Wednesday Weeper of the Week: “I Just Don’t Think I’ll Ever Get Over You” by Colin Hay

The 2004 movie Garden State featuring Zach Braff might be remembered now more for its soundtrack than for anything that appeared on screen. Braff used the movie to spotlight indie music that he loved like The Shins and Iron & Wine, and the resulting soundtrack album indeed felt like a lovingly-curated mix tape.

The most unlikely inclusion on the album was probably a solo song by Colin Hay, the frontman of early-80’s Australian hitmakers Men At Work. Their first two singles, “Who Can It Be Now” and “Down Under”, featuring Hay’s wild-eyed singing and Greg Ham’s distinctive brass and woodwind touches, were huge hits but pigeonholed them as lightweight. Too bad, because their second album, Cargo, was really good stuff, especially “Overkill”, one of the finest singles of the decade, and the cleverly paranoid “It’s A Mistake.”

Men At Work released only three albums before breaking up, so Hay was somewhat of a forgotten man when he showed up on the Garden State soundtrack. Yet the beautiful acoustic number he provided reminded anyone who heard it about the talent as a singer and songwriter this guy always possessed. Over droning acoustic guitar, he muses about the impossibility of truly obliterating a former lover from his mind and heart.

“I Just Don’t Think I’ll Ever Get Over You” wins points because of its honesty. The narrator relates that he’s not particularly sad and that it isn’t out of the question that he might fall of love again. But he keeps coming back to that refrain, which he knows will hold true no matter what his future holds or how long that future might be.

When I heard this song, I had hoped that a full-out Hay renaissance was on its way, but although he has released albums with regularity since the demise of his former band, that really didn’t materialize in a major way. Nonetheless, the depth of feeling and nuance on display here will really disarm anyone who only knows him singing about Vegemite and home intruders. Kudos to Braff for his good taste, and well-done by Hay for delivering a wistfully wonderful track.

(E-mail me at countdownkid@hotmail.com or follow me on Twitter @JimBeviglia.)

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