"Anchors Aweigh" by The Bouncing Souls
This song was pretty much my life at one point. I was in high school when the album, of which this is the title track, came out. Can you imagine how much a song like this meant to me my senior year while I was packing up to leave home for the first time? Answer: lots.
I went to a small private school from kindergarten through high school. My graduating class was less than forty, and I had known most of those kids since I was six years old. Going away to college wasn't just a big deal, it was monumental, and I was all but desperate to get out of town. It had been the same old stuff every day, and I was sure my life would be so much better once I got to Somewhere Else.
But you know what? I still feel that way. I've been all over the place, to different states, different countries, and I'm still looking for the magical Somewhere Else that will make everything awesome. Of course I know it doesn't exist, but the pattern is set now. So much of my time is spent trying to sit still. Trying not to fidget, or rock back and forth. Trying to convince myself it's okay to be back in the same city I was so determined to put behind me five years ago.
I still love this song. So much. And the whole idea of Somewhere Else is just another thing to leave in the past, along with high school and all the other places I've been. Which is easier said than done.
As far as these challenge posts go, I think this is pretty much the standard. The songs are mostly a jumping off point for me to tell a story or talk about what a specific song has meant to me. Hopefully I can keep it interesting.