding a song or lyrics about heartbreak. For this prompt, I pick British singer Nick Kamen’s 1987 single “Each Time You Break My Heart”. How is this related to the Queen of Pop Madonna? Continue to read in order to find out!

Demos, Demos, Demos


I am a big fan of demos. When I was little, my mom would always play the demo versions (or early versions) of songs by The Beatles because she was really obsessed with them. But, for me, I really love listening to demos of Japanese music acts (like Morning Musume. as their producer had some interesting demos) as well as my favorite acts from various decades. I love listening to the unreleased demos from Sting and The Police as there is a song or two I wish the band could have released. Like “Don’t You Believe Me”. I love that song so much!

“Each Time You Break My Heart”. was actually a demo. Even though it was officially released by Nick Kamen as his debut single, it was actually penned by Madonna, You see, it was penned during the time when the Queen of Pop was writing for and recording True Blue in 1986. She even recorded a demo of “Each Time You Break My Heart” in hopes that the song would appear on the album. But, it eventually didn’t make the final cut.

Madonna eventually gave the song to Nick Kamen, who gained popularity after appearing in the famous 1984 Levi 501 commericial. The Queen of Pop actually wanted to produce Kamen’s album when he signed a deal with Sire Records (which Madonna was part of in the 80s), but she couldn’t fulfill her wish as she was really busy in the filming of Who’s That Girl. Yet, Madonna did provide background vocals for the song.

Sadly, Nick Kamen died this year on May 4 due to a long battle with bone marrow cancer. Madonna wrote this tribute for him: “You were always such a kind, sweet human and you suffered too much”.[1]

Nick Kamen and Madonna
Nick and Madonna together in the 80s

A Little Voice Inside Me Cries

Described as a light synthpop tune, “Each Time You Break My Heart” was a hit as the single reached number 5 on the UK charts. The Shep Pettibone remix reached number five on the US Dance Charts. I am not a big fan of Kamen’s version of the song as I prefer Madonna’s vocals over his as they are more consistent with her tone as well as an appropriate tone for this light synthpop/dance tune. Also, I think Madonna is a way better singer than Nick Kamen, but that could be just my opinion.

And if you are asking how is this song is related to the prompt, you got to listen to the lyrics. The song is filled with so much heartbreak as the main character is trying to end a relationship with the person he/she most desperately loves. The main character tries to tell himself/herself that this is the last time they will see each other. But, I think the main character really wishes that the other could understand their heartbreak. Maybe the main character also wishes that this breakup wasn’t going to go through and secretly hopes that the lover would back to him or her. But, nevertheless, the main character expresses his heartbreak in every little detail throughout the song.

What do you think of “Each Time You Break My Heart”? Who did it better: Madonna or Nick Kamen? Listen to both versions of the songs and let me know what you think in the comments!

Here is Madonna’s demo version:

Lyrics For Nick Kamen’s “Each Time You Break My Heart”

Each time you break my heart
Each time you break my heart

I know how it feels to be the talk of the town
I’m not gonna let you go and run around
I need to know that you’ll be true to me
‘Cause that’s the way it’s got to be

Why can’t you give your promise to me
Is love so blind that you cannot see
I’m trying hard not to walk out the door
Know that I, oh, know that I can’t take any more

Each time you break my heart
I try to put my pride aside
Each time you break my heart
A little voice inside me cries

No matter what you do or say
I’m gonna love you, I’m gonna love you anyway
And if you’re so sure that I’m not your kind
How come you can’t just walk away

In the beginning, we were nothing but glad
Those were the best days that we ever had
There’s no compassion, all your warmth is gone
Tell me how, oh, how can I keep holding on

I see the look in your eyes
I know you’re hurting inside
Let me try
To make you love me again
I’ll say that I knew you when
You were mine
You were mine
Each time, oh, yeah

The Rules for #SongLyricsSunday

(This challenge is currently hosted by the generous Jim Adams.)

Anyone can participate in #SongLyricsSunday, even if you aren’t a music blogger! If you want to participate, here are the rules:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Pingback to this post will eventually work, as long as you are being patient, but you can also place your link in the comments if you don’t like to wait.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Have fun and enjoy the music.

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This Post Has 24 Comments

  1. willowdot21

    It’s very of its time and Madonna, I prefer the Nick Kamen version but I don’t know why

  2. Janis

    I will be a little biased here because I am such a Madonna fan 💕 but Nick’s version also got that new wave vibe that I also kinda like…

  3. Jim Adams

    Very nice song Amy and I like the Madonna version better also.

  4. Kelly Bolen

    What an interesting story! I had not heard of the song before but it is great!

  5. Stephanie

    I don’t think I’ve ever listened to a demo version before, but you have me intrigued now! I’ll have to see if I can find versions of some of my favorites. That’s great that she was able to give the song to him to make a name for himself when she didn’t use it.

  6. Joline

    I love reading about the stories behind all the songs. They make the song that much more interesting. Sorry to hear he passed away this year.

  7. Norma

    I have never heard of this artist, but I think I prefer the Madonna version better because of the vibe it gives off!

  8. Heidi

    Very nice song! I never listened to the demo song. Thanks for sharing!

  9. rachel

    I didn’t realize that he passed away! SO sad.

  10. Andrea Hope

    Great lyrics! Thanks for the interesting background info!

    1. Ashten

      Wow! This was very interesting! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  11. Maysz

    Discover underrated artist makes me feel amaze and also I’m a fan of Madonna so I would love to listen his songs.

  12. Oscar

    It’s my first time to know the story, and it’s incredibly amazing!

  13. Kate

    I like this tune – it’s catchy. I don’t really know Nick Kamen, but I like his version better than Madonna’s.


    I’ve not heard of Nick before but his version is quite good.

  15. Neely Moldovan

    Love a good backstory of a song! How fun! I love Madonna!

  16. Fransic verso

    I’ve never heard about this singer but it seems cool. He have good tune on his music. That’s cool you were listening to him when you were younger.

  17. Renata Feyen

    I think there are a lot of songs you can find that tell a similar story – love them both

  18. Knycx Journeying

    Oh wow, I didn’t know this background story about this song and now I do! Thanks for the interesting tea and now I enjoy the song in a different way ~:) Knycx Journeying

  19. my late papa & myself loves & enjoys Madonna songs, love & enjoy this sharing. cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  20. Okay.. I’ll admit I have never heard this song before now.. but I really like it! Interesting story as well! Thanks!

  21. Renata

    You are killing me here: About a hundred years ago, as I heard the Levis Ad on TV, I came running from wherever I was just to see Nick Kamen getting into that bathtub – and I promise myself has been my all-time favorite ever since.

  22. Eloise

    I remember Madonna! It’s been a while since she’s been out there, so this post brought me down memory lane.
    Thanks for the history/story about this song. I’m always interested to learn about what happens behind the scenes.

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