Song of the Day #3,384: ‘Hannah Hunt (Master Softee Remix)’ – Vampire Weekend

Kicking off Week Five of the 30 Day Music Challenge, our task is to name ‘A Favorite Song With a Person’s Name in the Title.’

This challenge made me laugh, because it reminded me of my wife’s irrational aversion to songs written about (and titled after) specific women. Hall & Oates’ ‘Sara Smile,’ for example, which also makes her shit list for the opening line “baby hair, with a woman’s eyes.” What the hell does baby hair look like on a grown woman?

My wife’s position on such songs is that they are written for somebody else, so why should she bother listening? Like I said, irrational.

As for me, I considered two Elvis Costello tunes — ‘Alison,’ which I’ve featured before, and ‘Veronica,’ which I haven’t — before settling on my favorite song of 2013 and probably my favorite Vampire Weekend song, period: ‘Hannah Hunt.’

[Verse 1]
A gardener told me some plants move
But I could not believe it
Till me and Hannah Hunt
Saw crawling vines and weeping willows
As we made our way from Providence to Phoenix

[Verse 2]
A man of faith said hidden eyes
Could see what I was thinking
I just smiled and told him
That was only true of Hannah
And we glided on through Waverley and Lincoln

[Chorus]
Our days were long, our nights no longer
Count the seconds, watching hours
Though we live on the US dollar
You and me, we got our own sense of time

[Verse 3]
In Santa Barbara, Hannah cried
Amidst those freezing beaches
And I walked into town
To buy some kindling for the fire
Hannah tore the New York Times up into pieces

[Chorus]
If I can’t trust you then damn it, Hannah
There’s no future, there’s no answer
Though we live on the US dollar
You and me, we got our own sense of time

[Instrumental Break]

[Chorus]
If I can’t trust you then damn it, Hannah
There’s no future, there’s no answer
Though we live on the US dollar
You and me, we got our own sense of time

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4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,384: ‘Hannah Hunt (Master Softee Remix)’ – Vampire Weekend

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    “Alison” came to mind for me as well. However, I’m going to go with an Elton John classic I loved years before we named our son after my father, which gave the name, and to a lesser extent the song, a much deeper emotional connection.

  2. Peg says:

    I like Bette Davis Eyes

  3. Amy says:

    So many great songs feature names, including one that features mine! 🙂 Still, I’m going to feature an early favorite – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB-tkHD4uXU
    This may have been my first conscious appreciation of a narrative form of song writing. I remember thinking about this couple and how much he wants to be the man she sees in him. “Rosalinda’s Eyes” is my pick.

  4. Maddie says:

    Lots of great songs for this, but it’s time to bring Arctic Monkeys to the table with one of my favorite songs of theirs:

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