Gin Blossoms – Found Out About You —-Powerpop Friday

This was written by guitarist Doug Hopkins. He had problems with mental health and alcohol abuse and was fired from the band before this was released. He committed suicide on December 5, 1993. This song peaked at #25 in the Billboard 100 in 1994.

Gin Blossoms broke up in early 1997 but reunited in 2002. They still perform to this day but with some personnel changes.  The band had a total of 4 songs in the Billboard 100 with 1 top ten hit… Follow You Down/Til I Hear It From You.

From Songfacts

The song is based on a compilation of episodes with several of Hopkins’ girlfriends:
“I heard about nights out in the school yard. I found out about you.” – This has a double meaning. He found out about a girlfriend meeting another guy in a schoolyard and it is also where he and another girl swung on the swings and talked finding out about each other.
“Street lights blink on through the car window. I get the time too often on A.M. radio.” – The group members hung around together and this particular line refers to a night when the girl from the swings was with Doug and Robin was driving. They were doing a lot of partying and were listening to the radio when the announcer said the time.

Found Out About You

All last summer in case you don’t recall
I was your and you were mine forget it all
Is there a line that I could write
Sad enough to make you cry
All the lines you wrote to me were lies
The months roll past the love that you struck dead
Did you love me? Only in my head.
Things you said and did to me
Seemed to come so easily
The love I thought I’d won you give for free

Whispers at the bus stop
Well I heard about nights at the school yard
I found out about you

Rumours follow everywhere you go
And when you left I was last to know
You’re famous now and there’s no doubt
In all the places you hang out
They know your name and know what you’re about

Whispers at the bus stop
I heard about nights out in the school yard
I found out about you
I found out about you

Street lights blink on through the car window
I get the time too often on AM radio
You know it’s all I think about
I write your name drive past your house
Your boyfriend’s over I watch your lights go out

Whispers at the bus stop
I heard about nights out in the school yard
I found out about you

Author: badfinger20

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

18 thoughts on “Gin Blossoms – Found Out About You —-Powerpop Friday”

    1. Yea me also…. but… the song Allison Road…one that I like wasn’t on the Billboard 100 which surprised me…Some could have made the alternative charts.

      Liked by 1 person

  1. I LOVED this band and, this song in particular. It was released in Nov. 1993 after I had broken up with a boyfriend back in April. I was still smarting over it and this spoke volumes to me. Since it was the early 90s, I wasn’t listening to top 40 anymore. I was on alternative rock stations. They were BIG in those circles. This song was a #1 on the Alternative Rock chart.

    That whole album was awesome. I did get to see them in concert in Raleigh around 1996.

    Allison Road charted:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Miserable_Experience#Chart_performance

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I liked them also. There were some really good bands in the 90s that I liked. These guys sound was just what I liked and I didn’t hear much like this in the 80s…it was more synth music then.

      I thought they had more charting singles. I love Allison Road a lot.

      I did post about a local band to you today…The Spongetones…I love them

      Like

      1. I’ve been thru Dunn, on my way to Salemburg. 🙄 That whole area…south of Raleigh, east of Fayettenam, north of Wilmington & west of Camp LeJeune…dead space. No man’s land. Flat. Sparsely populated. Poor. Just miles and miles of miles and miles…

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s