Three Strange Days // School of Fish

For three strange days
I had no obligations
My mind was a blur
I did not know what to do
I think I lost myself
When I lost my motivation
Now I'm walking 'round the city
Just waiting to come to...

I stumbled into this older song a few days ago. I liked it the first time I heard it. I still like it. I never checked out anything else by School of Fish and probably never will — I’m content with being content with Three Strange Days. It’s a song that resonates with me, which doesn’t make it good, but it feels familiar. I’d forgotten all about it until I stumbled over it in my search for some REM song I wanted to hear, and it brought me ’round to a few other songs from the same time period that I’d mostly forgotten. Space Hog. Toadies. That cluster of folks. Not quite grunge, not quite pop. Back when you didn’t have to look good to have a hit single or three (Smithereens, anyone?).

I think what grabs me is the otherworldly feel of the lyrics — I’m pretty certain I have been in that place more times than I can count. If I’m being entirely honest, I mostly feel like those three days were extended to a lifetime for me. I’m constantly feeling a little… strange. “For three strange days/I couldn’t put a smile on my face,” is probably the best couplet in the song. I can relate. It looks like it was a 1991 song, but I seem to associate it with 1995 more, for whatever reason. Living in Seattle period. But that period between 1991 and 1996 is mostly a blur, and not just for the heavy, deadly earnest, drinking, so it is easy to conflate the whole scene. Life at that time was superduper and terribad all rolled into one, so I mostly blocked it out because of the latter adjective.

Maybe I’m the only person who goes all mentally tunnel-vision when I hear songs like this one, People are Strange, Interstate Love Song, Suddenly Mary, Achin’ to Be, The End, Final Cut, and others.

Do you have songs that make you feel all floaty and surreal every time you hear them? Asking for a friend.

3 thoughts on “Three Strange Days // School of Fish

  1. This is now getting seriously weird. I remember seeing School of Fish as a support act way back when. Even ended up buying their cassette- I seem to remember ‘Rose Coloured Glasses’ as a favourite.
    Anyway, thanks for the reminder!

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