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Album: The Swiss Army RomanceReleased: 2000
This song finds Dashboard Confessional lead singer Chris Carrabba confronting a heartbreak. He's going to curl up, get drunk and listen to some sad songs as he dives headlong into the pain and jealousy, thinking about the love he just lost. He chooses to embrace the misery and think about how she has moved on to other relationships, while he is unable to do so. The hairs that she left behind are tormenting him, as he feels they are "screaming infidelities" at him.
Chris Carrabba is rather laconic when it comes to discussing his songs, but in his (very) brief intros to this song during live performances, he has said things along the lines of "This song is about a girl... that I don't like."
This was a hit on Modern Rock radio and did well on MTV. The Swiss Army Romance was the first album for Dashboard Confessional, which at that time was a solo effort by Chris Carrabba while he was also in a band called Further Seems Forever. The only other musicians to play on the album were its producer James Paul Wisner, who played keyboards, and backup vocalist Jolie Lindholm.
Carrabba later expanded Dashboard Confessional into a full band.
The video, which was directed by Maureen Egan and Matthew Barry, won the MTV2 Award at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards. Egan and Barry also directed the Dashboard Confessional video for "Saints And Sailors" and Alkaline Trio's "Stupid Kid."