Suzanne on where
she got the inspiration to the song:
"In my third grade class, as I think in every third grade
class, there are usually two groups: the in-group and the out-group
- in my class they were named as such. The in-group would play
a game called RCK, which stood for "run, catch and kiss".
It meant that you would run after the person of the opposite
sex, usually the one who was nearest to you, you'd run after
them, you'd catch them and you'd kiss them, and you'd run away.
Usually the out-group could be found playing Star-Trek. I was
sometimes Mr. Spock, although I actually think I did a fair
amount of both. This last Summer I was apporached about writing
a song for a movie in which the lead character is a 17 year
old girl who feels she doesn't really fit into the right social
group. So I said, well let's see what I can do, and this song
is called Left of Center."
In concert, London School of Economics,
England, October 24, 1985
This is one of the songs (like Cracking) that Suzanne said that
she wrote from the title. [Ed.]