I’m gonna eat ice cream outside a used bookstore,
May 25, 2018 8:12 AM   Subscribe

Looking for inspirational songs, quotes, bumper stickers or short stories about ‘dating myself.’ That is— being outside a committed relationship, and committing to yourself.

This question inspired by the lyrics:
I’m going to introduce myself to June
It’s my first summer in so many moons
I’m gonna eat ice cream outside a used bookstore
Gonna buy a used book when I go in
I’m gonna buy me a banana seat bike
And spend my time with people I like
And save my love for my dog and the stars that fall
Over old Lake Michigan.

I’m feeling those lyrics hard, and looking for more! Inspire me, mefi!
posted by Doc_Sock to Media & Arts (16 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
Sparks have a pair of songs about this.

1. Falling In Love With Myself Again
2. I Married Myself
posted by SansPoint at 8:22 AM on May 25, 2018 [1 favorite]

In the 1980s, Marcia in "Doonesbury" decided to have a ceremony celebrating her singularity. It was rerun starting here.
posted by Melismata at 8:29 AM on May 25, 2018 [3 favorites]

Amy Adams and Miss Piggy sing "Me Party".
posted by Faint of Butt at 8:30 AM on May 25, 2018 [6 favorites]

Lake Street Dive's Bad Self Portraits?
posted by kuanes at 8:48 AM on May 25, 2018

From my childhood:
"I love myself, I think I'm great
I took myself out on a date
I took myself to the movie place
I got so fresh I slapped my face."

posted by mermayd at 9:12 AM on May 25, 2018 [2 favorites]

Are poems ok? Love After Love by Derek Wolcott
posted by wheek wheek wheek at 11:00 AM on May 25, 2018 [4 favorites]

Rosie Thomas “Wedding Day”
posted by annathea at 11:11 AM on May 25, 2018

Tom Waits Better off without a wife
posted by bdc34 at 11:31 AM on May 25, 2018 [1 favorite]

Single by Choice by The Bangles! "I'm single by choice, never marry, never ever divorce...I got sun in my morning, got love in my day, and I don't waste one moment wishing it away..."
posted by Snarl Furillo at 11:50 AM on May 25, 2018

A little more abstraction in this one, but how about: I'm still living by my maiden name/the name I came with, the name I made (plus it's a god damn certified banger)
posted by clavicle at 1:28 PM on May 25, 2018

I Love Myself Today
posted by winterportage at 2:19 PM on May 25, 2018 [2 favorites]

Joan Armatrading's Me, Myself, and I.
posted by merejane at 4:58 PM on May 25, 2018

OP, what is the original song? It sounds great!
posted by teststrip at 12:37 AM on May 26, 2018

Two follow ups—

First— the song is ‘Introduction to June’ by the Capital Sunrays, a folk group active in San Francisco around 2001. Song is from a CD that I bought at one of their shows. Amazingly, it seems like this (quite good) CD never found its way onto the internet music repositories. Memail me if you’d like a copy.

Second— there are lots of great suggestions in this thread. They do skew more towards almost ‘resignation’ with single-life than ‘anticipation / excitement’ as captured in ‘Introduction to June.’ If there are any more suggestions related to, ‘things I get to do now!!’ That’d be awesome.
posted by Doc_Sock at 10:36 AM on May 27, 2018

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