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  posted on 8/2/2012 at 10:43 PM
This is a story that I think that most might find interesting.
I was traveling and was bumped to first class seating and ended up sitting next to a well know musician who played the guitar but he is more known for his singing.
He had a couple top 10 hits in the 70s. But one was big and this is the story behind that song. That is all I am going to say about who this is because I don't want to take way from his story.
Once we took off we began to talk. At first the normal dribble then we talked about other things that were more personable. He told me stories of the road and I told a couple stories of my job before retirement. I asked him about his big hit scotch and started by saying he played music in a big time jock high school. He said he like to play sports but was not any good. The jocks would goof on him but not to the point of beating him up. However he had his eye on the school hottie who he had known since the first grade. All of the guys were after her but she seemed to hang with the jock click and he with the as he called them the "music makers." Once they got to high school he would get up the nerve to call her every once in a while and make a point to run into her at school. He added she was always nice and pleasant but he knew that being a friend from when they were kids was how it going to be. Besides she was dating one of the more popular guys so he was wasting his time. He said the truth be known her boyfriend was actually a good guy. He was in a band that played the high schools and played his school allot. The girl of his dreams was there dancing with her boyfriend he would always make a point to say hi and she was very nice but that was it.
One night there was a party as he said "huge, best of his high school days." He said everyone was equal for that one night the jocks, dweebs, hotties, notties, sci-fi’s all talking to each other finding out they were not so different after all. They were drinking, smoking little just having a great time. The girl of his dreams arrives with her boyfriend but they go their separate ways to talk to their friends. He was sitting with a few girls playing the acoustic guitar playing little and singing a little when she sits down right across from him next to her best friend, who already there. He told me his heart missed at least three beats. He had not been that close to her for more than 10 minutes since the fifth grade. He added he had been waiting for this chance since “three days before forever.” Then she said the thing every guitar player dreads "play something good." A one in a million pure luck chance he played her favorite song and she just sat and listened as he stretched a 2 minute song to 5 or 6. As the group moved on they left the party and went by themselves a short distance away. The more he played the more she talked and sang along as best she could. They talked about everything and it was like when they were kids again. He said he played for hours and his fingers were so sore but did not want the night to end. She admitted to him that she knew he liked her but social pressures ment it would never be. He said that all of a sudden she kissed for what seemed like an eternity, but was actually 2 minutes. Well it was time to leave so they went their separate ways. He alone, her to her boyfriend.
As we sat there he just stared straight ahead I could tell he was re-living that moment not seeming to remember I was there. He said that was one of the most special if not the most special night of his life. After that night she was more aware he was around to the point that her boyfriend even noticed. He said for whatever reason they never acted on that night. He said for both of them it was always the anticipation of what could of been that kept it very special. He added the anticipation was greater than what could have been. They both went to college the following fall. They wrote each other a little and their lives just drifted in different directions. He quit school and hit the road to fame and fortune. She married and had a couple of kids and their paths never crossed again until the day he told me this story.
He said he just came from her funeral. She had died of some long term illness. I asked how he knew this woman had died and he said the obit was in their hometown paper, his sister gave him the information and he took the next plane to the funeral. He said some of the people recognized him and her husband asked how he knew her. He said he told the truth, they were childhood friends. After the services and before the burial her daughter came up to him and told him her mother had confided in her and only her that her mother knew for almost 40 years his hit song was written about her, that one night and how he felt about her. The daughter told him that was her mother was not “musical” but his hit song was her favorite and she would ever sing it to her as a child. The daughter added her father would wonder why she would always smiled when that song came on the radio or when he appeared on TV. He stopped talking for a minute then told me he had kept the original paper with the lyrics for that song for almost 40 years. He said he gave the lyrics to her daughter on the way to the grave side service. But he never said why he bought the lyrics with him. I guess we will never know. She told him that the funeral home staff were able to slip the lyrics into the coffin before she was buried. He ended his story by saying it looked like that night was as just special to her as it was to him.
I know this is a sad story. But sometimes sad stories are worth reading.

 
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  posted on 8/3/2012 at 07:22 AM
That's a great story, thanks for sharing. (I, as most, am trying to figure out who it is ha)

 

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  posted on 8/3/2012 at 07:33 AM
My brain is racing through love song lyrics trying to figure out who this story is about.
 

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  posted on 8/3/2012 at 07:48 AM
that has got to be one of the best stories every shared on this forum. i would love to know who it was but at the same time, the mystery makes it even better. thanks for sharing.

 

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  posted on 8/3/2012 at 08:49 AM
Bob Seger and Night Moves come to mind

 

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  posted on 8/3/2012 at 08:54 AM
Dan, can't be Night Moves. Doesn't sound like the guy from the story got to do the hibbidy gibbidy with the girl of his dreams.
 

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  posted on 8/3/2012 at 08:55 AM
great story.

can't think of the song, but I'll work on it.

 

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  posted on 8/3/2012 at 09:18 AM
What a fabulous and bitter sweet story! My mind is going 90 miles an hour trying to think of who this might be and which song it is.
 

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  posted on 8/3/2012 at 09:42 AM
Maybe Main Street by Bob Seeger?
 

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  posted on 8/3/2012 at 09:53 AM
"Brandy" by Looking Glass. Eliot Lurie was the songwriter and singer.
 

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  posted on 8/3/2012 at 10:11 AM
Ok, here are the top 10 hits form each year in the 70s. Any guesses?

1970
1. Layla - Derek and the Dominos
2. Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel
3. Let It Be - The Beatles
4. Your Song - Elton John
5. Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine - James Brown
6. Lola - The Kinks
7. Who'll Stop the Rain - Creedence Clearwater Revival
8. Fire and Rain - James Taylor
9. Paranoid - Black Sabbath
10. All Right Now - Free

1971
1. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
2. Imagine - John Lennon
3. What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
4. Let's Stay Together - Al Green
5. Maggie May - Rod Stewart
6. American Pie - Don McLean
7. Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who
8. Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones
9. Just My Imagination - The Temptations
10. Family Affair - Sly and the Family Stone

1972
1. Superstition - Stevie Wonder
2. Papa Was a Rollin' Stone - The Temptations
3. Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
4. Lean on Me - Bill Withers
5. Heart of Gold - Neil Young
6. Walk on the Wild Side - Lou Reed
7. You Are the Sunshine of My Life - Stevie Wonder
8. If You Don't Know Me by Now - Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
9. I'll Take You There - The Staple Singers
10. Tumbling Dice - The Rolling Stones

1973
1. Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
2. Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye
3. Midnight Train to Georgia - Gladys Knight and the Pips
4. Dream On - Aerosmith
5. Living for the City - Stevie Wonder
6. Money - Pink Floyd
7. Piano Man - Billy Joel
8. Killing Me Softly with His Song - Roberta Flack
9. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
10. That Lady - Isley Brothers

1974
1. No Woman, No Cry - Bob Marley and the Wailers
2. Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
3. You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet - Bachman-Turner Overdrive
4. Rock Your Baby - George McCrae
5. Lady Marmalade - LaBelle
6. Autobahn - Kraftwerk
7. Help Me - Joni Mitchell
8. Waterloo - Abba
9. Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe - Barry White
10. Tell Me Something Good - Rufus

1975
1. Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
2. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
3. Walk This Way - Aerosmith
4. Kashmir - Led Zeppelin
5. Tangled Up in Blue - Bob Dylan
6. Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
7. Thunder Road - Bruce Springsteen
8. One of These Nights - Eagles
9. Low Rider - War
10. I'm Not in Love - 10cc

1976
1. Hotel California - The Eagles
2. Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac
3. More Than a Feeling - Boston
4. Anarchy in the UK - The Sex Pistols
5. Dancing Queen - Abba
6. (Don't Fear) The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
7. Night Moves - Bob Seger
8. Blitzkrieg Bop - The Ramones
9. The Boys Are Back in Town - Thin Lizzy
10. Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry

1977
1. Stayin' Alive - The Bee Gees
2. We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions - Queen
3. Heroes - David Bowie
4. Best of My Love - The Emotions
5. God Save the Queen - The Sex Pistols
6. Brick House - The Commodores
7. Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
8. Paradise by the Dashboard Light - Meat Loaf
9. I Feel Love - Donna Summer
10. Jamming - Bob Marley and the Wailers

1978
1. I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
2. Roxanne - The Police
3. Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits
4. Heart of Glass - Blondie
5. One Nation Under a Groove - Funkadelic
6. I Wanna Be Sedated - The Ramones
7. Miss You - The Rolling Stones
8. Le Freak - Chic
9. Old Time Rock and Roll - Bob Seger
10. Rock Lobster - The B-52's

1979
1. Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2 - Pink Floyd
2. London Calling - The Clash
3. Rapper's Delight - The Sugarhill Gang
4. Good Times - Chic
5. Dont Stop 'Til You Get Enough - Michael Jackson
6. We Are Family - Sister Sledge
7. Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
8. Hot Stuff - Donna Summer
9. Brass in Pocket - The Pretenders
10. Message in a Bottle - The Police

 

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  posted on 8/3/2012 at 10:13 AM
I love this story and hate this story!!!!!!!!

How about the song " I'd really love to see you tonight" I think it was a 70s hit by a one hit wonder group.



[Edited on 8/3/2012 by OriginalGoober]

 

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  posted on 8/3/2012 at 10:39 AM
Very heavy stuff. Real life.
 
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  posted on 8/3/2012 at 10:40 AM
For some reason, I thought of Don McLean, American Pie. It has all of the music references, but also there seems to be some kind of love story in there.
 

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  posted on 8/3/2012 at 11:00 AM
Made me think of Harry Chapin's "Taxi" song.
 

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  posted on 8/3/2012 at 11:24 AM
Great story...and now you have my memory in overdrive!!

 

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  posted on 8/3/2012 at 12:07 PM
Mule 75 - i was thinking the same thing.

If we are to decipher the original post, we can eliminate one hit wonders. Don Mclean had a few well know songs.

maybe a frampton song?

 

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  posted on 8/3/2012 at 12:08 PM
Maybe "Baby I love your Way?"

Now that i think about it, almost 40 years means the song would have to be from 1973 - 1979.

This is kind of killing me!

[Edited on 8/3/2012 by sully]

 

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  posted on 8/3/2012 at 12:28 PM

Sweet story. And of course you got me guessing too.

How about throwing us a little bone here ? I promise I won't say anything else, but answer this yes or no: Was the song written for a girl named Marianne ?

 

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  posted on 8/3/2012 at 12:40 PM

KCJimmy nailed it ?

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He said that all of a sudden she kissed for what seemed like an eternity


Line from "Born to Run"

"I wanna die with you wendy on the streets tonight
In an everlasting kiss"

 

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  posted on 8/3/2012 at 01:25 PM
Born To Run

Written at 7˝ West End Court in Long Branch, New Jersey in early 1974, the song was Bruce Springsteen's last-ditch effort to make it big. The prior year, Springsteen had released two albums to critical acclaim but with little commercial success. The lyrics to the song are appropriately epic for his last-ditch, all-or-nothing shot at the stars, yet they remain rooted in the universal desperation of adolescence: Will you walk with me out on the wire, cause baby I'm just a scared and lonely rider...We gotta get out while we're young, 'cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run.'

Written in the first person, the song is a love letter to a girl named Wendy (Wendy let me in I wanna be your friend I wanna guard your dreams and visions...; I wanna die with you Wendy on the streets tonight/in an everlasting kiss!), for whom the hot-rod-riding protagonist certainly has enough passion to love, but perhaps not the patience. However, Springsteen has noted that it has a much simpler core: getting out of Freehold[disambiguation needed].

 

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  posted on 8/3/2012 at 01:52 PM
No one can seriously believe that Bruce Springsteen would sit next to this guy and speak this way can they? That Bruce would be described as a guy who had a couple of hits back in the 70's? Get serious people. Bruce is the only one who used the term an everlasting kiss? Come now.
 

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  posted on 8/3/2012 at 01:54 PM
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Obviously a different story but the feeling I got when I read it reminds me a lot of "Same Old Lang Syne" by Dan Fogelberg.


Thought the same thing Jimmy. Of course Dan Fogelberg passed away a few years back so this would have to be an old story.

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  posted on 8/3/2012 at 03:11 PM
Great story! Thanks for sharing!

How 'bout Bill Withers - 'Ain't No Sunshine'

 

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  posted on 8/3/2012 at 03:27 PM
How about james taylor - Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight

Do me wrong, do me right. Tell me lies but hold me tight.
Save your good-byes for the morning light, but don't let me be lonely tonight.

Say goodbye and say hello. Sure enough good to see you, but it's time to go.
Don't say yes but please don't say no, I don't want to be lonely tonight.

Go away then, damn you, go on and do as you please,
You ain't gonna see me getting down on my knees.
I'm undecided, and your heart's been divided, you've been turning my world upside down.

Do me wrong, do me right, right now, baby. Go on and tell me lies but hold me tight.
Save your good-byes for the morning light, morning light,
but don't let me be lonely tonight.
I don't want to be lonely tonight, no, no, I don't want to be lonely tonight.

I don't want to be lonely tonight.

 
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