150 Favorite Songs, #145: I Want You To Hurt Like I Do, Randy Newman
It blows my mind that a lot of my peers think Randy Newman is just a goofy old dude who wrote the songs in Toy Story. I grew up listening to Newman constantly. From Marie to Simon Smith And The Amazing Dancing Bear to Sail Away, Newman is one of the most empathetic, funny, heartbreaking, smart songwriters in history. I love this song because it’s one part winkingly clever and one big part incredibly sad and incredibly truthful. I think that “misery loves company” is the truest truism ever to true, and this song takes that idea to its natural extreme with a story of a father abandoning his family and explaining that he just wanted them to feel as bad as he always has. Honest I do, honest I do, honest I do.