3 Doors Down – Here Without You (2002)

When this song dropped the year I boarded the big yellow bus to the big yellow school for my first and only year of public elementary school (I homeschooled for the remainder of it and jumped back in the pool in 7th grade), I had no idea it even existed. Little did I know that it would one day echo the sentiments that have shacked up with my heart in my long-distance lovesick chest. This song is borderline cheesy but it still manages to punch me right in the feelz every time I set it on loop.

This is a hug-o-gram for anyone who has a person-shaped void at their side 97% of the time. It’s the kind of song you put on when it’s just you, a unicorn onesie, Nick Sparks flicks, and your furry non-human companion of choice (and, of course, a pint of fresh gelato, fruit of your own tears and stone-cold loneliness). I will admit that every time the chorus is capped off with “and tonight girl, it’s only you and me” I melt a teensy bit. When I’m missing that super special someone, there’s something about this track that burns the distance at both ends and makes me feel just a little bit closer to him.

This song is like Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage, taking me to a world where there’s not a soul in sight but me and my man. As the clock clangs midnight and the guitar strikes its final chord, I’m bereft for the two and a half seconds it takes for me to hit up the replay button for the 22nd time in a row. I have no shame. I love this track.

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