This song was originally written by a guy called Peter Gutteridge. He was one of the founders of the "Dunedin Sound" a musical scene in the south of New Zealand in the early 80s. From there it was covered by "The Clean" one of the early bands of that scene (he had originally been a member of in it's early days, writing a couple of their best early songs). The Dunedin sound, and the Clean became popular on american college radio in the mid to late 80s. I guess Yo La Tengo heard that version. Great version of a great song,
dear hilary, how many years has it been since you were going off to college and you wrote me a letter? dear hilary, what seemed miraculous then is so faded now, though the time's brought nothing better. after so many years now, i don't even take the time to write these words down legibly. debating over games and how nothing is the same, but i just wanted to drop you a line, dear hilary. dear hilary, how many years has it been since you were going off to college and you wrote me a letter? the hardest thing about opening up to someone is putting so much power in their hands.
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