Tuesday, April 23, 2013

T is for...

Take It On the Run...REO Speedwagon, 1980.

Angsty 80's songs, from the soundtrack of my life, is my theme for the A-Z challenge this year.

Oh, Hi Infidelity album, I loved you so...and I'm gonna keep on loving you. I will probably still eat and sleep, but I just might hook the turntable up. I will then proceed to sing every song at the top of my lungs, and am fairly certain that I will not need the lyric sheet.

I was a sixth grader falling, in what I assumed was love, for the first time. I don't remember exactly how many weeks that lasted before he decided to take it on the run. I knew the neighborhood, as he lived on the street behind us. Talk might have been cheap, but the story wasn't really even that good. I took the break up pretty hard, as you may have figured. Luckily, I had Kevin Cronin to commiserate with.

Once again, I didn't concern myself with all of the irrelevant details of the song that eluded to an affair, due to the fact that I was eleven and nothing that dramatic had actually happened. The thrill of singing along came once again from the overall feel for the song and its simple lyrics.
They're talking about you and it's bringing me down...
...But I'm tellin' you babe
That I don't think it's true babe
And even if it is keep this in mind
You take it on the run baby
If that's the way you want it baby
Then I don't want you around*

*I actually am glad you're here, and hope you will come back tomorrow for the letter U.


  1. OMG. How can you not love that hair? Oh, the 80s. Don't we miss them.

    Good song.

  2. I will have you know that this song stuck in my head all afternoon as I was running around. Running errands, running ragged. Taking it on the run. ;)

  3. Oh, I wore out that album! The cassette in my boombox...sigh. No heartbreak at 14, well I did have to leave Toby in Sweden after confirmation camp was over...but I survived. Our love did not, but I did see him the next summer because one of the girls I became friends with lived on his same, small island.
    Tina @ Life is Good
    Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge Blog
    @TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge

  4. Did you know that REO Speed wagon hated each other? They wouldn't even stay in the same hotel! And yet, when they were good, they were great!

  5. The kings of angsty rock tunes. Wanted to watch the video but apparently, it's not available in this country. *heavy sigh*

    Still loving these posts Andrea and I'm always excited to see which tune you're going to post about next...I know, I should get out more. :)

  6. Excellent. I'll be looking forward to U.

  7. I really am enjoying your theme. Not just the songs but your stories to go with it.

    See U tomorrow!


  8. Like Oh my g..! I still have this album. Somewhere.

  9. Great song choice. Oh first love...gone :( I agree with Heather- I'm not only loving your song picks- but all the stories to go with them. Aaw the memories.

  10. I don't believe it! Not for a minute~

    Busted in the 'hood....oh, I had one of those....but it was seventh grade, and the first time I saw him he was wearing a black playboy t-shirt...

    Oh, that *so* should have been my first red flag...that t-shirt....but I digress....

  11. Great song!
    will wait for U tomorrow!!

  12. Love, love, love their songs!!!
    Thanks for all the happy, laugh at the angst of teenagerhood posts!
    - Heather the Evil Twin with love from the A to Z Challenge

  13. And they totally formed their band at the University of Illinois! Why yes, I did watch their "Behind the Music" special. So much scandal, that REO.