Tuesday, November 13, 2007

10 Songs That Bring Back Memories


I like the Ten on Tuesday post this week, but I'm not sure I'll be able to conjure up all of the songs that transport me back in time. But I shall try.

1. Bad, Bad Leroy Brown, Jim Croce. I was quite young, and so I was majorly impressed to hear a song with the word "damn" in it. And I got to say that word! Woo-hoo!

2. The Bitch is Back, Elton John. Along those same lines, here's a song with "bitch" right in the title. I'd play it full blast in my room, where my parents would send me for being, let's face it, a bitch. Right back in your face, parents!

3. Lady in Red, Chris De Burgh. It was a popular song at the time my father died. It moved me to tears then. I'm not entirely sure why. Perhaps it was the mournful tune.

4. Wreck on the Highway, Bruce Springsteen. I hear that song, and I am again back in the time that my dad was dying. I wasn't listening to it at the time, but when I'd play The River album subsequently, all I could think of was that time.

5. Torn Between Two Lovers, Mary MacGregor. It was an anthem song for my mom, when she was leaving my dad. At the time, I didn't get it. Now I do.

6. I Go Crazy, Paul Davis. Sappy song, to be sure. (Like some of the others aren't?) I was 17 and in love, and we broke up. I hear this song, and I remember that boy quite well.

7. Shattered, Rolling Stones. The summer of '78, hanging with my friends, listening to the Some Girls album over and over again.

8. Thunder Road, Bruce Springsteen. Staying in the dorm room of the man I loved, listening to the Born to Run album over and over again, alone as he had gone out to work. The album had been out for a number of years, but it was then that my love for Springsteen was solidified.

9. Let it Be, The Beatles. A mantra for me when times are quite hard and I want to fix things or act in some way to move forward, but some things can't be fixed and you just have to let it be.

10. Pony Boy, Bruce Springsteen. When this lullaby he sang came out on the Human Touch album, I had no children. I was never going to have children. But this song touched something in me. Four years later, a whole different life for me, a newborn baby, and this song, the only lullaby I knew at the time.


Now, honestly folks, you really thought it would all be Springsteen songs, didn't you? Well, it could have been. I've got an experience for many of them, but I thought I'd surprise you. Now, go see what others have done. And don't forget to play this week's Jump One, Jump Twosday by scrolling down one post or clicking here.

23 comments:

Florinda said...

I really was expecting an all-Springsteen list from you, but I like the one you have.

Mike M said...

All very cool songs!!! Great list. I'm updating my MP3 player now!

Ruby said...

I like #3 & #9. I'm not sure I know the others.

Gina said...

I love "I Go Crazy" but for some reason, I have never liked the Chris De Burgh song.

Oh, and as for the primping before the games, you should have seen my volleyball team in high school. We would get our curling irons and makeup and fight with the cheerleaders for mirror space in the locker room.

Heidi Hyde said...

Great List-- I think the Beatles nod is definitely my favorite!

-HH

Crimson Wife said...

Ooh, "Lady in Red" brings back bad memories for me. It was my old high school ex's and my theme song as we met at a dance where I was wearing a red dress.

Betty C. said...

Great list. I hadn't thought about the first two songs in ages, but remember them clearly! I suspect from your list that you're a bit younger than me...but not a lot.

I usually don't do Ten on Tuesday, but this subject was a must for me. I love Springsteen too and almost included "Thunder Road," but the memories were way too complex.

D... said...

I did think it would be all Springsteen. ;) Great list!

Lady in Red brings back memories for me too.

Ann said...

I love this list. I share a lot of those memory songs. I remembered throwing my bra on stage to Jagger on tour in 1980 during the song "Shattered." That was a fun album and a fun year wasn't it? Thanks for the walk down memory lane. :)

Ann

Toni said...

I sorta thought it'd be all Springsteen, too, but my fav on your list is the Beetles. Great list!

Irishcoda said...

What a great list! Some brought back some special memories for me too--we listened to a lot of the same stuff although my list didn't match up at all

Bren said...

Oh my God, I so remember singing Bad, Bad Leroy Brown and feeling "bad" that I was singing "damn."

WorksForMom said...

These are all fantastic songs. I love your taste in music too Patois. Isn't it amazing what lyrics and a little perspective (like the pony boy song) can do to a person? *le sigh*

Serena said...

I like Lady in Red. It sounds romantic but I am sorry it brings not so happy memories for you. Thanks for sharing. :)

Serena
ChatnCHill

Scribbit said...

If you just read the titles of those songs you'd get the impression that you might need some anger management :) And as for Beatles, I've been singing "Hey Jude" all week, I was raised on Beatles and Cream, my Dad is a rock lover through and through.

Sarcastic Mom (aka Lotus) said...

Songs can really do a number on you, can't they?

You know what I find does it even more for me, are smells. There's this one smell, this raspberry lotion and body spray that I was using all the time (exclusive to any other body scent) during the time that I met/dated John. Smelling it now drives me full force back to those days and makes me feel all giggly and romantic for him.

He'd be smart to buy stock in that company. ;-)

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susiej said...

You did well -- well at least you transported me.

Yuriko said...

Songs from the 80's bring me back to high school...

Songs like Bad Bad Leroy Brown bring me back to my brother sitting in front of the stereo, trying to sing....lol!

winslow1204 said...

Love Lady in Red!

g said...

I know 3, 5 and 9 very well, and need a refresher on Bruce Springsteen's songs. I think a guy from Foo Fighters (at least someone from the 2007 EMAs) said something about his songs having really great lyrics.

allrileyedup said...

Yeah, Let it Be is a great song.

Not Afraid to Use It said...

The fact that Leroy Brown is on there convinces me that we destined to know each other!! You are awesome!

Amy Turn Sharp said...

I aodre yr list
I love that you love the boss
So do I
When I lived in Greece- I turned on a whole small community to Bruce.
I love thinking about music and life and the connections...

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