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Thursday, 13 January 2011

Tracey Ullman - Breakaway

'Breakaway' (spelled 'Break-a-Way' on the original 45 RPM label, and spelled 'Breakaway' on most subsequent releases and compilations) is a song written by Jackie DeShannon and Sharon Sheeley.

It was originally recorded by Irma Thomas in 1964 and released as the B-Side of her biggest hit, the US number 17 hit single 'Wish Someone Would Care'. The original version of 'Breakaway' was never a hit.

'Breakaway' was Tracey Ullman's 1983 debut single in the UK, and reached number 4 in the UK charts. The track then appeared on Ullman's album 'You Broke My Heart In 17 Places', which was released in 1984.

In North America, 'Breakaway' was actually Ullman's second single, being released after her hit 'They Don't Know'. It charted at a modest number 70 in the US in 1984, although the video for Ullman's version received significant play on the then-fledgling MTV and Canada's MuchMusic.

The songs lyrics speak of the singer's inability to find the strength to leave an abusive relationship and describe a situation where the song's first person protagonist is repeatedly on the verge of running away from the bad situation only to find at the last moment she does not have the strength of will to follow through.

Click the link below to download the following:

Single Version
Dancing In The Dark - B-Side


Tracy Ullman - Breakaway - Video


  1. Who is the dark haired "back up singer" in the video?

  2. I watched a documentary about Tracey Ullman the other day and in it she mentioned that the 2 back up singers in this video were close friends of her's. She doesnt give their names or mention any thing else about them.


  3. Bummer.........A friend in Edinburgh knows who the blond is but I've always wanted to know who the dark haired one is.
    Thanks for the reply.

  4. Who was the blonde backing singer ?