Long Grass – Clouds – Music

Remember when you were lost, paralysed by life with no direction and just switched off? One of those days when you’re in the long grass staring at the sky watching clouds? You could hear the sounds of distant lives in your periphery, kids in a playground, a train somewhere, a couple arguing and then as if on cue, through someone’s open window you hear a song. Not any song though – it’s a song that appears to fit the moment as though they chose that song for you – that song now represents a moment in your life – forever.


They say music is the soundtrack of your life. Is that true for everyone or was I radicalised? My earliest memory? Plonked in front of a telly to watch Billy Fury sing Halfway to Paradise, “So near, yet so far away.” I was three-years -old.  I appeared in the world in 1957- my sisters were eleven and nineteen – my early years were bombarded with Elvis, Eddie Cochran, leather jackets and motorbikes by the time I was fourteen I had assumed the role.


The first girl to tell me she loved me? I was sixteen – Del Shannon’s ‘Runaway’ played five times at that party – I never saw her again. “I’m a walkin’ in the rain
Tears are fallin’ and I feel a pain”                                                                                                 Every desperate thing that has happened to me and I always seem to turn to The Eagles ‘Desparado’                                                                                                                                           “And freedom, oh freedom, well that’s just some people talkin’
Your prison is walking through this world all alone”                                                                    But when all else fails? there’s always the fields, the clouds and a memory of a song that once saved you 🙂

About charliecountryboy

Part-time Carpentry Assessor. writer, runner, guitarist. Curious about life and all those wonderful people in it.
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26 Responses to Long Grass – Clouds – Music

  1. Brockelman says:


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  2. dray0308 says:

    Reblogged this on Dream Big, Dream Often.

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  3. granny1947 says:

    Oh wow…that is beautiful!

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  4. Invisibly Me says:

    I definitely think songs provide the soundtrack to life. They throw you straight back into a moment, a memory, a feeling. And Del Shannon? I played my parents record of him over and over when I a little kid, still gives me the shivers to hear him. Such an emotive post.xx

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  5. Yes, I am still there. Please don’t tell me there is more.😎

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  6. Carolyn Page says:

    Loved this, Charlie, you are absolutely right; music holds the memory key for many of life’s moments!
    Johnny Mathis was my second boyfriend; my first was Perry Como!
    Until the twelfth of never I’ll still be loving you – Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket .
    And then there was Clair de Lune when romance was ailing!
    I still have that nostalgic feeling whenever I hear, in particular, these two great musos.. 🙂

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  7. anne leueen says:

    Love this. “Someone saved my life tonight” and it is often a song.

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  8. There is this great book by Tom McGuane and the only tiny part I object to is when his protagonist pokes fun at people who love Desperado! I love that song.

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  9. Ah the Eagles… some things don’t change so much over the years:
    We satisfy our endless needs
    And justify our bloody deeds
    In the name of destiny
    And in the name of God

    And you can see them there
    On Sunday morning
    They stand up and sing about
    What it’s like up there
    They call it paradise
    I don’t know why
    You call someplace paradise
    Kiss it goodbye

    Great post, Charlie. Thought-provoking as ever. I send heartfelt feelings to Paradise. It’s about time we took climate change more seriously… That’s what these lyrics made me think about today. Some lyrics just get better over time, they age well, and adapt with the times… like carpenters and DJs.

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  10. So many songs have meant so much over the years, but I have my favorites always on my playlist! great post!

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  11. It’s amazing how much a song can bring back from forty or fifty years ago – even for a non-musical man like me. 🙂

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