Getting her back from the dead presidents
April 30, 2016 5:47 PM   Subscribe

Looking for songs where the girl (or boy) is telling the boy or girl who left them - even though the two had found true love - for an opportunity to be financially or societally secure - to come back to their relationship and to real love.
posted by jitterbug perfume to Media & Arts (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Johnny Rivers - Poor Side of Town
posted by .kobayashi. at 5:51 PM on April 30, 2016 [1 favorite]

Not really "come back to me" as much as "you should be jealous," but Avril Lavigne's "Sk8er Boi."
posted by papayaninja at 5:55 PM on April 30, 2016

One of my very favorites: Mary May and Bobby - Joe Purdy
posted by cecic at 6:02 PM on April 30, 2016

Bring it on home to me - Sam Cooke, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding and Carla Thomas, Percy Sledge ... Michael Bolton ...
posted by ChuraChura at 6:13 PM on April 30, 2016

Well, there's this - same theme, but told from the point of view of the jilter rather than the jiltee. Traditional Irish ballad covered by Planxty and Richard Thompson among others.
posted by mr vino at 6:29 PM on April 30, 2016

Cee Lo, Fuck You
posted by praemunire at 6:34 PM on April 30, 2016

Romeo & Juliet by Dire Straits
posted by smirkette at 7:39 PM on April 30, 2016 [1 favorite]

Please Come to Boston by Dave Loggins
posted by Boogiechild at 8:31 PM on April 30, 2016 [1 favorite]

Pick Me Up On Your Way Down - Kitty Wells.
posted by jamjam at 8:46 PM on April 30, 2016 [1 favorite]

Stewboss, "Fill Station" ("Well you left for fame and money too, but true love don't live in spare bedrooms...")
posted by Catseye at 8:47 PM on April 30, 2016

Not talking directly to the girl, but Tom Petty, Listen to Her Heart
posted by doctord at 8:51 PM on April 30, 2016

"That Would Be Enough" from Hamilton:

Alexander Hamilton: Do you relish being a poor man's wife, unable to provide for your life?
Eliza Hamilton: I relish being your wife [...] Just stay alive, that would be enough.

Doesn't have the financial aspect, but "Come Back from San Francisco" is a lovely song in this general theme.
posted by lunasol at 10:30 PM on April 30, 2016

Make a Plan to Love Me by Bright Eyes
posted by aphorist at 10:37 PM on April 30, 2016

Two Princes by The Spin Doctors

You marry him, your father will condone you
How 'bout that, now
You marry me, your father will disown you
He'll eat his hat, now

Marry him or marry me,
I'm the one that loves you baby can't you see?
I ain't got no future or a family tree,
But I know what a prince and lover ought to be,

posted by Michele in California at 12:51 PM on May 1, 2016 [1 favorite]

The Human League - "Don't You Want Me?"
posted by serenity_now at 11:02 AM on May 2, 2016

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