Heartaches By The Number

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Heartache number one was when you left me
I never knew that I could hurt this way
Heartache number two was when you came back again
You came back but never meant to stay

I've got heartaches by the numbers, troubles by the score
Every day you love me less, each day I love you more
I've got heartaches by the numbers, a love that I can't win
But the day that I stop counting that's the day my world will end

Heartache number three was when you called me
You said that you were coming back to stay
With hopeful heart I waited for your knock on my door
I waited but you must have lost your way

I've got heartaches by the numbers, troubles by the score
Every day you love me less, each day I love you more
I've got heartaches by the numbers, a love that I can't win
But the day that I stop counting that's the day my world will end

Heartaches By The Number
Written byHarlan Howard
Performed byRosanne Cash featuring Elvis Costello
Produced byJohn Leventhal
MusiciansRosanne Cash - vocal
Elvis Costello - vocal
John Leventhal - guitar, bass, dobro, mandolin, organ
Joe Bonadio - drums
RecordedNew York Noise and/or 12th Street Studio, New York, NY
ReleasedOctober 6, 2009
AlbumsRosanne Cash: The List, 2009
Length3:20

Only known performance:
April 13, 2007, New York, NY
     (1 known performance)


Rosanne Cash: The ListRosanne Cash The List album cover.jpg


Recordings by other artists

  • Guy Mitchell, single, 1959
  • Ray Price, single and on Heartaches By The Number, 1959
  • George Jones, on Country And Western Hits, 1961
  • Buck Owens, on Sings Harlan Howard, 1961
  • Kitty Wells, on Heartbreak U.S.A., 1961
  • Johnny Tillotson, single and on That's My Style, 1965
  • Willie Nelson, on County Favorites, Willie Nelson Style, 1966
  • Bobby Goldsboro & Del Reeves, on Our Way Of Life, 1967
  • Waylon Jennings, on Waylon Sings Ol' Harlan, 1967
  • Jerry Lee Lewis, on Country Music Hall Of Fame Hits Vol. 1, 1969
  • Mel Tillis, on Old Faithful, 1969
  • Conway Twitty, on I Love You More Today, 1969
  • Ernest Tubb, on Say Something Nice To Sarah, 1972
  • Leon Russell, on Hank Wilson Vol. II, 1984
  • Dwight Yoakam, on Guitars Cadillacs Etc. Etc., 1986
  • Martina McBride, on Timeless, 2005

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