Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Mary Hopkin - Those Were The Days (1968/ No. 1/ 22 weeks/ Apple)

"The busy years went rushing by us
We lost our starry notions on the way"

A quatrain. Each of the four verses presents a different stage of life;

Youthful hopes


Frustration at dashed hopes and loss

"Was that lonely woman really me?"

And then -

"Through the door I heard familiar laughter"

A quiet but welcoming second chance.

The instrumentation is different for each section, you may note. The children's choir underscore the emotions perfectly.

It's a very acute song about middle-age, I think. Odd that it took the purity of an 18 year old to interpret it, in all its sadness and ruefulness, so precisely.

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