You know, yesterday, I was really deeply missing my best friend on planet Earth, Paul, who died over 13 years ago. Some days, like yesterday, I feel like I can't go on another minute without him to talk to. And yet over 13 years have gone by now, so, obviously. Well, I do indeed go on.
But while I was missing him yesterday, I started singing that old song, "Seasons in the Sun" which was a huge hit in 1973 or '74, about a guy who was dying, saying goodbye to his family and friends. I have the song on a CD collection, and I thought, you know, I should dig that out and listen to it and just spend some time remembering my friend. So I did. But then I started listening to some of the other songs on the collection that I had forgotten about. The CD has some stupefyingly fantastic old Top 40 songs on it, from the late 60s and early 70s. For instance, "Ode to Billy Joe," "Take a Letter Maria," "Polk Salad Annie," "Alone Again, Naturally," "One Tin Soldier," etc., etc.
The creme de la creme of Top 40 tear-jerkers is also on the CD: Yes, I am referring to "Honey." If you are not old enough to remember "Honey" by Bobby Goldsboro, then I feel so fucking SORRY for you!! I totally do.
It was popular when I was 7 years old. And "popular" is an understatement. It was a massively huge hit. I heard it everywhere I went. My clearest memory of it, though, was being in the car with my family and having it come on the car radio. We only had AM stations in car radios back then. I can remember my dad and mom sitting in the front seat; my brother and I in the back. For some reason, my brother always sat behind my mom and I always sat behind my dad.
I've always been a "words" person. By that, I mean, I have always, even as a really little girl, been hyper-aware of the lyrics to songs. And the lyrics to "Honey" just killed me. I can remember sitting in the backseat of the car in the early summer of '68, quietly listening to that song with tears burning in my eyes as my heart was breaking... I will never forget how much I loved that song. What a fantastic memory.
Okay, gang. Back to my schoolwork...
["Honey" by Bobby Goldsboro, 1968]
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