Nothing I Love More Than a Vague, Multipurpose Line.

In the middle of the workday Friday, I tuned into my local indie radio station and heard an unfamiliar song by a band I’ve known for ages.

Something about the sound grabbed me – probably the bluesy lilt and the attention-demanding smacks to the guitar in the intro – but what really sealed the deal was when I looked up the lyrics and they made my eyes sting.

What I love about the song text is that it leaves a lot of leeway for folks to direct it at anything the least bit predatory or against their own interests, and it is delivered at a remove: the speaker has clearly extricated themself from whatever the undesirable situation was and can speak of it with wisdom and objectivity. There is a hint that the figure at whom the lyrics are directed is someone the speaker once blew out of all proportion, and now they can see the person as they really are. At the same time, a poignant backstory is implied. For this reason it seemed to fit well with my body of work.

Also, for someone who stubbornly strains to remain diplomatic and cordial at all times, there is something deeply, rebelliously satisfying about repeating the phrase “Think you might be wrong” over and over.

Think That You Might Be Wrong
(Great Lake Swimmers cover)

What time is it? Would you tell me, wolf?
Are you coming around here?
With your teeth so sharp
I never gave you the best part of me
I just left you in charge for a little while

Must've been some
Must've been some great fury
That took you so far
Took you so far away

Think that you might be wrong
Think that you might
Think that you might be wrong

Think that you might be wrong
Think that you might
Think that you might be wrong

And look at you now, with your confidence
Riding around on a lion's back
Mistaking shadow for a stranger's love
Well, you're larger than life
When the lighting is right

Must've been some
Must've been some great fury
That took you so far
Took you so far away

Think that you might be wrong
Think that you might
Think that you might be wrong

Think that you might be wrong
Think that you might
Think that you might be wrong

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