Friday, August 30, 2013

Musical questions

So the other day I'm driving along, minding my own business, when this old song from the 70's comes on the radio: Melissa Manchester's "Don't Cry Out Loud."

True confession: I used to sing along with this song a lot, probably because it's one where you can really belt out the lyrics. (And I know you did, too--admit it!)

Just who is this "baby" and what is her deal with the circus?

And she "took up with some clowns," does she mean that literally? Because clowns are creepy as hell. Or does she mean "losers"? This is deep, people! 

And has she had years of therapy to help her get over suppressing her emotions?
"Just keep it inside, learn how to hide your feelings..." That can't be healthy.

And what about the rather passive aggressive put downs?
"Fly high and proud, and if you should fall, remember you almost had it all..."
Um, what? "Get out there and do your best, but you won't, you'll mess it up." Gee, thanks, whoever you are.

Just some random thoughts as I'm driving along, minding my own business.

Fun fact: This song was written by Peter Allen and Carol Bayer Sager. And Melissa Manchester hated the song and didn't want to record it. But it was a big hit for her in 1979.

WARNING: If you are, like me, creeped out by clowns, do not DO NOT watch the video!