Pulp is one of my all-time favorite bands. A few years ago one of my best friends Kendra and I flew out to London for a long weekend to see them perform at Hyde Park. (Also we wanted to go to London, so this trip wasn’t JUST for Pulp. But Pulp was a big part of it.) Another time my I went on a music cruise to Jamaica because Pulp was headlining. Clearly, I take Pulp very seriously.
“Like a Friend” is not my favorite Pulp song, but it is the one that has done the most to save my life. The protagonist of the song is a guy who is supposed to be hanging out with his ex as “friends,” but he doesn’t feel all that friendly to her, because he still harbors a lot of anger and sadness over their breakup. I think we’ve all been there at some point—I certainly have—and this song expresses the experience so beautifully.
The line in it that I really love is: “I’ve done this before, and I will do it again.” It’s such a succinct way of putting heartbreak in perspective. It says that everyone goes through hard stuff, including you. And they make it through to the other side, and YOU have made it through to the other side, and you know you can be that strong now because you know you’ve been that strong in the past. As I said, there’s a lot of anger and sadness in this song, but there’s also the confidence of knowing that you DO know how to make it through the bad times. I find that really helpful.What are some songs that have saved your life? Share them on social media with the hashtag #SongsThatSavedMe!
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