I don't think of this as being about a new flame but that he is singing of how he remembers her - that the girl she reminds him of is her younger self - a sort of love song of the Last Dance girl that came in Disintegration
Perfect Steve - so childlike and adolescent love song - I don't know if anyone remembers
'I remember even though it felt soft at the time, I always used to wake up sore.'
kissing was always soft on the night and sore in the morning in adolescence...it kind of levelled out years later; but I remember hungry kisses that ached in the morning...Yeah I think that this is a love song to both his and her youth and to their maturity - to their now.
Exactly. It's very "cutesy" & it wouldn't work without it being slightly out of tune. I remember seeing them do this on the last The Tube & was horrified at the time. But it makes sense now even if it's a little bit unsettling & the compulsive in me wants to crawl onstage & fiddle with the tuning heads on the guitars
This is perfect! Forget the dancing on Why Can't I Be You or the joyous pop of Just Like Heaven, this is the best song from the album by a country mile - I think it is that moment when you see "that girl", you're just dumbstruck! The romantic in me would say that's how I felt when I first saw Kate, but, I've already told her every time I play Lovesong it's for her, can't have her getting too big headed! Plus, the bass is easy!
I remember having read this somewhere, probably on those lists of RS' quotes about songs:
"In 1970, aged 10, I fell off my bike and suffered quite severe concussion; sporadically, over the following 2 years, I suffered fleeting but intense daytime hallucinations of a girl I called 'Bunny'. In 1972 I flew for the first time; a few minutes after take-off the plane hit really bad turbulence and I suffered a very violent attack of nausea and vomiting, along with an incredibly severe headache; after this event my 'Bunny' visits stopped... In 1984 in nyc jfk airport whilst waiting to pass through immigration I met a girl who was the spitting image of 'Bunny'; her 'real' name was Anna; we talked very briefly... "Catch" is about this chance encounter..."
Anyways, I was just reading about Tulpas the other day, and remembered this story and this song... They seem to be a sort of imaginary companion created by pure will, that later on become somewhat independent.