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Song: Iris 
Artist: The Goo Goo Dolls
Age: 31

I remember loving it the first time I heard it, and I always think of this. At that point, I was 15 and dating my high school sweetheart and first “love!’ I heard it on the bus on our high school trip to Boston. When the song was played, emotions ranged from excited to nervous. My heart raced, I had flutters in my heart. For whatever reason the lyrics that struck a chord were “You’re the closest to heaven that I’ll ever be and I don’t want to go home right now.”

Back in the day, every song felt relatable but I had actually seen this movie (I believe it was from the movie City of Angels) with him, and remember the movie being so emotional b/c one of them dies and the other is left alone. Seeing that movie with him made me feel like we’d be together forever and I didn’t know how I’d go on if I lost him. Needless to say, hearing that song on the radio on the bus with him on the way to a trip where we pretty much got to fly solo and spend a lot of uninterrupted time together was very meaningful!

I remember he was wearing his cologne, Polo, and I remember feeling intoxicated by it. We were holding hands when the song came on and whenever it came on we would give each other “a look.” In fact, at the end of that year, in a mixed tape/cd he included Iris in the playlist b/c of the meaning it held for us. As far as what I was wearing, I believe I had on pair of jeans with a red checked button down short sleeved shirt and black dress shoes.

 

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