Song of the Day, May 3: The Other End of the Telescope by ’til tuesday

tiltuesTelescopeToday’s song is The Other End (of the Telescope) by ’til tuesday. It appears on the band’s masterpiece, the 1988 breakup suite Everything’s Different Now. Singer and principle songwriter Aimee Mann demonstrated just how much her talent had grown since the band’s debut as she crafted a series of tender, tragic, bitter, and heartbreaking songs. She collaborated with a handful of other writers, most notably Elvis Costello on this track.

Mann’s knack for irony was not fully clear at this point, and most of the album is open and heartfelt. Costello’s knack for irony is well known and merges perfectly with Mann’s growing confidence as a writer. The result is a flawless track of regret and farewell. Costello later tweaked the lyrics and included his own version on the album All This Useless Beauty.

Shall we agree that just this once
I’m gonna change my life
Until it’s just as tiny or important as you like?
[…]
I know it don’t make a difference to you
But oh, it sure made a difference to me
You’ll see me off in the distance, I hope
At the other end of the telescope.

Enjoy this wonderful song today.

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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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