Song of the day – 36: Ramones
I have plenty of favourite Ramones song. Plenty. This happens to be one of the many.
Joey’s lyrical imagery here is pretty much unmatched in any other Ramones songs: so evocative, so aching with the pain of being away for months on end from the one you love (and shortly to lose the one you love). Several years back, I was lucky enough to have the specific inspiration behind each line explained to me by Arturo Vega in a New York loft – but really, the song is just as magical either way. Joey’s voice is sublime. The Phil Spector production is sublime. The song and melody and imagery are sublime.