Girls, I know you will understand this and feel the intrinsic, incredible emotion
You have just pulled over your head the worn, warm sweater belonging to a boy
Now you haven't had a passionate kissing session or anything but you got to go on a camping trip with him and eight other people from school
You practically slept together, your sleeping bag right next to his
And you woke in the night to watch him as he slept but you couldn't see anything 'cause it was dark so you just lay there and listened to his breathing and wondered if your heart might burst

The sweater has that slightly goat-like smell which all teenage boys possess
And that smell will lovingly transfer to all your other clothes
If you get to keep it for a few days you can sleep with it but don't let your mom see 'cause she'll say,
"What is that filthy thing and who does it belong to besides the trashman"
So you have to keep it under the covers with you
You can kind of lie it beside you, wrap it around your waist, or touch it on your legs, or whatever, that's your business

Now if the sweater has, like, reindeer on it or is a funny color like yellow
I'm sorry, you can't get away with a sweater like that
Look for brown or grey or blue
Anything other than that and you know you're dealing with someone who's different
And different is not what you're looking for
You're looking for those teenage, alpine-ski, chiseled-features and that sort of blank look that passes for deep thought or at least the notion that someone's home
You're looking for the boy of your dreams who is the same boy in the dreams of all your friends

Now the sweater isn't going to fit you of course so you have to kind of roll up the sleeves in a jaunty way
that says, "This is the sweater belonging to a boy and the boy is a genuine hunka-hunka-burning love" and it's not just some hand-me-down from your brother or your father

Monday...wear the sweater to school
Be calm, look cute
Don't tell him the dream you had about the place the two of you would share when you get older
Just be yourself
The best, cutest, quietest version of yourself
Definitely wear lipgloss

He looks at you
And he looks away
and then he walks away and the smell of the sweater hits you again suddenly like ape-scent gloriola
and you get a note passed to you by a girl in history that says "He needs his sweater back, he forgot that you put it on in the tent on Saturday and he's been looking for it"
And you don't have to die of humiliation
You are a strong person and this is a learning experience
You can still hold your head up high as you run from the classroom tearing the stinking sweater from your body

You look at that sweater...carefully
And you realize that love made you temporarily blind
You got a secret now honey and though you would never sink as low as him you could blab it all over the school if you wanted
The label in that sweater said
100% acrylic

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    General CommentI saw Jose Chinard the figure skater performe to this song and I fell in love with the song and the program... I think this year I want to do this song for my skating!!!!

    i_love_spidermanon May 21, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis spoken-word song rocks!! The only recording I have had of it is one I took of the radio years ago. Just recently I was able to purchase a copy of the CD that this song comes from, 'Angel Food For Thought.' from E-bay's Meryn has a web site. The address is: It has info on her and her other works. It also has a great FAQ section about whether 'Angel Food For Thought' will be re-released or not. Check it out!!
    mulhermujeron September 18, 2002   Link

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