I often find myself feeling a little jealous, when I hear a song that was popular decades ago. Not because I’m weird, but because I would have loved to hear that song on the radio, being played to death like some of today’s “hits”. I use the term loosely, as sometimes I have to hunt around to find a decent song being played.
Then again, if I was around to hear old songs, I’d be decades older by now (or not here at all), which makes the colour green seem like less of an issue to me.
In any case, if I had to pick a song that I’m most jealous of, for each decade I missed, this would be it:
Melody of love (1903) – OK, this might be the only song I recognise of this decade, but it’s a good one anyway.
After you’ve gone (1918) – I always associate songs around war times with tragic war stories, whether it’s the case or not.
Bye bye blackbird (1926) – My absolute favourite song of this era: From a time when bobs were in and “talking pictures” were just being talked about.
Cheek to cheek (1935) – A great era for music and a difficult choice. A black and white film always comes to mind with a number of people dancing, well, cheek to cheek.
Some enchanted evening (1949) – A bit of a tricky one. All the songs I thought were released during this time, were really released in the 30s. Nevertheless, the era reminds me of piano bars and dancing people in uniform.
Crying, waiting, hoping (1959) – Buddy Holly
Just one look (1963) – Recently featured in the movie “Crazy stupid love” with Ryan Gosling.
And of course, all of the Beatles songs.
Tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree (1973) – I’m embarrassed to admit that I can’t keep it together when I hear this song. You know, the one about the guy who comes back from prison (or war, I’m still not sure), who hopes for a single yellow ribbon tied around the old oak tree, which would represent his girlfriend’s love for him. If you get the chance to listen to it, you might understand why this is one of the few songs’ lyrics that irritate my tear glands, every time.