5: "Goodbye Norma Jean from the young man in the twenty-second row who sees you as something more than sexual, more than just our Marilyn Monroe." After Princess Di died, this song was rewritten to commemorate her, which let me rediscover the original. This line--invoking the idea of fans really connecting with music, even though they remain nameless to the artist--hit me at a time when I was discovering and rediscovering music in various forms and styles, much of which shaped the person I was to become.
4: "When I come home late at night, and you're in bed asleep, I wrap my arms around you so I can feel you breath." Makes me think of high school generally. Specifically, it makes me think of my wife, but a few years before we had kids, when it was just us--I'd often work late and come home miserable. Simply crawling into bed and being close to her made me feel better.
3: "When I see you smile, I see a ray of light; I see you shining right through the rain." When I was in 8th Grade, there was a girl in Seventh Grade whose smile could light up a room. This song came out at the same time. I was crushing pretty hard. I learned that whatever else she brought to the table, any girl I would eventually marry would have to have that kind of smile.
2: "Never seen so many people want to be there by your side, and when you turned to me and smiled, it took my breath away." This prom classic makes my number two simply because it makes me think of all the moments where I've been nervous and someone else has given me strength just by their presence.
1: "And all at once you look across a crowded room to see the way that light attaches to a girl." This song makes me think of a girl I met a long time ago in a crowded bar. I married this girl.
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