About “Achy Breaky Heart” Written by the country songwriter and performer Don Von Tress, this was a remake of a 1991 song by the country act the Marcy Brothers, titled “ Don’t Tell My Heart ”. Lyrics to 'Achy Breaky Heart' by Billy Ray Cyrus: You can tell the world you never was my girl You can burn my clothes up 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.