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June 13, 2008
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The 47th Time I’ve Listened to This Song

Amy4Birds told me she tends to listen to the same song she finds and likes 47 times. I don’t do quite that much, but I probably do listen to maybe 3 or 4 off a CD 30 times before I move on.

So, right now I’m engulfed with Liz Phair and her 1999 CD “Exit to Guyville”. It rocks. I just love that woman. And although I’m not sure I’d divorce for her or some of you other vixens out there (and you know who you are), I am seriously thinking about becoming a Mormon and enjoying the polygamy benefits that come along with it. Hey, I think ‘Big Love’ on HBO is a cool show and I’m quite jealous of Bill Paxton.

The 12th track on ETG is called Divorce Song. But it’s really not about divorce (at least in a literal sense). It’s more about relationships.

I was pissed that she didn’t have liner notes with the words. About the 20th time I listened, I had a good chunk of it down to sing with but she sings so low and fast in certain sections, I couldn’t quite get it all.

So last night, after listening for the 45th time (your record is safe A4B), I decided to start/stop/start/stop/rewind/start again until I got it all down.

It would help if you get the song because the music supports it well. And there’s a savvy harmonica solo at the end that would make John Lennon proud.

Divorce Song (Liz Phair)

And when I asked

For a separate room

It was late at night

And we’d been driving since noon

                    

But if I’d known

How that would sound to you

I would have stayed in your bed

For the rest of my life, just to prove I was right

 

That it’s harder to be friends than lovers

And you shouldn’t try to mix the two

‘Cause if you ‘do it’ and you’re still unhappy

Then you know that the problem is you

 

And it’s true that I stole your lighter

And it’s also true that I lost the map

But when you said I wasn’t worth talking to

I had to take your word on that

But if you’d known

How that would sound to me

You would have taken it back

 

And boxed it up and buried it in the ground

Boxed it up and buried it in the ground

Boxed it up an buried it in the ground

Burned it up and thrown it away

 

You put in my hands

A loaded gun and then told me not to fire it

When you did the things

You said you said were up to me

And then accused me of trying

To fuck it up

 

But you’ve never been a waste of my time

It’s never been a drag

So take a deep breath

And count back from 10

And maybe you’ll be alright

 

And the license said you had to stick around

Until I was dead

But if you’re tired of looking at my face,

I guess I already am

 

But you’ve never been a waste of my time

It’s never been a drag

So take a deep breath and count back from 10

And maybe you’ll be alright

 

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