If You Leave...Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark (OMD), 1986.
Angsty 80's songs, from the soundtrack of my life, is my theme for the A-Z challenge this year.
It is nearly impossible for me to separate this song from the soundtrack (on cassette again of course), from the movie (Pretty in Pink), from the other movies (namely Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club). Longing to hang out with the cool kids - those cool kids on the screen (Emilio, Judd, Ally, Molly, and Anthony) while identifying with the geeks, and cheering loudly when they find happiness. One movie's princess was another movie's outcast. I may have shared the nickname of Molly Ringwald's character in Pretty in Pink, Andie, but felt more like an even less cool version of Duckie most of the time.
Okay, I will try to move on to the song itself. The bargaining of the first verse...just one more night and THEN they we would go our separate ways. Pulled together, yet torn apart...heartbroken with no tears...not letting go, but running the other way. Can the teenage mind be summed up much better than in these contradictions and confusion? Every second, every moment...we had to make it last.
We'll meet again someday......