Love Songs We Never Want to Hear Again (6)

Dan Fogelberg, “Longer”

Fogelberg told an interviewer that he wrote his biggest hit while lying in a hammock in Hawaii “looking up at the stars.” “This song was drifting around the universe,” Fogerberg recalled, “and I decided I’d give it a good home.” Somebody – the stars, the universe – effed-up bad. “Longer” plays like a parody of a parody of sensitive singer-songwriter schlock, from The Folg’s wimped out vocals to its “poetry.” (“Mountain cathedral” rhymes with “forest primeval.”) The song clocks in at 3:15 but feels – you guessed it – much, much longer.