Oh, Brother Beyond, at the time I heard this song, I’d never had a girlfriend, so that meant I never had an ex-girlfriend. Actually, I’d never been on a date or even really hung out with a girl. So I was intrigued with this story of a guy who runs into an amazing woman he used to be in a relationship with. Since those days, I have had my share of these situations. None of which would produce a great pop song like this one. If there was ever a song that could truly capture that awkward feeling of being trapped in a social setting, let me know, Brother Beyond, because that would sum up all of my experiences.
I brought it all on myself, Brother Beyond. Because I was one of those guys who just quit calling. Yeah, I know. I’m a coward. No other way to say it. I just didn’t want to have that conversation where I came right out and said that I wasn’t interested in going out with someone again. I also wrapped myself in magical thinking, assuming since that person was no longer in my life, there would never be a time where I would see them again.
I went out on a date with one girl who was my regular waitress at my favorite Chinese restaurant. For whatever reason, I wasn’t into it, which meant I could never go back to my favorite Chinese restaurant again. I later ran into her at the movie theater when I was with a female friend, and it got downright chilly.
Went out on a date with another girl who was very nice but had some very complicated personal stuff going on that I wasn’t ready to deal with. Never called her again. But she was good friends with my co-worker, and I ended up sitting right next to her at my co-worker’s wedding. It was pretty awful.
I dated more than a few women at work, most of which didn’t end well, including one gal who dumped me after I rode out with her parents to see her. And I still had to work with them. Horrible.
Luckily those days are behind me. Now I just have my wife to disappoint, and there’s nowhere to hide from that.