This is from My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies. If you think that Nell Carter is just Gimme a Break, then watch this. Listen to her sing "Mean to Me." And make sure you have a box of tissues nearby.
This song just came on my iPod and I immediately thought of The Boy in Florida. Then, a song he sent me - - a song written and performed by someone in his family - - came on immediately after "Mean to Me" and that's not coincidence - - that's God telling me that mourning the death of whatever the Hell kind of relationship I had with this boy is the right thing to do.
I sent "You're Mean to Me" to The Boy in Florida months ago, not as some kind of hidden message to him, but because I loved the song so much. Now, the song makes me think of him because some of the lyrics seem to fit so perfectly...
"I stay home each night when you say you'll phone.
You don't, and I'm left alone singing the blues and sighing."
I know that he lives miles away and I know that he's in a relationship with someone else, but I stupidly fell in love. I fell in love with someone so obviously unavailable to me. I know. Not so smart.
Well, at least this time my heart is broken because of someone being unavailable and not someone intentionally trying to destroy my soul.
That's progress I guess, right?
P.S. When Nell Carter speaks and just barely whispers the lyrics, "You shouldn't," it takes my breath away. Every single time I hear the song. Brilliant phrasing. Outstanding interpretation.