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Mitski - Strawberry Blond

[Verse 1]
I love everybody because I love you
When you stood up, walked away barefoot
And the grass where you lay left a bed in your shape
I looked over it and I ached

[Verse 2]
I love everybody because I love you
I don't need the city, and I don't need proof
All I need, darling is a life in your shape
I picture it, soft, and I ache

Look at you, strawberry blond

[Verse 3]
Reach out the car window trying to hold the wind
You tell me you love her, I give you a grin
Oh, all I ever wanted was a life in your shape
So I follow the white lines, follow the white lines
Keep my eyes on the road as I ache

Look at you, strawberry blond
Fields rolling on
I love it when you call my name
Can you hear the bumblebees swarm?
Watching your arm
I love it when you look my way

Memories as shapes (of a body, of a trip with a romantic interest, of a potential relationship voided and thwarted by its unrequitedness) and as a hair colour are all Mitski can hold onto in “Strawberry Blond”, a fast, soaring indie/orchestral folk track from her second album "Retired from Sad, New Career in Business". Well, that’s not really all she’s left hanging to, though: the jumpy pluckiness of the clapping percussion, the acoustic guitar and the flutes make this an upbeat anthem of devotion to a loved one – Mitski may be aching because of it, but that’s only due to the sheer strength of her feelings; her disappointment is biting, but only because she’s painted her love in bright, garish colours.

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