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Cover of Dirty: Deluxe Edition (disc 1)

From Dirty: Deluxe Edition (disc 1) and 12 other releases

Allegedly Lee Ranaldo wanted this song to appear on Dirty, as well as Wish Fulfillment, but it was instead demoted to b-side status on the first single (100%).


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Let me tell you every thought that I've come to
When I think of all the things that you do
I can't see if you're the only one, it's hard to say
And I think it's all the same to me today

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  • chibinovachan

    Best relationship advice I've ever been given comes from this Sonic Youth song. "There's no perfect ideal, there's no perfect fate, just little stabs of happiness, sometimes a little too late, so keep your eyes wide open and know what you're made of. Remember first thought, best thought, try to stay in love." That's some real stuff.

    16 Jul 3:57am Reply
  • JessesFM

    Sonic Youth's worst song.

    14 Jun 5:05am Reply
  • mattmacneil

    "i see it, i believe, somehow i know it's true" such a hook

    23 Jul 2013 Reply
  • randyalbanesest

    I think Lee's my soul brohaun.

    15 May 2012 Reply
  • everybodyyurts

    "try to stay in love".... looking at you thurston and kim

    24 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Lazorblade

    Dirty's like my least favourite SY album. So I'm kinda glad this song didn't make it on that record and grew into some "great lost treasure" kinda thing. Epic tune.

    23 Nov 2011 Reply
  • diogoxara

    Lee is my least fav member of SY, but I have to admit that on Dirty he's great. Way better than Kim

    8 Nov 2011 Reply
  • hermanator05

    bolstering the consensus here and saying that it was a glaring error to omit this from 'dirty.' makes you wonder how many other fine lee ranaldo creations were left on the cutting room floor.

    21 Jul 2011 Reply
  • MountainJews

    This really should have been on Dirty, I get why Lee would have been so pissed off that they cut it. I would much rather listen to this than Swimsuit Issue or Orange Rolls, Angels Spit.

    15 Jul 2011 Reply
  • somnambulance

    I LOVE THIS SONG. If the lyrics weren't so typically Lee, I'd say it sounded like SY doing a Husker Du cover, hahaha.

    9 Jul 2010 Reply
  • TASpark658

    Forgot about this track, Lee's funnest!

    21 Jun 2010 Reply
  • keyransolo

    This song turns me on.

    4 Apr 2010 Reply
  • EarlyMammal

    Lee is Free

    1 Oct 2009 Reply
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    26 Sep 2009 Reply
  • ln2x

    so great! shouldn't be that underated. yeah, it should've been on dirty!

    9 Jul 2009 Reply
  • footsteps

    may god bless you, Lee.

    22 May 2009 Reply
  • inphanta

    Why was this not on Dirty? Why??? Some of Lee's best lyrics...

    2 Jan 2009 Reply
  • absolia

    this is the sweetest cutest thing ever. lee is <3

    4 Nov 2008 Reply
  • staaswellcharge

    lee is just pure great

    17 Aug 2008 Reply
  • JuMeSyn

    amazingness. Just little stabs of happiness... :o

    16 Mar 2008 Reply
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