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12.18.2007

Music, Death, Love and Grocery Stores


I've thought a little more about Dan Fogelberg's death this week and, although a lot of his work was corny, I always loved a Same Old Lang Syne. The lyrics are here. It's about old lovers that run into each other in the grocery store. They miss each other but realize the flame isn't quite the same.

Met my old lover in the grocery store
The snow was falling Christmas Eve

I stole behind her in the frozen foods

And I touched her on the sleeve

She didn't recognize the face at first

But then her eyes flew open wide

She went to hug me and she spilled her purse

And we laughed until we cried.


Of all the break ups I've had in my life (and Lord knows they are too many to count), I remember listening to those lyrics shortly after high school when my relationship with a (relatively speaking) long term girlfriend ended.

Oddly, for me at least, a similar song came out a few years ago. John Mayer's Comfortable. I remember embracing the song as I entered into yet another soon to be failed, yet important, relationship:

I just remembered that time at the market
you snuck up behind me and jumped on my shopping cart

And rode down . . . aisle five

you looked behind you and smile back at me

crashed into a rack full of magazines

they asked us . . . if we could leave.

Can't remember . . . what went wrong last September

though I'm sure you'd remind me, if you had to
Our love was . . . comfortable and
. . . so broken in.

I'm not sure this has a point other than I just realized that a couple of my important past relationships are tied to songs that involve grocery stores.

I'm never going for food again.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Speaking of food, I read the Donald Trump 10000$ tip story was a hoax.

Anonymous said...

Well, that's one way to keep your weight down.

Anonymous said...

Both are great songs, and "they" say that the grocery store is one of the, if not the most popular place to meet that special someone, but then you bump into them again and again after it's over...decisions, decisions.

Anonymous said...

I cried trough the whole story..it was soo beautiful.

Here's a little something I hope will help you through the hurt of these past failed relationships.

Here goes:

If you love something set it free and if it doesn't come back to you,track it down and kill it.

Peace Barry

Anonymous said...

GOOD GOD, I THINK I'M GONNA HURL! IS THIS THE LIFETIME CHANNEL HERE? LETS ALL HOLD HANDS AND WATCH "LOVE STORY" TOGETHER. BARF!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

IGA and Diamond suck!!!

Anonymous said...

The sax wailing at the end of that song really wraps it up perfectly.

Anonymous said...

Never go for food again. That's a better diet than NutriSystem. Know what you call an anorexic lawyer with a yeast infection? Quarter pounder with cheese.

Anonymous said...

man, you listen to some gay-ass music.

john wayne said...

I remember when men were real men and pussies like you lived in europe

Anonymous said...

12:03 - I agree about the sax ending. And Fogelburg will be missed by real men and women.

Anonymous said...

Life is "A Long and Winding Road"