Updated: Jun 17
March 20, 2022 - "Everything's Gone Green" by New Order
Artist: New Order
Album: Everything's Gone Green
Writers: Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Bernard Sumner, Gillian Gilbert
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I intentionally did it again to be funny but I'm not here to write about how "Everything's Gone Green" by New Order is a love letter to smoking weed. I can't stand weed. It stinks and getting high is a feeling I hate.
Instead, this song means something else.
Right out of high school, a great friend of mine Chris had a red 1990 Honda Civic CRX. He had gotten it for his senior year (He was Class of '91; I was Class of '90.) Together, Chris, another great friend Shane, and I would ride around in that sweet little ride of his through our hometown, up to Ft. Worth and Arlington, and just random drives out in the countryside of North Central Texas. I could tell you a thousand stories from those car conversations but the best one of all is "Toe Prints."
One evening, the three of us were riding through town. It was dark and "Everything's Gone Green" by New Order was spinning in the CD player. When we made a turn onto another street, the street light hit the windshield at the perfect angle and revealed to me the genesis of the funniest memory I have of the three of us together.
Pointing at the item I saw I said, "Chris, what is this?"
"What is what?"
"Why are there toe prints on the windshield?"
Shane, in the back seat, takes an interested lean forward,and says, "show me." I enthusiastically point out the toe prints in front of me, toes from the right foot only. He looks intently for a moment then he looks to the left in front of Chris. Shane then says, "Chris, why are the left toe prints on your side?"
I won't share the rest because that conversation is for the three of us but you can imagine the teasing that went on. My sides hurt from thinking about how hard we laughed that evening.
This was often the nature of many of our conversations; two of us would discover something about the other and proceed to razz them to death about it. However, as we got older, we all moved away. I went to the USAF then resettled in north Fort Worth. Shane moved away to Las Vegas, the perfect town for him. Chris ended up settling near the Texas coast. We are all family men now. We haven't seen one another in a long time and we don't communicate much but we are still lifelong friends that are forever bonded.
Sadly, Chris passed away this past January due to complications from COVID. A piece of me went with him but I believe that one day we'll be listening to "Everything's Gone Green" together in Heaven while sharing stories of our time here.