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Has it ever occurred to anyone that Westerberg was talking about his abilities to pick up chicks in “If Only You Were Lonely”? After all, he ALWAYS writes about video games, and he ALWAYS writes about masturbating (God knows), and he ALWAYS refers to his guitar playing in songs, so I realize its a tough call. Especially because he NEVER talks about CHICKS in songs.


  • Wolfdog says:

    I have to admit (gulp) I completely agree with Mule.

    I have always thought that line referred to his ‘one line’ that he uses to pick up chicks. I guess I had the idea that he practices it in front of a mirror at home. Kind of like Eric Roberts in Star 80.

    “Hi, I’m Paul”

  • Jodi says:

    Chicks Schmicks. Everyone knows the line is about a little self love, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

  • Placemat says:

    Practice makes perfect, eh.

  • carla says:

    ok, ok. I admit it. I am the one lingering “video games” voter. I guess I’m just dense – or innocent. One of the two.

  • Jodi says:

    Carla, I don’t think it makes you dense (possibly innocent), it’s just that the line is open for all kinds of interpretation.

    Of course the right one, is masturbation (I would insert the sarcasm icon here if there was one).

  • mmr421 says:

    hey somebody should throw down the lyrics to the entire song.

  • Jodi says:

    If Only You Were Lonely (lyrics ganked from one of them lyrics web site, so if they are wrong it’s totally not my fault):
    Well, I walked out of work
    And I was tired as hell
    Another day’s come and gone and oh well
    Somewhere there’s a drink with my name on it

    Well, I ordered a Scotch as I bust through them doors
    Spilled half on my jeans
    The other half on the floor
    When I saw you standing by that video game

    Well, I ain’t very good
    But I get practice by myself
    Forgot my one line
    So I just said what I felt

    If only you were lonely,
    If only you was lonely too,
    If only you was lonely
    I’d go home with you

    Twenty push-ups this morning, that was half my goal
    Tonight I’ll be doin’ pull-ups
    On the toliet bowl
    And somewhere somebody’s throwin up

    Well, I broke the seal on my door
    And I poured myself to bed
    The whirlpool spinning around in my head
    Around in my head
    There was liquor on my breath
    And you were on my mind

    And I’ll be dreamin of that smile
    Without a care in the world
    If only you were lonely,
    If only you was lonely too,
    If only you was lonely

    I walked out of the kitchen
    I was tired as hell
    Another day’s here and oh well
    Somewhere there’s a smile with my name on it.

  • mmr421 says:

    thanks so much Jodi. i agree with Elegantmule now.

  • Ginny says:

    Great discussion! It never occurred to me that that line could be about video games (I’m more inclined to believe he was talking about masturbation). I can see why people might think video games, but video games don’t seem to be the point of the song… just loneliness. And with loneliness comes… yeah. Oh, I guess lonely people play video games too. Still.