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Get Out of My Head, 13-Year-Old Song Lyrics!

Last Wednesday — the final morning I spent with my friends in Vegas before flying home — we went to an IHOP restaurant for breakfast. There were four of us: me, Lyndsey-from-Texas, Chantal-from-Holland, and Chantal’s boyfriend Pim.

As we looked at the menu, the music in the main dining area switched to a song that all three females in the group recognized immediately.

Chantal: “I used to listen to this song when I was a teenager. I put it on a mix cassette once. It’s by ‘Tony’ somebody…”

“The Tony Rich Project,” I said. “The song is Nobody Knows.”

Lyndsey: “Yep, that’s it.”

Pim looked confused. He’s in his mid-30s, about six years older than Chantal. And also…he’s a man. This song is sappy and kind of depressing, and it’s probably not something he would have sought out — even back in the mid-1990s when it was popular.

Without planning it, Chantal, Lyndsey, and I took turns breaking out into various lines of the song as it played over the next few minutes. For instance, after we’d returned to studying our menus, the song reached a certain point and I broke out with:

I lie awake, it’s a quarter past three
I’m screaming at night as if
I thought you’d hear me…

(I didn’t sing too loud. I’m pretty sure the people at the neighboring tables couldn’t hear me. But if they did…so what?)

I admit it — even after 13 years (the song came out in 1995), I can probably sing at least 98% of that song without getting any of the words wrong. And the weird part is, I usually don’t go around memorizing song lyrics. I’ve only heard it a smattering of times over the past few years, so I guess I must have listened to it a lot back in the day. (Ah, the joy of teenage angst.)

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