My Top 1000 Songs #239: Save Me
It's a gorgeous piece of music, dramatic and melodic, with a punchy bassline and a gentle yet still hum-along chorus. But it's the lyrics that are just devastating, harrowing loneliness with a modicum of hope. "Why don't you save me... from the ranks of the freaks who suspect they could never love anyone."
And invoking "the long farewell of the hunger strike" just bowls me over and messes me up every time.
Bonus points for a killer video, filmed by Paul Thomas Anderson with Mann joining the movie's cast on the actual sets.Fantastic live performance: