A Reflection on Peter Gabriel's "Your Eyes"

I've had a weird thing for this song which started when I was working at Red's Espresso Gallery. It used to come on the radio after I got off work; when I was the kind of wired that can only come from waking up at 4:45 a.m, having unlimited access to lattes, making coffee like a robot on repeat, and being forced to listen to puntamayo world music for a 7 hour shift; then walking out the doors to find another perfect sunny day, a glimmering San Diego Harbor, and bumper to bumper traffic on Linda Vista for no god damn reason when I had 13 minutes to get to class.

I actually don't really even like the chorus - I'm not a real fan of steel drums, or faux steel drum keyboard noises if that's what it is, unless I'm on vacation in the Caribbean. But eff, I love the first verse so much. "Looooove, I get so lost. some. times." When I sing it I feel like I'm singing it to someone.

And then there is the scene from Say Anything, which kills me everytime.

Because who hasn't fantasized about that moment? After I was on over-caffeinated student/barista I was a broken-hearted lingerie sales girl, and I used to stare down the escalator and picture my very own Say Anything moment. That would be it, you know?

I'm sorry, and I have a musical tribute for you to prove it publicly. I'm not going to play it on instrument because that is awkward for everyone but I am going to play it for you on this Boom-Box (or maybe an iPod dock as I don't know where you would find a giant CD player these days).

Which is why I reference this song pretty often in my daily life, even though that scene is the only part of the movie I have ever watched.

When someone says "I am so over him!" I always respond "What if he showed up with a boom-box over his head?" and it always makes them pause. It makes me pause. Because really what if?
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8 comments:

  1. this last question really made me smile...because the truth is, if he showed up with boom box over his head, I've probably forgive anything.

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  2. Running Fiance - I think I would forgive my boyfriend for ANYTHING too if a boom-box was involved too. Hopefully it never comes to that :)

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  3. that makes three of us... call me a sucker but the boom-box factor would really do it.

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  4. PS sam, never show this to you-know-who in case he decides it might be a good idea to show up at my door someday... thanks much.

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  5. I've never seen Say Anything, but now I really want to.

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  6. you say you dont like steel drum, but that is probably because you have never heard Freddy Harris III - check him out -

    www.youtube.com/freddyharris3

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  7. Haha, I am so glad you wrote about this because I love that song!

    And that movie! You should definitely watch the whole thing. I saw it for the first time last year, and it immediately became one of my favorites. John Cusack is just too adorable.

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  8. I'm not even going to say how I feel about this post. 'Cause you already know.

    And I hear this song every morning at Starbucks, and it takes me way back to that question. Because I used to hope for it more than wonder.

    Come home to us soon!

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