Thursday, 11 June 2015

New kid in town. . .

This track is a song request from +Anaru White 

I've written blog posts about The Eagles before (see Peaceful easy feeling, One of these nights, Take it to the limits).  There's something about their laid back way of playing that speaks to the hopeless romantics in us all.

There's talk on the street, it sounds so familiar
Great expectations, everybody's watching you
People you meet, they all seem to know you
Even your old friends treat you like you're something new

Johnny come lately, the new kid in town
Everybody loves you, so don't let them down

Being the new kid in town can be a really stressful situation.  Everybody flocks to be around you and want to find out what makes you tick, they want to find out every little thing about you, your interests and hobbies and they're always interested in your personal life (things you might not want to disclose about yourself in a first impression meeting I don't think).

Cam you think about the times in your life when you've been the new kid in town?  The most vivid ones for me have been when I have gone to a new school or joined a new job. It's those first days that play most vividly in my mind.  It's like your senses are all in hypersensitive mode and everything is absorbed much more (well that's what happens to me!).

You look in her eyes, the music begins to play
Hopeless romantics, here we go again
But after awhile, you're lookin' the other way
It's those restless hearts that never mend

Johnny come lately, the new kid in town
Will she still love you when you're not around?

The harmonies that play during the verse remind me very much of Bryan Adams and his Have you ever really loved a woman and I imagine that this song would've served as an inspiration for that track if these harmonies are anything to go by.  The guitar interlude that separates the end of the chorus before the bridge and before the key change, helps to drive the momentum of the song forward.

Meeting new people in different situations can quickly transform you from the new kid in the town to the talk of the town.  Things can start to become awkward when people pay too much attention to you (especially if you don't like the attention or don't want it in the first place).  Granted when those things happen, you can't stop the madness (or the gossip) and besides, people are more inclined to believe the worst about you, make assumptions about preposterous ideas that are so far-fetched that you have to wonder if some Olympic athlete hurled them with Herculean efforts across the sky for everybody to see.

There are so many things you should have told her
But night after night you're willing to hold her
Just hold her, tears on your shoulder

Why didn't you say anything?  There would've been ample opportunities for you to say something, anything (everything?) but you chose not to.  I can't really blame you either.  It's the way you're built - when things get too hard, you avoid the issue, you avoid contact - because you want to avoid being wrong.  There's nothing more bruising to a man's ego, than being told by a confident woman that he's wrong.  A stronger man would recognise his mistakes and embrace that woman.  A weaker man wouldn't recognise anything was wrong with his behaviour and try to charm his way out of any situation.

There's talk on the street, it's there to remind you
It doesn't really matter which side you're on
You're walkin' away and they're talking behind you
They'll never forget you until somebody new comes along. . . 

Let's be honest, regardless of whether you are the new kid in the town or the talk of the town, you can't control what people may say about you.  The only thing you can control is you.

So cheers to you new kid.
Thanks for bringing out the hopeless romantics in us all. . .