A song by Cheap Trick
Great stuff, as usual. Please accept my apology for being absent and remiss -- mid-February is a tough time in my world
Such a great song- I’m glad it finally found you. I’m just 2 years older than you but I remember hearing it because my BFF had 3 older siblings always playing records. I have to admit I never really analyzed (or frankly even caught) all the lyrics. I appreciate it even more now.
Coincidentally I just watched “The Lost Daughter” recently and the mom at center of the film just couldn’t find the right balance of surrender/self-preservation. She probably should have smoked a few late night doobs with the hubby and spun up a little Love Gun.
Yes, your mom is alright, son.
I was in middle school when this song came out. That was when my musical awakening began - when I got to choose the music I wanted to listen to. This song is like a sibling to me - always around, sometimes love it and sometimes annoyed by it, but always familiar. I still hear it on the radio a few times a month. I've never thought about it the way you defined it here. You have added a new layer for me to consider regarding parenthood. I try to tell my teenagers about my life before them and it's so funny when they say "You did that!!??" Oh yes, and so much more...
The silver spoon baby.
At 82 the only drumsticks i knew as a kid were attached to chickens.
I have owned cars without Radios, Heaters and A/C. My Honda Fit has 2370000 mies and I've never turned the radio on. My music is the rubber on the road.
Recently i read some cool song lyrics by a dude called Sugarman from his song,
"A Most Disgusting Song."
I've been in that bar.
Thats 237000 thousand it millions
The Sunday columns are always so sublime. You never know what you're going to get, but it's ALWAYS interesting. A lot like "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" in that way.
"Surrender" is one of my favorites. I was 20 in 1978, so I was the audience for it. It was played so much on AM radio that after a few months, you started to get a little sick of it, but it's always stuck with me. Unfortunately, we didn't have the internet then, so lyrics were hard to come by unless they were printed on the album cover, but "Mommy's alright / Daddy's alright / They just seem a little weird / Surrender / Surrender / But don't give yourself away." was always clear. I had no clue at the time how the rest of the lyrics fit in, but the chorus was enough to hook me.
I was meandering around college at the time, and it was either this song, The Who's "Who Are You?", or Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" that was heard up and down the hallways of my dorm. I was most partial to "Rumours" since I wasn't one of the cool kids either! But now, "Surrender," "Who Are You?", any song from "Rumours", or oddly, Steve Martin's first comedy album, brings me right back to 1977-79. As I said: sublime.