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I Remember You (Insert Sob Here)

Here is a great confession for you: every time I hear Skid Row's "I Remember You" I want to bawl.

Like a baby.

From the guitar solo beginning, to Sebastian Bach's high notes... the song makes me an emotional disaster.

I was feeling particularly sad and lonely last night - so what do I do? I put on "I Remember You" and torture myself.

"Remember yesterday/walking hand in hand/love letters in the sand/I remember you."

These lyrics, people, are the stuff of real Glam.

It's also apparently the stuff that makes the Glam mistress sappy.

You must understand I'm a hardened bad ass. Nothing phases me. I don't cry at movies. Or weddings. Or funerals. Heather moved halfway across the country last week. I didn't cry then either. Well, neither did she. At least she didn't around me. That's not how I roll.

Again, I'm a hardened bad ass.

Still, give me Sebastian Bach and a guitar solo I've heard more times than my own name and I'm reduced to blubber.

Maybe I'm emotionally unstable.

Ok, so I'm emotionally unstable.

"You're my darling/I love you."


You see, I think my emotional attachment to this song has something to do with my past. I'm not exactly sure what happened in my past - but something has always triggered a "sadness switch" in my brain whenever I hear this song. Yes, it happens when I hear the song live, too.

The video for "I Remember You" isn't that spectacular from a concept point of view. Still, it gets the idea across - and, apparently - I got the idea big time when I was a kid. There are a few songs that trigger the "sadness switch" but none are quite as powerful as "I Remember You."

I think on some level, songs like "I Remember You" are what put the initial spark in my brain to write. Now, I've accomplished sad little as a writer, but I keep plugging along. I guess I feel like someday I might be able to move people with words on a page like Skid Row were able to move me - through music - so long ago.

It isn't very often that music and lyrics come together to create a perfect emotional storm. Sure, there are songs that make us happy. There are songs that make us violent. Then there are songs that make us feel.

Reader Comments (10)

Don't close your eyes gets me like that. I think 'I remember you' is a weak track, 18 and life is far better, as is Quicksand Jesus of the next album.
October 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
million miles away by Hanoi rocks gets me - especially the version sang just after Razzle passed.

heres the link -
October 28, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterred6ixx
I'd say "Don't close your eyes" and "Home sweet home" get me eyes burnin every once in a while.
October 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDamnp78
I dont know a song that makes me cry but listening to and ozzy ballad with randy makes me feel something.
October 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMotleyCrue666
Well like I wrote in a past blog on my page , "Don't Close Your Eyes" gets me everytime. BUT I did get to see Baz get teary eyed singing "Remember" Skid Row opened for Aerosmith that night and Baz was prepping his court hearing for the "bottle" incident. He went in to a stage rap about being scared etc. Then he said "listen man, I don't want you to forget me cuz I'll REMEMBER YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOU!" and the band played the song semi acoustically at the begining then jammed the hell out of it.Great spin on a stupid incident that he put himself into. Ahhhh but we were all young and dumb in our lives...of course I never fired a Jack Daniels bottle off a stage at someone then jumped in to beat their ass either. LMMFAO!
October 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSweet Lou
this is the greatest ballad of all is timeless
October 28, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbrandon
just wondering if you have the same reaction to baz's new country single Just watched the vid YIKES!!!
October 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn
Johny Solinger ruined this song!

October 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRobby Permata
Skid Row will be the bets for me for the rest of my life!

The first LP I owned...back in 1989....
And yes....whe he sang that song live in 2005 in Brazil...I cryed a lot....Wasted Time makes me feel this way too
October 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLucas
heaven by warrant makes me fucking break down.
this one isnt glam but and when i die by blood sweat and tears, its not emotional but it was my grandpas favorite song so yeah. i dont know why heaven makes me cry though.
April 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdevin

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