An Ol’ Valentine’s Favorite

In 2009, I re-connected with an old good friend who I hadn’t spoken with since we were kids at sleepaway camp, so, there was lots of history to cover while catching up.  Curiously, (to me, at least), she proclaimed that she was co-dependent in her romantic relationships; it struck me that she’d said it with the certainty of someone who was a devotee of a religion, and I secretly found that idea humorous.  After we concluded our four plus hour telephone conversation, (yes, we spoke for that long…maybe longer), I picked up my guitar and one-after-the-other found the opening riff and title/concept/opening line of the song…the rest just poured out of me…it’s one of my personal favorites for many reasons, among them, the story above, the simplicity with which it arrived, but also that I can truly relate to the emotional turbulence therein.  Furthermore, I am proud of the lyrics, and balance of humor and tender honesty.  Lastly, I like the way the track and video came out, thanks to Len Monachello (audio) and Sandhya Dahari (video)…enjoy!

(Be My) Co-Dependent Valentine
©2009 Dave Jay Gerstein

Be my co-dependent Valentine
I’ve all ready built a shrine to feeling unfulfilled
I swallow a heart-shaped bitter pill
Will ya be my co-dependent Valentine?

I need you so co-dependently
Without you here
There’s no me to speak of anywhere
The fun in dysfunction disappears
With our splendid co-dependent love affair

Hey! I watch it drift away from a place where I can handle it
Wait! Enable me a little more
Our therapist says to slip my check under her door…

God bless this livin’, breathin’, lovin’ mess
That we created with success
I guess we have to climb
The hopelessly copeless go sublime
I’m your moping co-dependent Valentine

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