Addiction and Co-Dependence…

Addiction is Bad.

Hi, my name is Tim, and I have a problem. You see every year about this time I break out the Playstation to play last year’s NCAA College Football Game. And every year I tell myself that I’ll just play the game I have, that I don’t need the new one, but I always end up at EB Games to buy the new one. This year was no different. I like to use the game to familarize myself with the college teams to get a feel for how my team is going to perform.

Each year they add things to what is basically the same game as I first bought back in 2002. This year’s game is different in that they’ve added a player compnent where you can play as an individual player rather than the typical coach-down approach to playing the game.

It also includes a new TRAX soundtrack feature, with a very random, yet excruciatingly limited, JACKfm mix of music.

One of the songs that I’ve now heard a million times is the Clash song, “Train in Vain.” Catchy, but never having experienced the Clash, I was suprised by the lyrics:

You say you stand by your man
Tell me something I don’t understand
You said you love me and that’s a fact
And then you left me, said you felt trapped
Well some things you can explain away
But the heartache’s in me ’till these days

You didn’t stand by me
No, not at all
You didn’t stand by me
No way

All the times when we were close
I’ll remember these things the most
I’ve seen all my dreams come tumbling down
I can’t be happy without you around
So alone I keep the wolves at bay
And there’s only one thing I can say


You must explain why this must be
Did you lie when you spoke to me?
Did you stand by me?
No, not at all

Now I got a job but it don’t pay
I need new clothes, I need somewhere to stay
But without all of these things I can do
But without your love I won’t make it through
But you don’t understand my point of view
I suppose there’s nothing I can do

{Refrain twice}

{Bridge, refrain}

What? These are the most co-dependent lyrics I’ve ever heard! I expected so much more! I mean, this is the freakin’ CLASH! I guess that I expected them to be more angry angry, than sissy angry.

But I still haven’t figured out how it relates to college football.

4 thoughts on “Addiction and Co-Dependence…”

  1. No Clash? The generation gap here scares me. The secret to this song is that it is Tammy Wynette inpired. This was long before she was down with the KLF. If I write the name of the song it will stick in my brain, just fill in the blank.

    I would figure the game soundtrack to be more metal and hip hop than JackFM style. Maybe it is a licensing thing.

  2. Still, the unnamed Tammy Wynette song of which you speak is still is a woman who’s making a active decision based on all of the factors in her situation…”Train in Vain,” those guys just totally can’t function because their girl left.

    And it’s not a generation gap thing that caused me lack of Clash exposure, I just am horribly uncool.

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