For the week of 3/18/2013…

“Waitress in the Sky” by the Replacements

In the middle of the Replacements’ 1985 major-label debut, Tim, is a track which stands out as lower-key and relatively lighthearted compared to the rest of that great album.  “Waitress in the Sky” is a loose-feeling, amusing little ditty that frontman Paul Westerberg wrote as a put-down to the entire flight-attendant profession.  Hints of the protagonist’s loserdom seep in at points as Westerberg’s voice becomes more ragged, but for the most part this is just a catchy, almost carefree-feeling little tune.  Listen to it a few times and later this week you may find yourself humming, “Struttin’ up the aisle, big deal you get to fly, you ain’t nothin’ but a waitress in the sky.”

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