Top 10 Imaginary Girlfriend Songs
One would think the whole point of being a rock star would be to avoid needing imaginary girlfriends or boyfriends. But judging from the stories artists like the Who and the Rolling Stones tell in the following songs, that’s not true. So, with the subject of fictitious romantic partners dominating the news in 2013 thanks to the amazing story of college football star Manti Te’o — and we’re not calling him a liar — here’s a list of 10 Imaginary Girlfriend Songs that proves even the most famous musicians remember what it was like to have to daydream about having a better romantic life.
‘She’s Not There’
Now, to be fair, the protagonist in this story has indeed found himself a real life, flesh and blood woman. The only problem is that she’s not emotionally available to him when he needs her. If this song wasn’t written in the ’60s we’d assume smartphones were involved.
This song warns quite clearly of the dangers one invites by spending too much time daydreaming about how they’d like things to be instead of, you know, making them happen. The main focus seems to be on other kinds of life accomplishments, but we propose that the message translates pretty nicely to someone with an imaginary girlfriend.
Look out! We’ve got our second real girlfriend alert — a wife, even. But it seems quite possible that she’s gonna be nothing more than a memory if this guy doesn’t help start accomplishing some of the big things they imagined for their future.
OK, you need to switch the gender to make this song fit our imaginary girlfriend list, but the concept’s there. And oh how the ladies fall at Gene’s feet, eh? This poor woman can’t help herself from imagining him as her boyfriend when she gets under the covers each night.
It’s important to present both sides to any issue, and Southern rockers Atlanta Rhythm Section are here to stick up for those with imaginary girlfriends on this smooth, seductive little groover. After all, imaginary lovers never turn you down, and are always around whenever and wherever you need them. Fair points all around!
Who knew Mr. ‘Lives in the Balance’ could be such a cut-up? Browne sings a humorous ode to self-pleasure in the extremely flimsy disguise of a love song to “Rosie,” who wears his ring and makes sure he’s never alone even when the drummer steals his intended date for the night.
For the majority of its short time on your radio, this is just an extremely catchy (and yes, unbelievably repetitive) request for romantic commitment. But once the creepy poetry section comes in, it becomes quite clear that sweet “Sally” is in fact an rubber toy: “Experience something different / With our new imported toy / She’s loving, warm, inflatable / And a guarantee of joy!”
“So let me get this straight…” said the Child Protective Services officer. “Your son was having trouble sleeping, so you gave him an old pinup photo to uhh, shall we say relax with. Then he fell in love with this imaginary girlfriend and spends all his time dreaming that they lived together? Yeah, we’re gonna need you to come with us, sir…”
Now, there’s letting your imagination run away with you, and then there’s what Mick Jagger (covering the Tempations) does here. Each morning he sees the girl of his dreams pass by his window, and launches himself into a series of escalating daydreams that winds up with the two of them married and raising a family of four together. Pssst! You’re a rich rock star, just go introduce yourself, dude.
Let’s face it, if the guys who have imaginary girlfriends formed their own country — online, we’re assuming — ‘Dream Weaver’ would be their national anthem. The entire song is about jacking into some sort of romantic Matrix each night, where a magical companion helps you “cross the highways of fantasy” and “forget today’s pain.” And with that, we have reached the morning light; time to go pick up the wife. Honest.