Validate Me

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The story of an insecure geek (surprise, surprise) who's looking for emotional validation from his errant lover.

The piano fills in this are my best ever, especially the one after the first line of the second verse ("I'm pretty sure my feet have gone to sleep"). I'm unlikely ever to recreate that sort of genius. Just saying.

This song pushes all sorts of boundaries. It's the only song I've ever heard with the word "potpourri" in it. It's also based entirely on the process of validating the HTML in a web page, which feels as if you're waiting with flowers for the validation queen to burst in and shout "Yes! You're right! Everything you do is great!". Web developers will know what I mean. Everyone else, just pretend I never said that.

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I put a hundred candles all around your room
I've scattered scented petals on the floor
I put three or four roses by the side of your bed
I know it's not many but the shop didn't have any more
Now I'm crouching in the candlelight waiting for you
I've been here for quite a little while
Why are you making me wait? You're never this late
And I need someone to treat me like a child

Oh, validate me
Just let me know I'm alright
Oh, validate me again
I need that yes to get me through the night

I keep hearing footsteps but nobody's there
I'm pretty sure my feet have gone to sleep
I can't help wondering what I did wrong
Or if it's just that my jaw's too weak
Maybe you're out there getting it on with a flashy sort of guy
Maybe you've forgotten about me
Maybe you'll think it's funny when you get home tonight
To burnt out candles, withered flowers and crunchy potpourri

Oh, validate me
Just let me know I'm alright
Oh, validate me again
I need that yes to get me through the night

Why are you taking so long?
What did I do wrong?
Why are you taking so long?
What did I do wrong?
Why are you taking so long?
What did I do wrong?
I just want to know

Oh, validate me
Just let me know I'm alright
Oh, validate me again
I need that yes to get me through the night
(yeah)
I said I need that yes to get me through the night
(woah yeah)
I said I need that yes to get me through the night

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from Troubadork, released February 7, 2010

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