Song of the Day #3,001: ‘American Girl (Live)’ – Tom Petty

pettyYesterday I posted my 3,000th Song of the Day. At least I think I did.

Awhile ago I was browsing earlier posts on the blog and I happened upon a series of entries in the early 2,000’s that overlapped. Specifically, ten numbers — 2,117 through 2,126 — were used back to back. I have two 2,117s, two 2,118s and so on.

That means my 3,000th blog post was really my 3,011th. At least that’s what it means if I found the only such mistake in my 8 years of blogging.

To get a definitive answer, I found a site that counts the number of days between two dates and plugged in the start date of my blog and today’s date. The shocking result: 2,980 days. That means that I’ve somehow miscounted 30 SOTD posts along the way (the 20 missing ones plus the ten overlapping songs I just discovered). How the hell did I manage that??

I’m not sure exactly how to proceed. Should I back up to #2,981 starting tomorrow to true up the total number, even though I’ll be creating more duplicates at the same time?

For now, I’m just going to accept the mistakes that have happened over eight years and stick with the numbers I have, making today SOTD #3,001 even if it’s really my 2,981st song. Maybe someday I’ll go back and find the other errors. Probably not.

In the meantime, here’s Tom Petty singing the classic ‘American Girl.’

[Verse 1]
Well she was an American girl
Raised on promises
She couldn’t help thinkin’
That there was a little more to life somewhere else
After all it was a great big world
With lots of places to run to
And if she had to die tryin’
She had one little promise she was gonna keep

Oh yeah, all right
Take it easy, baby
Make it last all night
She was an American girl

[Verse 2]
Well it was kinda cold that night
She stood alone on her balcony
Yeah, she could hear the cars roll by
Out on 441 like waves crashin’ on the beach
And for one desperate moment
There he crept back in her memory
God it’s so painful when something that’s so close
Is still so far out of reach


4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,001: ‘American Girl (Live)’ – Tom Petty

  1. Dana says:

    Well I suppose on some long boring weekend, you could actually click through all 3000ish posts.if you spent 3 seconds on each post, you could get it done in 2.5 hours, about the length of a Dolphins football game. Maybe counting during the game will distract and numb from the inevitable heartbreaking loss.

  2. Clay says:

    I just found ten of the missing songs a minute ago… it happened in the middle of my recent Eagles theme week. I must have been distracted by the Don Henley/Glenn Frey debate.

  3. Clay says:

    Yep, that leaves 20 more songs than days. I don’t know if the rest will be as easy to find.

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