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March 20, 2023

The Truth About Wind

By Charlie Brice

The Truth About Wind

Wendy, Wendy what went wrong, oh so wrong?1
The Beach Boys sang of her and, at fifteen,
I wanted to find a girlfriend named Wendy
to go along with the song. And then,

one frosty night in Ole' Cheyenne, I sat
in the backseat of someone's car with
my arm around a girl named Wendy.
How did I get so lucky?

I kissed her and though she kissed me back,
there was nothing there, nothing between us.
I had her in a full embrace in that backseat,
but she was totally unimpressed.

Was I a bad kisser? Did she want something
more than kissing? I was way too Catholic for that.
Wendy, Wendy left me alone that night
on a gusty prairie outside of Cheyenne where

we teens went to make out and drink beer.
I thought the song's title was "Windy," imagined
the wind on a California beach, ocean roar,
sand caressing my toes, the musky smell of

sun tan lotion and summer freedom -- I hot-
dog it for my Windy, hang ten on a surfboard.
The song runs through my head even now --
but she really wasn't interested -- not at all.

1 "Wendy," by Michael Love and Brian Wilson © Universal Music Publishing Group

Article © Charlie Brice. All rights reserved.
Published on 2020-01-20
Image(s) are public domain.
1 Reader Comments
12:11:38 AM
A wry one. California and Cheyenne. What we want and what we get. "I wanted to find a girlfriend to go along with the song" the optimism and dreams of youth.....
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