Not that I’m particularly sad today, but I was recently thinking about the music I play over and over again on less happy days. For some reason, it’s still the same songs I play as 10-15 years ago. So now that we have Youtube:
I play out my role
Why I’ve even been out walking
They tell me that it helps
But I know when I’m beaten
All those lonely films
And all those lonely parties
But now the feeling is off-screen
An the tears for real not acted, anymore
“Long Hot Summer” (1983) – Style Council (with Paul Weller on Bass)
I keep forgettin we’re not in love anymore
I keep forgettin things will never be the same again
I keep forgettin how you made that so clear
I keep forgettin every time that you are near
“I keep forgetting” (1982) – Michael McDonald
Those were days of roses,
Poetry and prose and Martha
All I had was you and all you had was me.
There was no tomorrows,
Wed packed away our sorrows
And we saved them for a rainy day.
“Martha” (1973) – Tom Waits (no original on Youtube, so I give you a cover by ‘Malvasio’)
This last song I only discovered in the 90s (on the excellent “Closing Time” album), but I remember the other two from when they came out, both around 1983. I guess the memories from when you’re 14 are really strong.
So what songs come out of your stereo on sad days?
UPDATE: I forgot one: “It’s too late” by Carole King
It used to be so easy living here with you
You were light and breezy and I knew just what to do
Now you look so unhappy and I feel like a fool
And it’s too late, baby, now it’s too late
Though we really did try to make it
Something inside has died
And I can’t hide and I just can’t fake it