Road Songs: Gap

When I listen to this song, I play out a specific scene in my head. It’s so vivid, I might have just stolen it from a pivotal episode of 90210, but I can’t be sure. But basically:

There’s an argument, there’s accusations being made. There’s bags being packed, and “I’m leavings” thrown around, with “Go aheads” thrown back. Somebody shakes their head and says, “I can’t do this anymore.” There’s a single tear, nodding and an “I tried.” There’s a final turn-back with a goodbye, and bags being picked up and taken to the bus station. There’s a sigh, somebody boards the bus, and this song comes on. Somebody stares out the window. Then there’s a montage. It’s pivotal.

I don’t usually create weird emotionally abusive relationship fantasies around songs, but when I’m traveling, particularly on long bus, plane or train rides, my mind wanders. It’s hard for it not to, especially with this song and its “Please don’t go” lyrics.

My best friend turned me onto The Kooks senior year of high school when she fell in love with them. In loooove with them. But she had good reasons. Their folk-infused rock always provides a fitting soundtrack for a new trip. A little angsty, but like it’s saying, “Let’s go.”

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