Wednesday, April 05, 2006

'It spins around, and you're around again'

The afternoon my boyfriend broke up with me, my friend Steve took me to lunch and then to a record store by the water, where he told me to buy the Wrens' album Meadowlands. I spent the rest of the day before work listening to it and trying to sleep.

It is intensely sad, so it fit well with my day. Later that week, another friend would give me a Tahiti 80 CD, which is all sunlight and fun, sung in English by French people, and was probably better for me. But that first day, the Wrens were perfect.

Ten tons against me and you've gone.
I put your favorite records on
and sit around.
It spins around,
and you're around again.
Struck dumb while drugs run at how high reeds
cue every memory at half speeds.

The morning, a month later, we got back together, I played him both CDs. Eventually, I bought him Meadowlands.

Something about the sound of these guys with day jobs from New Jersey makes me happy and sad at the same time, and nostalgic for things that never happened to me.


maryann said...

you know, i read your post and i was like, hmm. i have neither album. and then, an hour later, my itunes (on random) pulled up a song from meadowlands. so, i listened to the whole album. pretty cool and mellow. tahiti 80? i may have to steal that from you.

Anonymous said...

The Tahiti 80 songs are known to me and iTunes as only Track 1, Track 2, Track 3 ... I should really fix that. So you have Meadowlands somehow?

Maliavale said...

I love that last sentence.