“I try, but I can’t seem to get myself to think of anything but you…”
Who hasn’t felt this way with their first crush? And every crush thereafter? Who hasn’t been completely incapable of preventing thoughts of another from dominating their mind?
Yet few people have the vocal capabilities of Mandy Moore, who manages to capture this rush of infatuation with an ultra-feminine, endearing yet sexy, breathily romantic delivery.
I first heard this song when I was 16 years old and it sounds new every single time I’ve heard it in what has been over a decade. This is probably due to the fact that the crushing phase (read: pre-relationship lusting) never gets old, either. Nothing is ever so pure, so trustworthy, as your own emotions. When you’re crushing on someone, only your emotions are involved. Of course you agonize over whether the other person feels the same way, whether they even know that you’re alive, but what you feel for them is never in question. And until they make a move (or you stop being a fucking coward and tell them how you feel, yes, YOU, I see you!) then you’ll never know. And you can dream, beautiful dreams of a lover’s embrace.
Also, the fact that Mandy Moore is ridiculously beautiful and this song has one of the most memorable, romantic melodies in pop music don’t hurt, either.