Songs of Pain  

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Songs of Pain is the first album by folk singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston, recorded on a simple tape recorder and released on Compact Cassette. Johnston recorded these songs in the basement of his parents' house in West Virginia.

Much of Daniel Johnston's music has focused on the subject of unrequited love, revolving around his own experiences with Laurie Johnson, an early obsession. Notably is "Urge" on 1981's Songs of Pain. The narrator tells of being in love with a girl who doesn't return his affections, noting that he "thinks sometimes of holding her," and "wishes to God he could touch her hand." The song ends with him postulating that when she gets old, she'll realize what she could have had and will feel just as awful as he does now.

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