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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that’s reading too much into Blues Traveler lyrics. Songs have been making us feel like a fool lately. Ever since we were 10 years old and thought the lyrics to Paul Young’s “Every Time You Go Away” were “Every time you go away, you take a piece of meat with you,” we’ve been in a bad way. The song du jour, no make that du decade, is Blues Travelers’ “Hook.” This is probably the group’s biggest hit, and we have belted out our version of the lyrics for a long time. But John Popper is really making fun of all the sheep of the world – and we’re bleating with the rest of them. Here’s how the lyrics read:It doesn’t matter what I saySo long as long as I sing with inflectionThat makes you feel I’ll conveySome inner truth or vast reflectionAnd then Popper seals the deal: The hook brings you back … Whew. And we have gone back, for years, like a lover to an old flame. Except it turns out we never really knew the old flame: We thought he said the heart brings you back, and we really didn’t care about the rest of the words so long as Popper was singing with inflection. In this situation, Oasis soothes us with their British crooning in “Don’t Look Back in Anger.” “Please don’t put your life in the hands of a rock and roll band,” the song says, making us think that all the times we have cried with Tom Waits or found out we were the eyes of the world with the Grateful Dead were just meaningless emotional accompaniments to a melodic hook that’s easy on the brain.

It doesn’t matter what I saySo long as long as I sing with inflectionThat makes you feel I’ll conveySome inner truth or vast reflection

And then Popper seals the deal: The hook brings you back … Whew. And we have gone back, for years, like a lover to an old flame. Except it turns out we never really knew the old flame: We thought he said the heart brings you back, and we really didn’t care about the rest of the words so long as Popper was singing with inflection. In this situation, Oasis soothes us with their British crooning in “Don’t Look Back in Anger.” “Please don’t put your life in the hands of a rock and roll band,” the song says, making us think that all the times we have cried with Tom Waits or found out we were the eyes of the world with the Grateful Dead were just meaningless emotional accompaniments to a melodic hook that’s easy on the brain.

But we won’t let ourselves dive in to that cynical realm. Would we ever have won an athletic event without listening to Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name of?” Maybe, but it sure made us want to go harder. Would our first love have been as sweet without Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together?” No. And where would we be without Meat Loaf’s “Paradise by the Dashboard Light?” Uh … well, we guess we could do without that one. Call us seafood and put us in the octopus’ garden with the Beatles. We admit we’re lyrically unstable. ***We send a big kudos out to Anita Molina, who recently graduated from the University of Northern Colorado. But wait … it doesn’t stop there. Anita will have more than memories to take with her from college. She was also one of two students who took home the 2006 Robert and Ludie Dickeson Presidential Prize for Leadership, and that gives her a $600 check to spend. Anita won the award because she was considered a leader by her peers, the faculty and the administration, and her GPA was above 3.0. Hopefully you’ll spend your award money on some sunglasses, Anita, because your future is really, really bright.

***And finally, today is David and Sheila’s 20th Anniversary. Sheila submitted a poem to her beloved David: “Since the day we said our vows and exchanged our wedding rings, I’ve discovered all the strength and peace that loving someone brings – feelings grow, hopes unfold and dreams come true, And I want to spend my ‘always’ and ‘forever’ loving you.” Love, Sheila. ***We’re out, reading CD booklets. Call us with your mistaken song lyrics at (970) 668-4620.


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