Song of the Day #460: ‘Nothing in This World Can Stop Me Worryin’ Bout That Girl’ – The Kinks

rushmoreWes Anderson is one of the best directors around when it comes to the use of songs in films. He’s different from Quentin Tarantino, who just about exclusively uses existing material to score his films (including, often, the scores of previous films). Anderson blends recorded songs with original film scores (by Mark Mothersbaugh, of Devo fame) and both are an integral part of his movies.

I can’t imagine The Royal Tenenbaums without Mothersbaugh’s baroque score, but neither can I imagine it without Nick Drake’s ‘Fly’ or The Rolling Stones’ ‘Ruby Tuesday.’ And the same goes, maybe even more so, for Rushmore, still Anderson’s best film.

Mothersbaugh does splendid work in Rushmore… striking a note of whimsy perfectly in line with the film’s blend of humor and melancholy. Anderson’s films remind me a lot of those old Charlie Brown cartoons, including the mood composer Vince Guaraldi contributed to them. Fittingly, Anderson used Guaraldi’s Charlie Brown Christmas theme in Tenenbaums.

But song selection is equally important in Rushmore. Anderson uses 60s British invasion pop almost exclusively in the film and every selection is note-perfect. Today’s song, The Kinks’ ‘Nothing in This World Can Stop Me Worryin’ Bout That Girl,’ plays as Bill Murray’s depressed Herman Blume watches his wife flirt with a tennis pro at their twin sons’ birthday party. He distractedly tosses golf balls into the pool, watching the horror show of his life unfolding around him, then saunters over to the diving board and plunges into the water. The camera lingers with him underwater (recalling the scuba diving scene in The Graduate, probably on purpose).

It’s a lovely scene that captures, without a word of dialogue, the cocoon Herman lives in. Murray’s performance is wonderful and this song, which I’d never heard before, plays its part just splendidly.

Met a girl, fell in love, glad as I can be
Met a girl, fell in love, glad as I can be
But I think all the time, is she true to me?
‘Cause there’s nothing in this world to stop me worryin’ ’bout that girl

I found out I was wrong, she was just two timing
I found out I was wrong, she just kept on lying
Now she tries to tell the truth, and I just can’t believe
‘Cause there’s nothing in this world to stop me worryin’ ’bout that girl

Tell me who can I turn to, just who can I believe?
Tried to put her out of my mind, she’ll only cause me grief
I love that girl, whatever she’s done, you know it hurts me deeply
‘Cause there’s nothing in this world to stop me worryin’ ’bout that girl

I know she’s been with other fellas, why does she keep on lying?
It hurts me so when she says nothing, I really feel like dying
I ache inside until I think I know it’s just my pride
‘Cause there’s nothing in this world to stop me worryin’ ’bout that girl
‘Cause there’s nothing in this world to stop me worryin’ ’bout that girl

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #460: ‘Nothing in This World Can Stop Me Worryin’ Bout That Girl’ – The Kinks

  1. Amy says:

    So how does today’s entry fit into the philosophy you discussed yesterday? Did you download this single song from iTunes? Buy the album by the Kinks which contains it? Or do you just enjoy it when you watch the film, which you own, as it’s not a song you feel a need to own – or even to hear – outside of the film?

    Speaking of The Graduate, Mike Nichols certainly knew a thing or two about incorporating music into his films… I’ve got “Mrs. Robinson” and “Let the River Run” battling it out in my head right now as the Simon song that should be mentioned, so I figured I’d mention them both 🙂

    Today’s song is effective, but I don’t remember the scene you’ve described. True, I’ve only seen the film once. Then again, I know I couldn’t shake “Stuck in the Middle with You” after having seen Reservoir Dogs only once, so I’m not sure you ought to be dismissing Tarantino’s genius when it comes to incorporating songs into his films!

  2. dana says:

    i too have only seen Rushmore once, and i suppose I should see it again. I don’t specifically remember this song or the scene that accompanied it.

    The Kinks is one of those bands that, nearly every time I hear them, I enjoy their music, yet I don’t own a single album. That should probably be rectified at some point I suppose. This song displays a more mellow side to the Kinks than I am generally used to hearing. I like it.

  3. Clay says:

    I’m not dismissing Tarantino… on the contrary, I think he’s one of the very best at using songs in films.

    I own the Rushmore soundtrack… it fits into yesterday’s theory because it’s more about the film than the songs (though I like the songs in their own right).

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