my life’s soundtrack

The first song I learned was Jesus Loves Me. It came from my grandmother. The second was Sixteen Tons. I got that one from her husband. At three I didn’t know a lot, but I knew who loved you and I knew who owned your soul. If you were a coal miner it wasn’t Jesus.

When I turned four my horizons broadened. I started hanging out with my 13 year old aunt and her friends. I fell in love with Boy George and sang Karma Chameleon to anyone who would listen. Went something like this ‘come-a, come-a, come-a chameleon‘ and ‘every day is like a bible‘. I still have a crush on the man.

Those are the songs I remember the most. The ones that send me back to Iaeger and childhood. There are others. Music and lyrics that remind me of important times and feelings that I’ve almost forgotten. So here I go. Here’s me being Nick Hornby. If my life had a soundtrack, this would be it.

Sixteen Tons, Tennesse Ernie Ford
You load sixteen tons, what do you get. Another day older and deeper in debt. Saint Peter don’t you call me ’cause I can’t go. I owe my soul to the company store…

Karma Chameleon, Culture Club
Islands in the Stream, Dolly Parton
Country Roads, John Denver

American Girl, Tom Petty
Well she was an American girl. Raised on promises. She couldn’t help thinkin that there. Was a little more to life, Somewhere else. After all it was a great big world. With lots of places to run to. Yeah, and if she had to die tryin. She had one little promise she was gonna keep…

Groove Me, King Floyd
Crimson & Clover, Tommy James & the Shondells
Aprils Fool, Rufus Wainwright
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

Freebird, Lynyrd Skynyrd
If I leave here tomorrow. Would you still remember me? For I must be travelling on, now. ‘Cause there’s too many places I’ve got to see.

Hotel Yorba, The White Stripes
Be For Real, The Afgan Whigs
Sittin on the Dock of the Bay & That’s How Strong My Love Is, Otis Redding

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