30 Day Song Challenge: Day 22 – A Song That You Listen to When You’re Sad

“Just Once” by James Ingram

A sad song, which is made even more heartbreaking at the end of the movie The Last American Virgin. I have a soft spot for lite songs that were featured in movies from the late ’70s/early ’80s.

Here is the ending of The Last American Virgin. Here’s some background. Gary has a crush on this girl Karen. However, his friend Rick gets Karen pregnant after having sex only once. Rick ended up leaving Karen. Gary decides to help Karen pay for her abortion by selling most of his possessions and borrowing money from his boss. After the abortion, Gary and Karen spend the remainder of the weekend alone together in Gary’s grandmother’s house. Whilst nursing her back to health, Gary tells Karen that he sincerely loves her. Karen appears to be reciprocal and they both share a tender kiss. Later, Karen invites Gary to her 18th birthday party the following week. Gary scrapes up a few more dollars and buys Karen a gold locket for her birthday.

However, here is what happens when Gary arrives at the party:

2 thoughts on “30 Day Song Challenge: Day 22 – A Song That You Listen to When You’re Sad”

  1. That’s just…depressing. Like the song, though.

    Mine is “I Can’t Get Over You” from The Gap Band.

    I also listen to it when I shoot baskets. Helps me find my rhythm, I guess.


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