Song of the Day #3,902: ‘When You’re Not Around’ – Joe Jackson

Well, this is a bit awkward. When checking to see which songs I’ve posted from Joe Jackson’s Laughter & Lust, my #5 album of 1991, I realized that in a previous Decades post I named this my #4 album of 1990.

I double-checked, and the album was indeed released in 1991 (April, to be exact) so I’m not sure how I mistakenly shifted it a year early back then. At least I’m consistent with the placement.

This brainy pop album is one of my favorite Jackson releases. It has attitude and ingenuity to spare, whatever year it actually came out.

You come into my life
And then you go away
You make me feel like a fool
For wanting you to stay
But I’m a busy guy
A lot of things to do
But there’s a reason why
Some of them just seem to lose their flavor

I feel like death warmed up
I can’t taste the coffee in my cup
I feel so low I’m underground
Every time you’re not around

And if I didn’t feel so high
And if I didn’t feel so proud
Then I wouldn’t cry
I wouldn’t feel so down
When you’re not around

You come and fill me up
With ecstasy and pain
And then I run on empty
‘Til I see you again
But I’ve got things to do
And places I can go
I guess I can’t blame you
If some of them just seem to feel like nowhere

No, I don’t feel so great
I can’t taste the sandwich on my plate
I try to sing but there’s no sound
Every time you’re not around

And if I didn’t feel so high
And if I didn’t feel so proud
Then I wouldn’t cry
I wouldn’t feel so down
When you’re not around

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,902: ‘When You’re Not Around’ – Joe Jackson

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Looking forward to this being your 3rd favorite album of 1992.😊

  2. Amy says:

    This is one of my favorite Jackson albums. Meanwhile, wondering what album now gets a spot in 1990. 😉

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