Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Musical junk food

I don't know why, but today I am nostalgic for Richard Marx. He was an 80s pop star who wrote these catchy ballads that would tell a little story. Whatever happened to songs that would tell a little story? Did they go the way of the concept video? (another crappy thing I miss) The song I listened to tonight was "Hazard." Instead of trying to retell the song, I'm just going to include the lyrics here (my comments in ital):

My mother came to Hazard when I was just seven
Even then the folks in town said with prejudiced eyes

That boy's not right ...


OK, yes, you've hooked me Richard.

Three years ago when I came to know Mary
First time that someone looked beyond the rumours and the lies

And saw the man inside ...


O, how lonely you must have been until you met Mary. You're telling me. And I get it.

We used to walk down by the river
She loved to watch the sun go down
We used to walk along the river
And dream our way out of this town ...
No one understood what I felt for Mary

A beautiful love story. But ... why do the chords sound so ominous?

No one cared until the night she went out walking alone
And never came home ...
Man with a badge came knocking next morning
Here was I surrounded by a thousand fingers suddenly
Pointed right at me ...

Oh shit.

I swear I left her by the river
I swear I left her safe and sound
I need to make it to the river
And leave this old Nebraska town
I think about my life gone by
And how it's done me wrong
There's no escape for me this time
All of my rescues are gone, long gone
I swear I left her by the river
I swear I left her safe and sound
I need to make it to the river
And leave this old Nebraska town ...

So who did it? I'll never know. I must listen to the song again.

Anyway, see what I mean? It's absolute crap, but it's pretty. And I seem to remember maybe a sepia-toned video, too? Anyway, I miss it.

1 comment:

Julie said...

I don't know a damn thing about this pop star, but reading your entry makes ME miss him, too.