This song had me mystified for years, wondering what ‘E’ was. My first assumption, and probably yours too, was the drug Ecstasy. It’s the most obvious conclusion to jump to, especially since it’s such a jacked-up song. But, as it happens, Ecstasy was not yet a thing in 1978. Well, technically it was a thing, but not a popular thing. E didn’t become mainstream until the 80′s, so it wouldn’t have occurred to anyone to write a song about being on it in 1978. And even if it had been, Debbie Harry is absolutely not the kind of person to glorify her drug escapades. So, of course, “E” means the E train. Which, if you actually paid the slightest bit of attention to the lyrics and knew anything about New York City, you would have figured it out pretty quickly. It took me an embarrassingly long time to connect the dots, but it makes complete sense now. Debbie wrote a lot of songs about her less-glamorous-than-expected New York lifestyle, and that lifestyle involved a lot of shlepping up and down the island of Manhattan in high heels and while carrying a guitar. Debbie Harry might look like a glamour goddess, but you can’t question her regular-girl street cred. She sings about regular-girl things and that makes her so much more appealing than someone who only presents their fabulous rock-princess side. The world of Blondie is all about aching feet, cold pizza, riding the bus and stalking guys who don’t like you. Just like yours and mine.