Song of the Day, December 5: Why Must I? by ’til tuesday

Today’s song is Why Must I? by ’til tuesday. It’s one of the tracks on the band’s brilliant song cycle about dealing with the end of a relationship, 1998’s Everything’s Different Now. Writer and vocalist Aimee Mann skillfully lays out her inability to cope with the situation coupled with her resultant doubts and frustrations. It includes one of my all-time favorite lyrical statements:

Why must I take it so hard?
Other people get by with either bourbon or God…

Short, bittersweet, and to the point, this is a perfect example of how to pack a pop song with meaning and personality. Enjoy this wonderful song today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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