Song of the Day #4,439: ‘That Teenage Feeling’ – Neko Case

I was surprised to see that I hadn’t featured this song on the blog already. It’s one of my favorite tracks on one of my favorite albums, Neko Case’s 2006 Fox Confessor Brings the Flood.

It turns out I’ve blogged about a third of the album’s 12 tracks, but never this one.

‘That Teenage Feeling’ is short and sweet, and it captures the yearning spirit of this album better than almost any song on it.

Case sings about the jadedness that comes with looking for love over many years. She can mostly shake off her many disappointments, but worries that those lingering scars will keep her from ever finding true love.

But like the “brave friend” she quotes in the song’s middle verse, she hopes for the romantic optimism of teenage love, and doesn’t give up on the possibility of finding it again.

Now that we’ve met
We can only laugh at these regrets
Common as a winter cold
They’re telephone poles
They follow each other
One, after another, after another
But now my heart is green as weeds
Grown to outlive their season

And nothing comforts me the same
As my brave friend who says
“I don’t care if forever never comes
Cause I’m holding out for that teenage feeling
I’m holding out for that teenage feeling”

All the loves we had, all we ever knew
Did they fill me with so many secrets that keep me from loving you?
Cause it’s hard, hard, hard

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,439: ‘That Teenage Feeling’ – Neko Case

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Very lovely song. Glad the Random iTunes Fairy finally selected it after 12 years.

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