Thursday, 31 March 2011

I've Never Been To Me.....

As cheesy as this is, I love it. Listen to it? Register to the words?

My lovely friend Naomi was "singing" it on Twitter yesterday, and I ended up You Tubing it. And found myself enjoying it all over again. I loved it in the 1980's; identified with its resurgence in the 1990's, and now, listening to the lyrics 30 years on since I heard them the first time, I can identify even more, on both sides of the coin.

The grass is greener, whichever lifestyle I chose to lead.


I have periods of being a discontented mother and a (self) regimented wife. Periods where I crave the life I had. I've been to Nice and the isles of Greece, when I sipped champagne on a yacht. Truly.

And of course, whilst I spent my earlier life exploring, all I craved was a truth. A truth that involved babies and a husband.

Which, thankfully, I now have.

Am I the only one that goes around and around in circles with nostalgia, love, with trying to find out what I want, what will be best?

I know, I know. I need to I take this life I have been gifted and not get bitter from the sweet.

One hit wonder she may be, but the lyrics still have an impact upon me each and every decade I feel them.

Do you have a song? One that makes you think? One that makes you stop and listen?  One that makes you happy, sad, grateful and nostalgic, all at the same time?

Share with me?


  1. The 80's were awesome.
    Excellent post and even though I've never been to those exotic places, I related to the dwelling in nostalgia. Gotten through that now, so good luck, it can be done. (I love my therapist) (not like that)
    "Wannabe" by the Spice Girls. A super bouncy song that cheered me up through bad times and made me dance in good time. Lots of stories go with it.

  2. I have a range of songs. I can't choose just one.
    One I always come back to though is This Year by the Mountain Goats.

  3. Holly HomemakerMarch 31, 2011

    Everytime I hear that song, I think of Priscilla Queen of the Desert :)

  4. I wish I knew how to make my comments show up here. More often than not, I lose them?

    This is one of my all time favourite songs. It reminds me so much of my mother - she loved it too. Hope you don't mind, stole this idea for mine today.

  5. I love how music has the power to bring up all these strong and powerful emotions. It's the best feeling when a song comes on and you don't realise the memories it brings up until you hear it. Love that feeling. I can't choose just one, or even 10 songs that get me all emotional - there are way too many! Great post xxx

  6. hissychickMarch 31, 2011

    Oh I love this song. It really does epitomise the mummy conundrum doesn't it?

    I have my songs and they are varied. "Here comes the sun" by the Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge oiver troubled water", the Ramones' "Something to do". "Glory and Consequence" by Ben Harper. "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" by the Smashing Pumpkins. Anything by Jeff Buckley.

    And strangely enough "Flagpole Sitter" by Harvey Wallbanger.

    Erm .Methinks I detect a lot of teenage angst aside from the Beatles number LOL.

    Great post Lucy xx

  7. I sure do Lucy, and it is always around this time of the year that I listen to it. It's an album actually - Natalie Imbruglia's White Lillies Island.

    March is my birthday, and also my wedding anniversary with my ex-husband. Yes, silly me (I blame my age) got married three days after my 22nd birthday!

    This album got me through everything when I walked out on that life almost 10 years ago, and every year I listen to it and it makes me feel stronger and stronger.

    Funny how the same songs that had me at a point of such despair can now make me feel so incredibly happy.


  8. The Modern ParentMarch 31, 2011

    Have been singing this song since I read your comment on Planning with Kids blog so I thought I would pay you a visit! Great post and great words. Have so many songs that I love the words to...but one that i heard the other day was Cyndi Lauper "True Colors" which made me think of all the people that were most special to me were the ones I know the most about...their honesty and truthfulness allowing me to see, know and embrace every part of them.

  9. Oh, I so agree re "True Colours". I am a Cynidi Lauper fan, and I love the Casey Chambers version too. (And now I am scurrying off to YouTube!)

    Thank you for visiting!

  10. Shelley my sweet, I never knew that. You brave and lovely girl. I am so glad you had such music to see you through..

    I am off to see if I can go listen to some of that album now - it was from the era of when the lovely husband and I were first together, I think, so I can already feel some of those memories pulling me.

    Shelley, as always, thank you for sharing. xx

  11. Ah Em. So many of these glorious tracks are some of my faves. I am creating a whole new YouTube playlist based on them...


  12. Jane, I agree. The memories come flooding back so intensely. Music and smells have that power.

  13. You are here, your comment popped up! (Melissa, even if sometimes they don't appear, I always get them via email. I am grateful for every last one!)

    I am glad this gave you an apportunity for a lovely mother memory. xx

  14. I need to rewatch that movie! xx

  15. Off to YouTube that right now!

  16. I am a Spice Girls fan. But so many of their songs are a little timged with sadness too - they were HUGE when I left England, with such a mixture of emotions...

  17. MultipleMumApril 01, 2011

    Funnily mine is Ben Lee's "Awake is the new sleep" album. No surprises for guessing when I first started listening to it :) It takes me straight back to the uncertainty of new parenthood and reminds me how far I have come! x
    PS A bit of 'goss' from our Shelley!


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