City of St. Paul plays the bad girl in strange new song


From Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” to Saving Jane’s “Girl Next Door,” there’s a long history of wistful pop songs demonizing the sexy seductresses who sweep lovers out of the arms of homely girls. In the newest iteration on this theme, the bad girl is played by an unlikely candidate: our Capital City itself, St. Paul. Singer-songwriter Danielle Nepstad, singing in the character of an unspecified small town who’s seen a resident stolen away by the glittering lights of Lowertown, warns: “She has too many things going on to love you right/ Too many places to go and not enough time.”

The song resonated with me, as a St. Paul native: left unsatisfied with the bustling, impersonal city, I moved out. But now I’m with Minneapolis, and things are even worse: that drunken diva never calls.