Well, if you want to feel bad, just listen to Patty Griffin sing Stolen Car. I listened to it while I drew this and it definitely set the correct tone. Then I thought, “Boy, this reminds me of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘The River’, which was PREVIOUSLY the most depressing song I knew.” And Wikipedia tells me that Stolen Car was also written by Springsteen – on the same album even. Boy, get that guy a fuzzy blanket and some Cartoon Network – he needs some cheering up.
When I was listening to ‘Stolen Car’ for the first time last night, I heard the lyrics:
She asked if I remembered the letters I wrote/
When our love was young and bold/
She said last night she read those letters/
And they made her feel one hundred …
And I honestly thought the next lyric was going to be “PERCENT BETTER”. And I felt so relieved. One hundred percent better! Aha! Fixed! Good! Whew!
But it turns out the lyric was “YEARS OLD.” Oh.
“Albert Camus wrote that the only serious question is whether to kill yourself or not. Tom Robbins wrote that the only serious question is whether time has a beginning and an end.
Camus clearly got up on the wrong side of bed, and Robbins must have forgotten to set the alarm.
There is only one serious question. And that is: Who knows how to make love stay? Answer me that and I will tell you whether or not to kill yourself.”
― Tom Robbins, Still Life with Woodpecker