Some Songs Just Don't Work
"You Dropped a Bomb on Me," the Gap Band (1982)
Oh I loved that girl so bad, so much, so unrelentingly
that eventually she had to dump me or be swallowed up;
actually it's more pathetic than that.
She was horny but I didn't know it, I thought she wanted to slow things down,
I suggested we cool the whole handjob thing,
she was about to graduate from high school,
she just wanted y'know something
and didn't want to defile poor little squeamish me, which I wasn't,
it was all very ironic.
And it tore out my heart, I was very public about my heartbreak,
walking for days in a muddle;
when me and Jello saw her making out with Rich he tried to shield my eyes
but I knew what was going on, knew it was too late.
But still I wanted to get back together or punish her or something,
I reminded her that we'd agreed to go to the May Day Dance,
it wasn't my finest hour. She said she'd meet me there,
I said sure fine no pressure it's cool.
God damn I was passive aggressive.
So we meet there but she's all over Rich,
everybody knew it but me and I knew it anyway but didn't want to know it
but like those truths it was self-evident now.
I didn't even care about being embarrassed,
I just missed her, missed her smile, missed her flirtiness
and her intelligence and her air-headedness and the burdens she carried
and the way she and my mom liked each other.
And I knew she had broken up with me for the wrong reason,
she should have just been honest and said she wanted to get laid,
but maybe she thought then I'd want to, cause I did.
So then I heard the beat of this song and I walked across the gym floor
and I pointed at her and smiled "nicely" so she knew she'd have to dance with me,
it was "You Dropped a Bomb on Me" which was one of our songs
(along with "Little Red Corvette" and "Eres Tu" and 50 more)
but this time I tried to fix her with THE EYE
so she'd know that she had actually dropped a bomb on me
that I was mad at her, that she'd hurt me, that the hurt wasn't going away.
She used to pick up all my looks but this one just bounced off,
she knew she'd hurt me but she had already rationalized it away,
it was gone, I was over.
So I stopped giving her the eye and just danced.
I kind of closed my second eyelid, I could still see her
but I wasn't seeing her, I was just dancing.
I got so far down inside the groove that it was my spine.
I danced and I danced and eventually I disappeared.