So, I put it on repeat and tried to think about what about this song makes me like it so much. There isn't really a "how" I came to like it beyond listening to it and really digging it, so I decided to go with why I like it, and what makes it different. This is what I came up with.
"First Day of My Life" by Bright Eyes
For as much as I rag on Conor Oberst and his oh-so-emo ways, I have to admit that he is responsible for one of my all-time favorite love songs. I’m not much for the sappy, pop drivel that makes couples sway on the dance floor, but the light, acoustic arpeggios and chords that underscore “First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes tug on my heartstrings.
I have no personal backstory involving this tune, no fairytale come true, but that’s part of the appeal. Even without a memory to associate, the song evokes the feeling of a new "interest." I relate to the cautious hope and the unrelenting optimism a budding relationship can bring. The lyrics form a refreshingly honest and humble narrative that whimpers, flatters, and charms. It’s a self-aware description of romance in the making, and a shy but solid declaration of affection.
Probably the most endearing aspect of this song is its pragmatic twist near the end. Although we are reared on the notion that someday our prince or princess will magically appear and we will live happily ever after, we inevitably learn that we must romance via trial and error. The simple acknowledgement of this fact in the lyrics makes the song unique. So when dear Connor sings that he’d “rather be working for a paycheck, than waiting to win the lottery,” I can’t help but agree with him, and commend him for a song well made.