I know you are the man, or, and I hope this doesn’t sound harsh, you were the man…but so is Eddie Vedder and hence I’ve decided to include Pearl Jam’s cover in this quick letter to you. But I’m addressing this to you because you penned the lyrics that are so simple, and oh so effective. It’s the lesson we all learn from the time we start becoming romantically interested (in my case) members of the opposite sex – don’t rush to fall in love with a chick, she’ll probably just break your heart. Yes, even in the 3rd grade (I’m thinking of you, Jennifer B!). But most of us aren’t wired that way, are we? We see what we want to see – a bright future with a nice house and kids (or in the 3rd grade, crushing the swingset together) We feel how we feel, and we fall in love all too easily. Anotherwords, we ‘can’t help’ it, falling in love that is…you see what I did there? I’m so effing clever sometimes it hurts.
Anyway, that’s what your song means, in a few brief words, to me. Now I need to go continue to sunburn myself, so it will turn into a tan by the time I get back to snowy New England and chicks will be all to quick to fall in love with me!
Sunburnt in Cayman,
Val (personally I think he played you best in ‘True Romance’)