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Where were you in '77?

Well we all have a face
That we hide away forever
And we take them out and show ourselves
When everyone has gone
Some are satin some are steel
Some are silk and some are leather
They're the faces of the stranger
But we love to try them on

Don't go changing, to try and please me
You never let me down before
Don't imagine you're too familiar
And I don't see you anymore
I would not leave you in times of trouble
We never could have come this far
I took the good times, I'll take the bad times
I'll take you just the way you are

Lots of good stuff on that album. It still comes up on the classic rock station play lists. Got it on original vinyl and picked up the CD cheap not long ago.


Info at wiki >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Stranger_%28album%29

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Thank you, sir...that was nice. I was all rock and roll in my college days, and Billy Joel came a decade later. But we managed to get Jim Croce on campus to perform in '72, and then sadly he was killed in a plane crash a year later. I loved those smaller close up concerts with the artist sitting mere feet away. It made them vulnerable, and they bonded with the audience. Ah, the old days before concerts went into football stadiums.

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Wow! A veritable rave from the grave. Along with Bowie's 'Young Americans' 'The Stranger' is an album that transports me straight back to a time and a place, peopled by friends I was incredibly close to but haven't really seen since - not to mention two Irish Wolfhounds and a very singular marmalade cat called Chivers. Thanks, James.

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How about 1979?

When I was young, it seemed that life was so wonderful,
a miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical.
And all the birds in the trees, well they'd be singing so happily,
joyfully, playfully watching me.
But then they send me away to teach me how to be sensible,
logical, responsible, practical.
And they showed me a world where I could be so dependable,
clinical, intellectual, cynical.

There are times when all the world's asleep,
the questions run too deep
for such a simple man.
Won't you please, please tell me what we've learned
I know it sounds absurd
but please tell me who I am.


Now some they do and some they don't
And some you just can't tell
And some they will and some they won't
With some it's just as well

You can laugh at my behavior
That'll never bother me
Say the devil is my savior
But I don't pay no heed


Album info @ wikipwdia ==> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breakfast_in_America

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I've been holding out so long
I've been sleeping all alone
Lord I miss you
I've been hanging on the phone
I've been sleeping all alone
I want to kiss you

Shattered, shattered
Love and hope and sex and dreams
Are still surviving on the street
Look at me, I'm in tatters!
I'm a shattered
Friends are so alarming
And my lover's never charming
Life's just a cocktail party on the street
Big Apple
People dressed in plastic bags
Directing traffic
Some kind of fashion
Laughter, joy, and loneliness and sex and sex and sex and sex
Look at me, I'm in tatters
I'm a shattered


Some Girls by the Rolling Stones

Album info at wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Some_Girls

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i don't mind you coming here
and wasting all my time
'cause when you're standing oh so near
i kinda lose my mind
it's not the perfume that you wear
it's not the ribbons in your hair
i don't mind you coming here
and wasting all my time
i don't mind you hanging out
and talking in your sleep
it doesn't matter where you've been
as long as it was deep

i don't care if you hurt me some more
i don't care if you even the score
you can knock me and i don't care
you can mock me and i don't care
you can rock me just about anywhere
it's alright 'cus you're all i've got tonight
you're all i've got tonight
you're all i've got tonight
i need you tonight


Album info at wiki ==> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cars_%28album%29

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This is a good thread... anyone mind if I move it to Video Views? More people could enjoy it that way.

Sounds like fun to me.

What started it is that I'm working on a period story and am getting my brain on the right wavelength with the tunes of the times.

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You made me cry when you said good-bye.
Ain't that a shame...my tears fall like rain
Ain't that a shame...you're the one to blame.
You broke my heart, now we're apart.
Ain't that a shame...my tears fall like rain
Ain't that a shame...you're the one to blame.

Ah, yes you are,
Farewell, good-bye, although I'll cry.
Ain't that a shame...my tears fall like rain
Ain't that a shame...you're the one to blame.

Mother told me, yes, she told me
That I'd meet girls like you
She also told me, "Stay away
You'll never know what you'll catch"
Just the other day I heard
Of a soldier's falling off
Some Indonesian junk
That's going round

Your Mommy's all right
Your Daddy's all right
They just seem a little weird
But don't give yourself away
Hey, heeeeeey


Wikipedia page for Cheap Trick Live at Budakahn ==> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheap_Trick_at_Budokan

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Jackson Browne - Running on Empty

Looking out at the road rushing under my wheels
Looking back at the years gone by like so many summer fields
In sixty-five I was seventeen and running up one-o-one
I don't know where I'm running now, I'm just running on

Running on - running on empty
Running on - running blind
Running on - running into the sun
But I'm running behind

Caught between the longing for love
And the struggle for the legal tender
Where the sirens sing and the church bells ring
And the junk man pounds his fender
Where the veterans dream of the fight
Fast asleep at the traffic light
And the children solemnly wait
For the ice cream vendor
Out into the cool of the evening
Strolls the Pretender
He knows that all his hopes and dreams
Begin and end there


Album info at wiki ==> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Running_on_Empty_%28album%29

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On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair
Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air
Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
I had to stop for the night
There she stood in the doorway;
I heard the mission bell
And I was thinking to myself,
"This could be Heaven or this could be Hell"
Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way
There were voices down the corridor,
I thought I heard them say...

Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place)
Such a lovely face
Plenty of room at the Hotel California
Any time of year (Any time of year)
You can find it here


There's talk on the street; it sounds so familiar.
Great expectations, ev'rybody's watching you.
People you meet, they all seem to know you.
Even your old friends treat you like you're something new.
Johnny come lately, the new kid in town.
Ev'rybody loves you, so don't let them down.

You look in her eyes; the music begins to play.
Hopeless romantics, here we go again.
But after a while you're looking the other way.
It's those restless hearts that never mend.
Johnny come lately, the new kid in town.
Will she still love you when you're not around?

There's so many things you should have told her,
but night after night you're willing to hold her, just hold her.
Tears on your shoulder.

There's talk on the street; it's there to remind you
that it doesn't really matter which side you're on.
You're walking away and they're talking behind you.
They will never forget you till somebody new comes along.
Where you been lately? There's a new kid in town.
Ev'rybody loves him, don't they?

Eager for action and hot for the game
The coming attraction, the drop of a name
They knew all the right people, they took
all the right pills
They threw outrageous parties, they paid heavenly bills
There were lines on the mirror, lines on her face
She pretended not to notice, she was caught up
in the race


album info at wikipedia ==> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hotel_California_%28Eagles_album%29

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