Of Montreal are easily one of my favorite bands that are still actively making music today. They've been together for 10 years, have put out 8 albums, 6 compilations, and 4 EPs. Simply choosing one favorite song by them is practically impossible. However if I had to cut it down to my top 5, "Tim, I Wish You Were Born a Girl" would undoubtedly make the list. It comes from Of Montreal's first album, Cherry Peel, released in July of 1997, when Kevin Barnes was 21. It's a perfect little song, incredibly sweet and pure, catchy, and lovable. Of Montreal make me love life.
Of Montreal - Tim, I Wish You Were Born a Girl
"Tim, wish you were born a girl,
So I could've been your boyfriend.
I know it's not possible now.
I just never met a girl I like half as much as you.
And we could lay around in bed, stay there all day,
Or at least until the afternoon
And I could make you spaghetti with tomato sauce
With just a touch of oregano and a parsley stem.
And then when you got sick,
I could take the day off work.
I could've made you chicken soup,
And we could watch soap operas
- oh, those TV dramas!
I could catch your cold
and you could take care of me.
If I could've met you at school, or met you at work,
It would have changed everything.
Those years of losing, confusion and insecurity,
They would have been shared,
they would have been easier.
Tim, wish you were born a girl,
So I could've been your fiancé.
I'm not saying you can't be all these things for me,
But it's just not the same because you're a man,
and so am I".
A pretty decent homemade video for the song:
Of Montreal - Cherry Peel @Polyvinyl Records