As the great musical poet Kiki Dee once said, “I’ve got the music in me.” Seriously, music is part of my daily life, so I participate in Song Lyric Sunday. This week’s theme is street.
Oh, Mind Jukebox. I hate every version of Dancing In the Street, but thanks for the suggestion. The discs just weren’t spinning, so I searched “street” and “80s” (twas in an 80s mood) in my fancy thinkin’ computin’ machine. A song appeared near the top of the list, and BOOM! I had my selection. This song doesn’t mention the word street, but it mentions a car, which drives on one, so close enough!
If memory serves, I heard this song for the first time when this singer/songwriter performed it at the Nelson Mandela 70th birthday tribute concert in 1988 (which I watched not only for my love of concerts (even on TV), but because I was a teeny hippie touting peace and love and that Mandela should be freed and apartheid in South Africa should end). I loved this storyteller and the pictures she drew in my mind.
I spent my allowance every week for years buying CDs for my collection (which eventually numbered in the hundreds). I’m fairly certain after seeing her on TV that I went to Sam Goody with $15 burning a hole in my pocket and bought her eponymous debut CD.
Take a ride with me in Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car. I’ll drive.
I had a feeling that I belonged. I had a feeling I could be someone…
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