Song of the Day #3,555: ’29’ – Gin Blossoms

Most of the tracks in this ’31 Numbered Songs’ series fall into one of two categories: songs I’d never heard of or songs I already knew very well.

Today’s SOTD is the lone representative of a third group: songs I knew very well once upon a time but had forgotten about entirely.

Gin Blossoms’ New Miserable Experience is a touchstone of one of my most formative years, 1992. That’s the year I met my wife, and a half dozen or so alternative rock albums soundtrack that era for me to this day.

Twenty-six years on, I remember New Miserable Experience mostly for the hits ‘Hey Jealousy’ and ‘Found Out About You,’ but its deeper cuts are just as evocative of that time.

Funny that when I first heard this song, I had just turned 20, and 29 seemed a long way off. Today I listen to it as a 45-year-old, and 29 seems a long way off in the other direction.

Time won’t stand by forever
If I know it’s true
And I’ve learned not to say never
Else I’ll seem the fool

29, you’d think I’d know better
Living like a kid
Cause when my lies may seem less than clever
It’s when I fall for it

Only time will tell
If wishing wells
Can bring us anything
Fade like scenes
From childhood dreams
Forgotten memories

Some rides don’t have much of a finish
That’s the ride I took
Through good and bad and straight through indifferent
Without a second look

There’s no intentions worthy of mention
If we never try
So hang your hopes on rusted out hinges
Take ’em for a ride

Only time will tell
If wishing wells
Will bring us anything
Fade like scenes
From childhood dreams
Forgotten memories

Some rides don’t have much of a finish
That’s the ride I took
Through good and bad and straight through indifferent
Without a second look

Only time will tell
If wishing wells
Will bring us anything
Fade like scenes
From childhood dreams
Forgotten memories

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,555: ’29’ – Gin Blossoms

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    This song lulled me into a gentle sleep. Must be my age!

  2. Peg says:

    😊 I like their sound

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