Twisted MixTape 34 – Your Cheating Heart

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This mix takes me back to my very first mixtape post, I had no idea what would happen, I had three people play, but I did it for the love of it. Last week was a record breaker for me, with 45 mixes linked up! You guys rock! Literally. I want you to all know how much I appreciate you playing along, and how much fun it is to hear all of your mixes.

This week’s MixTape Theme is Cheating Songs.

It brings me back to a time when I realized that John Cusack and I were of the same mind. OK not really. Cause I don’t really know him, but today I found out that I am 2 degrees of REAL separation from him! One of my favorite librarians (cause we hang out at the library a lot) was friends with him in High School! Her best friend went to prom with him! Sorry. I am a little star struck, and like I said, I can’t help but think that we’d be buds if we met. Cause I really believe we think about music the same way. And this week’s theme “Cheating Songs” well come on.  Maybe he’s not the king of Cheated Hearts, but he certainly is the king of Broken ones. At least in the movies. And just incase you needed further proof of our kismetedness see that stereo receiver in the picture down there? The silver one? I have that. It’s the receiver I grew up with, and inherited to keep forever. Yup. We’re the same.

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I’m gonna start you off with a bang, which technically is almost a rule breaker for a mixtape. Unless, somehow, I can find away to at least equal the meaningfulness of this first song before this mix is over. By far, the most underrated James Brown song EVER, he can actually sing about his heart being broken, AND make you want to dance. This is a cover, but it is its own unique version. Best line “Your cheating heart, will tell on you.”

Your Cheatin’ Heart by James Brown


Now James Brown is smooth, but Billy Paul. Man does he do smooth. How he manages to sing a song about cheating  and wind up sounding like the good guy? Magic, that’s how.

Me and Mrs Jones by Billy Paul


And then there’s these guys. Yup These Guys. They could sing about anything and we’d love it. And here’s a little bit of trivia you may not know. Cecilia was written because a bunch of friends and Paul’s brother were hanging out and partying and basically got a groove going by playing rhythm on their thighs and a piano bench, and just banging whatever they wanted – cause they were musicians, and they were hanging out, and that’s what they do, they jam. They also recorded it. And when they listened to it later, they were like “Wow! This is awesome, let’s loop it and make it the rhythm for a song.” And so Cecilia was born. The lyrics were “just for fun” and the cheating Cecilia? Well, she’s the Patron Saint of Music. And now it all makes sense, no?


And now it is unpossible for me not to take this opportunity to twist my own mixtape. Again.

Stranger in the House by Elvis Costello. Listen carefully my friends. This is a song about a wife cheating on her husband. But who is she cheating with?
There’s a stranger in the house no one will ever see
Everybody says he looks like me.

This version is Elvis Costello and George Jones – Apparently they are each other’s biggest fans.


Because each mixtape should either end on a decisive note, or a cheesy note, I give you both. Ain’t no mistaking what this song is about.

Take it on the Run by REO Speedwagon!

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Thank you for listening, now share your MixTape with all of us. The best part of this party is we get to hear so much music that may be new, may be forgotten or may be just what you wanted to hear right now.

These are the rules. Five songs (do your best to stick to it, I listen to every mix). Stick to the theme (as best you can). Check out the other players (everyone wants to share their tunes with you). Create a mix, not a “hey look at all the cool songs I know” we’re not snobs, if you were our best bud and you were gonna make us a tape, what would it be? And share this party so more people will play next week!

Do me a favor, if you’re a veteran, try and visit at least one person you’ve never visited before.


And now, The List of all Lists

November 26 – I know it’s gonna be hard, with Thanksgiving and all, but this is a really fun topic suggested by my favorite mixer-uper, literally, she’s always mixing up the topic. Kerri from Undiagnosed but Okay. She said,  how about a “this song could’ve sent me to jail?” I was intrigued, but needed more. Hmmm let’s see the Doors come on baby get higher 🙂 Or Carrie Underwood doing a little grand larceny beating up her boyfriends truck? Blondie gets arrested after seeing Aliens in Rapture Or even to be funnier: Joe Cocker you can leave your hat on, so if I left just my hat on I would be arrested for indecent exposure. Trust me it wouldn’t be pretty! – Now I get it!
December 3 – It is officially OK to be listening to Christmas Music now! Bring it on! Maybe we’ll find some new favorite Christmas tunes for our holiday playlists!
December 10 –  I don’t just love you, I’m addicted to you!
December 17 –  It’s dealer’s choice again! Already? Yup already!
December 24 – Unfortunately this MixTape occurs on Christmas Eve, so Merry Christmas Everyone! We’ll be taking this week off.
December 31 – I hate to say goodbye to another mixtape. So in honor of looking back on the past year, repost your favorite mixtape! (remember we go live on Monday, so you can post on the 30th if you like)
January 7 – As everyone is looking forward to a New Year and talking about resolutions, this week’s them will be Past Mistakes (not necessarily love related 😉 )


An opportunity: With the increasing popularity of MixTape and my Musical Sister, Linda Roy’s, I Don’t Like Monday’s Hop, we would like to offer to share the wealth. So much of our following has been a result of networking, if you would like the opportunity to be a showcased on both Twisted MixTape, I Don’t Like Mondays and Raised on the Radio (an amazing 3 fer!) shoot me an email at We would include a shout out on the hop, a special spot on our sidebar, social media shares and lots of love.

Once it is officially Tuesday, Wrong Song Lyrics goes live over at Raised on the Radio. If you haven’t visited my sister site that is a collaboration with Linda Roy and Lance Burson, what are you waiting for? Also! If you haven’t contributed your Wrong Song Lyrics what are you waiting for? Click here, it’ll take 3 minutes top! And your blog will get a shout out too!

57 thoughts on “Twisted MixTape 34 – Your Cheating Heart

  1. Okay, first, I see you’ve published so I publish. Next, I notice we’ve chosen not only the same title, but also both chose Billy Paul’s tune. Okay, now I’m ticked off. Then, I notice the link’s not yet open, so I could’ve changed things if I’d have known that before publishing!!!! Grrrrrrrr!!! Jen, as great minds think alike, we’ve got to talk about this before next week comes around so it doesn’t happen again! lol Great post! (Even if you did use James Brown’s instead of Hank Williams song, lol)

  2. I can count on two fingers the S&G songs I really enjoy and Cecilia is one of them because of the unconventional intro beat. So I loved reading that story about how it came about. Fantastic!

  3. I so would have been star struck hearing that connection to John Cusack and so loved him back in the day. Loved all your cheating heart song, especially Simon & Garfunkel, because you just can’t go wrong with them ever! And cheesy or not, who doesn’t love REO Speedwagon!!

  4. Tempted and for some reason Norwegian Wood comes to mind but I’m not at all sure The Beatles were talking about cheating. OMG that Heart song fits this too! I must tell Sarah. 🙂

  5. Yup! We’ve now bonded over Cecelia – that made my list this week too 🙂 I also spent some time looking up the actual meaning of the song because I figured it had to be about more than well, just that. Or, it was about, well, nothing, and was just suppose to be catchy, right? Meh! Either way, I will forever love that song.

    Your first two picks were great for setting the tone as well – I didn’t think of either, but know both. Great fit!

  6. I’m trying to remember my favorite one–not that it was my favorite, but it brings back funny memories–from college, and I can’t remember it for anything! It was country (We listened to a little bit of everything) and it was by a guy. ARGH, I hate when things are RIGHT THERE, but just out of reach…

  7. OMG I remember the first mixed tape! And go you! Holy cow, woman, this has taken off! Great job with that!!! I’m so glad you didn’t pick either of the two songs that I did. I was sure you did. Also, I wrote mine in 40 minutes (sorry) but could not NOT link up with you, sweets!!

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  9. I had never heard that version of “Your Cheating Heart” and I absolutely love it!! I like Ronnie Milsap singing “Stranger In My House”. “Take It On The Run” is awesome!! Great list. I’m going to go listen to the 2 I’ve never heard now. 🙂

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  12. you know I’m one the biggest fans of TMT, but this week’s theme totally knocks me out… in the sense of the depth/variety/secret sub-texts of the Posts that are showing up!
    way to tap the psyche, yo

    (god, you know I was triple reading what I was writing…as I wrote it, lol you can’t trick me that easy!)

    I always come back to the idea that we are all telling stories in these (and any other blgohops) even with something as seemingly ‘objective’ as compiling a list of songs… and sometimes the stories are true life, but even when they are works of (our) imaginations … how can they not be true about us. to some extent.

    nice work Miss Jen

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  14. Love the Elvis tune! And yes – Me and Mrs. Jones – that’s a good one, forgot about it.
    I titled my link You’re Cheatin’ Heart by accident because I included that song and when I saw your title I had it on the brain! This was a great topic; expansive, but fun.

  15. I love John Cusack too, in fact If you had him I’d probably want him to cheat on you with me. LOL.

    Me and Mrs Jones is going to be on everyone’s lists but damn it’s a great song. A real, honest and heartbreaking song about two people who want to be together. Honestly I often think about having the power to give them their wish.

    I am really enjoying the Mix Tape Tuesdays Jen, thank you so much for inviting me , it’s my new favorite thing. 🙂

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  18. I always like to hear about your kismetedness with John Cusack. 🙂

    Hmmm, The Payback by James Brown may qualify for this list too. I should look up lyrics. Love your list!

  19. I’m going to try to get through these, but forgive me if I don’t. This was a hard week for me to participate in. I enjoy the selection and the stories though.

  20. This was a fun theme! (although I guess it should have been depressing). Loved that James Brown track. I always seem to forget how much he rocks. I loved your intro to “Me and Mrs. Jones.” Ha! I included “Cecilia” too, but I couldn’t resist listening to it again on yours.

    • Thanks Marcy! So much fun I know. Although I felt kind of bad for the people who it touched a little too closely. I guess the knife cuts both ways huh?

  21. Love John Cusack! Love “High Fidelity”! (The book AND the movie!)

    Had I heard the James Brown version of “Your Cheatin’ Heart” I may hav used it myself. I’m not a big fan of the original.

    I knew that about Elvis Costello and George Jones, actually. Funny,right! Elvis kind of embraced the country/bluegrass thing, didn’t he? Whether it has anything to do with his wife, I don’t know. Maybe his conversion occurred before he met Diaa Krall or maybe he met her when he started running in those circles, IDK. Either way, I miss the old Elvis.

    Of course it’s so obvious now that I think about it, but it never hit me that “Cecelia” was a “cheating” song. Duh!

    I actually thought about using “Take It On the Run” myself, but opted for the ones I chose instead — glad you used it!

    See you next week 😉

    • Yeah Jackie, that video was totally pre-Diana, I just think Elvis is so completely versatile, and that’s awesome. But I agree about old Elvis. And John Cusack fan club. My place.

  22. My mom tells this story: way back before the internet, cds and such my aunt, who was 14 (I think) had a record of Me and Mrs Jones. She listened to the record many times and wrote the lyrics out. Which my grandmother found. There lots of questions and cussin’ as my grandmother tried to figure out WHAT my aunt and Mrs. Jones were up too. So now when this record comes on I laugh and laugh.

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