I Shoulda Been a Teenage Girl
Something happened to me around ten years ago and these songs that tend to be popular with teenage girls started to strike a chord with me. Songs of loving and longing and growing old together. Oh sure, an occasional song like that hit me in the right spot years ago. True Companion by Marc Cohn comes to mind — it came out before my wedding and if I could have done it, I would have sung it to my bride on that day.
But, for the most part, songs were just songs. I like certain sounds and styles, but I didn’t necessarily pay a lot of attention to lyrics. I remember in college Jackson Browne releasing a couple of albums filled with politically inspired lyrics — those really worked for me back then. But sad, sentimental love songs — eh, not so much.
And then something happened. A friend exposed me to Katie Melua and she has some great love songs. Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol. I actually have a playlist of these songs. And I started listening to Jackson Browne’s acoustic works and discovered that he wasn’t just a political protester, he had these songs that just spoke volumes to me — Sky Blue and Black and My Stunning Mystery Companion to name a couple.
But the song that has me convinced I shoulda been a teenage girl is this one. Ed Sheeran seems to be one of those singers the teenage girl set absolutely adores. I imagine his concerts being a non-stop screaming frenzy of girls singing along with them, tears streaming down their faces because they know, they absolutely know that Ed is singing these words to them.
I just love this song. And I want to go to one of his concerts in the midst of that screaming frenzy and sing along too.
So, what I need is this … I need a manly man to tell me he likes the song too. A man who still is in possession of his man card (because, for completely different reasons, my kids are convinced I may have never had one) who can attest to the idea that this song is okay for men to feel.