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Radio XLII, side A, track 2: “Somebody Like You” by 38 Special

38 Special - Somebody Like YouOh, 38 Special, I wasn’t looking forward to this song coming up on my track list.  No, I don’t have bad memories of it, and it’s not that I don’t like this song, because I really do, but it’s just really hard sometimes to write about your music.  It’s not you, it’s me, 38 Special.  I just don’t get the same excitement about one of your songs that I get about some of my other beloved radio songs.  I don’t know what it is.  This is a perfectly great rock and roll song about heartbreak, the kind of song that’s right up my alley.  But I just can’t quite get that excited about it.

It occurred to me that you guys are the equivalent of what I was like when it came to dating in junior high.  Girls liked me, but just as a friend.  I was smart and funny and a good listener, but let’s face it, 38 Special, I was just not that attractive.  There were many a girl who would tell me that some pretty lady would be knocking down my door at any minute, but none of those girls who told me that were actually willing to make that sacrifice themselves.

Don’t get me wrong, 38 Special.  I don’t begrudge any of my lady friends for not falling on that love grenade.  I was clearly not dating material, both due to my looks and to the fact that I had no access to a car and I lived in the middle of nowhere.  It makes me wonder if I would have had more luck if I’d just lived in town.  I wonder how much different my life would have turned out if my dad had kept his job at the bank and we lived just 8 miles south of where we did.  I bet you anything I would have kissed a girl way earlier, just due to proximity.  Although I’m sure I would still have had those glasses and those teeth and that hair, so maybe not. . .

Anyway, 38 Special, my point is that I think you’re a great band and you make great songs and I really enjoy hanging out with you.  And any day now there’s going to be a blogger who comes around to dedicate a blog just to you guys.  But for now, would you mind if we talked about the other bands I really like?

“Somebody Like You”

<awesome 38 Special jam>

Shoulda kept my distance

Shoulda known what I’d be riskin’

But nothin’ short of holdin’ you would ever doooo

Darlin’

If we could be togeteeether

I would wait for you forever

But how’m I gonna win
If you never lose

I could feel the pressure

I could see you were somethin’ special

Couldn’t walk away from you if I tried

Darlin’

I wanna be neeear you

If only you’d feel like I do

I must’ve had it wrong
I shoulda known
Somebody like you
Could break my heart

Somebody like you
Tear my world apaart

Oh yeah

Somebody like you
Could keep me in the dark

Somebody like you
Break my heeeeeeart

Yeah yeah

Knew that I was fallin’

I could hear yer heartbeat callin’, I was
Hopin’ you’d be mine before the night was throoough

Darlin’

I could keep ooon looovin’ you

There’s a chance to somehow break through
Must’ve had it wrong
I shoulda known
Somebody like you
Could break my heart

Somebody like you
Baby
Somebody like you
Tellin’ ya
Somebody like you
Break my heeeeeeart

Yeah yeah

<awesome 38 Special jam>

Guess I knew right from the staaart
Thatchoo were a pretender
But it was you who held my heeart
I got love I wanna send ya
Yeah
Are ya ready to surrendeeer
Oh yeah
Somebody like you
Could break my heart

Somebody like you
Could tear my world apart

Oh yeah

Somebody like you
Could keep me in the dark

Somebody like you
Baby
Somebody like you
Tellin’ ya
Somebody like you
Break my heeart

<awesome 38 Special jam>

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