Ever since I got these new funky glasses, I’ve started getting a lot of comments about how much I look like Lisa Loeb. Someone said it again last night at Cabana. The burgundy-brunette hair probably adds to the similarity, but still, I just think it’s funny how one little accessory can create such a strong visual link.

Did you know that, with the song “Stay (I Missed You),” Lisa Loeb was the first and only unsigned artist ever to hit #1 on the American charts? So sayeth Wikipedia. I love that song, and I’ve always thought of it as one of the best uses of repetition of the first line(s) of a song. A lot of songs use that technique, but without adding any meaning to the story. In “Stay,” the use of the first line (which is the title of this post, in case you don’t know the song) at the end of the song gives the line a twist and packs a sassy punch to the “singee” of the song. It takes a little extra work for the songwriter to set up that kind of payoff, but it’s really rewarding, don’t you think?

And you say I only hear what I want to

One thought on “And you say I only hear what I want to

  • August 10, 2006 at 11:36 am

    That’s one of my favourite songs! For me, it marks the end of the 80s (as in it was the last great 80s song, not the first 90s one, and yes, I know it came out in ’92 :))


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