Song of the Day, July 20: I Used to Say I Love You by Robyn Hitchcock

RobynUsedToSayToday’s song is a rare example of an outtake that truly enhances an album as a later bonus track. When Robyn Hitchcock recorded his stripped-down masterpiece I Often Dream of Trains, he had a few songs left over. The album’s first release on compact disc added a handful of these tracks, sequenced nicely between the two original vinyl sides. Unlike most CD bonus tracks of the era, the whole set actually expanded the vision of the album, creating a stronger package than the original release.

I Used to Say I Love You is the finest of these songs. It’s remarkably straightforward for Hitchcock, eschewing his usual sideways observations and eccentric meditations. While still featuring his wry, distinctive look at the world, the song bids farewell to a romance  that wasn’t based on much beyond the physical. Smart, funny, and touching, it’s a wonderful bit of honest emotion from a master of the sly and elliptical.

I used to say I love you
It wasn’t really true
I wanted to believe it
And now I almost do

Enjoy this great 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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