It seems that even as a kid, I had a propensity towards music that was emo in nature. I think what drew me most to this song was probably the catchy chorus and the singalongability. My sister probably went insane as I played this song on repeat for hundreds of times, something I do when I'm obsessed (I watched the Matrix probably around 100+ times and once memorized the dialogue and choreographed fight scenes).
At the end of elementary school and beginning of middle school was also a big transitional time for me, some details I won't get into because, well you know, it'll be all "whine one one why don't I call a wambulance" if i do. But tying into that, a big thing with this song for me was that I could lose myself in the music (the moment you own it you better never let it go go, el oh el tangents) and for a sliver of a moment, not worry about the real world. It seems that theme hasn't changed.
Today's perspective on the song:
The song doesn't really reverberate with me as much as it did back then, but it does have some moments that still ring for me; the last verse is a very nice touch to the end of the song. The visual picture of an insane man laughing at the rain coupled with the quieter dynamics and the tripling of the hard "ah" sound of the verse makes for a pretty potent combination.
What I found interesting was the music video (I didn't have MTV so I watched 0 music videos back in the day, which will be an interesting experience as I go through all of these) while depressing, actually brought most of the runaways back to their parents when they saw the video on TV. I hope to one day create something that changes people's lives as well.