it took me until i was well into my twenties before i was able to appreciate just what a good song this is. i always enjoyed it when i would catch a bit of it on the radio (back when i still listened to the radio), but it was little more than a pop song to me. it wasn’t until i sat down and listened after not hearing it in years that it hit me in the gut. maybe i had to live a little more before i really “got” it.
i guess i’m always going to have an easier time with 1980s production touches than some people, because i grew up listening to that stuff. but i think this is one of those songs that transcends the time in which it was made. it’s also a great example of how effective simplicity and economy can be in songwriting. there are basically two chords to the entire song, and they never change. it never feels like they need to change.
there’s even something about the music video that i find strangely evocative. it’s one of those things where you can’t explain why something speaks to you. you only know it does.