Song of the Day #2,934: ‘If I Lost You’ – Garbage

garbage_strange_little_birdsAlt-rock band Garbage was one of my favorite acts of the 90s, releasing three excellent albums between 1995 and 2001. Their blend of grunge and techno felt entirely new during the dawning of the new millennium.

The band waited four years to release their next album, 2005’s Bleed Like Me, and it felt like a step backward. The band must have sensed that, too, because they went on an indefinite hiatus that seemed a lot like a break-up.

But seven years later they reunited to record Not Your Kind of People, a passable effort that didn’t live up to the quality of their first few albums but was at least in the same ballpark.

Now, four years after that, Garbage returns with their sixth album, Strange Little Birds, and it feels like another step closer to their brilliant beginning. Maybe when Shirley Manson, Butch Vig and company are in their 80s they’ll finally release an album as good as their debut.

To be fair, I’ve listened to this album all the way through only once, and halfway through my second listen it has already grown on me a lot. Manson, still a stone-cold Scottish fox at 49, is in fine voice moaning sad-sack lyrics over thick guitars. Just like in the 90s!

[Verse 1]
There are times when I see you talking to other girls
I feel insecure
And every time I see you walking out
I wonder if you’re coming back to me

You tell me I’ve got nothing to worry about
They’ve got nothing on me
You tell me I’m a good girl and you know it
Are you so strong, or is the weakness in me?

[Chorus]
I’ve never had someone like you
Who makes me feel the way you do
Sometimes I believe that I might die
If I lost you
If I lost you
If I lost you

[Verse 2]
Fears formed so long ago
So stupid to hold on to them all
Not every man is made the same
So unevolved to think that way

[Chorus]
But I’ve never had someone like you
Who makes me feel the way you do
Sometimes I believe that I might die
If I lost you
If I lost you
If I lost you

[Bridge]

[Chorus]
I’ve never had someone like you
Who makes me feel the way you do
Sometimes I believe that I might die
If I lost you
If I lost you
If I lost you
If I lost you

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,934: ‘If I Lost You’ – Garbage

  1. Dana says:

    I never connected with Garbage or this type of techno grunge sound, but I’m glad you can enjoy new music from one of your favorite bands.

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