Oh, Third Eye Blind. How I love thee. I was only 11 when the 90s ended, but you, Alanis, and the Goo Goo Dolls worked your way into the heart of my later high school years and have stuck around ever since.
For those of you who only know one Third Eye Blind song, please be aware that I am not referencing the one that goes “Doo doo doo! Doo da-doo doo!”
Don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about.
The song I’m going to rave about today is a less-well-known TEB song, found on the Japanese-exclusive version of 1997’s Third Eye Blind album as well as their greatest hits CD, and #4 on my iTunes 25 most played list, which is a good enough list to go platinum, but alas… still waiting.
Anyway, I’m talking about the song Tattoo of the Sun and all it’s subtly compelling glory. It’s a nostalgic song (my favorite type!) about realizing that you and your favorite person in the world have gotten away from where you once were, and about realizing that just because the other person is wrong, it doesn’t mean you’re right. I actually used these lyrics once in an apology email to my then-boyfriend. He was touched and impressed and asked if I had written it.
Totally should have said yes.
So I went and trashed myself at the bar
Confused for nothing, thinking you’d be there
I’m so embarrassed ’cause it’s you
Who comes to take care of me
Shambling home again with you to lead
But it’s not the way I wanna go
I’m mad at you, and I’m mad at me
Talking endlessly, not a kind word to say
‘Til your amber beads of wisdom come
And I want to write them down
Just the way you said it
So I could keep it always
-Tattoo of the Sun
Third Eye Blind