Well, you go your way and I'll go mine
Now and forever till the end of time
I'll find somebody new and baby, we'll say we're through
And you won't matter anymore

This song, written by Paul Anka and recorded by Buddy Holly, became a hit a month after Holly's death in February 1959. The recording features an orchestral arrangement, one of the first in a pop rock song, and one coming eight years before Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The song also features Holly's signature "hiccup" vocal technique: "And wasted all my days over you-ou-ou-ou-ahou." Despite its dated language (such as "golly gee"), and an atmosphere that seems just a tad too happy for the lyrics, I find the song still captures the universal feeling of a break up. It's impossible for me to avoid Beatles references when writing about Holly, so I'll finish with this: while similarly-themed songs like "Yesterday" are perhaps better, "It Doesn't Matter Any More" was first, and it's still worth listening to.

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