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The Pragmatist: Three Songs for Breaking Hearts

You can't help it, you're a rambler. You don't have time to get bogged down in long-term relationships when the road is calling. Effortless swagger and endless charm come so naturally that you hardly notice when you've won yet another admirer destined to get hurt along the way. Whether you're a modern-day cowboy or just an archetypal loner, there's a song for your restless ways.

Anyone who owns a Stetson tips their hat to the classic drifter, Hank Williams. The country icon wrote some of the most beloved tunes around, and his grandson is proof that rambling runs in the blood. Here, Hank III performs his gramps' classic "Ramblin' Man."

Crooner John Legend has made clear in his work that fidelity isn't his forte, yet he can't resist romance. The dashing pop star woos the crowd while begging a lover not to fall for him in this Sérgio Mendes tune. It's reverse psychology but it works.

Local heartbreaker Olivia Mancini lets a potential lover down easy in her tune "Ricky." Olivia's good looks and charming voice have won many swoons in the District over the years, and if you think you can handle it, on Saturday, she'll be playing Rock & Roll Hotel with her mates.

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