For this Substantial Session we're going both romantic and apologetic, with a selection of tracks featuring what we call a "Hey Girl" breakdown. Not to be all heteronormative, but the "hey girl" breakdown is where the song's artist (usually a guy) breaks out of song to profess his love for the source of his affection, how sorry he is for doing her wrong, or otherwise provide context for the surrounding song. The intention is to have this moment assure the listener that they really mean what they're singing, but that earnestness often takes things to a ridiculous point.

We've collected a few songs here that feature these speech interludes, some more familiar than others. In all, we think you'll enjoy this mix. We hope so anyway. Baby, we're just giving you the best podcast we can.

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