“a song about a horse or something. from the album The Chocolate Bears are Everywhere, and They’re Desperate. I Hope You Won’t Let Me Down.”
I actually wrote this song about my childhood friend, Jon. He was my platonic soulmate, if that makes any sense.
One of the many things we had in common were that we are just godawful at romance/dating/understanding how all that works.
We’ll leave my romantic flaws for another day. Here’s a bit about Jon…
You were Jon’s type if you were:
1. a girl.
2. would hang out with him.
3. weren’t as in to him as he was in to you.
4. spend enough time with him so that you were almost dating, but not quite dating.
5. would make sure that he never quite knew where you stood as a couple.
6. were dealing with an as yet undiagnosed mental illness.
I’m sure we’ve all been in this kind of situation once or twice, but this is every romantic situation for Jon. As far as I know, it still is.
Anyway, this particular girl was going out with another guy (Dave) for most of the time she and Jon were “dating.” Jon didn’t realize this until Dave, whom he thought she was just friends with—this guy, Dave, bought Jon’s “lady friend” a horse. At this point, Jon thought something was up (as in, “Man, isn’t it weird he got her a horse? Do you think he ‘likes’ her? No way. No. No way they’re going out. She said they’re just friends. What? You really think so?”)…but he didn’t really get it until this girl and the horse guy were engaged. Days later.
Then, he kind of got it. Seriously, only kind of. He kept calling her and hanging out with her…etc. …emotional trainwreck…etc. …crying phone calls… etc.
So, as any good musician would, Jon was trying to write a guitar part for a song about his experience, and I offered to help him. Then, I outright took over. He was cool with it—don’t worry.
His guitar part became the melody I play in the verse. I adapted the guitar line he came up with for the chorus, and then I made up lyrics that “captured the essence” of what he was going through in the aftermath of the breakup. I guess I also made up the vocal melody.
The background for the lyrical construct I came up with to capture said essence of his experience was:
“I’m going to start acting like a horse because of the trauma of my girlfriend leaving me for a horse,” which almost kind of matches up with: ”I was sort of dating a girl, but I was really just friends. However I didn’t realize it until her future fiancee bought her a horse. And I really didn’t even get it then.”
Jon wasn’t too upset with the song when I showed it to him.