Our Wordsmith Wednesday this week is my favorite verse from The Smashing Pumpkins’ song “1979” off their album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.
The lines are:
“Justine never knew the rules/
Hung down with the freaks and ghouls/
No apologies ever need be made/
I know you better than you fake it”
Maybe more than any other song, “1979” fills me with nostalgia for the seemingly infinite boredom/freedom of youth, specifically for driving through moonlit midnight cornfields outside Chicago. The casual intimacy in these particular lines brings back memories of crawling around suburbia with my crew of friends that didn’t fit in and the comfort that comes with being accepted among the uncool. No song puts me in my feelings faster.