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Heartaches by the Number

Title Heartaches by the Number
Artist Ray Price
Writer(s Harlan Howard, Guy Mitchell

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"Heartaches by the Number" is a popular country song written by Harlan Howard and published in 1959. The biggest hit version was recorded by Guy Mitchell on August 24, 1959. It reached the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for the weeks of December 14 and December 21, 1959. The recording was released by Columbia Records as catalog number 41476. His recording of the song is featured in the videogame Fallout: New Vegas. This would be Guy's second Pop chart topper (After Singin' the Blues); ironically, it would also be his last top-40 single in the Billboard charts. Earlier in the year, the song also made the country music charts in a version by Ray Price (Columbia 41374). Price's version reached number two and spent 40 weeks on the Billboard Hot C&W Sides chart. Sheet music for the song was a best seller in both the US and Britain in January 1960. In 1961, a George Jones version of the song was included on the Mercury label album George Jones Sings Country and Western Hits (MG 20624/SR 60624). Mercury also included a version of the song by Leroy Van Dyke on the album Walk on By (MG 20682/SR 60682). Also in 1961 Kitty Wells recorded a version for her LP Heartbreak U.S.A.. A later version by Jack Reno reached #26 on the same chart in 1972. Other artists who have covered this song include: Johnny Tillotson in 1965, Willie Nelson in 1966, Waylon Jennings in 1967, Jerry Lee Lewis in 1969, Dwight Yoakam in 1986, Martina McBride (featuring Dwight Yoakam) in 2005, Connie Francis, Buck Owens and The Playtones in 2013.

TRANSCRIBER'S NOTE: *come*: logic and English grammar dictate that this should be "came",
as in the next line, but Mitchell and Price both clearly sing "come."
Lyrics INTRO: <whistling>

   Heartaches by the number, troubles by the score
   Everyday you love me less, each day I love you more
   Yes, I've got heartaches by the number, a love that I can't win
   But the day that I stop countin', that's the day my world will end

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

Yes, I've got

<brief whistling>
Heartache number three was when you called me
And said that you were comin' back to stay
With hopeful heart I waited for your knock on the door
I waited but you must have lost your way

Yes, I've got

<piccolo 3-note run 3 times to end>

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