First Hit #1: July 5, 1986
Every so often there’s a song which makes one think “Where are you going with this?” There’ll Be Sad Songs is one of those songs, just because I can’t get a read on where Billy Ocean actually is going with this. It’s sort of a love song, but it sort of goes off on a weird tangent about the nature of love songs for the chorus, and the verses are never completely clear if Ocean’s singing about a real relationship or one that exists exclusively in his head. There’s really not much to note musically, though Ocean puts in a good performance, but it’s a song where the grand ideas of the songwriter got jumbled together and made bit of a mess.
Which is not to say there isn’t a good idea here, a song about two people haunted by the specter of a past relationship – as suggested by the first verse – could be solid pop material. It just kind of gets lost in the jumble of ideas that defines the track.