“Jesus, Etc…” by Wilco. Divine song. It came out in 2002 and everybody thought the song was about the 9/11 attacks. Truth told, it was written and recorded before 9/11. In fact, in my opinion, the grief becomes misplaced in the song if you think it’s about 9/11.

But it’s how things stick with you.

Props to Lindsay Manfredi for posting it on Facebook last night.

I picked up the album Hotel Yankee Foxtrot along with a few other albums in the Spring of 2002 after spending the weekend in the city with a once-old friend. The albums, particularly HYF and this song, reinvigorated my hope as this was the summer I started back to school. It reminded me why I wanted to go back to school in the first place: because anything is possible.

The funny part is that the line that always gets stuck in my head, I don’t get the lyrics right. It isn’t, “Two, two chords…” but “Tuned to chords…” In fact, when Lindsay posted it last night, I wrote the wrong lyrics.

It’s funny how things stick with you.

The song also reminds me of moving my fellow pirate back home from the Hell some call Ohio. That ride was too long, but that song might have saved me.

It also reminds me of a weekend in Chicago last summer with a new old friend. We started singing it on the train as the skyscrapers came into view.

It’s amazing how things stick with you.

The song’s gonna be in my head for a few days. It’s going to make me want to relearn it on guitar. I already find myself air-guitaring the chords and fingerpicking.

First things first: have to finish Panda-proofing the project. Grrr. So long as the song stays in my head, I’ll be alright.

It’s almost silly how we hope things stick with us.

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