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Crushes I’ve Had On Female Characters From Songs

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It seems silly to develop feelings for a person you have never met. Especially if that person never existed or is rumored to be a dog (like Mandy from Barry Manilow’s “Mandy”). A great song, though, can evoke a disproportionate amount of emotion through lyrics and melody. It can even forge a connection to a potentially fictional human being. Therefore, it is with only mild embarrassment that I present a list of several female characters from songs that I have found myself smitten with over the course of my life.

Kate from “Kate” by Ben Folds Five

Why: She’s a funky hippie chick who can summon wildlife with her drumming!

Clincher Lyric: “She’s everything I want/She’s everything I’m not” What more could high school me have wanted?

Why It Wouldn’t Work Out: She’s too much of a pothead. She never changes clothes.

The Homeroom Angel from “Centerfold” by the J. Geils Band

Why: “Centerfold” is the progenitor of the hip-hop trend of writing songs about being in love with strippers. ‘Nuff respect to the old school. (That is something no one has ever said about the J. Geils Band before.)

Clincher Lyric: “The memory of my angel/Could never cause me pain” Nostalgia! Innocence!

Why It Wouldn’t Work Out: What would we even talk about? “So you get naked for money… what’s that like?” “…” Plus, since we went to high school together, she probably still has a thick Boston accent.

Susanne from “Susanne” by Weezer

Why: She can make Rivers Cuomo blush, and that’s quite a feat seeing that he unabashedly sings about his love of underage Asian schoolgirls.

Clincher Lyric: “Even Izzy, Slash, and Axl Rose/When I call you put ‘em all on hold” She blows off Guns n Roses talk to you? What a woman. That was probably a way bigger deal in 1994 when the song was written, though. Now it would be like: “No, Izzy, you can’t borrow my car… Hold on. I have to take this.”

Why It Wouldn’t Work Out: I’d be intimidated all of the rock stars she’s hooked up with. My fault, I know, but her inevitable “Welcome to the Jungle” lower back tattoo would freak me out a little. I think if I needed to choose a woman from a song from 1994 for the long haul, I’d stick with Janine from Soul Coughing’s “Janine.” She seems a little more my speed.

Allison from “Allison” by Elvis Costello

Why: I’ve got a soft spot for girls on hard times. I don’t want to exploit them. I’m a lot like Elvis Costello. My aim is true. I swear.

Clincher Lyric: “I know this world is killing you” She’s like a bunny rabbit! She needs my help!

Why It Wouldn’t Work Out: We’d probably never even hook up. We’d have a few late night hangouts just driving around, and then I’d end up taking her to rehab at some point.

Mrs. Robinson from “Mrs. Robinson” by Simon and Garfunkel

Why: She’s the original hot mom.

Clincher Lyric: The movie The Graduate

Why It Wouldn’t Work Out: The age difference. I’m already engaged to her daughter. There are so many reasons.

Mary from “Thunder Road” by Bruce Springsteen

Why: Who hasn’t fantasized about driving away from your hometown in a sweet car with your high school crush?

Clincher Lyric: “It’s a town full of losers/We’re pulling out of here to wiiiiiiiiiiiin” Yeah we are, Bruce!

Why It Wouldn’t Work Out: You know, maybe this is more about my man-crush on Bruce Springsteen.

Van Morrison’s Brown Eyed Girl

Why: She’s a morning person, which is charming. She’s up for going down an old mine shaft with a radio (single entendre only), which shows a spirit of adventure. Plus, she’s a lady in the streets and a freak behind the stadium.

Clincher Lyric: “Sha la la la la la la la la la la te da!” Van Morrison can’t even form words. And he wrote “Moondance!” That’s a ringing endorsement of love.

Why It Wouldn’t Work Out: No reason. I think we are soul mates.

Not Quite My Type…

Sweet Caroline and Sweet Melissa

They’re the women that your friends try to set you up with, and when you ask what they’re like your friends say: “Melissa is so nice!” Nice is a wonderful quality to have, but it should not be your dominant personality trait. If people say someone is “nice” ahead of “great,” probably they are not great.

Eleanor Rigby

She’s a mope. She hangs out around churches where there were just weddings and smells the rice or some crazy thing. That’s hard to deal with in the long run. Where do all the lonely people belong? Not in my music-inspired fantasies.

Roxanne

Here is a conversation I can envision having with Roxanne…

Me: Roxanne, you don’t have to wear that dress tonight. We’re just going to TGI Friday’s for my sister’s birthday.

Roxanne: You always say that, but then I’m always underdressed.

Me: At least turn off the red light.

Roxanne: YOU’VE NEVER RESPECTED MY CAREER!

Me: I hate everything. TC mark

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    • GUEST

      Fun fact: Brown Eyed Girl was actually first written as Brown Skinned Girl.  

      You guys are probably still soulmates. I’m just sayin’.

    • Erin Rowley

      “Why It Wouldn’t Work Out: You know, maybe this is more about my man-crush on Bruce Springsteen.”

      Can’t blame you. The man is 62 and still looking good.

    • CaptG-B

      This is so good. Here are mine:

      Virginia from “Meet Virginia” by Train

      I mean, she never compromises and wears high heels while she exercises!

      Clincher lyrics:

      She doesn’t own a dress/Her hair is always a mess/You catch her stealin’ she won’t confess

      Lesbian from Weezer’s “Pink Triangle”

      Dani California from Red Hot Chili Pepper’s “Dani California”

      Clincher Lyrics: Black bandanna, sweet Louisiana

      robbin’ on a bank in the state of Indiana

      She’s a runner, rebel and a stunner

      On her merry way sayin; baby whatcha gonna

      Lookin’ down the barrel of a hot metal .45

      Just another way to survive

    • Sue Z. Homewrecker

      Renee from Walk Away Renee (the Left Banke)…. or, on a more teenage level, Debra Jean (from the song of the same name) by The Queers

    • http://entropicalia.wordpress.com Alison

      After years of extensive study I can assure you that Elvis Costello’s Alison spells her name with one L.

    • Anonymous

      You have never written something on this site that I haven’t absolutely loved.

      • Josh Gondelman

        Aww, thanks!

    • http://samanthashoery.blogspot.com Sam

       If I needed to choose a woman from a song from 1994 for the long haul, I would totally choose Anna from Counting Crow’s “Anna Begins”. 

        … “everytime she sneezes I believe it’s love”.   She is probably cute as a button!  Though the sleep talking may be a bit of an obstacle.
       
      (p.s.) this post was pitch perfect.

    • LC

      When I read suzanne I thought you meant by leonard cohen. Also a gem

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    • Guesty

      You forgot Stacy’s mom

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