Songs That Stab Me in the Heart: “Like a Friend” by Pulp
I have – or now I should say had, because I digitized and am selling them all – a shit ton of movie soundtracks on CD. At first I would simply buy them after I saw a movie whose music moved me, and then when I started working in Hollywood I just seemed to acquire them from press mailings. I listened to any and all compilations and movie soundtracks because for me it was a great way to discover new-to-me artists and songs by artists I already knew that otherwise would not have come across my ears.
I don’t know why, but I had the soundtrack for the 1998 film version of “Great Expectations” starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Ethan Hawke, and Robert DeNiro on tape. Once I lost all means of playing tapes, I didn’t hear this soundtrack again for a long time. But this song, this one stuck with me.
You are the last drink I never should have drunk
You are the body hidden in the trunk
You are the habit I can’t seem to kick
You are my secrets on the front page every week
You are the car I never should have bought
You are the train I never should have caught
You are the cut that makes me hide my face
You are the party that makes me feel my age
Like a car crash I can see but I just can’t avoid
Like a plane I’ve been told I never should board
Like a film that’s so bad, but I’ve got to stay ’til the end
Let me tell you that it’s lucky for you that we’re friends
Everyone has that person. Who is yours?