So one of the songs they played this morning was "The Distance," by Cake. And once again it hit me why I think that is a really good song, though it's not the catchiest Cake song or even anywhere near my favorite Cake song (that would be "Rock and Roll Lifestyle", duh). It's this line:
in his mind, he's still driving, still making the grade
she's hoping in time that her memories will fade
The whole song is about this guy who's trying to get this girl back, like so many other songs, but unlike all those other songs, we get her perspective in that one line, and it's so unexpected and awful. Maybe it gets me because I so identify with that line, hell, the song could be about the email my ex whose name I will not speak sent me last winter.
It never fails to amaze me how many people miss these things. How many chicks in the '80s swooned over "Every Breath You Take" (also known as "The Stalker Song") and played it at their weddings?
I knew these girls in college who were stupid. Don't get me wrong, intellectually they were very bright, but they wouldn't have known irony if it had crawled out of an O. Henry short story and bitten them on the ass. However, whenever they didn't get irony they held it up as an example of how much smarter than I was they were because they weren't majoring in English. They also used the fact that they came up Thinkers and I came up a Feeler in personality tests to show how much smarter they were. Never mind that they were the ones who got married too young and I was the one who gave up love for career (and we all know how well that turned out...) In fact, one of them got married in the single white-trashiest wedding I have ever attended, and coming from Pulaski that's saying something. The wedding was in her father's backyard and he raised rabbits, so the whole wedding stank of bunny poo. I had highlights put in my hair right before the wedding and they lasted longer than the marriage did... But I digress. Anyway, these chicks would listen to Sarah McLachlan's song "Possession" and just goo-goo over how romantic it was, ohmigawd, and I would be sitting there going "You guys do realize that she wrote this song about the guy who was stalking her, right?"
And they said I was the one who couldn't think.