Nostalgia Ain’t What It Used To Be.

Before these new-fangled CD things took off, and a long time before people are putting songs onto pieces of computer RAM, way back in the mists of time, I used to tape a lot of music off the radio. As I mentioned before, I listened to these tapes so much, I could tell you every song in order. Even now, two stick out – on one of the more mainstream radio stations, something obviously broke, and they played “Here Comes A Regular” by the Replacements, followed by the ex-lead singer, Paul Westerberg’s “It’s a Wonderful Lie”.


A couple of days ago, I found I had copied “Here Comes A Regular” to my iPod, and the memories came flooding back. I promise to post “It’s a Wonderful Lie” soon, but for now wanted you all to enjoy the greatest song about the loneliness of alcohol I’ve ever heard. Even now, this 23 year old song cuts deep.

Well a person can work up a mean mean thirst
after a hard day of nothin’ much at all
Summer’s passed, it’s too late to cut the grass
There ain’t much to rake anyway in the fall

And sometimes I just ain’t in the mood
to take my place in back with the loudmouths
You’re like a picture on the fridge that’s never stocked with food
I used to live at home, now I stay at the house

And everybody wants to be special here
They call your name out loud and clear
Here comes a regular
Call out your name
Here comes a regular
Am I the only one here today?

Well a drinkin’ buddy that’s bound to another town
Once the police made you go away
And even if you’re in the arms of someone’s baby now
I’ll take a great big whiskey to ya anyway

Everybody wants to be someone’s here
Someone’s gonna show up, never fear
’cause here comes a regular
Call out your name
Here comes a regular
Am I the only one who feels ashamed?

Kneeling alongside old Sad Eyes
He says opportunity knocks once then the door slams shut
All I know is I’m sick of everything that my money can buy
The fool who wastes his life, God rest his guts

First the lights, then the collar goes up, and the wind begins to blow
Turn your back on a pay-you-back, last call
First the glass, then the leaves that pass, then comes the snow
Ain’t much to rake anyway in the fall

The Replacements – Here Comes A Regular

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