Song of the Day #3,905: ‘Something to Say’ – Toad the Wet Sprocket

1991 was the year before I met my future wife, but my #2 album of that year earned its spot on this list mostly because of her.

Both Alexandra and I were fans of Toad the Wet Sprocket’s album Fear when we met, and it became a bonding element for us. It’s funny that she and I have very little musical overlap in general but managed to find a few artists who meant a whole lot to both of us. Although I probably would have faked liking these guys if it meant spending more time with her.

No need to fake it, though. Toad the Wet Sprocket were one of the great 90s alternative bands and this is one of their best albums. Full of acoustic gems and rocking ear candy, featuring Glen Phillips’ perfect pop vocals, Fear is an underrated highlight of the era.

He’s got a thing about losing control
Carries it a mile just to see how far he’ll go
And he brushes up his chops as he tries to fake a smile
A friend indeed but what I need’s someone who’ll stay a while
Someone to stay a while
You can bend my ear
We can talk all day
Just make sure I’m around
When you’ve finally got something to say

He drops hints but he won’t tell you what’s really on his mind
But I know if I look that it’s easy to find
And he’s got a way with his anger and the way he lets it show
Like the smoldering smoke when the fire’s left the coals
When the fire has left the coals
You can take me down
To show me your home
Not the place where you live
But the place where you belong
You can bend my ear
We can talk all day
Just make sure I’m around
When you’ve finally got something to say

And what are you meaning by
“I don’t deserve this life?”

Well, his door is always open and he’s always got the time
To give a little something even though he gets behind
And your trips become his and your lives are intertwined
But like the horse with the junkie it’s all in your mind
It’s all in your mind
You can take me down
To show me your home
Not the place where you live
But the place where you belong
You can bend my ear
We will talk all day
Just make sure I’m around
When you’ve finally got something to say

And what are you meaning by
“I don’t deserve this life?”

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,905: ‘Something to Say’ – Toad the Wet Sprocket

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Glad you bonded over this album and didn’t have to fake it.

    Of course, Alex has since revealed how much she was faking it….when it came to tolerating other music and movies to which you subjected her in those early years.😊

  2. Peg says:

    Very sweet. Certainly glad you got together 😊

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