You weren't hoping I had given up my Best Songs Ever quest were you? I hope not because you'd be sadly disappointed. When I think about best and music in the same sentence, Over the Rhine has been one of the first to come to mind since 1996 when we first saw them live at Cornerstone Music Festival and everything changed. (This is no hyperbole, you know, because great music can do that. And if it hasn't done that for you then you need this Best Of, so pay attention.) The hard part, again, is not just selecting my personal favorites but letting the Song, apart from the Album or Band, stand on its own. It has to have that timeless quality and still move me every time I hear it.
I think it would have been impossible for me to make a Best Of list and not include Over the Rhine, but this particular song (among so many others that I love and feel I might have betrayed by not choosing them) qualifies for every Best Of list I could possibly put together in this life and the next. But I'll stop going on and on about it and let you decide if I got it right.
When I first saw your face, it hurt you to smile/Your lips tasted like tears I could kiss them for miles/On a midnight train--may it never arrive/Baby, our love song must survive.