The Replacements - Can’t Hardly Wait

Andrew’s without internet this week, so he asked me to post this song for him. “Can you listen to it, feel some stuff about it, and put it up for me?” Yup, no problem.

Here’s a story about The Replacements: when I was in college, I was desperately in love with this guy who had a girlfriend, because that’s what one does in college, and as a result I spent way too much time reading into the lyrics of whatever song was playing on the radio whenever we were in the car together. (He used to pick me up and drop me off a lot because we were friends, which didn’t help my whole HE MUST LOVE ME OR MAYBE HE DOESN’T thing.)

Anyway, The Replacements’ "I’ll Be You" came on the radio one night as he was driving me home. If you’re desperately pining away for someone and they’re sitting a foot and a half away from you, this song is the worst, because it’s FULL of meaningful lines (or what 22 year-old me thought were meaningful lines): And if it’s just a game/Then I’ll break down just in case/Oh yeah, we’re runnin’ in our last race, for example. Because I didn’t know the song, I committed the lyrics to memory and looked them up later, and from then on, I loved The Replacements because they reminded me of that night.

That was five years ago. We didn’t keep in touch after college, though he would occasionally text me whenever he heard a Springsteen song on the radio ("born 2 run in my car. how r u?" then nothing for six months), thus ensuring that I thought of him every day for probably two years after school ended. It was the worst.

I can now safely listen to Springsteen (and The Replacements, for that matter — this post took a weird turn), but for a long time I couldn’t. Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed this tale of unrequited love set to eighties rock songs … this is probably not what Andrew had in mind when he asked me to write this post.