Now this was no pop station, instead a local alternative station called FBI who often play emerging Australian music. This was going to be a challenge. If I had remembered more than one word of the lyrics I might look it up that way, as I have done before, especially if it contained any interesting word combinations that might not otherwise be common. I went by the radio stations website to see if there was any help there... as it happened the radio segment I was listening to had put up a playlist for that day, score!
Dutifully i copied down all the songs of the segment and one by one I tracked them down (myspace proved very helpful for this by the way)... those I could not find clips of directly I found other music by the same artist and tried to determine if it was in the same style. I ruled out half the list, then three quarters, finally getting it down to one or two songs. Imagine my despair when I was forced to cross off these last vestibules of hope as well... NONE of the songs on the playlist had been the one I'd heard, was I going mad? No. I decided that the DJ had simply overlooked this one song when writing them out that morning.
So where do I go from there? I started querying the web for the single word I remembered, "heart", along with phrases like "sung in an interesting way" or "catchy tune"... it was like looking for a piece of hay in a stack of needles, painful and pointless. Thinking myself very clever I emailed the radio segment itself, surely they could help with my query! I waited... one day... two days... three days... no reply. Too good for their admiring public eh? Bastards.
So anyway a couple of days later they played it again and I caught the name. It was "Fidelity" by "Regina Spektor". Just goes to show, sometimes the web isn't the answer.