Song of the Day #3,094: ‘Who I Thought You Were’ – Santigold

edge_of_seventeenThe movies I’ve featured this week make up slots two through six on my top ten list, following Moana in the top spot. Rounding out the top ten are Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some!!, the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar! then maybe The Nice Guys and Finding Dory.

Of course I haven’t seen Moonlight yet, nor Arrival, Jackie or a handful of others with a good shot at my list. All in good time. For now, though, I’m pretty happy with my top ten in what’s turned out to be a very solid year at the movies.

My final featured film of the week is Edge of Seventeen, written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig. This portrait of American adolescence stars the exceptional Hailee Steinfeld in a Juno-esque role, though her Nadine feels a lot more real than Ellen Page’s character.

The movie painfully, hilariously captures the awkwardness of teenage life as well as any film since the golden years of John Hughes. It benefits from a cast of nuanced characters and a melancholy sweetness that serves as a chaser to the bitter laughs. Steinfeld is superb in her first major role since her Oscar-nominated turn in True Grit. If I had my way, she’d earn her second nod.

[Verse 1]
Hey now take a look at you
Hosed down in a million dollar suit
But I knew you when that wasn’t you
I knew you when you had a clue
Big man, driving a big car
Funny how you can spin so fast so far
I knew you when you was a star
I knew when no one thought you were

[Chorus]
You cannot be who I thought you were
Who I thought you were
No, you can’t be who I thought you were
Who I thought you were
I like you more when you’re poorer
Your new ID is a borer
Come back here, you actin’ like we owe ya
Are you ever gonna be who I thought you were?

[Verse 2]
Last time I tried to call you up
I couldn’t reach you cause you were stuck so far up
I knew you when you were just rude
I knew I loved your attitude
Five minutes, all that you got left
Long way down, boy, I wouldn’t hold your breath
I knew you when you knew the time
I knew you for your bottom line

[Chorus]
You cannot be who I thought you were
Who I thought you were
No, you can’t be who I thought you were
Who I thought you were
I like you more when you’re poorer
Your new ID is a borer
Come back here, you actin’ like we owe ya
Are you ever gonna be who I thought you were?

[Bridge]
Now you got a lot of gall
Tell you frankly I’m appalled
I know you know better
Where you going on that ladder?
Got all the girls runnin’, they with you
All of your lackeys they’re thirsty and you are too
Your enemies they tell you it’s all fine
I tell you better watch it walkin’ a thin line
Ask if I used to know you I don’t know
Cause these days it’s like
It’s just like I never seen your face before

[Chorus]
You cannot be who I thought you were
Who I thought you were
No, you can’t be who I thought you were
Who I thought you were
I like you more when you’re poorer
Your new ID is a borer
Come back here, you actin’ like we owe ya
Are you ever gonna be who I thought you were?

[Outro]
Who I thought you were
Who I thought you were
Who I thought you were
Who I thought you were

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3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,094: ‘Who I Thought You Were’ – Santigold

  1. Dana says:

    I really liked this film as well and agree that Hailee was superb. Though I don’t know if Arrival will penetrate your top 10, Ben though I is quite good, I suspect Moonlight may.

  2. Peg says:

    Didn’t know this movie was out; I remember seeing the trailer and it looked pretty good. Need to check it out.

  3. Amy says:

    Loved this film, and you didn’t even mention Woody Harrelson’s delightful and sardonic turn as her teacher. Or Hayden Szeto as Erwin, unexpected in so many ways. This film got lost in the shuffle, I fear, as it warranted more attention (and box office dollars) than it received.

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