Marcy brothers ( The ) - Achy Breaky Heart

First performance: 23/03/1993


Bruce covered the song only once:
Apparently played in a spur of the moment, Requested by someone shouting in the audience.
1993-03-23 Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ 


Don Von Tress wrote the song in 1990. The song was initially to be recorded by The Oak Ridge Boys in the early 1990s but the group decided against recording it after lead singer Duane Allen said that he did not like the words "achy breaky". It was then recorded in 1991 under the title "Don't Tell My Heart" by The Marcy Brothers, although their version changed some lyrics. Billy Ray Cyrus heard Von Tress's version of the song, and chose to include it on his debut album Some Gave All in 1992. The song is Cyrus' debut single and signature song, it made him famous and has been his most successful song.

Other cover versions


Bruce on the artist

Bruce on the song :
someone :
"Achy Breaky Heart!" (laughs) Like that song....that’s, that’s like telepathic "cause I was thinking of doing the song ....laying in bed the other night....I said "What would really bend everybody’s minds.....Achy Breaky Heart’..."


You can tell the world you never was my girl
You can burn my clothes when I'm gone
Or you can tell your friends just what a fool I've been
And laugh and joke about me on the phone

You can tell my arms go back to the farm
You can tell my feet to hit the floor
Or you can tell my lips to tell my fingertips
They won't be reaching out for you no more

But don't tell my heart my achy breaky heart
I just don't think he'd understand
And if you tell my heart my achy breaky heart
He might blow up and kill this man


You can tell your ma I moved to Arkansas
You can tell your dog to bite my leg
Or tell your brother Cliff whose fist can tell my lip
He never really liked me anyway

Or tell your Aunt Louise tell anything you please
Myself already knows I'm not okay
Or you can tell my eyes to watch out for my mind
It might be walking out on me today

Don't tell my heart my achy breaky heart...
Don't tell my heart my achy breaky heart...
Don't tell my heart my achy breaky heart...