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Radio XLI, side A, track 9: “Thinking Of You” by Sa-Fire

Sa-Fire - Thinking Of YouOh, Sa-Fire, I was trying to think of something to write about this song, besides that it’s great, but I’ve really already wrote about that before.  I guess I could write about the DJ talking at the end of this song about dialing a 1-900 number to listen to hot new music before it hit the radio for only 98 cents a minute.  Which does remind me of the horror stories you’d hear on the news about kids running up bills into the thousands of dollars calling those 1-900 numbers, whether it be to listen to hot new music or to listen to really friendly women describing really friendly things they were going to do to you.

Ya know, that does remind me of a story from my high school days regarding calling a 1-900 number.  No, I didn’t call one from my own phone.  We were on a party line, so who knows what the neighbors would be bound to hear, plus my parents would have absolutely killed me when they got the phone bill, even if it ended up being 98 cents total.  This had to have been senior year of high school, and my friends and I were hanging out at the local Texaco because hey, why not?  And we decided to call a 1-900 number from a pay phone in the Texaco.  Remember payphones, Sa-Fire?

Anyway, since it might have been my idea, I was the one chosen to call as my other friends crowded around me.  I talked to a woman who didn’t really sound particularly sexy and in fact sounded kind of bored.  I gave her a fake credit card number and a fake name and when she asked about the sound of the convenience store coolers I said it was the A/C unit outside my apartment and that I lived in a dump and came up with an actually pretty detailed and depressing backstory about my lonely existence.  I don’t think the lady believed me at all, but she suggested different things we could do and she did them, and I didn’t do much more than grunt and agree with her because I was standing at a payphone at a Texaco surrounded by snorting, giggling high school guys and I wasn’t going to get THAT into character, if you know what I’m saying.  And frankly, Sa-Fire, I don’t know that I completely understood all the things that she said she was doing to me.

When she asked me if I’d. . .reached my conclusion, I quickly answered in the affirmative and hung up.  It’s been a long time since I’ve thought about that story, Sa-Fire, but I do think of it from time to time.  Part of it is because it was my first glimpse into a side of the sexual world that I knew little about.  I was still an unwilling virgin with little experience in the ways of the flesh and whose view of “making love” was shaped by songs off the radio and romantic comedies.  So while I snorted and giggled with my classmates over the crazy thing we’d just done, there was a part of me that was disconcerted to hear how transactional sex could be.

Also, I just feel guilty about wasting that woman’s time.  I don’t know much about phone sex workers and job satisfaction, but I know that that particular phone sex worker didn’t sound very enthused about her current career path.  So to get pranked by a bunch of idiot high school kids had to have been more than a little annoying, plus we stiffed her (no pun intended) on the payment.  So yes, Sa-Fire, I do think of her from time to time.  I wonder what led to her working that particular job, and I wonder what she’s doing now.

Huh.  I didn’t think I’d have anything to write about today, Sa-Fire.  And I certainly didn’t think that I’d be able to tie this song’s title to a phone sex operator.  But yes, I am thinking about her.  And if she decided to stay in it for the long haul, I hope she’s making more than 98 cents a minute.

“Thinking Of You”

<awesome Sa-Fire jam>

As I sit
Lookin’ out the win-dow
I can still remember

They call me to tell me
You went away

It was such a cold day

On a Sunday morning
It came without a warning

And all that pain I felt inside

I just can’t forget you
I’m feeling so alone

Though many times I’ve tried
Can’t get you off my miiind, I’m thiinkin’ of you

Wonder where you are tonight
I wish that I could hold you tight, I’m thiiinkin’ of you

I wish you could stay
But you’re so far away
So far awaaaaay

<awesome Sa-Fire jam>

And even though you’re gooone

I know you’re happy
Where you are

And I know some daaay

We’ll be together
Together again

On a Sunday morning
It came without a warning

And all that pain I felt inside

I just can’t forget you
I’m feeling so alone

Though many times I’ve tried
Can’t get you off my miiind, I’m thiiinkin’ of you

Wonder where you are tonight
I wish that I could hold you tight, I’m thiiinkin’ of you

I wish you could stay
But you’re so far away
So far awaaaaay

I know some daay
I’ll hoold you agaain
You and me
Together agaaaain

But until that day
I’m thinking of yoooooooooooooooou

<awesome Sa-Fire jam>

I’m thiiiiiiinkin’ of you

Wonder where you are tonight
I wish that I could hold you tight, I’m thiiiiinkin’ of you

I wish you could stay
But you’re so far away

I’m thiiiinkin’ of yoooooou

Wonder where you are tonight
I wish that I could hold you tight, I’m thiiinkin’ of you

I wish you could stay
But you’re so far away
So far awaaaaay

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