Song for the Soundtrack of Your Date Tonight
You’re about to take your date for a dance at the fright club, um, nightclub. The single serving of lust you’ve forever feasted on has suddenly betrayed you. Thinking of seconds, fourths, more-ths. You had the corner on cool ‘til someone slipped something into your drink. Made you stop and think. Your rebel yell’s calling more, more, more. What for? Something in the way she moves. Looks your way. Calls your name. Love’s sneaking up on you. Learn to see the signs. Don’t yield, just go. The clock don’t stop when you’re sitting on the fence. Hop down, Humpty. Let yourself fall. Love. Spill it, honey, or it just may break you.
[The Decemberists, "When U Love Somebody" Fruit Bats cover for iTunes Session, 2011]
Song for the Soundtrack of Your No Date Tonight
What doesn’t kill you jades you. Everyone’s trying to persuade you that spending too much time on the wrong blinds you to the right. Take it easy on yourself. Everyone’s not cut from the same commitment cloth. The fiber of your fabric is flexible but what if you’re stretching it? You could split your seams as you sew the seeds of singleness. Evaluate. Keep your party pants on or trade them in for a trouser for two. What’re you gonna do?
[Edd Henry, "Crooked Woman," Big Mack Records, 1966]