Top 10 All-Time Favorite Songs #6

The Breakup Song, The Greg Kihn Band. We had broken up for good just an hour before, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh uh, uh, uh……..

Best know for the song “Jeopardy”, this catchy song is pure pop genius.  Like most of my favorite songs, this song always takes me back to a specific bar my freshman year in college.  This and Pat Travers “Boom Boom (Out Go The Lights)” always seemed to be playing on the juke box.

I’m a bit of a Greg Kihn fan, he had four songs that are absolute favorites of mine.  He was playing locally a few weeks back, an acoustic show.  Tickets were pretty cheap, so for the first time I went to a concert alone.  It’s pretty close to my house, so I had a short drive, no traffic issues and was in bed by ten.  Kihn has plenty of personality and I really enjoyed his stories.  However his song selection was lacking.  He only played two of his hits (he did do the subject song), so I did leave quite disappointed.  Oh well…..

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4 thoughts on “Top 10 All-Time Favorite Songs #6

  1. So far I have responded as follows:
    10. He ain’t Heavy
    9. Centerfield
    8 Sultans of Swing
    7 Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.

    For #6 I will go to the great Meatloaf Album “Bat out of Hell” While the title cut is an amazing song, as are several others, especially ‘For Crying out Loud’, my #6 selection is Paradise by the Dashboard Light.

    We wore through a few vinyl albums and several cassettes. We now have this great album on CD. To add a story connected to the song you may find this of interest. While you have two daughters I have been blessed with two sons, born two years apart. When they were coming of HS age my wife told me “You are the father…you have to give your sons ‘the talk’.”. Back then I was taking the boys up to Vermont to ski on a regular basis… a 3-4 hour ride. One Sunday night trip home I put Paradise on the car radio and played it several times while I used the song to explain the facts of life.

    Starting off with the solitude of parking by the lake without another car in sight we got into the teenager concept of horniness. Our bodies were held so close and tight and all the kids at school wishing they were me that night. His horniness was glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife. He could almost feel paradise by the dashboard light.

    He is trying his best…baby can’t you hear my heart drowning out the radio. He’d been waiting so long so come on let’s have some fun. He is pleading ‘so open up your eyes…I got a big surprise…It’ll feel alright…I want to make your motor run. He is begging “we’re gonna go all the way tonight” when the radio segues to my old favorite play by play man Phil Rizzuto. (After all I am a life long Yankee fan).

    I used the Rizzuto bridge to explain 1st base (holding hands) 2nd base (kissing) 3rd base (petting) and then…the suicide squeeze is on…here he comes… squeeze play at the plate…holy cow I think he’s gonna make it!!!.

    “Stop right there” she tells him. “I gotta know right now…do you love me will you love me forever? Will you never leave me? Will you make me so happy for the rest of my life? Will you take me away…will you make me your wife?”

    He tries to stall…Let me sleep on it… I’ll give you an answer in the morning.

    She presses Do you love me? I can wait all night. What’s it gonna be boy…yes or no?

    Again he stalls…Let me sleep on it. Again she presses…Will you love me forever?

    Then he caves ” I couldn’t take it any longer…Lord I was crazed…and the feeling came upon me like a tidal wave. I started swearing to my god and on my mother’s grave that I would love you until the end of time…

    Bada bing bada boom…the deed is done.

    So now he’s praying for the end of time….to hurry up and arrive…cause if I gotta spend another minute with you I don’t think I can really survive.

    I’ll never break my promise or forget my vow…but I’m praying for the end of time so I can end my time with you. It was long ago and it was far away and it was so much better than it is today.”.

    By using the song to explain the facts of life to the boys they were able to appreciate the fact that the feelings that they were experiencing were somewhat universal. I played this song so often and always listen when it comes on the radio that all these years later I seem to recall every word.

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  2. I knew it would be long and thought of using it to take up your request for a guest blog post but it really did not have any “T” context.

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