Most people know Randy Newman and Bruce Springsteen for really overplayed songs that at lot of us feel are kinda crappy/cheesy/etc.
Then some of us get lucky and have English professors who like them and show us the way.
Randy Newman is the “Toy Story” theme song guy. “You got a friend in me…etc.” He’s all smiles, rainbows, and unicorns, right?
Turns out his back catalogue can be a little creepier than that. This one’s about a man who finds a woman’s number in a telephone booth (“Call Suzanne for a good time!”), then he finds her address and has this “cute” little fantasy about meeting her.
I have no clue why I like this song and it’s obviously a sign of my declining mind.
And because I like anything pertaining to meth, economically disadvantaged men, and/or death:
It’s a song about two brothers who come up from Mexico, figure out they can make more money by cooking meth than picking fruit for 12 hours a day, and eventually have an accident.
Basically at this point in my life I stay home a lot and read, and have to fight with myself to go out and get groceries. (IDK why, really, the whole time I was in active addiction I might have been in a grocery store three times, and that was because it sold starting fluid…you don’t really run into drug addicts in grocery stores very much. I lived off the salvation army’s free meal and gas station food when I had food stamps for a couple years.)
Like, I realize I almost died like every damn day when I was on the streets and dealing, but it was a lot more exciting than my current life. Part of my brain remembers it like this:
The rest of me doesn’t, though, so we’re good.