Monday, May 30, 2016

How I Ruined That Pretenders Song For My Sister

My sister and I were both born in the 70's.  So we grew up as kids in the 80's.  And to this day we both love all sorts of 80's music.  To this day the 80's station on XM-Sirius is the default station when we are all in the car.

So she was putting together an 80's playlist for her I-Pod when she mentioned that she had an 80's playlist within her I-Pod.

She had mentioned that her I-Pod always knew what she was thinking, and would play the right song for her.  She had been working out, and her I-Pod played, "Back on the chain gang" by the Pretenders.

She liked how it was upbeat and that made it a good workout song.  I had just seen the VH-1 Storytellers of The Pretenders, and asked her, "Don't you know what that song is really about?"  I went on to tell her how lead singer Chrissie Hynde wrote the song after losing two of the four members of The Pretenders, one to drugs, and one to a car accident.  (That's the short version.)

Chrissie felt like in such a short period half her band was gone, and wrote a very sad song about it.  That's what, "Back on the chain gang" is about.

So my sister's facial expression changed drastically, and she said, "Now you've ruined this song for me!  I can't listen to it now without thinking about that!" 

Admittedly, I did feel like a bit of a dick.  I kind of thought she'd knew.  I mean the lyrics are a bit dark.

I found a picture of you, oh oh oh oh
What hijacked my world that night
To a place in the past
We've been cast out of? Oh oh oh oh
Now we're back in the fight
We're back on the train
Oh, back on the chain gang

A circumstance beyond our control, oh oh oh oh
The phone, the TV and the news of the world
Got in the house like a pigeon from hell, oh oh oh oh
Threw sand in our eyes and descended like flies
Put us back on the train
Oh, back on the chain gang

The powers that be
That force us to live like we do
Bring me to my knees
When I see what they've done to you
But I'll die as I stand here today
Knowing that deep in my heart
They'll fall to ruin one day
For making us part

I found a picture of you, oh oh oh oh
Those were the happiest days of my life
Like a break in the battle was your part, oh oh oh oh
In the wretched life of a lonely heart
Now we're back on the train
Oh, back on the chain gang

But still today I feel a bit bad for ruining this song for her.  Here's the live version from VH-1's Storytellers.

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