Song of the Day #3,554: ’28’ – Lorene Scafaria

’29’ is one of my niftiest finds of the ’31 Numbered Songs’ series. This track, written and performed by multi-hyphenate Lorene Scafaria, played over the end credits of director Drew Barrymore’s 2009 film Whip It.

For the uninitiated, Whip It is a great film starring Ellen Page as a young woman who finds herself through roller derby. I’m guessing it’s the only great film about a young woman who finds herself through roller derby.

Scafaria’s song is lovely, but she is better known for her work behind the camera. She wrote the 2008 film Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist and wrote and directed 2012’s Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley. She also wrote and directed a 2015 film called The Meddler, starring Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne. I’d never heard of that one.

Throw in some acting credits, and that’s a hell of a resumé put together by a woman who is still short of 40.

Here it comes
Guess for years I have tried to calm
What’s inside me but something’s wrong
I don’t know what to say
To give me away

My dream’s the same
I’m alone on a moving train
Wake up here and I can’t complain
And there’s the first mistake
I tried not to make

Next time around that’s a habit to break
When I turn 28
Things are gonna be great
At 28

So don’t sit so close
Can’t you see that I’m already yours?
Everyday I’ve been living indoors
Tell them I was brave
Tell yourself the same

Tell everyone that I plan to go straight
When I turn 28
Things are gonna be great
At 28
At 28

They said that I will get used to the change
But I can’t keep my eyes on the page
Shouldn’t be writing these songs at my age

The candles lit
Waiting patient for me to sit
But none of last year’s clothes still fit
And I keep waiting for you to enter the room

I made my wish let me give it to you
When I turn 28
Things are gonna be great
At 28
At 28

Tell everyone that they’ll just have to wait
When I turn 29
Things are gonna be fine
At 29

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,554: ’28’ – Lorene Scafaria

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    She’s an interesting and talented filmmaker and artist.

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